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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.

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Apr 22, 2024
Can low-budget, high-quality films help African film making? 🎬
Limited financial resources is the biggest obstacle in Africa’s film industry. A collaboration involving Netflix in South Africa has highlights the potential of low-budget yet high-quality filmmaking on the continent.
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Apr 20, 2024
Basketball's influence in Africa is growing, latest NBA data shows 🏀🌍
A new NBA Africa report shows growing African interest in basketball activities, judging by a surge in live game views, a growth in social media numbers and an increase in merchandise sales.
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Apr 18, 2024
NBA Africa-Africell collaboration points to the growing influence of private sector in Africa sport
Private sector collaborations in basketball are fostering the growth of Africa's sports ecosystem.
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Apr 17, 2024
Volvo's e-truck rental program is a milestone for Africa's e-mobility quest
Volvo has unveiled an electric heavy-duty truck rental programme in South Africa, amidst a growing demand for clean mobility on the continent
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Apr 17, 2024
African countries start business classification to shore up green investment
Kenya is set to become the third African country to put a green finance taxonomy in place, making the country more attractive for green investment and climate finance.
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Apr 17, 2024
Africa's private wealth to jump to $4 trillion by 2034
Mauritius, Namibia, Morocco, Zambia, Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda will lead gains with Africa expected to grow its new millionaire tally by 65%.
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Apr 17, 2024
New e-mobility policies are pushing EV fleet expansions in Africa
African countries are welcoming a new era of more progressive EV adoption policies in a bid to increase the number of EVs on their roads.
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Apr 17, 2024
bird TenX: African countries with the highest number of EVs
In the midst of a global push towards electric vehicles, African nations are forging ahead with systems and policies to ramp up EV adoption.
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Apr 17, 2024
Ethiopia looks to the Singapore model to lure startups in sweeping new reforms
Addis Ababa dangles capital gains tax breaks to encourage investors amid capital flight from Africa's top venture capital markets.
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Apr 17, 2024
Zimbabwe's emerging consumer market tops segment - report
Consumer spending power is on the rise in Zimbabwe, placing the country at the top of its segment, according to a new report.
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Apr 11, 2024
Local manufacturing of drones is on the rise in Africa
Growing demand for drones in Africa - historically met through imports from global suppliers like China, Israel, and Turkey - is driving a transformative shift to local manufacturing, promising economic benefits and technological advancement.
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Apr 10, 2024
More African founders secure $1M+ Funding in new trend 💰🌍
Despite a dip in overall funding levels, the continent is witnessing a marked increase in the number of ventures securing $1 million or more.
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Apr 10, 2024
bird TenX: 10 African women leaders and their social impact
Through the power of narrative, ten women are weaving new chapters in Africa’s history. Their dedication to community service, commitment to education and leadership across diverse sectors are crafting transformative tales of resilience.
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Apr 10, 2024
Interstate deals fuel drive for African single roaming regime
The push for a single roaming regime across Africa has received new impetus thanks to a West African protocol driving economic integration. Ghana and Benin are the latest countries to agree on a network hopping initiative.
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Apr 10, 2024
Africa‘s most populous countries eye private investors to tackle housing challenge
As populations surge and urbanisation accelerates, African governments are betting big on investors in a new policy shift that targets private investment to scale the production of affordable housing units.
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Apr 8, 2024
Africa's stadium boom can be used to build prosperity beyond sports 🏟 🌍
Africa is witnessing rapid investment in sports infrastructure, with Morocco building the largest football stadium in the world ahead of the 2030 World Cup. Experts believe the conditions now exist for this infrastructure to drive economic prosperity.
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Apr 8, 2024
Zambia’s arts and creative sector is thriving 🇿🇲
Zambia's new arts and film policy marks a strategic step towards bolstering its creative industries, aiming to diversify revenue streams beyond the dominant mining sector. With a rising acknowledgement of the nation's cinematic and artistic potential, coupled with improved internet connectivity, Zambia is primed to unlock a wave of opportunities in this burgeoning sector.
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Apr 8, 2024
Twin rate cuts set Mozambique apart as African currency rally 🇲🇿
Mozambique doubles down on growth with Africa's first dual benchmark rate cuts in 2024 as currencies across the continent score gains against the greenback.
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Apr 5, 2024
Africans showcase the continent's athletic supremacy at the World Cross-Country Championships 🏃🏾‍♀️🏅 🇰🇪 🇺🇬 🇪🇹
African athletes, notably from Kenya, Uganda, and Ethiopia put their dominance of distance running on display at this year's World Athletics Cross Country Championships.
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Apr 5, 2024
Twin rate cuts set Mozambique apart as African currency rally 🇲🇿
Mozambique doubles down on growth with Africa's first dual benchmark rate cuts in 2024 as currencies across the continent score gains against the greenback.
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Apr 4, 2024
Elite hotel chains dial up investments in Africa with $3,000-a-night rooms 🤩
More luxury hotels with over US$3,000-a-night rooms will open in Africa as Marriott, Hilton and others zero in on the growing demand for lavish, Instagrammable stays.
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Apr 3, 2024
Botswana’s 90 million-year-old ancient beetle discovery explains earth's evolution 🇧🇼
Africa's role in unravelling the mysteries of evolution and prehistoric life has been boosted by the recent discovery of a prehistoric beetle, in Botswana.
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Apr 3, 2024
Wildlife migratory "corridors" set to grow, Africa-wide
Africa's wildlife conservation is evolving, with community conservancies along vital migration routes ensuring safe passage for roaming species. Thanks to these successes, African conservation officials are now looking to link protected areas across the continent.
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Apr 2, 2024
Cost of living relief on the cards as Kenya, Nigeria currencies gain ground 🇳🇬 🇰🇪
From ranking as the world’s worst-performing currencies in 2023, the Kenyan shilling and Nigerian naira have made significant progress. They are now among the best-performing currencies in the world for 2024, raising hopes for a lower cost of living in these countries.
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Apr 2, 2024
bird TenX: 10 influential youth activists shaping the African electoral climate
With Bassirou Diomaye Faye, the youngest ever elected African president, serving as a symbol of youthful leadership, and a surge in young demographics increasingly prominent in mainstream politics, youth electoral activism is gaining momentum in countries like Ghana and Eswatini. These nations are experiencing renewed discussions and movements surrounding elections and civic engagement among the youth. With more than a third of African countries heading to the electoral booth in 2024, youth electoral activism is gaining a spotlight in countries like Ghana and Eswatini, where the youth have revived discussions and movements around elections and civic engagement.
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Apr 2, 2024
Somalia plugs 5G into its economic rebound 🇸🇴 🛜
Faster internet speeds arrive in Somalia as Mogadishu seeks enhanced connectivity.
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Mar 28, 2024
Africa begins licensing crypto as verified transactions hits US $117 billion
South Africa and Nigeria are moving to license cryptocurrency firms to ensure that the benefits of virtual currencies accrue locally, as Africa's off-the-grid transaction values shoot higher than the GDP of Kenya.
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Mar 27, 2024
NFL expands more into Africa for market and talent hunt 🏈 🌍
The NFL’s Global Markets Program expansion into Ghana and now Nigeria suggests the US sports league is now seeing the continent as a market for its sports offering.
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Mar 27, 2024
Wind energy to help clean South Africa's dirty carbon "hotspot" 🇿🇦
From powering the notoriously dirty Secunda industrial complex to its strategic application to power mines, wind energy is emerging as a viable option for powering South Africa’s industrial energy transition, even though grid restraints remain a challenge.
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Mar 26, 2024
Cultural wealth can drive economic growth in African cities
A report by the World Cities Forum underscores the vast economic opportunities in African cities offered by tapping into their cultural wealth and harnessing youth innovation and creativity.
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Mar 26, 2024
Congo and Togo record Africa’s highest increase in happiness levels 🇹🇬 🇨🇬
Higher benevolence rates among Millennials and Generation Z- post-COVID-19 pandemic - are helping to improve life evaluations on the continent, as these two African countries emerge among the top 10 globally for the highest increase in happiness levels.
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Mar 26, 2024
bird TenX: Ten influential women in African politics
From heads of state like Samia Suluhu to influential diplomats like Bintou Keita, women are increasingly playing key roles in the continent’s politics and governance. From Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the first democratically elected female president in Africa, to Fatma Samba Diouf Samoura, FIFA's first female Secretary General, a new generation of women is paving the way.
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Mar 25, 2024
Africa's promising sports future evident at the 13th Africa Games in Accra 🇬🇭
The 13th Africa Games in Ghana revealed Africa's bright sports future, featuring diverse disciplines and standout performances by rising stars. Experts view the event's gaps as opportunities for enhancing future editions.
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Mar 25, 2024
Kigali is Africa’s fastest rising international financial centre 🇷🇼
Despite its small economy, Rwanda is gaining international attention for its efforts to position itself as an international financial centre. Kigali is now the fastest-growing financial hub in Africa, according to a new report.
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Mar 25, 2024
West Africa is now Africa's mobile money hotspot
Between 2018 and 2022, more than 110 million new mobile money accounts were opened in the region, including 60 million since 2021.
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Mar 21, 2024
Investing in art is often considered an activity only for the wealthy. Karabo Morule would disagree.
After leaving a career in banking, the actuarial graduate immersed herself in art investment and now works as an art advisor, guiding art lovers and investors at some of Africa's biggest art exhibitions. Her advice is to take a good look at the handicrafts or decorations lying around the house. Some might be worth more than you thought.
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Mar 21, 2024
The bird basketball roundup: Khaman Maluach to join a US university, Kalahari Conference wraps up, upskilling for Kenyan girls
Khaman Maluach, a top-three 2025 NBA prospect, commits to Duke after offers from the NBA’s G-League and other top D1 schools in America, as the inaugural Kalahari Conference ends with Morocco’s FUS Rabat topping the standings. Elsewhere, 30 university-age girls in Kenya embark on a 5-month US Embassy-sponsored mentorship program to empower them and improve their basketball skills.
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Mar 21, 2024
Africa’s race to universal mobile coverage gains momentum 📶 🌍
Africa’s quest to achieve universal mobile coverage is getting a boost as mobile network operators turn to space technologies to reach millions of under-served customers on the continent.
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Mar 20, 2024
Bid to include African datasets in LLM training gain traction 🌍 🧠
Researchers ratchet up efforts to embed African perspectives into LLM training datasets as AI ethics activists push for a more representative global AI ecosystem.
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Mar 20, 2024
bird TenX: Service industry looms large in Africa's 10 biggest economies
Most African economies are driven by young populations, fast-growing tech adoption and mineral reserves, while the largest contribution to the top economies mentioned here comes from the services and industry sectors.
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Mar 20, 2024
Namibia may tap its trillion dollar oil & gas windfall to fuel renewables ambitions. 🇳🇦
With Namibia's oil and natural gas exploration program delivering windfall results, the pressure to use this abundance to drive growth and advance its renewable energy sector is huge.
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Mar 20, 2024
Africa is fueling India's economic ambitions 🌍 🫱🏽‍🫲🏿 🇮🇳
Africa is becoming a crucial player in India's ambitious quest for global economic dominance. Through strong trade investments, expanding diplomatic relations, and strategic military partnerships, India is making significant investments in the continent as part of its broader global economic strategy.
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Mar 18, 2024
Private trains to ply South African rail network in commercial revamp 🚇 🇿🇦
South Africa is to transition its rail network towards a more open and competitive model, allowing private train operators access to its extensive rail infrastructure.
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Mar 18, 2024
Pro basketball teams shine at the NBA-backed BAL Kalahari Conference 🇿🇦 🏀
South Africa hosted BAL matches for the first time as Fath Union Sport de Rabat emerged the top team in the Kalahari Conference, clinching a spot in the BAL playoffs in May, alongside second-placed Clube Atletico Petroleos de Luanda. Third-placed Cape Town Tigers will have to vie for a wildcard entry to the Kigali playoffs.
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Mar 14, 2024
Ghana bets on tax breaks to attract global filmmakers 🎥 🇬🇭
Already buzzing with activity, Ghana’s film sector is adding tax rebates to its portfolio of reasons why global productions should consider it as their next filming destination.
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Mar 14, 2024
Lift as you rise - A young agri-entrepreneur star is teaching others how to succeed in small-scale farming 🇿🇦
With a sustainable poultry and crop farm, a diploma in HR management and her first book published, you'd think that Ntobeko Thokozisile Mafu would be content to simply focus on building her business. But this young woman is determined to do more for her society.
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Mar 13, 2024
Economic reforms propel Ethiopia to world’s third fastest growing nation brand status 🇪🇹
Opening doors for private investors has spurred a rise in investments in Ethiopia's key sectors, allowing the country to maintain higher economic growth rates than its African and global peers and elevating its global reputation.
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Mar 12, 2024
This South African winemaker is savouring the sweet taste of success 🍷🍇 🇿🇦
Nongcebo Langa fell in love with wine after a chance encounter with a winemaker at a fair. She went on to study the craft at South Africa’s renowned Stellenbosch University and her passion and mastery of the industry’s technical processes has resulted in her creating award-winning wines, like the 2022 Delheim Gewürztraminer.
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Mar 12, 2024
Locally assembled handsets begin to drive Africa’s low-end smartphone shipments 📱🌍
Local assembly and Chinese imports are making low-end but feature-rich smartphones available to young consumers in the era of constrained disposable income.
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Mar 12, 2024
bird TenX: 10 major horticultural exports from Africa 🥑🍋 🌍
From cut flowers to citrus, avocadoes and asparagus, African countries are exporting a diverse range of horticultural products to global markets, earning significant revenues in return.
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Mar 12, 2024
Africa's horticultural exports surge on
African nations escalated horticultural exports last year as they sought to tackle global supply shortages and diversify their exports.
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Mar 11, 2024
Special Economic Zones are propelling Africa's green hydrogen drive
In a bid to attract investors interested in tapping into Africa’s extensive green hydrogen potential, African countries are leveraging special economic zones to grow the sector.
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Mar 8, 2024
After Ivory Coast's thrilling AFCON 2023 can Ghana's Africa Games 2023 shape up? 🇨🇮
As the Africa Games 2023 descends on Accra with the promise of showcasing world-class athletes, many will be asking whether a new golden age of African sports has finally arrived. To make that a "yes" Ghana will need to compete with one of the most successful events in African sports history - the recently completed 2023 African Cup of Nations.
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Mar 8, 2024
Nigeria is the second fastest-growing country in the world for software developers, Egypt seventh 👨🏽‍💻 🇳🇬 🇪🇬
Not even a recent drought in global venture capital has stood in the way of a rising tide of coders in these two African countries; Nigeria is now ranked as the world's second-fastest-growing country for producing developer talent, while Egypt is ranked seventh.
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Mar 7, 2024
Africa’s renewable energy sector is shattering gender norms 🌍 ⚡🍃
The energy sector has historically been entrenched with gender disparities impacting both representation and compensation, but a new report unveils a notable shift in dynamics fueled by the renewable energy subsector.
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Mar 6, 2024
bird TenX: 10 African countries with globally recognised crafts
The list provides a glimpse into the remarkable diversity and vibrancy of African crafts, highlighting just a few examples from the continent's rich artistic heritage.
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Mar 6, 2024
The entrepreneur breathing life into Zimbabwe's leather sector 👜 💼 🇿🇼
An encounter with a leather craftsman as a teenager inspired Paula Marowa to enter the leatherwork business. Now in her late 20s, Marowa owns a blooming business with eight employees.
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Mar 5, 2024
Bitcoin spike fuels windfall earnings in Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa 🇳🇬 🇰🇪 🇿🇦
Major gains for African crypto investors as demand for Bitcoin propels the token back to record highs.
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Mar 5, 2024
Gloria Kisilu’s digital supply chain is turning rural artisans into global entrepreneurs 🇰🇪
A tribute to her grandmother's basket-weaving legacy is how Gloria Kisilu sees The Shaba, a digital supply chain changing rural artisans' lives by seamlessly blending social impact, design, and tech.
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Mar 5, 2024
African airline traffic grows at second-fastest rate in the world, behind only Asia ✈️ 🌍
The continent's air traffic is rising faster than most other regions in the world, thanks to a combination of factors including the opening of new routes and a transition to wide-body planes.
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Mar 4, 2024
AI set to transform cricket in South Africa 🏏 🧠 🇿🇦
Cricket in South Africa is set to evolve, powered by AI and blockchain technology, according to the results of a pilot collaboration between an Indian sports technology company, Cricket South Africa and the Durban Super Giants.
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Feb 29, 2024
Africa’s mobility startups see a rush of fresh funding
Africa’s mobility startups are lining up to expand their offerings to include more electric vehicle offerings, financing options and overseas markets - and there seems to be no problem getting the funding to do it.
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Feb 29, 2024
Artists' residencies are on the rise across Africa as art investment catches on
The announcement of the conversion of a central Cape Town building into the city's first artists' residency - and a boutique hotel - is the latest in a string of similar announcements across the continent.
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Feb 28, 2024
Africa's music and sports icons are forging a tech-sports fusion through investments
A growing number of African music and sports celebrities are leveraging their global networks, local knowledge and high incomes to drive investments in the African tech and sports sectors. Their activity could draw more funds to Africa.
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Feb 28, 2024
Namibia courts affluent global retirees, high net worth investors as Africa's golden visas gain ground 🇳🇦
Namibia spruces up its citizenship-by-investment scheme with a retirement package to entice wealthy foreign seniors seeking a slice of African luxury, other African countries are also eyeing the "golden visa" market.
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Feb 28, 2024
The bird basketball roundup: An African film stars at the 2024 NBA All Star Weekend, Nigeria's women's team heading to Paris, upsets in Afrobaskets qualifiers.
Nigeria’s national basketball team, D’Tigress are headed to the 2024 Olympic Games, Kenyan film-maker Becky Muikia introduces her short film at the NBA Africa All-Star Luncheon, while Cote D’Ivoire, Tunisia and Cape Verde all finish FIBA 2025 Afrobasket Pre-Qualifiers with unbeaten runs.
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Feb 27, 2024
bird TenX: Hailing 10 of Africa's most spoken languages
Data analysis platform Statista estimated in 2021 that there were more than 2000 active African languages. Technological advancements like AI translation tools are helping to harness the power of language beyond celebrating cultural heritage. However, an understanding of the unique features of key languages is important to an understanding of Africa's diverse cultures.
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Feb 27, 2024
New African LanguageTech app to bridge linguistic divides, cultivates inclusivity and empowers content creation
An app developed by tech startup Vambo Technologies, co-founded by Chido Dzinotyiwei and Isheanesu Misi, stands as a pioneering language accessibility platform. It aims to empower users to seamlessly communicate, learn, and create content in various African languages, fostering cultural inclusivity and breaking linguistic barriers.
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Feb 26, 2024
Farmer on Fire: Wangari Kuria’s journey from retrenchment to global mentor 🥬 🍅 🥕
After a retrenchment in the real estate industry, Wangari Kuria chose to relocate to a quieter town south of Nairobi. Now she is the face - and founder - of a business that trains small-scale farmers not just in Kenya, but around the world.
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Feb 26, 2024
New Lagos arena marks growing investment in sports and entertainment sectors 🏟 🇳🇬
The construction launch of a 12,000-capacity multipurpose arena in Lagos signals growing Nigerian interest in tapping lucrative opportunities in the sports and creative industries.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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