Congo and its neighbors mobilize to tackle Ebola outbreak

Chikwe Ihekweazu, UCL At least 17 people have died in an outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease in the north west of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in the town of Bikoro. Ebola is endemic to the country. But the number of deaths in a short period is cause for concern. The Conversation Africa’s …

Continue reading ‘Congo and its neighbors mobilize to tackle Ebola outbreak’ »

What Buhari and Trump stand to gain from state visit

Stephen Onyeiwu, Allegheny College Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit to the Obama White House three years ago was ecstatic. By contrast, his visit this week to the Trump White House will be awkward. This time around, his host is a president who has referred to African states as “shithole countries” and remarked that Nigerians would …

Continue reading ‘What Buhari and Trump stand to gain from state visit’ »

South Africa Didn’t Learn from Apartheid and Still Wages War against Free Markets

By Marian L. Tupy In 1986, a well-known African-American economist traveled to South Africa for a conference on the role of business in helping to overcome racial divisions in that country. Three years later, Professor Walter E. Williams of George Mason University published a book titled South Africa’s War against Capitalism. Racial discrimination in the country, …

Continue reading ‘South Africa Didn’t Learn from Apartheid and Still Wages War against Free Markets’ »

Project using R&D is changing wheat farming in Africa

By Verenardo Meeme Wheat farmers in 12 African Countries – Benin Republic, Cote d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe – are benefiting from a project aimed at increasing production and reducing demand gap of the crop’s …

Continue reading ‘Project using R&D is changing wheat farming in Africa’ »

Ancient DNA changes what we know about elephants’ evolution

Julien Benoit, University of the Witwatersrand For a long time, zoologists assumed that there were only two species of elephant: one Asian and one African. Then genetic analyses suggested that the African Elephant could be divided into two distinct species, the African Forest and African Savannah elephants. Now a new elephant has been added to …

Continue reading ‘Ancient DNA changes what we know about elephants’ evolution’ »