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  • Kenya holds the upper hand when it comes to Brexit

    The UK government is eager to build deeper ties with old and new friends. In this realignment of Britain’s foreign policy priorities, Kenya holds excellent cards and stands to benefit.

    #KOT: Kenyans respond to Cambridge Analytica revelations

    The dust was only just starting to settle after a period of turbulence. Two weeks before, Kenya’s long-standing political adversaries, President Uhuru Kenyatta and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, stood together to deliver a joint statement.

    Running Africa – changes at the AU

    Sunday morning in Addis Ababa is the time for Ethiopia's twin religions: the Orthodox Church, and long-distance running. As the loudspeakers call the faithful to St. Stephen's Cathedral, another congregation is gathered in Meskel Square. The city's runners are out in force, pounding the grassy running track by the main road.

    Brexit should be good for Africa

    Just a few months after being elected Conservative Party leader, David Cameron flew to Rwanda. It was a high-profile trip so he could see first-hand the development of one of Africa’s fastest-growing economies and launch his party’s review on globalisation and global poverty. On his first day, he visited a textile factory in Kigali, the country’s capital.

    What happened at last week’s African Union Summit?

    You could be forgiven for missing the 27th African Union Summit in Kigali, Rwanda in a week of coups and terror attacks. But the Summit – held twice a year – could prove to be one of the most significant yet. Here's what happened: Civil war in South Sudan. The world's youngest country recently cancelled its fifth independence anniversary.

    Africa’s emerging hubs

    Last week, some of Africa's most influential names jetted into Kigali, Rwanda, for the World Economic Forum on Africa, a remarkable milestone for a city synonymous with the 1994 genocide. This is no accident; the city is fast emerging as the gateway to central Africa. Rwanda’s ambitious ‘Vision 2020’ development plan aims to transform the country into the ‘Singapore of Africa’.

    Fighting #BOKOHARAM one tweet at a time

    Two years ago, Boko Haram seized 276 girls in the northeast town of Chibok, Nigeria.  At least 270 still remain missing. Parents of the missing Nigerian schoolgirls abducted say they have identified some of the girls in a proof-of-life video. The video was released to local government officials in Chibok on Tuesday, Reuters reported.

    Africa outstrips US and UK in using Twitter for political conversation

    Portland analysed 1.6 billion geolocated tweets and the top 5,000 hashtags on the continent as part of our latest “How Africa Tweets” report. Mark Flanagan, Senior Partner for Content and Digital Strategy, notes that, “our previous studies showed that Twitter in Africa was much more of a space for social interaction or frivolous banter.

    Time for change? Tanzania’s digital democracy

    This weekend’s elections in Tanzania are expected to be the closest in the country’s democratic history. With President Jakaya Kikwete standing down from the Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party, it will be a close race between new candidate John Magufuli and former Prime Minister Edward Lowassa.

    Free Internet access across Africa

    We’ve all heard the stories and wondered whether they were fact or science-fiction. Drones and balloons traveling across Africa, beaming wireless signals down to rural communities to allow them to access the internet for the first time. For a long time, it seemed as if Google were ahead of Facebook with its balloon-based Project Loon […]

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