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A Case of Alleged Blasphemy in Kano, Nigeria

22 minutes agoLocal Interest / Africa : Sahel Blog

Around May 15, a Muslim preacher named Abdul Nyass gave a controversial sermon in Kano, the most populous city in northern Nigeria. Nyass belongs to the Tijaniyya Sufi order. He allegedly stated that Shaykh Ibrahim Niasse (1900-1975), a Senegalese Muslim … Continue reading ?

U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Blinken in Nigeria and Niger

Washington’s map of the world still gives Africa much less importance than it is due, but U.S. policymakers do pay substantial attention to Nigeria. The Deputy Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, is in Nigeria and neighboring Niger this week. Blinken … Continue reading ?

We've been eating them for a while - Africa's Super Vegetables

A topic covered quite frequently here. Rachel Cernansky writing in Nature: Pete Muller/Prime for Nature Long overlooked in parts of Africa, indigenous greens are now capturing attention for their nutritional and environmental benefits.One lunchtime in early March, tables at Nairobi's K'Osewe restaurant are packed. Show More Summary

The 'Libyan Rocket' Car

Intriguing project, did it die with Ghadaffi? In Afroautos: image via Autoblog...This project was named ‘Saroukh el-Jamahiriya’, loosely translated to Libyan Rocket. It was the brainchild of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi. The late Libyan leader designed this stylish sedan with its rocket lookalike nose and tail, hence the fancy name. Show More Summary

Sampling, Remixing, and Making with Pop-Up Factories

David Cranor writing in Radar: Images by Halfdan and Rachel Kalmar; image compilation courtesy of Andrew “bunnie” Huang, Building hardware is hard, indeed. Until we have general purpose matter compilers, development of hardware products will differ dramatically from the development of pure software. Show More Summary

Building an Instant Noodle Business

Lee Middleton in Quartz:...Outside traditional open-air markets, food in Africa is largely a spin of the non-African globe: Marie biscuits from Dubai, butter from Ireland, rice from Thailand. This reality is reflected in an annual food import bill that is almost double that of the sector’s export earnings ($81 billion vs. Show More Summary

BioPark Mauritius

Led by Ameenah Gurib-Fakim: BioPark Mauritius is the first hub of its kind in the Indian Ocean: a dedicated space to biotechnologies for Research and Development comprising a synergy of laboratories with complementary expertise.ThisShow More Summary

Freddie Achom | Tech Investor

In Enterprise54: We caught up with British-Nigerian serial investment entrepreneur Freddie Achom, who founded the private investment firm Rosemont Group Capital in 2003. His investment firm has invested in a wide range of sectors including...Show More Summary

Livestock from ZamGoat

Founded by Paul Nyambe: Zamgoat is an innovative and socially-inclusive Zambian agribusiness dedicated to the goat value chain and, thereby empowering and enriching local communities, mainly smallholder farmers. We are committed to be...Show More Summary

Partial List of Recent Jihadist Attacks in Southern and Central Mali

This is my effort to catalogue jihadist attacks in southern and central Mali during 2015. I’ve deliberately left off attacks by northern rebels such as the Coordination for the Movements of the Azawad, because I consider those attacks categorically different, although the … Continue reading ?

For Startups, Apply to Venture Bus

From Ampion: The Venture Bus journeys connect entrepreneurial talent with international investors. The program brought some of Africa’s most innovative companies to life, over 30 tech-centered startups emerged from the Ampion Venture Buses thus far – among them companies such as, MobiDawa and Halt!Ebola. Show More Summary

Build Your Local Internet Without an ISP

Steven Melendez writing Fast Company: Hackers and Artists are Building Signal-Boosting Mesh Networks and other Ad Hoc Alternatives Photo courtesy of Red Hook WiFi Recently, a pair of artists in New York put forward an unusual plan for...Show More Summary

Light Electric Utility Vehicle

More in the rugged vehicle space, in South Sudan, via Hackaday: I live and work in South Sudan, which is a very materially poor area with terrible physical infrastructure. A major challenge for this area is moving materials and people over roads that range from bad to non-existent. Show More Summary

Snapshots of Ramadan in the Sahel

Beginnings Nigeria: The Nigerian Supreme Council For Islamic Affairs has directed Nigerian Muslims to commence their Ramadan fast on Thursday, June 18. The Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar III, who is the President-General of the Council, on Wednesday gave the directive … Continue reading ?

Golden Madagascan Silk

Hadley Leggett in Wired: A rare textile made from the silk of more than a million wild spiders goes on display today at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. To produce this unique golden cloth, 70 people spent four...Show More Summary

Protein Futures from OGOJIII Mgazine

In publications:OGOJIII is an international bi-quarterly print magazine. OGOJIII offers cutting edge perspectives on design, culture, urbanism, business as well as African and global affairs. image via Ogojiii PROTEIN FUTURESWith the population forecast to reach 8-billion people this year, edible insects have the world in a buzz. Show More Summary

Ngajilo Tunu | Maker

Building systems in Tanzania, Ngajilo Tunu the founder of Smart Interfacing for Embedded System: "Embedded systems for nearly all life activities using suitable,affordable, and powerful designs."

Bootcamp for Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurs

From TEF: Entrepreneurs, get ready for the Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme Bootcamp

Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation

Rewarding ingenuity: The Africa Prize encourages ambitious and talented sub-Saharan African engineers from all disciplines to apply their skills to develop scalable solutions to local challenges, highlighting the importance of engineering as an enabler of improved quality of life and economic development. Show More Summary

Local Material Design and Construction for Ilima Primary School

An update in Design Boom: MASS design group uses materials from congolese jungle to build ilima school the ilima primary school is so far away. it takes three flights and a six hour motorcycle ride to get there, which takes about three days. Show More Summary

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