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February 27 2014

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February 26 2014

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February 12 2014

08:00

Vaulted brick primary school built on a Mali plain by Levs Architecten

Dutch firm Levs Architecten used unfired clay bricks from local mines to build the barrel-vaulted structure of this primary school on one of Mali's vast plains (+ slideshow). (more...)

February 06 2014

07:08
Watson, IBM’s super computer, is now putting its problem-solving skills to work in Africa
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IBM announced today that it is bringing its super computing platform Watson to Africa, where it will help researchers develop commercially-viable solutions in key areas such as healthcare, education, water and sanitation, human mobility... Keep reading →

February 02 2014

19:26

Central and southern Somalia go offline after ruling militants shut mobile Internet services

Those living in central and southern areas of war-torn Somalia have reportedly been cut off from the Internet after the ruling militant group ordered telecom operators to shut down their Internet services earlier this month.

CIO East Africa reports that residents in those areas, which are controlled by the Al Shabaab group, have been “missing signals,” while militia are said to have been seen checking on Internet signals in the regions.

Less than one percent of the country has fixed-line Internet access so mobile Internet is an important and growing point of access. Global Voices suggests the shutdown is in response to a fear that the government can use the Internet to track the activities of Al Shabaab insurgents.

➤ Al Shabaab shuts out central and southern Somalia from internet [CIO East Africa]

Image via e X p o s e / Shutterstock

Tags: Africa News

January 22 2014

17:32

Most Beautiful Villages Around The World

Focus sur les plus beaux villages visibles à travers le monde, du Mali au Tibet en passant par l’Iran. Cette sélection de photographies a été faite par différents photographes aux quatre coins du monde où les couleurs et les architectures se font écho ou contrastent selon les niveaux de vie de chacun.

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Popeye Village à Malte, par Mosin.

Village au Niger, Mali, par Yann Arthus-Bertrand.

Mountain Village en Iran, par Mohammadreza Momeni.

Village africain, par Michael Poliza.

Village au Tibet, par Coolbie Re.

Gàsadalur Village aux Iles Féroé, par Gareth Codd.

Fort Bourtange aux Pays-Bas, par Jan Koster.

Village dans le Sud-Ouest de l’Angleterre, par Bob Small.

Village caché dans le Sud de la Chine, par Christian Ortiz.

Hobbiton Village, lieu du tournage du Seigneur des Anneaux en Nouvelle-Zélande, par Weta Workshop.

Village de La Spezia en Italie, par James Brandon.

Hallstatt en Autriche, photographe inconnu.

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January 14 2014

21:00

African children's library with rammed earth walls by BC Architects

This children's library with rammed earth walls in Burundi, Africa, was built by Belgian studio BC Architects and members of the local community, according to an open-source design template (+ slideshow). (more...)

January 08 2014

09:01

Elephant Pie – Innovative Paper Products Made of Elephant Dung (Live on Indiegogo)

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Elephant Pie is a project aimed at helping locals in Africa to create sustainable income sources from elephants by keeping them alive. Currently. ONE ELEPHANT IS BEING KILLED EVERY FIFTEEN MINUTES for its ivory tusks. If this slaughter continues at this rate, elephants will be extinct in the next SEVEN years.

Elephant pie is an initiative taken by Zrfshan, an elephant lover from the UK. She believes that giving locals a regular income source is going to help them value a living elephant more than a dead one.

Elephant Pie has created a lot of innovative and practical products to help spread awareness and create income sources.

This includes NOTEBOOKS, BOOKMARKS, ACTIVITY BOOKS for kids and ARTEMIS.

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ARTEMIS- ARTEMIS is an innovative piece of art which is practical in a number of ways. It is an Iphone Charging Dock, a Vase, a Pen Holder and a Business card holder all at the same time.

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Elephant Pie is live on Indiegogo and you can pledge today to get hold of these creative products.


    






January 03 2014

07:15

Heavy metal subculture of Botswana photographed by Franck Marshall

Heavy metal subculture of Botswana photographed by Franck Marshall

Somehow through time and space, ’80′s Heavy Metal’ met ‘Cowboy’ and took root in Botswana and something new was born. South African photographer Franck Marshall documents a subculture he calls ‘The Renegades,’ which grew from a classic rock band that was formed in Botswana in the 70s and evolved through the decades. The subjects are one part Mad Max and one part Macho Man Randy savage, but all metal.

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The post Heavy metal subculture of Botswana photographed by Franck Marshall appeared first on Lost At E Minor: For creative people.

January 02 2014

15:07

David Adjaye designs office campus for new 65-hectare development in Uganda

News: architect David Adjaye has designed an office campus featuring ten conical towers as the centrepiece of a new 65-hectare urban development under construction in Kampala, Uganda. (more...)

December 20 2013

10:53

Rocket Internet partners with operator MTN to invest $400m in startups in Middle East and Africa

rocket crop Rocket Internet partners with operator MTN to invest $400m in startups in Middle East and AfricaRocket Internet is increasing its focus on the Middle East after it announced plans to pump €300 million (around $410 million) in the region and Africa via two new projects with South Africa carrier MTN.

The companies are creating two joint ventures – Africa Internet Holding (AIH), announced this week, and Middle East Internet Holding (MEIH) – which will function like incubators to create new Internet businesses. Rocket Internet already has a presence in both regions — via lifestyle sales site Namchi, Uber-clone Easytaxi and others — and the new organization will “develop existing ventures… and launch new companies even faster and more successfully,” according to Rocket Internet co-founder Oliver Samwer.

AIH is expected to be up and running in the first quarter of 2014, with MEIH following in the second quarter. Rocket Internet tells us the investments are being made wholly by MTN.

Image via John A. Davis / Shutterstock

December 13 2013

07:53

Tippi Degré: the little girl who grew up with African wildlife

Tippi Degré: the little girl who grew up with African wildlife

Tippi Degré had quite the amazing childhood. Imagine growing up with wildlife photographers as parents, roaming the African landscape, and making friends with wild animals wherever you go.

This was Tippi’s childhood. Since there were no children around, Tippi became friends with many of the incredible African animals, such as elephants, ostriches, crocodiles, a baby zebra, a cheetah, snakes, and even lion cubs. When she wasn’t playing with animals, Tippi was spending time with the Namibian tribespeople. Tippi’s photographer parents compiled images of her life in Africa into a 1998 book entitled Tippi of Africa.

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The post Tippi Degré: the little girl who grew up with African wildlife appeared first on Lost At E Minor: For creative people.

December 10 2013

08:00

Education centre in Rwanda built from brick and wicker by Dominikus Stark Architekten

Red brick buildings wrap around an elevated piazza at this education centre in Rwanda by German office Dominikus Stark Architekten (+ slideshow). (more...)

November 22 2013

13:40

Underwater hotel room opens off the coast of Zanzibar

Holidaymakers can now spend nights sleeping beneath the surface of the ocean at this partially submerged hotel suite in the Zanzibar archipelago (+ movie). (more...)

November 12 2013

06:00
UPP is a fuel cell charger for smartphones and other devices, but it’s also destined for integration
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If you own a smartphone or a tablet there’s a pretty good chance that you aren’t very impressed by the battery life; while processing power and storage advances continue apace,... Keep reading →

October 28 2013

11:56

StartupBus is taking its ‘hackathon on wheels’ to Africa for the first time

1655 520x330 StartupBus is taking its ‘hackathon on wheels’ to Africa for the first timeStartupBus has been delivering epic road journeys for startups and developers across the US and Europe since 2009, and now the initiative is hitting Africa for the first time.

From 17 to 21 November, StartupBus will roll across African soil starting in Harare in Zimbabwe, before ending up in Cape Town, South Africa. Out of more than 200 applicants, 15 African and 15 international entrepreneurs were selected to participate in this journey and will be accompanied by 10 mentors, as well as members of the media.

During the trip, the participants will conceive, build, and launch their startup with a focus on healthcare, mobile and energy. Richard Branson will attend the final pitch of StartupBus Africa in Cape Town via Google Hangouts.

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Tags: Africa Insider

October 25 2013

11:24
Wikimedia is piloting a Wikipedia-via-SMS service that could connect millions of offline readers
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Wikipedia is an invaluable repository of information on the web, but until now it’s been nearly impossible to access offline without leveraging a third-party app or extension. To solve this... Keep reading →

October 17 2013

10:59

It Began in Africa

Frank Marshall,
Death, 2008,
photograph.
Courtesy Art Africa Ltd.

For a taster of contemporary African art, look no further than London’s cultural institution; Somerset House. Until Sunday, 20 October, during the all-encompassing Frieze Art Fair, you will have the opportunity to see and engage with a plethora of artists represented by over fifteen galleries from Africa and beyond at the 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair. We Heart took a look at what has been described as a ‘stepping-stone’ dedicated to contemporary African art in the West. A taster, if you like, of originality, thinking and passion in the guise of painting, sculpture, literature and film.

The entire David Adjaye-designed right wing of Somerset house has been dedicated to the fair. Two years in the planning by art lover and director Touria El Glaoui, the conversation about emerging economies and their role in the contemporary art world is now in full flow. Paris-based gallery Magnin-A, a patron of African and emerging continents since 1989, showcases paintings by ‘billboard’ artist Chéri Samba and mixed-media artist Kura Shomali – both from The Republic of Congo, they capture the political chaos of their homelands uniquely. London-based Jack Bell Gallery, representing Abidjan born artist Aboudia is showcasing his large-scale, heavily-layered canvases, themes of advertising, capitalism and commercialism emerging from his work. With a sympathetic brutality, Aboudia’s paintings present local neighbourhoods affected by civil-war and violence.

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair — Somerset House, London

Photo © We Heart

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair — Somerset House, London

Cameron Platter
Courtesy Art Africa Ltd.

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair — Somerset House, London

Untitled, 2013
Acrylic, mixed media on canvas 125×200cm
Image courtesy Jack Bell Gallery

First Floor Gallery Herare in Zimbabwe presents portraits by Richard Butler-Bowson. The Cape Town-born ‘citizen of the world’ has travelled far and wide on a quest to paint fellow Africans on his travels. Although somewhat haunting, his portraits are incredibly engaging and complex – removing any hierarchy from his subjects, each portrait remains unique and magnetic. Another notable gallery is the Seattle-based M.I.A., director Mariane Ibrahim-Lenhardt has created a show for 1:54 that focuses on men – the ‘power man’, the ‘homo-erotic man’, the ‘expressive man’ – as a point of conversation in a male-dominated world.

The exhibition is an accomplished and fascinating treat for Western eyes, although with the support of international galleries – the art on offer is rarely groundbreaking. It is highly sellable though, and a great introduction to new collectors who have not yet discovered contemporary African art. On my last visit to South Africa (Johannesburg and Cape Town), I encountered a handful of extremely original artists, which I wish I could have seen here (Paul du Toit, Mary Sibande and a whole host of Southern Guild artists). This, however, is not a criticism, merely an observation that implies Africa, as a continent, is vast and plentiful in terms of art and creativity. We have much yet to see, and here’s hoping we do.

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1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair — Somerset House, London

Zak Ové
Time Thief, 2010
Mixed Media Antique African mask
Various found objects,
210x75cm
Photo © We Heart

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair — Somerset House, London

Vincent Michéa
Courtesy Art Africa Ltd.

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair — Somerset House, London

[L] Chéri Samba,
Lettre de la C.P.I. 2013
Acrylic on canvas 135x200cm
[R] Gonçalo Mabunda
Untitled, Throne, 2013,
Decommissioned, welded-arms
98x99x55cm
Photo © We Heart

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair — Somerset House, London

Hassan Hajjaj
waiting, 2001
photograph and mixed tins,
129.5 x 94cm
Photo © We Heart

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair — Somerset House, London

Ransome Stanley
The Purpose, 2012
Oil on canvas, 100 x 100 cm
Courtesy Art Africa Ltd.

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair — Somerset House, London

Cyprien Tokoudagba
Agbogbolinsou, 2007
acrylic on canvas, 13×153
Photo © We Heart

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair — Somerset House, London

Photo © We Heart

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair — Somerset House, London


Courtesy Art Africa Ltd.

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair — Somerset House, London

Photo © We Heart

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