Liberia: Latest News
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.
Dana Sanchez, 1:47 pm
There was no public outrage when Nigeria, the most powerful military in West Africa, brought in mercenaries to do, in a matter of weeks, what the government failed to do in six years. They chased Boko Haram out. “That shows you what the U.S. and Great Britain have done in terms of normalizing the use of paid military companies,” said a former mercenary in Africa who now teaches at U.S. universities. Still, mercenaries are often viewed negatively and are connected to some of the worst violence in Africa.
Peter Pedroncelli, 3:42 am AFKI Original
Africa is a sport mad part of the world, with the people of the African continent enjoying a variety of sports to watch or participate in, whether they are team sports or those practised by individuals. The love of fans on the continent for sports is clear in the passion that they exude when supporting their sports heroes or favourite teams. With this in mind, we take a look at the 8 most loved sports in Africa.
Dana Sanchez, 3:33 pm
In Liberia, motorcycle accidents have gone down 90 percent since motorcycles taxis were banned. The ensuing market vacuum paved the way for Asia’s three-wheeled, motorized rickshaws — the tuk-tuk. They’re being imported into Africa by the gazillions from India and China, along with claims that they’re cheaper and safer than motorcycles. Tuk-tuk rides cost about 25 cents in Liberia, making them more accessible than traditional taxis, which are out of reach for thousands of Monrovians.
Julia AustinAFKI Original
DarajaImports has a fusion of African designs, employing African artists that include widows, the physically disabled and young adults orphaned by genocide. Products are made from materials that are sustainable and often recycled. The shop owners work closely with the artists. Etsy is a platform for retailers who make and sell products for a cause. Check out 8 Etsy shops selling fair trade and African products.
Julia Austin, 9:35 am AFKI Original
Omega Psi Phi is the first Greek-letter fraternity for black students founded on a historically black college, Howard University in Washington, D.C. Its driving principals are “manhood, scholarship, perseverance and uplift.” Today there are chapters in the Ghana, Bahamas, Bermuda and throughout the U.S. Notable alumni include athlete Charlie Ward and Surgeon General David Satcher. Check out 8 of the oldest African-American fraternities, some with chapters across the world.
Julia Austin, 9:00 am AFKI Original
Lagos, Nigeria, was identified in 2014 as one of the new finance hubs of the future. Just a year later, U.S. financial services company JP Morgan announced it would be removing Nigeria from its Emerging Market Government Bond Index due to a “lack of liquidity and transparency in the nation’s foreign exchange markets.” Those are two drastically differing opinions on Nigeria’s economy, but you can’t argue with the facts. Here are 8 of the richest Nigerian banks by assets.
Julia Austin, 8:55 am AFKI Original
In much of rural Africa, traditional medicine is the only form of treatment. Silene capensis has been used by Xhosa tribes of South Africa during rites-of-passage rituals. It comes from the roots of a plant that South African natives call undlela ziimhlophe. It’s mostly known for helping people have lucid dreams but many people report waking up feeling incredibly well rested. The roots can be chewed or boiled down and steeped in tea. Some buyers share their experience with the root online. More than 4,000 plants are used for medicinal purposes in Africa. Check out 8 natural sleep remedies from Africa.
Dana Sanchez, 4:02 pm
Facebook wants to bring Internet connectivity to hard-to-reach parts of Africa with free Internet. In past centuries, colonialism was about exploiting resources. In the modern world, it’s digital — moving in, setting up companies and building insurmountable user bases before any other company can. An Indian social network wouldn’t stand a chance against free Facebook, Indian companies argued, and the regulator agreed. Are African entrepreneurs different?
Dana Sanchez, 8:45 am
Cape Town-based Travelstart has partnered with MTN and plans to be the largest online travel agency in Africa with $40M in financing from U.K.-based Amadeus Capital Partners. Travelstart is already a tour de force in emerging markets. This is an investment in the largest multinational player in a very large and rapidly growing market. “They are one of the most profitable e-commerce companies on the African continent,” said MTN.
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