Once featured on many “top five greatest of all time” lists but now infamous rapper Kanye West says he is headed to Africa to finish his delayed upcoming album, ‘Yandhi’. Africans on Twitter made it clear that while he remains in the sunken place, his visit is far from being eagerly anticipated.
Cesaria Evora was a Cape Verdean singer and Grammy Award-winning artist known for singing the island’s little-known blues style, morna. She earned the nickname “Barefoot Diva”, based on her fondness for going without shoes while giving voice to the emotional chronicles of her country’s bitter history.
Senegalese-American singer and philanthropist Aliaume Damala Badara, aka Akon, has promised 5 000 solar-powered streetlights and 2 500 traffic lights to support Sierra Leone’s electrification agenda.
Popular illustrator Nicholle Kobi is known for her representation of black women in all their variations in an online space that rarely features them and a country that shuns them. Her work is inspired by the simple manifesto “Carefree Yet Refined”.
Numerous aspects of African traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expressions cannot be patented or copyrighted. This leaves them open to exploitation by foreign entities. It is important that the entrepreneurs of the future understand the shortcomings of patenting in developing countries.
In July, the UK Court of Appeal dismissed a case against Unilever filed by a group of 218 workers of Unilever Tea Kenya who claimed the company failed to protect them from the ethnic violence. The company is now working towards sacking 11 000 employees to stay “agile in a changing business environment”.
Following World Tourism Day, we take a look at Africa’s most visited cities according to the MasterCard Global Destination Cities Index released in September 2017. This index provides a ranking of the 132 most visited cities around the world.
On 27 September, Ethiopian and Eritrean churches celebrate Meskel, a 1 600-year-old annual religious holiday to commemorate the discovery of the ‘true cross’ that Jesus was crucified on.
Citizen TV’s journalist Waihiga Mwaura has been awarded the BBC World News Komla Dumor award for his story-telling ability and on-screen presence.