The African Week in Review: Jan 28-Feb 4

Tons of activity on the continent this week, ranging from the farcical diplomatic movements at the African Union, to the unveiling of Africa’s own tablet, to anti-Wade Protests in Senegal, and finishing up with the commencement of the knock-out rounds in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon in the Africa Cup of Nations.


“Every five years the Senegalese citizens have the right to express themselves… on 26 February if they decide they don’t want no more Abdoulaye Wade for president, Abdoulaye Wade will not be president, so it’s all in their hands.”


  • Responding to the low-cost tablet coming out of India, the African equivalent (set at a far higher price tag at USD$ 300) was launched. It’s made and sold by a company from the Democratic Republic of Congo, but manufactured in China. Interestingly, the device is only on sale in the DRC! This makes me wonder what market they are appealing to by starting with a market size that seems pretty small for high-tech electronics, can’t possibly be the local community? Maybe the foreign NGOs? Their website is only in French, so they’ll need to make an English version to appear to the richer Anglophone countries one would think.


  • The Africa Cup of Nations heads into the second phase with the knock-out rounds commencing on Saturday. ESPN has a brief preview the quarterfinals. The big news from the week was that Sudan was able to qualify. Seems to be much goodwill for the Sudanese, despite the actions taken by its political leaders. Africa Is A Country has a nice round-up of links and news about the competition. My dark horse favorites, Botswana, was soundly defeated (and finished dead last), but my pick for the tournament, Cote d’Ivoire might have to go through both Host nations to get to the final, so there is still difficulty in the bracket for them.
  • While North Africa isn’t under the purview of AWIR, the big story in ‘sport’ that’s dominating the ‘Africa’ headlines is the stadium disaster in Port Said. I’ve seen people question whether this is a ‘soccer’ or ‘stadium’ disaster. I would wager that this has more to do with the security/political system as a whole in the country, but we’ll have to see what comes out of the official investigation…

Info Graphics:

Is mobile Africa’s Future? by IBM

The ‘Greenness’ Rating of African Cities


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