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1.2 Million subscribers propel The Economist magazine to record revenue. It had its most successful year financially since 2016 last year, with pre-tax profit more than doubling. In a time of great media pain, how do they manage to pull it off? pressgazette.co.uk/economist-prof…
Angola's Foreign Minister Téte António travels to Barcelona after health of country's former dictator Eduardo dos Santos worsens. Dos Santos is hospitalised in a clinic in the Spanish city, and is said to be in a coma, verangola.net/va/en/062022/P…
“The Gun and Flowers”, by Jatenipat Ketpradit/International Portrait Photographer of the Year 2022. Father and sons of Suri warrior with his AK-47 rifle. The Suri are one of the hardest people’s to reach in Ethiopia. amateurphotographer.co.uk/latest/photo-n…
Thailand’s Jatenipat Ketpradit wins the 2nd International Portrait Photographer of the Year (2022) competition. One of his winning photos of Lord of Arbore, a family photo of the Arbore leader, in Ethiopia, that includes the father (leader), mother, four sisters & young girl.
Fossils at “Cradle of Humankind' site in South Africa are 1 million years older than we thought, scientists say. This suggests that the ”ancestors” to humans lived in this area between 3.4 to 3.6 million years ago, reports a new study. vice.com/en/article/4ax…
Survivors spoke of a strong and suffocating smell in the jam-packed double-story building. "The suspicion is that it is something either they ingested through drinks, food, or something they inhaled," Unathi Binqose, a govt official on safety, told AFP.
New details emerge after mysterious deaths of 21 teens partying at nightclub in South Africa. The youngest was a 13-year-old girl. "They died as they danced," Police Minister Bheki Cele said. "They dance, fall, and die. Literally." cbsnews.com/news/21-myster…
Why do giraffes have long necks? It’s about more than reaching high branches to feed. discoverwildlife.com/news/why-do-gi…
The disparity is most stark in Uganda, where about 80% of its exports are agricultural products such as coffee, tea and cotton. It sent goods worth $44 million to China last year but its imports topped $1 billion #5
For $148 billion of Chinese goods shipped to Africa in 2021, China imported $106 billion from the continent and 5 resource-rich nations - Angola, Congo Republic, DR Congo, South Africa and Zambia - accounted for $75 billion of that #4
Tanzanian coffee farmers have struggled to make their mark too with China, while in Namibia, it took 9 years from the signing of a beef export deal to satisfy Chinese regulators, leading to the first shipments in 2019 #3
Kakuzi, Kenya's biggest avocado grower, spent a month showing it could track its produce. Then last month Chinese authorities decided to conduct their own audits - which has not always been a positive experience next door in Uganda #2
Africa's dream of feeding China hits hard reality. Beijing’s red tape, means African produce takes up to 10 years to get the quality green light #1 usnews.com/news/world/art…
During the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, a group of women with disability in Kenya’s Mombasa County made face masks tailored for the deaf – the masks had a transparent front, to make it possible for them to communicate. nation.africa/kenya/news/gen…
African Development Bank (AfDB) to set up pharma hub in Rwanda. The new African Pharmaceutical Technology Foundation, is expected to boost the continent’s access to technology in manufacturing medicines and vaccines. theeastafrican.co.ke/tea/science-he…
A US bill to punish African countries that buy grain seized from Ukraine or side in any fashion with Russia passed the House 419-9 and is awaiting Senate action. We live in interesting times. issafrica.org/iss-today/us-d…
More than 66% of Kenya’s internet supply remained idle in the quarter to March 2022. It used only 3,386.19 billion bits per second (Gbps) of internet bandwidth out of the available 10,891.65 Gbps. 10 years ago, wouldn't have thought this day would come, nation.africa/kenya/business…
The first batch of Uganda’s medical cannabis is heading to the UK. It’s from Israel-based Together Pharma Holdings’ state-of-the-art cultivation facility in the country. 2fast4buds.com/news/the-first…
The African Savanna Elephant known as Craig (wonder why he wasn’t named Koinet) has constant protection from Maasai warriors 2/2
Incredible pictures show heavily protected 50-year-old elephant with giant tusks each weighing 100lb (45.3kg) covering itself with dust to cool off in the sun in Kenya 1/2 dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1…
Morocco prosecutes 65 migrants involved in the deadly Friday mass attempt to cross into a Spanish enclave by storming a border post, leading to the death of at least 23. euractiv.com/section/global…
Zimbabwean author & activist Tsitsi Dangarembga has been on trial since her arrest in July 2020 for an anti-govt protest. Dangarembga was unable to appear in court on Monday for health reasons – of course, an arrest warrant was quickly issued against her. p.dw.com/p/4DIez?maca=e…
DR Congo can be the Saudi Arabia of the Electric Vehicle industry!, says former Parliament Speaker Jeannine Mabunda Lioko. It can, if it can be the Finland of the governance industry. theafricareport.com/214025/jeannin…
The top two richest Kenyans - Sameer Naushad Merali and Bhimji Depar Shah - have a net worth higher than the combined wealth of 16.5 million citizens. africa.businessinsider.com/local/leaders/…
Ten years ago we didn't have a malaria vaccine. Now we have one, and it's being delivered in Africa. It's only 50% efficacious, yes, but another vaccine is coming very soon that should be more efficacious 4/4
15 years ago it was difficult for mum to get a bed net in Africa. Now, people regularly use bed nets and, a next-generation bed net with a better insecticide is coming 3/4
They are also readying to create the measles and rubella vaccine. There's incredible innovation going on in Africa…so much progress has been made on the continent in the past 20 years. Childhood deaths are down, immunisation rates are up 2/4
The Institut Pasteur de Dakar in Senegal has been around almost 100 yrs. They make very high quality yellow fever vaccines. There's still a shortage of yellow fever vaccines. With Russia dropping out, Institut Pasteur de Dakar is ramping up production 1/4 theeastafrican.co.ke/tea/science-he…
If it cared, TikTok could stop itself being used to stir up tribal hatred in Kenya. Kenyans following the August election on TikTok are trapped in a bubble unseen by most of the world, one that’s divisive, dangerous and teeming with lies. theguardian.com/global-develop…
Fred, fellows like you see the state of Namboole as bad and reflecting badly. You see, others are quite proud of it as it is - you see, now, you are the problem😉twitter.com/FGoloobaMutebi…e
Uganda to tax Facebook, and other internet giants. There’s just one little problem – Facebook has been banned in the country for 18 months now. Before the ban, it was the most used social media platform in Uganda. monitor.co.ug/uganda/oped/ed…
Alain Mebee Ngo, ex-minister and nephew of Cameroon's long-ruling strongman Paul Biya, accused of embezzling CFA 200 billion, arrived in court with a glass of champagne in hand. Step aside novices; that, ladies and gentlemen, is how you do corruption in style. twitter.com/RaissaKassire/…
G7 leaders detail plan $600bn in funding for the developing world in a move seen as a counter to China's Belt and Road Initiative bbc.co.uk/news/world-asi…
Togo's Foreign Minister Robert Dussey said membership opened the door to 2.5 billion consumers in the Commonwealth realm, offered new education opportunities, and tapped a "craze" for English among his countrymen. Hmmh! #2
Gabon and Togo joined the Commonwealth in Kigali, becoming the latest nations with no historic ties to Britain to enter the predominantly English-speaking club. Others were Mozambique which joined in 1995, and Rwanda in 2009 #1 france24.com/en/live-news/2…
Number of dead has gone up to at least 22. Really tragic, this. twitter.com/cobbo3/status/…
Shocking video footage has been released showing migrants piled up on the floor surrounded by police in riot gear at a Moroccan border fence after an attempted mass crossing into a Spanish enclave left 23 people dead. mol.im/a/10953109
At least 17 found dead in South Africa nightclub this Sunday morning. Most were young adults aged between 18 and 20. Cause of death not yet known. bbc.com/news/world-afr…
"Politicians are all liars. During elections they flock here like sheep, promising: 'I'll do this, I'll give youth jobs.' But when you elect them they do nothing" (This story summarises what has been written in 100 books on African politics) 3/3
For a fee Mwazi, who isn't planning to vote, mobilises crowds for politicians desperate to create an impression of popularity with their rallies. "Mobilising people to attend a rally is not a tough job because finding youths who are jobless is very easy," says Mwazi 2/3
Diana Mwazi is one of many young Kenyans who see the country's forthcoming Aug. elections as a way to make money, rather than an opportunity to vote for people who could bring about change in her life 1/3 bbc.com/news/world-afr…
Zimbabwe’s central bank plans to more than double the benchmark interest rate -- already the highest in the world -- to 190% as official figures Saturday showed that annual inflation rose to 191.6% in June. bloomberg.com/news/articles/…
Perhaps the most quoted lines from The Godfather; “I made him an offer he couldn’t refuse.”
Just watched “The Godfather” (1972) like for the 15th time. Like “Casablanca” (1942) it keeps giving, defying the times. They no longer make them like that.
Over $4Bn was pledged during Kigali CHOGM to accelerate the fight against malaria & other neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). There seems to have been a shift by big pharma. Novartis committed $250M. GSK gave hundreds of millions of tablets & $1.22Bn for R&D. How do we read it?
A slip of the tongue is worse than a slip of the feet - African Proverb. 📸joSon/Getty ImagesT
Intrigue indeed. Attentive students of Ugandan history are probably picking up a familiar smell to it all. twitter.com/CanaryMugume/s…
Nigeria’s commercial capital Lagos ranks second-worst liveable city in the world, worst in Africa. (Perhaps the messiness & chaos are some of the things that make it Africa's most creative city too?🤔)ripplesnigeria.com/lagos-ranks-se…h
Canada declares shortage of manpower, invites Nigerians, others to fill 1 MILLION vacancies. Canada has an aging population with declining birth rates and immigration remains one of the avenues to fill existing vacancies and support economic growth. ripplesnigeria.com/canada-declare…
Former Angolan corrupt dictator Jose Eduardo dos Santos, who ruled Africa’s 2nd-biggest oil producer for nearly 40 years, is in intensive care at a clinic in Barcelona, Spain. Dos Santos, 79, stepped down in 2017. aljazeera.com/news/2022/6/24…
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