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Benin Now Said to Be Fastest Place to Start Business Online

Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, Benin set up a service to allow people to register their business online.  The E-registration system has worked so well that this West African country is now the world's fastest place to start a business, according to a U.N. agency. Moki Edwin Kindzeka narrates this report by Anne Nzouankeu in Cotonou, Benin.
Camera: Anne Nzouankeu 

Pandemic Forces Kenya's Jobless Youths Onto Streets

Kenyan authorities say the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has forced thousands of youths onto the streets, and many are turning to crime.  To meet the challenge, aid groups are trying to reintegrate homeless youth through sports with the goal of keeping them out of trouble. Victoria Amunga reports from Nairobi.Camera: Amos Wangwa 

Report: Kenya Leads Globally in P2P Cryptocurrency Trading

Blockchain data platform   has ranked internet-using Kenyans as the world's top peer-to-peer, or P2P, cryptocurrency traders. The group's survey shows that many Kenyans use form this of trading because they don’t have access to centralized exchanges. Lenny Ruvaga looks at the challenges and what this means for the industry in Kenya.Camera: Amos Wangwa   Producer: Lenny Ruvaga

In a First, Disabled Malawi Fashion Designers Show Off Their Creations

Disabled fashion designers have long struggled against discrimination, especially in developing countries such as Malawi. To combat the problem, Malawian fashion brand House of Xandria on Saturday organized the country's first fashion show featuring creations by designers with disabilities.  Lameck Masina reports from Blantyre.
Camera: Dan Kumwenda

Nigerian Experts Lament China’s Growing Influence in African Technology

Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei says it wants to train up to 3 million African youths to work with digital technology, including cutting-edge technology such as artificial intelligence. Already, Nigerian students who took part in a Huawei-sponsored ICT competition say the benefits, including possible job placements with the company, are enormous. But experts warn there could be potential negative impacts of China’s growing tech influence in Africa. Timothy Obiezu reports from Abuja.
Camera: Emeka Gibson        Producer: Bakhtiyar Zamanov 

COVID Concerns Lead Thousands of Zimbabwean Teachers Refusing to Return to School

Zimbabwe resumed in-classroom teaching this week, but thousands of teachers are protesting a lack of personal protective equipment and say they will not go back to class until the government addresses their concerns over the coronavirus pandemic. Columbus Mavhunga reports from Harare. Camera:  Blessing  Chigwenhembe 
Produced by: Bakhtiyar Zamanov   

Nigeria Fighting Cholera Outbreak; Death Toll Nears 1,800

Nigerian health officials say nearly 1,800 people have died from cholera this year, with cases found in more than 20 states around the country. To combat the bacterial disease that is spread by dirty water, Nigeria's Federal Ministry of Environment is urging proper hygiene and organizing mass cleanups in affected areas. Timothy Obiezu reports from the capital, Abuja.Camera: Emeka Gibson

Kenya Sets Up COVID-19 Vaccination Centers

Kenya is stepping up its COVID-19 vaccination campaign by setting up inoculation centers in public spaces like malls, markets, and bus stops. Authorities hope the extra convenience will lift a vaccination rate that stands at just two percent. Victoria Amunga reports from Nairobi.

South African University Embraces Virtual Reality for Distance Learning

COVID-19 restrictions are not just keeping students out of the classroom, but also out of the laboratory.  The University of Johannesburg is helping students replicate the experience  through virtual reality.  Linda Givetash reports from Johannesburg. Camera:  Zaheer Cassim 
Producers: Zaheer Cassim, Marcus Harton 

Volunteers Tackle Vaccine Hesitancy in South Africa

Despite COVID-19 vaccines being available to all South African adults, uptake remains low with just 20 percent of adults having received a first dose. The Muslim Association of South Africa is one of many groups combatting vaccine hesitancy by delivering jabs to doorsteps. Linda Givetash reports from Johannesburg.Camera: Zaheer Cassim, Producer: Marcus Harton

All-Female Vegan Rangers Leading Anti-Poaching in Zimbabwe 

The impact of the pandemic has increased wildlife poaching around Africa's national parks, as people who lost their jobs hunt the animals for food.  To help protect the animals, anti-poaching organizations have been formed, including a squad of vegan, women rangers. Columbus Mavhunga reports from Hurungwe, Zimbabwe. Camera: Blessing Chigwenhembe  

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