Africa Sports 

Meet Khadjou Sambe, Senegal’s first female professional surfer who trains beginners at Black Girls Surf (BGS), a training school for girls and women who want to compete in professional surfing

Khadjou Sambe, Senegal’s first female professional surfer, trains near her home in the district of Ngor – the westernmost point of the African continent. “I would always see people surfing and I’d say to myself: ‘But where are the girls who surf?’” says the 25-year-old. “I thought: ‘Why don’t I go surfing, represent my country, represent Africa, represent Senegal, as a black girl?’” “I always think to myself, when I wake up in the morning: ‘Khadjou, you’ve got something to do, you represent something everywhere in the world, you must…

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Startups 

Rwanda’s Startup Act Is Next Bold Step In Its Lofty Tech Hub Ambitions

Following in the footsteps of Tunisia and most recently Senegal (both of which have actually embraced comparable legislation), Rwanda appears to have set the ball rolling on the formulation of a Startup Act. To bring this house, the Rwandan federal government has called upon Innovation for Policy Structure the same organisation that contributed to the accomplishment achieved in both Tunisia and Senegal. The i4Policy has actually been charged with drafting a national Start-up Act and it’s hoped that this will speed up the advancement of Rwanda’s new tech startup ecosystem.…

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Africa Covid19 Government Healthcare 

Coronavirus in Africa: what happens next? | Global development

Just seven weeks after Africa recorded its first case of Covid-19 – an Italian national in Algeria – the virus is creeping across the continent, infecting more than 10,000 people and causing 487 deaths. Three of the region’s 54 countries – São Tome and Principe, Comoros, and Lesotho – remain apparently virus-free. “Case numbers are increasing exponentially in the African region,” said Dr Matshidiso Moeti, the World Health Organization (WHO) regional director for Africa. “It took 16 days from the first confirmed case in the region to reach 100 cases.…

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Africa Covid19 Government Healthcare 

Africa Facing ‘Complete Economic Collapse’ Due to Coronavirus, UN Official Claims

The COVID-19 pandemic and lockdowns across the African continent could trigger an economic collapse, according to one United Nations (UN) official, who spoke with Associated Press (AP). Ahunna Eziakonwa, the UN Development Program regional director for Africa, warned that the pandemic would likely result in job losses for millions of people, many of whom are already low-income, have no savings, and have no access to proper healthcare. “We’ve been through a lot on the continent. Ebola, yes, African governments took a hit, but we have not seen anything like this…

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Africa Covid19 Government Healthcare 

Sports icon’s death awakens Senegal to coronavirus threat

Senegal is in mourning following the death of one of its foremost sporting icons from coronavirus, as the government struggles to impose health restrictions in the West African state. Former Olympique de Marseille president Pape Diouf died late on Tuesday aged 68 in the capital Dakar after contracting Covid-19. The first ever black president of a top European football club, a one-time journalist, was idolised in his native Senegal. Diouf was the first to die from coronavirus in the country. His death was a wake-up call. Adama Ndione, vice-president of…

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