Alison Tweed, Chief Executive Officer of Book Aid International, says, "We hope that the books we provide will help these children develop a love of reading which will stay with them throughout their lives, helping them succeed in education and enjoy a lifetime of reading.”

How to Ignite Children ‘s Excitement about Reading

By Irene Gaitirira Published March 30, 2018 What would you do if after after four years of primary school 98% of children in your area cannot read a simple sentence in your official language or their first tongue? Yes, you’d do something to solve the problem as literacy is crucial in socio-political and economic transformation

Oluwatoyosi Ogunseye, BBC’s Head of West Africa, says BBC shall be big on original journalism that impacts the lives of Nigerians at home and abroad.

Broadcaster Launches Mentorship and Internship Scheme for Budding Journalists

By Khalifa Hemed Published March 23, 2018 British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has opened a new bureau in Nigeria’s commercial capital, Lagos as it plans to launch a mentorship and internship scheme for up-and-coming journalists in West Africa. BBC, that broadcasts in English, Hausa, Igbo, Pidgin and Yoruba across Nigeria, Says it has created more than

Dr Akinwumi Adesina, President of African Development Bank and winner of World Food Prize 2017.

Why Investing in African Agriculture Makes Economic Sense

By Irene Gaitirira Published February 23, 2018 Though agriculture in Africa has traditionally been associated with pain, penury, and poverty, it is a huge wealth-creating sector that is primed to unleash new economic opportunities that will lift hundreds of millions of people out of poverty. Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), said this

Adline Okere, Editor of BBC Igbo Service

Broadcaster Targets African Hearts, Opens 11 Vernacular Services

By Ogova Ondego Published February 21, 2018 British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has on February 19, 2018 launched services in Yoruba and Igbo in Nigeria. Though funded by the British Government, BBC says the editorial agenda of the new service “will reflect not only balanced impartial news, but also a rich mix of trending topics, sports,

Kenya was in September 2017 named among the leading African countries in e-health and telemedicine alongside South Africa and Ghana.

E-Healthcare and Telemedicine Take Shape in Kenya

By Iminza Keboge Published February 4, 2018 A digital service that is enabling consumers to purchase medicines and wellness products has by end of 2017 registered more than 30 000 users. MyDAWA, the service that was launched in March 2017, is said to be beneficial to consumers as it has ‘increased transparency, convenience and affordability’.

BBC Radio Launches New Services, Offers English Language Lessons for Ethiopia and Eritrea

Broadcaster Launches Two Vernacular Services, Offers English Language Lessons

By Khalifa Hemed Published January 29, 2018 BBC World Service has on January 29, 2018 launched new daily radio services airing Monday-Friday in Amharic, Afaan Oromo and Tigrinya. BBC says the new radio services–which it says have been available online since September 2017 when websites and Facebook pages in all three languages were launched–‘will provide

Giovanni Biha, UNECA's Deputu Executive Secretary in charge of Knowledge Delivery, was addressing the 31st Civil Society Pre-Summit Consultative Meeting on Gender Mainstreaming in the African Union and Member States in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Corruption Undermines Development Across Africa

By Irene Gaitirira Published January 26, 2018 Africa cannot develop, leave alone implement United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, unless it fights corruption. Giovani Biha, Deputy Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), says the adverse effect of corruption on the various segments of the population should be recognised and addressed in

The implementation of SAATM will pave the way for other flagship projects as the African Passport and the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA), Commissioner Abou-Zeid says.

Africa to Launch Single Air Transport Market

By Juergen T Steinmetz Published January 24, 2018 The much anticipated Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) shall be launched in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on January 28, 2018 “The launch of the Single African Air Transport Market will spur more opportunities to promote trade, cross-border investments … resulting in the creation of an additional 300