Omar Mohammed

Tanzania reporter for Bloomberg and a 2016/17 ICFJ Knight Fellow. Formerly of Quartz and a 2014/2015 Hubert H. Humphrey Fulbright Fellow

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I am a Tanzanian journalist based in the country's commercial capital, Dar es Salaam.

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Bloomberg.com
06/13/2017
Tanzania's Acacia Spat Shows Deepening Battle With Business

Tanzanian President John Magufuli's escalating battles with business risk alienating the very investors he needs to drive his multi-billion dollar industrialization policy. On Monday, the 57-year-old leader ratcheted up his dispute with miners by accusing Acacia Mining Plc of operating illegally in Tanzania and insisting the government is owed billions of shillings of unpaid taxes.

Bloomberg.com
06/12/2017
Tanzanian Government Accuses Acacia of Mining Gold Illegally

Acacia dispute deepens in country where it mines all its gold Barrick unit has said it will have to close mine in country Tanzania's government accused Acacia Mining Plc of operating illegally in the East African country and said mining companies have been evading taxes. Acacia's shares slumped.

Bloomberg.com
06/23/2017
Tanzania Opens Telecom IPOs to Foreigners as Vodacom Stalls

Tanzania will allow foreign investors to buy shares in telecommunications companies listing on the domestic stock exchange, after an initial public offering by the country's biggest mobile operator stalled. Changes will be introduced in the legislation currently before parliament, Finance Minister Philip Mpango told lawmakers Thursday in the capital, Dodoma.

Bloomberg.com
05/24/2017
Tanzanian President Fires Mines Minister After Minerals Audit

Tanzanian President John Magufuli fired Mines Minister Sospeter Muhongo after an audit of containers of mineral sands showed exports had been understated. An investigation initiated by Magufuli in March found that 277 containers held as much as 15.5 metric tons of gold, instead of the 1.1 tons that had been declared, the president said Wednesday in a speech broadcast live on state television.

Bloomberg.com
03/21/2017
World Bank Lobbies for Capital Boost Despite Trump's Budget Cuts

World Bank President Jim Yong Kim said it's important the U.S. vote to replenish the development lender's capital even after President Donald Trump proposed slashing foreign aid. "For us to not get a capital increase and step back from middle-income countries, we think will be bad for the world," Kim said in an interview in Tanzania's commercial capital, Dar es Salaam.

Bloomberg.com
03/24/2017
Tanzania Leader Warns Media After Minister Fired Over TV Dispute

Tanzanian President John Magufuli warned media organizations against "inflammatory" reporting, a day after he fired a cabinet minister who defended press freedom. "Media owners, let me tell you: Be careful. Watch it," Magufuli said Friday in the commercial capital, Dar es Salaam. "If you think you have that kind of freedom -- not to that extent."

Bloomberg.com
04/18/2017
Vodacom Tanzania Gets Go Ahead to Extend IPO by Three Weeks

Company is offering 25% after government demanded listing Offer period runs until May 11, listing likely on June 6 Vodacom Group Ltd. 's Tanzania unit received regulatory approval to extend the deadline of its share sale for three weeks, allowing investors more time to take part in the country's biggest initial public offering to date.

Bloomberg.com
04/13/2017
Vodacom Tanzania May Seek IPO Extension, Foreign Involvement

Uptake of shares is 'still below target,' according to adviser IPO to raise $213 million is biggest in Tanzanian history Vodacom Group 's Tanzanian unit is considering asking market regulators to extend the deadline of its initial public offering and allow foreign participation because it's under-subscribed, the lead adviser said.

Bloomberg.com
03/20/2017
World Bank Says Days of Telling Africa What to Do Are Over

The days of debt crises and the World Bank telling African nations what to do are over, according to the lender's president. "One of the things we will never go back to is the bad old days where countries were in debt crises," World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim said in an interview in Tanzania's commercial capital, Dar es Salaam, on Monday.

Bloomberg.com
03/08/2017
Vodacom Tanzania Begins IPO as CEO Sees Industry Consolidation

Vodacom Group Ltd.'s Tanzanian unit will begin an initial public offering on Thursday, the first in a series of listings expected on the domestic exchange that may spur mergers and acquisitions, Managing Director Ian Ferrao said.

Bloomberg.com
02/28/2017
Vodacom's Tanzania Unit Plans to Raise $213 Million in Debut IPO

Vodacom Group Ltd. 's Tanzanian unit plans to raise 476 billion shillings ($213 million) in a share sale, the first of a series of initial public offerings by telecommunications companies on the domestic stock exchange this year.

Bloomberg.com
02/16/2017
Tanzania Power Issues Casts Shadow on $12 Billion Debt Plan

Government mulls $800 million Eurobond offering this year Utility's debt problems may weigh on planned credit rating For investors considering financing Tanzania's proposed 27.6 trillion-shilling ($12.3 billion) borrowing program, the government's handling of its power utility's debt problems may give pause for thought.

Bloomberg.com
02/03/2017
Mota, Yapi Will Bid for More Tanzania Projects After Rail Deal

Companies awarded $1.2 billion rail-construction contract Turkish president's visit to Tanzania facilitated deal Portuguese construction company Mota-Engil SGPS SA and Turkish builder Yapi Merkezi Insaat VE Sanayi As will bid for more railway projects in Tanzania after winning a $1.2 billion contract in the East African country.

Quartz
12/07/2015
South Africa's credit rating is now only a level above junk status

South Africa's economy has been struggling for a while now. And things are just getting worse. Two of the three major credit ratings firms issued depressing indictments of the state of the country's economy last week. Fitch cut South Africa's credit rating to just above junk status while Standard and Poor's (S&P) lowered its outlook...

Quartz
12/17/2015
The single biggest challenge for investors in Africa

As Africa's growth continues to attract investors, both foreign and domestic, a key challenge has emerged-a lack of top executive talent to take over the jobs that these investments create, according to a recent survey from Russell Reynolds Associates, a global headhunting outfit. "Scarcity of talent is very much on the mind of all corporations," a...

Quartz
12/25/2015
Why the NBA should stop basketball fans from picking All-Star starters

Each year, basketball fans all over the world vote for the starters in the National Basketball Association's (NBA) All-Star Game-meant to showcase the best players of the season. But the results of this year's vote shows once again why fans may not the best judges of the All-Star lineup.

Quartz
12/30/2016
Tanzania's cybercrime law is beginning to bite on social media

On the morning of Dec. 13 2016, the police summoned Maxence Melo, a co-founder of JamiiForums, a popular online platform in Tanzania, and promptly arrested him. Melo spent a week in jail. He was later charged with obstruction of justice for refusing to divulge JamiiForums user data and operating a website not registered in Tanzania.

Quartz
06/15/2015
Tanzania's president Kikwete struggles to convince activists over press laws

President Jakaya Kikwete is not going into his retirement in peace. As he prepares to leave office in 2016, the passage of the Statistics and Cyber Crimes bills have led to accusations that his government is criminalizing journalism and turning something as innocuous as creating a meme online into a potential illegal act.

Quartz
07/15/2015
Africa's major currencies have been taking a beating this year

Over the last few months, the value of some African currencies have been decimated. "It's been a sub-Saharan bloodbath in 2015, "says Aly Khan Satchu an analyst who runs an investment firm in Nairobi. "This sell-off has trashed petro-currencies like the Angola Kwanza and the [Nigerian] Naira is holding on by its fingernails but collapsing...

Quartz
12/18/2015
Jacob Zuma's erratic leadership has done long-term harm to South Africa's economic future

By all accounts, president Jacob Zuma's decision to change his finance minister twice in the space of a week rattled investors. While the reappointment of Pravin Gordhan has calmed the markets for now, Zuma's unpredictable behavior continues to impact negatively on Africa's second largest economy. "Zuma's Treasury reshuffles will be remembered as one of the...

Quartz
07/26/2015
Why Africa loves Obama-and it's not why you might think

As Barack Obama makes what is likely to be his last presidential trip to Africa, an interesting narrative has emerged about his relationship with the continent: He has been a huge disappointment. The first black president-or the first Kenyan-American president, as he describes himself-has done less for the land of his father's birth than his predecessor,...

Quartz
06/01/2015
Dear Europe: No, you can't have 'your' football back, signed Africa

Like most right-thinking people, I don't condone corruption and abhor anyone responsible for ruining the integrity of the game that we love. But a troubling narrative has emerged out of the FIFA corruption scandal. The story starts with the suggestion FIFA chief Sepp Blatter had been able to maintain his stranglehold at the top of world football...

Quartz
12/18/2015
Jacob Zuma's erratic leadership has done long-term harm to South Africa's economic future

By all accounts, president Jacob Zuma's decision to change his finance minister twice in the space of a week rattled investors. While the reappointment of Pravin Gordhan has calmed the markets for now, Zuma's unpredictable behavior continues to impact negatively on Africa's second largest economy. "Zuma's Treasury reshuffles will be remembered as one of the...

Quartz
07/28/2015
In Ethiopia, Obama and the United States stand in China's long shadow

When US president Barack Obama speaks in front of the African Union in Ethiopia today (July 28), he will address the delegation at the organization's new, shiny headquarters-built by the Chinese. The symbolism aptly demonstrates the challenge that America faces in Africa. While the president is beloved on the continent, he and the US are...

Quartz
08/04/2015
A Chinese media company is taking over East Africa's booming pay-TV market

MultiChoice's DStv used to be the powerhouse of Africa's pay-TV market. Not anymore. The South African media company finds itself being challenged for supremacy by a new and cheaper option in the form of China's StarTimes. In Africa's largest economy, Nigeria, StarTimes has reportedly knocked MultiChoice off from its top spot as the biggest provider.

Quartz
05/31/2015
Binyavanga on how Nollywood can inspire the revival of African publishing

In the winter of 2005, Granta, the self-described British magazine of new writing, published an essay by a little known Kenyan writer named Binyavanga Wainaina. Like an instruction manual, "How to Write about Africa" began with a simple tip: "Always use the word 'Africa' or 'Darkness' or 'Safari' in your title."

Quartz
07/21/2015
Charts showing president Jakaya Kikwete's economic legacy in Tanzania

After ten years in power, Jakaya Kikwete's presidency is coming to an end this October. With John Magufuli as the new Chama Cha Mapinduzi's (CCM) standard bearer and the likely next president of Tanzania, Kikwete is increasingly becoming what Americans like to refer to as a lame duck.

Quartz
08/04/2015
Africa's millionaires are in Nigeria, Egypt, South Africa with some in Kenya too

It's beginning to sound like a broken record, but the Africa rising mantra increasingly rings true. While there may be debate about the nature of the economic development and whether it's structurally transformational, what is clear, however, is that there is new wealth being created across the continent.

Quartz
08/05/2015
Tanzania's wealth per capita has increased 92% over the last 15 years

The state of the Tanzanian economy, east Africa's second largest, is a study in contradiction. Wealth per capita-that is, the value of assets owned on average by an individual in Tanzania-is $480. Just to get some perspective, the global average is $27,600. For a comparison from closer to home, consider that in Mauritius, wealth per capita...

Quartz
08/18/2015
These two companies are looking to change the way Africans watch movies

Naspers, the South African media conglomerate, is one of the leaders of Africa's pay-TV market. And now, it wants a piece of the region's growing mobile content business. The company is in talks with Vodacom, the pan-African telecom firm partly owned by UK's Vodafone, to distribute video from Naspers' pay-TV platform, MultiChoice, on mobile devices.

Quartz
08/11/2015
What Air Zimbabwe's one-passenger flight says about African airlines' woes

First it was Kenya Airways announcing its worst losses ever. And now Air Zimbabwe is struggling as well. Things have become so bad that one of its flights flew from Johannesburg to Victoria Falls last month carrying just one single passenger, the world chess grandmaster Nigel Short: https://twitter.com/nigelshortchess/status/621345792524165120 Africa's national carriers are not having the best...

Quartz
08/19/2015
Google is bringing cheap smartphones to Africa, but it has a problem: China got there first

With annual smartphone sales in Africa projected to go above 120 million by 2020, global firms are fighting to offer the cheapest handsets on the market. Currently, 20% of smartphones sold in Africa cost less than $100. Enter Google, which this week introduced its Android One line of devices to Africa with the launch of the Infinix Hot 2 handset...

Quartz
06/01/2015
Charted: How electricity problems are limiting growth in many African countries

A lot of the chatter about Africa's moment of economic lift-off have revolved around the mobile revolution happening in the region. But true economic transformation, the kind that will lift all boats, will only happen once the continent solves its power problems. The lack of reliable power is causing huge difficulties for entrepreneurs in the region, raising...

Quartz
08/27/2015
As the global economy hits speed bumps, Africa's rise slows down

Sub-Saharan Africa's major economies are struggling. Nigeria's economy, the continent's largest, expanded just 2.3% in the second quarter, compared to 3.9% a year earlier, according to the country's National Bureau of Statistics. http://atlas.qz.com/charts/E1eFROIn Meanwhile, Africa's second largest economy, South Africa, contracted, declining 1.3% compared to the previous quarter, raising fears that a recession may be on its way.

Quartz
06/06/2015
In South Africa and Nigeria, banks want to be phone companies-in Kenya, the phone company is...

There has been so much discussion about the impact of the mobile phone on the financial industry in African countries but this tweet by former bank boss Michael Jordaan, who is now a venture capitalist, best sums things up: https://twitter.com/MichaelJordaan/status/608187300766470145 FNB Connect is the new "virtual mobile network" launched by the South African bank that...

Quartz
06/01/2015
Sorry Ronaldo-despite tax woes, Messi is still the MVP

Lionel Messi has had a transcendent season. In 38 games for Barcelona in the Spanish Primera División, he scored 43 goals and assisted for 18 others. In all competitions, his tally stands at 56 goals and 27 assists. He literally won everything-the Spanish league title, the Champions league and the Copa del Rey.

Quartz
09/04/2015
Africa is minting millionaires but the poor aren't getting any richer

Africans are getting richer. In their latest look at Africa's monied class, the research firm New World Wealth reveals that there are 163,000 millionaires across the continent, that is, people with assets worth at least $1 million. This millionaire class boasts a combined wealth of US$670 billion, says New World.

Quartz
09/01/2015
Here's why Kenya keeps dominating the world of athletics

Kenya is on top of the world. As the world athletics championships wrapped up in Beijing on Sunday (August 30th), Kenyan athletes managed to top the overall winners table with a total of 16 medals: seven gold, six silver and three bronze. Country Gold Silver Bronze Total Kenya 7 6 3 16 Jamaica 7 2 3...

Quartz
09/22/2015
Tanzania's presidential race is not as tight as previously thought-not even close

In what has been described as the most competitive presidential campaign in Tanzania's history, presidential candidate John Magufuli of the ruling party Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) has established a significant lead, a new poll shows. The survey released today (Sept. 22) by the nonprofit civic organization Twaweza-thus far the only public poll on the current election-shows...

Quartz
10/01/2015
In Tanzania's election, it's the cartoonists who are capturing what matters to voters

It's been a drama-filled election season in Tanzania. A former president has branded the opposition "idiots." One candidate took to doing pushups to demonstrate his fitness to be president. Another suggested he was worthy of support based on his religion. Meanwhile, a parliamentarian trying to hang onto his seat physically assaulted one of his challengers.

Quartz
10/02/2015
The one bright spot in some exceedingly gloomy African M&A data

The world remains ravenous for big M&A deals. This year alone has seen a 21% jump in the value of deals compared to the same time last year, totaling $21 trillion. But for Africa and the Middle East, things are not looking so rosy. For the first three quarters of 2015 the region has claimed a...

Quartz
10/14/2015
In 23 years, youth labor participation in Africa has grown exactly 0%

The Africa rising mantra has been repeated so many times that it has become almost sacrilegious to question it. It's not like there is no evidence to back up the claim. The continent has seen impressive economic growth over the last decade. There is indisputable new wealth being created.

Quartz
10/17/2015
Leaked documents indicate the US is running a drone war against terrorism in Africa

The US government has been running a "shadow war" from outposts in Africa using drones and manned aircrafts to strike targets in the region. So reports the Intercept, citing a leaked internal 2013 Pentagon study. Through a unit called Task Force 48-4, the US Africa Command, or Africom-the umbrella organization for US army activities on the continent-carried...

Quartz
11/13/2015
Africa has the world's fastest-growing labor force but needs jobs growth to catch up

Over the last five years, Africa has seen the highest rate of population growth at about 2.5% annually and by 2050 a quarter of the world's population will be on the continent. Put another way, of the 2.4 billion new people on the planet by 2050, 1.3 billion of them will come from the continent, based on data from the...

Quartz
11/30/2015
Kobe Bryant's earning power is even more spectacular than his dunks

The NBA is about to lose one of its best-and most bankable-players. When Kobe Bryant retires at the end of this season, he will leave behind a formidable legacy, measured in both points and dollars. Bryant's on-court exploits for the Los Angeles Lakers are unrivalled among active players: five NBA championships, two Olympic gold medals, and 17...

Quartz
12/09/2015
Google is opening shop in South Africa's crowded digital music market

Where Apple goes, Google will follow. Well, perhaps only this one time. The search giant introduced its Google Play Music in South Africa on Tuesday (Dec. 8) entering a competitive market for on-demand music streaming services that also includes Apple Music. "Starting today, local music fans will have an unlimited pass to a huge library of...

Quartz
12/04/2015
Ghana attracts more investor dollars per capita than economic giant Nigeria

Over the last decade, impact investment in Africa has emerged as one of the go to play for investors who want to make money while doing good. Despite growing economies and an emerging middle class, the continent is still struggling to meet its people's demand for better public services.

Quartz
12/10/2015
Jacob Zuma is taking South Africa's economy from bad to worse

South African president Jacob Zuma abruptly fired his finance minister Nhlanhla Nene yesterday (Dec. 9). He was replaced by David Van Rooyen, a relative unknown lawmaker with little experience in government. The episode heaps more uncertainty onto an already faltering economy. Nene was finance chief for only 18 months, and the government provided no immediate explanation for his removal.

Quartz
12/11/2015
The man in charge of saving South Africa's faltering economy has barely any finance experience

Until yesterday, few people had heard of David Van Rooyen. But he is suddenly one of the most talked about figures in African finance after South African president Jacob Zuma controversially appointed him the country's new finance chief. Van Rooyen is replacing the widely respected Nhlanhla Nene, who was abruptly dumped less than two years into his tenure late on Wednesday...

Quartz
12/14/2015
South Africa is on its third finance minister in less than a week

The drama that has enveloped Africa's second-largest economy over the past week shows no signs of letting up. In an embarrassing reversal, South African president Jacob Zuma replaced his controversial choice for new finance minister David van Rooyen on Sunday (Dec. 13), barely a week after appointing him, and instead tapped Pravin Gordhan (pictured above), the current...

Quartz
12/15/2015
Media companies finally understand: The future of African TV is mobile

For a while now, media companies in Africa have been betting that the continent's growing consumer class will pay for their premium pay-TV services. And for a while now, it's seemed like a decent bet. Revenue in the pay-TV market across sub-Saharan Africa has nearly doubled since 2010, topping $3.5 billion last year, and by...

Quartz
10/29/2015
The global commodities slump is hitting Africa hard

If you live by commodities, you will die by commodities. In Africa, this aphorism is becoming true in a devastating fashion. The continent's economies rode the global demand for commodities in the early part of this century to create some of the fastest economic growth in the world.

Quartz
10/23/2015
What to watch for in the most competitive election in Tanzanian history

It has been a barn-burner of an election campaign in Tanzania. We've seen high profile cross-party defections, dueling op-eds in the foreign press, mudslinging on Whatsapp, push-ups on the campaign trail, and much more. It has been the most vibrant campaign season since the onset of multiparty democracy in 1995.

Quartz
11/25/2015
This app is changing the way Tanzania reads the news

Tanzanians, like other Africans on the continent, are doing almost everything via their phones these days-from paying bills, depositing and transferring cash, to accessing loans. And now an app has introduced a new way for people to read newspapers. M-Paper is distributing printed editions directly to readers' phones.

Quartz
06/03/2015
A new census reveals the poaching crisis in Africa is worse than we thought

The Tanzanian government's census of elephants in the country reveals some devastating news: Since 2009, the country has lost close to 60% of its elephants. The minister of natural resources and tourism Lazaro Nyalandu blames poaching for the animals' ivory tusk as the primary reason for such high number of deaths.

Quartz
05/20/2015
South Africa mints plenty of new millionaires but isn't spreading the wealth

South Africa is the second biggest economy in Africa with an annual GDP of over $360 billion. It's also home to some of the continent's richest people. A new report by the New World Wealth, an information consulting services firm, says there are close to 47,000 "high net-worth individuals" (HNWI) in South Africa.

Quartz
06/05/2015
Women business leaders are knocking on the doors of Africa's boardrooms

Women business leaders in Africa say companies on the continent need to work harder at including female members on their boards, a new report (pdf) by the African Development Bank (AfDB) reveals. Africa's influential financial institution examined the boards of companies that are listed on the stock exchanges of 12 of the largest economies in the region.

Quartz
05/29/2049
Nigeria's tourism opportunity can be unlocked by local online booking platforms

In economic terms Nigeria is best known as Africa's largest economy and its number one oil producer, but unlike many other African countries, travel and tourism comes far down the list of GDP contributors. But as Internet penetration grows, even as poor road network infrastructure continues to make it difficult to get around, the rise of local...

Quartz
06/02/2015
What Blatter got right at FIFA: Understanding the global nature of the game

So the godfather of world football is dead. Well, not literally. But in stunning fashion, Sepp Blatter has announced that he would resign as president of FIFA. Even before today, plenty of people were asking how he managed to last this long in the role. And a key piece of the answer is the support...

Quartz
06/03/2015
Interpol is looking for six people connected to FIFA's corruption scandal

The global police organization has issued "international wanted person alerts" at the request of US authorities, who have charged the two former FIFA officials and four corporate executives with racketeering, conspiracy, and corruption. The so-called red notices are not arrest warrants-Interpol can't issue those-but they notify the agency's global member countries that another judicial authority has...

Quartz
05/18/2015
Why you should care who's in line to run Africa's development bank

This week, the African Development Bank (AfDB), the World Bank of Africa if you like, will elect a new president to replace Donald Kaberuka, a former Rwandan finance minister, who steps down on August 31st after a decade in charge. While the race to succeed Kaberuka remains unpredictable, three candidates stand out.

Quartz
06/04/2015
The NBA finals will be played on an increasingly global stage

When the NBA finals series tips off tonight, it'll pit two of the most popular players in the game. Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors, who was selected as the league's Most Valuable Player this year, will be going up against the four-time MVP Lebron James and his fellow Cleveland Cavaliers.

Quartz
05/28/2015
African Development Bank picks Nigeria's Adesina as its new president

Akinwumi Adesina, Nigeria's minister of agriculture and rural planning will succeed Rwanda's Donald Kaberuka as the next president of The African Development Bank (AfDB). In a tweet, he expressed gratitude for becoming only the 8th person to occupy the role. https://twitter.com/akin_adesina/status/603977096629719041 Dr. Adesina won over 60% of the vote, overcoming challenges from the former Chad minister of finance Kordjé...

Quartz
05/22/2015
With Morsi's sentence, the broken hope of the Arab Spring is now plain to see

As news of Mohamed Morsi's death sentence broke this week, it capped a stunning reversal of the Egyptian revolution. At one point the emblem of a peaceful overthrow of an autocratic ruler, what has happened since those electrifying scenes in Tahrir Square is a study of how power protects itself.

Quartz
05/19/2035
Delaying the elections in Burundi could be the best way to avoid fueling ethnic tensions

The situation in Burundi is deteriorating drastically with growing fears the government of embattled president Pierre Nkurunziza is trying to divide the country along ethnic lines. While the protests against Nkurunziza, who comes from the Hutu ethnic group, began in opposition to his pursuit of a third term, the New York Times reports that some...

Quartz
05/15/2015
Map: Africa still has love for America

Despite criticisms of president Barack Obama's policies in Africa, America still remains quite popular on the continent. In a just-released annual "US-Global Leadership Report" from Gallup, which measures people's perceptions of America's leadership in the world, Africa has the strongest approvals of the US of any region in the world, at 59%.

Quartz
05/14/2015
Cross-border deals between African businesses has been fueling local M&A activity this year

For a long while, cross-border merger and acquisitions activity in Africa has been a one-way street with buyers from outside Africa picking up 'risky' bargains on the continent. But increasingly, African companies are looking to expand from their respective countries and venturing into their neighboring countries in a sign of renewed self-confidence and belief in Africa's economic prospects.

Quartz
05/13/2015
Did East Africa's leaders just stage the coup in Burundi?

Early this morning, news started filtering in that an army general in the small east African country of Burundi had declared a coup. "President [Pierre] Nkurunziza is dismissed, his government is dismissed too," major general Godefroid Niyombare, the leader of the coup, proclaimed. The question is whether Niyombare is acting alone or is he doing this with...

Quartz
05/13/2015
How we may know there's a coup in Burundi: WhatsApp is reportedly working

A senior Burundian army official has declared a coup against the country's embattled president, Pierre Nkurunziza, the BBC is reporting. Major general Godefroid Niyombare was quoted by local radio saying that senior officers are "dismissing" the president and will form a "national salvation committee" to run the country.

Quartz
05/23/2015
Whoever wins the battle of the radio airwaves in Burundi will take all the spoils

Yesterday, it all seemed so straightforward. The former intelligence chief, major general Godefroid Niyombare, proclaimed the dismissal of president Pierre Nkurunziza, and told his countrymen that he will form a "national salvation committee" to run the country. All this was done in a relatively peaceful manner.

Quartz
05/06/2015
Not everyone is buying into the "Africa Rising" narrative

Conventional wisdom has it that Africa is the next frontier of the global economy. This narrative of "Africa Rising" is reflected in part by the growing rate of foreign direct investment (FDI) into the continent. According to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development's World Investment Report, 2013 alone saw FDI rise 4% to $57...

The Citizen
04/17/2015
MOHAMMED: Rolling back years of free press progress

Over the last decade, Tanzania's media space has opened up considerably. From mostly government and ruling party run media houses, the country has evolved to possess one of the most vibrant and diverse media environments on the continent. This shift explains why Freedom House, the US based watchdog organisation on issues around freedom, describes the country's press status as being "partly free."

Quartz
04/17/2015
Creating a meme on Twitter could send you to jail in Tanzania

The administration of Tanzanian president Jakaya Kikwete has been heavily criticized at home and abroad for actions that are threatening to roll back years of progress on press freedoms and it could get worse. Things began with the passage in parliament in late March of the Statistics Act that analysts say is in danger of criminalizing journalism making it illegal for anyone to...

Quartz
03/05/2015
Tanzania dumps English as its official language in schools, opts for Kiswahili

Tanzania is set to become the first sub-Saharan African country to use an African language as the medium of instruction throughout the schooling years. As part of far-reaching plans to reform education, President Jakaya Kikwete's administration announced last week that, going forward, education in Tanzania will have Kiswahili as the sole language of instruction.

Quartz
01/18/2015
The world is now watching African soccer

Perhaps the most colorful of international soccer tournaments, the African Cup of Nations began on Saturday in Bata, Equatorial Guinea. On the pitch, a new champion is guaranteed after Nigeria was knocked out in the qualifiers and millions will be tuning in to find out who it will be-many for the first time.

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Election fever in Tanzania rose a few degrees this past month, a little over a year before the presidential campaign officially kicks off.

Quartz
03/22/2047
Tanzania's president is warning his country terrorists may be in their midst

The drip, drip, drip, then eventual eruption of Boko Haram in Nigeria over the last few years has concentrated the world to the dangers of ignoring early signs of terrorism across Africa. One minute Boko Haram was being underestimated by the president as a bunch of disaffected thugs committing robberies and individual attacks, the next thing they were killing thousands...

Quartz
01/12/2015
Africa's best soccer player would rather be known as the best in the world

Would Yaya Touré be more celebrated a soccer player if he were European? Over the last three seasons, the Manchester City midfielder and Ivory Coast international, has been one of the main reasons to spend weekends watching the English Premier League. There are not that many players in the world that can do this on a wintry...

Quartz
04/02/2015
Kenya may have downplayed the threat of Al-Shabaab to protect its tourism industry

As Kenya grapples with the news of another devastating terror attack by the Somali militant group Al-Shabaab that has left 147 students dead and 79 injured, questions are starting to emerge as to why the Kenyan security services appeared to have caught so flat-footed. Terror attacks by their very nature always have an element of...

Quartz
01/26/2015
The six African elections to watch this year-and why

This year, 11 countries across Africa are holding key national elections, significant since it wasn't too long ago that the vast majority of the continent was run by a mix of military dictators and "president-for-lifers." And yet it is clear that the economic development everyone is counting on will not be possible without political stability.

The Arizona Republic
02/22/2015
Facts alone cannot full history

An Op-Ed published in the Arizona Republic where I discuss Ava DuVernay's "Selma" and argue that sometimes we need Art to get a deepened understanding of History.

Global Voices Online
10/23/2013
Only Football Divides Tanzania · Global Voices

When it comes to football rivalries, few in Africa are more intense than the one between Simba Sports Club and Young Africans. Both from the country's commercial capital, Dar es Salaam, they are the two biggest and oldest clubs in Tanzania.

Asu
02/02/2015
Should historical fiction be judged against the facts of history?

Should historical fiction be judged against the facts of history? This question came to the fore after the recent release of "Selma," a film chronicling the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. and the civil rights movement's fight to secure voting rights for African-Americans in the south.

Global Voices Online
09/13/2013
Tanzania's Parliament Turns Into a Boxing Ring · Global Voices

Over the last few years, Tanzania's parliament has become fodder for fantastic theatrics. Random eruptions of arguments followed by mass walkouts, usually by the opposition, has turned parliamentary sessions into must-watch television.

Asu
09/14/2014
Race, Ferguson and The Future of America

It ain't easy being black in America. A simple glance at the data will tell you why. Let's start with education. According to the National Centre for Education Statistics, high school graduation rates for blacks stand at 68% compared to 85% of their white counterparts.

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