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African Union Launches world’s biggest free trade deal

8th July 2019 BY checkoutafrica

At the African Union Summit in Niger, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari launched the African Continental Free Trade Area by signing the continent’s largest economy onto the deal. After months of reluctance over competition concerns, Nigeria’s support gives weight to forming the world’s largest free trade zone — a 55-nation bloc worth $3.4 trillion. Only 16% of international trade by African…

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CheckOutAfrica Selects: 5 Songs You Should Be Listening to This Week

5th July 2019 BY Meli

In a week full of plenty music releases, here’s our top 5 songs you definitely must hear. Olamide, Wizkid, & Id Cabasa ‘Totori’ Shingai – Ancient Futures EP Blaqbonez ‘Mamiwota’ ft. Oxlade WANI ‘China Designer’ Mr Eazi ‘Supernova’

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Sudanese Protesters Are Returning to the Streets

4th July 2019 BY Meli

As the international media coverage of the Sudanese protests begins to die down, the spirit of the protesters is yet to waver as they take back to the streets in the remembrance of all those who were killed during the protests. Amid a now long internet blackout, and deadly crackdowns that spurred a #BlueforSudan social media campaign which saw people…

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Why do beauty brands not market to Women Of Colour?

4th July 2019 BY Ivis Ngwenya

So I recently came across a statistic which states that “black women are the biggest spenders on makeup and beauty products of any demographic in the world, outspending caucasian women by 6 times. In the USA alone, they spend $7.5 billion on beauty annually despite being only 13.7% of the female population.”   So my question to you is why do…

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What has made African Fashion a phenomenon?

4th July 2019 BY Ivis Ngwenya

From my previous blog posts, I’m pretty sure that we can all tell that Africa has influenced western fashion for as long as it has existed. A multitude of African traditions have been used as a rich source of inspiration; Yves Saint Laurent, Dior, Louis Vuitton, Jean Paul Gaultier, Comme des Garcons and many others have been inspired by the…

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