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  • Joel Mwale - bringing 'Facebook' education to Kenya

    A young social entrepreneur from Kenya might have solved one of the conundrums of the Facebook generation - how to stop social media getting in the way of studying.

    Joel Mwale, a 20-year-old who never completed his own education, has realised the answer is to stop trying to push social media away, and instead embrace it.

    More than one million people around the world seem to agree with him, because in the five weeks since his website Gigavia.com went live, they have signed up as users.

    Teachers and schools have always faced the problem of stopping students using social media in class, seeing it as a distraction.

    But they also know that teenagers are addicted to chatting to each other online.

    His website allows schools and teachers to be part of it, so you can sign into class-specific areas of the site where academic materials can be shared.

    There is a personal library section where you can share books at a class level, and there is a section for mentoring.

    This is all on the same site which you can also use for all the usual personal social media chats and sharing with friends.

    Although he wants his idea to be taken up in East Africa, his ambition is global.

    Read more from BBC

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  • Ethiopia rejects Egypt’s request to build Renaissance Dam jointly

    The Turkish Anadolu news agency reported on Wednesday that Ethiopia rejected a request by Egypt to jointly build all stages of the Renaissance Dam so as to make sure that Egypt’s share of Nile water is not affected.
     
    The agency quoted an Ethiopian diplomat that attended a meeting between Egyptian Interim President Adli Mansour and Ethiopian Prime Minister Mariam Desalegn on the sidelines of the Arab-African summit in Kuwait as saying that Desalegn adhered to the Entebbe Convention and rejected any Egyptian supervision or participation in the construction of the dam.
     
    The Entebbe agreement states indirectly that the share of the downstream countries, namely Egypt and Sudan, could be reconsidered so that upstream countries, including Ethiopia, may receive a fair and reasonable share. 
     
    The agreement does not refer to any rights for downstream countries to supervise water projects of upstream countries.
     
    The Entebbe Framework Convention was signed by Ethiopia, Rwanda, Burundi, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda in May of 2011.
     
    Egypt, Sudan, South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo did not sign the agreement.
     
    The diplomat’s statement contradicts statements by Mansour and Desalegn that the meeting was positive.
     
    Mansour said he was satisfied with the outcome of the negotiations with Ethiopia over the dam, and that Desalegn appreciated the historical relations with Egypt.
     
     Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm
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  • Kenyan business looks north as Ethiopia opens up

    As the Ethiopian Airlines flight descends into Addis Ababa, it is clear that the city is a construction zone, the most visible sign of the country’s economic transformation.

    Seen from hundreds of metres in the sky, yellow earth movers burrow into the ground and shape a new landscape that speaks of an on-going revolution.

    It is not just Addis Ababa that is under construction; the whole country is at the mercy of masons and architects. 

    On the shores of the copper-hued Lake Tana in northern Ethiopia, concrete buildings jut out of the fields of grain, dwarfing the mud-and-straw structures that characterise the countryside.

    “We are growing, so we have to build. The whole country is a construction site,” said Ethiopia’s ambassador to Kenya, Mr Shemsudin Ahmed Roble.

    In 2012/2013, the country reported 9.7 per cent economic growth, somewhat a disappointment given the 11 per cent growth projections.

    With a population of about 91 million and a gross domestic product of Sh3.6 trillion ($43.13 billion), Ethiopia is the largest economy in the Eastern Africa region, one that is ripe for regional and global investors.

    Read more from Daily Nation

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  • Kenyans chase down and catch goat-killing cheetahs

     

    Four villagers in north-east Kenya have chased down and captured two cheetahs which were killing their goats.

    The owner of the goats told the BBC that the cheetahs had been picking off his animals one by one, day by day.

    The men waited until the hottest part of the day before launching the chase over a distance of four miles (6.4km).

    The cheetahs got so tired they could not run any more. The villagers captured them alive and handed them over to the Kenya Wildlife Service.

    "I need compensation from them because the cheetahs killed most of my goats," Nur Osman Hassan told the BBC's Somali Service.

    Correspondents say livestock is the backbone of the economy for the Kenyan-Somali community living in the arid north-east of Kenya.

    Cheetahs are the fastest-running animals on the planet and can reach speeds of at least 104km/h (64mph).

     

    The cheetahs were chased at a time they usually like to rest

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