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Chimamanda Adichie leads African literature wave in China — Quartz Africa


Dear Ijeawele is a forthright and frank book, a 15-step letter about how to raise a feminist child. But when it’s published in China around April this year, it will garner its author, the celebrated Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, a new status: becoming one of few African writers whose body of work has mostly, if not all, been translated to Chinese.

“By far the hottest African writer among Chinese fans today is Nigeria’s Adichie,” says Bruce Humes, an American linguist and Chinese literary translator. For years now, Humes has compiled a bilingual list of contemporary African fiction published in Chinese since the 1980s, putting together a list of novels, poetry, drama, and short story collections available to readers in mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. Humes, who has…

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Africa’s tourism grows with travel to Tunisia, South Africa, Kenya — Quartz Africa


With over 1.3 billion travelers on the move, the world experienced the highest growth in international tourist arrivals since 2010. Much of the rebound was spurred by gradual economic growth plus a strong demand for outbound travel from all markets across the world.

And as data from the World Tourism Organization now shows, African countries saw the highest growth average compared to any other region in the world. International tourist arrivals in the continent are estimated to have increased by 8.6% compared with a global average of 7%. That translated to almost 63 million visitors who brought in $37 billion to the continent in 2017.

Visitors were especially drawn to North African countries where European holidaymakers are gradually returning after terrorist attacks took a heavy toll on the…

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African economies to watch in 2019, and looming debt — Quartz Africa


Trying to get to grips with what to expect from Africa’s economies in 2019 can be broken out into three categories of discussion: the good, the underwhelming and the disconcerting.

The good news is that in 2019, like in 2018, Sub Saharan Africa will be home to several of the world’s fastest-growing economies, according to the IMF. The region’s growth numbers will be led again by Ethiopia, Rwanda, Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire, Senegal, Benin, Kenya, Uganda, and Burkina Faso who remain in the top 10. Tanzania joins that group this year, replacing Guinea. The region is expected to have overall economic growth of 3.8%, on par with the global forecast of 3.7%.

That growth is driven by the steady rebound of commodity prices, an improvement in the global economy and improved capital market access…

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African startups funding in 2018 broke records — Quartz Africa


There was an almost four-fold increase in total startup funding received for African startups in 2018. The number of funding deals more than doubled and startups on the continent are increasingly being recipient of big ticket rounds of over $5 million. In total, African startups raised a record $725.6 million across 458 deals, the 2018 venture investment report by WeeTracker shows.

The larger size of individual funding rounds is illustrated in the top ten deals which jointly accrue to $457 million and accounted for 61% of total funding received. It reflects increasing investor confidence in startup businesses across the continent’s major hubs. It’s a noteworthy trend given how in the recent past the abundance of early stage funding was typically not followed up with the crucial Series A…

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African Union to unveil details on African passport design — Quartz Africa


The path to creating one passport for all Africans will inch one step closer this year.

At the 32nd African Union summit in February, the Commission will present details on the design, production, and issuance of the long-awaited African passport, the head of the continental body Moussa Faki Mahamat has revealed. The unified passport is aimed at easing the free movement of people, spurring economic growth, promoting intra-African trade, and eventually creating a “continent with seamless borders.”

The announcement comes in the heels of the AU’s launch of a single air market initiative to improve connectivity and a free trade agreement to establish a common market for goods and services. If the heads of state assembly adopt the measures in February, it will pave the way for of the issuance…

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Coachella’s Burna Boy outrage shows Afrobeats confidence — Quartz Africa


By virtue of social media hype and YouTube streaming, Coachella has become something of a global festival. Yet, even as Afrobeats emerges as Africa’s international music genre, it’s seems Coachella isn’t listening.

With the 2019 lineup announcement on Thursday, African fans quickly noticed that only two artists from the continent were booked: Burna Boy and Mr Eazi. What’s more both were in the third line of artists, requiring a smaller font size on the poster and eliciting strong feelings.

“Coachella I appreciate you. But I don’t appreciate the way my name is written so small in your bill,” Burna Boy wrote in an Instagram live screen-grabbed by press. “I am an AFRICAN GIANT [sic] and will not be reduced to whatever that tiny writing means. Fix tings quick please.”

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