Rise of drones: African journalists counter lies with tech

Rise of drones: African journalists counter lies with tech

For Nairobi-based journalist Soila Kenya, technology is a tool to unearth the truth. She recounts an attack by terrorist group al-Shabab last year, when militants struck an army base in Kulbiyow, Somalia. Kenya’s defense forces downplayed the damage and claimed they had repelled the attackers. But satellite stills and drone footage told a different tale. Analysts […]

Jihadists Gain Strength Even as Troops Arrive in West Africa

Jihadists Gain Strength Even as Troops Arrive in West Africa

As a convoy of United Nations police on a night patrol stopped to chat with residents on the sand-blown streets of the central Malian city of Sevare, Sada Cissoko could no longer hold back his emotions. “There are soldiers from all around the world in Mali, but despite the drones and the resources spent, things […]

Is it time for Vogue Africa? [This is Culture]

Is it time for Vogue Africa? [This is Culture]

Following her recent trip to Nigeria for Arise Fashion Week, Naomi Campbell decreed it was time for Condé Nast to launch an African edition of Vogue. Africa has never had the opportunity to have an international magazine on the continent, while its creations and crafts have already been around the world. It’s time for things […]

Graft in South Africa: The People Deserve Better

Graft in South Africa: The People Deserve Better

It may seem unfair to single out South Africa for its corruption. It’s not the worst offender in sub-Saharan Africa, and far from the worst in the world — India, China and Russia rank far worse on the Transparency International list, and South Africa has functioning democratic institutions and a lively press. But countries should […]

US army trainers try to build West Africa defences against jihad

US army trainers try to build West Africa defences against jihad

OUALLAM, Niger – Kicking up clouds of pink Saharan dust, US military trainers impersonated militants, waved flags saying “death to outsiders” and threw smoke grenades toward approaching Nigerien commandos this week, as a surveillance drone hovered overhead. The joint military exercises between US-led Western forces and several West African nations, dubbed “Flintlock”, have been […]

Russia to pitch first camp in Africa with military base in Somaliland

Russia to pitch first camp in Africa with military base in Somaliland

Russia is in talks with breakaway Somali region, Somaliland, to set up a naval base of at least 1500 men outside Zeila, a city near the border with Djibouti to offer support to warships and submarines patrolling the strategic stretch of coastline. Reported by Somaliland and other international news outlets, the base is expected to […]

Designs For Africa, And Michelle Obama

Designs For Africa, And Michelle Obama

Tanzanian designer and fashion entrepreneur Anissa Mpungwe has dressed the rich and famous at home and abroad. Born in Tanzania, living in South Africa, and dressing the world, Anissa Mpungwe, is difficult to pin down. In the end, we manage to do it online. I look for her on Google Maps, and set out to […]

Eddie Jones allowed to pick Brad Shields for England's South Africa tour

Eddie Jones allowed to pick Brad Shields for England's South Africa tour

Eddie Jones will have the green light to select Brad Shields for England’s summer tour of South Africa despite the fact that the New Zealand-born flanker could play up to six Super Rugby matches for the Hurricanes after the three-Test series against the Springboks. Shields, who joins Wasps next season, has been in excellent form in […]

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