19 December 19

Bobi Wine: Past year shows life isn’t going to get any easier for presidential hopeful

For Bobi Wine, 2018 was a difficult year that saw him detained for months on end, severely injured while being held by military officials and charged with treason. It was also a pivotal year that cemented his status as Uganda’s
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19 December 19

A review of John Magufuli’s Tanzania in 2019

Throughout 2019, Tanzania President John Magufuli has been accused of repressing political freedom and human rights in the country. This continues a worrying trend in Tanzania, following a string of measures in 2018 affecting the rights of political opposition, journalists,
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17 December 19

Why are the political killings and disappearances under Paul Kagame being ignored?

Rwanda’s economic success since emerging from the horrors of ethnic genocide in 1994 has been staggering. President Paul Kagame has steered the country out of crisis and guided it into a new age of stability and economic promise. In 1994,
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13 December 19

These are the most visited countries in Africa

Africa nations attracted 67 million international tourists in 2018, according to data from the World Tourism Organization (UNTWO). That’s a 7 percent increase amounting to 4 million visits more than the previous year, significantly higher than the 4.3 percent growth
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05 December 19

The unwanted side-effects of Africa’s digital boom

Earlier this year, the World Economic Forum announced that Africa’s digital boom is only just getting started. Investment in African startups more than doubled between 2017 and 2018, reaching a record $1.2 billion and there’s plenty of room for further
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04 December 19

The world needs to pay attention to East Africa’s ‘unprecedented floods’

As world leaders from 200 countries gather in Madrid for the 25th Conference of the Parties (COP25), to discuss ways of tackling the climate crisis, East Africa is still reeling from the effects of unprecedented floods. Kenya, Somalia and South
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03 December 19

This study says climate change hits women hardest in Africa

A new study published by Nature Climate Change analyses the impact of climate change upon men and women across Africa and Asia. The study finds that, while climate crisis is damaging for everyone – and could prove catastrophic for all
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27 November 19

The eerie appeal of Eritrea’s colonial architecture

Eritrea doesn’t top the bucket list of many travellers you’re likely to come across. The country is often dubbed Africa’s most secretive state and compared to the reclusive totalitarianism of North Korea. Last year’s peace deal with Ethiopia brought an
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21 November 19

Study: African nations are among the most dangerous 2020 travel destinations

The latest version of the Travel Risk Map developed by International SOS names a number of African countries among the world’s most dangerous places to travel in 2020. The Central African Republic, Libya, Mali, Somalia and South Sudan are all
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12 November 19

Can Ethiopia heal its ethnic wounds without stifling rights?

So much progress has been made since Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed came into power last April that it’s easy to forget the troubled situation his country was in at the time. Faced with the seemingly impossible task of quelling
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