Joyce Sarpong

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Mauritius shows why it could become a financial hub

Mauritian banks are becoming beacons of growth and stability in sub-Saharan Africa.<p>Unscathed by the vagaries of the oil price and unhindered by the …

Economy

Rapper-Entrepreneur Akon Lights Up 2 More African Countries

Photo: Akon Lighting Africa<p>Senegalese-American rapper Akon has added The Gambia and Cape Verde to his Akon Lighting Africa initiative, a fund that …

Africa's Richest Woman Isabel dos Santos Might Resign From Sonangol

Africa’s richest woman, Isabel dos Santos, might resign as Chairman of state oil firm Sonangol before Angola’s General Elections in August.<p><i>The Expresso,</i> a Portuguese newspaper, which quoted an anonymous source from Angola’s ruling party, said that Isabel dos Santos plans to leave the position …

Brazil

No excuses for Ghana poverty 60 years after independence: president

ACCRA (Reuters) - Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo said on Monday the country had run out of excuses for failing to end poverty and corruption, 60 years after it became the first in sub-Saharan Africa to win independence from colonial rule.<p>Akufo-Addo said Ghana must not sacrifice its environment …

Africa

Sickle cell gene therapy: 'It gives me joy and hope'

<b>Sia Evelyn Nyandemo, originally from Sierra Leone, runs a campaign group to support sickle cell sufferers. She spoke to the BBC's Newsday programme about caring for her daughter who has the disease and her reaction to a new treatment which could offer a possible cure to the life-threatening</b> …

Medicine

Mozart in Nairobi's Korogocho slum

With their flutes, cellos and saxophones, the children of the Ghetto Classics Orchestra brighten the Korogocho slum.<p><b>Nairobi, Kenya -</b> Korogocho is one of the largest slums in Nairobi, with 150,000 to 200,000 people living on a plot no larger than 1.5 square kilometres. Poverty, crime, drug and …

Orchestras

5 Things To Know About Ghana’s Independence Day

<b>The new Ghana</b><p>Formerly known as The Gold Coast due to its abundance of the precious metal, Ghana was named after the ancient Ghana Empire, which was …

‘Unraveled Threads’: Ghanaian Artist Zohra Opoku’s Latest Work Focuses On Kente & Identity

There’s something very powerful about the way Ghanaian photographer <b>Zohra Opoku</b> has reclaimed her family’s narrative in her latest collection of …

Art

The Okavango Delta: Trip of a Lifetime

<b>Africa we love you, Botswana you are beautiful…</b><p>This is the chorus of the song that the Xigera staff sang to us the night we arrived at their magical camp. My wife, being South African, chimed in and gave them a run for their money which was most amusing. The whole serenade was a wonderful sensory …

South Africa

Rising stars on show at Africa By Design

Next week, at the Nubuke Foundation in the Accra suburb of East Legon, 21 designers from six sub-Saharan countries will be featured at Africa by …

Furniture

Cultural identity: fabric in African art

On March 6 2016, Independence Day in Ghana, a troupe of men and women processed through Accra, dressed in their mothers’ colourful clothes. Their …

Art

7 Inspiring Young African Entrepreneurs To Watch In 2017

Next week, I will publish the annual list of the 30 most promising young entrepreneurs in Africa – a list of 30 entrepreneurs who are all under 35 and making the most dramatic impact in business in Africa.<p>Ahead of that, here are 7 inspiring young African entrepreneurs who you need to watch out for …

Africa

Through The Observer’s Eyes

Several African countries will hold elections this year, the most anticipated being Kenya and Angola. As usual, the African union and the …

Fespaco 2017: Six things about Africa's biggest film festival

<b>From a timid start in 1969, the Pan-African film and television festival (Fespaco) has today grown into the leading cultural event in Africa.</b><p>It takes place every two years in Burkina Faso's capital, Ouagadougou, with the stated aim of promoting African cinema.<p>The event is loosely modelled on the …

Africa

Nigeria is relaxing visa rules to make it easier for foreigners to do business in the country

The process of obtaining a Nigerian visa has been likened to a “camel passing through the eye of a needle.” To visit, foreigners need to successfully navigate a maze of paperwork both before and after they get into the country. But that’s set to change, eventually.<p>As part of a 60-day plan to …

Nigeria

This woman wants to change Africa’s working world

ACCRA – Yawa Hansen-Quao was the first female student-government president at her university - and, as she was astonished to find out, also in Ghana. …

12 Things You Didn't Know About Zimbabwean Business Mogul Strive Masiyiwa

Strive Masiyiwa is a highly successful business mogul. Photo: iMzansi<p>Zimbabwean business mogul Strive Masiyiwa has been incredibly successful in his …

The fate of fragile Somalia is now in the hands of a remarkably young, diverse parliament

On March 1, Somalia’s parliament approved the appointment of new prime minister Hassan Ali Khaire, a political newcomer. The 49-year-old Somali-Norwegian is a former humanitarian worker and oil executive.<p>Khaire isn’t the only novice to have entered the fray of Somali politics. The newly elected …

Africa

PBS Television Series a 'Myth-Busting' Journey Through African History

Top African Podcasts

Chicken and Jollof Rice<p>Get a bunch of first generation African Americans who hold both black, African, and American experiences, get them to talk …

Facebook Chief to visit Nigeria, Ghana and Senegal | IT News Africa – Africa's Technology News Leader

February 28, 2017 • Online & Social, Top Stories, West Africa<p>Facebook’s Chief Product Officer in Nigeria to speak at Social Media Week and meet local …

Born a Crime; Stories from a South African Childhood:Book Review

by Mwizenge S. Tembo, Ph. D Professor of Sociology Trevor Noah, Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood, New York: Spiegel and Grau, …

South Africa

'Capital of African film': the Burkina Faso festival celebrating continent's movies

Fans, stars and film-makers travel to Ouagadougou for the 25th Fespaco, the biggest African film event in the world<p>The audience were taking no chances: as the sky brightened over the city in the morning, they lined up outside Ciné Burkina in scarves and horn-rimmed glasses, keen to be the first to …

Africa

Meet Michelle Ntalami: Entrepreneur Extraordinaire, Founder of Marini Naturals

With the creation of <b>Marini Naturals</b>, <b>Michelle Ntalami</b> is the creative and entrepreneurial force behind Kenya’s first organic hair line for Black women …

Ethiopian Entrepreneur Builds Sustainable Fashion Business Manufacturing Apparel In Africa

Manufacturing apparel in Africa is expensive. Training and quality control are expensive. For many Western companies, Africa is a fresh start — an …

Togolese striker Francis Kone saves opponent’s life

For the fourth time in his career, striker Francis Kone rushed to the rescue on the soccer field to help save someone’s life.<p>The Togo international …

Lesotho's 'pilot' fruit and flower farm

Fruit and flowers are the focus of a new commercial farming venture in the central region of Lesotho.<p>The farm is the result of a World Bank pilot programme, which gives smallholders money to buy a stake in a 10-hectare farm and grow high-value crops such as apples, cherries and plums.<p>The BBC’s …

Farming

Watch Chimamanda Adichie Explain "What Americans Get Wrong about Africa" In This Animated Interview

When <b>Chimamanda Adicihe</b> speaks, you listen. It’s just how life works.<p>She’s long been vocal about the importance of challenging misconceptions about …

Africa

The 9 Most Enchanting Islands In Africa

Maybe you’re a fan of the show “Lost,” or you saw “Six Days Seven Nights” and you’d give anything to visit an island like that. Well, here are nine …