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Do Africa’s latest battery-swapping stations put the US to shame?

Battery swapping for electric motorbikes isn’t new technology, but its adoption rate has proven to be remarkably inconsistent around the world. One of the biggest surprises recently has been one of the places where such technology has grown rapidly: Africa. Electric motorbike battery-swapping often takes hold in areas where car usage is outnumbered by motorbikes, meaning any advances in electrification have a much bigger impact on the population and the environment. Battery swapping allows an electric…

INTERVIEW: Why American, European companies need to invest in Africa’s mining sector

Respected US Institute of Peace expert, Tom Sheehy, discusses the complex issues surrounding critical minerals in Africa, including the role of China and the need for responsible mining practices. In the shadows of the African mining sector, a complex web of great power competition, security concerns, and conflicting interests unfolds. Amidst this backdrop, the fate of critical minerals hangs in the balance, shaping not only the continent’s development but also the delicate balance of geopolitical power. In an…

Airtel Africa’s profit plunges almost 100% amid naira devaluation pressures

Telecom powerhouse Airtel Africa was only a breath away from loss-making in the nine months to December after net profit crashed by 99.6 per cent. A free fall in the value of the naira in Nigeria, its biggest market for mobile service, battered earnings, according to details of its unaudited financials Thursday. Multinationals in Nigeria are grappling with the hard times created by the downside of a raft of foreign exchange reforms introduced shortly after President Bola Tinubu took office last May. The move set…

Actors Supporting South Africa’s Genocide Trial Charges Against Israel – The Hollywood Reporter

More than two dozen prominent names from the acting world — including Susan Sarandon, Cynthia Nixon, The Crown actors Khalid Abdalla and Tobias Menzies, and Game of Thrones stars Charles Dance, Carice van Houten and Lena Headey — have contributed to a series of videos supporting South Africa’s historic case charging Israel with genocide at the International Court of Justice in the Hague. The video series is published by the Palestine Festival of Literature, a British-based cultural association…

Rupert overtakes Dangote as Africa’s richest person

South Africa’s luxury goods tycoon Johann Rupert and his family have taken the crown as Africa’s top billionaire after Nigeria’s Aliko Dangote lost the prime spot. According to the latest Forbes billionaire ranking, Mr Rupert and his family are currently the 201st wealthiest in the world, while Mr Dangote is the 219th. The valuation of the wealth of Mr Dangote, who held the first place on the African billionaire ranking for more than 12 years, came under pressure after a major devaluation of the naira by roughly…

In Sierra Leone, Nigerians show prospect of regional integration as catalyst for Africa’s growth

As the boat glided through the waters separating Lungi from Freetown in Sierra Leone, Nigerian Afrobeats star Asake’s smash hit—“Terminator”—blared through the speakers. It was a few days before the Sierra Leone presidential election and there was excitement in the air. At the entrance of the Lungi boat terminal, there is a signboard with the bold inscription “Naija Salone”, a catchphrase reflecting the synergy between both countries—“Naija” representing Nigeria and “Salone”, an indigenous Krio expression for…

The Impact of Climate on Africa’s Migration

Homo erectus – which this skull belonged to – was the first hominin species to leave Africa, around 2.1 million years ago. New research shows that when Homo erectus migrated from Africa the climate was wetter and more vegetated in the northeastern part of the continent than it is today. Climate cycles coincided to create a green corridor that our early ancestors probably took advantage of in their migration. Credit: Mizmareck / FlickrA green corridor through the Sahara emerged precisely during the period when our earliest…

Two of Africa’s largest B2B e-commerce platforms MaxAB and Wasoko in merger talks

Egyptian B2B e-commerce startup MaxAB and Wasoko, a Kenya-based e-commerce player with operations in Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda and Zambia, are in talks to merge operations, TechCrunch has exclusively learned from multiple sources. They say talks are still ongoing and the agreement hasn’t been finalized yet. The merger talks come as B2B e-commerce companies in Africa continue to scale back operations due to funding scarcity. Wasoko has been no exception: it recently conducted its largest round of layoffs, which…

Zahara, South Africa`s beloved Afro-soul star dies at 36

South African singer Zahara, age 36, has unfortunately passed away. Zahara had a rags-to-riches to story that inspired millions all over the world. She rose from a rural background only to be met with rapid fame with her multi-platinum albums. She had her own unique version of Afro-soul music in her country`s isiXhosa language and in English. Her family confirmed the same news this Tuesday. Zahara`s real name was Bulelwa Mkutukana; she died on Monday. Her family took to `X` (formerly known as Twitter) to post an official…