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July 7, 2019

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari signs up to the $3 trillion Africa free trade agreement.

2011

Huawei enters the Africa market in 2011 by launching a smartphone priced from $100 in Nigeria. 

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Presented by Rachel Humphreys with Juliette Garside, Rafael Marques de Morais and Patrick Greenfield, produced by Elizabeth Cassin, Courtney Yusuf and Axel Kacoutié; executive producers Nicole Jackson and Phil Maynard
January 24, 2020
the Guardian
Photograph: Emma McIntyre/Getty Images
By Stacy Liberatore For Dailymail.com
January 24, 2020
Mail Online
Archaeologists believe the 'devils trail' of 81 Neanderthal footprints were made hours or days after the Roccamonfina volcano in southern Italy erupted some 50,000 years ago.
January 23, 2020
WebWire
Royal DSM, a global science-based company in nutrition, health and sustainable living, has announced a new collaboration with Generation Unlimited, a global partnership hosted by UNICEF that identifies and grows solutions to link young people with quality education, skills and on-the-job training. Together with Sight & Life, a humanitarian nutrition think tank, the partnership aims to provide opportunities for young entrepreneurs through the development of agri-food businesses, with the...
By Joe Pinkstone For Mailonline
January 23, 2020
Mail Online
Four skeletons - two from 8,000 years ago and two from 3,000 years ago -unearthed in Cameroon have added to the mystery of how humans spread throughout Africa.
Jake Bright
January 23, 2020
TechCrunch
Internet services company Opera has come under a short-sell assault based on allegations of predatory lending practices by its fintech products in Africa. Hindenburg Research issued a report claiming (among other things) that Opera's finance products in Nigeria and Kenya have run afoul of prudent consumer practices and Google Play Store rules for lending apps. [...]
AFP | PTI
January 22, 2020
@bsindia
The other nations being considered for new rules were Belarus, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Sudan and Tanzania
Jillian Ambrose Energy correspondent
January 21, 2020
the Guardian
Grain and solar panels for sale at a market in Gaoua, Burkina Faso. Photograph: Joerg Boethling/Alamy
Jake Bright
January 21, 2020
TechCrunch
San Francisco and Lagos-based fintech startup Flutterwave has raised a $35 million Series B round and announced a partnership with Worldpay FIS for payments in Africa. With the funding, Flutterwave will invest in technology and business development to grow market share in existing operating countries, CEO Olugbenga Agboola -- aka GB -- told TechCrunch. The company will [...]
Michael Forsythe
January 21, 2020
www.nytimes.com
A trove of leaked documents showed how Isabel dos Santos, the daughter of Angola's ex-president, exploited the country's wealth to enrich herself.
January 20, 2020
WebWire
Nokia has announced that Angola Cables is trialling Nokia's Photonic Service Engine 3 (PSE-3) chipset for the first direct optical connection between the USA and Africa. The route provides direct, low-latency trans-Atlantic routing and greatly simplifies the turn-up of services to better serve rapidly growing data consumption markets in Africa. Subsea fiber-optic cables form the backbone of the global internet, connecting countries and continents across vast trans-oceanic distances....
Jake Bright
January 20, 2020
TechCrunch
The Catalyst Fund has gained $15 million in new support from JP Morgan and UK Aid and will back 30 fintech startups in Africa, Asia, and Latin America over the next three years. The Boston based accelerator provides mentorship and non-equity funding to early-stage tech ventures focused on driving financial inclusion in emerging and frontier [...]
BBC Panorama
January 19, 2020
BBC News
Leaked documents reveal how Isabel dos Santos made her fortune through exploitation and corruption.
January 15, 2020
WebWire
The first African Drone and Data Academy (ADDA) opened in Lilongwe, Malawi, UNICEF announced. The move is part of efforts to promote the use of drones in programmes and services that will impact the lives of children and young people. "Humanitarian and development programme delivery in Africa and beyond can benefit significantly from the application of drone technology," said UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore. "The African Drone and Data Academy will be instrumental in equipping...
David Lewis
January 15, 2020
IN
In a refinery just outside Uganda's main airport, workers slip bars of freshly refined gold into clear plastic bags sealed with a sticker of the national flag - black, yellow and red - and the label "Ugandan's Treasure."
Ingrid Lunden
January 6, 2020
TechCrunch
It's not every day that the CEO of a large Silicon Valley tech company decides to relocate to a different part of the world in order to learn more about it -- particularly a frequently maligned and often overlooked by big-business part. But Jack Dorsey, the American tech entrepreneur who co-founded and leads not one, [...]
Robin McKie Science editor
January 5, 2020
the Guardian
A bushman from the Khomani San community strikes a traditional pose in the Southern Kalahari desert, South Africa. The San still hunt animals as our common ancestors did. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images
Jake Bright
January 1, 2020
TechCrunch
The business of selling consumer goods and services online is a relatively young endeavor across Africa, but ecommerce is set to boom. Over the last eight years, the sector has seen its first phase of big VC fundings, startup duels and attrition. To date, scaling e-commerce in Africa has straddled the line of challenge and [...]
Michelle Konstantinovsky
January 1, 2020
HowStuffWorks
You've probably heard of the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn, but do you know the difference?
Phoebe Weston and Patrick Greenfield
December 31, 2019
the Guardian
Global climate strike in Kenya. Photograph: Daniel Irungu/EPA
Jake Bright
December 30, 2019
TechCrunch
2019 brought more global attention to Africa's tech scene than perhaps any previous year. A high profile IPO, visits by both Jacks (Ma and Dorsey), and big Chinese startup investment energized that. The last 12 months served as a grande finale to 10 years that saw triple digit increases in startup formation and VC on [...]
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