20 April 18

Tanzania has warned people against protesting – and it seems to be working

For weeks, the Tanzanian government has been warning citizens against taking to the streets in protest on April 26. A US-based activist had called for nationwide protests against John Magufuli’s government as complaints about suppressing civil freedoms increase. Despite this, the
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19 April 18

Ugandan constitutional coup: a regrettable sign of the times

The coming weeks could represent a make-or-break moment for Uganda’s long-suffering political opposition – and for the political integrity of Africa as a whole. The country’s court is due to review a legal challenge to a recent amendment of the
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13 April 18

The rise of Djibouti as a global military, economic force

Djibouti is one of the world’s smallest and most water-scarce nations in the world. Yet the tiny Horn of Africa nation is establishing itself as a global military and economic force that’s indispensable to powerhouse nations like the US and
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05 April 18

Are Britain’s Brexit trade woes good news for Africa?

According to the UK’s International Trade Committee, British trade with 70 countries is going to “fall off a cliff edge” unless the country’s government takes urgent action. This is just one of the doomsday headlines coming out of the British
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30 March 18

Why did Nigeria U-turn on African free trade agreement?

After years of negotiations,  44 African countries endorsed an agreement to establish the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) on March 21, 2018. It’s a move that brings the African Union’s vision of a single African market one giant step closer
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29 March 18

Ethiopia: Ruling party elects ethnic Oromo to lead the country

Ethiopia’s ruling coalition part has picked Abiy Ahmed as its new leader, paving the way for him to become the country’s prime minister.

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16 March 18

Kenya’s High Court hands check to Big Sugar

A judge from Kenya’s High Court has quashed an imposition of excise duty on bottled water, fruit juices, energy drinks, sodas and cosmetic products, claiming the tax as unconstitutional. The ruling has been interpreted by some as a win for
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15 March 18

What’s holding back Africa’s digital revolution?

The internet is changing the way people in Africa live, perhaps at a faster and more significant rate than anywhere else in the world. With the world largest young population adopting mobile technology, the continent is the fastest-growing region for
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06 March 18

What next for the DRC if election goes ahead, as promised?

Last month, the DRC’s minister of communications, Lambert Mende, said the country’s president, Joseph Kabila, has no intentions of running in elections scheduled to be held in December this year. According to Mende, Kabila has never intended to seek a third
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28 February 18

Why 2017 was the year Africa’s tech startup scene really kicked off

Africa has been gaining attention in the tech scene for a number of years now, but the excitement surrounding Africa’s technology prospects focuses on its potential rather than the current state of things. Africa is a continent to watch with
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