Why canceling YouTube’s MrBeast after building 100 wells in Africa is not smart
18 November 2023 | 5:02 pm
YouTube's blockbuster creator MrBeast has released a video in which he claims he built 100 wells across Africa. While such a philanthropic endeavor might seem commendable, it unexpectedly ignited a storm of backlash from Kenyan activists and journalists. What are the unintended effects of the YouTuber's actions?
September 4, 2023
September 11, 2023
September 5, 2023
September 9, 2023
July 2023 saw the third edition of a fashion competition in Paris called Africa Fashion Up. It aims to give a platform to young, up-and-coming African talent. Five designers from across the continent presented their collections at the Musée du Quai Branly, as they celebrated local craftsmanship with a global appeal. The winner, Aristide Loua, is an Ivorian who lived in France before returning to his home country, where he spent two years reacclimatising before embracing fashion. FRANCE 24 went to meet him and the other designers.
Africa accounts for only about four percent of global emissions but bears the brunt of the consequences of climate change. Millions are starving as a result of the ongoing drought in the Horn of Africa.
As the first-ever Africa Climate Summit kicks off on Monday in Nairobi, Kenya, some representatives in attendance are wondering whether the political elite will match their words with meaningful action.
Hundreds of millions of dollars are pledged to boost African carbon credit production at the opening day of a landmark climate summit for the continent, despite protesters in Nairobi warning the approach is flawed. Also, Gabon's new leader promises elections to restore civilian rule as he is sworn in as president less than a week after toppling his predecessor.
Military coups are resurging in Africa. A phenomenon that once plagued the continent. There have been over 70 coups in Africa since countries on the continent gained independence from colonial rule. Here are the African countries currently being led by military juntas.
Nigerian student, Oluyemi Sopade, and his team have emerged victorious in the annual Kids Innovation Challenge, hosted by The Destiny Trust. The team, all students at a local technical college, built an Arduino smart compost system capable of transforming food waste into manure.
Europe's influence in Africa is waning. Germany is now attempting a values-based approach, but without paternalism.
We look at a historic auto union strike in the US today against three major carmakers in what's been a summer of dissent. Also, we look at reactions in the Haitian and Dominican press after a row over a shared river led to border closures. Finally, we look at the laureates of the IG Nobel prizes, which are dedicated to quirky and weird scientific research!
A bus carrying employees from a diamond mine in Limpopo reportedly collided with a lorry. Road safety is a critical challenge in South Africa, despite the country's advanced road infrastructure.
Some rhinoceros species have showed an uptick for the first times in a decade, conservationists report. But illegal killings remain a threat across the continent.
The UN chief has called it an epidemic of coups. In Africa, since 2020, military officers have seized power, or attempted to do so, in numerous sub-Saharan countries. Just in the last two and a half months, soldiers in Gabon announced a takeover of power, while in Niger, members of the presidential guard detained President Mohamed Bazoum and announced that they were seizing power.
3 hours ago
At COP28 in Dubai, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz called for a phase out of fossil fuels, the US announced $3 billion in new climate funding and France pushed for nuclear energy as a way to reduce emissions.
3 hours ago
South Korea has been ramping up its surveillance capabilities in order to gain a strategic edge over North Korea. The move comes after North Korea launched a satellite of its own in violation of UN resolutions.
4 hours ago
Early drafts of the COP28 agreement refer to the "phasedown/out" of fossil fuels, which are responsible for most climate emissions. The final wording will likely be disputed. What's the difference — and does it matter?
4 hours ago
Britain and Rwanda have inked a new treaty aimed at rescuing failed plans for the UK to deport asylum-seekers. A top court ruling had blocked the policy, saying it violated human rights laws enshrined in UK legislation.
7 hours ago
After the military burned down their village, one community describe their efforts to survive in a diplaced person's camp on the fringes of the jungle in the Sagaing region.
7 hours ago
Junta-led Mali, Burkina Faso, and Niger have ditched the G5 anti-jihadist force. Experts say their intended confederation to tackle Islamist insurgents in the Sahel is bound to fail unless they mend ties with ECOWAS.
Get the latest news delivered straight to your inbox every day of the week. Stay informed with the Guardian’s leading coverage of Nigerian and world news, business, technology and sports.