Bird Stories

7 December 2022

China, India absence clouds COP27 climate change plans

The UN is seeking global consensus on taxing fossil fuel companies' windfall profits to fill Africa's energy transition and adaptation kitty. Ambitious new efforts are also underway to lower the carbon footprint in cement manufacturing in Africa on the back of population growth fueling demand for housing, schools and roads.

7 December 2022

Get ready for more electric vehicles on African roads in 2023

Kenyan e-mobility firm BasiGo recently secured $6.6 million (~R116 million) in new funding to fast-track commercial delivery of locally-assembled electric buses in the country, just the latest in a string of announcements that suggest that change is coming to African mobility.

7 December 2022

This South African author & publisher is on a mission to get everyone reading

Lorraine Sithole credits her passion for books to a family tradition instilled in her by her grandmother decades ago. This meant that early childhood literary success was celebrated and reinforced.

7 December 2022

Fossil fuels and the energy transition: Africa’s dilemma

Africa’s carbon-intensive economies are racing to develop just energy transition plans as more green funding commitments begin to flow in.

7 December 2022

TAPPING AFRICA’S CREATIVE AND CULTURAL INDUSTRIES AS THE CONTINENT’S SUPERPOWER

Angelique Kidjo, Grammy Award Winning Artist, Batonga Co-Founder and UNICEF Goodwill AmbassadorMoky Makura, Executive Director, Africa No Filter

7 December 2022

Loss And Damage: Africa’s Final Push For Finance Facility At COP27

With the landmark “loss and damage” agenda adapted into the UN climate talks, Africa’s frontline negotiators now want a payment plan to feature in the final resolutions of the discussions.

7 December 2022

African telcos target minors with new mobile money solutions

Until recently, young children have been saving small amounts of cash on piggy banks or in physical banks through junior accounts that only allowed limited withdrawals at scheduled times of the year.

7 December 2022

Franco Ndiba: From Fishmonger to Internationally Acclaimed Artist

A chance encounter at the fish store where he worked led Franco Ndiba to drop his fillet knife for a paintbrush. Today, the artist is making international waves in the contemporary art scene.

7 December 2022

How Obi Asika & Seun Oduwole Are Retelling Africa’s Story Through Community Hubs in Nigeria

In 2019, Obi Asika established the Iba Ajie Resource Center in Onitsha, Eastern Nigeria. The centre houses a tech hub, an academy, an audio-visual space, a museum, a library, a co-working space, and a restaurant.

7 December 2022

Get to Know Rwanda’s Mukansanga Salima Rhadia, the First Female Referee to Officiate an AFCON Match

As the continental men’s Africa Cup of Nations – a 65-year-old biannual event first held in Khartoum in 1957 – got underway, many eyes were firmly fixed on one stand-out referee, Mukansanga Salima. Mukansanga is the first-ever woman to officiate in the games and is one of 24 centre referees among the 63 official umpiring at CAN 2021.

18 November 2022

This is how Tongaat got running water after 200 dry days

In April, storms lashed Durban, claiming 460 lives and displacing 6 000 people. More than 8 000 houses, many informal and built on unstable foundations, slid down the city’s hills as the rains poured. Climate reports say these were among the worst weather events on the continent this year.

18 November 2022

How an Engineering Company in Nigeria is Recycling Old Electronics to Make New Ones at Little Cost

It was the first day of the much-anticipated Egoras Trade Fair in Port Harcourt, Southern Nigeria. The company said it would sell refurbished electronics at steep discounts, up to 70% off. At different corners of the mini-football field, where the items were on display. The company printed about 1,500 tickets for the event. There was one problem: more than 5,000 people showed up.

14 November 2022

An art show in Senegal aims to link Africa’s lost history with the present

In a life-sized compound located in the heart of the marbled hall of the Doudou Ndiaye Coumba Rose National Grand Theatre, Alioune Diagne offers a retrospective of Senegal’s history.

14 November 2022

Ride-Hailing Services Find Success in Africa; Will This Help the Drivers?

Ride-hailing services are finding success in Africa thanks to rapid smartphone adoption, reliable internet connection, mobile payments services and a drastic shift in consumer needs on the continent that values convenience.

14 November 2022

Africans abroad: Living the dream — in South Africa

In 2008, Sandras Phiri and his wife decided to up sticks and move overseas to take advantage of larger economies and more opportunities than they had at home. At first, they looked at Europe.

14 November 2022

Kenya upgrades it’s ‘Silicon Savannah’ drawcard

Kenya’s tech startup ecosystem — among the hottest on the continent — is looking to attract even more overseas interest as the country launches an International Financial Centre and giant tech firms renew their interest in East Africa’s “Silicon Savannah”.

14 November 2022

Aproko Doctor Is Ensuring That Everyone Understands The Need for Medical Awareness

Dr Chinonso Fidelis Egemba, 31, was in his fourth year at Nnamdi Azikiwe University when he and some of his medical student colleagues helped diagnose a stroke patient.

28 October 2022

This Young African Gaming Star Now Has An International Platform From Which She Addresses Sexism & Racism In E-Sports

Sylvia Gathoni‘s passion has turned into a career, allowing her to travel the world. It’s also given her a platform – one she’s using to highlight issues of sexism and racism in e-sports.