The Future Is in Africa, and China Knows It

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Innovators are Africa's only real hope for prosperity

Innovators are Africa's only real hope for prosperity

As the wave of independence swept across Africa in the late 1950s, many geopolitical watchers speculated the region would soon become a significant economic and political powerhouse. There was hope that African countries would finally live up to their full potential. George Ayittey, Ghanaian economist, wrote in Africa in Chaos, “When Africa gained its independence from […]

Africa is making great progress in agricultural production

Africa is making great progress in agricultural production

Marshall Matz, Register Opinion contributor Published 3:58 p.m. CT Sept. 19, 2018 | Updated 4:15 p.m. CT Sept. 19, 2018 Marshall L. Matz(Photo: Special to the Register) In the two years since the last African agriculture forum held at the African Union in Ethiopia, the momentum has fundamentally changed. The pace of advancement has quickened […]

Hotspots, not trouble spots: Africa seeks tourism boom

Hotspots, not trouble spots: Africa seeks tourism boom

Africa draws just five per cent of the world’s tourists despite boasting attractions ranging from the Pyramids and Victoria Falls to wildlife safaris and endless strips of pristine beach. But the continent’s huge potential can be unlocked by eco-tourism, cultural experiences, domestic travel and political stability, said experts at an African tourism conference hosted by […]

Anger as rhino trade kingpin released from S.African jail

Anger as rhino trade kingpin released from S.African jail

By AFPMore by this Author Conservationists expressed shock Monday after a Thai kingpin of the illegal rhino horn trade was released from jail in South Africa after serving just six years of his 40-year sentence. Chumlong Lemtongthai was freed on parole in Pretoria last week and immediately flew back to Bangkok, government officials told AFP. […]

Africa's Jumo raises $52M led by Goldman to bring its fintech services to Asia

Africa's Jumo raises $52M led by Goldman to bring its fintech services to Asia

Asia’s fintech scene is poised to get a little larger after Jumo, a company that offers loans to the unbanked in Africa, revealed plans to expand into the continent. To get the ball rolling, Jumo has opened an office in Singapore to lead the way and landed a massive $52 million investment led by banking giant […]

Courting business with Nigeria, South Africa and Kenya: Where are the women in leadership?

Courting business with Nigeria, South Africa and Kenya: Where are the women in leadership?

RODGER BOSCH/AFP/Getty Images On the back of a successful meeting for the Commonwealth Heads of Government in April this year, the decision by Theresa May to visit the three power-houses of the African Commonwealth countries, South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya put a spotlight on the growth potential and subsequent trade opportunities across the region. Part […]

LIAM CONDON: Africa: Continent of challenge and opportunity

LIAM CONDON: Africa: Continent of challenge and opportunity

I have a passion for learning about different cultures and languages. This probably comes from the fact that I grew up in Ireland, an island separated from continental Europe, so I always wanted to know what life is like in other places. Over my career, I’ve had the opportunity to live in several countries and […]

What the oldest drawing found in South Africa tells us about our human ancestors

What the oldest drawing found in South Africa tells us about our human ancestors

Seventy-three-thousands years ago, one of our earliest common ancestors drew a series of lines in red ochre crayon on a stone flake. This simple figure belies the complexity of our homo sapien ancestors, which modern humans are only beginning to understand. In a discovery published on Sept. 12, those series of red lines are now […]

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