1The Youngest Pioneer in Ethiopia’s Fast Emerging Tech Scene
At 19-years-old, Betelhem Dessie is sometimes referred to as ‘Sheba Valley’. Dessie is coordinating a number of nationwide programs run by robotics lab iCog, the Addis Ababa based artificial intelligence (AI) lab that was involved in developing the world famous Sophia the robot. Starting her career a decade ago, she has four software programs copyrighted solely to her name – including an app developed for the Ethiopian government to map rivers used for irrigation.
2Liberia’s School of Horrors
Government has announced an immediate investigation into a charity founded by an American woman after allegations that a staff member raped girls in its care. Liberians have expressed outrage after a report last week described the alleged sexual assaults at a branch of the More Than Me charity in the capital, Monrovia, by former staffer Macintosh Johnson, who died from an Aids-related illness in jail in 2016. Advocacy group Liberia Feminist Forum has urged the government to immediately revoke the accreditation of More Than Me and place its 19 schools under other management.
3Banking in a Cashless Society Requires African Solutions for African Problems
MFS Africa is a good example of how carefully harnessed and supported technological innovation can have ripple effects through the continent. It now operates the largest digital payments network in Africa and connects over 170m mobile wallets through 100+ partners, including Airtel, Ecobank, MTN, Orange and Vodafone across 55 markets. It has about 15% of the African population connected to a platform.
4VOA Investigates whether its Hausa Services have been Compromised
US government-funded broadcaster, Voice of America has terminated or proposed to terminate 15 employees from its Hausa language international radio service in Washington, D.C. following allegations of improper conduct, including the acceptance of improper payments from an official in their coverage area.
SOURCES: Quartz Africa
5The African Union Calls for Calm in Comoros
President Azali Assoumani’s move to compete in presidential polls in early 2019 has angered people on the archipelago’s Anjouan Island as it would deny them taking over the presidency under a system that rotates the post among the country’s three main islands. The Chair of the AU Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, called on politicians to put the interest of the country above all other considerations.
6Congolese Accused of not being Neighbourly
Congo’s government accused Angolan authorities of violently expelling thousands of its citizens during a crackdown on artisanal diamond mining, but Angola said it had acted lawfully to protect is resources. Congolese migrants and officials have said dozens of people were killed during an operation by Angolan security forces and an allied ethnic group this month. Angola denies this and says many Congolese migrants left voluntarily.
7Zimbabweans Feeling the Pinch of New Economic Plans
With Zimbabwe struggling to find a way to repay its foreign debtors and curb domestic spending, there are fears the country is slipping back into crisis mode. For days, some shops have closed, with signs on their doors such as “closed for stocktaking”. Others are open but their prices are rising. Although manufacturers of basic commodities such as cooking oil and soap say they have enough to supply the country throughout October, panic buying has forced some shops to raise prices and limit customer purchases to one of each item.
SOURCES: Al Jazeera
8Ensuring Clean Water for Kenyan Residents
Gangs control the water supply in much of Nairobi’s Kibera slum. This is how one man used an innovative idea to take them on and bring clean water to the residents.
9We Should Not Forget Cameroon
In Cameroon, hundreds of people have died and thousands were forced to flee their homes after almost two years of conflict between English and French speakers. Recent presidential elections have only increased tensions.
10Award Winning Images of South African Drummies
Alice Mann has won the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2018 with a set of four images of South African drum majorettes – the first time the award has gone to a series not a single shot. Mann’s photographs show five young girls from Cape Town dressed as ‘drummies’ – a popular hobby for children from some of South Africa’s most disadvantaged communities.
SOURCES: British Journal of Photography