African fintech unicorn Chipper Cash lays off about 12.5% of staff

Yesterday, a few affected and non-affected employees took to LinkedIn to reveal the news. TechCrunch has learned from sources that over 50 employees were affected across multiple departments; the engineering team took the biggest hit, with around 60% of those laid off coming from the department, according to people familiar with the matter.
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Strike partners with Bitnob to improve remittance payments into Africa

Strike has partnered with Bitnob to facilitate cross-border payments into Africa. The service will be available to users in Ghana, Nigeria, and Kenya, but Strike will expand to other African countries soon. The feature does not require people to use Bitcoin themselves. Strike’s Send Globally service is now in Africa...
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S.Africa's Ramaphosa future fragile despite party backing

The threat of South African President Cyril Ramaphosa's immediate exit from office over a cash-in-sofas scandal has temporarily faded after his party vowed to rally around him at next week's impeachment vote, but his woes are far from over. Ruling African National Congress (ANC) party lawmakers vowed to close ranks around him at an impeachment vote in parliament next week, but Ramaphosa remains embroiled in the worst scandal of his career that could yet bring him down.

Bitcoin App Strike Launches Instant, Cheap Remittances To Africa

Bitcoin payments app Strike said in a statement Tuesday that it had launched Send Globally, a new feature that lets U.S. users instantly and cheaply send money to Africa. “With exorbitant fees to transfer funds in and out of Africa and incumbent providers halting services, payments companies are struggling to operate in Africa and people cannot send money home to their family members,” said Jack Mallers, Strike founder and CEO, in a statement. “Strike offers an opportunity for people to transfer their US dollars easily and instantly across borders.”

Strike partners with Bitnob to facilitate cross-border payments into Africa

The Lightning Network has struck Ghana, Kenya and Nigeria. During a conference in Ghana, Strike CEO Jack Mallers announced that the Bitcoin (BTC) payments company has partnered with the mobile app Bitnob to facilitate payments into Africa. Mallers made the announcement on stage at AfroBitcoin, a Bitcoin conference in Ghana's...

Soul-searching In Senegal After Woman MP Hit In Parliament

Senegal is asking some tough questions about the state of its democracy, reputedly one of the strongest in Africa, after opposition lawmakers physically attacked a woman MP in parliament. Shocking images have gone viral of a brawl that erupted in the National Assembly last Thursday -- the legislature's second punch-up...

Counties with the most born-and-bred residents in NC

GREENVILLE, N.C. ( — The COVID-19 pandemic, rising inflation and a higher cost of living in major cities have combined with opportunities for remote work over the past two years. This combination has fueled a major migration across the country. In the first year of the pandemic, migration out of densely populated, expensive cities like New York […]

Man Displayed in Zoo in 1906

Ota Benga was a young man from Central Africa who was brought to America and actually put into a cage at a zoo. Benga was born in 1883 in the Ituri Forest which later became the Congo Free State and is now the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The government of Zambia raises alarm on abuse of prescribed and unprescribed drugs

ZAMBIA – The Ministry of Health of Zambia has raised alarm on the alarming levels of drug resistance in the country which are turning into a serious public health threat. Minister of Health, Sylvia Masebo, said there is a growing trend of Zambians abusing prescribed and unprescribed drugs, a situation that is reducing the efficacy of the medicines to fight the various germs they are intended to fight.

New survey discovers why most people don’t recycle

KSNF/KODE — More than three-quarters of people around the world think recycling is important, but key barriers must be overcome to encourage them to act, according to a new study. A joint survey by the World Economic Forum, SAP and Qualtrics questioned people in different parts of the world about their attitudes to climate change and […]

South African GDP rebounds to scale new peak – AFR

South Africa’s economy rebounded beyond pre-Covid levels in the third quarter of 2022 to reach its highest-ever peak, official data showed Tuesday. Gross domestic product (GDP) expanded by 1.6 percent in the three months to September, following a 0.7 dip in the previous trimester, StatsSA said. “The size of...

Report: South African Digital-Only Bank Launches Crypto Payments Gateway

A South African digital-only bank (also known as a “neo bank”), Be Mobile Africa, has reportedly launched a crypto payment gateway that allows merchants to convert digital currency payments to fiat currency. Cédric Jeannot, the CEO of the digital-only bank, said the “new gateway is a game-changer” that also helps small businesses “preserve wealth in unfavourable economic conditions.”

Kwanza 101: How to observe this annual family and community holiday

Kwanzaa is a yearlong celebration that focuses on seven life principles called Nguzo Saba. Kwanzaa was created by Dr.  Maulana Karenga , a professor of Black Studies, in 1966 during the time of profound social change for African Americans, Karenga’s vision of a celebration that would honor the values of African cultures and inspire African Americans […] The post Kwanza 101: How to observe this annual family and community holiday appeared first on The Atlanta Voice.

African agro-food expo opens in Egypt

CAIRO, Dec. 6 (Xinhua) -- Egypt's capital Cairo hosted on Monday an international exhibition for the agro-food industry in Africa with over 700 exhibitors from more than 30 countries. Held at Cairo's International Exhibition Center, the seventh edition of Food Africa aims to provide an efficient network between international traders...