African Art
Art

Is Europe refusing to return Africa’s colonial artefacts?

The 2018 Marvel Studios blockbuster, Black Panther, deserves some credit for thrusting African art and culture into the global mainstream. Art lovers were intrigued by a scene in the African exhibition hall of the fictional version of the British Museum in London, which Human Rights lawyer and author, Geoffrey Robertson, famously called “the world’s largest

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Mobile money kiosks
Markets

Cash is king but has poor hygiene

In March 2020, the World Health Organisation (WHO) was forced to deny a report that handling of cash could help to spread COVID-19. The health concerns were valid given the velocity of money. It is estimated that smaller bills change hands every 3 days in the United States where 31% of retail transactions are paid

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Innovation

Lockdown is driving innovation in the education sector

Parents and traditional education were the biggest losers during the 2020 pandemic. Parents were faced with the impossible task of having to juggle three distinct roles – parent, teacher and employer or employee – all from the (dis)comfort of their homes. It is no wonder that birth rates are down and divorce rates up as

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Travel

South Luangwa confirms that nothing beats a safari holiday!

Safari enthusiasts consider South Luangwa National Park, in the Eastern part of Zambia, to be one of the industry’s best kept secrets. South Luangwa is popular with photographers for its unspoilt scenery and high concentration of wildlife, with at least 60 animal species and over 400 bird species. South Luangwa offers sightings of four Big

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The global village
Leadership

Developing a global mindset is now a necessity

I delivered a keynote speech on Friday 12 June 2020 to the participants of The Global Leaders Programme called January. January is an experiential leadership programme for senior leaders from business, government and social sectors across the world as they transition to become global leaders – at work and in society. January is managed by

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Smart Cities are the future
Innovation

Will Smart Cities become a reality for Africa?

Most African cities were built by colonialists and are no longer fit for purpose. Cities are crumbling under the weight of rural-to-urban migration, poor urban planning and decades of under-investment in infrastructure from electricity to water and sanitation. Something urgently needs to be done to ensure that African cities can provide an enabling environment for

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Zanzibar beach
Travel

The tourism outlook for Africa post-pandemic

The tourism sector in Africa is expected to return to normal in the second half of 2021. That was the prediction made by Professor Dr Wolfgang Thome, the Publisher of ATC News, East Africa’s largest aviation, tourism and conservation news blog. In an exclusive interview with Ongolo.com, Wolfgang pointed out that the COVID-19 pandemic curve

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Madagascar vanilla
Markets

5 reasons why agriculture underperforms in Africa

Africa has potential to feed the world with 60% of total uncultivated arable land available for agriculture. Yet Africa fails to feed itself. Even though more than 60% of the workforce is employed by agricultural sector, the continent relies on imports to meet basic needs such as grains ($15bn annually) and chickens (over 500kt per

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Mila Kunis wearing Zambian emeralds
Products

How coloured gemstones knocked diamonds off their perch

Diamonds may last forever but consumer tastes have noticeably pivoted towards coloured gemstones. This shift was initially driven by the continued high prices of natural diamonds which inspired consumers to look for more affordable, high quality options. Gemstones have opened up a range of possibilities for jewellers and attracted new customers, particularly Millennials who were

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