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14 Reasons You Should Start Eating Cucumber

Cucumbers are number four most cultivated vegetable in the world and known to be one of the best foods for your overall health, often referred to as a super food. Pick a handful of firm, dark green cucumbers and drop them into your shopping cart. Congratulations! You have just bought yourself stuff full of good health. Cucumber rehydrates body If you are too busy to drink enough water, eat the cool cucumber, which is 90 percent water. It will cheerfully compensate your water lost. Cucumber fights heat inside and out…

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Economy Entrepreneurship 

MOBILE SOFTWARE: INNOVATION PRIZE FOR AFRICA 2014 ANNOUNCED

The African Innovation Foundation (AIF) (www.africaninnovationfoundation.org) announced the finalists of the prestigious Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) 2014 (http://www.innovationprizeforafrica.org). Ten African innovators have created practical solutions to some of the continent’s most intractable problems, from a domestic waste biogas system to a wafer matrix for paediatric antiretroviral (ARV) drug treatment. Chosen from almost 700 applications from 42 countries, the finalists for the IPA 2014 represent Africans’ potential to address the challenges that are unique to the continent.     The winners of the IPA 2014 will be announced at an…

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Business Food and Agriculture General 

COFEE: ETHIOPIA’S SPECIALITY SECTOR BLOSSOMS

Sorting the beans by hand ensures the quality prized by speciality consumers. Photo©Per-Anders Pettersson/CorbisThe coffee sector is beginning to resemble the wine market, with buyers willing to pay a premium for crops that reflect local climates and harvesting techniques. Stumptown Coffee Roasters from Portland, Oregon is one of a growing number of speciality coffee traders beating a path to Ethiopia in search of the world’s best beans. “The flavours that you find in the cup are flavours that you can’t find anywhere else in the world… Combinations of floral and…

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General 

DREAM AFRICA FEATURES AT WORLD’S LARGEST STARTUP EVENT IN NEW YORK

Africa’s economies are one of the fastest growing in the world, with much of this growth ignited by tech startups and an increased focus on mobile applications and technologies. Nigeria recently overtook South Africa as the largest African economy, and ABI Research has projected that within the next four years at least 50% of Africans will have 4G wireless access. One exciting new mobile app, DreamAfrica, will be featured at the world’s largest startup event on April 22nd at Pier 92 in New York City. Dream Africa is an African…

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Technology 

IS YOUR FLYING CAR FINALLY HERE?

Ever since the early 1960s when we were glued to the animated sitcom “The Jetsons”, whimsical visions of a futuristic space utopia filled our imaginations leaving people asking themselves: “Where’s my flying car?” Point taken, but perhaps now, as our childhood dreams move slowly closer to reality, we should also start pondering this: if a flying car was here today, in the real world and not in the realm of science fiction, would we feel comfortable controlling it safely while cruising thousands of feet up in the air? Would we…

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Business 

GETTING RICH THE HARD WAY

A new generation of business leaders are investing in Africa’s capacity to manufacture cars, process minerals and build equipment. Some governments are now looking for ways to support infant industries without encouraging crony capitalism. Adding value to a product – whether it is canning tomatoes, turning iron ore into steel or building cars – is difficult. But ultimately, it is what makes a country rich. If you keep selling pineapples, you will end up with peanuts. “If you look throughout economic history, there is not a single [country] that has…

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Africa Business 

UGANDAN ENTREPRENEUR EYES MORE TIE-UPS AFTER DEALS WITH EX-BARCLAYS BOSS

Ashish Thakkar, CEO of Mara GroupUgandan-born entrepreneur Ashish Thakkar, whose Mara Group has teamed up with ex-Barclays boss Bob Diamond to buy banks in Africa, is also seeking international partners for mobile technology and financial services ventures. Thakkar’s Mara Group, which he founded in 1996 aged 16, employs 8,000 people, operates in 19 African nations, and has businesses spanning technology, financial services, manufacturing, farming and real estate. We plan to take advantage of this growth with new offerings in financial services and mobile technology in particular “Our strategy is to…

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8 Year Old Nigerian Twins, Peter & Paula Imafidon Break World Mathematics Record.

Peter and Paula Imafidon, Nigerian 8-year-old twins from Waltham Forest in northeast London, are a part of the highest-achieving clan in the history of Great Britain education. The two youngest Nigerian siblings are about to make British history as the youngest students to ever enter high school. They astounded veteran experts of academia when they became the youngest to ever pass the University of Cambridge’s advanced mathematics exam. That’s on top of the fact they set world records when they passed the A/AS-level math papers. Chris Imafidon, their father, said he’s not concerned about…

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