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Angolan billionaire Isabel dos Santos, whose net worth is $3.5 billion, is Africa's richest woman, according to Forbes.

Portugal Dominated Angola for Centuries. Now the Roles Are Reversed

How the roles have reversed: The colonizer, some Portuguese contend, has been colonized.

South Africa's Naspers rules out $114 billion Tencent stake spin-off

South Africa's Naspers rules out $114 billion Tencent stake spin-off

South Africa’s Naspers (NPNJn.J) does not plan to spin off its $114 billion stake in Tencent, its boss said on Monday, a push back against investors urging a break-up to close a widening discount between its market value and that of its one-third stake in the Chinese internet company.

Helen Zille, Premier of the Western Cape

South African Opposition Suspends Ex-Leader Over Colonialism Tweets

South Africa’s main opposition party, the Democratic Alliance, suspended Helen Zille, its former leader and premier of the Western Cape province.

Social media has become the media in Africa

Social media has become the media in Africa

Five years ago, when Social Media Week launched in Lagos, it was the first event of its kind in Africa on that scale. At the time, social media seemed mostly a fun and useful marketing communications platform.

Ngozi (L) and Chijioke Dozie: The brothers are Café Neo's Co-Founders and Co-CEOs. Credit: CNN

2 brothers have tapped into Africa's coffee renaissance (Video & Photos)

Nigeria is the seventh largest coffee producing country in the world, and two brothers there have decided to capitalize on this.

Linda Ikeji Social

Linda Ikeji Social: Nigeria's super blogger Linda Ikeji launches social network and will share ad revenue with users (Video)

The name Linda Ikeji strikes fear into many a Nigerian celebrity. They’re often petrified their secrets are about be revealed in the powerful one-woman gossip machine that has dominated online media in Nigeria for the last decade.

Setting the record straight. Credit: Akena

Africans on social media push a missionary group to take down offensive music video about life in Uganda

A music video released this month by Luket Ministries, an Oklahoma missionary group working in Uganda, features five white women in traditional Ugandan dresses dancing with plastic jerry cans, knocking back deworming tablets, and eating sukuma wiki, or kale, with their hands.

Nigeria's Startups Get Boost from Buhari, Zuckerberg

Nigeria's Startups Get Boost from Buhari, Zuckerberg

Nigeria has a growing technology scene full of ambitious young entrepreneurs who are seeking out solutions to various social challenges.

Mark Zuckerberg's trips to Nigeria and Kenya track tech's growing interests on the continent

Mark Zuckerberg's trips to Nigeria and Kenya track tech's growing interests on the continent

After a surprise Nigeria visit to meet with techies in Lagos, Mark Zuckerberg took his Africa tour to Kenya this Thursday.

Mark Zuckerberg has made a surprise visit to Nairobi to learn about mobile money

Mark Zuckerberg has made a surprise visit to Nairobi to learn about mobile money

On his surprise tour of tech hubs in Africa, Mark Zuckerberg has made a pit stop in Nairobi.

It looks like Mark Zuckerberg is having a blast in Nigeria

It looks like Mark Zuckerberg is having a blast in Nigeria

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is currently visiting Lagos, Nigeria for his first trip to Sub-Saharan Africa.

Zuckerberg's visit is a validation for betting big on Nigeria's tech industry

Zuckerberg's visit is a validation for betting big on Nigeria's tech industry (Video)

Facebook Founder, Mark Zuckerberg, has had a busy time, so far, in Lagos. He visited the Co-Creation Hub (Cc Hub), Nigeria’s leading technology incubator-turned-accelerator in Lagos’ Yaba neighborhood, a Silicon Valley-style ground zero.

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg visits Nigeria in African knowledge quest

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg visits Nigeria in African knowledge quest

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg is currently on a business trip to Africa, according to his Facebook page. Zuckerberg stopped over in Nigeria, Facebook‘s largest African market, to learn more about the country’s development and startup scene.

African Street Style. Credit: Twitter/‏@THECAROLDANVERS

Video: How many people use social media in Africa?

In 2014, 100 million people were using Facebook each month across Africa, over 80% via mobile. That figure has now jumped to over 120 million.

Not Louise Linton's Zambia. Credit: EPA/Stringer/

#LintonLies: Louise Linton's "white savior" memoir about her gap year in Zambia has been pulled from shelves

The now infamous memoir, In Congo’s Shadow by Scottish actress Louise Linton, is no longer for sale.

A black child and a white woman hold hands in Bamako, Mali

#LintonLies: Louise Linton just wrote the perfect White-Savior-in-Africa story

If there is one media narrative about Africa that refuses to be squashed, it’s the White-Savior-in-Africa bug.

‘Waking up to another nauseating white savior cinematic plot’, wrote one Zambian user on Twitter. Photograph: Yvette Cardozo/Getty Images

#LintonLies: Zambians hit back at white savior gap year memoir

Western writer sparks social media storm over book outlining her experiences of war, spiders and ‘smiling children with HIV’.

Louise Linton

#LintonLies: Delusional White Woman Louise Linton Draws Ire of African Twitter for Egregious “Zambian Memoir”

On Friday, The Telegraph ran what has to be the dumbest, most egregious piece of writing on Africa of the 21st century.

Japheth Joshua ("JJ") Omojuwa is one of Nigeria's most popular bloggers.

Cult following gives Nigeria's young bloggers the last word

Japheth Omojuwa started blogging in 2009 with a simple goal: to make his opinions heard by the senators and governors that make up the top echelons of powers in Nigeria.

Dianne Kohler-Barnard, former member of South Africa’s Democratic Alliance

South Africa's opposition expels member Dianne Kohler-Barnard over Facebook post

South Africa’s main opposition party has expelled a prominent member for sharing a Facebook post praising an apartheid leader.

Muhammadu Buhari, Nigeria's President-Elect

#Nigeria's #Buhari: "Government by Personality" vs. "Government by Institutions" #ABCView

Buhari can’t spend 4 years “ordering this” & “ordering that”, only to have all of it fall apart & go back to square one when he leaves.

Godwin Emefiele, Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)

Is #Nigeria's central bank governor Godwin #Emefiele being made a scape goat? Are low oil prices good for #Nigeria? #ABCView

Yes, Nigeria’s central bank governor, Godwin Emefiele, is in fact being made a scape goat for the country’s economic challenges.

Tesla Powerwall

Is #Africa on the verge of a solar energy boom? #ABCView

Like #Africa leapfrogged fixed-line telephones to mobile, the same could happen with the conventional electrical grid & solar energy.

Nunu Ntshingila, Head of Facebook Africa

Millions in Nigeria and Kenya embrace Facebook on mobile to share and connect with others (Infographic)

Facebook has shared new statistics revealing that 2.2 million Kenyans use Facebook every day and 4.5 million each month, while 7.1 million Nigerians use Facebook daily and 15 million are active every month.

Why WhatsApp is South Africa's favorite app

Why WhatsApp is South Africa's favorite app (Infographic)

As WhatsApp launches its web app for iOS – porting the 900 million-strong messaging service to allow iPhone users to send and receive messages through a browser – the top country it’s used in (South Africa) offers a timely reminder of just how good a messaging service it is.

President Uhuru Kenyatta with CNN Global Executive Vice President and MD Tony Maddox

CNN boss apologizes to Kenya for "hotbed of terror" statement after Kenya cancels advertising deal

CNN has apologized to Kenya over a recent terrorism slur. n a televised CNN report preceding President Obama’s July trip to Kenya, the news network referred to the East African country as a “hotbed of terror” …

#SomeoneTellCNN: CNN gets ridiculed on Twitter for calling Kenya a "Hotbed of Terror"

#SomeoneTellCNN: CNN gets ridiculed on Twitter for calling Kenya a "Hotbed of Terror"

US President Barack Obama is visiting Kenya this week and CNN has been reporting on how the region is a so-called “Hotbed of Terror”. CNN’s narrow characterization of Kenya has spawned a particularly heated and amusing backlash from well-informed Twitter users who got the mocking hash tag #SomeoneTellCNN trending worldwide.

Mark Zuckerberg, Founder & CEO, Facebook

Facebook to open 1st Africa office in Johannesburg. Ex-Ogilvy South Africa Chairman to head operations

Facebook will be opening its first headquarters in Africa next month as the company looks to acquire its next billion users.

Screenshot of some of the images found under the hashtag #TheAfricaTheMediaNeverShowsYou on Twitter.

Here is the Africa the media never shows you

The portrayal of Africa by mainstream media, particularly Western media, paints it as a dark, ugly, hopeless place that is ridden with civil war, militant groups, corruption, violation of freedoms, starvation, chaotic urbanisation and utter desperation.

Supporters of presidential candidate Muhammadu Buhari gesture in front of his election posters in Kano

How technology eased Buhari's path to power in Nigeria

Technology played a decisive role in helping Muhammadu Buhari become the first Nigerian to oust a sitting president at the ballot box, from social media campaigning to biometric machines preventing the widespread rigging that marred past polls.


Facebook launches "Facebook Lite" in 8 emerging markets, including Nigeria, South Africa, Sudan & Zimbabwe

Facebook has launched a new simplified version of its mobile app called Facebook Lite, and it’s targeted toward Android users in developing countries.

#CNNAfrica tech chat

#CNNAfrica tech chat: 'Opportunities here are huge. Why be anywhere else?'

CNN’s African Start-Up hosted a Twitter chat on how to take your startup to the next level on January 14.


#BlackFriday: Nigeria's announces 1,440% year on year increase in revenue

One of Nigeria’s ecommerce platforms has announced it recorded 1440% year on year increase in online revenue during its Black Friday sales tagged Yakata which started on Thursday and ended by midnight on Black Friday giving shoppers more time to shop.

Carmudi Nigeria

With 40,000 listings and 800,000 Facebook fans, is Carmudi Nigeria's #1 car classifieds site?

Carmudi has become the leading car classifieds in Nigeria as the site has reached a series of milestones including 40,000 unique listings on its website and 800,000 Facebook fans.

The creator of the ‘Ebola – no Ebola’ map says he is trying to show the world that Africa is not a country. Photograph: EbolaPhone/Twitter

Ebola for beginners: Twitter map outlines some elementary geography

A rudimentary map demonstrating that Africa is not synonymous with the Ebola virus has hit a nerve online.

A school official takes a pupil's temperature using an infrared digital laser thermometer in front of the school premises, at the resumption of private schools, in Lagos, Sept. 22, 2014.

Nigeria is declared "Ebola-Free": Here's what Nigeria did right

The World Health Organization declared Nigeria free of Ebola on Monday, a containment victory in an outbreak that has stymied other countries’ response efforts.


LinkedIn usage grows 40% in South Africa

In a tough economy it may appear that South African job seekers are turning to online professional services network, LinkedIn, to connect with prospective employers.


10 of the best startups from Africa: Web Summit 2014

From the sands of the Sahara to the Western Cape of South Africa, these startups are lighting the way with their innovative ideas on how to change lives with technology.


Facebook Hits 100M Users In Africa, Half The Continent's Internet-Connected Population

The developing world wants Facebook, and its accessibility initiative could pay huge dividends. Those are the takeaways from Facebook’s announcement that it now has 100 million active users in Africa, and 80% of those come on mobile.

Bring back our girls

What's Wrong With the Western Media's Well-Intentioned Boko Haram Coverage

The West’s Nigeria coverage is perfectly described by this one anecdote: Nigerians live with Boko Haram’s terrorism for five years, and when the western media finally takes notice, it latches onto a hashtag and wrongly identifies the creator of the hashtag as an American woman.