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Thousands Continue to die in a bid to set foot on European soil

Nothing is more heart breaking for a parent than the inability to provide for, or protect their children. These are the main motivating factors for many African immigrants to go to Europe, by hook or crook. Increasing instability, poverty, insecurity and even drought are the main factors for many to leave Africa with the hope that Europe will be their saving grace. So when the option to squeeze on the back of an intercontinental ship or small boat presents itself, they take it. The Mediterranean crossing remains the deadliest mode of migration worldwide. People are four times more likely to …

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KENYANS SHATTER MARATHON RECORDS

For the past 16 years, Paula Radcliffe’s women’s world record of 2:15:35 remained unmatched. However, on Sunday October 13, Kenyan athlete Brigid Kosgei shattered the record with a time of 2:14:05 She added to a weekend of great exploits by Kenyan athletes. On Saturday October 12, Eliud Kipchoge was the first athlete to run a marathon under two hours with a time of 1:59:40. His achievement comes a year after setting the new marathon world record in Berlin in September 2018 (2 hours and 1.39). It had been said that it was impossible for an athlete to run 42.195 kilometers …

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Drones significantly changing the transport sector in Africa.

Over the last decade, a number of technological innovations have emerged to inject new life into Africa’s transport sector. One of them is the drone revolution. By definition, a drone is an unmanned aircraft. Drones are more formally known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or unmanned aircraft systems (UASes). Essentially, a drone is a flying robot that can be remotely controlled or fly autonomously through software-controlled flight plans in their embedded systems, working in conjunction with on-board sensors and GPS. In 2015, Kenya adopted the use of drones to stop poaching. A pilot project was introduced in Ol-Pejeta conservancy, a …

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African Countries to Adopt Swahili as a Formal Language

During the recently concluded 39th Ordinary Summit of Southern African Development Community (SADC) at the Julius Nyerere International Center, Tanzanian president, John Magufuli asked his fellow heads of state to consider making Swahili a formal language. ‘‘I am appealing to your excellencies to fast track the adoption of Kiswahili to be among the four official languages in SADC,” he said. Consequently the 16 SADC countries have agreed to adopt Swahili as one of their languages. The news has been greeted with interest and has drawn praise from some quarters. Rwanda, Botswana, Lesotho, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, …

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ZIMBABWEAN STALWART ROBERT MUGABE GOES TO GLORY

ROBERT MUGABE DIED AT A SINGAPORE HOSPITAL ON SEPTEMBER 6 Rosie AWORI “Mash it up-a in-a Zimbabwe (Zimbabwe)//Africans a-liberate (Zimbabwe) No more internal power struggle //We come together to overcome the little trouble
Soon we’ll find out who is the real revolutionary//’Cause I don’t want my people to be contrary” After singing to the crowd, at midnight of April 17, 1980 with tears in his eyes, Bob Marley watched as the Rhodesian flag came down and Zimbabwe’s new flag go up. His performance wasn’t paid for, instead the iconic reggae star undertook all the expenses for he and his band to …

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KENYA LAUNCHES AFRICA’S LARGEST WIND FARM

The East African nation of Kenya has launched Africa’s largest wind farm, a move that should bring the nation closer to its goal of 100% green energy by 2020 The project is located in the northern part of Kenya near Lake Turkana, an area known for strong winds. The wind farm includes 365 turbines with a capacity of 850 kW each and is projected to produce about 310 megawatts, which is roughly enough energy to power 330,000 homes. Lake Turkana Wind Power includes 365 turbines in northern Kenya near Lake Turkana, a remote area with strong winds. It’s estimated to …

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Potentially a game changer

African countries form the largest free trade zone in the world On Sunday July 7, after years of negotiations, the African Union (AU) launched the operational phase of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). The AfCFTA will establish a single continental market for goods and services, with free movement of businesspeople and investment, paving the way for faster establishment of a customs union. According to the UN Economic Commission for Africa, once fully operational, it’s believed that the free trade accord will boost the level of intra-Africa trade by more than 52 percent by the year 2022. The agreement …

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Blood in the Nile

The struggle continues in Sudan Omar Al-Bashir, Sudan’s président for thé past thirty years was ousted on April 11. Al-Bashir, is wanted by the international war crimes tribunal for atrocities in Darfur. He seized power in a bloodless coup back in 1989, and somehow managed his way through countless national crises. Initially the toppling of the 30 year reign raised hopes in the country that a more inclusive civilian rule may follow. However, the ruling military council that then took power has been in conflict with protesters demanding civilian rule. That transition has been halting and is fraught with risk, …

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African Roundup May 16, 2019

South Africans losing hope in their cornerstone, the ANC. For the past 25 years, democracy in South Africa has been synonymous with the African National Congress (ANC). The ANC came to power after bringing an end to white apartheid rule in 1994, under the leadership of the late Nelson Mandela. And in every election since, the ANC has always managed to win the majority vote. However, the past few years have seen the ANC lose popularity amongst its Black majority core. The recent elections on May 8, saw only about half of the total eligible population bother to register as …

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African Roundup May 2, 2019

The 27th of April is commemorated with pomp and color across three different countries in Africa as they mark their independence. Siera Leonne, Togo, and South Africa have the unique distinction of having the same independence date. This edition of the African Round-Up will highlight just how far these countries have come since the colonial rule. Togo has a population of 7.6 million people and is bordered by Ghana, Benin, and Burkina Faso and has a 56-kilometer coastline that runs along the Gulf of Guinea. Togo and its surrounding regions were known as “the slave coast” between the 16th and …

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