Jessica Nabongo completes quest to visit every country in the world

(CNN) — Some people set records by jumping the highest or running the fastest. But for Jessica Nabongo, a UN employee turned travel blogger, it’s by becoming the first black woman of African descent to visit every country on Earth and document it. Having already been to 60 countries, in 2016 she set out to visit all 193 countries in the world. On October 6, she claimed on her Instagram page to have arrived at the last on her list, Seychelles. “Welcome to the Seychelles!! Country 195 of 195! So…

The award-winning photo that could keep rhinos alive

(CNN) — It’s a shocking image: A huge rhinoceros pinned to the ground while a grimacing man shreds a power saw through its horn, white shards shooting off in a blur of high speed. The photograph, taken by 20-year-old student Neville Kgaugelo Ngomane, shows the radical lengths that are now being taken to protect vulnerable rhinos from the poachers who hunt them down for their horns. Though it seems cruel, this is now a standard practice in some parts of Africa to keep rhinos alive. Robbed of the horns that…

Prince Harry, Meghan and Archie arrive in South Africa

When Prince Harry and Meghan Markle touch down in Cape Town, they will be landing in an unequal city in the world’s most unequal country. There is the Cape Town the world knows: Table Mountain; the wineries; the spectacular beaches. And then there is the other side of Cape Town, where murder rates are high and gang violence grips communities.  “They are holding the community hostage,” said Abdul Waheem Martin, the leader of an ambulance crew that services the Cape Flats. “If you are looking at these areas, every person’s…

Uganda Airlines relaunches nearly 20 years after it vanished

Entebbe, Uganda (CNN) — After a delay to flights that lasted nearly 20 years, Uganda Airlines has once again taken to the skies above Africa, restoring its status as the country’s national carrier. Commercial services resumed on Tuesday with a flight from Entebbe to Nairobi in neighboring Kenya that the airline hoped will usher in a profitable new era for the formerly debt-ridden brand. Uganda Airline said its fleet of twin-engined Bombardier CRJ-900 regional jet airliners will soon connect to destinations including Dar-es-Salaam in Tanzania, Mogadishu in Somalia and Juba…

Haneefah Adam turns food into art you can eat

Lagos, Nigeria (CNN) — Most people dispose of their food leftovers, but in Nigerian-born visual artist Haneefah Adam’s kitchen, they’re put to good use. Adam, 28, is famous for presenting food in creative ways, using it to make portraits and other works of art. A portrait made with dry fish, pepper, amala (cooked yam flour) and ewedu soup (cooked corchorus leaves). Haneefah Adam “I have always been artistic,” she tells CNN. “Growing up, my mother said I had a flair for art.” A medical scientist by training, Adam first made…

New dinosaur species found in South African museum

(CNN) — A new species of dinosaur has been discovered, after being misidentified and kept in a museum collection for several decades. The dinosaur’s remains, which were found in South Africa in 1978 and were being kept in a collection at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, had been identified as a Massospondylus — a dinosaur from the Early Jurassic period. However, after a team of researchers from London’s Natural History Museum and the University of Witwatersrand reassessed the specimen, they realized the bones and skull belonged to an entirely…

Life inside the world’s worst traffic jam

Lagos, Nigeria (CNN) — Lagos traffic is so snarled and gridlocked that a recent trip from the airport to Ajah, on Lagos Island — a journey shorter than 50 kilometers — took me eight hours. That was two hours longer than my flight from Istanbul to Nigeria. Welcome to traffic and travel Lagos-style, where the roads are clogged and millions of commuters are choked with frustration about the daily hassle in Nigeria’s commercial capital and Africa’s fifth largest economy. The city is unhealthily crowded. Despite being the smallest state in…

SUDAN TREADING ON DANGEROUS GROUND

More than  a month after the Sudanese Armed Forces deposed president Omar El Bashir, the ruling military council and opposition groups are yet to reach an agreement on the composition of the transitional government. While opposition groups and protesters want a swift transition from the council to a purely civilian rule. The military on its side wants half or majority of the transition cake. The stalemate grinds on and now there are incidences of use of live ammunition and injuries outside the military headquarters in Khartoum. A revolution of a…

ANC Won and Lost

It is one of the most famous political parties around the globe, and deservedly so. It pulled South Africa out of the jaws of apartheid in 1994, and steered it to democratization. 25 years on however, the African National Congress (ANC) risks becoming a shell of its former self. Its support base is declining and opposition outfits are annexing a larger chunk of the support base, chiefly because of the corruption allegations leveled against the senior members of the ruling party. These grounds pressured former president Jacob Zuma to step…

AFRICA ON THE MOVE

When the Arab Spring uprising hit the top gear in January 2011, some observers doubted its ability to deliver any meaningful result. Not so long after, regional strongmen that had stayed in power for decades started falling. The success in one country inspired an uprising in another one. Tunisia toppled Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, Egypt parted ways with Hosni Mubarak while Libya brought Gaddafi to his knees. The Arab world does not have areal democracy, but people made a statement here that they were fed up with authoritarian rule…