How WhatsApp is used and misused in Africa

“WHEN I OPEN my phone, I am swamped by news,” says Matthew Stanley, a driver in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital. He scrolls through WhatsApp, a messaging service, bringing up a slick video forwarded into his church group. In a tone befitting a trailer for a horror film, the narrator falsely claims that Muhammadu Buhari, Nigeria’s Muslim president, is plotting to kill Christians.

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East Africa: Man Behind Shadowy Kenyan Firm That Took Dar for Sh18 Billion Ride

[Nation] A shadowy Kenyan firm took Tanzania President John Magufuli’s administration for a ride after it signed a Sh18 billion deal to buy the country’s cashew nuts, promising to wire the funds in “three days, only for it to go under.

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Protests are making a comeback in the Arab world

THE MANTRA of the Arab spring is back. “The people want the regime to go,” chant hundreds of thousands of protesters in Algeria, hoping to end the 20-year rule of Abdelaziz Bouteflika. Their cries are echoed in Sudan, where three months of demonstrations have rattled the regime of Omar al-Bashir, the leader for three decades

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South Africa: Why Anti-Vaccine Beliefs Spread So Fast On the Internet

[The Conversation Africa] There’s been a recent increase globally in outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases. This can be seen in recent measles outbreaks in parts of the world where it was thought to have been eradicated.

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Nigeria: Desperation to Hold Power Fuels Conflict, Says Jonathan

[Guardian] Abuja -”There is a vicious cycle in Africa where the struggle for political power leads to conflicts that bring up poor governance and create hardship which fuels the struggle for change of leadership, thus creating further conflicts and poor leadership.”

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