- The plagiarism was embarrassing for Buhari because "Change Begins With Me" is a flagship policy meant to demand honesty and integrity from Nigerians
- The big kahuna of African dams, the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, is over 70% complete
Editor’s Pick: Journalist’s Body Dumped At Farm, Battling Airline To Nigeria’s Economic Pain, African Headlines Worth Of NoteThe body of a South Sudanese journalist abducted almost four months ago was found on a farm this week, press freedom group Reporters Without Borders said
4 Africa Trends: From Nigeria, A Nation That Refuses To Die; To South Africa, A Ruling Party Which Still Has OomphEgypt’s Sisi gets it right on dealing with African flight to Europe, and Morocco learns an unlikely lesson from South Sudan’s troubles
- As of 2016, there are still more African elephants being killed for ivory than are being born
Hacking A Continent
By 2020 Several African Nations Will Kick Out Malaria, As One Billion Bednets Go Out, But The War Is Not OverBy the end of the decade, in Africa, Algeria, Botswana, Cape Verde, Comoros, South Africa, and Swaziland could also be free of the disease
- Africa, which imports nearly 83% of the food it consumes, has a real chicken and egg problem
- Ethiopia’s attempt to integrate infrastructure projects with research and skills development, and Kenya’s Tea Research Institute offer good lessons
- The well-connected elite who speculated on foreign exchange made profits of up to 400%!
AFRICA UNUSUAL: An Area 8 Times Bigger Than Seychelles Along Egypt-Sudan Border, And Is claimed By Neither CountryAs of 2014 Bir Tawil seemed to be the only place on Earth that is habitable but is not claimed by any recognised government
- There's such a taboo against revealing one's HIV-positive status that many young people don't realise how common their situation is
At Last, Evidence That African Agriculture Is Driving Economic Change: Ethiopia, Rwanda, Burkina Faso Stars Of The ShowFarmers in Africa growing improved varieties of maize and other crops see only a 28% bump in yields, on average, while those in Asia gain an 88% increase
- It is important that the world should “try not to create new ground for conflict” in Africa, such as in Libya
- With the white minority regimes in southern Africa now long gone, Botswana has lost its claim to exceptionalism
- How does one embrace the startup culture in communities where failure can mark you for life?
Myth & Reality
There’s Hunger And Pain In Zimbabwe, But It’s Complicated. Mugabe’s Land Seizures Didn’t Cause It AllLand reform was chaotic, and impacted the broader economy, but Zimbabwe’s resettled small-scale farmers in general benefitted
- In countries where education is "free", someone still pays for it - the taxpayers. The poor and middle class are paying for the rich to study
- An investigation reveals that fighters are disappearing after turning themselves in. Are the security forces responsible or jihadist hit squads?
Along with Boko Haram and other armed groups, sectarian violence is responsible for over 16,500 civilian deaths in Nigeria over the past five years. That’s 50% more than the recent Ebola epidemic
Mobile network subscribers in countries surveyed view the actual or perceived reliability, coverage and speed of the voice/data network as the most important criteria for choosing an operator; price comes fourth
The story of sleeping sickness in Uganda tells us why you should definitely invite army generals and warlords to your next medical research conference.
- “You don’t know what it’s like to be the only one without potato chips in your lunch box”
- There’s too much drama: the global population of the African elephant is not in immediate danger of extinction
- African leaders clinch 9 positions in the list of 15 current longest-ruling non-royal national leaders in the world
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- Kabila’s Gamble Throws Congo Into Crisis: If He Continues In Power, He’ll ‘Rule Over Dead Bodies’
- It is hard to imagine that mathematics, a subject that many people dread, can be an interesting story
- How did a country of that size and with a population of 7.1 million people come to embody cutting-edge innovation and entrepreneurship?
- Without making the absolute claim, the authors suggest that violence, corruption or a combination of the two are part of what is holding back
- His is a two-fold horror: first, that this could be happening to South Africa, of all countries; and second, is that it is becoming an “African country”
- Sadat was not of Egypt’s traditional Oriental-European ruling elite stock, and the snobbish upper classes always viewed him as an outsider.