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Borrowing Goes Through the Roof As EA Amasses U.S.$73 Billion in External Debt

Borrowing Goes Through the Roof As EA Amasses U.S.$73 Billion in External Debt

Countries in the region have seen increased borrowing over the past decade, amassing $73.8 billion in external debt. The International Debt Statistics 2021 report by the World Bank shows that between 2009 and 2019, countries in the region increased external borrowing by nearly four times, from $19.9 billion to $73.8 billion. During the period, Kenya […]

Over 200,000 Active Covid-19 Cases Across Continent After 13.3 Million Tests

Over 200,000 Active Covid-19 Cases Across Continent After 13.3 Million Tests

As of September 25, the confirmed cases of Covid-19 from 55 African countries have reached 1,437,576. Reported deaths in Africa have reached 34,706, and recoveries 1,184,963. 217,905 cases are currently active and 13,371,886 tests have been performed. South Africa has the most reported cases – 667,049, with deaths numbering 16,283. Other most-affected countries include Egypt […]

African Countries Get New Tool To Predict Climate-Related Disasters

African Countries Get New Tool To Predict Climate-Related Disasters

A new weather forecasting system in Africa allows meteorologists to track approaching storms in real-time, potentially saving lives from climate-related disasters, scientists said on Monday. The technology is already used in developed countries but was not available until recently in most of sub-Saharan Africa, according to scientists behind the project at the University of Leeds. […]

Can African Countries Industralize?

Can African Countries Industralize?

Narratives are essential. Humans are, after all, “helpless story junkies”. Business and economic success depend much more than is commonly acknowledged on getting the narrative right. And if there is a narrative where getting it right or wrong matters hugely, it is the narrative about Africa’s industrial development. Africa is the poorest continent. It is likely to be […]

Primary Education In Nigeria – The Need To Take It Seriously

Primary Education In Nigeria – The Need To Take It Seriously

There’s a lot of truth in African proverbs, but there is one African saying that I disagree with. It’s the proverb that says “it takes a village to raise a child”. That might have been true 100 years ago, but in the modern world it takes more than a village; it takes a whole country. […]

Three Suspected Ebola Victims Escape From Kanungu Isolation Centre, Uganda

Three Suspected Ebola Victims Escape From Kanungu Isolation Centre, Uganda

Three suspected Ebola victims have escaped from the isolation centre at Kihihi Health Centre IV in Kihihi town council in Kanungu District in western Uganda. They are Saddi Muhima, 46, his son Issa Muhima, 19 and Milton Nsenga, all from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The three were admitted in isolation when they presented […]

Menstruation Is Now Expensive For Women And Girls

Menstruation Is Now Expensive For Women And Girls

Menstruation is a perfectly normal biological process that marks a girl’s transition from childhood to fertility. However, for most young girls in Sub-Saharan Africa, this monthly affair is a crisis. Menstruation can be managed with the appropriate sanitary items, but adolescent school-going girls suffer from a host of injustices and barriers to opportunity due to […]

WAELE Mobilizes Women From 29 Countries On Peace Building

WAELE Mobilizes Women From 29 Countries On Peace Building

A non-profit-making international women organisation, Women Advancement for Economic and Leadership Empowerment, WAELE, at the weekend, mobilised women from 28 African countries to converge in Abuja for a two-day peace building/training workshop. The Founder, WAELE, Dr Basirat Nahibi-Niasse, in a welcome address said the essence of the training was to equip women who are members […]

IMF Warns Of Rising African Debt Despite Faster Economic Growth

IMF Warns Of Rising African Debt Despite Faster Economic Growth

Sub-Saharan African nations are at growing risk of debt distress because of heavy borrowing and gaping deficits, despite an overall uptick in economic growth, the International Monetary Fund warned on Tuesday. The sober assessment comes as African countries continue to tap international debt markets and issue record levels of debt in foreign currencies, spurred on […]

African Women Meet At Mount Kilimanjaro To Demand Rights

African Women Meet At Mount Kilimanjaro To Demand Rights

Rwandan rural women, together with their counterparts from various countries on the continent, will today convene at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania in an effort to advocate for unrestricted women’s rights to land and other natural resources across the continent. Participants from Rwanda say they are taking part in the cause as a […]

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