On Lake Victoria, hyacinth spreads across Africa’s blue heart

Kenyan fishermen in the Lake Victoria region are seeing a decrease in the size of their catches. One reason for this is the invasion of a thick green carpet of water hyacinth in Kisumu bay. This vegetation is blocking Kenya’s main entry to Africa’s largest lake, hitting the local economy hard as fishermen struggle to get out on the water.

Families of Nairobi terror victims bury their loved ones

Families of two Kenyans killed in a Nairobi hotel attack that killed 21 people bury their loved ones. Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has confirmed that all five gunmen behind the attack are now dead. The attack has been claimed by the Al-Qaeda-linked Somali group Al-Shabaab, which has targeted Kenya since it sent its army into Somalia in October 2011 to fight the jihadist group.

ONLY ON AP: Troops free people from Nairobi hotel

(15 Jan 2019) Associated Press video from inside a Nairobi hotel during an extremist attack shows Kenyan security officers anxiously searching the building and scared workers emerging from hiding places while gunfire is heard. (Jan. 15)

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Melania Trump attends a play at the Kenya National Theatre (2)

US First Lady Melania Trump and Kenyan First Lady Margaret Kenyatta attend a play put on by orphaned children at the Kenya National Theatre, on the first lady’s third leg of a solo tour of Africa that has contrasted with the tumult in Washington.

Melania Trump attends a play at the Kenya National Theatre

US First Lady Melania Trump and Kenyan First Lady Margaret Kenyatta attend a play put on by orphaned children at the Kenya National Theatre. Melania Trump cosied up to baby elephants and went on safari in Kenya earlier in the day, on the third leg of a solo tour of Africa that has contrasted with the tumult in Washington. IMAGES

Kenyan avocado growers reaping benefits from West’s obesession

It is the darling of health and gourmet plates: throughout the West, avocado is the new fashionable fruit, praised for its nutritional benefits. Kenya, the world’s sixth largest exporter of avocados has jumped on the bandwagon of this booming market.

Kenyan fish leather, the new trade battling huge scale waste

In Kisumu, Kenya’s third biggest city, fish is a culinary delight and one of the biggest economic activities of the city. But once the fish’s most desired parts are sold off, the rest is wasted. Newton, a local tanner, has found an innovative way to make sure that no part of the fish is wasted: creating fish leather.

Africa Weekly – a round up of news and features from Africa

This week on Africa Weekly, we focus on Gabon, where centuries-old exploitation of child labour remains entrenched, and we meet a Kenyan tanner who has found an innovative way to recycle fish waste, by using the skin to make leather. FOR SUBSCRIBERS OF AFRICA WEEKLY ONLY

Raw: Dozens Dead or Hurt in Naibori Market Fire

Kenyan media report that a fire swept through a marketplace in Nairobi, killing at least 15 and sending at least 70 to hospitals. Rescue teams are searching for more bodies and survivors in the market in the Gitomba neighborhood. (June 28)

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