Hundreds of Ugandan twins have gathered in the capital Kampala to celebrate an annual festival. The twins, together with their families and friends, came out to share their life's experiences. CCTV's Hillary Ayesiga has that report.
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The Foreign exchange market is the biggest financial market in the world. At least four trillion dollars is traded on currency markets on a daily basis. This market is known for its volatility and high risk nature, which is why it is mostly traded by banks and big corporate. However a young South African trader has managed to crack it. Sandile Shezi has successfully learnt how to trade currencies and at just 23 he's become one of the youngest multi-millionaires in the country. Shezi now wants to empower other young South Africans to do the same. Sumitra Nydoo caught up with him.
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Many Zimbabweans have been forced to innovate new ways to make ends meet as they struggle to survive with many being unemployed due to weak economy, many farmers have embraced farming to fend for themselves but in a special way, practicing potato farming -in sacks.
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In Uganda, a young entrepreneur is transforming a fruit juice business into a multi-million shilling company. Sam Turyatunga's company manufactures banana and mango fruit juices under the Uhuru Fruit Drinks brand. His products are tapping into the fast growing demand for healthy foods. Hillary Ayesiga reports
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A young Nigerian Artist has sparked a huge sensation on social media in that country with his art works.35-year-old Olumide Oresegun's paintings are so life-like that people are now comparing some of his paintings to that of the famous Italian polymath, Leonardo da Vinci. CCTV's Deji Badmus went to check things out for himself at Olumide's art studio in the outskirt of Lagos and brings us this report.
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Mozambique's capital, Maputo, is in the middle of a construction boom. As is often the case elsewhere in sub-Saharan Africa, Chinese companies have played a key role in helping transform the city from its war-torn past.
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Tanzanian farmer Malembo Lucas had a dream of becoming an agribusinessman after completing his diploma course in agriculture. In order to reach that goal he worked at a friend's guesthouse and now owns acres of greenhouses around in Tanzania. He has invested more than $50,000 and hopes to become a billionaire. CGTN's Daniel Kijo has more Subscribe to us on YouTube: http://ow.ly/Zvqj30aIsgY Follow us on: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cgtnafrica/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/cgtnafrica
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China has proved its commitment to Africa over the years when it comes to infrastructure across the continent. In East Africa, the Standard Gauge Railway project is one of the most ambitious - aiming to eventually link up the entire region. And in China - another kind of rail revolution is underway. Jane Kiyo reports. Subscribe to us on YouTube: http://ow.ly/Zvqj30aIsgY Follow us on: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cgtnafrica/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/cgtnafrica
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Nigeria's real estate sector is going through a tough time as the country grapples with a recession, and a sharply devalued currency. If there's one city that's taken a direct hit, it's Lagos, the commercial capital. The number of vacant houses, especially at the higher end of the market, has risen sharply over the past year, as Deji Badmus, reports.
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A restaurant in Uganda's capital Kampala is introducing some Somali flavour to the city. As more and more customers grow an appetite for Somali food, the restaurant has become a symbol of change. Somalis living in Uganda hope that they too will be warmly received as perceptions about their country start to change. Leon Ssenyange reports
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Snails may not mean much to many people in Africa. But to some farmers in Ghana, commercial snail farming may be the gatepass, out of poverty. CCTV's Peninah Karibe toured one of the snail farms in the West African state, and filed this report about what is now being referred to as Ghana's new gold.
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Cape Verde is a collection of 12 islands off the coast of North-west Africa. Here, foreigners outnumber locals, and 9 percent of the country's GDP comes from expatriates. Cape Verde has few natural resources, little arable land and is prone to drought - just some of the reasons why many residents are desperate to move to greener pastures.
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Leeko Makoene, a South African entrepreneur who started a spicy business of making chilli relishes to make extra money. Chilidido is now a lucrative business and has allowed Leeko to start Made with Rural, a platform that helps small scale rural farmers get to market. CGTN's Julie Scheier got to know more about Makoene´s project and filed this report. Subscribe to us on YouTube: http://ow.ly/Zvqj30aIsgY Follow us on: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cgtnafrica/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/cgtnafrica
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Kenya's new Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) will terminate, south of the city. Passengers can then board the old commuter train to the Central business district. CGTN's Jane Kiyo recently took a tour of the terminus and now tells us what Kenyans can expect Subscribe to us on YouTube: http://ow.ly/Zvqj30aIsgY Follow us on: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cgtnafrica/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/cgtnafrica
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One young Nigerian entrepreneur is using new agricultural technology, while promoting sustainable ways to ensure food security in cities. Angel Adelaja says she's getting a head-start on the future of farming. Sophia Adengo has more.
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Just 30 kilometres from Angola's capital of Luanda lies a housing-project, popularly known, as K-K. It is the largest in Angola and is a welcomed-solution, for thousands of Angolans, who can't afford, proper-housing. The project is funded and built a Chinese Company, who's brought a new style of living, to Africa
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The passion for buying locally made products is growing at a fast pace in Kenya... And these days, importers of designer handbags - both genuine and imitations - are getting a run for their money from local designers... One of them is a young man who has developed a popular bag brand, which thrives on the idea of upcycling. Maria Galang went along to Suave Kenya's workshop to see what makes these bags so special
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Ethiopian Airlines has made history by becoming the first airline to operate an all-female crew for an intra-African trip. The Boeing 777 aircraft touched down at the Lagos International airport at the weekend with a small celebration on the ground. CGTN's Deji Badmus reports. Subscribe to us on YouTube: http://ow.ly/Zvqj30aIsgY Follow us on: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cgtnafrica/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/cgtnafrica
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In Sudan, a nation riddled with war and poverty, lies a hidden archaeological treasure.The country has more pyramids than even its most famous neighbour, Egypt.Susan Mwongeli reports
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Restaurants are popping up almost every month in Kenya. Food is big business in the East African nation, and young entrepreneurs are finding a way of offering exclusivity to their clients. CCTV's Carol Oyola spoke to Paul Kihiko who runs a food business that offers sophisticated cuisine at pocket friendly prices.
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Tanzania changed its capital city to Dodoma from Dar es Salaam in the early 1970s. But for 45 years, the change was in name only. Only in the last two years has the government started relocating its offices from Dar to Dodoma, and soon the move will be complete. CGTN's Daniel Kijo takes us into the new seat of government in the center of the country. Subscribe to us on YouTube: http://ow.ly/Zvqj30aIsgY Follow us on: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cgtnafrica/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/cgtnafrica
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Ethiopian Airlines on Wednesday launched an all-female crew on one of its long-haul flights from the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa to Bangkok, Thailand. All controls, not just the pilots but cabin crew and safety staff, were by women.
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A lot of preparation goes into launching a new train system in Kenya, including test-runs. CGTN's Maria Galang went along on one of those journeys. Let's take a look Subscribe to us on YouTube: http://ow.ly/Zvqj30aIsgY Follow us on: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cgtnafrica/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/cgtnafrica
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South Africa has taken an innovative approach to removing the millions of discarded tyres lying around the nation. Two years ago the government introduced a waste tyre management system. As Sumitra Nydoo reports..under the program businesses pay waste management fees, which are then used to recycle the old tyres.
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Over 20 million new cars were purchased in sub-Saharan Africa last year, but despite favourable demand, Africa's local automobile industry is limited to fewer than 10 players. Some are struggling to gain market share, such as Uganda's Kiira motors, Nigeria's Innoson and Kenya's Mobius motors. But real competition in the sector is still just among the global automakers. Uche Okoronkwo takes us to Ghana where the Katanka Group is trying to break down those barriers
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As Kenya moves into the era of modern transport with the new Mega Railway soon to be launched, we take a look back at the century old railway system and what the future holds with the new one.#SGRLaunch Subscribe to us on YouTube: http://ow.ly/Zvqj30aIsgY Follow us on: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cgtnafrica/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/cgtnafrica
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Kenya lies about 10,000 km away from China. Archaeological evidence shows that back in the 9th century, China was already being traded through the Silk Road to the eastern coast of Africa. Now, China is Kenya's biggest trading partner. The bilateral ties between the two are not limited to China any more. Subscribe to us on YouTube: http://ow.ly/Zvqj30aIsgY Follow us on: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cgtnafrica/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/cgtnafrica
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A Chinese funded standard gauge railway construction project that connects the Nigerian federal capital Abuja with the country's central commercial hub Kaduna, is nearing completion and is expected to reduce road congestion and the time it takes to travel between the two points. The Abuja Kaduna line, scheduled to be completed by December 2014, is co-funded by the China Exim bank and the government of Nigeria. And as CCTV's Peter Wakaba reports this project is just one of many that are transforming lives in Nigeria.
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Years of conflict shut down Somalia's education system, forcing many families to send their children to abroad Some of these students ended up in China.There are currently 1000 Somalis studying in various universities in China. In the latest in our special series on China's return to Somalia, we catch up with two new graduates, who've finally come home.
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Fela Kuti, born as Olufela Ransome Kuti was a Nigerian music maestro and the pioneer of Afrobeat. "Faces of Africa" brings you the story of one of Africa's music legends and his influence through music.
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Stories of migrants from Africa, and their often tragic, painful experience as they cross the Mediterranean into Europe have dominated the news lately. Migrants from North Africa, Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia are not alone in paying a high price to chase their dreams elsewhere. However, for one entrepreneur in Kenya the West was anything but rosy. She found her dream right here, at her doorstep.
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Bamboo is one of Ethiopia's most under-utilized resources. Currently there are over 1 million hectares of untapped bamboo forest in Ethiopia, Africa's largest bamboo forest. Michael Gebru has now set up a commercial venture, producing various items made out bamboo. CCTV's Girum Chala reports
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Tanzania will buy 400 megawatts of power from Ethiopia - nearly a third of its current total installed capacity. The country's President Dr John Magufuli says the amount may rise even further, because Ethiopia is supplying the electricity at such cheap rates. But as Dan Ashby reports, it may not solve all Tanzania's energy problems.
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Nigeria is a country that's known for and that can't go without its pepper sauce. However, making the sauce can be time -consuming. One entrepreneur has decided to capitalise on this, creating a mix that's convenient for busy. Nigerians who want a quick meal but don't have the time to blend a fresh sauce from scratch.Maria Galang tells us more
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For more than a decade, Zimbabwe's agriculture has been in a slump. New farmers, who had taken over land under the land reform programme, failed to access markets particularly abroad. But now things are changing. In Nyanga, in the eastern part of the country, a successful out-grower scheme is up and running and is feeding-markets in the USA.
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Five West African states are building a highway connecting Cote d'ivoire's economic capital of Abidjan to Nigeria's largest city of Lagos. Ghana, Benin and Togo are the other states which will benefit from the project which is currently in its initial stages.
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Somalia's capital Mogadishu was once known as the White Pearl of the Indian Ocean. With stretches of white sandy beaches, it was quite the vacation spot...That is until the country fell into chaos. Now as the political and security situation is slowly improving, Somali businessmen are investing millions of dollars trying to revive the country's tourism. CGTN's Clementine Logan has more.
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It may come as a surprise to some, but Nairobi is known as the London of Africa. And it's not unusual to see Europeans flocking its streets. More recently, though, more and more Africans have also been making Nairobi their home. CCTV's Maria Galang follows one South African living in the Kenyan capital
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The annual market value of produce sold through informal vendors in Kenya's capital, Nairobi is more than 700 million dollars. And there is potential to grow even higher. But producers make a very small fraction of the millions in the value chain as the bulk is shared between middlemen. CCTV's Maria Galang sought out a tech-based business to business delivery service which is looking to solve some of those challenges, and transform the country's micro-vendor food market.
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Barely 24 hours ago, we brought you the story of 81 Somali nationals being deported back to Mogadishu by Kenyan authorities in the wake of a crackdown on illegal immigrants. Today, the Somali government says it is ready and willing to provide for the returnees and many more who may be on the way back. Mogadishu however insists this must be on condition that those returning are doing so voluntarily. Here's CCTV's Mohammed Hirmoge reports.
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Onto Somalia now -- and the country is celebrating a landmark achievement after it finally took control of its airspace after 25 years. The UN's International Civil aviation Authority took control of Somalia's airspace, after the country plunged into anarchy in 1991. A new flight control center has been created. As CGTN's Abdulaziz Billow reports from Mogadishu, this is a sign of major security improvements in the East African nation Subscribe to us on YouTube: http://ow.ly/Zvqj30aIsgY Follow us on: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cgtnafrica/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/cgtnafrica
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Rising unemployment in South Africa especially among the youth is one of the biggest challenges. But one social entrepreneur is actively finding eco solutions, and is not only convinced there's a rich future in township recycling, but also that he can generate jobs. CGTN's Julie Scheier reports
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Cassava is a crop native to Brazil and it has been one of the country's major staple foods for centuries. Today's entrepreneurs are looking at the ancient root with a futuristic view: as a green building block for eco-friendly cups and packaging. Lucrecia Franco filed this report, from Rio.
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South Sudan's government has opened a new terminal at Juba International Airport. It's equipped with modern, state-of-the-art facilities and is causing much excitement among South Sudanese. CGTN's Patrick Oyet reports. Subscribe to us on YouTube: http://ow.ly/Zvqj30aIsgY Follow us on: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cgtnafrica/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/cgtnafrica
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The Nile has traditionally been the custodian of life in Egypt. It has helped in sustaining ancient cultures and civilizations. But for the Nubian community, the Nile has also been the source of much pain, as CCTV's Fahmida Miller explains.
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Zimbabwe's president Robert Mugabe has urged African leaders to discourage citizens from migrating to South Africa. He says that will help reduce the xenophobic violence that's plagued the country. CCTV's Farai Mwakutuya reports.
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A Ugandan entrepreneur who turned an odd job into a major enterprise is now hoping to inspire other young entrepreneurs to start their own ventures. Charles Nsubuga started his soy food products business from humble beginnings but now produces as much as four hundred metric tonnes of processed cereal products annually. Leon Ssenyange reports. Subscribe to us on YouTube: http://ow.ly/Zvqj30aIsgY Follow us on: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cgtnafrica/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/cgtnafrica
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During the past week, the Chinese Navy has helped rescue hundreds of people from Yemen. A CCTV crew was embedded with the 19th Naval escort task force warship which ferried 225 people of various nationalities from Aden port to the East African nation of Djibouti. Most of the passengers were Pakistanis, with a number of others from 9 countries including Ethiopia, Singapore, Italy, Ireland, the UK, Germany, Poland, Canada and Yemen. Let's take a look at some of the highlights of this perilous mission.
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Conservation agriculture; a farming technique, that's not only raising harvest-yeilds, but is also raising the quality of life, for the small-scale farmers, who use it. Jiitu Abraham was recently in Zambia and got the chance, to speak, with one farmer... who was able to change her own life and the lives of her children, by switching her farming-practice.
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Ghana's Africa World Airlines, is a joint venture by Chinese and Ghanaian investors, and the carrier has grown to serve a larger and larger section of the potential market in Ghana.
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