Talent galore: Plenty to be positive about Africa’s future if you know where to look
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Politics and Society Talent galore: Plenty to be positive about Africa’s future if you know where to look

Troubling headlines from South Africa, Nigeria, Ethiopia and Kenya are putting a dent in the “Africa rising” narrative. So, is Africa reeling or rising? George Issaias, a seasoned talent manager in Africa, says there is no cause for panic. He argues there are plenty of reasons to feel positive about the continent’s future. You just have to know where to look.

Interview: If you are passionate about the new Africa then wear African-made fashion
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Lifestyle Interview: If you are passionate about the new Africa then wear African-made fashion

Kenyan fashion house KikoRomeo under its visionary founder and Head Designer Ann McCreath has helped put African fashion on the map for more than twenty years. KikoRomeo, is the biggest name in fashion in Kenya, McCreath’s adopted home, and the brand just had its best showing yet at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Johannesburg. In her first ever interview with This Is Africa, McCreath opens up about her brand’s continental ambitions, the state of the fashion industry in Africa and why leaders on the continent really need to start walking the talk when it comes to promoting “brand Africa”

“We live in fear, think of me, my family and my children,” pleads wife of missing Burundian journalist Jean Bigirimana
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Politics and Society “We live in fear, think of me, my family and my children,” pleads wife of missing Burundian journalist Jean Bigirimana

Burundian journalist Jean Bigirimana has been missing for almost two weeks now. He is believed to have been kidnapped by state agents. His present whereabouts are unknown. President Pierre Nkurunziza nurses a grievance against Bigirimana’s employer Iwacu newspaper. The government accuses the independent newspaper’s director, Antoine Kaburahe, of taking part in last year’s failed coup. Bigirimana’s family, friends and colleagues now fear for the worst

Trump: Black people are lazy, it is not anything they can control
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Politics and Society Trump: Black people are lazy, it is not anything they can control

Is Donald Trump a racist hiding in plain site? The Republican Party nominee for President of the United States in the 2016 election has said some things in the past that suggest that he is either (at best) not the biggest fan of black people or (at worst) a rabid racist. What happens when you put a closeted racist in power in the world’s most powerful country? Africa and the world may find out in a couple of months

Ethiopian research: Smell of chicken could help in fight against malaria
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Politics and Society Ethiopian research: Smell of chicken could help in fight against malaria

It’s at once the best and oddest news to come out of Africa this week but research from Ethiopia appears to suggest that the scent of a live chicken could be a new weapon in the fight against malaria. The research conducted by Ethiopian and Swedish scientists has proven that malaria-spreading mosquitoes don’t like to be anywhere near chicken and other birds. The research findings are great news for a continent where malaria is still a leading cause of death. Yes, it is no longer weird to keep live chicken inside your house now. It might just save your life

Should we celebrate when an African country has a peaceful election?
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Politics and Society Should we celebrate when an African country has a peaceful election?

The Island nation of São Tomé and Príncipe just had peaceful elections in which the incumbent President Manuel Pinto da Costa lost to former Prime Minister Evaristo Carvalho. The election and its peaceful conclusion didn’t receive much coverage in the press. Some online are saying it’s because the media isn’t interested in an election happening in an African country if it goes down without incident. Other’s disagree, saying peaceful elections should be the norm in Africa and not a reason to celebrate. With a little help from popular US comedian Chris Rock, let’s get into it.