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  • Mali Ranking Amidst Top African Cotton Producers

    By Soumaila Diarra, 11:22 am AFKI Original

    Mali is still one of African biggest cotton producers, according to local professionals who gathered on December 16 in Bamako, the Malian capital. Farmers are encouraged as the country’s last production is set to be a record after years of boycott by local producers. As many rural people in the South of Mali are making a living with cotton, Sory Traore, a farmer living in the village of Sanankoroba had been dodging their footsteps.

  • 12 Powerful African Women In Business To Watch In 2015

    By Julia Austin, 10:54 am AFKI Original

    At just 27 years old, Adiat Disu founded Africa Fashion Week in New York. Between her New York-based communications and brand strategy company, Adirée, and her connections in Africa, Disu has nurtured international economic partnerships for Africa’s fashion industry. She is working on launching African Fashion week in other capitals including London and Paris. These powerful African women in business are bringing changes to Africa. They range from high-ranking government officials to women with a mobile phone and big dreams.

  • Africa Peacekeeping Getting Crowded As Business Increases

    By D.A. Barber, 10:19 am AFKI Original

    Peace is good for business. Just ask anyone who owns an oil field in Africa. China began deploying soldiers to a U.N. peacekeeping force in South Sudan in September to help guard their beleaguered oil fields,

  • 15 Jaw-Dropping Photos Of Chobe National Park, Botswana

    By Karen Elowitt, 10:08 am

    Home to one of the largest concentrations of exotic wildlife in the world, Chobe National Park in Northern Botswana is the perfect place for that safari trip you’ve been wanting to take. From sleepy marshes to romping antelopes, here are 15 photos of Chobe National Park that will have you booking your next trip to Botswana.

  • 12 Things You Didn’t Know About Simone Gbagbo

    By Keren Mikva, 9:10 am AFKI Original

    The International Criminal Court questions whether Côte d’Ivoire is trying former first lady Simone Gbagbo on sufficient charges. She has been charged by Côte d’Ivoire with crimes against humanity including genocide. The ICC says killings, rapes, and acts causing great suffering or serious injury to people are not being considered. If Côte d’Ivoire refuses to turn Simone over, and ICC member states vote to carry out the ICC indictment, the country could face sanctions. Here’s an inside look at Cote d’Ivoire’s embattled former first lady, Simone Gbagbo, and the ongoing controversy surrounding her trial and the ICC.

  • City Guide: Oran, Algeria

    oran algeria By Joe Kennedy, 8:00 am

    Oran, Algeria’s “second city,” is somewhat neglected, but still has a lot to offer the intrepid tourist. Most Europeans and Americans tend to avoid Algeria completely since travel advisories (which don’t apply to coastal cities such as Oran and Algiers) were instituted in early 2014, but this is a pity because there are numerous fascinating monuments, top-notch hotels and restaurants, and a thriving cultural scene in Oran that includes the hugely popular rai music which originated here.

  • New Use For Cashew Nut Byproduct Could Help Trap Tsetse Fly

    By Dana Sanchez, 3:04 pm

    A new chemical method applied to a byproduct of cashew nuts could make it easier to lure tsetse flies to traps and create new revenue for nut producers, AllAfrica reports. The tsetse fly kills 3 million livestock each year in Africa. Cashew nut production is widespread in sub-Saharan Africa including Côte d’Ivoire, Nigeria and Tanzania. Guinea Bissau, the second largest producer in Africa, produces 90,000 tonnes, and almost all the production is exported to India for processing.

  • Top African Technology Leaders And Entrepreneurs In 2014

    By Dana Sanchez, 8:41 am

    Some of Africa’s most influential technology entrepreneurs and tech leaders of 2014 include a president, high-ranking government officials, and startup company founders who bootstrapped themselves into the global spotlight. They are highlighted here in a list compiled by ITNewsAfrica.

  • The Shopper’s Guide To Kampala

    owino market kampala uganda By Joe Kennedy, 8:00 am

    From flashy malls to sustainable fashion, Kampala has one of the best shopping scenes in Africa. The Ugandan capital may not have the scale of Nairobi or Johannesburg, but it certainly packs a punch when it comes to homegrown fashion labels. Kampala has several malls, notably the swish Acacia Mall in the Kololo neighborhood, which opened in 2014. It has three levels of shopping, including hip designers and great places to eat. Kisimenti, a nearby favorite among expats, is also home to some fashion gems. And there are also local markets galore. So whether you’re looking to save or splurge, it’s worth checking out some of the following places.

  • The First Timer’s Guide To Southern Ghana

    By Karen Elowitt, 5:00 pm

    My first visit to Ghana was as a volunteer in a former Liberian refugee camp called Buduburam. Located on the country’s main southern highway (the N1), the years I spent coming and going from “Little Liberia” provided me with the perfect base to explore the country more broadly. On weekend trips away, I focused my attention on the sights that lined the N1 highway: Kokrobite, Cape Coast, Kakum, Axim , Accra and Ada. This allowed me to maximize my weekends away from work with the short travel times between sights. There was most definitely enough diversity in destinations to keep me enthralled, engaged and always excited for more. What follows is my personal account of the highlights and the essential information necessary for an unforgettable fist trip.

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