Rocket Internet's Easy Taxi app has gone live in Lagos, Nigeria
Kenya to resume EU meat marketing
Kenya plans to re-enter the European Union's meat market. It plans to vaccinate 61m cattle against foot and mouth disease and other diseases and achieve a 4% reduction in pest-related infections. Kenya's meat export markets include UAE, Kuwait, the DRC, Tanzania and Egypt.
Nigerian tomatoes get a pasting
Nigeria's central bank and Africa's richest man, Aliko Dangote, have teamed up to establish a $25m tomatopaste factory to cut annual food imports of more than $10bn. Nigeria pays $360m to import more than 300,000 metric tons annually of tomato paste. It produces 1.5m tons of tomatoes annually of which about 900,000 tons - 60% - rot. Annual consumption is about 900,000 tons. Dansa Holdings will start production by November and produce more than 400,000 tons of tomato paste annually.
African art fakers foiled in Paris
French police have uncovered one of the largest networks ever of fake African art in France. The crooks used urine and cashewnut paste to give new African wooden sculptures an antique look, selling them for €100,000 a piece, well below the going rate. They targeted tourists and art lovers, approaching them as they left art galleries in Paris. Police seized 500 pieces, including Fang masks from Gabon and Punu statues.
Britain looks to African art visionaries
Benin-born Meschac Gaba was so bewildered by the lack of opportunities for African artists in Europe that he spent five years constructing his own fictional museum. Now it is on display in London's Tate Modern museum, with a major retrospective for Sudanese artist Ibrahim El-Salahi, 82, widely regarded as the father of African modernism. He said, "I hope my message will get to people in Sudan, Europe or America."
Unpublished authors win new prizes
An "ambitious" story of Uganda's history, Jennifer Nansubuga Makunbi's The Kintu Saga, has been named winner of the Kwani Manuscript Project, a one-off literary prize for unpublished fiction from African writers. Second was the tale of a young Liberian boy, Saah Millimono's One Day I will Write About This War, and third was Timothy Kiprop Kimutai's The Water Spirits, about the relationship between a single mother and her two children. Chair of the judges, Sudanese novelist Jamal Mahjoub, said: "All three display an urge to engage with the complexities of modern-day Africa." They receive prizes totalling $6,000.