1Togo Turns Electronic Trash to Treasure
The rising demand for technology has created a market for people who want to buy second-hand electronics at bargain prices. But it is not just demand for these products that is encouraging their arrival. It is also the inadequate recycling available in richer countries. Organisations such as the Basel Action Network are raising concerns that Western countries are simply not handling their own electronic waste effectively, leaving it destined to end up on cargo ships bound for West Africa, among other places.
2Ethiopian Airlines Takes Over Africa’s Skies
Thanks to major political reforms and relaxed visa rules, Ethiopia has emerged as a destination and a transfer hub for long-haul travel to sub-Saharan Africa in 2018. Data from the travel intelligence agency ForwardKeys shows Addis Ababa’s Bole International Airport has overtaken Dubai as the leading gateway to the region. As such, travel bookings between Nov. 2018 and Jan. 2019 are set to grow over 40% based on a year-on-year growth—way ahead of other destinations in Africa and a significant jump from the January-October 2018 predicted growth for Ethiopia which stood at just 12.2%.
SOURCES: Quartz Africa
3Here’s How Nigeria’s Media will Take on the 2019 Elections
At least 15 Nigerian organizations debuted a collaborative online platform Wednesday to combat fake news ahead of the country’s February elections. The Crosscheck Nigeria blog brings together competing newsrooms to investigate questionable claims, especially on social media. The collaboration was proposed by First Draft, a Harvard University-based project dedicated to fight fake news around the world, in partnership with the International Center for Investigative Reporting in Nigeria.
4African Women at more Risk of Violence
The United Nations launched its 16-day worldwide campaign to combat violence against women. In sub-Saharan Africa as a whole, 22.3% of women aged between 15 and 49 reported experiencing physical and/or sexual violence by an intimate partner within a 12-month period. So what are some of the unique challenges faced by African women on this front?
SOURCES: The Guardian
5Britain Loans Nigeria Artefacts it Looted
More than a century after British soldiers looted a collection of priceless artifacts from the Kingdom of Benin, some of the Benin bronzes are heading back to Nigeria – with strings attached. A deal was struck last month by the Benin Dialogue Group (BDG) that would see “some of the most iconic pieces” in the historic collection returned on a temporary basis to form an exhibition at the new Benin Royal Museum in Edo State within three years.
6Former CAF Boss’ Offside Move
Former Confederation of African Football (CAF) president Issa Hayatou and secretary general Hicham El Amrani have been fined $27.9m each by the Egyptian Economic Court (EEC). The EEC ruled that the pair flouted local Egyptian law when signing a billion-dollar deal between CAF and French media company Lagardere in 2015 about the broadcast rights for African football, including coverage of the flagship Africa Cup of Nations, between 2017 and 2028.
SOURCES: CGTN Africa
7Uganda Calls off the Search
Police have called off the search for bodies and possible survivors, following the sinking of a boat near Mutima Beach on Lake Victoria in Mukono District. Officials say only 59 of more than 100 passengers who were said to have been on board when the ill-fated MV Templar capsized on Sunday have been accounted for. Of those, 26 were rescued and 32 bodies recovered.
8Improved Husbandry Practices Boost Aquaculture in Kenya
Demand for fish in Kenya is on the rise courtesy of fast population growth of around three percent per year and increased awareness of the nutritional value of fish.
9The New Threat to Africa’s Waterways
According to researchers, 10 rivers are responsible for depositing 90% of the plastic that ends up in the sea. Eight of them are in Asia and two in Africa: the river Nile and the river Niger. The BBC went to what was once known as the Garden City of Nigeria, to find out what’s causing the problem and to meet some of the people fighting back.
10Madagascar’s Vintage Flair
Much-loved French cars from a bygone era rattle along the streets of Madagascar’s capital Antananarivo, doing their duty as private vehicle, taxis or even police cars. The Renault 4L and the Citroen 2CV, which have made way for sleek younger models elsewhere, are still part of daily life on the Indian Ocean island, battling up its steep hills and wheezing towards top speed on its dusty main roads.
SOURCES: Economic Times