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Focus on Cameroon in Boko Haram’s latest propaganda video, analysis

The latest video from hardline Islamist group Boko Haram has a specific focus on the militants’ operations in Cameroon, according to an expert on Boko Haram’s use of the media. Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau appeared in a video obtained by news agencies last week and spoke for about 20 minutes criticising regional leaders. Show More Summary

Rwanda Craft Brewery

Takepart reports on the work of Josephine Uwineza founder of Rwanda Craft Brewery:

African press review 23 March 2017

President Kenyatta warns Kenyans to watch out for politicians are forming militia groups ahead of the August 8 elections. President Zuma's government battles allegations of complicity in strange robbery at the Constitutional Court.

Makers, open your kits!

Over at the Makery Carine Claude writes: For coding, prototyping or just having fun, makers are always outdoing each with clever ways to fit digital fabrication into a box. Part 1 of our selection of kits, cases and other DIY boxes...[more]

Senegal, Niger, and West African Democracy

I’m up to Global Observatory today with a post discussing two legal battles I have blogged about separately here – the trial of Hama Amadou in Niger, and the proceedings against Khalifa Sall in Senegal. My post at GO compares the … Continue reading ?

Lifepatch, the Indonesian lab that rejects the maker label

Cherise Fong writing in the Makery:Lifepatch is showing a modest retrospective in the prestigious ICC art and new media center in Tokyo—an opportunity to take a closer look at the discreet but passionate way of “making” of this Indonesian community.More here

African press review 22 March 2017

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille casts dark apartheid shadow over Human Rights Day with remarks about "positive" colonialism while a new 440 million-euro Ugandan expressway sends Twitter tongues wagging about corruption.

From Nigeria Skarabrand factory, where local furniture manufacturing meets eCommerce

Muyiwa Matuluko writing in Techpoint: image via Techpoint Raymond Umeh is the founder and CEO of Skarabrand, an Abuja-based online furniture store. Two unique things standout immediately when you engage Skarabrand. The first is the founder;...Show More Summary

African press review 21 March 2017

Is South African president Jacob Zuma scaring away investors? Has Pope Francis finally apologised for the part played by some Catholic clergy in the 1994 Rwandan genocide? And which is the happiest country in the world?

In Europe, skilled craftsmanship is luxury. Why not in the rest of the world, too?

Rebecca van Bergen founder Nest of writes: image via From the famed haute couture of Paris to the treasured ateliers of Italy, craftsmanship in Europe is a deeply embedded cultural point of pride. What’s more, these traditions – leatherwork,...Show More Summary

Rwandan opposition chooses candidate for presidential polls

The head of Rwanda’s opposition Democratic Green Party of Rwanda, Frank Habineza, has been selected as his party’s candidate for the country’s 2017 presidential election. Rwandan President Paul Kagame is widely expected to stand for a third term in the polls - he was elected in 2010 with 93 per cent of the vote. Show More Summary

#Nollywood is giving the world a taste of true African glamour

Yinka Adegoke writing in Quartz: Nollywood star Linda Ejiofor. (Courtesy Iké Udé) There’s a buzz in Nollywood right now.Last month the romantic comedy The Wedding Party became the first movie from Nigeria’s growing film industry to break 400 million naira ($1.3 million). Show More Summary

Arijiju | Safari Lodge

Peter Browne reporting for Conde Nast Traveller: The vision of one determined character, Arijiju is quite unlike any other safari lodge. It's also a secret weapon in the battle to save rhinos from extinction. We go to Kenya for a first look...[more]

Nigeria and the Islamic University of Medina’s Dawra: An Interesting Anecdote

Last week, while doing a quick Google search to confirm the life dates of Umar Fallata (see below, I came across this obituary for the Nigerian Muslim religious leader Isa Waziri (1925-2013). The obituary contains an interesting anecdote about the dawra … Continue reading ?

Disarming and reintegrating CAR rebels

In the Central African Republic (CAR), a dialogue over disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration (DDR) has been initiated by the new government. With rebels still in control of much of CAR’s resource-rich interior, however, few are optimistic the programme will bring about an end to the conflict.  From Bangui, Philip Kleinfeld has this report.

African press review 20 March 2017

The World Bank is to give 57 billion dollars to sub-Saharan Africa. The social grants payment crisis in South Africa has not gone away. How a social media shot of a car could land you in police custody. And why no African delegates showed up at a recent investment summit in California.

Neema Food London

In the UK:Neema is the Swahili word for Grace. It is my African name and means unmerited favour. Neema encapsulates the delicious central African cuisine of the Democratic Republic of the Congo where for centuries the food has remained traditional. Show More Summary

9 Egyptian Startups Ingeniously Turning Trash into Cash

CairoScene reports image via Revolutionizing diverse industries like fashion and energy with clean tech, these 9 trailblazing startups are turning waste into profit and pioneering the recycling trend...[more]

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