Kenyan food supply platform raises $10.3m in funding

  Twiga Foods, the Kenyan business-to-business food supply platform announced today that it has successfully raised  a Series A funding round including $6.3m in equity and $4m in debt instruments. The round was led by Wamda Capital and includes Omidyar Network, DOB Equity, Uqalo, 1776, Blue Haven Initiative, Alpha Mundi, and AHL Venture Partners.   […]

Africa faces weakening of policies, institutions

The quality of policies and institutions weakened in Sub-Saharan Africa in 2016 amid challenging economic conditions, according to the latest review by the World Bank. This weaker trend was observed in 40% of the region’s IDA countries, notably commodity exporters and fragile states. The review is the annual World Bank Country Policy and Institutional Assessment […]

Liberia: US-based journalists criticise supreme court

The Association of Liberian Journalists in the Americas (ALJA) has described a recent ruling by the Supreme Court of Liberia as a sad development in the West African nation’s quest for adherence to the rule of law.  The decision was the reversal of the National Elections Commission (NEC) disbarment of the vice presidential candidacies of Harrison Karnwea of the […]

Good results for tourism in first part of 2017

International tourist arrivals worldwide grew by 6% in January-April of 2017 compared to the same period last year, with business confidence reaching its highest levels in a decade. Sustained growth in most major destinations and a steady rebound in others drove results. Prospects for May-August 2017 remain high. Destinations worldwide received 369 million international tourists […]

21 social entrepreneurs win African challenge

  Ten teams of 21 budding African social entrepreneurs have been selected as winners of the Resolution Social Venture Challenge at the Baobab Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa.    Winning teams earn a fellowship that includes seed funding, mentorship and access to a network of young global changemakers to pursue impactful projects in their communities. […]

Liberia’s independence day celebrations in Malmo

Liberians from all over Europe are expected to gather in the Swedish city of Malmo next weekend to celebrate their country’s independence and hold the annual convention of the European Federation of Liberian Associations (EFLA).   Liberia’s 170th Independence Day Celebrations get going on Friday, July 28 and last until July 30.   The festivities, hosted by the Liberian […]

Engaging African private sector in science, innovation

Technological progress and innovations do not occur spontaneously, they result from long-term investment. In Africa, innovations are much needed, but possibilities of achieving them are low, according to Nordic Africa Institute (NAI) guest researcher Samia Nour, co-author of ‘Africa Capacity Report 2017’. A survey conducted for the report shows that two-thirds of African countries have adopted […]

Bong Miners hold successful convention in US

“To be transparent, accountable and inclusive, while upholding the by-laws and constitution of the Association of Bong Miners (ABM). So help me God!”   Those were the words of the newly elected national president of ABM, Benedict Philips, when he took the oath of office at the just ended first national convention of the organization. […]

14 die in Boko Haram attack in Cameroon

Two bombers blew themselves up in northeastern Cameroon killing 14 people and injuring 30 people in an attack likely staged by Boko Haram jihadists, security sources said Thursday. The bombings, which took place on Wednesday evening in Waza near the Nigerian border, targeted a busy area in the market town, the sources said. The bombers […]

Gambian striker Dibba hits two goals for Swedish club

  Gambian striker Pa Amat Dibba was the hero in Hammarby’s 3-1 victory over Orebro last week after scoring two second half goals in the 14th round tie of the Swedish football premiership, the Allsvenskan.   Dibba struck first in the 49th minute after working his way through Orebro defense hitting target with a low shot. He scored again after […]