A Look Back at Africa in 2011

2011 was an eventful year for the continent of Africa, not least because of the wave of protest movements that was launched in Tunisia and then spread all over the world in various forms. Below is a roundup of some wonderful happenings on the African continent that you may have missed.   NORTHERN AFRICA Algeria opened its first underground rail system in the … [Read more...]

Villages in Action – an unusual conversation on development

Are you interested in the development of Africa? Do you ever wonder what the recipients of Development programmes think about development? Are you curious about what Africans are doing to develop the continent? Then sit back as we take on on a journey in Masindi NW Uganda If you have come this far and want to learn more then head over to VILLAGES IN ACTION and better … [Read more...]

Ghana gets tougher on Climate Change

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Ghana as a nation has taken various steps towards mitigating the effects of Climate Change. In the past couple of weeks, various activities and achievements have drawn the West African nation closer to the awareness of Climate Change. On the 17th and 18th of November this year, SpotOne Global Solutions Group in collaboration with various stakeholders organised a 2-day workshop … [Read more...]

Top 10 sources of news and comment on Africa in 2011

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It is undeniable that the media is the mirror through which we look at ourselves and the lens through which we see the world around us. Whether it is broadcast, print or digital, the media is second only to first-hand experience, in shaping our world view.   Yet so much of the media is devoid of international reporting and that little that exists is often a vacuous … [Read more...]

Bikers distributing toys for Africa

Apart from all the fun and intense physical action, being part of the off-road motorbiking fraternity in Southern Africa provides riders with ways of giving back to the people that they meet on their trips into the countryside. I included a video in the post Roof of Africa 2010 - it's a wrap! that explained the efforts associated with the Roof of Africa extreme enduro race held … [Read more...]

African Diaspora at work Awards- and the winner is..

  African diaspora At Work awards celebrate the work of African diaspora who contribute to the development of the continent. The winner of the award Salha Kaitesi was selected by readers of Africa on the Blog - She took time out of her busy schedule to speak to our Editor   congratulations on being our first winner please introduce yourself and your … [Read more...]

African Christmas Feasts

Growing up, Christmas for me was always about coming together as a family and sharing the best food we could cook. I remember even when we decided to spend part of Christmas at a church event, our taste buds were never disappointed. We had a multicultural community and these were the places where I got to taste popular Indian dishes such as chicken biryani and those sweet … [Read more...]

Corrupt States: Outcome Choices – Democracy or Revolution

One may ask, is there some correlation between democracy and corruption? It would seem there is. Those countries with autocratic or ‘president for life’ dictatorships, or those that suffer democracy challenges, seem to have a higher ranking, for being lofty in their corruptness, than those with more stable democracies. The recently released Transparency International (TI) … [Read more...]

Fitting tribute to Wangari Maathai at COP17: Now to take her vision forward

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  Just had an inspiring day. The kind that makes you want to go out there and do something significant. Sign your name to a large portion of the earth, to remain there for eternity. I sat through a session that did just that for me today. The Forest Day 5 at COP17 in Durban South Africa gave a fitting send off and tribute to Wangari Maathai. A touching 8 minute video … [Read more...]

Your Own Business – Just One Click Away

The internet is finally reaching the parts of Africa you’d hoped for. With the cost of computer equipment at an all time low, there’s no better time to combine the two and look at an online business. More and more people are going online to do business every day. The global markets are slow in building Africa as a continent to market to, so why not market from within and show … [Read more...]