In Kampala, an Uber for motorcycle taxis puts safety first

(Republished from Citiscope). KAMPALA, Uganda — Motorcycle taxis rule the road in this capital city, where estimates of the number of “boda bodas” ferrying passengers around town range from 65,000 to the hundreds of thousands. That’s at least five times more bodas than New York has yellow cabs. They’re also notoriously unsafe. Between the potholed […]

How Mozambique’s rebel fighters wooed an urban electorate

In October 2013, thousands of people took to the streets of Maputo, the Mozambican capital, in anti-government protests. At municipal elections the following month, which were boycotted by the traditional opposition party and former rebel army Renamo, a third party called the Mozambique Democratic Movement, or MDM, won 40% of the Maputo vote, giving the […]

Weekly news roundup: December 12, 2014

The week’s headlines from cities across the continent

Weekly news roundup: December 5, 2014

Ouagadougou buries martyrs of the uprising. Tens of thousands of people have turned out in Burkina Faso’s capital for the official funeral of “martyrs” of the bloody uprising that ousted president Blaise Compaore. In all, at least 24 people were killed during demonstrations on October 30 and 31 against a bid by Compaore to extend his […]

Weekly news roundup: November 28, 2014.

The week’s headlines from across the continent.

Weekly news roundup: November 21, 2014

Nairobi women demonstrate against gender violence. At the busy intersection of Accra Road and Tom Mboya Street in downtown Nairobi, a cacophony of voices clamour to be heard. Buses and vans vie for space on the roadside, and touts solicit passengers to ply their routes. Nearly everyone is on the move. Shortly after 12pm on […]

Weekly news roundup: November 14, 2014

The week’s headlines from across the continent.

Weekly news roundup: October 31, 2014

This week’s headlines from across the continent

Weekly news roundup: October 3, 2014

The week’s headlines from across the continent

Weekly urban news roundup: May 9, 2014

World Economic Forum lands in Abuja No fewer than 13 heads of state and about 1,000 delegates participate in the World Economic Forum, WEF, on Africa in Abuja. Ms Elsie Kanza, Director, Head of Africa, said that Nigeria as the largest economy in Africa has a great role to play in the region to ensure positive economic […]