Rise of drones: African journalists counter lies with tech

Rise of drones: African journalists counter lies with tech

For Nairobi-based journalist Soila Kenya, technology is a tool to unearth the truth. She recounts an attack by terrorist group al-Shabab last year, when militants struck an army base in Kulbiyow, Somalia. Kenya’s defense forces downplayed the damage and claimed they had repelled the attackers. But satellite stills and drone footage told a different tale. Analysts […]

Jihadists Gain Strength Even as Troops Arrive in West Africa

Jihadists Gain Strength Even as Troops Arrive in West Africa

As a convoy of United Nations police on a night patrol stopped to chat with residents on the sand-blown streets of the central Malian city of Sevare, Sada Cissoko could no longer hold back his emotions. “There are soldiers from all around the world in Mali, but despite the drones and the resources spent, things […]

Why South Africa's historic photography school won't call its work “training”

Why South Africa's historic photography school won't call its work “training”

The head of South Africa’s Market Photo Workshop, Lekgetho Makola, is very particular about how the historic Johannesburg photography school describes its teaching model. “We don’t use the word training,” Makola said, speaking at an event about the Workshop’s role in South African culture at the Open Society in New York on Thursday (April 19.) […]

Kenyan firm Direct Pay eyes West Africa with Ghana office

Kenyan firm Direct Pay eyes West Africa with Ghana office

Market News Sunday, April 22, 2018 22:00 By JAMES NGUNJIRI Eran Feinstein, Direct Pay Online Group CEO. FILE PHOTO | NMG  Kenya-based Direct Pay Online (DPO) Group has opened an office in Ghana as it seeks to expand its portfolio to the West Africa market.The office will act as the DPO headquarters for the region. […]

US army trainers try to build West Africa defences against jihad

US army trainers try to build West Africa defences against jihad

OUALLAM, Niger – Kicking up clouds of pink Saharan dust, US military trainers impersonated militants, waved flags saying “death to outsiders” and threw smoke grenades toward approaching Nigerien commandos this week, as a surveillance drone hovered overhead. The joint military exercises between US-led Western forces and several West African nations, dubbed “Flintlock”, have been […]

Attracting Private Investment in Sub-Saharan Africa

Attracting Private Investment in Sub-Saharan Africa

Nancy Kacungira Ms. Kacungira is a multi-award-winning journalist from Uganda. As a speaker and moderator, she has presented on some of the world’s biggest platforms including the World Economic Forum, TEDx, and a Presidential Debate. Also an entrepreneur, Nancy co-founded the Blu Flamingo digital agency, which now operates in four African countries. She […]

Invest Atlanta: $40k spent on Reed's South Africa trip under review

Invest Atlanta: $40k spent on Reed's South Africa trip under review

Invest Atlanta, the city’s economic development agency, voted Thursday to review a $40,000 payment that its nonprofit fundraising arm made to cover luxury airfare for former Mayor Kasim Reed and several of his staff on a trip to South Africa in 2017. The move came two days after The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News […]

Why do British charities want to shut down private schools in Africa?

Why do British charities want to shut down private schools in Africa?

Why would anyone who claims to care about the world’s poorest children try to shut down their schools? It’s strange and sad, but several British charities, in cahoots with some British unions, are making a concerted effort to close down hundreds of schools in Africa. They are doing this because they dislike private education, seeming […]

KPMG's strategy to regain South Africa's trust failed before it even got started

KPMG's strategy to regain South Africa's trust failed before it even got started

KPMG’s expanded campus overlooking one of Johannesburg’s main highways used to be a sign of the firms confidence in the South African economy. Now, however, it is South Africans who have little confidence in the international auditing firm after it was embroiled in an epic corruption scandal that is still unfolding in South Africa. On […]

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