You might not realize it with news coverage dominated by what’s going wrong, but Africa is rising. To help get your weekend started right, and to tip the media balance more toward the good news, here are some of our favorite stories from the past month:
The startup SafeBoda “operates mainly in the northern districts of Kampala, where a click on the SafeBoda app — in addition to the traditional method of hailing them on the street — will bring you a SafeBoda bike, complete with a uniformed driver in a bright orange jacket, helmet and fully trained in road safety. He’ll even have a helmet for you.”
With exports projected to reach $550 million by the end of next year, Ethiopia’s flower industry is a fast and successful diversification into non-traditional exports.
Started in 2009 by three students, the Ghana Bamboo Bikes Initiative is beginning to export bikes to other African countries.
The Nigerian capital market gained 8.30 per cent, its single biggest daily gain this year, after the country’s peaceful transition of power. With several more elections taking place on the continent this year, check out the African Leadership Transitions Tracker to learn more.
Ethiopia’s Genzebe Dibaba wins World Sportswoman of the Year award after breaking three world records, and South African rugby player Schalk Burger defies a life-threatening disease to win the Come-Back of the Year award at the Laureus World Sports Awards.
Google collaborated with former political prisoners to launch a comprehensive, narrated tour of Robben Island on Google Street View. Maybe this isn’t “news,” but it’s pretty cool.