This Week's Top 7 Stories

1.New Abidjan Car Services Inspired by Uber

Uber, the U.S.-based online transportation network company, operates a mobile app that allows consumers with smartphones to book cab service from Uber drivers who use their own cars. As the company makes inroads in Africa, entrepreneurs in the West African nation of Ivory Coast are trying to stay one step ahead...Read More ....

2. Bringing fast, affordable broadband to Ghana with Project Link

Google are  are expanding Project Link to Ghana, our first country in West Africa, so that we can work with local Internet service providers (ISPs) and mobile network operators (MNOs) to bring fast, reliable broadband to more people across the continent. Read More ....

3. Kenya launches first mobile-only bond

Kenya launched its first government bond to be offered exclusively through mobile phones this week, taking advantage of the country's booming mobile money market.

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4. In Tanzania's election, it’s the cartoonists who are capturing what matters to voters

It's been a drama-filled election season in Tanzania. A former president has branded the opposition “idiots.” One candidate took to doingpushups to demonstrate his fitness to be president. Another suggested he was worthy of support based on his religion.

And we are not done yet. There is still a little over three weeks to go before voters head to the polls on Oct. 25.

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5. Buhari appoints petroleum minister, to name other ministers Wednesday

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday named Nigeria’s petroleum minister. And that is himself.

Buhari is widely expected to name his new cabinet by Wednesday.

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6. African firms and private equity Climbing aboard the Africa train

Today, as much as 10% of the traffic out of Mombasa is carried by rail—double the share of a few years ago—and new wagons and locomotives may double that share again..

The improvement is almost entirely due to the influence of private equity on a railway that was built in British colonial times.

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7. Fourteen African Institutions Make Top 800 World University Rankings; South African Colleges Shine

Fourteen African Institutions make up the top 800 World University Rankings -3 South African campuses rank in the under 400, but Ghana, Uganda, Kenya, Nigeria Egypt and Morocco universities too get a nose into list.

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Chale Wote 2016: Special Highlight on Trotro Vibes

The climax of the fourth edition of the Chale Wote (meaning "friend, let's go" from the Ga language) Street Art Festival was held in Jamestown , in Accra on Sunday.

As part of the various activities which took place that day such as painting, graffiti, photography, interactive art installations, walking tours, dance, film shows, fashion parades, live music performances, among others, Trotro vibes swept the atmosphere with poetry, spoken word and some good music.

Zuriel Oduwole - Building a Powerful Coalition of Female World Leaders

Zuriel Oduwole

Following her debut in the United Nations last month, where she made her mark among several world leaders on the issue of climate change, and its effect on the education of children in low level areas of the Pacific Region, Zuriel has slowly begun to build a powerful coalition of female world leaders.

Should Africa Leave The International Criminal Court?


On 21 October, South Africa announced its decision to withdraw from the International Criminal Court. The legal reason given is that the requirements of the ICC are in conflict with SA's obligations under the Diplomatic Immunity and Privileges Act, which requires it to protect African Heads of State on its soil. The unsaid political reason is the long standing claim that the court is biased against African states, which seems plausible given that all the 39 individuals prosecuted so far are African. Is Africa really being targeted? 

Africa Centre’s new home in Southwark increases its size to modern spaces with ambitions to launch its ‘Creative Hub’.

new archesThe Africa Centre

Relocated in Southwark since October 2015, the Africa Centre is now opening two additional spaces directly behind its ‘new home’ at 66 Great Suffolk street, with the ambition to establish a vibrant and financially strong ‘hub’ that brings together creatives and entrepreneurs from the African Diaspora as well as entrepreneurs with African related interests or projects. 

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