Running man Paul Tergat is the first man to have run 26 miles (42.1 km) in under two hours and five minutes. Josh Sims has the pleasure of talking to one of the finest distance runners ever to grace the planet Paul Tergat is a serving soldier in the Kenyan […]

Running man

King of the castles They’re the seat of government as well as a hangover from colonial rule, and a humbling draw for presidents and genealogists alike. Kate Thomas visits Ghana’s coastal forts and discovers a country that’s accepting its past to embrace a brighter future When President Obama toured Ghana’s Cape Coast […]

King of the Castles

Life boats European scientists have ventured along the Congo River once more, but this time they’re leaving their findings with the locals Boatloads of pith-helmeted Europeans venturing into Africa’s interior sounds like a colonial relic rather than a means for modern scientific enquiry. Yet in April, to mark both the […]

Life boats

Reinventing the wheel The problem: in Rwanda, fuel costs are high, roads are hilly and only one person in 50 owns a bicycle. The solution? Founded in 2005 by American pro-cyclist and designer, Tom Ritchey, this scheme promotes a national cycling team, hosts bike tours, organises bike events and offers […]

Reinventing the wheel

It’s a matter of opinion Kenyan sci-fi director Wanuri Kahiu sees her high-tech filmmaking as a continuation of an ancient, tribal storytelling tradition “In Kikuyu culture there’s a role for a seer; someone who interprets the future, but is also a keeper of memories. We draw inspiration from nature to tell stories, […]

It’s a matter of opinion

Made in Luanda With a fashion-conscious and moneyed young elite rising through the ranks in the Angolan capital, Cécile de Comarmond finds that Luanda is very much in vogue Africa’s fashion scene has found its footing in recent years, with the internet opening doors to audiences and influences from around the globe. […]

Made in Luanda

Scoring goals With just five years left to achieve the UN’s eight Millennium Development Goals, Victoria Averill weighs up the chances of these targets actually being met In the western Kenyan village of Sauri, near Lake Victoria, the crops don’t fail, nearly all the children attend school, malaria is almost non-existent and […]

Scoring Goals

It’s a matter of opinion Compensation aside, it’s about time African governments acted on climate change, says Ivorian campaigner Eric Agnero, head of Greencast Africa Greencast Africa is an Abidjan-based group of media professionals and scientists, who traveled to the Copenhagen climate summit last December to put pressure on African […]

It’s a matter of opinion

Songs from a thousand hills A choir made up mainly of Rwandan orphans seeks to bring a message of hope to other troubled nations, writes Dicken Marshall While Africa may already have a wonderful range of established and emerging choirs, the Solace Gospel Choir, which was formed in 1998 with the […]

Songs from a Thousand Hills

Getting away from it all If you want to step off the tourist trail for an altogether different type of holiday, with as little eco-guilt as possible, you need look no further than Africa, says Frank Bures You might call it a branding problem: Africa, the destination? It doesn’t exactly roll […]

Getting away from it all