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Sterilized fruit flies could save South Africa's crops
Researchers fighting the threat of fruit flies in South Africa have come up with an innovative solution: A technique that sterilizes male fruit flies.
How shark spotters protect beach-goers in South Africa
An organization in the Cape of Good Hope is using a special net to repel sharks from beach-goers, while preventing animals from getting tangled in it.
Could a zebra species be brought back from extinction?
A geneticist in South Africa is trying to breed a zebra species thought to have gone extinct more than a hundred years ago.
The largest jazz festival Kenya has ever seen
Meet Nairobi's band Afrosync as they rehearse for the Safaricom International Jazz Festival.
Country music finds a home in Kenya
Meet Esther Konkara, one of the few female country musicians in Kenya and discover why country music is growing fast in the African nation.
How Nairobi's youth learn classical music
Discover how young people in Kenya gain discipline and a love for an art that transcends boundaries, through learning classical music.
One of the oldest and driest deserts in the world
Get an inside look at the Namib Desert, a remote ocean of sand that stretches more than 80,000 square kilometers near Namibia's coast.
How humans and animals adapt to life in a desert
Few places on earth are as remote or harsh as the Namib Desert. Yet, humans and large animals have found a way to adapt to the unforgiving expanse.
An inside look at Namibia's 'Skeleton Coast'
Discover the beauty of Namibia's arid landscape, where researchers track lions, hyenas and more than 15,000 seals that live on the 'Skeleton Coast'.
Explore the culture of the Yoruba
The distinct culture and mythology of West Africa's Yoruba people have deep, ancestral roots, centering primarily in western Nigeria.
Centuries-old dye tradition makes a comeback
Meet Nike Davies-Okundaye, one of Nigeria's most famous designers specializing in "Adire", or indigo cloth dying.
The talking drums of Nigeria
Discover Nigeria's talking-drums, used to mimic speech and highlighting the importance of phrases and songs.
The remote beauty of the Kidepo Valley National Park
CNN's Inside Africa travels to the remote regions of the Kidepo Valley National Park, Uganda to meet the tribes who live there.
The heart of the Kidepo Valley National Park
CNN's Inside Africa finds out how water at the heart of the Kidepo Valley National Park, Uganda helps nourish the wildlife.
These rivers only run for a few hours a year
CNN's Inside Africa visits the sand rivers of the Kidepo Valley National Park, Uganda where water can cause flash riverbeds.
Behind the scenes of Kampala Fashion Week
Ancient technique inspires Uganda's fashion designers
What makes Uganda's fashion so unique?
Playing with pain: Children turning trauma to drama
Find out how children in the South African township of Ramolotsi use drama to overcome traumatic memories of loss and violence.
Hollywood stars and drama students perform the same script
Two casts, two countries, one script: A cast of Hollywood stars and schoolchildren are united to perform a single script at the same time on two different continents.
Hollywood stars prepare to tell African stories on stage
Nicole Kidman, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Kit Harington lead a blockbuster cast of actors preparing to perform African children's stories.
Nicole Kidman performs 'Anger' in London's West End
Hollywood star James McAvoy performs 'Shoes'
Watch an excerpt of 'Goodness' performed by Kit Harington
Grooming running champs in the Kenyan highlands
The Great Rift Valley is the training ground for some of the continent's best athletes, with the town of Iten being one of the most famous sporting hubs.
Kenyan underdogs set their sights on Rio 2016
Meet men and women who want to put Kenyan canoeing and kayaking on the map.
One stop shop shares Kenya's running secret with the world
Athletes from around the world want to benefit from the country's high altitude and running culture.
Maasai cricketers advocate conservancy
The Maasai cricket team are doing their part to protect rare mammals from extinction and to shine a light on environmental issues.
Meet the last male northern white rhino
Soni Methu explores Kenya's Ol Pejeta Conservancy, a 360km
sanctuary for many animals, including two species of critically-endangered rhinos.
Kenya's black rhino success story
Soni Methu learns how conservationists helped to raise the number of black rhinos from 20 in 1993 to 107 today.
Where half of the world's mountain gorillas live
A beautiful combination of rare wildlife and incredible views: Explore Africa's Virunga National Park, home to critically endangered mountain gorillas.
Can technology save Africa's oldest national park?
Journey to Africa's oldest national park in the Democratic Republic of Congo and meet the men and women who are risking their lives for the park's future.
Where's the Ethiopian film industry going next?
Nowadays, there is greater access to film-making in Ethiopia, but significant barriers to entry remain. Meet the next generation of Ethiopian movie-makers.
Stunning views of one of the world's largest lava lakes
Explore the Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo, home to one of the world's largest lava lakes.
When your neighborhood becomes a movie set
CNN's Soni Methu travels to the Ethiopian countryside of Kissoye to visit the places where "Lamb", Ethiopia's first Cannes-selected movie, was filmed.
'Lamb': Ethiopia's first Cannes-selected film
Ethiopian filmmaker Yared Zeleke's film "Lamb" made history by being the first Ethiopian movie to be officially selected to play at the Cannes Film Festival.
Chimpanzees tracking in Rwanda's rainforest
Explore Rwanda's Nyungwe National Park, the largest forest in Central Africa, home to more than 300 birds species and 75 different mammals.
Protecting the beauty of Rwanda's Nyungwe National Park
From the chimpanzees and mono monkeys, to the native medicinal plants, there is much in the Nyungwe forest to discover and protect for future generations.
Can plants from Rwanda's rainforest heal?
Some people in the South Western part of Rwanda believe that there are plants in the Nyungwe National Park that can heal.
Breathtaking views of Ethiopia's Simien Mountains
Explore the Simien Mountains of northern Ethiopia, a stunning expanse of jagged peaks, deep valleys and plunging waterfalls.
Living on top of the world in the Simien National Park
Find out why the Simien Mountains in Northern Ethiopia are not just famous for their rare animals and stunning landscape, but also for their people.
Catching a glimpse of the Ethiopian wolf
Known for its reddish pelt and a specialized diet of rodents, the Ethiopian wolf is one of Africa's most endangered carnivores.
Tanzanite: A rare gemstone only found in Tanzania
Follow CNN's Soni Methu in a journey across Tanzania to explore Tanzanite, a very rare gemstone only found in the East African country.
The Kanga: Tanzania's most colorful sight
Women in Tanzania are adorned in colorful fabrics, called Kanga. This cloth is more than a fashion statement: it's a living artifact of the local culture.
The unique style of Tanzania's Tingatinga paintings
Vibrant, colorful and surreal: This flamboyant African painting style is one of the country's cultural gems.
The magic of a Nigerian wedding in Houston
Experience the elaborate production of a traditional Yoruba wedding in Houston, home to one of the largest Nigerian populations in the U.S.
Behind the scenes of a traditional Yoruba wedding
From the colorful head ties to the grand entrances to the observance of marriage traditions, find out what's involved in a traditional Nigerian wedding.
Couple's first dance: The best moment of a wedding?
From the father-daughter dance, to the bride and groom's one: Explore the music and dancing traditions at the heart of a Nigerian wedding.
Durban: The largest 'Indian' city outside India
Explore the past and present of the Indian South Africans, a community that has become a major part of Durban's cultural landscape.
Why a million Indians call South Africa home
Explore the past and present of the Indian South Africans, a community that has become a major part of Durban's cultural landscape.
Unique rhythms keep Durban's Indian community alive
Discover the intricate footwork and the precise hand movements behind the music of Durban's Indians.
The majesty of Southern Africa's 'Dragon Mountains'
Explore the deep gorges and steep cliffs of the Drakensberg Mountains, stretching more than 950 kilometers along the border of South Africa and Lesotho.
Shamans, rock art and nature: The Champagne Valley
Discover the caves that were home to the San people, indigenous hunter-gatherers in Southern Africa.
Breath-taking air balloon ride over the Drakensberg
Discover the beauty of the Drakensberg mountain range and the valley of vegetation at its feet from the air.
Promoting Cairo's new artistic identity
Explore the platforms helping young artists showcase their work in the Egyptian capital and throughout the country.
How has art in Egypt changed since the revolution?
From photographs to paintings, find out how dramatically the landscape of the Egyptian art scene has changed in recent years.
Artists capture the many faces of Egypt
Meet the artists who draw their greatest inspiration from their homeland and find out where their work is going next.
How wildlife shapes Botswana's natural wonderland
Meet those working up close with the animals that both depend upon and shape one of Africa's largest wetlands.
The Okavango Delta from a dugout canoe
Explore one of Africa's last remaining great wildlife habitats attracting zebras, hippos, impalas, lions, leopards and elephants.
Inside one of the world's largest inland deltas
Known as the "Jewel of the Kalahari", the Okavango Delta in Botswana is a kaleidoscopic maze of waterways spread over 15,000 kilometers of arid land.
The big, fat, pricey weddings of the Comoros
Explore the place where marriage is not only an opulent display of wealth and generosity, but also a prerequisite for a man's participation in politics.
The beautiful process behind golden jackets
It takes weeks to make one, and they can be sold for more than 4,000 dollars each: find out how these traditional African clothes are made.
The unique rhythm of the Comoros Islands
Find out about Twarab, the African music where lyrics are improvised and the melody is created using a violin and traditional instruments.
The flower behind some of the world's top perfumes
Soni Methu explores the intoxicating aroma of the ylang-ylang flower, a principal ingredient in some of the world's most renowned fragrances and cosmetics.
From food to medicine: the many uses of cloves
Discover the versatility of one of the world's most popular spices, which has been extensively used for more than 2,000 years.
Vanilla from the Comoros Islands
Sometimes referred to as the Perfume Isles, these volcanic islands offer a broad array of flowering plants that play a vital role in their economy.
The beautiful black sands of Mount Karthala
Soni Methu hikes up the Comoros islands' largest active volcano, where she's treated to a scenic expanse of ash and lava fields.
Exploring an active volcano
Eruptions and changing lava flows mean there's always something new to see on Mount Karthala, a volcano on the Comoros Islands.
Baby turtles journey to the ocean
CNN's Soni Methu shares a rare moment with turtle babies in the Comoros Islands.
Inside The Gambia's wrestling traditions
See why fans are gripped by wrestling in the country as Soni Methu gets to know the fighters and cheers them on as they face off in the arena.
Why wrestling is a way of life in The Gambia
The sport enjoys a level of popularity that's on par with football. CNN's Soni Methu reports.
Wrestling festival promotes peace
CNN's Soni Methu tracks the tradition of the sport which started among soldiers in Gambian villages.
Morocco's vibrant art scene
Explore the aesthetic influences of Africa, Europe and the Middle East in the country's burgeoning art scene.
French influences in the heart of Marrakech
Discover the Jardin Majorelle, the garden that inspired Yves Saint Laurent.
Giving artists a louder voice in Rabat
The Mohammed VI Museum in Rabat is Morocco's first contemporary art museum.
Stories of slavery on Senegal's St Louis Island
Inside Africa, takes a look around St Louis Island in the mouth of the Senegal river. Famous for it's historic center and more dubiously its slave trade.
The smallest national park in the world
CNN's Inside Africa travels to the Madeliene Islands, 4km off the coast of the Senegalese capital, Dakar.
Senegalese artists captures the culture of a nation
CNN's Inside Africa continues their journey across Senegal; meeting an artist who has been inspired by the culture of the country.
Celebrating Islam with dreadlocks and reggae beats
Inside Africa joins the festivities of the Baye Fall movement in Senegal.
Following the founder of the Baye Fall movement
Inside Africa looks into the deep roots of the Baye Fall movement and the expansion of Mouridism with the religious chief.
It's not rastafariansm; it's just good vibes
Followers of the Baye Fall celebrate religion through musical and spiritual influences.
Savoring the rich flavors of Zambian cuisine
CNN's Inside Africa travels to Zambia to get a taste of the country's culinary delicacies.
What does Zambian beer taste like?
Chibuku is one of Zambia's most popular beers. CNN's Inside Africa visits the brewery where the beer is produced.
A Zambian cooking class
Twaala kitchen founder and chef, Lillian Elidah gives CNN's Inside Africa a master class in Zambian cooking.
Bursting with tradition meet the King of Bafut
A kingdom in north-west Cameroon carries on centuries of tradition including polygamy.
Dance into the big Babungo kingdom
Inside Africa is welcomed into the Babungo village with traditional dancing and it's art of carving out the past and present of this kingdom.
Death in a Cameroonian kingdom
In the northwest of Cameroon, traditions are kept alive through the art of spiritual dancing, singing and story telling.
Creative Cameroon inspires local artists
Welcome to Banjoun Station in Cameroon, a small-town art center that cultivates young African artists.
Explosive art sparks social change in Cameroon
Fostering cultural identity and exploring social issues, Douala's contemporary art scene is burgeoning.
Step back in time with Cameroon's cultural artifacts
Yaounde's national museum reveals a glimpse into Cameroon's past, showcasing ancient pottery, jewelery and clothing.
Making films in a country without cinemas
With no permanent cinema houses left in Cameroon, filmmakers and film enthusiasts are finding creative ways to bring African-made movies to the people.
Lights, Cameroon, action! Africa's budding filmmakers
From hosting African film festivals to unveiling the first film school of its kind, Cameroon is all action when it comes to movies.
Movies on the move: The cinema that comes to you
This traveling cinema brings films directly to unlikely communities, educating and entertaining huge audiences.
Bringing a taste of West Africa to Washington DC
Experience the music and the food that Africans have introduced to Washington D.C.
Shopping for herbs and spices in Ethiopia
Soni Methu meets the spice exporters who are part of the country's dynamic culinary scene.
A taste of Ethiopia
Experience the cuisine of Ethiopia, from the spongy, sourdough taste of injera bread to more unexpected uses of the teff grain.
Ethiopia's love for coffee
Soni Methu meets the coffee producers who have made Ethiopia's coffee famous across the globe.
Which city has 52 African embassies?
As one of the world's hubs for politics and diplomacy, Washington, D.C. is home to 52 African foreign embassies.
Africa's diplomatic ties to the U.S.
Meet the diplomats working to improve trade and political ties between African countries and the U.S.
How dance defines the ancient tribes of modern Kenya
CNN's Inside Africa finds out how dance shaped the history of the Masai people.
The language of Kenyan dance
CNN's Inside Africa finds out how the different ancient dances of Kenya helped tribes to communicate.
Celebrating ancestral culture through song
CNN's Inside Africa finds out how Kenya's, Mijikenda tribe dance to celebrate the harvest.
Local communities protect their wildlife
CNN's Soni Methu meets wildlife guides from villages surrounding Rwanda's Akagera National Park.
Rwandan vet's mission to save endangered bird
Conservationist Olivier Nsengimana is the driving force behind a program aiming to save the country's only crane species.
Saving Rwanda's precious wildlife
Take a tour through the beautiful landscape of Akagera National Park where conservationists are busy restoring a 1,200 square kilometer area.
Female drummers defy stereotypes in Rwanda
CNN's Soni Methu meets the country's first-ever female drumming group, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary.
'Land of a thousand hills' boasts rich culture
CNN's Soni Methu explores the incredible music and dance scene offered in Rwanda.
Keeping Rwanda's music and dance culture alive
CNN's Soni Methu explores how tradition meets modernity in the Central African country.
Ancient port city acts as cultural hub
At the intersection of Europe and Africa, a mere ferry ride from Spain, lies the Moroccan town of Tangier.
How to join a circus Moroccan style
"Inside Africa" goes behind the scenes with one of the country's most famous acts.
Historic movie theater gets new life
"Inside Africa" meets young Moroccan artists credited with reinventing Tangier's main cinema.
In the footsteps of Somalia's civil war
"Inside Africa" travels through Somalia with Oscar-nominated actor Barkhad Abdi who fled the country as a small child twenty three years ago.
Somali Oscar nominee returns home
Barkhad Abdi made a big splash with his portrayal of a Somali pirate in the award-winning film "Captain Phillips" which earned him an Oscar nomination.
Somali women challenge stereotypes
CNN's Soni Methu meets a woman running her own business in a remote town.
The remote mountains of Morocco
The Atlas Mountains of northwestern Africa are home to one of the highest peaks on the continent, Mount Toubkal.
Ancient culture thrives around snowy mountain
For thousands of years, the original inhabitants of North Africa, the Berbers, have lived around Mount Toubkal in Morocco.
Skiing Berber takes on one of Africa's highest peaks
Tourists and locals alike come to the remote mountains of Morocco to enjoy one of the few ski resorts in all of Africa.
Uganda's salt panning industry
CNN's Inside Africa visits the salt lakes of Uganda to find out more about the panning industry.
The wildlife of Uganda's crater lakes
CNN's Inside Africa travels to Uganda to explore the wildlife that inhabits the country's crater lakes.
How tectonic plates have shaped Uganda
CNN's Inside Africa learns how western Uganda's crater lakes were formed.
Reintroducing rhinos to Uganda
Thirty years ago the last rhinos in Uganda were wiped out, but now conservationists are attempting to reintroduce them.
Protecting Uganda's precious rhinos
Trained security forces patrol for poachers as conservationists reintroduce 15 rhinos into the wild.
The link between rhino poaching and endangered plants
How does rhino poaching in Uganda impact the local ecosystem? CNN's Inside Africa finds out.
Mozambican artist tackles identity
Naguib Elias Abdula reflects on the inspiration behind his celebrated artistic expression.
Protecting Mozambique's precious wildlife
CNN's Soni Methu discovers what it takes to conserve the precious coastal habitat from human encroachment, such as overfishing.
Hunting for crabs in Mozambique
CNN's Soni Methu visits Quirimbas National Park in Mozambique.
Colonial fort inspires modern art
CNN's Soni Methu visits the Mozambican island of Ibo which provides inspiration for some of the area's skillful artists.
Where pharaohs once ruled
CNN's Ian Lee goes sailing up the world's longest river where pharaohs ruled with an iron fist.
Sailing with 'Man of the Nile'
CNN's Ian Lee explores treacherous waters with a captain who was born on the Mighty Nile.
Ancient civilization still going strong
CNN's Ian Lee meets Nubians who have flourished on the banks of the Mighty Nile for thousands of years.
Striking photos capture Nigerian life
CNN's Soni Methu meets prize-winning photographers and artists behind thought-provoking images, including Afose Sulayman.
Photographer unmasks women
Jenevieve Aken has created a photography series focusing on the independent professional woman in Nigeria. CNN's Soni Methu reports.
Backstage at the Lagos Photo Festival
CNN's Soni Methu meets Stephen Sangotoye who says the world is waiting to discover Nigerian art.
Neighborhood rising from ocean
CNN's Soni Methu looks at the ambitious Eko Atlantic project which offers a glimpse into Nigeria's future.
Nigeria's mind-blowing super-stadium
CNN's Soni Methu visits Nigeria's state-of-the-art Akwa Ibom Stadium in Uyo.
Game-changing convention center takes shape
CNN's Soni Methu visits the Calabar International Convention Centre which is set to open in early 2015.
What brought Asians to Kenya?
The historic Uganda railway holds immense meaning for a group of Africans. CNN's Soni Methu reports.
What it's like to be Asian in Kenya
CNN's Soni Methu travels along the path of the Uganda Railway and explores how this group has contributed to Kenya.
Kenyan politician stands out
CNN's Soni Methu meets Shakeel Shabbir Ahmed, one of the country's few MPs of Asian origin.
Exploring musical Madagascar
Hear the sounds of Madagascar, an African island nation that features traditional music as unique as its biodiversity.
Making music by creating instruments
Explore the unique and beautiful musical heritage of Madagascar.
Dancing to the sound of a nation
Madagascans dance to the sound of their music that celebrates the heritage and biodiversity of the island.
Tracking world's most famous chimps
CNN's Soni Methu visits Gombe Stream National Park, home to some of the most famous chimpanzees in the world.
Conservationists fight deforestation
CNN's Soni Methu travels to a Tanzanian village where locals are educated on sustainable agricultural techniques.
Fishing in world's longest fresh water lake
CNN's Soni Methu explores the impact of deforestation on Lake Tanganyika where fishing is critical for local communities.
Top photographer captures Westgate terror
Inside Africa meets Joseph Mathenge -- the overall winner at this year's CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Awards.
Behind the scenes at African Journalist Awards
CNNs' Soni Methu looks back at highlights from the CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Awards which were held in Tanzania.
S. African journalists confront the truth
Inside Africa meets the winners of the GE Energy & Infrastructure Award at this year's African Journalist Awards.
Tech changes lives in Zambia
CNN's Soni Methu gets an up close look at the impact tech is having across the country.
Tablet-based learning takes off in Zambia
CNN's Soni Methu looks at how technology is transforming education in the remote community of Lukulu.
Can a text message save a life?
CNN's Soni Methu explores how a simple SMS can help save lives in rural Zambia.
Cape Town hearts city farms
CNN's Soni Methu explores innovative spaces, including rooftops and parking lots, where people are growing their own food.
Food garden transforms struggling school
CNN's Soni Methu explores how a food garden has improved the lives of students at Cape Town's Cavalleria Primary School.
How to grow your own food
Soil for Life is a South African organization teaching people how to look after the planet. CNN's Soni Methu reports.
Zambia's colorful art come to life
CNN's Soni Methu explores how Zambia's rich artistic culture can be seen in all parts of the country.
Basket weaving empowers women
CNN's Soni Methu looks at how basket weaving helps Zambian women support their families and send children to school.
Exciting art defines Zambian life
CNN's Soni Methu meets young sculptors who are inspired by their heritage to create unique works of art.
Namibia embraces conservation
CNN's Soni Methu explores how local communities are taking the lead in preserving the country's wildlife.
Namibia leads way in anti-poaching
CNN's Soni Methu looks at efforts taken by the country to support well-managed legal hunting.
Living in harmony with wildlife
CNN's Soni Methu looks at how conservancies are working with local communities to help them live alongside big game in Namibia.
Rwandan athletes embrace a new sport
CNN's Inside Africa travels to Rwanda where the sport of cricket is growing in popularity and uniting communities.
Rwanda cricket star helps teach children
Rwanda under 19's cricket captain, Don Mugisha takes CNN's Inside Africa to his hometown.
Learning about AIDS through sports
"Cricket without Boundaries" teaches young people in Rwanda about the risk of AIDS through workshops.