Date Archives for April 2015
Mark Rausch, 5:30 pm AFKI Original
Linguists are in awe of Igbo, a tonal language spoken by more than 24 million people in Southeast Nigeria. While there are more than 20 dialects, Central Igbo is the most prevalent. Igbo features words that sound the same, but a slight change in tone will alter the entire meaning. The linguistic map of any African country shows a multiple languages. Here are 17 of the most commonly spoken languages in Africa.
Susan McKee, 5:15 pm
The largest mosque in Africa, the Hassan II Mosque juts out over the Atlantic Ocean on the northwest side of Casablanca, Morocco. Completed in 1993, it was commissioned by King Hassan II but funding came from more than 12 million donors around the world. The mosque has numerous awe-inspiring features, such as the glass floor in the building’s main hall, through which you can see the sea bed below.
Julia Austin, 3:50 pm AFKI Original
The move to call Harare one of Africa’s most livable cities has been set off globally, according to Counterpunch. Lonely Planet calls Harare a “safe and laid-back city” with access to wildlife and a portal to Southern Africa. Not only does Harare boast the renowned University of Zimbabwe; it’s a hub for textiles, steel, and a trading center for citrus and tobacco. Thinking of immersing yourself in a new culture or taking on a new business venture in Africa? Here are the 16 most livable cities in Africa.
Staff, 2:53 pm
The recent Egyptian Economic Development Conference in Sharm el-Sheikh was a powerful reminder of how Egypt’s future growth and stability is tied to Africa’s, a stakeholder says. Tens of billions of dollars in new investments were announced. How will these be leveraged to drive wider trade and investment opportunities across the whole region?
Staff, 12:56 pm
As one of the first female mountain guides in East Africa, Kenyan Zoe Wanjiru faced discrimination. In many lodges, accommodation for women guides simply doesn’t exist. Then there are flirtatious guests and subordinates who don’t take her seriously. She learned to deal with it, and became a better guide.
Dana Sanchez, 10:24 am
If you care about Africa, the worst thing to do is not travel there, stakeholders say. And some are willing to put their money where their mouths are. In an effort to win back business lost from a string of African disasters, some safari lodge owners and other suppliers of African travel are offering special deals such as two-for-ones and 50-percent-off savings, TravelWeekly reports.
Kevin Mwanza, 9:58 am
In 2006, Uganda discovered it had commercially viable oil reserves in the Albertine Graben region near the Western border of the country. But almost a decade later production and export of the commodity has never taken place and investors are getting concerned. The delay in producing oil from the landlocked African country north of Lake Victoria for the export market means it has been overtaken by its neighbors
Peter Pedroncelli, 8:51 am
The brand is named ‘Samuel Eto’o 9’, and the main focus of the fashion line is menswear. The clothes are designed and manufactured in Turkey, and an initial shipment of was produced and released into the local market in February. Cameroonian designer Gabriel Pascal Nyemeg Nlend is involved in the project.
Staff, 6:45 am
The New York State Common Retirement Fund, one of the largest U.S. Pension funds and worth about $180 billion, plans to invest as much as 3% of its assets in Africa in the next five years to diversify its portfolio and boost returns. The figure would be more than $5 billion based on the fund’s current valuation. African private-equity firms, venture capital, real estate and new infrastructure projects such as power plants
Kevin Mwanza, 6:29 am
With some of the most expensive hotel rates in the world it is no surprise that oil-rich Angola expects to get 25 new hotels by the end of this year. According to a Macauhub report, the country’s hospitality minister, Paulino Baptista, said he expected an additional 25 hotels with nearly 2,000 rooms to be added before the nation celebrates its 40th national independence anniversary.
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