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Disney Developing African Princess Fairytale Movie ‘Sade’ Black leopard spotted in Africa for first time in 100 years. They say that black cats bring bad luck, but when Nick Pilfold heard about one lurking around central Kenya, he knew he was onto something special.

Black leopard spotted in Africa for first time in 100 years

The Kenya-based biologist and his team deployed a set of camera traps throughout the bushlands of Loisaba Conservancy in early 2018. It wasn't long before he got what he was looking for: undeniable proof of a super-rare melanistic leopard. The juvenile female was spotted traveling with a larger, normally colored leopard, presumed to be her mother. (See our exclusive picture of a rare black wildcat seen in Africa.) The opposite of albinism, melanism is the result of a gene that causes a surplus of pigment in the skin or hair of an animal so that it appears black.

What Netflix’s involvement in Nigeria’s massive film industry really means - This Is Africa. Netflix Orders Its First Original African Series, ‘Queen Sono’ Kagiso Lediga and Pearl Thusi in 'Catching Feelings' / Netflix Netflix is adding yet another groundbreaking series to its lineup next year when it welcomes Queen Sono to the platform.

Netflix Orders Its First Original African Series, ‘Queen Sono’

The South African-based production will be the first original African series the streaming giant has ever commissioned. The announcement comes just a week after Erik Barmack, Netflix’s VP of international originals, said the network would be partnering with more creators on the continent in 2019. According to Pearl Thusi, a veteran actor and one of the stars of the show, Queen Sono is “a thrilling story about a kicka-s female spy.” In a video, Thusi also said she “cannot wait for…every woman on this continent, and actually on this planet, to meet Queen Sono.”

Barmack compared Thusi’s character, Queen Sono, to the powerful female leads already on the network. “We believe Queen Sono will kick the door open for more awesome stories from this part of the world,” he said. Ghana Carmaking Company Kantanka gets 1.3K Orders From Three African Countries - Kantanka Newsroom. Kantanka Auto, Ghana’s first domestic car manufacturing company, has secured a 10K order from three African countries to help grow the local industry from Ghana.

Ghana Carmaking Company Kantanka gets 1.3K Orders From Three African Countries - Kantanka Newsroom

The company, a unit of Kantanka Group, had its first production models built under its own badge hit the streets in 2016. Kantanka has hence earmarked million for the project. Kwadwo Safo Jnr, CEO of Kantanka Automobile, showed off his ‘Kantanka Mensah’ at the Starrfm’s maiden program ‘Time With The CEO’ last month and revealed that the company has so far received over 1300 orders from three different African countries in West Africa. According to him, this has been the highest order since production hoping it will follow same in the subsequent. Small businesses in Africa will be on the frontline of climate change. Climate change is going to have huge consequences all over the world, especially in Africa.

Small businesses in Africa will be on the frontline of climate change

Harvests will be affected, threatening agricultural outputs. This could hurt farmers and lead to greater food insecurity. But there hasn’t been much discussion about what effects climate change will have in other areas – like in the continent’s small and medium business sector. This is a worrying oversight. Our research, conducted in Zambia and Botswana, revealed that businesses activities faced major disruptions during the 2015/2016 El Niño event. El Niño is one of the key drivers of variations in global climate conditions between different years. Reflecting this trend, the 2015/2016 El Niño was one of the strongest on record. Safaricom's M-Pesa connects with China's WeChat Pay — Quartz Africa.

Tens of millions of people using Kenya’s dominant mobile money service M-Pesa will now be able to transfer cash to over a billion active users of China’s digital payment system WeChat Pay.

Safaricom's M-Pesa connects with China's WeChat Pay — Quartz Africa

The Nairobi-headquartered Family Bank along with London-based fintech firm SimbaPay launched a service that enables users send money to the users on the WeChat platform, which is owned by Chinese tech giant Tencent. Individuals and businesses can send funds to China by either downloading Family Bank’s PesaPap app, through M-Pesa, or by dialing a USSD code in Kenya. Non-customers too will also access the service via a dedicated pay bill number on M-PESA. Before transferring the payment, a sender will be able to review the transaction and check exchange rates before its delivered in Chinese yuan.

The service is most likely to be used by Kenyan traders to pay for Chinese goods without using more expensive or slower bank options or traditional money transfer systems or remittance services. Senegal is Home to Africa's First Ever NBA Training Center. The excitement on the faces of kids at the new NBA Academy Africa in Senegal says it all that sports is indeed a tool for unity!

Senegal is Home to Africa's First Ever NBA Training Center

Hausa speakers can now hit "so" on Facebook. Hausa is the latest African language incorporated by Facebook into its language options.

Hausa speakers can now hit "so" on Facebook

Hausa joins the ‘African class’ of Somali, Swahili, Afrikaans and Kinyawrwanda. The social network site currently has over 100 languages available to users. Swahili makes history as first African language recognized by Twitter. Kenya’s BitPesa acquires European money transfer platform. Kenyan bitcoin payments startup BitPesa has acquired Spain-based online money transfer platform TransferZero in a bid to further accelerate its growth across the world.

Kenya’s BitPesa acquires European money transfer platform

BitPesa, which raised two funding rounds last year to take its total secured investment to around the US$10 million mark, launched in Kenya in 2013 and also operates in Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda, the DRC, the UK and Senegal. TransferZero was founded in 2016 and was the first fintech company licensed by the Bank of Spain as an authorized payment institution.

The company is a partner of Bankia, Spain’s third largest bank, and has pioneered a number of innovations in the European fintech sector. As BitPesa is one of the few global companies to have licensing and infrastructure in Africa and Europe, the partnership enables the fast-growing platform to plant deeper roots through UK and European licensing, bank accounts, and integrations. Mall for Africa expands into 11 new African countries. E-commerce platform Mall for the Africa has launched into 11 new countries across Africa in a move to meet the growing demand for goods from international online stores.

Mall for Africa expands into 11 new African countries

This is after the firm launched Mall for the World, for Asia and other emerging markets. The expansion in Africa is in Angola, Chad, Guinea, Botswana, Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi, Egypt, Democratic Republic of Congo, Senegal, and Sierra Leone. The company was previously only available in Kenya and Nigeria offering billions of items from more than 250 of the best US and UK retailers. “This is an exciting time for Mall for Africa as our rapid growth will afford millions of new customers the opportunity to shop from the most desired retailers,” said Chris Folayan, CEO of Mall for Africa.

“Current customers in Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, and Rwanda love our platform which is why we are rolling out in 11 additional countries and will continue to expand our platform to meet the needs of customers worldwide.” Related. M-Pesa is now a payment option on Google games and app store. M-Pesa is the most successful mobile money payment/transfer service in the world.

M-Pesa is now a payment option on Google games and app store

Forget Milan. African Fashion Is Taking Over the World. Neither of the co-founders of the luxury African e-commerce company OXOSI came at it from a fashion background. They started the online retailer out of a shared appreciation for safeguarding culture — African culture. Defining “African fashion” is close to impossible, but Kolade Adeyemo and Akin Adebowale (both from Nigeria) are taking on the challenge with an almost manic conviction, so that the “art and design of Afromodernism can live forever,” according to the website. The best of African architecture is sustainable and stylish. African Architecture - beyond Cape Town's Sun-drenched cluster of beachfront modernism, at least - gets scant attention in the building and design press.

But across the continent, young talent, both national and international, as well as the occasional heavy-hitting starchitect, are creating innovative, low-cost and sustainable buildings which offer lessons for architects and developers around the world. Contemporary African architecture is extremely varied: it ranges from sustainable rural developments to luxury apartments and offices; from schools and hospitals to swanky safari lodges; and from huge infrastructure projects to makeshift improvisations.

In all of these styles is a sensitivity to local traditions combined with on-the-ground ingenuity. Outside the continent, Ghanaian-British architect David Adjaye, in particular, has drawn attention to both the innovation in African architecture and its legacy of climate-smart vernacular styles. Cameroon, Ivory Coast and Ghana form AFFRUIBANA to champion interests of fruit farming. Africa map of Map of Africa: Charitable "Giving Index" by Country [2014 Data] by Country - TargetMap. TRANSPORTS AERIENS- Air Namibia devient la sixième compagnie africaine autorisée à desservir les USA – NewsAero. - Actualités - Les 10 secteurs d’avenir en Afrique, qui feront les millionnaires de demain. Fourth Industrial revolution to build on electronics and IT. Africa’s biggest grocery retailer Shoprite looks beyond the continent — Business — Breaking News, Nigeria News and World News – The Guardian Nigeria. Africa’s biggest grocery retailer Shoprite is considering a push into Eastern Europe, where it hopes to use knowledge gleaned from former suitor Steinhoff International, its new CEO told Reuters. PHOTO:AFP Africa’s biggest grocery retailer Shoprite is considering a push into Eastern Europe, where it hopes to use knowledge gleaned from former suitor Steinhoff International, its new CEO told Reuters.

The move signals a change in strategy for Shoprite under Chief Executive Pieter Engelbrecht, 47, as sovereign rating downgrades and a weak economy cloud prospects at home. 1ère édition de la conférence « Made in Africa » Onze. PERSONALITY OF THE WEEK: Samuel Gikandi, Africa’s Talking - Daily Nation. Boston Schools Use Modernized Maps That Enlarge Africa, Depict World More Accurately. Africa gets its own web address with launch of .africa. Image copyright AFP Africa now has the unique web address .africa, equivalent to the more familiar .com, following its official launch by the African Union. AU commission chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma hailed its creation as the moment when Africa "got [its] own digital identity". The AU says the .africa domain name will "bring the continent together as an internet community". Rise of Africa’s Small & Medium Size Enterprises - Robin Sanders.

Kenya's floral industry blooming into Asia. Morocco Rejoining African Union Seen Shaping Vote for New Leader - Bloomberg. African heads of state gather in the Ethiopian capital on Monday for a two-day African Union summit in which Morocco’s bid for readmission to the continental bloc will shape the election of a new chairperson. Morocco formally submitted its bid to rejoin the body last year, when King Mohammed VI set out his government’s objectives of placing the country “at the center” of Africa’s development.

The North African nation withdrew from the African Union’s predecessor, the Organisation of African Unity, three decades ago in protest at recognition of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic as a member state. The status of the SADR has split the African Union, with 28 of its 54 members voting in July to expel the state -- a move that Morocco would welcome because it claims the portion of Western Sahara ruled by the SADR as its own territory. Meet the game changers in Africa's property world. Le potentiel du continent africain s'affirme de plus en plus.

ALGER - L'industrialisation verte, le passeport panafricain, les effets du Brexit sur les économies africaines, ainsi que les élections dans le continent et autres, sont autant de thèmes abordés par la revue de l'ONU AfriqueRenouveau, dans son dernier numéro, qui met en exergue les potentialités de l'Afrique. Africa: We've Done a Good Job of Envisioning a Better World. Now We Need to Build It.

InterviewBy Christiana Figueres, Lisa Palmer It's time to deliver on the goals we've set for a more peaceful, resilient planet. When you look to the year ahead, what do you see? Ensia recently invited eight global thought leaders to share their thoughts. Les 100 qui transforment l’Afrique (liste complète 2016 et vidéo) Voici la liste des 100 personnalités qui ont contribué à la transformation de l’Afrique en 2016. Bint el-Sudan, « le Chanel n° 5 d’Afrique » Le mythique parfum, créé en 1920 par un jeune aventurier et consultant britannique, est toujours produit à échelle industrielle au Nigeria, malgré les attentats sanglants de Boko Haram.

Il a été le parfum le plus vendu au monde. Une fragrance musquée, huileuse, surnommée le « Chanel nº 5 d’Afrique ». Créé en 1920 par un jeune aventurier et consultant britannique, le mythique Bint el-Sudan est toujours produit à échelle industrielle à Kano. Dans cette grande ville du nord du Nigeria, la plupart des usines sont à l’arrêt, plombées par la pénurie d’électricité, la concurrence asiatique et la vague d’attentats perpétrés par les djihadistes de Boko Haram depuis 2012. Mais la petite manufacture de senteurs, elle, embaume toujours. AU Contenders meet in historic debate in Addis Ababa. Ugandan President Museveni Pushes AU To Adopt Monroe Doctrine. Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has advised the African Union (AU) to adopt the Monroe Doctrine in order to ward off Western imperialism on the continent. Into Africa - Invest AD and Economist Intelligence Unit report. Beauty Color Africa : Un salon pour valoriser le cosmétique africain - Fraternité Matin. [11-11-2016. 11h00] Pour ce salon organisé par la structure Marâ et Associés, avec la collaboration de Business France, Mme Marville veut "changer les codes établis en installant un point de rencontre où les acheteurs les distributeurs, par le canal des points de vente, vont pouvoir discuter...

" Beauty Color Africa : Un salon pour valoriser le cosmétique africain Les professionnels de la beauté, de la mode et du bien être convergeront vers Sofitel Abidjan Hôtel Ivoire, pour échanger sur les nouvelles tendances-innovation de la beauté et permettre aux participants de découvrir de nouvelles gammes de produits plus adaptés et convenables pour les rendre coquins, à travers le salon Beauty Color Africa qui aura lieu les 10, 11, et 12 février. Household Consumer Spending [2009 Data] by Country. Kagame AU Reform Team Converges in Kigali. President Paul Kagame(middle) and the African Union Reform Steering Committee. Africa is the perfect testing ground for adapting to the Anthropocene epoch. There's a growing belief that asserts that our civilisation is embarked on a new epoch, the Anthropocene. This new epoch will be defined by human domination of earth's physical and natural environment.

Public relations in Africa - growth and challenges. French Wine Agency Buys Majority Stake in South Africa's Ken Forrester (Wine Spectator) Wine Spectator - Low Membership Price! Country Brand Ranking [2013 Data] by Country. Wine Spectator - Low Membership Price! Open Africa — guide to brands, marketing in Africa. Does Africa really need a new brand? Honda Africa Twin named Bike of the Year in Auto Trader Awards.