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  • 8 Things You Should Know About The Economics Of Polygamy In Africa

    By Dana Sanchez, 4:19 pm AFKI Original

    Several theories link polygamy to poverty. Both are widespread in sub-Saharan Africa. Scholars suggest that polygamy reduces investment in girls’ education. But some of Africa’s wealthiest and most influential people engage in the controversial practice, which is legal in much of Africa. The debate around polygamy is fierce in Africa. Some argue men are polygamous “by nature.” What about women? Others say polygamy has no place in modern Africa. Here are 8 things you should know about the economics of polygamy in Africa.

  • Thailand Company Wins Patent In Africa For Motorcycle Taxi Tech

    By Dana Sanchez, 4:43 pm

    Africa has the world’s largest population of motorcycle taxis. This patent protection secures the company coverage of an area representing more than half the continent’s population. Mototaxi operators are messengers, deliverers, and personal assistants. More than automobile taxis, this is a strategic segment that needs to be captured to become a global leader in local transport and commerce, said Paul Giles, CEO and founder of World Moto. His is one of the only public companies actively pursuing this industry, Giles said.

  • 7 Shortest-Serving Presidents In Africa

    By Lillian Mutiso, 6:32 am AFKI Original

    Africa is renowned for having some of the longest serving presidents in the world. Some rose to power through coup d’états while others took over from their fathers in monarchies such as Swaziland. There are also those who hold the distinction of ruling for the shortest time. Most of them ousted from power through coup d’états while some were peacefully forced out of office. Some of the shortest ruling leaders in Africa are;

  • Who Gets A $1B Line Of Credit? Akon Woos Middle East Investors For Solar Lighting Africa Business

    Akon in Pahou, Benin By Dana Sanchez, 4:30 pm

    The working arm of Akon Lighting Africa worked out a deal with Chinese suppliers for a $1 billion line of credit. Akon and partners use this money as part of a financing package to offer to African governments as they bid for contracts or tenders. “Until now, we have used $240 million out of the $1 billion that we have at our disposal. We are present in 14 countries and want to expand into an additional 30 countries very soon,” a partner said. The know-how already exists to power Africa, Akon said. What’s still needed is greater technical innovation and more creative financial models. Akon is looking to the Middle East for that.

  • AFCON Qualifying: African Giants Head For Do Or Die Battles

    NFF Accused Oliseh - Super Eagles Nigeria Fans By Peter Pedroncelli, 8:23 am AFKI Original

    The African national teams are currently involved in Gabon 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying with matches to decide the teams that will progress to the next round of the qualification campaign to take part in the Nations Cup in early 2017. There are many fixtures taking place, with some of Africa’s best national teams involved in the campaign in an effort to earn their ticket to Gabon and a chance to be champions of Africa.

  • Luxury Car Thieves Sentenced: They Stole In New Jersey And Shipped To West Africa

    Carjacking Ring That Ships Stolen Luxury Cars To West Africa By Staff, 11:42 pm

    They targeted high-end vehicles like luxury SUVs made by Land Rover, Mercedes Benz, BMW, Honda, Porsche, Jaguar and Aston Martin. They would load the cars into shipping containers, which were taken to ports for transport by ship to West Africa. In West Africa, luxury vehicles command prices higher than the new market value in the U.S. The gang of car thieves had many methods of stealing the vehicle, prosecutors say.

  • In West Africa, A Rising Middle Class Takes Brunt Of Luxury Hotel Attacks

    Shoppers flock to the reopening of Westgate mall Saturday in Nairobi. Photo: Thomas Mukoya, Reuters By Staff, 3:59 am

    Recent attacks on West Africa’s luxury hotels reveal many things about the landscape of Islamist terrorism – from the global creep of Al Qaeda-branded extremism to its ability to rattle even the most stable countries in the regional neighborhoods of sub-Saharan Africa, where borders are often porous and security unsteady. The repeated decision to strike luxury hotels is, in part, based on the calculation that resorts are expatriate hubs, and expatriate deaths garner international attention.

  • 8 Most Influential Families In Africa

    By Lillian Mutiso, 3:37 am AFKI Original

    In Africa, several families have immense influence in a country’s political power. These influential families directly or indirectly play huge roles in determining who gets elected to the big political seats, who is nominated to a key post and even who is in or out of the president’s inner circle. Some of these families have also made inroads into the economic sectors in their countries and across the continent, with numerous big investments.

  • U.S. Restricts Unofficial Military Travel To Ghana, 4 Other W. African Countries

    U.S. restricts unofficial military travel By Dana Sanchez, 10:09 am

    The order against unofficial U.S. military travel is effective until June 30. Official travel to the five West African countries will continue. Sunday’s Islamist attack is a heavy blow for Ivory Coast, which has become one of the world’s top performing economies. The largest economy in French-speaking West Africa, Ivory Coast is also the world’s top cocoa producer. The country has been working to revive a once lucrative international tourism industry devastated by civil war.

  • 8 Giant Telecoms Companies Connecting Africa

    By Peter Pedroncelli, 5:01 am AFKI Original

    Africa is a continent that has embraced telecoms technology and mobile on a wide scale, with numerous telecommunication corporations based in and out of Africa providing millions of African subscribers with a variety of mobile-based services. We take a closer look at 8 of the African continent’s biggest telecoms companies.

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