African games developers to watch out for

With the obvious barriers to internet access and even an occasional blackout holding African game developers back, a new generation of entrepreneurs emerges, founding their own game development companies, and making it their mission to meet the demand to see African-centric titles and characters appear on the worldwide gaming scene.

Here are some of the best African firms out there, working on everything from augmented reality (AR) projects to mobile button bashers.

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Augmented Reality Gaming Comes to Africa

Until now AR and VR games were a staple of huge tech and gaming giants from the US, Europe, and Asia, who have long been developing the games and headsets needed to make them happen, with everything from VR casinos to Pokémon Go coming from their intricate developmental pipelines.

However, when it comes to augmented reality gaming in Africa it is the Kenyan based gaming firm Internet of Elephants that leads the way, recently garnering worldwide media interest from their new game Wildeverse, which takes players into the habitats of wild animals regardless if they’re walking in their backyards or just playing at home. The game was fine-tuned by the team in the jungles of Borneo and Congo, where the developers learned all they could about the animals and habitats they wished to portray in the game.

Mobile Gaming Makes Sense for Africa

With very few of the continent’s inhabitants having access to computer terminals or steady internet connections, it makes sense that the future of gaming in Africa is likely to take place on mobile devices. It is therefore not a surprise that some of the most innovative African gaming companies are focusing their attention on the mobile sector.

Leti Arts is one of these companies, which originated in Ghana but ultimately settled in Kenya. Their flagship titles include Africa’s Legends and Reawakening, both of which draw heavily from various blends of African folklore and legend to create unique gaming experiences. This makes a welcome change from bungled appropriation leaning attempts by foreign gaming companies who tend to resort to boring stereotypes when creating Africa-themed games and characters.

For Francophone gamers, there’s a company doing similar things in Cameroon. Kiro’o Games’ main title is Aurion: The Legacy of the Kori-Odan, which looks to African cultural heritage for inspiration.

Meanwhile, many African mobile gaming companies are finding new ways to monetize their often free-to-install gaming apps. One example of this is a Nigerian company Gamsole who has partnered with Diamond Bank, that wishes to educate and engage potential new clients, knowing full well that games are a perfect vehicle for customer satisfaction. This is a trend that will no doubt grow this decade, with developers likely wishing to diversify their offerings to markets where there’s a lot of money to spend. Who knows, the next time you go to top up your phone credit or even use your Oddschecker mobile casino bonus you may find yourself coming face to face with an African-made mobile game.

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African Games Demanding Space on Major Platforms

Another promising advance for budding African developers is that some have already begun to make inroads into the world’s biggest gaming platforms. This has been evidenced by South African company Nyamakop featuring their wonderful game Semblance on non-other than the Nintendo Switch, allowing gamers all over the globe to play a game whose roots are firmly planted in African soil.

Another example of this is Tunisia’s DigitalMania, one of the continent’s most experienced game design houses, who have racked up a whole backlist of games that are consistently played by millions of users on platforms as huge as Facebook, Google Play and the Apple Store.

By the time gaming producers in Europe, Asia, and the US wake up to the potential of gaming in Africa they may find they’re too late because the homegrown talent in this field is only set to grow. We’ll still have to wait for a couple of years to see if these seeds will bring fruit, but the potential is hard to ignore.

Hatupendi upuzi!!agitated Kenyan women explain why they can’t bow down to a man unlike Ugandan and Tanzanian women:Audio

Kenyan women have been accused of kujiskia sukari on several occasions many argue that they feel more superior than any other women .

Well that might be true to some point but women confidently state that wamechanuka and gone are the days when they used to shiver at every command by their men.

Dads are a gem!!Jacque Maribe’s dad leaves her in stitches in court with this loving gesture that can melt even the hardest of hearts:Video

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The debate was ignited during a discussion on the Morning show by Maina Kageni where men professed their undying love for Ugandan,Rwandese and Tanzanian women.

Here is what women had to say on why they feel superior than women from other Countries/continents

“Kenyan women we don’t like upuzi so don’t compare us with Tanzanian women,first of all Kenyan men have no morals so you cannot compare us,we are unique and special you cant compare us with Ugandan women nor Tanzanian women.”

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Another woman adds

“Why should I thank a man who wants to sleep with the same house girl you have brought to work for you?We cant do that as Kenyan women we are more advanced than the Ugandan and Tanzanian women.”

Another female defends Kenyan women by strongly stating that as women we wont allow ourselves to be used kama kifagio.

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Another poses

“If Kenyan women are said to be so proud why do we see men from far and wide looking for Kenyan women as wives and girlfriends?reason is that we are well organized in our lives.”

Just when you think you have heard enough another woman says

“If men think we are better that everyone else let them go and find those women who don’t feel like us,It is them who hardened us ,there are countries with BETTER men its not like Kenyan men are the BEST.”

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The African artistes bridging the gap between Africa and the West using music

It’s no secret that a number of spheres of life abroad are influenced by life in Africa., especially the music scene.

In this world of diverse cultures, it’s only appropriate these collabo’s have increased substantially, compared to before.

In recent times, we’ve seen multiple foreign artistes reach out to their African counterparts in the music industry and vice versa.

Here’s a highlight of some of the African artistes who are bridging the gap with the West:

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Nigerian Starboy Wizkid made a very notable collaboration with the one and only Drake.

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Drake himself is also known for collaborating with artistes from Africa.

Wizkid is featured in Drake’s single ‘One Dance’ in 2016 and Drake featured in Wizkid’s single ‘Come Closer’ in 2017 – which were both huge hits.

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Tekno

Just about a week ago, Nigerian afrobeats sensation Tekno and Ciara released audio for hit single ‘Freak Me’.

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This caused a ruckus and immense excitement among Ciara’s African fanbase.

This isn’t the first time the two have collaborated with foreign artistes, but this is Ciara’s first major African collabo

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He also collaborated on ‘Bad Girl’ with Drake earlier this year.

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The Rwandese music video choreographer putting African dance on the world map

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This Tanzanian singer became the first African artist to get 6-time platinum sales in universal sales on his single Marry You featuring Ne-yo.

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He also did a collaboration with the reggae group Morgan Heritage on ‘Hallelujah’ which was a banger.

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And about a month after that,he collaborated with American singer Omarion in ‘African Beauty’.

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Also, let’s not forget ‘Waka’ with Rick Ross.

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The sky is definitely not the limit for him, that’s for sure.

Another includes Ghanaian-English recording artiste, Fuse ODG who’s recorded with Sean Paul, Ed Sheeran and Wyclef Jean.

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Akon set to build own futuristic city in Senegal with ‘AKoin’ crypto-currency.

Rapper Akon has unveiled plans to build his own futuristic city in Senegal, trading in a crypto-currency named ‘AKoin’ after himself.

The proposal for Akon Crypto City, according to Daily Mail, says it will be a ‘real-life Wakanda’ – referring to a technologically advanced country in Marvel’s Black Panther film.

AKoin’s website says the city, near the capital Dakar, will include universities, schools, a sports stadium and an international airport on 2,000 acres of land.

The Smack That singer, 45, told the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity that the currency could be the ‘saviour of Africa in many ways’, Sky News reports.

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The website describes Akon Crypto City as ‘the first 100 per cent crypto-based city with AKoin at the center of transactional life’.

It claims that 2,000 acres of land have already been granted to the project by the President of Senegal, Macky Sall.

It says: ‘[The city is] within 5 minutes of the new international airport, close to the coast and a short drive from Dakar, the capital city of Senegal (Akon’s homeland).

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‘This mixed use, master-planned city, contains everything from residential to retail, parks, stadium, light manufacturing, universities, and schools.

‘Akon Crypto City has opportunities for brands, businesses and high-profile individuals to create amazing, inclusive experiences in a futuristic environment and welcomes anyone looking to step into the future.’

The currency itself is described as ‘a stable currency [to] stimulate and support youth entrepreneurship, economic stability, and growth across Africa and the world.’

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The star previously started the Lighting Africa project in an effort to provide solar energy to the continent.

In 2016 he launched African music download service Musik Bi, with a mission to promote African artists.

In March this year he told TMZ that he could imagine running for President of the United States with Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg as his running mate.

Paloma Faith and Naomi Campbell are also among the stars who have attended the event in the south of France this year.

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Kenyans Named In Africa’s Top 50 Movers And Shakers List

Forbes Africa has come up with a list of top 50 African movers and shakers and a few Kenyans have made it to the list.

According the Forbes the  people on the list personify modern Africa: entrepreneurs and artists, athletes, politicians and activists. They were chosen by a jury under the direction of renowned economic journalist Mfonobong Nsehe .

Here are the Kenyans on the list:

Lupita Nyong’o – Kenyan actress and filmmaker was celebrated in her Hollywood debut in “12 Years a Slave.” She earned the Best Supporting Actress Academy. Award for her role as the slave Patsey.  She is a graduate of Yale University’s School of Drama. She is currently working on “Queen Of Katwe,” a film based on the true story of the rise of a Ugandan chess prodigy.

Ory Okolloh – lawyer Ory Okolloh, 37, first came into the limelight as a blogger and co-founder of Ushahidi, which Kenyans used to report incidences of violence through email, text message and Twitter following the 2007 elections. Ushahidi’s open-source software is now used around the world for similar causes. Okolloh, a passionate advocate of good governance and accountability in Africa, now serves as Managing Director of Omidyar Network Africa, which invests in African for-profit and nonprofit organizations that foster a civil society.

Sauti Sol –  The quartet of Bien-Aimé Baraza, Willis Chimano, Delvin Mudigi and Polycarp Otieno make up Sauti Sol, Kenya’s most popular music export on the African continent. The enormously successful boy band sings in Swahili and blends local and regional dances and music with western-inspired music genres like soul and R’n’B. Sauti means “voice” in Swahili. In 2014, they won the best African Act at the 2014 MTV European Music Awards.

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Top 9 menswear designers in Africa

Menswear is hot right now and with the just concluded stand alone New York Fashion Week for men a statement has already been made. While the women have received immense recognition, several menswear brands are causing ripples across the globe. From walking international runways to making headlines back home, we have compiled a list of designers you need to look out for.

Below is our list of the top 9 African designers in no particular order

9. Buki Akib
The Nigerian label was created in 2010 by Buki Akib inspired by the designer’s experience with art in Nigeria. She is recognized for her skill in combining African textiles such as traditional hand woven Ado-oke with cotton, silk and linen creating unconventional fabrics. Akib studied design in London and hopes to open a studio factory in Ghana to reignite the African textile industry.

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8. Orange Culture
Adebayo Oke Lawal is the Nigerian creative behind the brand and has been designing since the age of 10. He describes his label as a movement more than a clothing line that focuses on a creative class of men who are self aware, expressive, art loving and explorative. The label previously produced womenswear but is now fully focused on the men. Since the labels inception in 2011, it has been featured in international magazines such as Vogue, Marie Claire, Elle and Financial Times.

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7. Laurence Airline
It is not the name of an airline as some may presume and is instead a name of a menswear label based in Abidjan and Paris with the origin of the name based on the founders travels. The Ivory Coast based workshop was founded in 2010 by Laurence Chauvin Buthaud and prides itself in bringing together a path between cultures drawing contemporary basic silhouettes with deep African roots.

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6.Stiaan Louw Menswear
The brand was born in 2008 by South Africa’s Stiaan to cater for the country’s male neglected fashion scene. He started off focusing on women’s wear and was soon drawn to men’s wear. He is well known for his ability to use one single dominant colour focused mainly on grey, whites and materials that sit naturally. In a previous interview with design ndaba, Stiaan describes the inspiration behind his work as wanting to create a modern interpretation through incorporating ideas of ambiguity and duality.

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5. Black bird jeans
The brains behind the black bird jeans label is a dynamic duo from Nairobi namely Zedekiah Lukoe and Sydney Owino.The two designers met in high school in Mumias and later launched Black bird in 2008. They are known for mixing bold prints and using the ankara fabric to create their signature style. Targeting the modern man with a customized taste, Black bird is popular with high end fashion. Black bird debuted their first show in the US in 2011 at the African fashion week in Newyork and have since been making headlines with personalities such as Chris Brown trying on their suits.

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4. House of Ole
South African Ole Ledimo is the brains behind the House of Ole brand who began designing in 2000. Ledimo who studied Information Technology stumbled into design after his friends asked him to help design a suit for a wedding. His journey wasn’t as easy as it may seem and he started off exhibiting garments on the trade floors of South African Fashion Week and working his way up.

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3. Abrantie TheGentleman
Abrantie is a local word literally meaning Gentleman and the label is a Ghanaian fashion brand created by Oheneba Yaw Boamah and is one of the most popular in the country. It pride itself in designing African prints, retails ready to wear and customizing bespoke menswear from casual shirts, pants, shorts etc with an aim of promoting African fashion to the rest of the world.

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2. John Kaveke
John Kaveke is a Kenyan international based fashion designer. He launched his label Kaveke fashions in 2001. Kaveke describes his style as a trademark twist on contemporary African bespoke tailoring style on his Linkedin handle. His clothes have been modeled on catwalks such as London Fashion Week, Sarajevo Fashion Week, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, Swahili Fashion Week in Tanzania, Hub of Africa in Ethiopia, The Big Brother House in South Africa and the list is endless. He is a graduate of Instituto Europeo di Design in Barcelona.

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1. Maxhosa by Laduma
Laduma Ngxokolo is the brains behind Maxhosa knitwear that started in 2011. Laduma established the brand to explore knitwear design solutions that would celebrate the Xhosa beadwork aesthetics using South African mohair and wool. He has interpreted the traditional Xhosa beadwork patterns and reinterpreted modern knitwear. Laduma was recently recognized as the Vogue Italia Scouting for Africa prize and is set to showcase his designs in Italy. He has show cased his works inLondon, Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin and New York

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China illegally fishing in Africa, Greenpeace study finds

Chinese companies have been illegally fishing off the coast of West Africa, environmental campaign group Greenpeace said in a study Wednesday, at times sending incorrect location data suggesting they are as far away as Mexico or even on land.

The number of Chinese-flagged or Chinese-owned fishing boats operating in Africa has soared in recent decades, from just 13 in 1985 to 462 in 2013, the international advocacy group said.

It said it found 114 cases of illegal fishing by such vessels in periods totalling eight years in the waters off Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mauritania, Senegal and Sierra Leone. The boats were mainly operating without licences or in prohibited areas.

Among them, 60 cases involved vessels of the China National Fisheries Corporation (CNFC), a state-owned company charged with developing fishing in distant seas.

“While the Chinese government is starting to eliminate some of the most destructive fishing practices in its own waters, the loopholes in existing policies lead to a double standard in Africa,” Ahmed Diame, a Greenpeace Africa ocean campaigner, said in a statement.

The cases were reported by the Surveillance Operations Coordination Unit of the Dakar-based Sub-Regional Fisheries Commission, various national lists of infractions, and by Greenpeace itself, it said.

A Greenpeace ship found 16 cases of illegal fishing by 12 Chinese-flagged or -owned vessels in one month last year, the group said.

Some of the ships Greenpeace observed were reporting incorrect Automatic Identification System (AIS) information, the campaign group added, including data that suggested they were in Mexican waters — or even on land.

The CNFC under-reported gross tonnage for 44 of its 59 vessels operating in West Africa, the report alleged, a practice which enables companies to evade licensing fees and could potentially mean they were fishing in prohibited areas.

The Chinese ships were “taking advantage of weak enforcement and supervision from local and Chinese authorities to the detriment of local fishermen and the environment”, said Rashid Kang, head of Greenpeace East Asia’s China ocean campaign.

“Unless the government reigns in this element of rogue companies, they will seriously jeopardise what the Chinese government calls its mutually-beneficial partnership with West Africa,” he added.

Chinese companies are increasingly looking abroad for resources, with fish stocks no exception.

Fishing resources are also an element of the competing territorial claims in the South China Sea, which Beijing claims almost in its entirety. China has clashed with Vietnamese and Filipino fishing ships in the region, sometimes boarding vessels or chasing them off with water cannon.

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Nini Wacera to act in Desperate housewives Africa

Desperate Housewives ” the African version” will featuring a pan-African cast, that will be set in Lagos, Nigeria, where it’s said to have been shot is set to hit the screens soon.

The cast includes Nini Wacera a renowned actress in the Kenyan entertainment scene who will act as Bree Vandicam from the original Desperate housewives series.

The series is set to start airing in two weeks time on Ebony TV which is available in 44 countries in Africa.

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West Africa battles mystery of ‘post-Ebola syndrome’

As the Ebola epidemic retreats across west Africa, international health authorities are turning their attention to the little understood long-term effects of the often-deadly virus on the survivors.

There is little research on patients cured of the tropical fever, but the World Health Organization (WHO) has acknowledged that many are experiencing crippling complications long after walking out of treatment units.

Matshidiso Moeti, the WHO’s new head in Africa, told AFP that Liberian survivors had been reporting a range of problems, including sight and hearing impairment.

“We need to be aware that (complications) may be occurring and pay attention when people are being treated in case there is something that can be done to help them,” she told AFP in the Liberian capital Monrovia.

Moeti said the UN agency had initially focused on keeping people alive in its battle against the worst ever outbreak of the virus, which it says has left almost 11,000 people dead in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.

“So we are very much learning about this,” Moeti told AFP.

More than 26,000 people have been infected with Ebola since the outbreak began in December 2013, according to the WHO, which admits the official mortality figures are probably some way short of the real death toll.

The epidemic ravaged the three countries, infecting hundreds of people a week during its peak last autumn, but the spread has slowed to a crawl.

Liberia, once the hardest hit country, has reported no new cases since the last patient died on March 27 and was buried a day later.

– ‘Patients are now blind’ –

Moeti’s comments were prompted as she toured Monrovia’s health facilities and Ebola-hit communities on Wednesday, where she met Beatrice Yordoldo, the last Liberian patient to leave a treatment centre alive.

Yordoldo, who was discharged on March 5, said the “majority of the survivors” she had spoken to were complaining of impaired sight and hearing, headaches and other complications.

The WHO acknowledged the issue as early as October, when it carried an interview on its website with a psychosocial support officer in Kenema, eastern Sierra Leone.

“We are seeing a lot of people with vision problems. Some complain of clouded vision, but for others the visual loss is progressive. I have seen two people who are now blind,” Margaret Nanyonga said.

Nanyonga, who calls the problem “post-Ebola syndrome”, said visual problems had affected around half of Ebola survivors in Kenema, while others complained of joint, muscle and chest pain and extreme fatigue.

“We need to understand why these symptoms persist, whether they are caused by the disease or treatment, or perhaps the heavy disinfection,” Nanyonga said.

With research thin on the ground, health authorities have no real measure of the extent of the problem, but it doesn’t appear to be confined to Africa.

American nurse Nina Pham, who was infected while caring for a Liberian man at a Texas hospital, told the Dallas Morning News last month she had experienced hair loss, aches and insomnia after being given the all-clear in October.

– Focus on saving lives –

Aches and fatigue are common side-effects in patients recovering from serious infection, resulting from the immune system’s release of chemicals to fight the illness.

But experts admit they don’t yet know if this is what is going on inside the bodies of Ebola survivors.

The speed of the spread of the virus took the world by surprise, and by the time a concerted international effort was in place to stem the epidemic, it had already overwhelmed the health services of the worst-hit countries.

The epidemic has dwarfed all previous outbreaks combined — fewer than 2,500 cases were recorded between Ebola’s discovery in 1976 and the current outbreak — and has killed around two-thirds of those infected, experts believe.

While survivors of previous outbreaks reported health complications, past epidemics were never big enough to warrant in-depth research into the after-effects.

A rare upside of the scale of the current outbreak has been that there are thousands of survivors who can be studied to give health authorities the knowledge to be better prepared for future outbreaks.

Moeti, a qualified medic who took up her five-year appointment in February, says the WHO is just beginning to play catch-up in its research into post-Ebola complications.

“I think this is something about which we need to learn more in detail for the future so that… as part of treating people with Ebola we are looking out for these kind of symptoms,” she told AFP.

“Because I think in the first acute treatment of people with Ebola our focus (was) on keeping them alive and perhaps these other symptoms emerged later on.”

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African Union ‘mixed signals’ as Mugabe tipped for top job

African leaders are expected Friday to elect Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe to the 54-member African Union’s rotating chair, a choice critics say risks tarnishing the organisation’s reputation.

Mugabe, who aged 90 is Africa’s oldest leader, is widely expected to be anointed as successor to Mauritania’s President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz at the start of the two-day AU summit meeting in the Ethiopian capital.

But the veteran president has a different reputation outside the continent, and is subject to travel bans from both the United States and European Union, in place since 2002 in protest at political violence and intimidation.

Mugabe, a former guerilla leader who has ruled Zimbabwe since independence in 1980, is accused of crushing opponents to ensure his ZANU-PF party won every election for more than three decades.

Last year Mugabe boycotted an EU-Africa Summit in Brussels after he was given a rare invitation — but his wife was still denied a visa.

But several African diplomats are also uneasy.

“It’s not a very encouraging sign,” sighed one African diplomat, who asked not to be identified. “The Mugabe style belongs to a past generation, the one that takes power hostage, and this is no longer the AU creed.”

AU Commission chief Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma — who heads the executive branch that directs day-to-day work — launched the summit earlier this week highlighting “democracy, good governance and human rights” as core goals of the bloc.

But her deputy Erastus Mwencha, has defended the right to choose any leader.

“Who am I to say to the people, you have elected the wrong leader?” Mwencha said.

“The people have chosen: the important thing is that you must follow the constitution of your country.”

– ‘Unfortunate’ choice –

Although the post of AU chair is largely symbolic, civil rights groups are worried as to the image it will give to the organisation.

“This will send mixed signals and an extremely awkward message on international levels on how the AU stands on principles of democracy and good governance,” said Jeggan Gey-Johnson, spokesman of the pan-African civil society coalition, The AU We Want.

It is not the first time an autocratic leader would take the AU’s top post.

“There is a trend that has been going for several years of leaders chosen to represent the AU at the highest level who don’t espouse the core principles of the organisation,” Gey-Johnson added.

The previous chair, Mauritania’s Abdel Aziz, became the north African country’s president in 2009 after leading two coups in four years.

In the corridors of AU headquarters, diplomats say the choice of Mugabe is an “unfortunate accident” resulting from the tradition of rotating the post among Africa’s regions.

The AU has faced previous controversial choices before.

In 2007, the AU was deeply divided over the candidacy of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, while civil war raged in the western region of Darfur.

Ghana’s John Kufor finally took the post, on the grounds that the country was celebrating 50 years of independence.

Some civil society groups also objected when Libyan strongman Moamer Kadhafi — who heavily bankrolled the AU — took the post in 2009, and in 2011 when Equatorial Guinea’s Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, Africa’s second longest serving leader, was named.

But Mugabe also has also much support from many African leaders, who view with deep respect the former liberation war hero, the continent’s third-longest serving leader.

“The AU did not contest his election in 2013,” said Solomon Dersso of the Institute for Security Studies, an African think tank.

“Mugabe is a legitimate president, and if his people accepted his election, the AU has no reason to have a problem with his election.”

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CAF to announce 2017 Africa Cup hosts in April

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) revealed on Thursday that the hosts for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations will be announced on April 8 in Cairo, Egypt.

According to the continental football body, there are four candidates to host the competition, with Algeria, Egypt, Gabon and Ghana all competing to replace strife-riven Libya, who will not go ahead with their hosting of the finals.

The qualifying tournament will begin in June with the host nation taking part for the first time, although their matches will be considered as friendlies and will not count for points.

The draw for the qualifying competition will also take place on April 8 in Cairo.

A total of 52 teams will enter the qualifiers and will be divided into 13 groups, with the winners advancing to the finals as well as the two best runners-up.

The CAF have already confirmed that the 2019 finals will be held in Cameroon, with the Ivory Coast staging the 2021 finals and Guinea 2023.

CAF also announced on Thursday that the 2018 World Cup qualifiers will begin in October.

There will be three preliminary rounds in order to whittle the number of teams down to 20, who will then be divided into five groups of four teams each.

The winners of these five groups will qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

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Five Africa Cup of Nations facts

Five Africa Cup of Nations facts ahead of 2015 tournament in Equatorial Guinea:

Former Ivory Coast star Laurent Pokou is the only player to score five goals in a game. He scored once in the first half and another four after half-time in the 6-1 Group A rout of Ethiopia during the 1970 tournament in Sudan.

Tunisia will make a 12th consecutive appearance at the tournament this year in Equatorial Guinea, but non-qualifiers Egypt hold the record with 14 straight showings between 1984 and 2010 that delivered five titles.

Group D rivals Cameroon and Ivory Coast have clashed seven times in previous tournaments with the Indomitable Lions holding a distinct edge having won five of the matches and drawn the other two.

Former Egypt midfielder Ahmed Hassan is the only star to win the MVP (Most Valuable Player) award twice having got the nod in 2006 and 2010 after helping the Pharaohs win those tournaments.

Only two nations have lifted the trophy without conceding a goal — Alain Gouamene of the Ivory Coast kept five clean sheets in 1992 and Alioum Boukar of Cameroon was unbeaten in six matches 10 years later.

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Diana Opoti nominated for African fashion awards

Fashion correspondent and Media Personality Diana Opoti has been nominated for the African Fashion Awards as outstanding trend communicator of the year.

The event is set for November 2, in Johannesburg, South Africa. Opoti announced the nomination on her social media pages.

The fashion creative just completed a successful 100 days of Africa fashion, a digital campaign to help raise awareness of African fashion brands.

The African fashion awards celebrate the continent’s best designers, offering them opportunities to showcase to the world as well as support and grow fashion in Africa through different initiatives.

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Africa’s young to swell to 1bn by 2050, says Unicef

Africa’s under-18 population will swell by two-thirds to reach almost a billion by 2050, a new UN report says.

The findings show a “massive shift in the world’s child population towards Africa”, it says.

Its projections indicate that by 2050, about 40% of all children will be in Africa, up from around 10% in 1950.

This is despite the fact that child mortality rates in Africa will remain high, it says.

The continent currently accounts for about half of child mortality globally and the proportion could rise to around 70% per cent by 2050, according to the Generation 2030/Africa Report released by Unicef, the UN’s child agency.

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Why do Chinese men come to Africa without their women?

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The proliferation of the Chinese on the continent is already well established and documented…there are over two million of them in Angola alone.

Our big worry as African people is the absence of Chinese ladies accompanying these men into our land (and hearts). The Chinese taught us that for every debit there must be an equal and corresponding credit.

We fail to see credits of their equation.  They have sent us their men without their women. Therefore soon we will have Chinese men siring children all over the continent with African women.

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