May 4, 2018

Why Kenya hopes blockchain can end land grabbing

Why Kenya hopes blockchain can end land grabbing Image caption People put up signs and notices on their properties to ward off land grabbers Kenya sees itself as a technology giant in Africa and has embraced the nickname "Silicon Savannah" - now it has set up a special team to look into how to take advantage of the latest technologies such as Artificial Intelligence and blockchain. "We missed the internet wave, caught up with mobile technology... blockchain is the next wave - and we must be part of it," the team's chairman, Bitange Ndemo, told the BBC. A blockchain is a shared database with a provable, auditable and verifiable record of all changes. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the use of computer systems to perform tasks normally requiring human intelligence. Information Minister Joseph Mucheru, the man who the team will report to, says that, among other uses, blockchain could help organise land records stored by the government, which are a constant source of frustration for p..
May 4, 2018

BBC journalist Laeïla Adjovi wins Dakar Biennale art prize

BBC journalist Laeïla Adjovi wins Dakar Biennale art prize The BBC's Laeïla Adjovi has won a top prize for contemporary African art with her series of photos on the theme of breaking free. She won the Leopold-Sédar-Senghor Grand Prix at the 13th Dakar Biennale of contemporary African art. Her work is intended to be a response to the way Africa is portrayed in the media. Image copyright Laeïla Adjovi The artwork is a series of photos telling the story of a fictional character named Malaïka Dotou Sankofa. She was given an androgynous look with a "drab skimpy suit". This was "to show that not everyone must fit in the costume of western modernity," says Laeïla. Image copyright Laeïla Adjovi The series of photos was taken in an old court house. Image copyright Laeïla Adjovi "I wanted to give life to a creature that would express the idea that we are still struggling to bring about real change in our relations with the rest of the world," says Laeïla. Image copyright Laeïla Adjo..
May 4, 2018

Luyanda Ntshangase: South African footballer dies after lightning strike

Luyanda Ntshangase: South African footballer dies after lightning strike Image copyright Maritzburg United Image caption Luyanda Ntshangase had enormous potential, his club said A South African footballer who was struck by lightning during a match has died in hospital, his club confirmed. Maritzburg United striker Luyanda Ntshangase, 21, had been in an induced coma since being injured in the friendly game on 1 March. In a statement on Facebook, the club described him as one its rising young stars and said the team was in mourning. Maritzburg United are currently fourth in South Africa's Premier League. "We are extremely sad about the loss of Luyanda, an exciting young player with enormous potential," said Maritzburg chairman Farook Kadodia in the statement. "On behalf of Maritzburg United Football club, we would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to the Ntshangase family." Skip Twitter post by @MaritzburgUtd Team Of Choice mourn Ntshangase passing Maritzburg United can co..
May 4, 2018

Afreximbank Urges Urgent Maritime and Logistic Infrastructure Upgrade to Grow African Trade

Cairo, 04 May 2018: – Africa must urgently upgrade its maritime and logistic infrastructure in order to successfully promote the continent’s trade, especially intra-African trade, the […]
May 4, 2018

Jean-Claude Kassi Brou and Gbehzohngar Findley sign the Headquarters Agreement for the ECOWAS Radio in Monrovia

Exchange of documents between Jean-Claude Kassi Brou (left) and Gbehzohngar Findley Monrovia, 2nd May 2018. The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission President, Jean-Claude Kassi Brou and the Liberia Foreign Affairs Minister, Gbehzohngar Milton Findley have signed the headquarters agreement for the regional organisation’s radio in Monrovia. A ceremony to mark the signing of the agreement was held on Tuesday, 1st May 2018 in the Liberian capital. The headquarters agreement documents were officially signed by Jean-Claude Kassi Brou on behalf of ECOWAS Commission and Gbehzohngar Milton Findley on behalf of the Liberian government. Mr Brou, while responding to the questions raised by journalists during the press conference which held after the signing ceremony, stated that the ECOWAS Radio will contribute to regional integration and economic development of the Community. “We need to make the ECOWAS Radio a powerful instrument to convey information to West Africa..
May 4, 2018

JEAN-CLAUDE KASSI BROU AND GBEHZOHNGAR FINDLEY SIGN THE HEADQUARTERS AGREEMENT FOR THE ECOWAS RADIO IN MONROVIA

Echange de documents entre Jean-Claude Kassi Brou (à g.) et Gbehzohngar Findley The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission President, Jean-Claude Kassi Brou and the Liberia Foreign Affairs Minister, Gbehzohngar Milton Findley have signed the headquarters agreement for the regional organisation’s radio in Monrovia. A ceremony to mark the signing of the agreement was held on Tuesday, 1st May 2018 in the Liberian capital. The headquarters agreement documents were officially signed by Jean-Claude Kassi Brou on behalf of ECOWAS Commission and Gbehzohngar Milton Findley on behalf of the Liberian government. Mr Brou, while responding to the questions raised by journalists during the press conference which held after the signing ceremony, stated that the ECOWAS Radio will contribute to regional integration and economic development of the Community. “We need to make the ECOWAS Radio a powerful instrument to convey information to West African citizens in order to promo..
May 4, 2018

South Africa gold miners die after earthquake strikes

South Africa gold miners die after earthquake strikes Image copyright AFP Image caption The epicentre of the earthquake struck near where the miners were working Four miners have died after an earthquake caused a cave-in at a South African gold mine. The miners were among 10 rescued from Sibanye-Stillwater's Masakhane mine, west of Johannesburg, after the incident on Thursday. Three miners remain trapped, two of whom are still unaccounted for, the company said. South Africa is a leading gold producer, but the industry has often been accused of a poor safety record. Africa Live: For more on this and other stories from the continent $400m payout for South African miners The human cost of South Africa's mining industry This is the second large-scale incident at mines controlled by Sibanye-Stillwater in recent months. Back in February, 955 miners became trapped underground for more than 24 hours after a storm knocked out the power, and the back-up generators failed to work. Me..
May 3, 2018

DR Congo crisis: Why a trainee nun was shot dead at church

DR Congo crisis: Why a trainee nun was shot dead at church Image copyright Courtesy of Kapangala family Image caption Thérèse Kapangala, who was training to become a nun, was killed at a protest in January The BBC's Africa editor Fergal Keane reports on how the Catholic Church has become the main opposition in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. By the time her brother arrived on the scene Thérèse Kapangala was already dead. She lay in a pool of blood just inside the main door of the Church of St Francis de Sales, about 15 minutes from central Kinshasa. Thérèse was a novice nun who grew up in a devoutly Catholic family in the narrow streets of Kintambo, an old Kinshasa neighbourhood where the colonial explorer Henry Morton Stanley established his first settlement in 1881. She lived a short walk from the church. 'Revolt of the reasonable'On Sunday 21 January she joined protestors who had gathered at St Francis calling for free and fair elections. Image copyright Fa..
May 3, 2018

Africa’s week in pictures

Africa's week in pictures: 27 April - 3 May 2018 A selection of the best photos from across Africa and of Africans elsewhere in the world this week. Image copyright EPA Image caption Members of South Africa's trade union federation take a break from their May Day march to push for better wages to pose with statues in Cape Town... Image copyright AFP Image caption On the same day, performers entertain audiences at the official celebrations in the capital, Nairobi. Image copyright AFP Image caption Members of the Sudanese guard of honour stand to attention as they wait for the arrival of the Ethiopian prime minister in Khartoum. Image copyright EPA Image caption A woman makes clay pots during the opening ceremony of a tourism fair in Ivory Coast's main city of Abidjan. Image copyright EPA Image caption In Zimbabwe, a group of acrobats performs for a captive audience during the annual Harare International Festival of the Arts (Hifa)... Image copyright EPA Image caption Th..
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