CONNECTING THE DOTS
Biya Yesterday, Today And Tomorrow? After Mugabe, Cameroon Strongman Marks 35th Years In Subdued MoodAt the beginning of this year, the list of Africas top longest serving leaders looked like this: Dos Santos, Obiang Nguema, Mugabe, Biya, and Sassou Nguesso. Two of those men have since gone.
- If Zimbabwe gets the politics right, there is every reason to be optimistic that this promising country will flourish at last.
- This spike in malaria cases has happened in all southern African countries, but the increase has been the greatest in Namibia and Swaziland.
How Climate Change Might Hit African Fisheries: Catches Could Fall By Record 60% In Parts Of The ContinentIn East Africa, ocean warming has already destroyed parts of the coral reef where certain species live, and reduced fish stocks. In parts of West Africa rising sea levels have resulted in the flooding of coastal zones.
- One hurdle standing in the way of greater use of indigenous seeds is their relative lack of availability.
In First Six Months Of 2017, 2.7 Million People In Africa Were Newly Displaced, That’s 15,000 Every DayAt the end of 2016, 12.6 million Africans were living in displacement
- Child marriage and early childbearing remain common in Uganda despite laws against them. As many as three in ten Ugandan girls have their first child before their 18th birthday.
- During Mugabes ruled the European Union was created and Britain voted to exit it. America elected its first black president, and from Ghana Azonto fever took over the world.
In Case You Missed It, The Numbers On World Toilet Day – And The 280,000 Children That Die Every YearIn Sub-Saharan Africa about 90% of the urban population does not have access to a sewer system.
40 Million Nigerians In 11 States Are Caught In A Fight For Their Livelihoods That They Can’t Win AloneEvery year Nigeria loses between 350,000 and 400,000 hectares of forest cover, and over 10.5 billion naira to environmental challenges. Unofficial estimates put the annual losses in the billions of dollars.
Sub-Saharan African Economies Set New Record With 83 Key Business Reforms In Last Year, Lead World In SomeIn the ease of doing business global rankings, Mauritius is in 25thplace, followed by Rwanda (41), and Kenya (80) as the Sub-Saharan Africas top ranked economies.
- Length Of Coastlines In Africa, By Country: Plus, How Climate Change May Spoil The View
- Oldest African Football Clubs: Some Are More Than A Hundred Years Old
- African Countries Where Homosexuality Is Legal, Decriminalised Or Law Is Silent As At 2008
- The Motorcycle Taxi: Africa’s 21st Century Version Of The Horse
- Sex Ratios In Africa: Where Women Outnumber Men, And Vice Versa, And Why It Matters
Climate Change Apartheid: People In Poor Nations 5 Times More Likely To Be Displaced Than Those In Rich OnesThe data is worrying: since the 1970s, the amount of human displacement due to natural disasters has doubled.
What 115 Years Of Data Tells Us About Africa’s Battle With Malaria: Still Deadly, But Infection Rates Now Lowest Since 1900Most records were either poorly stored, burnt or were missing, but in some countries like Kenya, Senegal, Tanzania, South Africa, Botswana, Namibia and Burkina Faso the surveys dated back 1950s.
- From Uganda, Madagascar, to Ethiopia, experiments show that an inspiring, relatable figure in a movie can help students do better in test scores.
In This Part Of Kenya 1.3 Million Endure Poverty, Now Worst Drought In Living Memory Pushes More To The Brink"I used to be a man. Now I live like a dog because I am poor".
- The population of Africa in 2100 will be three, four, five or six times larger than it is today.
- In East Africa Ethiopia is likely to remain the fastest growing economy, but growth is projected to slow in Tanzania with moderation in investment growth.
- This outbreak is nearly three times bigger than the typical seasonal outbreaks the island has every year, and it's reached the capital city, Antananarivo.
Mobile Phone Access Has Skyrocketed: Sub-Saharan Africa Now Has 76 Subscriptions For Every 100 PeopleCellphone access in the world has skyrocketed. There are now more mobile devices in America than Americans.
- One in five Somali households receive remittances. Without that, many of them would fall into poverty.
‘Operation Python Dance’ – 50 Years Later Nigeria’s Iron Fist Against Separatists Is Getting It NowhereSeveral pro-Biafrans have been arrested and the military has been accused of brutality, arbitrary killings and torture. Over 150 were killed on last years Biafran Remembrance Day.
FROM THE ARCHIVES
- The use of motorcycles for commercial transport has grown very rapidly in recent years, for several economic reasons that have been well articulated. But its social and political impact is a bigger, more layered story.
- Streamlining logistics and clearance is an existential issue for landlocked countries, but the coastal countries have the “luxury” of dysfunction.
- Since the prize was launched, there have been more years when it has not been awarded, than when it has
- Kenya is punching above its weight in diversification of exports – in the analogy of anthropologists, it is less of a hunter economy and more of a gathering one – all sorts of small items find their way to the export market
- Some of the 'happiest' countries in Africa also have high FGM rates, they score badly on representation of women in politics, and female folk tend to be treated badly in these countries. A contradiction?