Africa Top10 News

1Frosty Welcome for Journalists Visiting Tanzania

Tanzania released two staff members of the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), a day after they were detained and their passports seized. Tanzanian officials said Angela Quintal and Muthoki Mumo were arrested for violating the terms of their visas by holding meetings with local journalists.

SOURCES: ReutersQuartz Africa

2Where are the Highest Paying Jobs in Africa?

Thanks to growing economies and the improving political situation in many African countries, Africa now has plenty of job opportunities to explore. Different countries have their own main economic activities, which largely determine what kinds of job opportunities are available locally. The entry of large multinational companies into Africa has further opened up a competitive job market that is constantly in search of top talent from across the continent, as well as across the globe.

SOURCES: Africa.com

3African Scientists Embark on a Project to Break the Malaria Cycle

In experiments conducted over 50 years ago, researchers showed that blood could be taken from adults who had become immune and used to treat children admitted to hospital with malaria. Developments in technology now mean that it’s possible to do this much more efficiently. And we’re really excited that we have been able to exploit these new innovations in Africa.

SOURCES: Quartz Africa

4Cameroon Students Safe and Sound

Students kidnapped from a boarding school in Cameroon’s restive North-West region have been reunited with their parents amid joyful scenes. A driver was also freed, but the principal and a teacher are still being held. The government and English-speaking separatists have accused each other of orchestrating the kidnapping.

SOURCES: BBC

5Madagascar’s Former Foes Come up Tops in the Polls

Former presidents Andry Rajoelina and Marc Ravalomanana were neck-and-neck in the country’s presidential race according to partial results published by the electoral commission on Thursday. Rajoelina has 43.5 percent of votes, while Ravalomanana secured 42.44 percent, the incumbent President Hery Rajaonarimampianina trailed with 2.93 percent of the votes counted so far.

SOURCES: Al Jazeera

6FGM Awareness Campaigns Yield Results

Research shows that female genital mutilation has dropped drastically among African children this century. Cutting is a rite of passage in many societies, often with the aim of promoting chastity. It can cause chronic pain, menstrual problems, recurrent urinary tract infections, cysts and infertility. Some girls hemorrhage to death or die from infections. It can also cause fatal childbirth complications in later life. The ritual usually involves the partial or total removal of the external genitalia, including the clitoris.

SOURCES: VOA

7Lifeline for Senegal’s Fishing Industry

Commercial overfishing to feed European and Asian appetites has emptied West Africa’s waters and destroyed the livelihoods of many artisanal fishing communities, including those in Senegal with its long Atlantic coastline. Now the fishmongers of Soumbedioune are moving. A new €2m fishing quay, funded by Morocco and sitting across the bay from the existing market, has been finished. It contains an ice factory, a cold room, a fish-processing area and rows of gleaming counters in the retail market.
SOURCES: The Guardian

8Women who make Running a Fashion Magazine in Nigeria Look Easy

The New York Times, profiles four entrepreneurial women, ranging in age from 28 to 61, who are leading publications both new and old to capture this cultural milieu. In doing so, they are serving a wide audience throughout the African continent and within diasporic enclaves in the United States and Britain and telling the story of Nigeria to the world.

SOURCES: New York TImes

9Large Group of Buffaloes Drown in Botswana

Early investigations suggest the herd was being chased by lions and ran into the river. A local lodge owner told the BBC that it looks like the buffaloes then got stuck because the bank on the other side of the river was too high and that they panicked and stampeded. People living in the area collected the buffaloes and took them home to eat.

SOURCES: BBC

10Blockchain Startup Tackles Africa’s Energy Crisis

OneWattSolar, has come up with a way of allowing thousands of Africans to pay for solar energy using blockchain tokens without having to pay for the solar system infrastructure, which is funded through financial backers. It was a concept Victor Alagbe, the company’s vice president of operations and blockchain strategy, had been thinking on when reading about Elon Musk.

SOURCES: CNN