Africa 2020

By Joyce Sarpong | A fresh perspective / 2020 vision and carefully curated stories on Africa. News, sports, travel, business, insights, lifestyle, arts & culture. www.africaoracle.com

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 …

Africa

„Jede Sprache ist ein Schatz an Schönheit“

<b>Sie leben seit drei Jahrzehnten im Exil, zuerst in Großbritannien, nun in den USA. Trotzdem schreiben Sie in Ihrer Muttersprache Kikuyu. Was</b> …

Benin: Verrückt ist ein Tabu

Die NGO "Saint Camille de Lellis"hilft den Ausgestoßenen mit einer sauberen Unterkunft, mit Essen und mit Medikamenten…

The Future of Not Working

<b>The village is</b> poor, even by the standards of rural Kenya. To get there, you follow a power line along a series of unmarked roads. Eventually, that power line connects to the school at the center of town, the sole building with electricity. Homesteads fan out into the hilly bramble, connected by …

Basic Income

Brave Beauties: Zanele Muholi on Self-Portraiture

South African photographer (and self-titled visual activist) Zanele Muholi has gained international recognition for her direct, powerful imagery. Muholi devoted years to a body of work called Faces and Phases (2006-2016), in which she directed her camera towards members of the black lesbian and …

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 …

Africa

Watch a 5-Part Animated Primer on Afrofuturism, the Black Sci

We recognize its hallmarks in music especially. It is the province of Sun Ra, George Clinton and Parliament/Funkadelic, Afrika Bambaataa, and, in …

How parental television viewing affects teens' sexual behaviour

<i>Television programmes can influence the perceptions and behaviours of adolescents either negatively or positively. But if unregulated they can cause</i> …

How amnesty efforts in the Niger Delta triggered new violence

The introduction of disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration programmes have become common practice in countries emerging from violent conflict. …

No excuses for Ghana poverty 60 years after independence: president

| ACCRA<p>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 as it …

Africa

Dialogues, from Africa: Juan Orrantia and Musa Nxumalo

From the series "In/Glorious (Home)" © Musa Nxumalo<p><i>Post by</i> <i>Juan Orrantia</i><p>"Dialogues, from Africa" is a series made in response to Alejandro Cartagena's …

Dialogues, from Africa: Juan Orrantia and Alexia Webster

Bulengo IDP Camp- Goma, DR Congo<br>Neema Bonke, 35 years old, from Masisi has 3 children and is separated from their<br>father so is raising them on her …

Dialogues, from Africa: Juan Orrantia with Matt Kay

From the series "Losing Ground" © Matt Kay<i></i><i><br>Post by</i> <i>Juan Orrantia</i><br>"Dialogues, from Africa" is a series made in response to Alejandro Cartagena's running …

South 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> …

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 …

Africa

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 …

Wildlife

Rising stars on show at Africa By Design

The exhibition features designers from 6six sub-Saharan African countries<p>Next week, at the Nubuke Foundation in the Accra suburb of East Legon, 21 …

Cultural identity: fabric in African art

A new generation of artists in Ghana is using textiles and clothing to explore local customs<p>On March 6 2016, Independence Day in Ghana, a troupe of …

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 …

Africa

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 …

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

A new six-hour series by PBS, the Public Broadcasting Service, attempts a monumental task: to reveal the truth of 200,000 years of history in the …