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Senegal opens new $600m airport built over 10 years

Senegal has a new airport as the west African country seeks to underline its status as an airline hub in the subregion. The Blaise Diagne International Airport was officially opened on Thursday (December 7) by President Macky Sall. He called it a “source of satisfaction and legitimate pride” for the country. Whiles expected to increase […]

Sierra Leone “peace diamond” fetches $6.5 million at auction

Sierra Leone “peace diamond” fetches $6.5 million at auction

Sierra Leone has sold one of the world’s largest uncut diamonds for $6.5 million at a New York auction. The egg-sized gem, known as the “Peace Diamond,” was bought by British luxury jeweler Laurence Graff on Monday. The gem was sold to raise funds for development projects in the country. “One hundred percent of the […]

Senegal opens new $600m airport built over 10 years

Aliko Dangote is only African among Bloomberg’s 50 most influential people in 2017

Nigerian Aliko Dangote, Africa’s richest man, has been listed among Bloomberg’s 50 most influential people who have impacted the world in 2017.  He is the only black African named in the list which includes South African-born SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, and anti-nuclear weapons advocate Beatrice Fihn. Dangote was honoured for his $4 billion dollar […]

Senegal opens new $600m airport built over 10 years

European Union to invest $52.2 billion in Africa to create jobs for youths

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (C) arrives to greet Ivory Coast’s President Alassane Ouattara (2L) and Guinea’s President and African Union (AU) chairman Alpha Conde (2R) next to African Union (AU) Commission chairman Moussa Faki (L) and European Council President Donald Tusk during the 5th African Union – European Union (AU-EU) summit in Abidjan, on November […]

Senegal opens new $600m airport built over 10 years

West Africa’s biggest solar farm launched in Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso is now home to West Africa’s biggest solar farm, a 33-megawatt plant located in the town of Zatubi, outside the capital Ouagadougou. Built at a cost of $56.7 million, the 55-hectare (approximately 135-acre) farm is expected to power tens of thousands of households in the country. It was funded through donations from the […]

Senegal opens new $600m airport built over 10 years

Somalia inks $200 million infrastructure deal with Qatar

Somalia has inked a $ 200 million infrastructure deal with Qatar. Funds will go towards the reconstruction of roads and government buildings. Somali Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khayre personally witnessed the signing. The $200 million deal is the biggest to date agreed by the new Somali government. “The agreements are mainly development oriented — renovating […]

Senegal opens new $600m airport built over 10 years

U.K. economic assistance to Zimbabwe will be hinged on democratic progress

Britain could take steps to stabilise Zimbabwe’s currency system and extend a bridging loan to help it clear World Bank and African Development Bank arrears, but such support depends on “democratic progress”, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said. “Those are indeed the things that we would try to do to help Zimbabwe forward, but we’ve got […]

Senegal opens new $600m airport built over 10 years

All Africans visiting Kenya to be issued with visa at the point of entry

All Africans visiting Kenya will be issued with a visa on arrival, President Kenyatta announced on Tuesday. President Kenyatta made the announcement shortly after he took oath of office at his swearing-in ceremony for his second and final term. “Today, I am directing that any African wishing to visit Kenya will be eligible to receive […]

Senegal opens new $600m airport built over 10 years

Zimbabwe’s newly-sworn-in president Emmerson Mnangagwa promised to compensate white farmers

Zimbabwe’s newly-sworn-in president Emmerson Mnangagwa promised to compensate white farmers who lost their land during Robert Mugabe’s notorious land reform programme. Emmerson Mnangagwa appealed for national unity and promised compensation for dispossessed white farmers as he sought to draw a line under the Robert Mugabe era in his inaugural speech as president of Zimbabwe.

Senegal opens new $600m airport built over 10 years

Ethiopia marching towards Africa’s first waste-to-energy plant: UNEP

Ethiopia will begin running Africa’s first waste-to-energy plant in early 2018 according to the United Nations environment programme website. The facility in question, the Reppie project, is built on the Koshe landfill site located on the outskirts of the capital Addis Ababa. The dump site which had served Addis Ababa for about 50 years made […]

Senegal opens new $600m airport built over 10 years