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Meet Africa’s Latest Female President

ARETWEETPIN IT56-year-old Ameenah Gurib-Fakim has just been made president of Mauritius. Take a look at her accomplishments. You’ve heard of a philosopher king. But what about a biologist president? Ameenah Gurib-Fakim — the biologist who gave the TED Talk “Humble plants that hide surprising secrets” — was sworn in today as the sixth president of Mauritius, a small island off the coast of Africa, about 500 miles past Madagascar. Gurib-Fakim was appointed to the position by Mauritius’ parliament, and is the country’s first female president. And as she tells the…

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World’s first “droneport” to be built in Rwanda

Drones will deliver essential supplies such as food, medicine and blood to combat malaria and sickle cell among other diseases. The drones will be deployed across the country Photo: Loopt Rwanda is set to be the first country in the world to have a “droneport” to deliver “urgent and precious supplies to remote areas on a massive scale” according to statement by droneport project partners. The project is a brainchild of Madrid based Norman Foster Foundation, École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Foster + Partners and Redline partners (Afrotech). The drones would be cost…

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Walking Through The Kibra’s Nubian Culture

Nubians settled in Kibra, about five kilometres from the Nairobi City Centre, starting from about 1911, then again in 1917-18. They were originally reserve troops in 17 garrisons aiding the British imperial campaign. Collectively called “Nubians”, they comprise groups such as the Dinka, Muru, Kotoria, Bari, Kuku and Lendu. The Lendu trace their origins to the Congo while the rest, to Sudan. Photo: Open Society Foundations The winding tarmac road snakes through rusty tin-roofed houses in Nairobi’s Kibra neighbourhood, five kilometers south of the City Centre. It is one of…

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Buying A Pre-Owned Tablet

Buying a pre-owned tablet is a great solution for those who are looking for a good device and are limited in money. It is also a great way to attain a new gadget for those who really need it more than need to boast with some cutting edge technology. And the best solution for buying a pre-owned tablet is Jiji.ng. It provides an incredible selection of things and can be easily operated with the help of your laptop or a Smartphone. The process takes only some simple steps. To start…

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Samsung Electronics Africa Launches Digital Village in DRC

Samsung Electronics Africa has launched its Digital Village in the community of Kasenga, 250 kilometres away from Lubumbashi in DRC. According to IT News Africa, the Digital Village will provide access to communication technologies, and education and health services to under-resourced areas. The aim is to bridge the major digital divide which currently exists and help to foster development of local businesses. It is also intended to bolster the government’s efforts in these areas. Inside the Digital Village is a Solar Powered Internet School built to accommodate up to 24…

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Top 10 Nigerian Celebrities With Highest Number of Instagram Followers

  Well, being in this jet age, lots of things happen online in the social media world. Today, we would be sharing with you the top ten Nigerian celebrities with the highest number of followers on instagram. Curious? I knew it. Check below for the top ten and find out who the superior celeb is. 10)Rita Dominic   Rita Dominic is a member of the Royal Waturuocha family of Aboh Mbaise local government area in Imo State. She is the youngest of four siblings. Her late parents were medical practitioners; her father…

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Millions in Nigeria and Kenya Embrace Facebook on Mobile to Share and Connect with Others

Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) has shared new statistics revealing that 2.2 million Kenyans use Facebook every day and 4.5 million each month, while 7.1 million Nigerians use Facebook daily and 15 million are active every month. Almost all these people are coming to Facebook on a mobile device: 100% of Nigerian monthly users are active on mobile as are 95% of Kenya’s monthly users. This follows the recent announcement that Facebook’s active user population in Africa has grown 20% to 120 million in June 2015 from 100 million in September 2014. More…

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Orange launches the first ever mobile crowdfunding platform in Africa, in partnership with HelloAsso

PARIS, France, September 11, 2015/ — Orange Collecte: the first 100 % mobile crowdfunding service dedicated to Orange Money customers   Today, Orange Orange is launching Africa’s first mobile crowdfunding platform in Côte d’Ivoire: Orange Collecte. With this platform, private individuals and charities can finance their personal (weddings, birthdays, etc.) and charitable projects (fundraising, events, projects, etc.) by making an appeal through their mobile network. This novel solution is open to all Orange Money customers in Côte d’Ivoire. Contributors will be able to make their donations using their Orange Money…

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