Produced by Paul Ndiho
August 29, 2023
Deadly Clashes Continue in Ethiopia’s Amhara Region
Clashes have erupted again in some areas in Ethiopia's Amhara region after a week of relative calm, with at least ten civilian deaths reported. Earlier this month, Ethiopia's House of People's Representatives voted in favor of the state of emergency declared by the federal government over violence in the Amhara region. In an interview with VOA's Paul Ndiho, Omar Mohamed, the Amhara People's Front public relations officer, discussed whether this escalation could have been prevented.
May 15, 2023
Providing Humanitarian Aid in DRC
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and other international organizations have aided the internally displaced persons (IDP) camps in Goma, and North Kivu. Officials say these camps lack life essentials such as food, water, and medical facilities, making daily living challenging. VOA's Paul Ndiho spoke to aid workers helping affected people in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.
May 10, 2023
Managing a 5-Star Hotel in Eastern DRC
Despite the challenges that come with operating in a conflict-prone region, "Serena Goma," a hotel in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo has managed to maintain its five-star rating since opening its doors 2020. Owned by a Congolese national and managed by Serena Hotels, it overlooks Lake Kivu, and its management says it is committed to creating job opportunities for the local community. VOA's Paul Ndiho sat down with Huguette Bishweka, whose family owns the property and works at Serena Goma as sales and marketing manager.
May 08, 2023
Extreme Poverty in DRC Exacerbates Environmental Concerns
Gang-related violence and extreme poverty are exacerbating environmental concerns in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo as residents try to find food and make money. VOA's Paul Ndiho spoke to VOA's Esther Githui-Ewart about his experiences seeing this firsthand while reporting from eastern DRC.
May 08, 2023
Deforestation in Eastern DRC
The destruction of over 200 hectares forestland in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Virunga National Park is attributed to war refugees and armed groups who are invading the park to mine charcoal and firewood. VOA’s Paul Ndiho traveled to eastern DRC to see the impact deforestation is having on the environment.
October 05, 2022
Youth-led Technology Company Develops Tech Ecosystem in Cameroon
Young Africans are leveraging technology to build innovative solutions to local problems. In southwestern Cameroon, Nervtek, a youth-led technology firm, is creating a tech ecosystem. VOA's Paul Ndiho interviewed Nzometiah Nervis, founder and CEO of Nervtek.
September 15, 2022
NYFW: Cameroonian Designer Showcases Fashions
Cameroonian fashion designer Kibonen Nfi was selected by Berkeley College to install a pop-up shop for her designs at New York Fashion Week. Africa 54’s Paul Ndiho spoke to Nfi, CEO of Cameroon Clothing Company and the Kibonen brand, for more.
September 14, 2022
US Global Tech Initiative Trains Girls in STEM
TechGirls, an initiative of the U.S. State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, has since 2012 trained more than 390 young girls around the world in STEM-related fields. VOA’s Paul Ndiho spoke with Jennifer Batamuliza, CEO and founder of RWA Tech Hub, for more insight.
September 14, 2022
Africa Fashion Week Displays Creativity in New York
Africa Fashion Week in New York City is the largest annual fashion event in the United States that brings together African designers from all over the world to showcase their creations. VOA’s Paul Ndiho spoke to Joram Muzira, CEO and founder of Joram Model Management, for more.
September 07, 2022
Tech Driven Company Teaches Children Coding
Ghanaian technology company, Makers Place, is facilitating a coding class for children and according to officials, is looking to empower the youth by helping them gain a range of skills. For more VOA’s Paul Ndiho speaks to Douglas Ayitey, the Founder and CEO of Makers Place.
August 31, 2022
Use of Digital Payments Grows in Uganda
Despite a robust digital payment revolution in Uganda, many traders and consumers still use cash. But the use of mobile money and digital wallet providers is growing in the country. For more, Africa 54 technology correspondent Paul Ndiho spoke to data analyst Atim Joyce Sandra.
August 17, 2022
Transforming Technology Through Robotics Education
In Ghana, a self-taught computer whiz is on a mission to transform Ghana's approach to STEM through robotics education. Africa 54 technology correspondent Paul Ndiho spoke to Jonathan Kennedy Sowah, a Ghanaian entrepreneur and CEO of InovTech STEM Center.
August 10, 2022
Nigerian Entrepreneur's Dedication Contributes to Growth of Afrobeats
New technologies have profoundly impacted the creative industry on the continent. Africa 54 Technology Correspondent Paul Ndiho spoke to Obi Asika, a Nigerian Entrepreneur known for his involvement in the growth of Afrobeats music as the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Storm 360 Music Label.
August 03, 2022
Nigerian Startup Helps Businesses Sell Recyclable Waste
Nigerian clean-tech startup Scrapays helps businesses and households sell off their recyclable waste conveniently at premium prices. For more, Africa 54 technology correspondent Paul Ndiho spoke to Bolu Arewa, co-founder of Scrapays Technologies in Lagos.
August 01, 2022
Profile: Raila Odinga - Azimio Coalition Candidate
Opposition politician Raila Odinga is making another bid for Kenya’s presidency on August 9. But this time, he has the support of former rival and outgoing President Uhuru Kenyatta, who has served the maximum two terms. VOA’s Paul Ndiho reports.
July 27, 2022
Ugandan Nonprofit Teaches Children to Code
Code Academy Uganda, a social enterprise, is teaching young children and youth computer skills that can potentially change their lives. For more, Africa 54 technology correspondent Paul Ndiho spoke to Edith Ndagire, a tech facilitator at Code Academy in Uganda.
July 21, 2022
Inflation Surge in South Africa
Small businesses and households across South Africa are feeling the squeeze from soaring food and fuel prices, as the country's inflation continues to rise. The COVID-19 pandemic and the war between Russia and Ukraine have contributed to this. For a closer look, VOA Reporter Paul Ndiho has more.
July 20, 2022
Zambia Aircraft and Drones Project
Elijah Zani from Zambia is a self-taught aeronautic engineer who uses his passion for airplanes to design aircraft and drones using locally sourced materials such as scrap metal and discarded plastic. For more, Africa54 Technology Correspondent Paul Ndiho spoke to Elijah Zani, founder of Prehepa.