Côte d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso turn to tech in counterterrorism

When extremists attacked a Côte d’Ivoire checkpoint last month at the border with Burkina Faso, killing several Ivorian military personnel, the incident underscored growing concern that the threat of West Africa’s armed groups was creeping into yet another nation. At least 30 suspected militants including Burkinabe leader Ali Sidibe were arrested, while authorities seized weapons, ammunition, USB keys and mobile phones. Another 40 suspects – sixteen of them from Côte d’Ivoire – were arrested in May during joint counterterrorism operations along the border. Now INTERPOL is assisting both nations in…

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John Nzenze: The Kenyan music pioneer you should know

For John Nzenze, fame came early, and even before his country Kenya won independence from the United Kingdom, Nzenze was churning out what could fairly be described as pop songs in his days. Born in 1940, Nzenze was one of the few artistes who shaped the sound of Kenyan music from the 1960s, introducing traditional melodies to foreign rhythms. Together with the likes of Peter Akwabi, Daudi Kabaka and George Mukabi, who died in 1963, Nzenze pioneered what was known as twist music. Kenyan twist music is named according to…

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Senegal, Equatorial Guinea set to discuss post-Covid-Investments in Africa with Germany’s Private Sector at Germany Africa Business Forum (GABF) Webinar

In 2019, the GABF launched a multi-million Euro funding commitment to invest in German energy startups that focus on Africa. The Germany Africa Business Forum (GABF) is organizing an exclusive webinar on the topic “Business in Africa after Covid-19” on August 6th, 2020, at 16:00 Central European Time. The high-level panel will be expanded with an opening speech by the Minister of Mines & Hydrocarbons of Equatorial Guinea, H.E. Gabriel M. Obiang Lima. “We are proud to announce that H.E. Gabriel M. Obiang Lima, a true champion of German-African relations, will be…

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Why Egypt Needs a Travel Revolution

Historically, thoughts of Egypt conjure up images of the Ancient World – from the Pharaohs and pyramids, to the north-flowing Nile. The allure is securely steeped in its rich culture and history. It’s the reason why, for decades, thousands have trekked to the North African country. It’s also why Lonely Planet included it in their list of where to sail into the sunset, or why 5 of its hotels made the list of Condé Nast’s Top 15 Hotels in Africa. Did that all change two years ago, on January 25 2011, the day thousands took to the…

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Why AI Is The Next Best Thing For Customer Experience Management

While an omnichannel approach has become the norm across most industries, forward-looking businesses are considering the next level to gain competitive advantage. According to Andrea Tucker, Research and Development Head at e4, to disrupt a market using omnichannel strategy businesses will need to turn to Artificial Intelligence (AI). “AI has become a tool that is being utilised to improve customer service, but what has been achieved is really just the tip of the iceberg. There is so much more that can be done to improve and evolve customer service to meet…

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Coronavirus: All you need to know in under 500 words

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the new coronavirus outbreak, which originated in Wuhan, China, a pandemic.  As of July 29, the global death toll surpassed 660,000 amid at least 16 million cases. More than 9.7 million people have recovered from the disease worldwide, according to the data collected by the Johns Hopkins University in the United States. More: Here is what you need to know: What is a coronavirus? The coronavirus family causes illnesses ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle…

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Mali opposition rejects ECOWAS national unity proposal

The Malian opposition continued to demand the resignation of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta on Tuesday, rejecting a national unity plan and related measures proposed following an Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) summit meeting on Mali. The Mouvement du 5 Juin – Rassemblement des Forces Patriotiques, led by Mahmoud Dicko, said in a statement that M5-RFP “demands more than ever” the end of Keïta and his regime. The movement also minced no words on its disappointment with ECOWAS and what its leaders say is a failure to grasp the…

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