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Access to funds for operators of Small and Medium Scale Enterprises in Ivory Coast is still insufficient. It is a huge setback for stakeholders. SME’s make up over 90 percent of the informal sector here. But they contribute only about 20 percent of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP).

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E-commerce is projected to hit $75 billion for some 600 million customers by 2025. Now, that’s according to a global digital consulting firm, McKinsey and Company. But in Ivory Coast, some leading e-commerce operators have folded up. Afrimarket and Yaatoo are the latest to follow suit.

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Ethiopia’s prime minister on Thursday applauded the decision by three of the four ethnic-based parties in the ruling coalition to merge ahead of the 2020 elections. Abiy said the decision to merge had been taken unanimously, as the dissenting members of the coalition were not in the room.

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Eighteen jihadists and a police officer were killed during a response to an attack in Northern Burkina on Wednesday, a statement from the police headquarters said. The attack was targeted at the police squadron based in Arbinda in the Soum Province, it said.

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A funeral service has been held for the slain soldiers in Mali. The Defence Ministry held the service for the 30 soldiers in the city of Gao. The soldiers were killed this week during an attack on an army patrol by extremists near the border with Niger.

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Jose Mourinho returns to the Premier League, specifically back to London where he made his name when he signed for Chelsea years ago. He returned to Chelsea for a second stint and made the journey to Manchester United, he is back to London but with Tottenham Hotspurs.

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The floating island in the middle of the Abidjan lagoon, the economic centre of Côte d’Ivoire, is a place of relaxation for local and international tourists. This seaside resort is actually an ideal hiding place for a getaway and a relaxing setting where you can spend some nice time with friends and family.

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A High Court in Nigeria’s north central Kano State has nullified the creation of four additional Emirates in the ancient city. The presiding judge, Justice Usman Na’abba, on Thursday ruled that due process was not followed in the creation of the Emirates.

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Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Thursday congratulated voters who cast ballots in a referendum held in the country’s south. The vote is to determine the statehood of the Sidama people currently located in the Southern Nations and Nationalities and Peoples’ Region, SNNPR.

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The insect-eaten money fluttered in pieces to the floor. For global music star Angelique Kidjo, that image of her grandmother having to use a closet as a bank is driving her desire to see African women leap the many obstacles to obtaining credit — and respect.

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Islamic State’s West African affiliate claimed responsibility on Wednesday for an attack on an army patrol in northern Mali that killed 30 soldiers, according to a statement published by the SITE Intelligence Group. Dozens of other soldiers were wounded in the ambush on Monday in Tabankort, in Mali’s Gao region, the army said.

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The Tigray Peoples Liberation Front, TPLF, has rejected efforts by Ethiopia Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to dissolve the currently four-member ruling coalition, the Ethiopian Peoples Revolutionary Democratic Front, EPRDF. TPLF’s representatives voted against the merger during an Executive Committee meeting held last weekend.

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Nigeria’s ex-attorney general Mohammed Adoke was on Monday arrested in Dubai, over his involvement in one of the oil industry’s biggest corruption scandals. Adoke’s lawyer, Mike Ozekhome confirmed the arrest on Wednesday telling Reuters the warrant used to arrest his client was expired.

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Authorities in Mozambique were on Wednesday urged to release 18 members of an opposition party who were arrested during last month’s disputed poll. A group of 30 African and international civil society and rights groups including Amnesty International, Freedom House, Southern Africa Litigation Centre and dozens others of regional, Mozambican and Angolan rights organisations, said the detainees had been denied access to lawyers and “forced to confess to wrongdoing”.

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Ugandans have expressed sexual reproductive health concerns following Wednesday’s confirmation by global health charity Marie Stopes that it had recalled hundreds of thousands of faulty condoms on sale in Uganda. The recall followed a warning from Uganda’s National Drug Authority (NDA) that the Life Guard brand condoms had failed manufacturing “quality tests” because they contained holes and may burst.

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Several African icons including Nigeria’s popstar Burna Boy, South African comedian Trevor Noah, Beninese legendary artist, Angelique Kidjo and the deceased Eritrean-American rapper Nipsey Hussle were nominated for the 2020 Grammy Awards. The awards, which will be handed out on January 26 next year, in Los Angeles, in a ceremony hosted by Alicia Keys.

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A Christian privately-run university in Nigeria has dismissed a female student who was captured in a recently leaked sex tape. The institution said she had violated its rule and regulations. Multiple portals reported on Wednesday that the decision of the Babcock university to dismiss the third-year accounting student was after the leaked video went viral on some social media platforms.

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Joao Da Fonseca or J’Something as millions of his fans know him, is the frontman of the award-winning South African house music group Mi Casa. When J’Something isn’t on stage leading the band’s vocals, he’s busy experimenting with new ways to tickle tastebuds.

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A Christian privately-run university in Nigeria has dismissed two students who were filmed having sex on campus in a recently leaked sex tape. Multiple portals reported the decision of the university to dismiss the duo after the leaked video went viral on some social media platforms.

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A prominent civil society activist and former Somali diplomat was shot and killed in a suburb of the capital Mogadishu on Wednesday. Reports said Almaas Elwan was pregnant at the time of the incident and was heading to the airport to board a flight to the Kenyan capital Nairobi.

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Zimbabwe police with riot gear fired tear gas and struck people who gathered on Wednesday to hear a speech by the country’s top opposition leader amid growing frustration with the collapsing economy. Dozens of people ran and dodged baton blows in the capital, Harare.

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Customs regulations are tacking a toll on traders in Chad. New controls were implemented in July by the Economic and Monetary Community of Central Africa, CEMAC, in order to fight against fraud. Since then money transfers are blocked and goods are stuck at the borders leading to worries of food shortages in the capital.

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In Gabon, president Ali Bongo is determined to rid his administration of corruption. A new “clean hands” operation under way, has led to the arrests of several top officials. Their names and exact numbers are not yet known. The move was launched after a cabinet meeting chaired by the head of state led to the dismissal of his chief of staff, Brice Laccruche Alihanga.

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The African Continental Free Trade Agreement is loaded with promises of free movement of people, goods and services but with open borders and markets also comes challenges. When the free trade area comes into force on July 1, 2020, can all African countries expect to trade on an equal footing? What can individual entrepreneurs, companies and governments do to beat inequality?

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A Somali intelligence official says a U.S. drone strike has killed a senior officer with the al-Shabab extremist group. The official says the unidentified officer had maintained links with foreign extremist groups with the aim of coordinating future attacks. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to reporters.

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Polls opened on Wednesday for Ethiopia’s Sidama people to vote on self-determination in a referendum closely watched by other ethnic groups also seeking more autonomy since reforms by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed shook up the national power balance. The special vote for the Sidama, mostly based in the south and comprising about 4% of Ethiopia’s 105 million people, comes ahead of a general election next year and has brought fears of renewed violence.

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The Republic of Ghana and Boeing signed a provisional order for three 787-9 Dreamliners on Tuesday at the Dubai Airshow. Ghana intends to launch a new airline, the minister of aviation, Joseph Kofi Adda, told reporters, in which the government will hold a 10% stake and the rest will be held by the private sector.

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E-commerce giant Jumia on Monday folded up its operations in Cameroon without prior information but the move confirmed rumours that had been making the rounds for weeks. Dubbed “the Amazon of Africa”, Jumia’s shares have tumbled from its Wall Street debut price of $14.50 in April and its last week’s third-quarter results missed revenue estimates for the second time in three quarters.

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Egypt is hosting the Under-23 African Cup of Nations, AFCON, months after it hosted the AFCON proper. The event is running between November 8 – 22, 2019. At the semi-final stage, there is sure to be a new champions after the defending champions, Nigeria, failed to make it past the group stages.

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Political and business leaders on Tuesday lauded innovation as an important driver of growth as the 2019 Global Business Forum comes to an end in Dubai. African and Emirati leaders agreed that both sides need to take advantage of the rise in technology to further open up space for innovators, for the continent to realize its dream of becoming the next big growth and investment frontier.

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