Rwanda Launches First “Made in Africa” Smartphones

Smartphone penetration in Africa is estimated to be around 45%, generally lower compared to the rest of the world, but surprisingly high when considering how challenging it is to deploy adequate wireless communications infrastructure in many parts of the Continent. Nonetheless, nearly 75% of the African population has access to SIM-based services, which means that…

Marathon Man: Kenyan Kipchoge Sets Superhuman Record

1:59:40 – Eliud Kipchoge Obliterates Two-hour Marathon Barrier In the world of distance running, completing a marathon under two hours used to be a mythical concept. There is no question that humans are becoming more skilled and efficient in terms of endurance. We can see this development in the proliferation of ultra marathon races around…

Ethiopia Beats World Record by Planting 350M Trees in 12 Hours

One of the best ways to curtail the negative effects of climate change consists of adopting green practices that counter deforestation. In Ethiopia, a nation where the indiscriminate taking of forest land has resulted in devastating drought periods, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed recently launched a Green Legacy Initiative as part of a substantial reforestation effort…

54gene Raises $4.5 Million for World’s Largest Pan-African Bio Bank

When discussing the issue of ethnic, cultural, and religious diversity, many people think about the United States because of its history; after all, America is a country that has been largely shaped by immigration. Once we look beyond North America, however, we start seeing countries with far greater rates of diversity, to wit: Tanzania, Uganda,…