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Arming Africa with science against COVID-19

Coronavirus Disease 2019, or COVID-19, is an infectious disease caused by a novel severe acute…

Literature in a time of pandemic: The view from an international PhD student

I was born and raised in Ghana, Accra, where my belly button remains buried and the place I still call home. For the last four…

By Christian Asante
Face au Coronavirus, l’Afrique doit capitaliser sur les acquis des récentes épidémies, notamment Ebola

5 minutes sur le Coronavirus avec le Docteur Alpha Kabinet Keita, Directeur adjoint du Centre de recherche et de formation en infectiologie de Guinée (CERFIG)…

By Next Einstein Forum
Arming Africa with science against COVID-19

Coronavirus Disease 2019, or COVID-19, is an infectious disease caused by a novel severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV2). The disease emerged in December 2019…

By Sara Suliman, Christophe Toukam Tchakoute and Catherine K. Koofhethile
Hello A(I)frica

The global rise of artificial intelligence holds both promise and danger, and Africa needs its own experts to balance the two, Eunice Kilonzo reports. “I…

By Eunice Kilonzo
Kenyan youth innovate their way out of poverty by recycling e-waste

In 2015, 27-year old Kenyan Shabaya Beche and his friends were wondering how to dispose of some old electronic equipment. Between them, they had old…

By Sophie Mbugua
When A is not for Apple

We learn to read by connecting letters and words with sounds and ideas we already know—so why do we teach African children using texts about…

By Connie Nshemereirwe
Three lessons from Nigeria on how to boost youth entrepreneurship

Youth unemployment is one of Africa’s biggest challenges, but compulsory entrepreneurship training can turn the continent’s job-seekers into job creators, writes Abiodun Egbetokun. Africa faces…

By Abiodun Egbetokun
African food processors battle for space in modern supermarkets

Gari—made of dried cassava flakes—is a common food staple in Ghana. Mixed with water, salt, sugar or condensed milk, it can be eaten with soups,…

By Jessica Ahedor
In drought-hit Zimbabwe, women turn to goats to save their livelihoods

It is after sunset in Chimanimani, a district in Zimbabwe’s eastern highlands, and Olinda Tuso is steering her buck Boer goat towards a corrugated iron…

By Lungelo Ndhlovu
Q&A: How prepared are African cities for pandemics?

African cities may seem chaotic compared to metropoles in other parts of the world. But they have an inner resilience that can serve them when…

By Munyaradzi Makoni
African elders’ knowledge vital to climate-proof global crops

Village elders in Africa played a crucial role in a global seed-collecting project that aims to bolster food security in a changing climate. Through cross-breeding…

By Maina Waruru
Cost and red tape stifle Africa’s HIV drug producers

Locally manufactured antiretroviral drugs could make devastating stock-outs a thing of the past. But pilot production projects are struggling to scale up, reports Christabel Ligami.…

By Christabel Ligami
Build bridges between Africa’s research islands

Small African countries are often overlooked by big international research funders, but pooling resources could give them a leg-up, writes Simiso Mkhonta. It takes a…

By Simiso Mkhonta
How a deadly outbreak unveiled the key to safer food

A deadly Listeria outbreak in South Africa highlighted the power that consumers wield in improving food safety. Now scientists hope to harness that power in…

By Nancy Averett
Africa’s first indigenous astronomy PhD wants to revive ‘negated’ knowledge

Growing up, Motheo Koitsiwe used to listen to his grandmother tell stories about the night sky. She spoke of selemela (the Pleiades), molalatladi (the Milky…

By Sarah Wild
Barriers from bush to bedside

Over 5,000 plants are used for medicinal purposes in Africa, but efforts to test their potency and commercialise them keep hitting snags. Scientists hope better…

By Sandrine Ceurstemont
Scientific African Magazine Issue 3

Scientific African Magazine documents science and technology developments in Africa and from Africans for the general public. We review innovations that matter. We ask the…

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Brains by the sea: Computational neuroscience gains a foothold in Africa

The rich waters of False Bay, near Cape Town in South Africa, have sustained nomadic human tribes for tens of thousands of years. But over…

By Alexander Antrobus
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