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Locally Assembled Handsets Begin To Drive Africa’s Low-End Smartphone Shipments

March 12, 2024

Locally Assembled Handsets Begin To Drive Africa’s Low-End Smartphone Shipments

Local assembly and Chinese imports are making low-end but feature-rich smartphones available to young consumers in the era of constrained disposable income.

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Gloria Kisilu’s digital supply chain is turning rural artisans into global entrepreneurs

March 12, 2024

Gloria Kisilu’s digital supply chain is turning rural artisans into global entrepreneurs

A tribute to her grandmother's basket-weaving legacy is how Gloria Kisilu sees The Shaba, a digital supply chain changing rural artisans' lives by seamlessly blending social impact, design, and tech.

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See How Paula Marowa is Reviving Zimbabwe's Leather Sector

March 12, 2024

See How Paula Marowa is Reviving Zimbabwe's Leather Sector

As shoppers enter Rukanda Pride leather store in Harare’s posh Eastlea suburb, they are immediately enveloped by the captivating aroma of fresh leather. Stepping in further, they are surrounded by meticulously crafted leather products. The presentation of impeccable craftsmanship, together with the earthy, woodsy smell evokes a feeling of elegance and opulence.

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Bitcoin’s surge is fueling a financial bonanza in Africa’s most dynamic economies, with crypto investors recording remarkable growth in their digital asset portfolios

March 10, 2024

Bitcoin’s surge is fueling a financial bonanza in Africa’s most dynamic economies, with crypto investors recording remarkable growth in their digital asset portfolios

Bitcoin’s surge is fueling a financial bonanza in Africa’s most dynamic economies, with crypto investors recording remarkable growth in their digital asset portfolios.

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Globally recognised crafts from 10 African countries

March 10, 2024

Globally recognised crafts from 10 African countries

SPECIAL REPORT | BIRD AGENCY | Africa’s artistic tapestry is as diverse as its people. Africans breathe life into art and craft, with every stroke of the brush or mark of a chisel telling a story of resilience, heritage and boundless imagination.

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Financial, sexual health has women arriving at this maternity clinic in Nigeria

March 6, 2024

Financial, sexual health has women arriving at this maternity clinic in Nigeria

Economic pressures and professional ambitions, as well as a desire for sexual health, are major drivers behind women attending sessions at Chika Ugochukwu’s maternity clinic.

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NEW AFRICAN LANGUAGETECH APP AIMS TO BRIDGE LINGUISTIC DIVIDES

March 5, 2024

NEW AFRICAN LANGUAGETECH APP AIMS TO BRIDGE LINGUISTIC DIVIDES

When Chido Dzinotyiwei moved to South Africa from Zimbabwe as a child, language became both an obstacle and an opportunity for change. Her primary concern as an adult was children struggling with their mother tongue in new environments, facing challenges in pronouncing names, and finding it difficult to connect with the languages spoken in their surroundings.

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Africa’s 10 Largest Gold Producers

March 5, 2024

Africa’s 10 Largest Gold Producers

African states are riding the wave of a gold rush, with global prices stabilising and mining technologies advancing. Here are the continent’s ten largest gold-producing powerhouses per tonnage (t), according to the World Gold Council’s 2022 stats.

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Hailing 10 of Africa’s most spoken languages

March 4, 2024

Hailing 10 of Africa’s most spoken languages

Swahili** is primarily spoken in East and Central Africa and has links to hundreds of dialects since it’s predominant in the Bantu family of African languages. Spoken by as many as 150 million people, it’s an official language in Tanzania, Kenya, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and has been adopted as a working language by the African Union due to its cultural and economic significance.

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South Africa’s $26.3 million new mining fund sets stage for exploration boom

February 26, 2024

South Africa’s $26.3 million new mining fund sets stage for exploration boom

South Africa has introduced a groundbreaking mineral exploration fund, aiming to bolster participation from junior mining companies. This move aligns with a trend across Africa, where nations are enacting sector reforms to capitalize on the increasing global demand for minerals.

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Women-led start-ups shine despite a tough funding year

February 26, 2024

Women-led start-ups shine despite a tough funding year

Africa’s women-led startups retained their sparkle through 2023, against the backdrop of one of the darkest periods for global startup funding. They raised $200 million, a 7 per cent growth over the previous year, according to a report from Africa: The Big Deal.

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Esther Mahlangu retrospective celebrates an African icon

February 24, 2024

Esther Mahlangu retrospective celebrates an African icon

Bold strokes and visually compelling patterns seamlessly fusing traditional African art and contemporary art have transformed the walls of the Iziko South African National Gallery in Cape Town – both inside and out – with the opening of a retrospective exhibition featuring a South African legend: 84-year-old Esther Mahlangu.

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