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Nursery Rhymes Like the Incy Wincy Spider, Animated and Translated Into the Yoruba Language

Sun, 18 Sep 2016 21:39:47 +0000

A Nigerian mother living in the diaspora is creating online videos of Yoruba-language nursery rhymes for all children to maintain their Yoruba roots.


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On the Eve of Benin's Elections, Here Are the Main Candidates

Sun, 10 Jan 2016 11:16:32 +0000

An overview of lead candidates ahead of the elections in April in Benin.


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The Complexities of Adapting to Climate Change in Benin

Wed, 16 Dec 2015 13:30:19 +0000

Poverty, practicalities and lack of awareness can complicate efforts to do so, experts at a conference on development and climate change in Benin concluded.


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Another Celebrity Wants to Help Africa, And He's No ‘Band Aid’

Mon, 24 Nov 2014 23:13:00 +0000

When it comes to helping Africa, there is Bob Geldof's approach with "Band Aid," and then there is Akon's.


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The Impact of Climate Change on the Rural Population of Benin

Tue, 17 Jun 2014 16:54:54 +0000

Alain TOSSOUNON of Benin posted on the West African Network of Journalists for water and sanitation (WASH) blog  a summary of the report on the evaluation of post disaster needs in Benin after the recent major floods. The disaster caused the death of nearly fifty people and caused damage estimated...



Meet Valentin Agon, Pioneer of Local Cures Against Infectious Diseases in Benin

Sun, 15 Jun 2014 16:13:41 +0000

Valentin Agon is the creator of the Api-Palu pill, a locally produced remedy based on endemic plants. He was just awarded [fr] the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Award for his new product against malaria. Pascal Hounkpatin reports for La Presse du Jour: De la cueillette des feuilles au produit fini (gélules...



A 80 Year-long Wait: Niger Gets its First Train Station

Wed, 09 Apr 2014 14:21:04 +0000

On April 7, Niger inaugurated in the capital Niamey its first train station ever [fr]. The authorities already projected the construction of the train station 80 years ago but the project never took off. The event will kick start the construction of railroads between Niger, Benin, Burkina Faso and Côte d'Ivoire....



Examining the Post-Colonial Evolution of Francophone and Anglophone Africa

Fri, 14 Feb 2014 13:17:42 +0000

The topic of the post-colonial evolution of francophone versus anglophone African states has always a fodder for intense debate. Cheidozié Dike, from Nigeria, brings a new perspective to the subject :      While the French Loi Cadre system was mostly about integration, the British colonial system sought only exploitation. Creating an...



INFOGRAPHIC: Pursuit of Happiness in Africa

Mon, 10 Feb 2014 15:55:32 +0000

The Afrographique blog mapped the happiness index for the African continent. Topping the ranking are Angola and Mauritius who hold the same happiness index as Albania and Russia, respectively. In related news, the Pharell’ single “Happy” has been used by dancers around the world to celebrate the new year 2014....



5 Energy Treasures in Africa You Haven't Heard About

Thu, 05 Dec 2013 21:20:22 +0000

Most African countries still suffer frequent power outages which inhibit economic growth. They are not, however, lacking in resources. This post outlines some of those least known in Africa.


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French Strategical Report to Counter China's Economic Influence in Africa

Wed, 04 Dec 2013 16:10:21 +0000

Top Francophone economists & diplomats (namely H El-Karoui from Morocco, T Thiam from Côte d'Ivoire,  L Zinsou from Benin, J-M Severino and H Vedrine from France) submitted a joint report [fr] that outlines the strategy that France should implement to remain competitive on the African Market in the near future. Joel Té-Léssia highlights...



Reasons for Power Outages in Benin

Tue, 26 Nov 2013 17:00:13 +0000

Benin has suffered more power outages over the last few days with the national electric energy company (SEEB) denying all responsibility. Nigeria supplies a large quantity of Benin's power, even though it has difficulty providing its own citizens with electricity.



Massive Railway Project between Niamey and Cotonou Underway

Tue, 19 Nov 2013 15:30:11 +0000

A 1,500 km-long railway project between Niamey, the capital city of Niger and Cotonou, the capital city of Benin has been green lighted by the authorities of the two countries and construction will begin on March 2014 [fr].  Francois Ndiaye in Niamey unpacks the set up of the financial agreement [fr] that includes...



Newfound Oil Met With Hope, Concern in Benin

Fri, 08 Nov 2013 20:45:01 +0000

The Benin government has announced the discovery of a source of oil in the Sèmè-Podji region. The find has pleased some, but others remain skeptical.



The FIRE Awards Winners for Internet Development in Africa

Wed, 06 Nov 2013 14:05:56 +0000

The FIRE programme awards, an initiative of AFRINIC, acknowledge the actors from the African region who strive to provide solutions to internet development for the African Continent. The 2013 FIRE Awards Winners are :  Nikohapa Ventures Ltd for their customer engagement platform (Kenya) HSoft Africa, Ltd for an adapted mail-order pharmacy (Benin...