1Bridging the Gap between Ethiopia and American Diaspora Communities
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed is connecting with Ethiopians in the U.S. to promote his reforms and encourage diasporans to return home and add to the changes unfolding in the country. Ethiopia has seen some of its most talented doctors, academics and engineers leave for better opportunities in Europe and the U.S., a return of diasporans could affect whether Ethiopia’s reforms stick.
2India Gets Serious about Africa
Over the years, Africa has caught the attention of many world powers, becoming the focus of many world leaders with India taking bold steps to gain a high level of economic presence and influence on the continent. India’s Prime Minister has announced his government’s plan to open new embassies across 18 African countries very soon.
3Doing Good Could Land this Sudanese Activist in Jail
Wini Omer is a Sudanese journalist and outspoken campaigner for women’s rights. This week she appeared before a public order court, where she faces charges of prostitution and violating public morals. At the hearing, she was told that she could also face further charges of spying against the government and communications against the state which carries a death sentence.
SOURCES: The Guardian
4Senegal’s Villages are Sinking
The southern part of the Langue de Barbarie island and the village of Doune Baba Dieye are under more than a metre of water. In an effort to redress the disaster, Senegal has launched a series of engineering studies and hired a French construction company to build an embankment that will shield coastal homes from the ocean.
SOURCES: Al Jazeera
5Andela Launches Pan-African Technology Hub for Software Developers
Andela will open applications to candidates from any African country looking to jumpstart a global career in software development in August of 2018, and launch its Kigali tech campus in December of 2018. It will also open applications for the Andela Learning Community (ALC), which provides free resources and mentorship to aspiring technologists, in Rwanda and Tanzania in August of 2018.
6More Censorship for Ugandans and their Mobiles
It’s unclear if banning just 10 international adult websites can have much of an impact on Ugandans’ online habits given the proliferation of pornography across hundreds, if not thousands of websites. Uganda’s increasing trend toward internet censorship has seen the use of virtual private networks skyrocket even as the government has tried to also ban them.
SOURCES: Quartz Africa
7Best Spots to See the Blood Moon in Africa
The longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century takes place this Friday, July 27. This occurs on the same day the planet Mars reaches its opposition, when it will shine at its best in the night sky.
8South Africa is Ready for a Premium Toy Experience
Africa’s first LEGO certified store will open in Africa’s richest square mile which is situated in Johannesburg. Officials say “The store will place focus on creating a playful and creative atmosphere, both principles that form part of the LEGO brand.”
9The Stork Makes a Delivery at Virunga National Park
Park officials from the nature reserve in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, famous for its endangered mountain gorillas, took to twitter to announce that a mother had given birth to two babies, bringing to nine the number of infants born so far this year.
SOURCES: News 24
10Africa’s Newest Fitness Hub
Whether it’s lifestyle diseases or poor health choices, everyone is now running to Okpara Square in Enugu to get into shape. In 1967, this city was the capital of the short-lived Republic of Biafra, which broke away from Nigeria during a bloody 30-month-long civil war. It was also known as the Coal City for its abundant coal deposits and mines. Today, it’s a one-of-a-kind fitness-friendly city in Nigeria.