Africa East Africa World 

Innovation in the remote learning methods of Kenyan schools

– – During March last year, schools across Kenya had to close due to COVID-19. Because of this, roughly 10 million primary school children have had to rely on alternative learning methods to continue their education. While other countries quickly transitioned to online learning methods, adjusting to remote learning proved trickier in Kenya where Internet penetration is just 40%, according to Data Reportal. However, this hasn’t dampened Kenyans’ dedication to pursuing education, as state and private organisations instead offered innovative remote learning solutions. Organisations turn to alternative means of digital penetration…

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Africa East Africa Tourism World 

Sport has the power to boost conservation efforts in Kenya

– – Kenya’s wildlife is amongst the richest and most diverse on the African continent. Each year, the country’s national parks attract millions of domestic and international tourists. Kenya is home to not only Africa’s big five, which includes lions, leopards, buffalo, elephants, and black rhino but also to thousands of other species. The country is also where the world’s largest migration of wildlife takes place with millions of wildebeest, accompanied by large numbers of zebra and gazelle traveling from Tanzania to the Maasai Mara National Reserve in the south…

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Africa East Africa World 

Nairobi bans spitting in public, blowing nose without handkerchief

– – It is now an offence to spit in public and blow your nose without a handkerchief in Kenya’s capital city of Nairobi. The latest bans are part of new measures approved by the city’s governor which also covers the playing of loud music in public spaces. The Nairobi authorities consider all these acts public nuisance and want to prohibit them. The sweeping measures are meant to bring sanity to the city and also keep it clean and attractive. Nairobi Governor Ann Kananu said the city must be “clean…

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Africa East Africa Sports World 

Kenyan gamers putting country on eSports map

– – In the last five years, the realm of eSports has transformed the world of gaming. Historically, gamers competed in organized tournaments. One of the first was the 1997 Quake competition, which had 2,000 entrants. Many consider this to be the first eSports tournament, where remote players gathered together to crown a champion. The move online changed the world of video gaming in the early 2000s. With stronger internet connectivity, players could compete against one another in console-hosted groups for multiplayer games. Then came Twitch and Steam, which allowed…

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Africa East Africa World 

Tanker explosion kills at least 13 people in Kenya

– – At least 13 people have been killed in Kenya a when a petrol tanker overturned and exploded. The truck collided with another vehicle on a highway between Kisumu and Busia. Eye Witnesses described the crash scene as a “huge fireball”. People had rushed to the scene with jerrycans to siphon off fuel from the overturned tanker before it exploded. Some 24 people including children are in hospital with serious burns. – – “We were woken up by a very loud blast. When I rushed out, I saw a huge…

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Africa Ghana West Africa World 

Ex-Ghanaian President withdraws as special AU envoy to Somalia

– – Former Ghanaian President John Mahama has withdrawn his acceptance as a special African Union (AU) envoy to mediate talks over the political crisis in Somalia. In a statement, Mr. Mahama attributed his decision to the lack of support by the Somali federal government. He said the proposed assignment required that he “enjoy the unalloyed support and co-operation of all political stakeholders”. On May 7, the AU appointed Mr Mahama as its special representative to Somalia. But the Somali government formally rejected Mr. Mahama’s appointment, citing his “extensive links” with Kenya,…

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Africa East Africa World 

Africa’s oldest human burial site uncovered in Kenya

– – A team of researchers on Wednesday announced that they have uncovered Africa’s oldest human burial site in Kenya. The site has a child no older than three laid to rest sideways in an earthen grave 78,000 years ago. The child’s legs were carefully tucked up against its tiny chest, signalling the earliest known human burial on the continent. The scientists say the sunken pit was discovered in a cave complex along the coast of Kenya. Ornaments, offerings or ochre-coloured clay carvings were found in the region’s more recent…

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Africa East Africa World 

Kenyan journalist shot dead at her home by gunmen

– – A female journalist working for Kenya’s state broadcaster, Betty Barasa has been shot dead in her house in Ngong, Kajiado County. According to police, Betty Barasa on Wednesday night was waiting for the gate to her residence to be opened when gunmen accosted her. The suspects according to police were hiding at a nearby house, which is still under construction when Ms Barasa arrived at the front of her residence. The gunmen forced their way into the house of the journalist following a confrontation and made monetary demands.…

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Africa Business East Africa World 

Kenyans petition IMF not to give the government loans

– – Kenyans are signing an online petition to ask the International Monetary Fund (IMF) not to give the government any more loans. Through the hashtag #StopLoaningKenya, Kenyans have circulated the online petition link which cites corruption and other reasons why no more lending should occur. The development follows the IMF’s approval of 257bn Kenyan shillings ($2.4bn) loan for Kenya to aid in Covid-19 response. The IMF Executive Board has approved a three-year financing package of US$2.34 billion to support Kenya’s pandemic response and economic reform program. More here: https://t.co/zsMzCe2szY #IMFAfrica…

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Africa East Africa Featured World 

Kenya: Street hawker dragged on road for not giving bribe

– – A street hawker in Kenya who sells fruits was dragged along the road by local officials in western Kisumu county for refusing to give a bribe. Officials were caught on video abusing the female seller, sparking outrage among Kenyans. Beatrice Atieno, 39, was left with injuries after the incident, according to local media reporting. Local officials said the woman was selling oranges and lemons on a pavement in the city where hawking is prohibited. The woman told journalists that one of the officials seated at the back of…

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