The African diaspora, estimated at nearly 170-million people with ties to the continent living and working in the US and Europe, send over US$60-billion home every year, money that builds local African economies and reduces dependence on foreign aid.
American singer-songwriter Pharrell Williams has taken over the world – on YouTube – with his Oscar-nominated song Happy. For International Day of Happiness on 20 March, people across the world were invited to submit their own dance interpretations of his song. Watch a selection of Happy, from Africa.
Self-taught and using patched-up, homemade and reverse engineered instruments, the Orchestre Symphonique Kimbanguiste is doing something extraordinary. The only all-black orchestra in the world – and the only orchestra at all in central Africa – it is revelling in the beauty of classical music.
African agriculture is about to flourish, write Olusegun Obasanjo and Bob Geldof. This is one of the most fertile regions on earth, with 60% of the world’s uncultivated arable land.
Bicycles made of bamboo? Berenice Dapaah, a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, tells how her small bamboo-bike manufacturing company has created jobs and improved mobility for young people – women in particular – in the poor and remote regions of Ghana.
"I don't speak 'African' because 'African' is not a language." "Africans do not all look alike." "Africa existed before colonialism." These are just some of the messages young Africans studying in the US are sending out in a new viral photographic campaign.
At 13, with no parents to fend for her or her siblings, Best Ayiorwoth dropped out of school to look after her family. Today a 22-year-old award-winning entrepreneur, Ayiorwoth's story is a remarkable one of inspiration, courage and perseverance.