Keren Mikva

  • Music Business: 16 Wealthiest African Musicians

    By Keren Mikva, 3:07 am AFKI Original

    Musical sensation Hugh Masekela is a South African artist perhaps best known for his acapella-style singing in collaboration with Paul Simon and Ladysmith Black Mambazo on the Graceland album and 1987 Graceland tour.

  • Great Places To Travel Off South Africa’s Beaten Path

    Ostrich riding. Photo: Bukisa By Keren Mikva, 1:00 pm

    South Africa is arguably one of the most beautiful countries in the world and has become an increasingly popular tourist destination. Most people visit Table Mountain in Cape Town, see the penguins at Boulder Beach, take in a safari in Kruger Park and check out the meeting of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans at Cape Point. With good reason. Those places are all amazingly beautiful and definitely deserve a visit.

  • 12 Things You Didn’t Know About Remi Sonaiya

    Remi Sonaiya, By Keren Mikva, 11:07 am AFKI Original

    Remi Sonaiya knew her chances of winning the 2015 Nigerian presidential election were slim. Most voters going to the polling stations March 28 had just two names in mind: Goodluck Jonathan and Muhammadu Buhari. As Nigeria’s first-ever female presidential candidate, Sonaiya’s goal was to change the conversation in a country where politics have long been considered a man’s game. Here are 12 things you didn’t know about Remi Sonaiya and her Nigerian presidential bid.

  • 12 Things You Didn’t Know About Ebola Survivors

    By Keren Mikva, 10:23 am AFKI Original

    Stigmatized but alive, life may never be the same for African Ebola victims who beat the odds. Some communities and volunteers are opening clinics to help those stigmatized by the virus. U.S. missionary and Ebola survivor Nancy Writebol returned to Liberia eight months after contracting the virus. She is working to establish an Ebola survivors’ clinic. Here are 12 things you didn’t know about Ebola survivors.

  • 12 Things You Didn’t Know About Tanzanian Presidential Hopeful January Makamba

    By Keren Mikva, 12:52 pm AFKI Original

    During the 1994 Rwandan genocide, January Makamba, then 20, helped manage a refugee camp, overseeing more than 120,000 refugees. “Witnessing that misery made me political,” he said, and the experience inspired him to study conflict resolution. He’s been described as innovative, courageous, and disruptive, and he wants to be president of Tanzania. Here’s an inside look at Tanzanian politician January Makamba.

  • 12 Things You Didn’t Know About Unathi Msengana

    By Keren Mikva, 11:19 am AFKI Original

    When she posed without makeup in a photo with a fan, tweeters tried to lambast the star. Her response? “There are many people that have an unhealthy obsession with looks,” she said. “Vanity has never been my strength…I’m not going to say no to a fan who wants a photo just because I’m not wearing mak-up.” Here’s an inside look at singer, radio personality and “Idols South Africa” judge Unathi Msengana.

  • Best-Paying Jobs In South Africa

    By Keren Mikva, 8:14 am AFKI Original

    In our increasingly virtual world, it’s no surprise that software engineers have become the best paid-professionals in South Africa. Though the field is fairly young, it has quickly become one of the country’s most important professions. Software engineers most likely have degrees in computer science and programming, and the higher-paid professionals will also have graduate level degrees and a wealth of professional experience. The following fields offer some of the best-paying jobs in South Africa, based on data from from 2013 to 2014.

  • 12 Things You Didn’t Know About Bafana Bafana’s Richard Henyekane

    Richard Henyekane Photo: By Keren Mikva, 8:11 am AFKI Original

    A former coach said Henyekane admitted to a drinking problem. The coach blamed the problematic drinking culture in South Africa. “It is no longer about drinking anymore,” he said, “but we calculate the number of bottles you’ve drunk.” The former Bafana Bafana footballer is remembered as a talented and well-respected man. Here are 12 things you didn’t know about Richard Henyekane.

  • 12 Things You Didn’t Know About Malawi’s Education President, Peter Mutharika

    Malawi President Arthur Peter Mutharika and Gertrude Hendrina Mutharika at the U.S. Africa Leaders Summit, August 5, 2014. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty By Keren Mikva, 1:30 pm AFKI Original

    Mutharika spent almost 40 years earlier in his career teaching law in the U.S., which is why some opponents questioned his eligibility for president of Malawi. Some thought he gave up Malawian citizenship to become a U.S. citizen. Here’s an inside look at Mutharika, who recently completed his first year as president of Malawi.

  • Price Tags For The Last 10 FIFA World Cup Tournaments

    By Keren Mikva, 2:00 am AFKI Original

    The cost of hosting the World Cup has been the topic of much controversy. The 2006 World Cup in Germany was one of the few that was considered financially successful for the host country, costing $1.6 billion and creating a $194 million in net revenue for the organizing committee. Germany already had a plethora of stadiums that met FIFA’s capacity requirements and chose 12 stadiums in 12 different cities to host the event. It remains the ideal example for World Cup hosts, but its success has yet to be replicated since.