This Rwandan publisher is creating buzz with new book App

After realising the challenges that come with publishing fellow African writers, home-grown publishing house, Imagine We Rwanda launched their very own mobile app, dubbed, Imagine Books. Fast forward 2 weeks and hundreds of titles have been purchased worldwide and the numbers are only going up. CNBC Africa spoke to the founder, Dominique Alonga for more.

COVID-19: This virtual concert campaign is bringing together African artists for charity

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected livelihoods across the continent and different initiatives have been instituted to support them. One of them is a campaign dubbed “We are one Africa” which aims to sustain various communities and groups through virtual concerts. Project Manager, Andrew Alovi joins CNBC Africa for more.

Kenya’s tech sector unveils video conferencing system

Kenya has recently launched the first made-in-Africa video conferencing system that will enable users to enjoy better quality calls with unlimited attendees, at more affordable prices. The video conferencing system will also enable African countries to retain the fees in local economies, compared to competition that repatriates it off the continent. Jay Shapiro, CEO and Co-Founder of Usiku Games joins CNBC Africa for more.

The extent of the impact of COVID-19 on Kenyan manufacturing

A study has shown that COVID-19 has caused cash flow constraints for an estimated 79 per cent of manufacturers in Kenya resulting in reduction of casual labourers by 40 per cent and 17 per cent of the permanent workers. Job Wanjohi, Head of Policy at Kenya Association of Manufacturers joined CNBC Africa for more.

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Rwandan comic book shortlisted for continental prize

Rwandan comic book “Kami” is among the Best 2019-2020 Comics in Africa, and emerges a potential candidate to win a prize at the 2020 Nommo Awards. CNBC Africa spoke with the illustrator and writer Mika Twizerimana Hirwa, on his journey battling for the top prize in the category of Best Graphic Novel/Comic by Africans alongside seven other books.
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Jack Ma Foundation on how COVID-19 is driving innovation in Africa

As soon as the first cases of COVID-19 were announced on the continent, The Jack Ma Foundation was one of the first responders in providing PPE aid support to all African countries. Jean Pau a Senior Advisor for International Programs at Jack Ma Foundation spoke to CNBC Africa's Armold Kwizera on the philanthropic decisions of the foundation.

Rwandan entrepreneurs treated to Covid-19 business survival boot camp

Access to Finance Rwanda in partnership with the African Management institute, the Private Sector Federation and others, has launched a new webinar series dubbed, ‘The Business Survival Bootcamp’, through their website, SME Response Clinic. The program is designed to help entrepreneurs navigate the unique challenges that have presented themselves as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and is slated to begin next week. Head of Programs at AFR, Jean Bosco Iyacu joins CNBC Africa for more.

How can Africa’s private equity firms weather the COVID-19 storm?

East Africa's share of private equity transactions has slowly been rising over the years, but this growth momentum has now been disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic. What will it take for private equity firms in the region to weather the Covid-19 storm and bounce back? David Owino, Managing Partner at Ascent Capital joins CNBC Africa for more.

RDO’s Mugwaneza on the need to invest in post-harvest agriculture technology

Rwanda’s agriculture sector employs 80 per cent of the population and contributes 33 per cent to her GDP growth. Now, with Covid-19, many farmers have incurred losses due to difficulties in the market and agriculture players have reiterated the need for investing in post-harvest agriculture technologies. Diana Mugwaneza, Programs Officer at Rwanda Development Organization, joins CNBC Africa for more.

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East African youth ready to step up in fight against Covid-19

Yesterday the findings of an East African Covid-19 Youth survey of over 400 young people from the region were released. The survey was conducted by youth leadership development program, YouLead in partnership with Restless Development and others; and among the findings it was revealed that at least 90 per cent of the participants would want to play an active role in their country’s response efforts if they were given the opportunity. CNBC Africa spoke to the Country Director of Restless Development Uganda, Catherine Rodgers and one of the participants in the survey, Patrick Karekezi for more.

Here’s how Invest In Africa is helping Kenyan SMEs survive Covid-19

With Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) and the informal sector making up a vast majority of the businesses and job opportunities in sub-Saharan Africa, ensuring their survival is crucial to the continent’s economic recovery and growth post Covid-19. CNBC Africa spoke to Wangechi Muriuki, Country Manager of Invest In Africa Kenya to learn more about what’s being done to provide this necessary support.

Rwandan comic book shortlisted for continental prize

Rwandan comic book “Kami” is among the Best 2019-2020 Comics in Africa, and emerges a potential candidate to win a prize at the 2020 Nommo Awards. CNBC Africa spoke with the illustrator and writer Mika Twizerimana Hirwa, on his journey battling for the top prize in the category of Best Graphic Novel/Comic by Africans alongside seven other books.

Geoffrey Odundo on how the NSE is responding to COVID-19 crisis

The values of blue chip companies on the Nairobi Securities Exchange has increased despite the COVID-19 pandemic. CNBC Africa’s Arnold Kwizera spoke to the Chief Executive Officer at the Nairobi Securities Exchange, Geoffrey Odundo for more on this.

How COVID-19 is impacting funding for African start-ups

With FDIs into the continent slowing down as a result of COVID-19, start-ups funding for many sectors have taken a backseat but is there a light at the end of the tunnel for some of these players? CNBC Africa’s Arnold Kwizera spoke to Charles Shyaka, General Manager at 250 start ups for more on this.

Kenyan agri-tech start-up Apollo Agriculture raises $6mn in funding

Apollo Agriculture, a Nairobi based agri-tech start-up has raised about $6 million in its series A round of funding. CNBC Africa spoke to Benjamin Njenga, Co-Founder of Apollo Agriculture for more.

Jack Ma Foundation on how COVID-19 is driving innovation in Africa

As soon as the first cases of COVID-19 were announced on the continent, The Jack Ma Foundation was one of the first responders in providing PPE aid support to all African countries. Jean Pau a Senior Advisor for International Programs at Jack Ma Foundation spoke to CNBC Africa's Armold Kwizera on the philanthropic decisions of the foundation.

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Coronavirus – African Union Member States (54) reporting COVID-19 cases (116,049) deaths (3,488), and recoveries (46,714)

African Union Member States (54) reporting COVID-19 cases (116,049) deaths (3,488), and recoveries (46,714) by region: Central (12,426 cases; 350 deaths; 3,281 recoveries): Burundi (42; 1; 20), Cameroon (5,044; 171; 1,917), Central African Republic (652; 1; 22), Chad (687; 61; 244), Congo (487; 16; 147), DRC (2,402; 68; 340), Equatorial Guinea (719; 7; 22), Gabon (2,135; 14; 562), Sao Tome & Principe (258; 11; 7). Eastern (12,983; 351; 3,438): Comoros (87; 1; 21), Djibouti (2,468; 14; 1,079

Coronavirus – Rwanda: COVID-19 update, 25 May 2020

Total cases: 336 (+9) Tests: 59,369 (+892) Recovered: 238 (+1) Deaths: 0 Active cases: 98Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Ministry of Health, Republic of Rwanda.Media filesDownload logo

Coronavirus: African Union Member States reporting COVID-19 cases As of 26 May 2020, 9am EAT

Central (12,167 cases; 343 deaths; 3,226 recoveries): Burundi (42; 1; 20),Cameroon (4,890; 165; 1,865), Central African Republic (652; 1; 22), Chad (687; 61; 244), Congo (487; 16; 147), DRC (2,297; 67; 337), Equatorial Guinea (719; 7; 22), Gabon (2,135; 14; 562), Sao Tome & Principe (258; 11; 7) Eastern (12,809; 349; 3,409): Comoros (87; 1; 21), Djibouti (2,468; 14; 1,079), Eritrea (39; 0; 39), Ethiopia (655; 5; 159), Kenya (1,286; 52; 402), Madagascar (542; 2; 147), Mauritius (334; 10; 322),

Coronavirus – Africa: Urban refugees struggling to survive as economic impact of COVID19 worsens in East, Horn and Great Lakes of Africa

Download logoThis is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Charlie Yaxley – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today’s press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. Refugees in urban areas across the East, Horn and Great Lakes region of Africa are struggling to meet their most basic needs as the economic impact of COVID19 begins take hold. UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency is working closely with governments and partners to find solutions for urban refug

Coronavirus – Democratic Republic of Congo: UAE sends medical aid to Congo in fight against COVID-19

Download logoThe UAE today sent an aid plane carrying six metric tons of medical supplies to the Democratic Republic of Congo. The aid will assist approximately 6,000 medical professionals as they work to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Commenting on the aid delivery, Hazza Mohammed Al Qahtani, UAE Ambassador to Rwanda, remarked, "The provision of aid today by the UAE underscores our deep partnership with the Congo, which forms a significant part of the fight against COVID-19 in Africa." "Cou

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Coronavirus – South Africa: 1727 new cases of COVID-19 in South Africa

Update: A total of 21708 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours. There are 1727 new cases of COVID-19. Regrettably, we report 32 more COVID-19 related deaths & send our condolences to the loved ones. Flattening the curve is an ongoing process of reducing COVID-19.Distributed by APO Group on behalf of National Institute for Communicable Diseases, South Africa (NICD).Media filesDownload logo

Coronavirus – Malawi: COVID-19 Daily Information Update (30th May 2020)

New cases: 6 Total confirmed cases: 279 Total active cases: 233 Total recovered: 42 Total number of tests conducted: 4490 Total deaths: 4Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Ministry of Health and Population, Republic of Malawi.Media filesDownload logo

Coronavirus – African Union Member States (54) reporting COVID-19 cases (136,677) deaths (3,941), and recoveries (56,958)

African Union Member States (54) reporting COVID-19 cases (136,677) deaths (3,941), and recoveries (56,958) by region: Central (15,247 cases; 379 deaths; 5,494 recoveries): Burundi (42; 1; 20), Cameroon (5,659; 185; 3,441), Central African Republic (874; 1; 23), Chad (759; 65; 444), Congo (571; 19; 161), DRC (2,965; 69; 428), Equatorial Guinea (1,306; 12; 200), Gabon (2,613; 15; 709), Sao Tome & Principe (458; 12; 68). Eastern (15,930; 447; 4,150): Comoros (106; 2; 26), Djibouti (3,194; 22;
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How the Africa Shared Value E-Summit can play a role in post-COVID-19 recovery

Experts predict that closer collaboration among business leaders across various industries will be key in shaping a post-COVID-19 recovery. This will be part of the conversation at upcoming Africa Shared Value E-Summit and CNBC Africa spoke to Nichole Yembra, MD, The Chrysalis Capital for more.

Locust plague, COVID-19 weigh on East Africa’s economic outlook

The World Bank recently announced the first phase of an additional $500 million package to combat the locust invasion in East Africa and the Middle East. According to Moody's, though crucial, the support package pales in comparison with the magnitude of the twin shocks that the East African economies face from the pandemic and the locust invasion. Kelvin Dalrymple, vice-President and Sovereign Analyst at Moody’s joins CNBC Africa for more.

How can professional athletes weather the COVID-19 crisis?

This year was supposed to be one of the biggest sports years for Kenya and East Africa, with athletes from the region set to participate in highly anticipated events like, the Magical Kenya Open, the Basketball Africa League, the African Championship of Nations and the Olympics. With all these sporting events and more being cancelled and postponed; and with gym closures and limited access to coaches leading to no place to train; where does that leave professional athletes and elite hopefuls as the world battles the Covid-19 pandemic? Sports Analyst, Sharon Allela joins CNBC Africa for more.

COVID-19 exposes Africa’s urban planning challenges

Physical distancing as a measure to avoid the spread of COVID-19 pandemic is highlighting the necessity to create more public spaces and inclusive streets in African cities. Constant Cap, Urban Planner at Naipolitans joins CNBC Africa for more.

COVID-19: Old Mutual on creating shared valued in times of crisis

Investor appetite has been affected as a result of the pandemic and with this so have the practices of many businesses on the continent.

Afreximbank on COVID-19 opportunities & challenges for intra-Africa trade

Members of the African Union had set July 1 as the day to operationalize the African Free Trade Area Agreement but with COVID-19 pandemic affecting all member countries, this has been pushed back to a yet to be named date though some experts believe the AfCFTA implementation should go ahead. So could this be an opportunity for improved Intra Africa trade? Hippolyte Fofack, Chief Economist Afreximbank joins CNBC Africa for more.

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How Rwanda’s Private Sector Federation is preparing for CHOGM 2020

Ahead of the Commonwealth meeting that is set to take place from 22-24 June this year in Kigali, CNBC Africa’s Zwena Bachoo spoke to Robert Bapfakurera, Chairman of the Private Sector Federation to find out why this meeting is so important for the sector.

Rwanda continues with CHOGM preparation despite coronavirus outbreak

Rwanda Development Board (RDB) today met with the Private Sector Federation to discuss various business opportunities that they will be presenting during the Commonwealth Forum that is set to take place this year in June here in Kigali. Rwanda Development Board Chief Executive, Claire Akamanzi noted that the government and private sector partners will not halt the planning and preparation process – she also added that as the plans continue, they will keep monitoring developments on the virus's trends across the world to make further decisions. She joins CNBC Africa for more.

How Rwanda is looking to leverage its developing film industry through storytelling

This month will see the 6th annual edition of the Mashariki African Film Festival here in Kigali under the theme, "Kagire Inkuru" which means, “Tell the Tale”. The event will be a week-long affair featuring filmmakers from across the continent and will host screenings, panels and workshops including one entitled, "Girls In Cinema". CNBC Africa is joined by Kennedy Mazimpaka Communications Manager of Mashariki African Film Festival for more about what the event's relationship is to Rwanda's developing film industry.

Kigali to host first Giants of Africa basketball festival

Recently it was announced that youth basketball program, Giants of Africa will be hosting its first week-long festival this August right here in Kigali, Rwanda. CNBC Africa's Makeda Mahadeo reports.

Heads of state meet to discuss economic integration of Rwanda, Uganda and Congo

In a bid to normalize ties between Rwanda and Uganda, through the fourth Quadripartite Heads of State Summit both President Paul Kagame and Yoweri Museveni met at Gatuna border. They were joined by Angolan President João Lourenço and his Congolese counterpart Félix Tshisekedi. The agenda of the meeting includes review and discussion of feedback from Uganda following a Note Verbale from Kigali dispatched on February 15. Joining CNBC Africa to speak on economic integration between countries in the region is Journalist Gonzaga Mugwana.

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