The Shades of the Sahara Feature in New Travel by Colour Book

The world is filled with bright, vibrant and eye-catching destinations that can make any trip a colorful experience, both literally and figuratively. With that in mind, Lonely Planet is proud to celebrate them in a brand new book called Travel by Color, the first and only travel guide by color palette, which features 400 stunning photographs of amazing destinations and […]

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Pentagon Chief Visits Somalia Ahead of Expected Troop Cuts

WASHINGTON — Acting Defense Secretary Christopher C. Miller met with American troops and diplomats in Somalia on Friday, the first Pentagon chief to visit the strife-torn East African nation. He may also be the last. The three-hour visit to Mogadishu, the Somali capital, came as the acting secretary was wrapping up an overseas trip to the Middle East and East […]

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A Warmer World has Made Nocturnal Animals Come Out during the Day

Aardvarks are notoriously elusive, nocturnal mammals. They generally hide in their underground burrows during the day and emerge at night to feed exclusively on ants and termites. Aardvarks are widespread throughout most habitats of Africa south of the Sahara, except deserts. But their actual numbers are not known because they’re so elusive. Aardvarks top the bucket list of many wildlife […]

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Is Africa Ready to Receive Mass Stocks of Vaccines?

The announcement by American pharmaceutical giant Pfizer that it has developed a vaccine that interim analysis shows is 90% effective against Covid-19 marks a potential end to the pandemic but asks serious questions of Africa’s ability to administer the protection. The vaccine candidate developed with BioNTEch, which remains in trials, must be transported at -70 degrees celsius and stored in […]

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A Scramble to Save Zimbabwean Lives

At least 40 miners in Zimbabwe are trapped underground after a shaft in a disused gold mine collapsed. The incident occurred late Wednesday in the town of Bindura, around 70 kilometres north of the capital Harare. The miners were working inside the disused Ran Gold Mine when a shaft caved in. Six miners have since been pulled from the rubble […]

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Africa's Football Legends Remember Maradona

Liberia’s President George Weah was among African football greats who have shared tributes to Argentina’s football legend Diego Maradona, who died on Wednesday aged 60. President Weah described Maradona as a “legend and icon” whose “extraordinary story inspired millions”. Former Cameroon star Roger Milla said he only shed a tear “because for Diego, you don’t need to cry your eyes […]

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Ghanaian FinTech Startup Tackles the Credit Financing Value Gap

The historical challenge of SME financing in Africa is well-known and documented. Africa supports 400 companies with annual revenues of $1 billion—and they are, on average, both faster growing and more profitable than their global peers, according to McKinsey. Yet, the quantum of working capital deficit for SMEs is an issue of significant concern. In a report released by the […]

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Zambia Becomes the First African Country to Default on its Debts

This has led to fears that a “debt tsunami” could engulf the continent’s most heavily indebted nations as the financial impact of coronavirus hits. A hastily-arranged G20 finance minister meeting in Saudi Arabia failed to sort out Zambia’s debt, after the southern African country missed a $42.5m coupon payment on its bonds in October. Missing another payment on 14 November […]

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Africa Initiative For Governance ‘AIG’ Commences 2021/22 Scholarships Selection Process

Commends Access Bank & NCDC for support  Africa Initiative for Governance (AIG) is pleased to announce that its 2021/22 AIG Scholarship Selection has commenced with aptitude tests conducted in Nigeria and Ghana. The selection process for next year’s scholarships kicks off just as the six recipients of the 2020/21 AIG Scholarships departed West Africa for the United Kingdom to begin […]

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Africa’s Biggest Economy is in Recession for the First Time since 2016

Nigeria has slipped into a recession after its gross domestic product contracted for the second consecutive quarter, according to official data released. The recession four years ago was its first in a generation, and the country emerged from it the following year. However, growth has been fragile and COVID-19 has hit the economy hard, amid low oil prices. The continent’s […]

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