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Discovering Africa: Ranch de Nazinga, Burkina Faso

Discovering Africa: Ranch de Nazinga, Burkina Faso Posted on August 18, 2013 12:29 pm under Lifestyle & Travel, Places To Visit, Travel  The Nazinga Ranch extends over 100,000 hectares and includes nearly 600 km of slopes. Nazinga is a very special type of protected area, hunting area and tourism of 97,000ha for hunting and 20,000ha for safaris lovers. Established by Robert and Lark Lungren, two Canadian brothers who grew in the country, Nazinga is a beautiful ranch with an open and a close forest, where only crop areas demarcate the territory. Many facilities were created on sight…

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Security is vital to keeping tourism industry booming, says Kenyan lodge owner

In October 2011, a 66-year old wheelchair-bound French woman was kidnapped from her beach house on the Kenyan coast by Somali gangsters and taken to mainland Somalia. In a matter of hours, tourism at Lamu Island where the kidnapping took place was shattered as news of the incident spread. “For that month of October we probably had 68% occupancy. It is usually a busy month. That went from 68% to zero that day. Everybody left and there was not a single guest that came in. It was very difficult,” says Dyer. Dyer…

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SuperSport Acquires NBA Rights For African Viewers

Pay-television sports broadcaster SuperSport, says it has agreed a multi-year television and digital rights partnership with US basketball league the NBA. The deal is historic as it is the first time NBA action will be available on SuperSport. The broadcast giants will offer content, live games and other programming across 47 territories in sub-Saharan Africa. Expressing delight at what is arguably the company’s most lucrative partnerships, Brandon Foot, SuperSport’s Head of Acquisitions and Legal said: “This is unquestionably one of the jewels in our crown. Some of the greatest names in sport have played in…

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Addis Ababa has potential for up to 20 new supermarkets, says research firm

Retailers should seriously consider the opportunities in Ethiopia. This is if two new reports by Sagaci Research are to be believed. According to the company, Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa holds potential for 15 to 20 new modern supermarkets, as well as five to 10 new shopping malls. Over the past years, sub-Saharan Africa has seen a steady rise in the construction of modern shopping centres, especially in countries such as Ghana, Nigeria and Kenya. According to Sagaci, modern retail in Addis Ababa is still in the early stages of development compared to other countries…

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Elumelu Invests in Seadrill Mobil in W/African Expansion Scheme

Tony O. Elumelu’s pan-African investment vehicle, Heirs Holdings, has made substantial investment in Seadrill Mobil Units (Nigeria) Limited, an affiliate of one of the world’s leading offshore deepwater drilling companies, Seadrill. Elumelu has been appointed as chairman of the Board of Seadrill Mobil Units. The investment is further evidence of Elumelu’s strategy of increasing African businesses participate across the oil and gas value chain, and complement existing interests in oil and gas production and exploration.

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Hadijatou Mani: A Slave to Freedom

She was the daughter of slaves and was sold off at the age of 12. She was bought by El Hadj Souleymane Naroua, a local landowner for 320 Euros. During her first year she did housework and worked in the fields where she was raped by Naroua for the first time when she was 13. From that time onward she also became a sexual slave and was beaten daily for disobedience. During 9 years of slavery, she had three children. Only two survived and they live with their father. Although seemingly powerless…

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Managers are a key link in growing development across African economies

The challenges facing Africa are enormous, and incontestable. Much has been said and written about the economic, social and environmental inequalities confronting us on this continent. Yet, this very same landscape is endowed with more than 60% of the world’s arable land and more than its fair share of natural resources, and we receive significant foreign direct investment. The potential of our growing consumer market is massive, our population is young and the labour force is expanding. There are positive indicators of growth acceleration, and opportunities and challenges present themselves to…

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iSchool Unlocks E-Learning in Africa

LUSAKA, Zambia — Rachel Ngongola’s second grade class at the Tico Community School is learning to count multiples of 10 on a Wednesday morning in late July. The class of 30 is divided into three groups: one counts clusters of plastic bottle caps, one scribbles addition problems into lined paper notebooks and a third sprawls across the floor, huddled in groups of two around white tablet computers. Ngongola controls the classroom with ease. You won’t catch her shushing her students, or reminding them to focus on the lesson. While other…

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Kenyan entrepreneur defies the odds to grow her own coffee business

For the last four years, and despite many challenges and little support from the people around her, Kenyan  has dedicated her time and energy to building her own coffee company, Vava Coffee. For a long time colleagues in the industry did not take her seriously and assumed she would give up the ‘hobby’ after a few months and get a ‘proper job’. Friends and family too did not approve of her decision not to find formal employment.Angwenyi completed a degree in actuarial science and statistics at a Canadian institution and…

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Mozambique – first and third world in one place

While Mozambique’s economy has experienced rapid growth over the past years, much of this new wealth has not trickled down to the broader population. So says Dominique Lalous, country manager of logistics company DHL in Mozambique.Mozambique’s nascent coal mining and natural gas sectors are attracting significant foreign investment. Rich coal deposits in the western Tete Province have lured mining companies such as Rio Tinto as well as Brazil’s Vale, while US-based Anadarko Petroleum and Italian oil and gas company Eni have announced significant offshore gas discoveries in their respective blocks…

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