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Colonial looted art: Namibia recovers 23 objects from Germany

Objects from Berlin’s Ethnological Museum collection will be presented to the Namibian public. But while their origins are being studied, why is this return only a loan? JASKO RUST A huge mural in Windhoek’s Independence Memorial Museum, depicting members of the Namibian People’s Liberation Army (PLAN) blowing their horns as they attack the colonial masters’ […]

Ghana and Uganda ban grain and food exports

Global food protectionism is now in full swing. After India, major EU food exporting nations such as Hungary have halted the export of certain crops. Many African countries are also banning the export of produce. ISAAC MUGABI Ghana and Uganda are among several African countries banning the export of grains and other farm produce, with […]

ECOWAS maintains sanctions on Mali, calls for transition in Burkina Faso, Guinea

West African leaders meeting in Accra have decided to uphold sanctions against Mali, along with the suspension of Burkina Faso and Guinea from the bloc. The measures could be lifted if the military rulers in all three countries speed up plans for a return to civilian rule. Sunday’s – June 5 – comment came a […]

Namibia comes to Europe to sell its sunshine

ISABEL MALSANG As Europe struggles to decarbonize its economy and wean itself off Russian oil and gas, one of the world’s sunniest and most arid nations is pitching itself to the continent as an answer to its problems. A delegation from sub-Saharan Africa’s driest country has been touring Europe to tout their nation as a […]

Which countries have rolled out 5G in Africa?

FAUSTINE NGILA When Ethiopia announced on May 9 that it was launching trials for its first 5G mobile network in its capital, it joined more than a dozen African countries that are either testing or have rolled out the next-gen network. But just as for its 5G peers, the journey isn’t going to be smooth. […]

Desperate hunt for cheap maize abroad as Kenya’s silos now run dry

DOMINIC OMONDI Kenya is now desperately shopping for maize from all corners of the world as its silos run out of this critical grain. Bad weather, coupled with global factors such as the Russia-Ukraine conflict and the lingering effects of Covid-19, have conspired to create a maize shortage in the country, with many families finding […]

Africa accounts for 70% of the world’s $1 trillion mobile money market

SETH ONYANGO Africa now accounts for 70% of the world’s $1 trillion mobile money value. The value of Africa’s mobile money transactions edged up 39% to $701.4 billion in 2021 from $495 billion in 2020, highlighting the future of African banking is mobile. GSMA’s figures released on Apr. 21, show the volume of mobile money […]

Cameroon drum-makers cash in on its popularity

ARISON TAMFU In Ekali, a village on the outskirts of Cameroon’s capital city Yaounde, the rhythms of tam-tam, a centuries-old traditional drum fills the air. Martin Mbezele Zambo has made a name for himself in the village as one of the best tam-tam drum makers. At 42, Zambo has spent most of his life manufacturing […]

Nigeria’s Buhari asks ministers with political ambition to resign

At least five members of President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet are seeking to succeed him in 2023. Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has directed all members of his cabinet who nurse political ambitions to resign their current appointments, according to the country’s information minister. “The mandate I have from the president is to announce that all members […]

New Jersey launches recreational marijuana sales following voter approval

JOSEPH AX Well over a year after voters said yes to legal weed, New Jersey is finally about to start getting high on its own supply. State residents 21 and older can lawfully buy marijuana starting on Thursday, after a decade-long effort by advocates to legalize recreational use and end years of racially unbalanced criminal […]