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African press review 20 November 2017

Like most of the world’s press, the papers in Africa are closely following Zimbabwe’s embattled leader Robert Mugabe. Following a television address Sunday night, at which the leader refused to resign his post as president, the Zimbabwe Herald runs a front page story about his wife Grace, and attacks made against her by the Youth Wing of the ruling Zanu PF Party.

Dakar's platform for engaged women goes digital

In the mid 1960s, the first women's magazine published in French-speaking Africa and produced entirely in Dakar, was created by a group of  intellectuals. For the first time black women in Senegal had a magazine just for them that dealt with critical thinking, women's political engagement, gender inequalities, education and entertainment in sub-Saharan Africa.

AI-Powered Microscope Counts Malaria Parasites in Blood Samples

Jeremy Hsu writing in Spectrum:Today, a Chinese manufacturer and a venture backed by Bill Gates will announce plans to commercialize a microscope that uses deep learning algorithms to automatically identify and count malaria parasites in a blood smear within 20 minutes. Show More Summary

Frontier Investing - The Chinese Developers Turning Liberia's Beach Into a Luxury Playground

From Citylab: Boosters say this mall complex will jumpstart the economy in an area decimated by Ebola and war. But longtime locals and entrepreneurs wonder what will be left for them...[more]

Belfrics to Launch #Bitcoin Exchanges Across Africa

Cointelegraph reports:Praveen Kumar, Chairman and CEO of Belfrics Global SDH, has announced that his outfit will be launching Bitcoin exchanges across Africa in the coming months. Speaking at the Launch of Belfrics' Bitcoin ExchangeShow More Summary

Marie Césaire Champagne by Marie-Inès Romelle

Afropunk reports: After working for 12 years as a manager at 5 delicatessen shops at Orly airport in Paris and four more as a wealth manager, Marie-Inès Romelle went back to business school so that she could pursue her passion of creating a brand with her brother, Jaïro, which came to fruition in 2015 in the form of Marie Césaire Champagne. Show More Summary

"Why African start-ups keep repeating the same mistakes" Africa's Zero-based ventures - Victor Asemota

Victor Asemota writing in the Guardian:...Someone asked me recently if we are doomed in this part of the world always to be consumers of technology rather than pioneers? It seems that all of the innovation happens elsewhere and all we do is to adapt it locally. Show More Summary

Building Makerspaces for the 4th Industrial Revolution in Africa

From Gearbox: image via Demand for the kind of low-skilled, labor intensive manufacturing that reshaped much of Asia is not set to grow at the same pace as the world’s workforce. New manufacturing technologies created an explosion in...Show More Summary

African press review 18 November 2017

Robert Mugabe appears to be hanging on to the Zimbabwean presidency. But time and support may be running out for the veteran leader. Will whoever eventually replaces Mugabe be able to do anything to slow the country's economic decline? And what happened yesterday in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi?

What will Cop23 mean to African countries?

As the Cop23 climate change summit draws to a close in Bonn, African states and organisations are putting pressure on developed countries to commit to more ambitious greenhouse gas reduction targets.

African press review 17 November 2017

Once again the fate of Zimbabwe's long-serving president, Robert Mugabe, dominates the continental front pages. Some reports suggest he's on the way out, others that he's fighting a last-ditch battle to remain in power. Journalists are already speculating about the post-Mugabe era.

Dos Santos daughter's dismissal could be turning point for Angola

The firing of the billionaire daughter of former Angolan president José Eduardo dos Santos has sent shockwaves through the country's political elite. Isabel dos Santos was sacked Wednesday from her influential post as head of state oil company Sonangol in a shake-up that has seen other members of her family axed.

Who Filters Your News? Why we built gobo.social

Roughly ten years ago, as phones became smartphones and Facebook and Twitter began their rise towards ubiquity, a fundamental social shift took place: the majority of people in the developed world became content creators. The bloggers of the early 2000s … Continue reading ?

Making “Made in Nigeria” Work for All at Pax Herbals

Jamie Hitchen writing in The Republic: Pax Herbals (covered earlier), situated a two-hour drive outside of Benin City, in the Ewu-Esan local government area of Edo State is, perhaps, not the location you would expect to find one of the state’s largest private sector employers. Show More Summary

African Economic Growth Rides on Wireless Rails

Matthew A. Winkler writing in Bloomberg: A telecommunications boom is lifting an industry and a continent...[more]

Silas Adekunle’s AR-powered fighting MekaMon robot goes on sale at Apple Stores #Nigeria

Techcrunch reports on Reach Robotics covered earlier: After selling out of its initial run of 500, U.K.-based Reach Robotics scored a $7.5 million funding round to help it produce a more consumer-ready version of its battling robotics platform. Show More Summary

How Africa's Tech Generation Is Changing the Continent

From National Geographic: image via DESIGNING FOR AFRICA is the objective of many new technology ventures. The continent is still a largely untapped market, particularly in remote, off-the-grid places. Mark Kamau, director of user-experience design for BRCK in Nairobi, Kenya’s capital, holds a prototype for a mobile weather station...[more]

African press review 16 November 2017

The situation in Zimbabwe continues to make front-page news across the continent, even if no one seems too sure about what's really going on. Is this an army takeover, a display of political force or a burst of bloodletting? It's hard to see how 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe can emerge from house arrest and go on running the country he has ruled for nearly four decades.

African press review 14 November 2017

Zimbabwe's army chief calls time on the bitter war to replace 93-year-old President Mugabe. Nigeria is to sack 21,000 "dull" teachers. Kenya declares an alert over college cetificate exams, as "cartels of cheats" try to break its security system.

Zimbabwe military control Harare, deny staging coup

Zimbabwe's military on Wednesday denied it was staging a coup d'état after troops took control of key points of Harare overnight Tuesday. The move was targeting "criminals" close to President Robert Mugabe, the generals said, adding that the situation would return to "normalcy once [their] mission is completed".

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