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Swahili becomes first native African language to get Twitter recognition

Social media platform Twitter has officially recognized the use of Swahili as a language on the platform. It became the first African language to achieve that accomplishment. The social media now approves Swahili words and offers translation. It started detection of the language in tweets and subsequently offers a close to perfect translation as with […]

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Africa: Swedfund Commits $14.7 million to Evolution II Energy Fund

Swedfund, Sweden’s development finance institution that supports companies in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe, has invested SEK 126m in the Evolution II Fund, which is focused on clean energy supply and resource efficiency in Sub-Saharan Africa. Evolution II invests in affordable, least-cost, low-carbon clean energy infrastructure projects and promotes growth in resource efficiency […]

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Cholera kills 40 Congolese refugees in Uganda—Aid agencies

A cholera outbreak has killed about 40 people and infected more than 2,000 Congolese refugees in Uganda, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) said on Thursday. The outbreak was first reported in Kyangwali Refugee Settlement Camp last month and has spread to other villages. The Health ministry said the most affected […]

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South Africa’s MTN posts $279 million annual profit after Nigeria fine saga

MTN Group, Africa’s biggest mobile-network operator by sales, said it returned to profit in 2017 with earnings totaling 3.3 billion rand, or 182 cents per share, in 2017, compared with a loss of 77 cents per share, a year earlier. MTN suffered its first-ever loss in 2016 after a fallout from a $1 billion fine […]

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South African Shoprite eyes Kenya entry

South African retailer giant, Shoprite Holdings, will open seven prime shopping malls in Kenya in the coming months, the firm’s chief executive, Pieter Engelbrecht said. According to Engelbrecht, Shoprite has opened 158 new stores in 2017 across 14 countries; creating 4,254 jobs. The supermarket chain operates 2,811 outlets employing 148,000 people. Six of its seven […]

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British-born Ugandan Black Panther star wins major award at BAFTAs

Daniel Kaluuya, a British actor of Ugandan origin, has won the Rising Star award at the British Academy Film and Television Awards (BAFTAs), at London’s Royal Albert Hall on Monday. Kaluuya first attracted public attention in the early 2000s playing Posh Kenneth for the first two series of Skins. He proved his writing talents when […]

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Indian telecom operator Airtel shapes Africa exit plan

India’s biggest mobile carrier Bharti Airtel Ltd, which owns telecom assets in 14 African countries, on Wednesday said it is looking at a potential initial public offering (IPO). Bharti Airtel International (Netherlands) BV said the discussion on feasibility of listing its shares on an “internationally recognized” exchange was still in preliminary stage. Bharti Airtel, which […]

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Ugandans pay tribute to musician Mowzey Radio

Thousands of Ugandans, including President Yoweri Museveni, have paid tribute to musician Mowzey Radio, who passed away Thursday morning. Mowzey Radio whose real name is Moses Sekibogo passed away in the early hours of Thursday morning. He was a vocalist of the globally acclaimed Ugandan music duo, Goodlyfe Crew. The 34-year-old artist who many describe […]

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Côte d’Ivoire seizes 600 kg of elephant tusks and pangolin scale

Côte d’Ivoire authorities on Thursday seized about 600 kg of elephant tusks and 600 kg of pangolin scales, Bonaventure Adomo, head of the Ivorian anti-smuggling unit, told reporters. The ivory was ready for export to Vietnam while the pangolin scales were destined for Asia, Adomo said. According to official accounts, the traffickers came from Côte […]

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Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni says he ‘loves Trump for frankness’

Ugandan leader Yoweri Museveni on Tuesday said he loves US President Donald Trump for being “frank” with Africans, calling them “shitholes” nations. Speaking to lawmakers at the opening of the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) held in Kampala, the veteran leader said the US president must be thanked for telling Africa the truth. Museveni’s comments […]

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