This week’s most important headlines out of and about Africa.

Leslie Lumeh uses his artwork to chronicle the ongoing effects of Ebola in Liberia.
Leslie Lumeh uses his artwork to chronicle the ongoing effects of Ebola in Liberia.

In this week’s news, France invests in Africa, art saves lives, and floating power plants make waves off Africa’s coast.

Man Used Art to Save People During Ebola Crisis

During last year’s major Ebola outbreak, UNICEF called on artists to create informative posters on how to stay safe.

One artist, a Liberian named Leslie Lumeh, spoke about his work with CNN this week. While Liberia has been declared Ebola free by the World Health Organization, Lumeh has continued to document the diseases’ effects on the country through his art.

France Promotes African Investment at Les Rencontres Africa

France hosted a two day conference, the Les Rencontres Africa, in Paris this week. The conference focused on Africa’s economic and civic potential, and encouraged business leaders to invest in the continent, as well as support innovation and sustainability. Political leaders from 30 countries and business leaders from more than 500 French companies and 300 African companies came together. They discussed the importance of women in business, new digital technologies, Africa’s entertainment industry, and economic partnerships between French and African companies.

The discussions held at Les Rencontres and the ideas that came from them will be further expanded at the upcoming Africa-France Summit next year.

Floating Power Plants to Light Up Africa

Massive floating power plants are making their way to Ghana. The “Powerships” are owned by a Turkish company called the Karadeniz Energy Group. Its affiliate, Karpowership, launched the Powership Project in 2007. Their first ship was sent to Iraq, and since then they have branched out to Africa and Asia. They are currently planning to send a new ship to Ghana in 2017.

Powerships operate exactly like regular power plants, but have the benefit of being mobile. They require only 16 feet of water to operate, and thus can dock in ports and other areas near land to quickly generate electricity.


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