Obama launched a foundation in Kenya and payed tribute to Mandela in Johannesburg

On July 15, Barack Obama made his first post-presidency visit to Kenya, and launched a center for Knowledge, Learning & Excellence founded by his half sister in the rural birthplace of his father Kolego. President Obama traveled to Kenya on Sunday to promote the opening of a sports and training center that his half sister, Auma…

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Uganda: 24 year old Brian Gitta developed a bloodless malaria test called Matibabu

The $33,000 Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation has been awarded to a 24-year old Ugandan engineer for his invention of a bloodless malaria test: Matibabu (meaning ‘treatment’ in Swahilo). Malaria infects some 300 million to 600 million every year around the world, according to Unicef, and Sub-Saharan Africa alone accounts for 90% of the world’s 580,000 annual malaria deaths.…

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Kenyan author Makena Onjerika wins the 2018 Caine Prize for African Writing

Kenyan writer Makena Onjerika has won the 2018 Caine Prize for African Writing with her story "Fanta Blackcurrant". Five writers short stories had been shortlisted for the big prize this year: Nonyelum Ekwempu (Nigeria), Olufunke Ogundimu (Nigeria) and Wole Talabi (Nigeria) Stacy Hardy (South Africa) and Makena Onjerika (Kenya). Fanta Blackcurrant First published in Wasafiri…

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Ghana: Scientists have designed beads to help diagnosis pneumonia

Ghanaian scientists at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, have designed beads to educate mothers to accurately monitor children’s respiratory rates to detect early stages of pneumonia. According to Unicef, pneumonia accounts for approximately 2 400 deaths per day in children younger than five years old. WHO estimates that in 2015 pneumonia…

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