Africa Top10 News

1Africa’s Youngest Billionaire has been Kidnapped

Mohammed Dew

Tanzanian tycoon Mohammed Dew, 44, was walking into the Colosseum Hotel and Fitness Club in Oyster Bay, Dar es Salaam for his routine gym session during the early hours of Thursday morning when two white men and an unknown number of accomplices in two cars waylaid him and quickly drove away.


2Egypt’s Café Conversations To Curb Extremism

Egypt’s Café Conversations

Stung by increasing terror attacks — including on the country’s Coptic Christian community — Egypt’s government and security agencies are turning to cafés to win young hearts and minds. The Waqfs or religious endowments Ministry is banding with Cairo’s famed school of Islamic learning, the Al-Azhar University, to send clerics to the country’s most popular cafés.


3Ethiopia’s Dream of Free Movement in Africa

Ethiopia’s Dream

The country will soon allow African citizens to enter without obtaining visas in advance. The move follows the decision in June by new Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to start issuing online visas for tourists and visitors coming from all over the world. The decision to relax the visa regime will likely be a boon for the country’s hospitality and conference tourism sectors. The capital Addis Ababa is one of the world’s largest diplomatic hubs, hosting the seat of the African Union, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, and dozens of foreign embassies.

SOURCES: Quartz Africa

4Moon Rock found in Mauritania Up for Auction

Moon Rock in Mauritania

A 5.4kg lunar meteorite discovered in northwest Africa last year is up for auction by Boston-based RR Auction and will be subject to online bidding that runs from 11 to 18 October. RR described it as “one of the most important meteorites available for acquisition anywhere in the world today” and one of the biggest pieces of the moon put up for sale.

SOURCES: Mugee Guardian

5A Place for Zanzibari Women to Offload

Zanzibari Women

Zanzibar is 99% Muslim, and women and men in Stone Town have traditionally occupied separate spaces. Older women remember the days before tourism began to flourish, when there were all-female beaches and parks for local women. Across the city, economic development, led by tourism, has usurped the spaces where women once gathered. Reclaim Women’s Space is working to change that. One of the first places the project created was a community centre near the Old Fort.

SOURCES: The Guardian

6How Will Lesotho Get itself out of this Ball of Wool?


A spiralling war between the Lesotho government and the country’s 37,000 wool and mohair farmers took an alarming new turn last week with the arrest of their association’s outspoken frontman. Wool and mohair are among Lesotho’s most important industries, with an annual turnover of more than R800-million. At issue are regulations issued in August 2018 that compel all the country’s wool and mohair producers to cut ties with South African-based wool brokerage BKB and supply their product to a Lesotho-registered company run by Chinese businessman Guohui “Stone” Shi.

SOURCES: Daily Maverick

7Why Senegal is Struggling to Contain Trachoma

Trachoma Senegal

It is the world’s leading cause of blindness and has struck almost 200 million people around the world. Most of those suffering from this curable disease are in sub-Saharan Africa despite medicine and preventive measures.

SOURCES: Al Jazeera

8A Chance to Widen South Africa’s Organ Donor Pool

South Africa’s Organ Donor

Doctors in the Wits Donald Gordon Medical Centre transplant unit in Johannesburg announced that they had performed a liver transplant from a living HIV-positive donor to an uninfected patient, the first in the world.


9How to Loot a South African Bank

South African Bank

The poor will be the most affected by the VBS Mutual Bank scandal. This is what Municipal IQ — which specialises in local government data — concluded after a forensic report, The Great Bank Heist, compiled by advocate Terry Motau and Werksmans Attorneys. The report goes into detail about how the bank heist allegedly occurred and lists a number of former executives of VBS Mutual Bank and its largest shareholder‚ Vele Investments‚ who were the alleged perpetrators and beneficiaries of the crime.

SOURCES: Business Day Live

10Here’s How Ethiopia’s PM Calmed the Army

Abiy Ahmed

Abiy Ahmed has done press-ups with dozens of protesting soldiers, who had marched into his office in the capital, Addis Ababa. Unhappy that soldiers had brought weapons, he ordered them to do 10 press-ups. They were among several hundred protesting soldiers who entered his office grounds to demand a pay rise.