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Africa

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Africa

Major global media still fails Africa, but bright spots emerge

      By Seth Onyango, via bird story agency     Despite some progress, a clichéd and often stereotypical coverage of Africa persists among major global media outlets. However, there are notable exceptions like The Guardian, AFP, Al Jazeera, and Reuters, which are breaking the mould with balanced reporting of the continent. Findings from the University of Cape Town's Global Media Index for Africa (GMI) suggest that major news […]

todayMay 23, 2024 11

Africa

How elite riders are conquering Africa’s harshest terrains as mountain biking booms

  By Bonface Orucho, bird story agency     Mountain biking is surging in popularity across Africa, with global race organizers capitalizing on the continent's diverse terrains—from mountains to deserts—for bike racing events. Morocco has recently hosted what is arguably “one of the most gruelling ultra-mountain bike races,” the 2024 Škoda Titan Desert Morocco. The annual, 6-stage, 600km race across the desert was held between April 28 and May 3 […]

todayMay 23, 2024 2

Africa

The world is rushing to Africa to mine critical minerals like lithium – how the continent should deal with the demand

        By James Boafo, Murdoch University; Eric Stemn, University of Mines and Technology; Jacob Obodai, Edge Hill University, and Philip Nti Nkrumah, The University of Queensland     Global demand for critical minerals, particularly lithium, is growing rapidly to meet clean energy and de-carbonisation objectives. Africa hosts substantial resources of critical minerals. As a result, foreign mining companies are rushing to invest in exploration and acquire mining […]

todayMay 23, 2024 8

Local

Tony Elumelu champions youth entrepreneurship across Africa, advocates for investment over aid

      With a burgeoning youth population estimated to be one half of the world’s youth by 2,100, and the highest entrepreneurship rates across the globe - where over 20% of working-age Africans launching new businesses and more than 75% of young people intend to start one within the next five years - it is within this landscape of ambition and potential that Africa's path to development and prosperity […]

todayMay 21, 2024 9

Africa

Will training AI to be more “African” undermine our literary ownership?

      By Seth Onyango, bird story agency     Recent pushback by Singaporean writers against state efforts to use their work for AI training, has cast the spotlight on a similar conundrum in Africa. As efforts to imbue Large Language Models (LLMs) with a deeper understanding of African perspectives and narratives gain traction, the African literary community stands at a crossroads. Will they protect their intellectual property like […]

todayMay 20, 2024 7

South Africa

South African communities vs Shell: high court victories show that cultural beliefs and practices count in climate cases

Oyster gatherers on a Wild Coast beach at low tide. The sea is integral to these communities’ lives and culture. PaulGregg     By Louise Du Toit, University of Southampton; Brewsters Caiphas Soyapi, North-West University, and Louis Kotzé, North-West University     When the Shell petroleum company announced in 2021 that it wanted to explore for fossil fuels off South Africa’s pristine Wild Coast, Indigenous communities in the area immediately fought […]

todayMay 20, 2024 9

World

Kenya’s flood evictions may violate the law – scholar

      By Smith Ouma, University of Manchester     Recent floods in Kenya have left at least 270 people dead, displaced more than 200,000 and destroyed property, infrastructure and livelihoods across the country. In Nairobi, hundreds of people in informal settlements were left homeless and thousands were displaced. And now, the government has been evicting people from flood-prone areas. Smith Ouma is a legal expert with a focus […]

todayMay 20, 2024 9

Africa

Rwanda’s role in eastern DRC conflict: why international law is failing to end the fighting

      By Kerstin Bree Carlson, Roskilde University     The power of international law lies in its potential to offer alternatives to force and violence. The ideal is that states submit their grievances to a court rather than duke them out on a battlefield, or carry them out against civilians. As concerns armed violence, there are two international courts that countries can engage. The first is the International […]

todayMay 20, 2024 9

Africa

More African women are accessing the internet – report

    Bonface Orucho, bird story agency   A surge in mobile phone ownership has increased internet usage among women in Africa, leading to a drop in the mobile internet adoption gender gap to 32%, the lowest level it has reached since 2017. This is according to a new report, ‘Mobile Gender Gap Report 2024’ by GSMA released on May 15. It examines women’s mobile access and use across 12 […]

todayMay 20, 2024 7

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