After weeks of steady decline in the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases, Nigeria is now responding to what authorities are describing as a “likely ... third wave” of the pandemic, led by the more contagious Delta variant. But Chikwe Ihekweazu, the man at the centre of Nigeria’s Covid-19 response, tells The Africa Report that there is greater risk of a surge in infections as more people disregard the public health measures in place.
EXCLUSIVE President Biden will today announce a fresh tranche of vaccine doses for seven African countries. White House officials tell The Africa ... Report that the donations come with 'no strings attached', and are keen to downplay any vaccine diplomacy rivalry with Beijing.
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People haven’t stopped dancing ever since Nigerian singer Yemi Alade released her first hit in 2013. After winning a TV talent show (the Peak ... Talent Show in 2009), she made a music video for the song ‘Johnny’, which would go on to become a hit with 100 million views. She followed up with ‘King Of Queens’ (2014), ‘Mama Africa’ (2016), ‘Black Magic’ (2017) and ‘Woman of Steel’ (2019).
By analysing new-age mobile and web data, fintechs are starting to expand credit to individuals and SMEs without financial footprints. But concerns ... remain about reliability of the metrics used and customer privacy.
This July’s Cannes Film Festival, which returned to the Croisette after a year dominated by the ongoing pandemic, promised to be an exceptional ... one as it had two years to choose its selection. However, by all accounts, this was not the case, despite the quality and originality of some of the works presented.
As their countries face a third wave of Covid-19 with tragic health, social and economic implications, more than a dozen African leaders met ... in Abidjan on 15 July to formulate plans for economic recovery, job creation and investment in human capital. I also attended this summit and strongly reaffirmed the World Bank Group’s commitment to Africa’s transformation.
A mammoth task lies ahead for President Cyril Ramaphosa’s administration to reform South Africa’s economy. Progress has been made, but “one ... shouldn’t overestimate where we are. We’ve been taking steps in the right direction. We still need to do a lot more,” says economist and businesswoman Trudi Makhaya.