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Where Should, Or Could, A Reader Start With Speculative Fiction From Africa?

As speculative fiction from African writers starts to gain mainstream press attention in the U.S. and U.K., readers might wonder where to start. Short story anthologies? A trilogy about an alien invasion of Lagos? (Yes, definitely.) But also, says writer Lavie Tidhar, “African literature is huge and diverse — from the Francophone works of West Africa to the Arabic powerhouses of Egypt and North Africa, not to mention such classic authors as Ngugi wa Thiong’o, who wrote primarily in the Gikuyu la...
Tags: Art, Africa, Egypt, South Africa, West Africa, Words, Lagos, Lavie Tidhar, North Africa, Ngũgĩ, 05.13.21, Umuzi

Why ISIS operates like a venture capital firm

A mural with the ISIS logo in a tunnel reportedly used as a training centre by the group, on the southern outskirts of Mosul in Iraq, March 1, 2017. AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP via Getty Images Even with its physical "caliphate" destroyed in Iraq and Syria, ISIS has an operational presence in at least 20 countries. ISIS is better understood as a group of organizations in which the leaders provide resources to the affiliates with the most potential. See more stories on Insider's business page. ...
Tags: Isis, Islamic State, Iraq, Africa, Trends, Syria, Terrorism, West Africa, Congo, Tanzania, Mozambique, Somalia, Wall Street Journal, Palma, Democratic Republic Of Congo, Shabab

‘I’m going to follow my mind’: Falle Nioke, the Guinean musician who moved to Margate

The singer spent hard years touring west Africa to pursue his dream of a music career, but a chance holiday meeting – and relocation to the Kent coast – sealed the dealTen years ago, Falle Nioke was sitting with only his bolon drum for company in a Gambian jail cell, some 3,000 miles from the Kent seaside town of Margate where he now lives and light years from his current world of domestic bliss and critical acclaim.Raised in Conakry, Guinea, the 33-year-old singer and percussionist spent most o...
Tags: Music, Africa, Culture, Pop and rock, Guinea, West Africa, Electronic Music, Margate, Kent, CONAKRY Guinea, Nioke, Falle Nioke

Promising malaria vaccine enters final stage of clinical testing in West Africa

R21/Matrix-M, a malaria vaccine developed at the Jenner Institute, University of Oxford, showed efficacy of 77% over 12 months in a recently reported phase IIb trial. First vaccinations have now begun in Mali in a larger phase III trial which is hoped to lead to licensure of this malaria vaccine by 2023.
Tags: Science, West Africa, Mali, Jenner Institute University of Oxford

Galpin Motors’ longtime first lady Jane Boeckmann dies at 90

Jane Boeckmann, the first lady of Galpin Motors and matriarch of the Southern California auto-dealership family, has died at age 90, according to family members. Her life story — which included piloting planes and driving race cars, as well as myriad honors for both business and humanitarian endeavors — was surely worthy of a movie. She died April 28 of pancreatic cancer, according to her family. Working with her husband, Bert Boeckmann, she helped to turn Galpin Motors into one of the most prom...
Tags: Europe, Business, News, California, Scotland, La, Russia, Los Angeles, Sport, Automotive, Soccer, Obituaries, West Africa, Community, Obituary, Local News

Bill and Melinda Gates said they'll continue their philanthropy work after their divorce. Here are their biggest projects, including spending nearly $2 billion to fight COVID-19.

Bill and Melinda Gates have announced they are to divorce. Ted S. Warren/AP Bill and Melinda Gates said their divorce wouldn't get in the way of their philanthropic work. The couple set up the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in 2000, which focuses on health, education, and poverty. Here are the foundation's biggest projects. See more stories on Insider's business page. Bill and Melinda Gates announced Monday that they're getting divorced after 27 years of marriage. They w...
Tags: Science, Microsoft, Nigeria, US, Barack Obama, Trends, Bill Gates, West Africa, Berkshire Hathaway, Warren Buffett, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Time Magazine, Bill, Seattle, Philanthropy, Melinda Gates

Lead found in rural drinking water supplies in West Africa

Scientists are warning that drinking water supplies in parts of rural West Africa are being contaminated by lead-containing materials used in small community water systems such as boreholes with handpumps and public taps.
Tags: Science, West Africa

On the Smugglers’ Radar: May 2021

“On The Smugglers’ Radar” is a feature for books that have caught our eye: books we have heard of via other readers, directly from publishers, and/or from our regular incursions from various corners of the interwebs. Because we want far more books than we can possibly buy or review (what else is new?), we are revamping the Smugglers’ Radar into a monthly (mostly) SFF-focused feature – so YOU can tell us which books you have on your radar as well! As of last month, all of our monthly picks can...
Tags: Books, David, Malaysia, New York Times, Athens, West Africa, Nora Ephron, Mia, Black Mirror, Agatha Christie, Joan, Artemis, Crete, Fernando, Zen Cho, Phaedra

‘It’s about self-love’: the black women busting beauty myths in west Africa

From Senegal to Nigeria, a growing wave of salons and small cosmetic companies are challenging colonial notions about how to wear and care for hairWomen kick the sand from their slippers, and ease into the cool comfort of a natural hair and skincare store in central Dakar. On the shelves are jars filled with handmade supplements of organic shea butter, coconut, castor and olive oils, sourced from across west Africa.In floral silk hijabs and abaya dresses, the women sit on sofas near the back of ...
Tags: Nigeria, Africa, Women, Senegal, Life and style, World news, Global development, West Africa, Women's Hair, Dakar

Racist treatment of black and Asian war dead is acknowledged at last | Letters

Readers respond to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s report into the unequal commemoration of soldiers in the first world warIt is gratifying that the Commonwealth War Graves Commission will finally apologise, after 100 years, for denying black African soldiers and labourers war graves for their service to the British empire in the first world war (UK inquiry blames ‘pervasive racism’ for unequal commemoration of troops, 21 April). Many people in Britain and Europe will have seen headston...
Tags: Europe, UK, London, Africa, Race, Britain, Military, First World War, West Africa, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Chinese Labour Corps, British West Indies Regiment, Native Labour Corps, West Africa Frontier Force, Carrier Corps, John Siblon

A once-prized coffee species, rediscovered in West Africa decades after it was thought to have disappeared, is just as tasty as high-end...

Forgotten species could future-proof coffee in a warming world
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Official US Trailer for 'Berlin Alexanderplatz' Starring Welket Bungué

"You want to be something you cannot be. You want to be good in a world that is bad." Kino Lorber in the US has debuted their own official US trailer for the acclaimed, award-winning German epic drama Berlin Alexanderplatz, from filmmaker Burhan Qurbani. This premiered at last year's Berlin Film Festival and later won four German Film Awards including Best Supporting Actor, Best Cinematography, and Best Score. This was also listed as my #2 film of 2020 on my Top 10 list from last year, as it...
Tags: Movies, Trailer, Berlin, US, West Africa, Francis, To Watch, Foreign Film, Berlin Alexanderplatz, Fassbinder, Burhan Qurbani, Welket Bungué

Traditional Medical Practices From Around The World

Medicine has a long and complex history, with many twists and turns along the way. Around the world, many traditions – both folk and institutional – have sprung up. These traditions employed locally available resources and were often based on locally held beliefs. The role of the healer in society has always been an important one. Ethnopharmacologists are academics dedicated to the study of traditional healing and medicine. They often argue that the way in which a society treats medicine can te...
Tags: England, Parenting, China, West Africa, World Health Organization, Siberia, Burkina Faso, Qi, Isles, Yin Yang, Health & Healing, Health Organization, Rauwolfia

India’s Mini-Craze for Bicycling Around the World

In the 1920s and 1930s, a dozen adventurous young riders went on the ultimate journey. In 2017, Anoop Babani, Goa-based former journalist, was recuperating from a cycling accident when he encountered a book from 1931, With Cyclists Around the World, written by three Indians who, in the days before widespread paved roads and satellite communications, had biked around the world. “A new China has been born in the world,” they wrote prophetically of one of their destinations. “Few see her; but th...
Tags: Europe, Books, Japan, Florida, New York, London, Indonesia, Life, China, Boston, India, Sports, America, San Francisco, Iran, Rome

Ancient pottery reveals the first evidence for honey hunting in prehistoric West Africa

A team of scientists, led by the University of Bristol, with colleagues from Goethe University, Frankfurt, has found the first evidence for ancient honey hunting, locked inside pottery fragments from prehistoric West Africa, dating back some 3,500 years ago.
Tags: Science, Frankfurt, West Africa, University of Bristol, Goethe University

MFS Africa leads $2.3M seed round in Ugandan fintech startup Numida

Small businesses in Africa need digital banking services including plenty of credit. Although these businesses drive economic growth and contribute up to one-third of the continent’s GDP, they are often financially excluded from credit and other financial services due to their size and informality. One such company tackling this challenge in the eastern part of Africa is Ugandan fintech startup Numida . And today, the company is announcing the close of its $2.3 million seed round. Mina S...
Tags: Africa, Tech, Uganda, West Africa, East Africa, MFS, Shahid, Ben Best, MFS Africa, Numida, Mina Shahid Catherine Denis, Ghana Numida

Spain: Rescuers Find 4 Dead, Save 19 From Vessel in Atlantic

Spanish authorities have recovered the bodies of four migrants from a boat along with 19 survivors who taken the treacherous route from West Africa to the Canary Islands.
Tags: Spain, Atlantic, West Africa

BritBox Unveils What’s Coming to the Streamer in April 2021

BritBox unveils what’s coming to the streamer in April 2021 BritBox has unveiled its April streaming slate, including the new BritBox Original thriller series Grace starring John Simm (Life on Mars, Doctor Who) and Richie Campbell (Top Boy, The Frankenstein Chronicles) and written by Russell Lewis (Endeavour), based on the bestselling Roy Grace series by UK author Peter James. The lineup also includes the new comedy series Kate & Koji starring award-winner Brenda Blethyn and Jimmy Akingbola m...
Tags: UK, TV, Movies, Samsung, Bbc, Rome, Britain, Yorkshire, Army, Cambridge, West Africa, TV News, Starz, BAFTA, Streaming, Charles Darwin

Hank Strange on Compromise & Surrender Within the “Pro” 2A Community ~ VIDEO

Editor Note: Second Amendment rights activist and Podcaster, Hank Strange, pulls no punches in his response to a recent OP-ED titled “Ending the Culture War & Starting a Productive Conversation” that recently appeared on AmmoLand News that called for gun owners to settle for compromise and work with the anti-gun side. U.S.A. –  My first reaction to this Op-Ed on Facebook earlier today, Monday, March 29th, 2021. After talking it over with my peers and going over the text from the article y...
Tags: Facebook, Florida, Guns, White House, Nigeria, West Africa, Rob, London England, Guyana South America, ATF, Hank, Rob Pincus, Gun Rights News, Ammoland TV, Shooting Media News, AmmoLand News

Scientists probe whether West Africa's recent Ebola outbreak was from man who survived epidemic five years ago

Scientists and global health officials are investigating whether the current Ebola outbreak in Guinea may have been triggered by a person who was first infected with the virus during the Ebola epidemic in the region five years ago.
Tags: Cnn, Guinea, West Africa

Oil Steady With Demand in Focus After Worst Week Since October - Bloomberg

Oil Steady With Demand in Focus After Worst Week Since October - BloombergOil was steady as investors assessed the near-term demand outlook after prices fell the most since October last week.Brent futures rose 0.2% on Monday after falling 6.8% last week. Demand is showing some signs of weakness with the number of unsold April-loading oil cargoes from West Africa piling up. In Europe, new virus restrictions are expanding in France and Italy, while Germany is proposing an extension to lockdown mea...
Tags: Travel, Europe, London, France, Germany, Italy, West Africa, Biden, Rupert Neil Bumfrey

These undergraduates left university to build Flux, a payments startup now in YC

Traditional remittance companies, while necessary, currently have two flaws in speed and exorbitant fees . It can take a long while (days to weeks) for money sent from an immigrant in the U.S. to reach a relative in Nigeria. The fees charged depend on the amount sent — and let’s not forget the extra charges for withdrawals and deposits. Ben Eluan and Osezele Orukpe, two software engineers based in Nigeria, faced this problem in 2019 . They had executed a project for a client in the U.K....
Tags: Startups, TC, Y Combinator, UK, Nigeria, Africa, US, Tech, Paypal, Mozilla, Flux, West Africa, Silicon Valley, Payments, Cryptocurrency, Yc

Benin’s democratic crisis is deepening, but no one is paying attention

Democracy is under attack in Benin, argues former foreign minister Rogatien Biaou, but the world press remains silent The post Benin’s democratic crisis is deepening, but no one is paying attention appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Elections, Democracy, Africa, West Africa, Benin, Openaccess, Lionel Zinsou, Patrice Talon, Rogatien Biaou

Islamic State Claims Responsibility for Killing 33 Malian Soldiers

DAKAR (Reuters) - Islamic State's West Africa affiliate claimed responsibility on Sunday for an ambush last week that killed 33 Malian soldiers,...
Tags: Islamic State, West Africa, Dakar, Reuters Islamic State

Indian sailors are being caught in a piracy boom off West Africa. One captain held hostage shares his story

Security for sailors on ships off West Africa is becoming increasingly important for India as it ramps up its Nigerian crude oil imports. But the question remains how to deal with the pirates -- and how to best protect Indian sailors.
Tags: Asia, News, India, West Africa

Indian sailors are being caught in a piracy boom off West Africa. One captain held hostage shares his story

Security for sailors on ships off West Africa is becoming increasingly important for India as it ramps up its Nigerian crude oil imports. But the question remains how to deal with the pirates -- and how to best protect Indian sailors.
Tags: India, Cnn, West Africa

Crafting credible election commissions in West Africa

There are several ways West African countries can strengthen their election management, but election commissions must constantly evolve if they are to oversee elections that reflect the will of voters The post Crafting credible election commissions in West Africa appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Elections, Nigeria, Africa, United Nations, West Africa, Ghana, African Union, Openaccess, Top Six, Nigeria Elections

African Court Orders Release of Ally of Maduro Wanted by US

A regional court in West Africa has ordered the immediate release of a Venezuelan businessman close to President Nicolas Maduro after finding that his arrest in Cape Verde on U.S. money laundering charges was unlawful.
Tags: US, West Africa, Nicolás Maduro, Cape Verde, Maduro

UN Says Ebola in Guinea May Be Linked to 2014 Outbreak

A top official at the World Health Organization said a genetic analysis of the ongoing Ebola outbreak in Guinea suggests that it may have been sparked by a survivor of the devastating West Africa epidemic that ended five years ago.
Tags: Guinea, West Africa, World Health Organization, Un

Savannah Fund launches $25M fund to invest in African startups at seed and Series A

Savannah Fund, a pan-African venture capital firm, today announced a $25 million fund as it looks to back more early-stage startups on the continent . Since launching in 2012, Savannah Fund —  led by Mbwana Alliy and Paul Bragiel — has backed more than 30 startups . Some of its well-known investments include South African car subscription company, FlexClub; Kenyan on-demand logistics company, Sendy; and Nigerian fintech company, Lidya . Before becoming a VC firm, Savannah Fund started ...
Tags: Hong Kong, Europe, Mexico, Africa, US, Tech, South Africa, Ifc, Tencent, West Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Ivory Coast, World Bank Group, Tim Draper, Mauritius