Victor Asemota writing in the Guardian: What will happen if 1 billion Technology teachers get trained in Africa? I asked myself this question a couple of weeks ago after I remembered my conversation with my friend Tunji in San Francisco. Show More Summary
South Africa has a new cabinet but there's no place for Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. The mother of Rwandan government critic Diane Shima Rwigara has denied genocide charges at her trial in Kigali. And there's more trouble in Kenya with just two weeks to go to the rerun presidential election.
The African press look for answers to Somalia's bloodiest terrorist attack while South African prison official commits suicide after her affair with an inmate is splashed on social media.
The theme for this year’s International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is peaceful and inclusive societies. The commemorative event, which takes place on Tuesday, traces its roots back 30 years when more than 100,000 people gathered in Paris to honour the victims of extreme poverty. Show More Summary
Lucas Geiger writes: Earlier this month, the MIT Technology Review posted an article that asked “What the hell is an initial coin offering?” When befuddlement emanates from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, arguably the world’s foremost grantor of geek cred, you know you are in truly new territory...[more]
Over at Edge Ryders: When I visited Berlin-based artist and hacker Bengt Sjölen’s studio earlier this week he was developing the hardware for of OpenDrop: an open source digital platform for controlling small droplets of liquids using electro-wetting technology. Show More Summary
Kioneki on:Why Bitcoin ATMs in Kenya are Dead on Arrival
Michael Kimani reporting for Cryptovest:Tanjalo, a blockchain startup in Nigeria has launched an online marketplace where residents can buy and sell bitcoin. The Lagos based company officially began operations on October 12 in a bid to address borderless payments and access to cryptocurrencies in West Africa. Show More Summary
Market Map and Musings on the State of the Ecosystem From Josh Nussbaum:
Nigeria has downplayed claims by the African Union (AU) that it plans to start issuing visas upon arrival for Africans, in a move that's now cast doubt on hopes for visa free travel in Africa. The AU says visa restrictions hurt trad...
Two young tech innovators from Somalia and South Africa are working together to develop study guides for Somali youth. They belong to this dynamic generation of young African entrepreneurs who are bringing 21st century solutions to the table.
Ex-ICC chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo is under fire for ruining President Kenyatta's ruining crimes against humanity trial at the Hague while Liberia's elections body declares results of the 10th of October presidential electio...
At least 276 people have been killed and 300 injured by a massive truck bomb that tore through a busy shopping district of Mogadishu, the government said Monday, making it the deadliest attack ever to hit conflict torn Somalia.
Forbes in conversation with Foluso Salami founder of Dùndú Kitchen and Snackin’ African
Kenya's elections' agency adds confusion to the Presidential election crisis by adding 5 new names to the October 26 repeat ballot. And wild rumours about an alleged military vaccination campaign against Monkey pox sends Bayelsa school children fleeing for their lives.
In the 70s and 80s, before Somalia was torn apart by civil war, the east African country had a vibrant pop music culture; bars and clubs flourished in Mogadishu and Hargeisa. That "swinging Somalia" has been captured on the compilation Sweet as Broken Dates: Lost Somali Tapes from the Horn of Africa. Show More Summary
George Weah takes partial lead in Liberia's Presidential polls but observers expect a runoff. Kenya's Raila Odinga defies ban on urban rallies to press for electoral reforms after vowing to boycott rerun Presidential elections.
The biggest herd of hippopotamuses outside of Africa is in Colombia. It only exists because of drug-dealers. The lumbering giants are a the legacy of the notorious Colombian drug trafficker Pablo Escobar in the 1980s and amassed billions of dollars in drug money.
From HowweMadeIt: Going into business was a “very haphazard decision” for Sharon Njavika. The Kenyan social psychologist had never imagined being an entrepreneur, much less manufacturing her own brand of beauty products. She is founder of Ajani Handmade, a Nairobi-based manufacturer of a range of organic hair and skin-care products. Show More Summary
A follow-up story on the work of "EpiPencil" maker Michael Laufer covered earlier: image via...The de facto leader behind the leaderless collective Four Thieves Vinegar, Laufer is now on to his next project: He’s developing a desktop...Show More Summary