The African Dynamo

By Yomi Adeyemi | Exploring paradigm-shifting trends on the Continent and throughout the Diaspora

In pictures: Play, prayers and power explored at Dak'Art

<b>Africa's largest biennial, Dak'Art, showcases the best of African contemporary art. Photographer Ricci Shryock met some of the 65 artists taking part in the month-long exhibition that has just ended in Senegal.</b>

Africa meant a lot to Muhammad Ali—he meant even more to Africa

<i>Ali Bomaye!</i><p>One of the most iconic catchphrases in the world of boxing in the Lingala language of central Africa, the chants from an enthusiastic crowd in Kinshasa, host to Muhammad Ali’s championship fight with George Foreman in 1974. It epitomized his connection with Africans. Heralded as not just …

Africa

The Panama Papers and the Africa Story

The Panama Papers are not just about famous people who use offshore accounts to avoid paying tax. They have also lifted the veil on a secret world in which tax havens are used to shift billions out of the world's poorest countries in Africa.<p>Look at Democratic Republic of Congo. DRC has enormous …

Corruption

Why African cities are full of street vendors and hawkers - and how we can create better jobs

TRENDING in Kenya last week was a new four-part documentary by Nairobi-based investigative journalism house Africa Uncensored titled <i>Kanjo Kingdom</i>, …

Cities

Meet The Social Media Star Changing The Way We See Africa

Yagazie Emezi's showing the world the captivating and vibrant side of Nigeria.<p>If you don't know who Yagazie Emezi is, it's time to catch up -- she's on the verge of blowing up.<p>The social media star is making it her personal mission to change the way people think about modern Africa. But perhaps …

Art

Africa Roundup: Goldman backs startup African Internet Group to become continent’s 1st unicorn

The big tech news is the recent <b>torrent of capital to Africa Internet Group (AIG)</b>—which owns online retailer <b>Jumia</b> and 9 other e-ventures.<p>Yesterday AIG announced <b>€300 million ($326 million) in funding</b> from backers including <b>Goldman Sachs</b> and MTN. CEO Sacha Poignonnec confirmed the new financing brings …

Why Ghana Started a Space Program

The West African nation has grand plans for space science, and they start by looking back on Earth.<p>Plantain sellers, fruit vendors and market stalls line the road as taxis and local tro tro buses dart through the busy high street. The lively centre of Koforidua, hemmed in by lush green mountains, …

Africa

A Nigerian comics startup is creating African superheroes

Comic Republic, a Nigerian comics startup based in Lagos, is creating a universe of superheroes for Africans and black readers around the world. The cast of characters—”Africa’s Avengers” according to some fans—ranges from Guardian Prime, a 25-year old Nigerian fashion designer by day who uses his …

Comics

Should we solar panel the Sahara desert?

<b>Could one solution to climate change be to harvest the power of sunlight where it shines brightest on the planet? Should we solar panel the Sahara desert?</b><p>Four experts discuss the radical proposal with the BBC World Service Inquiry programme.<p>Gerhard Knies: Scientifically sound and economically viable<p>…

First ever 'Made in Ghana' cars are built to survive anything

<b>(CNN) —</b> The first cars to carry a "made in Ghana" seal will be under a harsh spotlight as they prepare to enter the marketplace and take on the major international brands.<p>The man that made it happen is under no illusions about the difficulty of the task.<p>"The biggest challenge is people believing …

Africa

How to say "Merry Christmas" in SIX African languages!

You know “Feliz Navidad” and “Joyeux Noël”… but can you say “Merry Christmas” in these African languages?<p>Happy holidays from ONE! Become a member in …

African Languages

African-Inspired Space Opera Yohancé Is Going To Be Our Next Obsession

When it comes to space opera, most people don’t associate the genre with Africa. Not Paul Louise-Julie. He’s creating a space opera comic called</i> …

Why corruption is holding Africa back

<b>(CNN) —</b> If you live in Liberia, arranging to see a doctor might unfortunately not be as simple as booking an appointment.<p>Seven out of 10 people in the country say they have had to pay bribes to access basic services like healthcare and schooling, according to Transparency International, a global …

Africa

An African scientist solved a 70-year old problem of how to stop recurring infectious diseases

<i>Cameroonian scientist Dr Wilfred Ndifon has proposed a solution to a 70-year old immunological mystery relating to the original antigenic sin. This complex problem has played havoc with efforts to fight infectious diseases, particularly in places such as Africa where people can suffer successive</i> …

Medicine

Born in the USA but choosing Ghana

<b>Generations ago their ancestors were sold into slavery, now some Americans of African descent are choosing to return to the lands of their forefathers. Nancy Kacungira has been finding out why.</b><p>The Akoma Academy in Cape Coast, Ghana, is unapologetically African.<p>From the brightly coloured …

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Time Inc.

Africans are now one of the fastest growing immigrant populations in the US

Africans are becoming one of the fastest-growing immigrant populations in the United States. The number of foreign-born Africans moving to the US has nearly doubled every decade since 1970, according to a new study from the Pew Research Center.<p>As a percentage of the total immigrant population, they …

U.S. Census

David Adjaye's Double Zero chair for Moroso celebrates "the power of welding"

<b>Movie:</b> architect David Adjaye tells the story behind his first seating range for Moroso in our latest exclusive movie for the Italian furniture brand.<p>…

Nkoana-Mashabane to visit Trevor Noah on set of 'Daily Show'

JOHANNESBURG - Trevor Noah has the support of South Africans pouring in from all angles as he debuts as the new host of the <i>Daily Show.</i><p>International …

South Africa

The Odd Thing About the World's Deepest River

Africa's Congo River claims many titles, including being home to the highest number of unique species in the world.<p>The Congo River in Central Africa is one of the world's great rivers, carrying 1.25 million cubic feet of water—more than 13 Olympic-sized swimming pools—into the Atlantic Ocean every …

The bloated, arrogant aid industry won't let Africa go without a fight

African economies are now standing tall by themselves - but too much money is invested in the patronising lie that they're helpless without the West<p>Africa is standing up. After centuries of poverty, the world's largest continent is developing fast. Economic growth in Africa will be around 5 per …

Africa

Sub-Saharan Africa’s first light rail system starts operations—you guessed it, in Ethiopia

THE country’s New Year was only marked on September 12, and it is already turning out to be a good one for Ethiopians—as scores queued up for hours …

Africa

Senegal and Ghana win their first African Games titles

<b>Senegal's men and Ghana's women became first time winners of the African Games football tournaments following Friday's finals in Brazzaville.</b><p>Senegal's men faced Burkina Faso for the title with both sides looking for a maiden African Games crown.<p>Senegal sealed their victory just two minutes into the …

C.K. Gyamfi: Legendary Ghanaian footballer and coach dies

<b>Legendary Ghanaian former footballer and coach C.K. Gyamfi has died aged 85.</b><p>Gyamfi was the first African player to play in Germany, when he joined Fortuna Dusseldorf in 1960, and he also captained the Black Stars.<p>As a coach he won the Africa Cup of Nations three times with Ghana - in 1963, 1965 and …

The Modern Champion: Serena Williams Begins Her Grand Slam Finale

Serena can become the first to win a calendar year Grand Slam since Steffi Graf, but being the favorite won't make the U.S. Open any easier.<p>The U.S. Open had been underway for only a few hours and already total pandemonium had erupted.<p>The practice courts, a preferred hangout for the geekiest of …

Tennis

Will Smith To Play Nigerian Doctor In New Movie Titled ‘CONCUSSION’

Concussion is based on the real-life story of Nigerian-American, Dr. Bennet Ifekandu Omalu.<p>Dr. Omalu is very important in the world of sports.<p>He …

Will Smith

Why your internet connection is slow wherever you are in Africa

You might assume that if your favorite websites or videos take ages to load in Nairobi or Lagos, it’s because the local internet connection isn’t very good. But increasingly, you’d be wrong.<p>In June David Weekly, a Google product manager, looked at loading speeds for various websites as he sat in …

Africa