Bird Story Agency

Bird Story Agency

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Bird story agency is a specialist news agency started by Africa No Filter. Our content is used by newsrooms across Africa and around the world.

Joined March 2023

https://bird.africanofilter.org

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Bird Story Agency
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Feb 23, 2024
Francophone Africa tech hubs grow their investor appeal, footballers join the fray
Startups in Francophone Africa are recording more deal value and volume as rising investor participation diversifies to include even overseas football players.
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Feb 22, 2024
Zimbabwe's "Biker Queen" rides full throttle against gender norms 🇿🇼 🏍️
Evonne Mudzingwa's state of bliss comes when she's surrounded by roaring engines. Known as the "Zim Biker Queen", the 50-year-old regularly joins a pack of leather-clad riders on the highway. For Mudzingwa, it’s not just about the thrill of the ride. She's also using her biking adventures to challenge gender stereotypes.
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Feb 22, 2024
BMW bets big on Africa's green hydrogen industry with SA fuel cell test vehicle 🇧 🇲 🇼 🌍
BMW hedges its bets on hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, launching a test vehicle in South Africa as the automaker seeks a path to a mass-market model in 2030.
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Bird Story Agency
Bird Story Agency
Feb 21, 2024
Triggerfish, Ng’endo Mukii, Africa's busy animation ecosystem all recognised in Annie Award
South African animation house Triggerfish and Kenyan writer Ng’endo Mukii were big winners in the TV/Media category at this year's Annie Award. But the recognition, for their episode of the animated Disney series, Kizazi Moto, echoes far beyond this one production.
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Feb 21, 2024
Architect building a photo library of the Lagos cityscape is also changing the narrative on how we view African architecture
Tolulope Sanusi carefully surveys the dynamic cityscape below, before launching a drone from the rooftop of a high-rise building in Lagos. Her clients are attracted to her passion for Nigerian design but her images are also changing the way we see this city - and African architecture.
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Feb 20, 2024
World Tour for 84-year-old cultural icon kicks off with Cape Town retrospective 🖌️ 🇿🇦
Highlighting a journey that has seen the fusion of ancient Ndebele patterns with contemporary art, this Esther Mahlangu retrospective celebrates an African icon.
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Bird Story Agency
Bird Story Agency
Feb 20, 2024
Africa's growth trend signals return to faster expansion
Eleven African nations topped global forecasts for economic growth in 2024, with the continent signaling a potential return to faster growth.
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Feb 20, 2024
bird TenX: 10 African countries with highest diaspora remittance inflows
Remittances sent back to Africa are a considerable growth pillar for the continent and are currently nearly double the total value of aid. The top 10 countries listed here each have remittance inflows of more than US$1 billion.
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Feb 20, 2024
Diaspora institutions are charting new courses for diasporic African youth
Facing discrimination, young diasporans are using organizations and institutionalized formations to help connect more with Africa while advancing economic opportunities for the continent.
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Bird Story Agency
Feb 19, 2024
Tech-savvy Africans are hedging against inflation by going digital
Opera’s MiniPay crosses the one million users mark in just five months - signalling the arrival of decentralised finance (DeFi) as a way for Africans to manage exposure to inflation.
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Feb 16, 2024
This popular floating restaurant was on the rocks until Frida Njeri took over 🍽️ ⛵
This popular bar and restaurant floats on the waters of the Indian Ocean. But its fortunes were almost sunk by fears that followed an extremist attack in the area. It’s thriving again thanks to the efforts of Frida Njeri, a fierce advocate of the economic value of Lamu’s cultural heritage.
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Bird Story Agency
Feb 15, 2024
Investors bet big on Africa's logistics potential
Logistics executives from across the world are considering either increasing or establishing fresh investments in the continent’s logistics sector, according to a new report.
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Feb 15, 2024
Omotunde Akiode is bringing joy to children. It's what she always dreamed of
A love of drawing led Omotunde Akiode to architecture. Then she discovered film. Now she does what she always dreamed of.
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Feb 15, 2024
Zambia’s Kundananji lifts the earnings power of Africa's women footballers with a world record transfer fee 🇿🇲 ⚽
Zambian footballer, Racheal Kundananji is now the most expensive female player in the world, underscoring the increasing business value and surging demand for African football talent globally.
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Feb 14, 2024
Nigerian E-payments eclipse South Africa's 2022 GDP, in latest surge 🇳🇬 💳💵
A scarcity of hard cash has made e-payments the new norm in Nigeria. So much so that the value of digital transactions has grown larger than the 2022 GDP of South Africa, Africa's third-largest economy.
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Bird Story Agency
Feb 13, 2024
bird TenX: 10 African projects that show the power and versatility of blockchain technology
Blockchain, known for its secure and transparent digital ledgers, isn’t just about cryptocurrencies. Here are some African initiatives that showcase the technology’s potential to drive inclusion, efficiency, accountability, security, and transparency.
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Feb 13, 2024
Rising talent fuelling continental basketball 🏀🌍
A global camp for the NBA’s Basketball Without Borders features rising stars from the continent.
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Feb 13, 2024
Africa’s green energy potential lures crypto miners 🟢⚡₿
Ethiopia, Africa’s most affordable electricity provider, retools its green energy resources for crypto mining, with an initial offering to Chinese investors. Where's next?
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Feb 12, 2024
AFCON 2023: Major wins from the most exciting Cup of Nations in history 🏆🇨🇮
As the dust clears post-AFCON 2023, a number of teams will be celebrating significant - and in many cases, unexpected - victories. One thing commentators are unanimous about: the African Cup of Nations hosted by Cote d'Ivoire was the best ever.
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Feb 12, 2024
Ethiopia’s first stock exchange on horizon as it begins licensing investment banks 🇪🇹
Outside investors have long eyed opportunities in Ethiopia — Africa's second-most populous country — especially within its financial sector. In Africa, lenders in Kenya, South Africa and Egypt are front runners.
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Feb 10, 2024
The Moroccan referee who has overcome cultural barriers and gender stereotypes to make history at AFCON 2023 ⚽ 🌍
While there has been an increase in the number of female referees at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), only Moroccan Bouchra Karboubi has so far taken to the pitch as a centre referee.
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Feb 9, 2024
Trucking innovation highlights Africa's cold storage problem and opportunities
An emerging technology that addresses cooling solutions for vehicles has debuted in South Africa, highlighting the skyrocketing continental demand for cold storage services. Experts say cold storage could transform Africa's food supply.
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Feb 8, 2024
Women-led ventures sparkle in a tough funding year
Investment in African women-founded and led startups remains a bright spot in a global ecosystem drained of funding.
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Feb 7, 2024
Zambia hits a copper jackpot from an AI-powered exploration 🇿🇲
A landmark discovery of potentially the largest and most pure copper deposits in northern Zambia is a shot in the arm for an ailing copper mining industry in the country. The discovery marks the first major success of applying AI in mineral exploration.
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Feb 7, 2024
South Africa's $26.3 million new mining fund sets stage for exploration boom 🇿🇦
South Africa has introduced a groundbreaking mineral exploration fund, aiming to bolster participation from junior mining companies. This move aligns with a trend across Africa, where nations are enacting sector reforms to capitalize on the increasing global demand for minerals.
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Feb 7, 2024
Canal+ bid for Multichoice comes as Netflix cedes African lead to Multichoice-owned streamer Showmax
French media giant Canal+ is on the acquisition trail in Africa, targeting local industry leader MultiChoice. The South African heavyweight itself plans to invest US$89 million in its streaming flagship, Showmax, to stay ahead of Netflix in Africa in what is shaping up as the mother of all battles for African viewers.
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Feb 6, 2024
‘Made in Africa’ gets a boost as cross-border trade gathers pace
South Africa's president recently amplified the call for "Made in Africa" at an event to promote intercontinental free trade. But he's not the only one doing so. All over the continent, "Made in Africa" is becoming a rallying call.
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Feb 6, 2024
bird TenX: Africa's 10 busiest airports based on total passenger traffic
Air travel in Africa is projected to surpass pre-pandemic levels for the first time in 2024. From Cairo, with the second-oldest airport in Africa, to Johannesburg, host to the only airport in Africa with direct flights to six continents, here is a list of Africa's busiest airports, according to the Airports Council International (ACI).
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Feb 6, 2024
Somalia's rekindled aviation industry 🇸🇴 ✈️
Over the past year, Somali aviation has had a moment. Its airspace was reclassified, air traffic restored, and more recently its first aircraft maintenance facility was activated. Now, regional and international airlines are introducing more flights to the market.
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Feb 6, 2024
South Africa's internet space is getting hotter 🇿🇦
Telecoms sector analysts in South Africa anticipate a surge in the country's digital capacity, thanks to the impending activation of the 2Africa subsea cable, coupled with a fierce race among telecom giants to deploy high-speed, low-earth orbit satellite services.
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Feb 5, 2024
Shifting focus to these photographers in action at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations
For three weeks, football fans across Africa and the world, have been hooked on the thrilling action of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON). The tournament has been a great spectacle, with major upsets, quality football and an incident-free event leaving fans in awe. The event also has some unsung heroes, among those a clutch of official woman photographers.
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Feb 5, 2024
Google Cloud and Oracle Boost Presence in Africa with New Cloud Regions Amid Tech Leapfrog and Data Residency Demands ☁️ 🚀 🌍
The two US companies are the latest cloud giants to amp up spending in Africa in response to a continental tech "leapfrog" and to comply with data residency laws.
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Jan 31, 2024
bird TenX: Africa's 10 Largest Startup Funding Destinations for 2023
Africa's "big four" tech ecosystems maintain their positions in 2023 but smaller economies, including Francophone startup ecosystems, are racing to fill emerging startup hub slots.
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Jan 31, 2024
Cape Town to mint 6,100 new millionaires in projected wealth boom 🇿🇦 💰
New millionaire residents in the scenic South African city will surge by 85% to 13,500 in 2033, making it one of the BRICS nations fastest growing wealth hubs.
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Jan 31, 2024
Africa's battery manufacturing activity is charging ahead 🌍🪫⚡
Africa is seeing the green shoots of what could become a battery production revolution. Morocco and South Africa lead the charge, hinting at a future where the continent not only dominates the production of green minerals but also taps renewable energy to power green battery production.
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Jan 30, 2024
Will Kenya's strategic mining reforms catalyse a sector renaissance? 🇰🇪
Recently discovered coltan deposits offer to inject fresh momentum into Kenya's mining sector, amplifying the impact of ongoing reforms.
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Jan 30, 2024
1 in every 3 dollars invested into startups in Africa went into climate tech 🌍🌱
Despite a squeeze in funding across Africa’s VC spectrum in 2023, climate tech startups were a striking exception, hauling in US$1 billion of the total US$3.5 billion raised as investor interest surged.
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Jan 25, 2024
MMA's African fighters are sparking a new era for the sport
African MMA fighters are not just flourishing on the global stage, they're igniting a wildfire of growth back home.
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Jan 25, 2024
How Africa is cleaning up its debt mess
IMF tracking shows that no African state has sought comprehensive debt relief in over a year indicating a trend of growing fiscal hygiene across the region.
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Jan 25, 2024
EU backing for gas investments kickstarts South Africa's gas pivot 🇿🇦
South Africa bets big on natural gas as it begins a belated push to revamp its energy supplies and slash emissions, bolstered by EU endorsement of investments in gas.
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Jan 24, 2024
African startups turn to debt as equity powder dries up
As equity deals continue to decline and volumes dry up worldwide, African startups are increasingly relying on venture debt to stay afloat.
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Jan 24, 2024
South Africa ramps up commercial solar installations to counter load shedding 🇿🇦 ⚡
South Africa is breaking records in non-government solar power installation as business - hit hard by massive scheduled power cuts - shows other economies how to deal with unreliable power supply.
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Jan 24, 2024
bird's African Basketball Wrap: Pascal Siakam traded, Clare Akamanzi to start as NBA Africa CEO 🏀🌍
In African basketball news, Toronto Raptor’s Cameroonian player Pascal Siakam has traded to the Indiana Pacers after an eight-year tenure with the Canadians, Afrobasket qualifiers are coming to Tunisia and Egypt and seasoned business executive Clare Akamanzi steps into a new role with the NBA.
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Jan 24, 2024
Africa’s cashless revolution is on, banking on virtual cards
Global card giants are eager to have a slice of Africa's booming e-payments market, with banks eager to join and virtual cards the game-changer. Africa's trade future, experts believe, will be internet-based.
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Jan 23, 2024
Fintech and energy illuminate DR Congo’s nascent startup ecosystem 🇨🇩
From a low base and with very little fuss, the DRC’s startup ecosystem star has begun to shine, propelled by the vibrancy of its fintech and energy sectors.
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Jan 23, 2024
Africa’s cashless revolution is on, banking on virtual cards
Global card giants are eager to have a slice of Africa's booming e-payments market, with banks eager to join and virtual cards the game-changer. Africa's trade future, experts believe, will be internet-based.
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Bird Story Agency
Jan 23, 2024
bird TenX: Africa's 10 largest gold producers 🧈
African states are riding the wave of a gold rush, with global prices stabilising and mining technologies advancing. Here are the continent's ten largest gold-producing powerhouses per tonnage (t), according to the World Gold Council's latest stats.
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Jan 22, 2024
Aviation's Mercy Makau is ensuring the sky is no limit for young, would-be pilots 🚁
Mercy Makau’s love of flying knows no bounds. After founding a club for young aviation enthusiasts in 2012, she has expanded her engagement to mentor women in the industry.
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Jan 22, 2024
Rwanda pushes Africa towards universal smartphone access 🇷🇼 🌐📲
Rwanda’s latest gadget financing scheme is setting a precedent in Africa as the East African state sets its sights on 100% smartphone penetration by 2027. The move is supported by the rapid growth in smartphone sales across the continent.
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Jan 19, 2024
African creativity radiates excellence on the international stage
Whether it's the World Music Awards, the Emmys, the Grammys, or one of the many awards at Cannes, African talent is shining bright in an increasingly diverse range of creative categories.
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Bird Story Agency
Jan 19, 2024
Easing inflation and improving financial conditions are expected to power Africa’s growth in 2024, particularly in the continent's small countries, many of whose economies will be among the fastest rising in the world.
Easing inflation and improving financial conditions are expected to power Africa’s growth in 2024, particularly in the continent's small countries, many of whose economies will be among the fastest rising in the world.
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Jan 19, 2024
Kenyan coastal gem gets a direct link to Middle East as Dubai ties to Africa 🇦🇪 🇰🇪 ✈️
Kenya's biggest coastal city anticipates a major boost in trade and tourism as FlyDubai announces the launch of direct flights between Dubai and Mombasa.
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Jan 18, 2024
Rising megacities: A superhighway for Africa’s shared mobility market
Fast-growing urbanisation and a rising middle class are seen driving growth in the shared mobility market across Africa, with a doubling of the market by 2030, according to a report.
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Jan 18, 2024
South African researchers are tracing the vibrational language of elephants - using fossils 🦣 🇿🇦
While scholars have long acknowledged that elephants possess intricate cognitive abilities a South African team recently uncovered and documented groundbreaking details about elephant communication using fossil records.
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Jan 17, 2024
Meet the trailblazing women who are officiating at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations
Women continue to make giant strides in football with their inclusion in decision-making in Africa and around the world. Women are being seen regularly not only in boardrooms and dressing rooms but also on the pitch. Six women referees taking to pitches at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations in Ivory Coast will be building on a growing legacy for young women around the world.
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Jan 16, 2024
Showmax steps up streaming battle with Premier League on mobile plan 📺 ⚽
Showmax has announced it will put an affordable Premier League viewing plan in viewers' pockets as the South African streamer bets on a mobile-first focus to drive subscriptions and put it out of reach of Netflix, its big rival on the continent.
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Jan 16, 2024
bird TenX: Africa's 10 'most open' countries for travel
African countries are simplifying entry processes and dropping restrictions to improve cross-border travel at inter-country and regional levels.
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Jan 16, 2024
Cabo Verde's malaria victory is a blueprint for Africa
Cabo Verde has achieved a WHO-certified malaria-free status, showcasing the power of strategic health planning. The achievement inspires African nations as more countries pursue malaria elimination.
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Jan 15, 2024
This young innovator's moisture reader saves farmers from food losses. Now he wants to scale to improve Africa's food security.
Isaac Sesi was determined to see his academic research project make an impact on society. So he called on his first-hand experience of food loss. The result, a device to measure moisture in stored produce like maize, now competes with imported devices to assist local farmers.
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Jan 15, 2024
Nigeria's public destruction of ivory demonstrates increasing intolerance of wildlife crime
Just a few months after publicly burning pangolin scales and other illegal wildlife product stockpiles, Nigeria has publicly destroyed millions of dollars in seized ivory as the country ramps up a war on wildlife crime.
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Jan 12, 2024
This "Girls Only" Tech Hub at Kenya's Coast is Cracking Social Codes
A tech hub for young women in Mombasa offers entry into the world of IT to girls and young women from all walks of life, whatever their background.
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Jan 11, 2024
Countdown to AFCON 2023 as the ultimate African football showdown nears 🌍⚽🏆
With just a few days to the start of AFCON 2023, hosted in Cote d’Ivoire, here is what to expect as football fever slowly engulfs the continent.
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Jan 11, 2024
Africa’s motorcycle taxis on the electric horizon 🏍️ ⚡
Motorcycle taxis are on the rise in various African markets, thanks to low electrification costs and efficiency in last-mile transportation and experts are calling for incentives to accelerate the electrification initiative.
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Jan 10, 2024
bird TenX: Top 10 African Trends & Developments to Watch in 2024
There are 54 countries and over 1.4 billion people in Africa, which means there’s a lot happening at any given time - and a great deal more, over 365 days. Here are the 10 topics and themes that we think will play a key role in shifting the focus away from destructive narratives and onto progress and innovation, around the continent in 2024.
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Jan 10, 2024
African nations bet on Sovereign Wealth Funds to catalyze sustainable economic development
Including Mozambique's recently approved natural gas-backed fund, there are now over 20 sovereign wealth funds in Africa. The huge funds are becoming increasingly important drivers of sustainable economic growth.
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Jan 9, 2024
Visa-free regimes to bolster African tourism growth in 2024 ✈️🌍✔️
As more countries tear up visa requirements, major African markets are beginning to record rising numbers in Intra-Africa tourism, a trend expected to extend through 2024.
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Jan 9, 2024
New cash, tech fuel growth and investors in Africa's green cement industry
Innovative cement technologies that cut emissions and utilise local materials are entering Africa, where the green cement market is forecast to hit $867.9 million in four years.
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Dec 21, 2023
The man lighting up rural Zimbabwe 💡 🇿🇼
Electrical engineering graduate Aluwwaine Tanaka Manyonga is making sure that university students and school children in rural communities can study at night - even during power outages.
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Dec 20, 2023
bird TenX: Top 10 African countries on the UNESCO World Heritage sites list
Africa is blessed with an abundance of cultural and natural sites, with many recognised by UNESCO. These sites often represent major tourism opportunities. Here, bird story agency lists the top ten African countries with the highest number of protected World Heritage Sites.
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Dec 19, 2023
Investors bank on African timber for sustainable building boom
A surge in construction activity in Africa is drawing a new breed of investors eyeing mass timber - and the carbon-trapping forests needed to support it - as a sustainable building alternative to traditional concrete and steel.
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Dec 18, 2023
Africa’s Big Christmas Spenders: Cameroon and Zimbabwe 🇨🇲 🇿🇼 🎄 🎅🏿
Higher inflation will reign in Christmas spending after a post-Covid splurge last year, but Cameroonians and Zimbabweans will still be extremely generous with Christmas gifts, decorations and food this year, according to an annual report.
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Dec 18, 2023
Africa is building vaccine manufacturing capacity
With a surge in funding, R&D and private sector investment, Africa is primed for a transformative leap towards vaccine autonomy. A recently announced US$1.8 billion shot in the arm puts vaccine self-sufficiency within reach.
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Dec 15, 2023
Africa‘s green hydrogen portfolio builds on
A green hydrogen and ammonia mega-project in South Africa recently welcomed a Japanese firm as a strategic partner, giving the Rainbow Nation further credibility as a green hydrogen investment destination.
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Dec 14, 2023
COP28 landmark deal to transition from fossils fuels is a unique opportunity for Africa
The world finally agreed on a centrepiece climate deal to transition to renewable energy. For Africa - endowed with huge green resources - this represents a unique opportunity.
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Dec 13, 2023
Scramble in SA crypto market ahead of licensing round 🇿🇦
With South Africa in the lead, African financial institutions are racing to introduce innovative cryptocurrency services - including those allowing for direct purchase of goods and services and conversion to hard cash.
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Dec 13, 2023
Illegal gold mining in the firing line ⛏️🧈 💎
The sentencing of a Chinese illegal gold miner in Ghana highlights a variety of efforts by African governments to curb activities linked to tax avoidance, environmental degradation and worse.
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Dec 12, 2023
bird TenX: 10 of Africa’s major ports in race for greater share of global trade
A multi-billion port expansion spree is adding capacity and improving efficiency as African ports race for a bigger slice of the global maritime trade pie. Here, bird story agency lists ten of the most important African ports, in its latest bird's TenX.
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Dec 12, 2023
COP28: The deals so far
From historic agreements on Loss and Damage, to transformative declarations on food systems and health, COP28 could mark a monumental shift in how the world addresses environmental challenges. Here are some of the deals announced so far.
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Dec 11, 2023
Algeria's Tech Aspirations: Opening Up for Innovation and Investment in Africa 🇩🇿
Amidst chilly temperatures in Algiers, Algeria hosted the African Startup Conference, revealing its ambitions to position itself as a key player in Africa's tech ecosystem. With plans to negotiate an African Charter on Brain Drain and a Pan-African startup strategy, Algeria aims to become the tech hub of the continent. However, challenges lie ahead, including the need for increased private capital and a reconsideration of restrictions on foreign investments. Will Algeria's push into technology reshape its role in the African startup landscape?
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Dec 11, 2023
Gulf investors eye Africa's rich biodiversity for carbon offset projects
Africa’s carbon credit market is experiencing a significant surge in investor interest, thanks to a surge in fresh investment from the Gulf. But more regulation, stricter auditing and greater transparency is required, according to industry insiders.
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Dec 8, 2023
African women rise up in Forbes ‘Most Powerful Women’ rankings
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala retains the position of Africa’s most powerful woman, while new entrant Mpumi Madisa takes second place as African women solidify their place among Forbes' ‘World’s 100 Most Powerful Women’ rankings, boosting their influence on global leadership, politics and business.
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Dec 7, 2023
bird TenX: Top 10 Universities in Africa 🎓🌍
Sustained investments in Africa's educational system is transforming its higher education institutions into global centres of academic excellence that are now appealing to a broad spectrum of students, attracting both local and international enrollees, as ranked by U.S. News & World Report, based on their global standing, assessed through research performance and academic community ratings both worldwide and regionally.
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Dec 7, 2023
bird's African Basketball Wrap: Kenya upsets Egypt at the FIBA Africa Cup 3x3 games, NBA legend Ron Harper visits Kenya for NBA Africa office launch; Afrobasket qualifiers draw in Johannesburg 🏀🏀
Kenya wins at the buzzer against Africa Cup’s reigning champion, Egypt; five-time NBA champion Ron Harper visits Africa for the first time as he participates in a Jr. NBA clinic and NBA Africa's Kenya office launch; and an Afrobasket qualifier draw lays out the road ahead of African basketball’s biggest competition.
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Dec 7, 2023
Airbus to set up a communication hub for its High-Altitude Satellites in Kenya 🇰🇪
Kenya is set to host Airbus's pioneering communication hub for its high-altitude satellites, a move that is likely to lead to more jobs, a boost for space internet adoption in the region - and the fastest internet speeds yet.
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Dec 6, 2023
Afrobeats and Nollywood are shaping Africa's gaming industry ♫ 🎬 🎮
Fusing African soundtracks and narratives, such as those found in Nollywood films, holds immense potential to propel Africa's gaming industry. A recent report highlights how this fusion can drive the success of African games both locally and globally, amplifying African perspectives on a global stage.
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Dec 6, 2023
Ethiopia, Tanzania and Morocco ranked Africa’s top tourism performers 🇪🇹 🇹🇿 🇲🇦
The three countries have by far exceeded their pre-pandemic arrival numbers on robust tourism infrastructure expansion and aggressive destination promotion.
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Dec 5, 2023
Tramways and light rail could be Africa's urban mobility game changer
Light rail and tramways offer an opportunity to transform African cities and could be game-changing as city managers look to innovative and sustainable urban transport solutions.
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Dec 1, 2023
Africa bags early spoils at Dubai climate talks
A multi-billion capital infusion revitalises Africa's landmark "Loss and Damage" climate deal
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Dec 1, 2023
An assertive Africa pushes for climate finance at COP28
As the globe gathers for COP28's first-ever Global Stocktake, Africa demands that the world's biggest polluters to fund the fallout of their actions.
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Nov 30, 2023
NBA Africa expands in the East 🏀 🌍
The establishment of an office in East Africa rounds out the NBA's Africa-wide network and will help it target grassroots basketball.
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Nov 29, 2023
Missla Libsekal is a global ambassador for African contemporary art
Missla Libsekal has been promoting African art for over 13 years. Organisers of Art X Lagos, one of the continent's premier art events, enlisted her expertise and insight for the 2023 showcase. Libsekal is passionate about using her platform to give African artists a voice in the global creative economy.
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Nov 29, 2023
Kagera Sugar's acquisition of Tongaat Hulett, a landmark African business collaboration 🇹🇿 🤝🏿 🇿🇦
A Tanzanian sugar company is vying to acquire one of South Africa's largest sugar companies, a development that highlights the potential for collaboration among African businesses.
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Nov 29, 2023
South African physicists unveil breakthrough research on mysterious dark matter
Physics scholars from South Africa have published landmark research on dark matter, a breakthrough that could redefine future global research in the field.
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Nov 28, 2023
Africa is steadily marching toward gender parity
Africa is making significant strides towards closing gender gaps across key areas: economic participation, education, health, and political empowerment, according to the World Economic Forum.
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Nov 28, 2023
Meet three recipients of the L’Oréal-UNESCO Women in Science Young Talents awards
The L’Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science Young Talents Sub-Saharan Africa Awards shines a spotlight on African women scientists working to resolve problems in their countries. Meet 3 of the 30 women who were honoured at the 2023 ceremony in Botswana.
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Nov 27, 2023
Electricity access in Africa higher than previous estimates ⚡💡
Recent surges in home solar energy installations across Africa indicate that more people on the continent may have access to electricity than previously thought.
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Nov 27, 2023
NBA App gets a boost in Africa with new docuseries 🏀 🎬
NBA Africa has launched a documentary series showcasing the remarkable journeys of five African NBA prospects. The move serves to highlight the impact of the NBA Africa Academy and encourage aspiring African basketball players. It also offers a boost to the NBA's revamped NBA App, on the continent.
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Nov 25, 2023
Music streamers collaborate with telcos to widen Africa reach ♫₊˚.🎧 ✩。
Streaming platforms are partnering with mobile operators to expand in new markets while helping users save on some of the world’s highest data costs.
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Nov 24, 2023
South Africa ramps up mineral value-add momentum as Chinese investment moves up the value chain 🇿🇦
A US$750 million deal between South Africa's Nyanza Light Metals and China's ECEC is the latest evidence of growing Chinese investment in mineral beneficiation across Africa. China is investing in both facilities and crucial logistical ventures like railway and port infrastructure as global demand for Africa's critical minerals grows. Local mineral beneficiation is seen as boosting local economies and helping to rebalance critical mineral value chains.
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Nov 24, 2023
Half of global jobs in the critical minerals sector are in Africa, a new report shows
A new report from the International Energy Agency sheds light on the shifts in the energy job market, with clean energy outpacing global opportunities in fossil fuel sectors. While employment in fossil fuels is higher in Africa, the continent houses half of the critical mineral sector's workforce, underscoring the continent's pivotal role in global energy transition objectives and the substantial economic gains it's reaping.
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Nov 23, 2023
Crypto: The next big adoption challenge for African banks?
The last two decades have been tumultuous for African banking, with big international banks moving out of the continent and a bevvy of more nimble local banks stepping in to mop up opportunities in a fast-growing region. A technological revolution in the form of digital banking helped smaller banks spread swiftly across the continent. Already, however, a disruptive new technology is sweeping Africa; cryptocurrency. And banks are going to need to decide quickly: are we in?
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Nov 22, 2023
Forest Whitaker and NBA team up to promote community basketball in Africa 🏀 🌍
The Hollywood actor added star appeal to the ribbon-cutting event at a basketball court in Athlone, South Africa. The event, a partnership between NBA Africa, the City of Cape Town and the Whitaker Peace and Development initiative, unveiled a community court created to promote youth sports in the area.
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Nov 22, 2023
WiCrypt – the African startup taking smart WiFi to China 🌍 🇨🇳
The Enugu-based Web3 company partners with Onega Ventures to distribute its blockchain-powered WiFi devices in the world’s largest internet market.
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Nov 21, 2023
bird's TenX Series: 10 Top African Female Afrobeats Stars 🎶
Female artists are a major driver of the Afrobeats phenomenon, producing some of the top singles and collaborations that rank as the most-streamed Afrobeats hits, both on the continent and abroad. Their global recognition is aided by wins and mentions in the world's top music and entertainment awards.
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Nov 21, 2023
M-KOPA expands further in Africa with initial offering in Soweto 🇿🇦
The digital financing firm is clearly targeting South Africa's mass market as it enters the country for the first time.
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Nov 20, 2023
This modern popsicles business offers women in the hood a lifeline 🍡 🇰🇪
A modest popsicle-making business in Umoja, Kenya is transforming options for women working in the neighbourhood.
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Nov 20, 2023
Ethiopian artist scores a second record art sale 🇪🇹 🎨🖌️
Julie Mehretu's recent sale of a painting at auction is the highest ever made by an African artist, surpassing her own record set just a month earlier. This achievement underscores a burgeoning global interest in contemporary African art.
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Nov 20, 2023
Tanzania pushes East Africa into an era of gas-fueled vehicles. But can it last? ⛽ 🇹🇿
Tanzania is moving forward with plans to use its extensive natural gas reserves as a substitute for gasoline in transportation. However, there are concerns about its long-term sustainability.
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Nov 17, 2023
Navigating the transition: African banks take over after international lenders exit
Local financial companies are capitalising on the opportunities left by international banks exiting Africa yet continue to struggle with the gap between perceived and actual risks in the market.
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Nov 16, 2023
South Africa to host 'Kalahari Conference' of the BAL - African basketball round-up 🇿🇦
This month’s basketball news roundup includes: KPA going undefeated in the revamped FIBA Africa Women’s Championship Cup qualifiers and reclaiming the title, Stephane Konate retires at 43 after an illustrious career, among others.
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Nov 15, 2023
Are green bonds taking the place of carbon credits in Africa?
African nations are increasingly favouring green bonds over emissions trading to power their transition to green energy.
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Nov 14, 2023
Afrobeats dominate the 2024 GRAMMY nominations ♫ 🏆
Nigeria’s dominance in the 2024 GRAMMY nominations reaffirms that it is a musical powerhouse. From taking over the nomination list for the newly established 'Best African Music Performance' category to having a record number of nominees from the country, the home of Afrobeats shines. Here is Africa’s 2024 Grammy Award nominee list.
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Nov 14, 2023
bird's TEN X SERIES: Top 10 Tallest buildings in Africa
Africa’s city ecosystem is attracting billions of dollars in new projects, making them home to some of the world’s glitziest and tallest buildings.
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Nov 13, 2023
Flutterwave surmounts legal obstruction to boost its offering in Kenya 🇰🇪
The removal of legal challenges leaves the continent's most valuable fintech startup free to pursue growth in East Africa's top digital money market - - and take on regional giant, M-Pesa.
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Nov 9, 2023
Green steel gathers pace in Africa 🟢 🔩
As Namibia breaks ground on what is set to be Africa’s first green steel plant, a number of other African countries have advanced plans for carbon-free steel.
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Nov 7, 2023
bird's TEN X SERIES: Top tourist destinations in Africa
As the world emerges from the shadows of the COVID-19 pandemic, a number of African nations are not just rebounding but are surpassing their pre-pandemic visitor numbers and revenue benchmarks, heralding a golden era of tourism and cultural exploration on the continent, according to the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO).
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Nov 7, 2023
Africa’s geothermal expansion gathers steam
With Kenya and Ethiopia in the lead, increased investment in the geothermal sector will double Africa's geothermal capacity by 2050 and see the continent exceed the total installed capacity in Europe, according to a recent report.
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Nov 6, 2023
Ethiopian scientist awarded National Medal of Science in the US for outstanding contribution to plant science and genetics 🥇 🧬
Ethiopian-born scientist Gebisa Ejeta recently received the highest state honour attainable by scientists in the United States. He is one of a growing number of African scientists creating impactful solutions to global challenges.
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Nov 3, 2023
Africa poised to be a world fashion leader - UN report
A growing, worldwide interest in African cultural and fashion events supports the findings of a new report showing that Africa holds all the cards to become a global leader in fashion.
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Nov 1, 2023
Africa's banking giants bet on green finance 🟢
Commercial banks are increasingly incorporating climate-focused financial instruments, a trend that may unlock crucial climate finance from within.
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Nov 1, 2023
Africa shifts towards genetic modification to boost food security 🌾
Ghana is the latest African nation to commit to GM in an attempt to unlock economic benefits from agriculture.
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Oct 31, 2023
Kenya greenlights visits from all Africans in push for unhindered continental travel 🇰🇪
Kenya will scrap visas for all African visitors by year-end, in the first decisive push towards greater continental integration by a major African economy
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Oct 30, 2023
When life serves you lemons... a Zimbabwean tale 🇿🇼
When COVID-19 hit Zimbabwe in 2020, the country went into lockdown. Marlvin Chieza was one of those who returned to his home in the countryside, with no income apparently, no future. That is until he noticed the apples lying around.
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Oct 27, 2023
Africa should be at the centre of critical mineral supply chain diversification - experts 🇨🇩
With growing numbers of mineral processing plants being built on the continent - the latest, a US$250 million cobalt beneficiation facility in the DRC - African experts are calling for global supply chain diversification.
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Oct 27, 2023
Superdeep diamonds from West Africa and Brazil unveil critical insights on earth’s evolution 💎
Ancient diamonds obtained from deep into the earth’s crust in Brazil and Western Africa have revealed groundbreaking details on the evolution processes of the earth. A new isotope lab being set up in South Africa could lead to more robust diamond analyses and focus future discoveries on the continent.
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Oct 26, 2023
What next for Safaricom after M-pesa buyout?
Safaricom gains full control of M-PESA in a landmark acquisition from its parent company as it seeks a streamlined pathway to expand mobile money offerings throughout Africa.
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Oct 26, 2023
UAE's post-oil ambitions steer a multibillion-dollar push into African freight
Sheikdom ramps up multi-billion dollar investment in Africa's freight industry, positioning itself as a logistics and trade behemoth in a post-fossil-fuel era.
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Oct 25, 2023
African Football League’s grand debut marks a new era of football excellence 📺 ⚽ 🏆
The recently introduced African Football League wants to reshape football on the continent. It showcases top-tier club football in Africa and is intent on reshaping fundamentals like broadcasting, sponsorship and prize money. It's also getting widespread support, already.
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Oct 24, 2023
South Africa back in the defence tech game with deployment of huge drone 🇿🇦
A South African defence tech company has successfully tested a large unmanned aerial vehicle, the Milkor 380, a shot in the arm for its defence industry, once highly regarded internationally for its cutting-edge technology.
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Oct 23, 2023
Rwanda ups the ante in race to provide remote coverage 📡 🇷🇼
Kigali has taken internet delivery into the Stratosphere with a high-speed internet test in partnership with Japan's Softbank. The successful test shows that even in the most remote areas, high-speed, affordable internet is possible.
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Oct 23, 2023
Vuyo’s journey from a small solar panel to lighting up not just her home but the future of South Africa 🇿🇦
Vuyolwethu Matiwane is just one example of women staking out an increasingly influential space in Africa's renewable energy sector.
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Oct 20, 2023
African women CEOs in tech startups are narrowing the funding gap
Tech startups in Africa led by women are attracting an increasing share of funding. Experts believe that with increased mentoring, this gender gap can be narrowed further.
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Oct 19, 2023
Innovative radio programming transforms agriculture, enables education and offers a lifeline in eastern Zambia 🇿🇲
After the introduction of radio programs in their local language, farmers in a rural district of eastern Zambia experienced a remarkable transformation. Bauti Chipeta is one of those farmers.
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Oct 18, 2023
Rwanda eyes African football to boost tourism, increase air traffic and grow grassroots football 🇷🇼 🤝🏽 ⚽️
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has unveiled Rwanda as a key sponsor for the inaugural edition of the African Football League. This partnership will prominently feature the well-known 'Visit Rwanda' campaign within the continent. The strategic collaboration aims to boost tourism, advance sports development, and enhance air traffic.
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Oct 18, 2023
Modern cargo ship launched as East African lake logistics boom 🇰🇪
Kenya's shipbuilding abilities are giving the country a competitive edge as East Africa rushes to take advantage of booming trade around its inland waterways.
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Oct 18, 2023
Kenyan farmers benefitting from fish exports to Europe 🐟 🇰🇪
For fish farmers in a western Kenya community, impressive numbers at their local fish factory are a very personal milestone.
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Oct 18, 2023
An innovative sales system has cassava farmers enjoying extra profits 🇳🇬
Up to 70% of Nigerians consume cassava on a daily basis. The farmers who bring this staple to Nigerian tables are finding innovative ways to increase their profits.
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Oct 17, 2023
Drone agriculture is becoming a thing in Kenya 🇰🇪
Ken Mbuki and Michel Iland are elevating farming to new heights - using drones. When drone pilot Ken Mbuki met Michel Iland at a Kenya Drone Business Competition, they realised they had something in common - both needed and used, drones to improve their farming operations.
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Oct 17, 2023
The outsize contribution of the women scientists of Zimbabwe to the fight against HIV
Wadzanai Samaneka, Nyaradzo Mavis Mgodi and Tsungai Mhembere have all built their careers - and spent much of their lives - fighting a war on an "incurable', killer disease. Thanks in no small part to these Zimbabwean women, humanity may finally be winning a decades-long battle against that disease - HIV.
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Oct 16, 2023
Centi-millionaires fuel luxury property enclaves in Africa's major cities
From Cape Town to Nairobi, new elite property zones are emerging in Africa's major cities as local centi-millionaires spread their economic footprint across the continent.
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Oct 16, 2023
South African academics to lead a global physics initiative on climate action 🇿🇦
African scholars are at the forefront of a global effort to combat climate change with science.
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Oct 13, 2023
Essential credit comes to millions of women as microfinance and mobile money gain traction in Ethiopia 🇪🇹
The introduction of microfinance services and mobile money is helping Ethiopia's unbanked population- including this widowed mother of three who is her family's sole breadwinner.
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Oct 13, 2023
Africa's magnificent distance runners are fuelled by tech, grit and strategy 🏃🏽‍♀️ 🥇
Recent strides by African athletes in marathon running have been nothing short of extraordinary. While the advent of advanced "super shoes" has played a role, experts emphasize meticulous planning and strategy behind these remarkable athletic achievements.
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Oct 12, 2023
Safaricom’s 'Lipa Na M-pesa' model comes to South Africa - courtesy of MTN 🇿🇦
MTN launches paperless payment service, MomoBusiness in South Africa as it seeks to replicate Safaricom’s Lipa Na M-pesa's success in Kenya.
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Oct 11, 2023
South Africa eyes Curtailment as a strategy to add more renewables, stabilise grid 🇿🇦
South Africa has raised the possibility of using a Curtailment strategy, aimed at strategically avoiding overgeneration, to boost capacity on its national grid. The strategy could see some 4 GW added over a short time period. This forward-thinking approach adds to recent optimistic statements regarding ongoing blackouts.
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Oct 11, 2023
The legal battle for climate justice in Africa is on the rise
A growing wave of climate lawsuits in Africa is echoing global trends as an impassioned and youthful climate activist community pushes for justice on the continent. More lawsuits are expected, signalling Africans’ urgency in pursuit of climate justice.
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Oct 10, 2023
Africa eyes greater say, more agency with added IMF, World Bank board seats
Africa is to gain additional seats on the influential boards of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank, elevating the region's clout in global finance governance. This comes as African nations look to carve out space to act with greater agency and self-determination, both in continental and world affairs.
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Oct 9, 2023
Two African projects amongst the 2023 Earthshot finalists
Two African projects are among 15 initiatives up for a prestigious prize that recognises environmental restoration and protection work, globally.
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Oct 6, 2023
Starlink casts a financial lifeline to Jumia in new deal 🤝🏽
Starlink to leverage Jumia’s retail network to supercharge its broadband rollout in Africa, extending a vital financial lifeline to the struggling online retailer.
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Oct 5, 2023
A fresh produce market becomes a night-time destination for busy Ugandans, thanks to the installation of a solar lighting array 🇺🇬
The biggest market in Uganda has installed LED lighting. The development is helping marketers make sales during the night-time.
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Oct 5, 2023
Namibia races ahead with Green Hydrogen 🇳🇦
Namibia has begun work on a green hydrogen refuelling station, making its intentions clear when it comes to its big bet on the "fuel of the future". While the move puts Namibia ahead of the pack, a number of other African countries are not far behind.
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Oct 4, 2023
'Gorilla Friendly' award highlights the role of wildlife partnerships 🇨🇬
Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park is officially the world's first certified gorilla-friendly park. The achievement not only sets up the park, situated in Congo Republic, for more funding but also highlights the growth of public-private partnerships in wildlife conservation.
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