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Africa Weekly News roundup – Week 44

ARTS & CULTURE

Sindika Dokolo, African art collector, dies in diving accident in Dubai

Sindika Dokolo was best known as the husband of Angolan businesswoman, Isabel dos Santos. He was a prolific collector of African Art and joined the fight for the repatriation of colonial artefacts. He died in a diving accident on 29 October 2020 at the age of 48.

African Apocalypse: The real ‘heart of darkness’

African Apocalypse is a documentary by British-Nigerian poet-activist Femi Nylander and directed by Rob Lemkin. It tells the story of the colonial horrors inflicted on the people of Niger, in West Africa, by a French army captain called Paul Voulet.

How the Jerusalema social media challenge created a global hit

Politicians, sports stars, priests, nuns and monks, shop attendants, healthcare workers and infinite other global citizens have posted countless videos of themselves participating in group dancing, accepting the Jerusalema dance challenge.

ECONOMY

Africa’s Elite Share The Blame For China’s Belt, Road Debt Crisis

As of 2020, the countries in Africa with the largest Chinese debt are Angola (US$25 billion), Ethiopia (US$13.5 billion), Zambia (US$7.4 billion), the Republic of Congo (US$7.3 billion), and Sudan (US$6.4 billion.

Africa loses economic hope

IMF managing director Kristalina Georgieva estimates that Africa has an eye-popping funding gap of $345 billion between now and 2023.The lack of money means a lack of growth. The IMF forecasts that Africa will grow by just 3% in 2021, well below the expected global growth rate of 5.2%.

African countries need to open borders for tourism – to jump start economies devastated by Covid-19

According to the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), the tourism sector in Africa was the second fastest growing sector in the world before the pandemic. It has lost an estimated 8 million job since the health crisis.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Silicon Valley Venture Capitalist investing in young entrepreneurs

Hiruy Amanuel believes he can help Africa’s social and economic expansion with a proper investment strategy. As a well-known Silicon Valley entrepreneur and venture capitalist, he recognized an untapped tech industry that could thrive within Africa.

Egyptian deliveries entrepreneur wins 2020 Anzisha Prize, takes home $25k

Twenty-one-year-old female Egyptian entrepreneur Alaa Moatamed, whose venture provides business owners with an affordable and convenient delivery service for customers, has been named winner of the 2020 Anzisha Prize, taking home US$25,000.

Entrepreneur Xolane Ndhlovu on increasing access financial services digitally

The economy throughout Africa is growing. However, not all industries have caught up, and one of them is digital banking. Entrepreneur Xolane Ndhlovu has set out to solve this problem through his company DafriBank which is a borderless digital-only bank created to serve entrepreneurs in Africa and others who exist in the digital space.

INNOVATION

The entrepreneur who is turning waste plastic bottles into boats

Africa, like most other parts of the world, is battling a spiraling plastic pollution crisis. One non-profit company in Cameroon is helping to keep waste plastic out of the ocean while also improving livelihoods and inspiring entrepreneurs in communities across the country. Madiba & Nature’s ‘ecoboats’ – made out of discarded plastic bottles – are helping fishermen while also creating jobs in the recycling industry, promoting ecotourism and raising awareness of the circular economy.

COVID-19 spurs health innovation in Africa

The COVID-19 pandemic has galvanized the development of more than 120 health technology innovations that have been piloted or adopted in Africa, a new World Health Organization (WHO) analysis finds. The study of 1,000 new or modifications of existing technologies that have been developed worldwide to target different areas of the COVID-19 response found that Africa accounts for 12.8% of the innovations.

Top 20 winners of AGA’s Youth Innovation Challenge on Democracy and Governance in Africa

The African Governance Architecture (AGA) has released the list of the Top 20 selected winners of the Youth Innovation Challenge on Democracy and Governance in Africa. The young African innovators focused on digital or non-digital innovations that address issues of democracy deficit, lack of good governance and the promotion of human rights practices in Africa.

LEADERSHIP

Thwart U.S. veto or await new president? WTO has leadership dilemma

The US rejected the nomination of  Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as the WTO’s next director-general. She will be the first woman and Nigerian to hold the position.The U.S. Trade Representative supported a rival candidate, South Korean Trade Minister Yoo Myung-hee.

Tanzania’s Magufuli: ‘Bulldozer’ who flattened freedoms

Tanzanian President John Magufuli came to power as a no-nonsense man of the people nicknamed The Bulldozer, but along with popular efforts to clean up graft, he has been accused of crushing dissent and stifling democracy. The 61-year-old on Friday won a second term in office with a resounding 84 percent of the vote, after an election which the opposition said was riddled with irregularities.

Nearly two dozen dead in Guinea post-election violence: State TV

Nearly two dozen people have been killed in violence that erupted following a disputed presidential election in Guinea last week, state television reported on Monday, as international envoys attempted to soothe tensions in the West African nation.

LIFESTYLE

Africa travel trends in the age of Covid

Extended stays, fewer stops, “travel bubbles” and upselling opportunities for travel consultants. These are just a few of the trends that experts predict for African safaris in the Covid-19 era.

Tunisia bans internal travel to contain pandemic

Tunisia on Thursday banned travel between the country’s regions, suspended schools and public gatherings, and extended a curfew, as it tried to contain a rapid surge of COVID-19 cases with hospitals nearly full. Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi has said Tunisia cannot afford a second lockdown.

Fashion in Africa: A spotlight on the Ivorian creative scene

The release of Beyoncé’s musical film, ‘Black Is King’, on Disney+ highlighted young designers alongside major luxury brands. Among these designers were two Ivorian women: Lafalaise Dion and Loza Maléombho. One became known in 2018 thanks to her creations promoting the cowries and African spirituality, the other relies on local fabrics to enhance women’s style.

 

 

 

 

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