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Africa’s 25 Best Beaches

Too often overshadowed by the wildlife of its interior, Africa's perimeter is a worthy reason to travel too No one's going to claim Africa has all the best beaches in the world, but it has some of...
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Gangster movie Kenya’s first Oscar contender

A hard-hitting Kenyan movie about gang culture has become the country's first-ever film to be considered for an Oscar. "Nairobi Half Life" is making history as the most successful theatrical release for a...
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As the Rest of the World Slows, Africa Accelerates

If you are looking for some good cheer in a pretty gloomy world, consider the growing consensus among some of the world’s smartest money that the next big emerging market may be Africa. Above all, that is...
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Is crime fiction ready for black villains?

There's a long-running literary joke that the black guy never makes it past chapter 10. A few South African writers are changing this. Counting the Coffins by Diale Tlholwe, Red Ink by Angela Makholwa and...
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The trouble with Africa …

The trouble with Africa is that ... Africa is no longer in trouble (well, not as bad as it used to be). The Africa of the past is simply that ... long gone. In its place is a new, vibrant,  on the...
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Addis Ababa’s cupcake divide

Ethiopia is one of the fastest growing non-oil economies in Africa, but while a growing middle class aspire to symbols of modernity - such as cupcakes - for most, this new Africa is not a reflection of real...
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Where have the African Intellectuals gone?

“One of the truest tests of integrity is its blunt refusal to be compromised.”  ― Chinua Achebe. When I take time out to reflect and observe what exactly is capturing the hearts and minds...
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Obama wins a 2nd term, but what does it mean?

As yet another presidential election cycle ends, it's a good time not only to tally wins and losses, but to reflect on the nature of the American political system and why it so often disappoints voters and...