By Sarah Maslin Nir
Even though he was 6-foot-6 by the time he was 14 years old, when an aspiring basketball star in Senegal picked up a ball for the first time, his friends were skeptical: In this soccer-mad region, why bother with a ball you dunk, when everyone else is kicking?
“My friends thought I was weird in the beginning,” said the young player, Mouhamed Lamine Mbaye, now 18 (and 6-foot-9), as he stood on the court of a new basketball academy, the first to be built by the NBA in West Africa. Read more
By Esha Sarai
But in a city full of taxis and drivers who don’t have smartphones, the San Francisco-based company will have to overcome a lot of challenges to be useful to Dakar residents and turn a profit. The city, like most African capitals, has an abundance of taxis. In most parts of the city, any time day or night, it’s easy to find a ride. But the city is rapidly expanding, and Uber says it has seen an opportunity to move in. Read more
By Danielle Paquette
NDOYENNE, Senegal — The Senegalese farmer is certain: Atomic birth control saved his cows. Arouna Sow, 55, worried his family would starve when the animals got sick three years ago. Their eyes grew teary, their fur clumped off, their ribs poked out, their milk dried up — all because of the tsetse fly’s toxic bite, which kills an estimated 3 million livestock annually in sub-Saharan Africa. Read more
Cheikh Oumar Seydi, former Regional Director of the sub-Sahara Africa office of the International Finance Corporation has been announced as the Africa Director of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Seydi, who hails from Senegal, will now be in charge of the foundation’s work as it seeks to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals in many African countries.
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