Lee Mwiti joined Africa Check on 1 September 2016 as deputy editor. Previously he was the deputy editor at Mail and Guardian Africa, the pan-African arm of the South Africa-based Mail & Guardian. He has also been senior writer at the Africa Review, the continental unit of the Nation Media Group, in Kenya. He holds a Masters in International Studies from the University of Nairobi, a BSc. in Biomedical Sciences and a certificate in journalism. He has also been a Diageo business reporting awards (UK) finalist with wide experience in reporting on the continent’s geo-political economy. He is a recovering pedant.
During a recent US-Africa forum in New York, US president Barack Obama said that all of Africa produces about as much as France.
The country’s deputy president recently claimed so but the available data show it is unlikely to be correct.
Everyone jostled to be visible, ranging from the African Union, business lobbies to players such as Ethiopian Airlines and French oil major Total
Every year 11 million Africans enter job market, and here’s the dilemma - jobs or technological progress?>Lee Mwiti
Percentage of GDP represented by manufacturing has remained low – 9% in Nigeria, 12% in Kenya and just 8% in Zambia, compared to 30% in China
‘Every single business is a digital business…even if it sells t-shirts by the roadside’, WEF Africa in Kigali told>Lee Mwiti
When Google laid 800 kilometers of fibre optic cable in Kampala, there was a 3,000% increase in the absorption of internet
Not even close: In 2013 the US earned $128 billion for the use of its intellectual property. China in the same year received less than $1 billion
Presidents promising overnight riches are elected, lofty pledges are made, grand visions proclaimed. So what then goes wrong?
Panel revises figures upwards, and the money is not leaving continent in plastic bags: Kinshasa, we have a problem
Interview with Kofi Annan at Tana Forum: armed conflict now a smaller risk to most Africans than traffic accidents>Lee Mwiti
In Harare, Annan's address elicited gasps of disbelief from his aides, deathly silence from the heads of state and applause from African civil society
“Africa needs to start taking responsibility, in concrete terms, by funding its own peace initiatives and developmental priorities” - Obasanjo