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China’s private debt - money owed by households - is now more than 260% of the country’s GDP - GPS/CNN
Ever since DSTV killed the jazz music channel (328) a while back, have hardly watched any music on it. This weekend I did, and it struck me that perhaps the leading item used to sell music videos is black women’s shaking bums. I hope the sisters get good cheques cut for them.
Uganda's exhibits at the Dubai World Expo 2020: President Museveni, politicians, traditional dancers, and a message that Uganda welcomes foreign investors. That's Uganda's economy, in summary. M7 is the main product and praising father and son is the main GDP economic activity.
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Ethiopian men are interesting. They seem to grey and bald when young more than others - and to go on and win marathons. Political crisis at home also tends to motivate, not discourage them. Surely Lemma has taken the men’s #LondonMarathon
The Ethiopians seem to have designs on the men’s race.
Will Kenyans behave badly at this #LondonMarathon and win both the women’s and men’s race? The question will be answered in a few minutes.
So 🇰🇪’s Jepkosgei put the hammer down at th#LondonMarathonon This is going to be an emphatic winZY
This bit in .@profkagwanja’s column in Sunday Nation caught my eye. “Mau Mau detainees escape from Mageta Island into Uganda during the dark emergency days…” Worth following the story from the Uganda side. What remains of this legacy? nation.africa/kenya/blogs-op…
If a corrupt & cruel long-ruling African big man was open to being paid off to finally leave power, should (a) the country accept and pay him? (b) how much would be adequate/fair for such a “democracy bribe”?
“No Time To Die” is showing simultaneously on 4 screens at the Westgate Cinema where we are about to get our James Bond fix. I guess this is one way we are scratching our big Covid-era itch.
Millions of internet addresses assigned to Africa have been waylaid, some fraudulently; some feed Chinese appetites for pornography and gambling 2/2
Outsiders have long profited from Africa’s riches of gold, diamonds, and even people. Digital resources have proven no different 1/2 lapresse.us/world/2021/10/…
Burundi govt to dismiss from office all married officials who have concubines or in illegal unions outside their marriages. If this letter by the Internal Security Minister is true, Burundi might have no government left when all is done😎�twitter.com/ChroniclesRW/s…fr
Tanzanian Filmmaker Amil Shivji’s "Vuta N'Kuvute" became the first from Tanzania to be screened at the Toronto International Film Festival. He speaks about the story of a colonial “forbidden romance”. okayafrica.com/tanzania-tiff-…
Biotechnology moves one step closer to making 3D-printed human organs studyfinds.org/3d-printed-hum…
#Uganda "The government will go into history as the first in the world to abolish bail. Not even ... the military regime in North Korea or in Myanmar did so. If Museveni wants to be the champion of being unique in that respect, we will not follow him." observer.ug/news/headlines…
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Guinea leader Mamady Doumbouya sworn in as interim president. Says neither he nor any member of the military govt would stand in any future elections. There's your evidence that Doumbouya has been bewitched. Organise a vote & not stand and win with 85%? aljazeera.com/news/2021/10/1…
Tesla has deployed its first two Supercharger stations in Morocco, marking its first entry in the African market. electrek.co/2021/10/01/tes…
Abolishing bail wd aim to turn it into a tool of patronage & sectarian reward, with only a few selected accused getting it from pro-regime judges, in exchange for their filiality to a leader entering his 4th decade in power, and the opposition being denied 3/3 (Save this tweet)
An early 1990s "anti-sectarian" law by the M7 govt abolished tribalism - and the country ended with a very sectarian regime and a familiocracy. The aim really was really to prevent scrutiny of sectarianism and nepotism 2/3
Uganda's ruling NRM MPs reject President Museveni's bid to scrap bail (at least for capital offences) - for now. Uganda would be among a tiny fraction of countries in the world to abolish bail when M7 finally gets his wish. But why REALLY? 1/3 monitor.co.ug/uganda/news/na…
Former Malawi Parliament deputy speaker Clement Chiway shot himself in the head inside parliament, where he had gone for a meeting to discuss vehicle benefits entitled to him when he left office in 2019. Tragic on so many levels. thepigeonexpress.com/malawis-ex-dep…
Africa is home to the highest linguistic diversity in the world, with nearly 2,000 different languages. It also has the world’s highest number of Pidgin languages. Does anyone know a good study of pidgin on the continent? How many are they?
Italy's Benetton is bringing production closer to home from Asia, boosting manufacturing in places like Tunisia and Egypt. With clothes produced in Egypt, delivery to warehouses and stores in Europe can be shortened to 2 or 2-1/2 months 2/2
Global supply chains & low-cost manufacturing hubs in Asia falling out of fashion, a shift that cd be a lasting legacy of the pandemic. 2day a shipping container that used to cost $1,200-1,500 can cost $10,000-15,000 with no certainty of delivery date 1/2 money.usnews.com/investing/news…
Only 14 of Africa's 54 countries met global target of vaccinating over 10% of their pop against Covid end of Sept, WHO says. They are: *Seychelles *Mauritius *Morocco Tunisia Eswatini Cape Verde Botswana Comoros Zimbabwe Eq. Guinea S. Africa Mauritania Lesotho Rwanda *40%+
September photo dump : Thank you @AfricaCheck, Change Dot Org Foundation @Change @changeorgfound with Civic Tech Africa @CivicTechAfrica, Amore Comfy @AmoreComfy and the Church Community! ⛪️ The work continues! 🇿🇦🇿🇦🇿🇦 Rise Africa! �#TeamFreeSanitaryPadst#DIYAfricaI0i80KKhR
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There’s currently a recession in the piracy business in the Indian Ocean. Piracy increases the cost of international commerce by $12 billion annually, and in Somalia alone, more than 20 vessels and 400 hostages are currently being held 5/5
A woman invested an RPG-7 (rocket-propelled grenade launcher) on a pirate mission on the exchange, and apparently received a hefty US$75,000 in return 4/5
Sailor hostages earn these entrepreneurial criminals an average of US$4 million from shipping insurance per “job.” Once the $$$ is secured, everybody goes home relatively unscathed, and the process is repeated until there’s no money left to be made 3/5
The Wall Street Journal reported over 70 distinct maritime operations are listed on the Harardheere Pirate Stock Exchange. Back in 2011, the town which had been written off by the outside world became a place “crowded with luxury cars” (You have to hand it to the Somalis!) 2/5
Harardhere, 402Kms from Somalia’s capital Mogadishu, houses the world’s first Pirate Stock Exchange. When a pirate mission is successful, the investors who bankrolled it earn a share of the total profits. It is very lucrative business 1/5 bosshunting.com.au/hustle/pirate-…
What’s fuelling Nigerian artist Dennis Osadebe’s global demand? On the Artsy platform, the number of users inquiring about the artist’s work just trebled. artsy.net/article/artsy-…
A Canadian soldier repeatedly pointed his gun at Senegalese children during a deployment there in 2019, and also made violent racist remarks, calling the locals “niggers,” “monkeys” and “slaves.” thestar.com/news/canada/20…
Nigeria’s Kaduna State shuts down mobile phone networks and motorbikes in bandit crackdown usnews.com/news/world/art…
The associates later made payments for Mkhize and his family’s benefit. Some of the funds were used for renovations at one of Mkhize’s homes and to buy a vehicle for his son. And there goes a familiar story 2/2
Report finds mega corruption at South Africa health ministry during COVID. In one case, now-disgraced Health minister Zweli Mkhize interfered in the award of a $10m contract to close associates 1/2 prpeak.com/coronavirus-co…
Nigeria, Egypt, South Africa, and Kenya account for more than 30% of the incubators and accelerators in Africa, and about 80% of investments in the continent, says AfDB africa.businessinsider.com/local/markets/…
Ugandan climate justice activist Vanessa Nakate (R) cries after her speech as Greta Thunberg comforts her during the opening plenary session of the Youth4Climate pre-COP 26 event. COP 26 is to be held in Glasgow, Scotland, btwn Oct. 31 & Nov. 12 2021. 📸Nicolò Campo/LightRocketx
Two months after staging a constitutional coup, Tunisia President Kais Saied pulls a recovery trick, appointing geologist Najla Bouden the country's – and Arab world’s - first-ever female Prime Minister. nation.africa/kenya/news/afr…
Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda in East Africa are projected to sustain their economic growth momentum, while in West Africa, Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire have been tipped to record strong economic growth later in the year 4/3
Botswana recorded the highest increase in the Africa Risk-Reward Index 2021, followed by Zimbabwe, South Africa, Egypt and Namibia 3/4
While the economic growth forecast for Africa is below the 6% projected for the rest of the world, it is higher than the 3.4% projected earlier in the year by the AfDB 2/4
Despite slow vaccine roll out, African economies are bouncing back post Covid-19. Not even the third wave of Covid-19 including an outbreak of the more deadly “Delta” variant has stopped African economies from growing 1/4 theafricareport.com/131104/coronav…
In a study on bias in the world of science 58% of respondents – mostly American health-care professionals and researchers – did not think that poor countries could likely produce research of the same calibre as rich countries. kccu.org/post/african-r…
A year after being COVID-cancelled, Afropunk Atlanta returned with another delicious dose of melanin magic. bossip.com/2043501/baddie…
Hmmh! The biggest gender price difference in the price of a haircut in the world by proportion is in Nigeria, where a woman must pay 634% of the price of a man’s cut. thegate.boardingarea.com/the-cost-of-a-…
South African Airways (SAA) and Kenya Airways (KQ) sign an agreement to create a pan-African airline group. money.usnews.com/investing/news…
Najin, one of the last two northern white rhinos left in the world, rests in the sun with her caretaker Zachary Mutai in Kenya's Ol Pejeta Conservancy. 📸Matjaz KrivicH
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