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LG Electronics Rolls Out Anti-Malaria Air-Conditioner For Africa

LG Electronics Rolls Out Anti-Malaria Air-Conditioner For Africa   TWO FEET AFRICA – Global leader in consumer electronics, home appliances and mobile communications, LG Electronics recently unveiled its latest Residential Air Conditioner (RAC) – an Anti-Mosquito conditioner which utilizes ultrasonic wave technology that make a sound to repel mosquitoes. The newly launched air-condition is built to provide maximum comfort and reliable operation at the same time. According to Peet-Grady Chamber tests, the repellent technology inside the Anti-Mosquito air conditioner deters 64 percent of the female Anopheles mosquitoes within 24 hours and…

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General Social Technology 

Self-taught African Teen Wows M.I.T.

15-Year-Old Kelvin Doe is an engineering whiz living in Sierra Leone who scours the trash bins for spare parts, which he uses to build batteries, generators and transmitters. Completely self-taught, Kelvin has created his own radio station where he broadcasts news and plays music under the moniker, DJ Focus. Kelvin became the youngest person in history to be invited to the “Visiting Practitioner’s Program” at MIT. THNKR had exclusive access to Kelvin and his life-changing journey – experiencing the US for the first time, exploring incredible opportunities, contending with homesickness,…

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Business Entrepreneurship 

AFRICAN ENTREPRENEURS TAKE ADVANTAGE OF OUTSOURCING GROWTH IN AFRICA

African Entrepreneurs Can Take Advantage Of Outsourcing Growth In Africa – Interview With Kagem Tibaijuka By Jennifer Ehidiamen   Kagem Tibaijuka founded Kagem Tibaijuka & Co,  a small-scale B2B marketing company based in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania. But, all of her clients are based outside Tanzania. While India is part of the outsourcing boom, companies like Kagem Tibaijuka & Co, customize marketing campaigns for international small businesses in markets such as London and Prague. They are a part of the sudden outsourcing growth on the continent.   According to Kagem, “outsourcing is traditionally seen…

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African Politics 

WHY AND HOW JOHN MAHAMA WILL WIN THE 7TH DECEMBER 2012 ELECTIONS

In seven days time Ghanaians will be heading to the polls to vote for a President and 275 Parliamentarians. All indications are that President John Mahama and the NDC, against all odds, will be re-elected despite the hype of opposition commentators, spokes persons and some rented media speculations that the contest is too close to call. There are several related factors at play in President Mahama and NDC victory, come 7 December 2012. President Mahama’s campaign machine offers a rewarding template for understanding some critical aspects of Ghanaian elections, namely,…

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Economy 

Ten African countries with high consumption growth potential

Ten African countries with high consumption growth potential BY Femi Adewunmi So you’ve decided to take the plunge and expand your business into Africa. Great. But the continent is not one homogeneous market and comprises 54 countries, each with its own unique dynamics. Which countries are the most attractive?   A KFC outlet in Ibadan, Nigeria. The West African country has been ranked as the market with the most favourable macroeconomic backdrop for consumption growth. The increasing spending power of African consumers has been covered extensively by How we made it in…

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General 

Global quantitative easing and its impact on Africa

Global quantitative easing and its impact on Africa BY Mthuli Ncube |   In recent weeks, three of the world’s largest central banks namely the U.S. Federal Reserve, the European Central Bank and the Bank of Japan embarked on a new round of monetary easing. This is an unorthodox way of pumping money into the economy and lowering the long-term interest rates in order to combat the recession.   Since interest rates in industrial countries had declined to near zero in the aftermath of the global crisis, the scope for…

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Celebrity Interviews 

CHINUA ACHEBE AT 82: “WE REMEMBER DIFFERENTLY”

By Chimamanda Ngozi AdichieIn this piece, Chimamanda Adichie extols Chinua Achebe at 82.I have met Chinua Achebe only three times. The first, at the National Arts Club in Manhattan, I joined the admiring circle around him. A gentle-faced man in a wheelchair. “Good evening, sir. I’m Chimamanda Adichie,” I said, and he replied, mildly,  “I thought you were running away from me.” I mumbled, nervous, grateful for the crush of people around us. I had been running away from him. After my first novel was published, I received an email…

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Enter the iShack, a possible answer to improving Africa’s slums

Enter the iShack, a possible answer to improving Africa’s slums For those who aren’t familiar with South Africa’s informal settlements, it is estimated that seven million South Africans live in shacks in the country’s many “squatter camps” located around all major cities.   Millions of South Africans live in informal shacks. These shacks are made out of corrugated metal and scraps that make homes uncomfortably hot in summer and icy cold in winter. Many of these informal settlements and their inhabitants are located illegally and while efforts are being made…

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The Africa Summit

Join Economist Conferences on 5 February 2013 at the Royal Garden Hotel, London to examine the real economic development story across one of the world’s most diverse and dynamic continents. By exploring promising growth sectors and exposing the risks and rewards of building business across the continent, The Africa Summit will seek to help you understand this vast market. Africa’s must attend event on the next generation Looking at the numbers alone, the African continent is undergoing nothing short of a renaissance. The scale of economic growth is staggering. Statistics…

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I MOVED OUT OF THE CROWD TO GET IT RIGHT – Mrs Alakija

Life is truly what we choose to make of it. From a very humble career as a bank secretary cum Typist, she has become one of Nigeria’s richest women. Wondering how that happened? Her creativity earned her golden fingers that turned everything into immediate success in her hands! From that humble career which was imposed on her by her father and then to fashion designing which she later had to venture into, Mrs. Folorunsho Alakija has proven herself a genius! Her foray into the oil business, which saw her becoming…

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