The Magufuli Effect: Tanzania’s New President and His Impact on Regional Affairs

There’s a new sheriff in East Africa, and he goes by the name of John Magufuli. Since entering office in November, he has embarked on a number of initiatives and cost-cutting moves designed to stem corruption and unnecessary spending in Tanzania, a country with tremendous potential but one in which the average income is $79 […]

Ethiopia Halts Regional Plan After Protests

By JACEY FORTINJAN. 13, 2016 Members of the Oromo ethnic group blocked a road in Wolenkomi, Ethiopia, in December.CreditWilliam Davison/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images “Companies are investing in India for services, and they are flocking to China for manufacturing. But if you want to grow food you have to be in Africa” Sai Ramakrishna […]

Guggenheim: The future of design is Africa

  CNN)Is African design having a moment? Not according to the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, a denizen of contemporary art. Rather, the curators believe the continent’s artists and architects are shaping the future of design entirely. In their latest exhibit, Making Africa — A Continent of Contemporary Design, the museum showcases some of the freshest names […]

Nigerian Comics Startup is Creating More African Superheroes

Comic Republic, a Nigerian comics startup based in Lagos, is creating a universe of superheroes for Africans and black readers around the world. The cast of characters—”Africa’s Avengers” according to some fans—ranges from Guardian Prime, a 25-year old Nigerian fashion designer by day who uses his extraordinary strength to fight for a better Nigeria, to […]

A Dominican Salon Specializing In Natural Hair Is Redefining Beauty On The Island

Like many women who decide to go natural, Carolina Contreras (raised between the Dominican Republic and the U.S.) set out on a personal hair journey that required unlearning and relearning everything about her once chemically straightened hair.   Contreras subsequently opened up a natural hair salon in the capital city of Santo Domingo. The salon’s […]