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Francophone games open amid rising tension in Cote d'Ivoire

Thousands of young athletes launched the International Francophone Games in Abidjan yesterday, Friday, after a series of shootings in Ivory Coast's main city that raised security concerns.

Some Arguments for Easing U.S. Sanctions on Sudan

In January, the outgoing administration of U.S. President Barack Obama issued an executive order that would have triggered, six months later, the easing of some U.S. sanctions on Sudan. Before that six-month marker arrived on July 12, the new administration … Continue reading ?

Defining(?) Disobedience

Joi Ito, director of the MIT Media Lab, is fond of saying that you don’t win a Nobel Prize by following the rules. Until Joi, Reid Hoffman and I started working to craft the Media Lab’s $250,000 Disobedience Award, I … Continue reading ?

African press review 21 July 2017

Security forces on high alert in Abidjan for Francophonie Games after theft of large stocks of ammunitions from a police station, while Kenya's opposition bows to court ruling on the printing of ballot papers for next month's electi...

AJA.LA Studios - Builder of Natural language & Speech processing applications

Founded by Omolabake Adenle: Speak Yoruba from AJA.LA Studios on Vimeo. AJA.LA Studios, builds natural language & speech processing applications for under-resourced languages. We also develop language-learning apps, including our award-winning...Show More Summary

Global Observatory Piece on Chad and Its Western Allies

I’m up at Global Observatory with a piece on Chad. Here’s an excerpt: The Chadian government is also asking Western and African donors for more development funding. Chad will hold a roundtable in Paris in September to seek contributions for … Continue reading ?

Nomanini - A payments company for the Informal Sector

Nomanini means ‘Anytime’ in Siswati. We provide affordable access to payments for everyone, everywhere. We are a South African-based enterprise payments platform provider that optimises transactions in the informal retail sector.

African press review 20 July 2017

Sparks fly at South Africa's national electricity company. Why is nothing happening at the Pan-African Parliament? Hopes of peace in South Sudan are fading as alliances shift in the civil war. And Saudi Arabia arrests a woman for wearing a skirt.

Why African entrepreneurs need to think bigger

Victor Asemota writing in the Guardian: Sometime in 2010, I met this interesting startup from Kenya at an event. They had built something that was badly needed to create a proper payments ecosystem and bridge the payments silos that were rapidly developing. Show More Summary

Niger: Two Local Critics Address Structural Issues

Two articles on Niger recently caught my eye. One is Jeune Afrique‘s interview (French) with civil society activist Moussa Tchangari (or Tchangary); the other is an article (French) by a professional civil administrator, Soumaila Abdou Sadou. Readers of this blog may … Continue reading ?

To observe or not to observe Angola elections: EU yet to decide

A decision on whether the EU will observe the Angolan elections will be made in the coming days, RFI learnt on Wednesday. The Angolan government earlier this week reportedly rejected demands by the EU election observer mission for unrestricted access to polling stations.

Zoona a Fintech company

Zoona a mobile money and money transfer startup:

Eritrea accused of manipulating Orthodox Church leader's reappearance

Eritrean authorities have stage-managed the first public appearance in 10 years of Patriarch Abune Antonios, rights group Christian Solidarity Worldwide has told RFI. The former head of the country’s Orthodox Church had been under house arrest for opposing the government's attempts to control one of the country’s largest Christian denominations.

African press review 19 July 2017

Intercommunity violence dominates front pages across the continent this morning. Kenya's president says next month's elections will go ahead as planned. And the pressure to depart increases against South African President Jacob Zuma...

Kenyan election hopefuls 'disrespect' voters in televised no-show, says solo debater

Candidates for Kenya’s vice presidency must apologise to the nation for not showing up to a televised election debate and “disrespecting” the Kenyan people, according to the only contender to take part. Muthiora Kariara was the only running mate for the August polls who took part in Monday’s debate alongside two moderators and the audience.

Connecting workers in the informal sector with Biscate

via Club of Mozambique The Biscate app, created by the Mozambican startup, UX Information Technologies, will connect workers in the informal sector to customers through USSD and Web technologies. Blue-collar workers such as plumbers,...Show More Summary

RFI poll: African football fans vote for Ofcan every two years in June

Three out of four African football fans want the Africa Cup of African Nations (Afcon) to continue taking place every two years, while two out of three want it to be in June rather than January, an RFI opinion poll has found. About 9,000 people gave us their views in the run-up to an African Football Confederation (CAF) meeting to discuss the tournament's future on 18-19 July,

Opposition to Mali’s Proposed Referendum Continues

Reuters: Thousands of Malians took to the streets on Saturday to protest against a planned referendum on constitutional changes that would give extra powers to President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, create new regions and recognise the Tuareg’s ethnic homeland. Mali’s government … Continue reading ?

African press review 18 July 2017

Have the South Sudan peace talks collapsed or just been postponed? Have Riek Machar's men been surrounded or is that just government propaganda? Who kidnapped two Catholic priests in the DRC? And when will we find out if the vote of no confidence in South African president Jacob Zuma will be run as a secret ballot?

The DIY Antibiotics Hunters

via ESSRG, Pieter van Boheemen' antibiotics project invites people from around the world to search for a solution to one of today’s biggest medical challenges: antibiotic resistance. Pieter is concerned that growing antimicrobial resistance means our current drugs may soon stop working. Show More Summary

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