Tagged in: January 2014


Soutak: Aziza Brahim

Aziza Brahim, the poet, singer and musician, is passionate about her homeland. Writing in her CD’s liner notes, she comments “… when we speak about our country, we speak of a country where one in not allowed to live in freedom, in one’s space, with official status.

Tanzania: Who’s laughing now?

For decades, Tanzania, hampered by its former socialist policies, was the butt of jokes within the East African Community. But things are now very different, reports Aamera Jiwaji.

Kenya: Mall mania unfazed by terror strike

When terrorists hit Kenya’s trendy Westgate Shopping Mall in the upmarket suburb of Nairobi’s Westlands area in September, it was widely expected that investors would …

Nigeria: Labour halts refineries sell-off

The Nigerian government’s plans to sell the nation’s four poorly run refineries to private investors this year has been put on hold following threats by oil workers to go on strike to protest the proposed transfer of ownership. Frederick Mordi reports

China snatches rail contract from slack UK

Ethiopia, like many other African countries, is increasingly turning to the Chinese, rather than the West, to construct its major infrastructure projects, such as railways. …

The money is in the honey

Honey is five times more expensive than oil and demand for this natural product is increasing not only in Africa itself but globally. Aamera Jiwaji reports on the industry in Kenya and the challenges it is facing.

The DRC’s Katanga Province Return of the Copper King

With its huge reserves of mineral wealth, Katanga is the richest province in the DRC. However, years of turbulent politics and neglect of the mining industries had reduced the province’s economy to a shadow of its glory in the 1980s. But Katanga is now back and under the vigorous leadership of its governor, Moïse Katumbi Chapwe, is on the road to full recovery.