By: FREDERIEK VEENENBOS
His two big brown eyes are staring at me. A tiny fly is buzzing around his ear. His breathing is fast and his stomach swollen. A voiceover introduces me to Jon, or little Jon, as they call him. A two-year-old boy suffering from severe malnutrition. Seeing the advertisement from Save The Children on television again caught me by surprise.
Earlier this year, The Bright Continent paid tribute to Hans Rosling, a statistics ‘whizkid’ who passed away in February.
As an early adopter in the mobile banking industry, doubling mobile money transactions between 2013 and 2015, Tanzania has slowly evolved into a competitive market over the last decade.
South Africa is in turmoil, raging fires have engulfed Africa’s most advanced economy. All thanks to the ruling ANC’s blundering leadership and failure to read the modern economy.
George C Kimble stated that, ‘The darkest thing about Africa has always been our ignorance of it’.
Through her work, Nigerian photographer Etinosa Osayimwen hopes to create impact and contribute to a slightly better world. Get carried away by some of her breathtaking pictures.
‘Do they know it’s Christmas?’ is what famous musicians brotherly sang, referring to the many hungry Africans, living their hopeless lives on the ‘dark continent’.
Men and women in various communities of North West Cameroon, come together in what they call ‘Njangi groups’.
In an investigative report, shared with The Bright Continent earlier this week, investigators thoroughly describe how the continuous atrocities and suffering in South Sudan, are rather beneficial for an army general who illustrates the corrupted and bad (political) leadership in world’s youngest country.
Earlier this month, The Bright Continent spoke with Dutch Minister Lilianne Ploumen about the combination of trade and aid in one Ministry, the pros and cons of development cooperation, and youth unemployment in Africa.
A short documentary by Stefan Hunt, which beautifully exposes our misconception about ‘poverty’ among traditional African tribes, like the San in Southern Africa.
The British-Sudanese billionaire and entrepreneur Mo Ibrahim, annually awards an African statesman for excellent leadership and good governance. Unfortunately, the prize has not been awarded since 2014 due to a lack of excelling candidates.
The government’s lack of long-term insights, will irreversibly rebound on the sustainable development of Nigeria.
A conversation with Aden Hassan Tarah from Somalia, who happened to be reassigned to the ‘Land of the Free,’ just before Donald Trump was elected president.
Youth involvement is an indispensable aspect of developing societies, but unfortunately, often neglected by senior policymakers.
“If you can survive in Nigeria, you can survive in any part of the world.”
On the eve of World Malaria Day, the World Health Organization (WHO) has announced it will intensify its efforts to prevent malaria.
Learn more about Africa’s oldest national park and its brave rangers, who risk their lives for the preservation of one of world’s most magical eco-systems.
An inspiring afternoon during which the passion and ambition of a diverse group of entrepreneurs, coaches and speakers, was nearly tangible.
Given its independence 25 years ago, Eritrea is one of Africa’s youngest nation states.
An interview with former correspondent and founder of ‘Constructive Journalism, Cathrine Gyldensted
Les Amazones d’Afrique is a collective of ten female performers, made up of international stars, local legends and upcoming talents.
Currently, a devastating famine causes the suffering of over 20 million people in the Horn of Africa, South Sudan, Nigeria an Yemen.
This month, the Swedish tropical doctor and professor International Public Health, Hans Rosling passed away.
Somalia’s former prime-minister, Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo, remarkably won the presidential elections.
Today the news reached us that the plans of the Kenyan government to close the world’s largest refugee camp, are reversed by a Kenyan court.
Yesterday the face of Congolese opposition, Etienne Tshisekedi, died in Brussels at the age of 84.
‘I am because we are and, since we are, therefore I am’
A column I wrote several months ago, during the siege of Aleppo, Syria.
After several exicting and nerve-wracking weeks in western Africa, former president Yahya Jammeh, from the Gambia, eventually decided to withdraw from office.
After eight years, Barack Obama has left the Oval Office and the global political arena.
Supported by this photo, Bram Vermeulen – a Dutch correspondent and documentary filmmaker – illustrated what is, according to him, the general misunderstanding between the European Union (EU) and African countries.
We only speak of a crisis when refugees and migrants wash up the shores of ‘Fort Europe.’
In 2012, The Piano Guys rewrote Coldplay’s song called ‘Paradise.’
Poverty, violence, famines and war. Just a few words often mentioned in one breath with Africa.