Africa Economy Featured General 

Mo Salah brings hope and pride back to weary Egyptians

Mohamed Salah’s beaming face adorns huge advertising billboards across Egyptian cities. Merchants seeking to tap into his soaring popularity are selling bed linen and lanterns, traditionally given to children during the holy month of Ramadan, emblazoned with his image. In a popular café in downtown Cairo, a huge mural of Mr Salah has added a youthful look to a painted pantheon of past Egyptian greats, including Nobel laureates and Umm Kulthum, the renowned diva. After years of political turbulence, polarisation and economic hardship in the Arab world’s most populous nation, Egyptians…

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Africa Education 

Rwandan Youths Step up to Combat Environmental Degradation

Rwanda Ministry of Youths is set to organize the country’s young people towards the fight against enviromental degradation. The youths are to be engaged in a paid service for the protection of their environment. The plan was unvailed during a recently held meeting at the parliament by the country’s Minister of Youth, Rosemary Mbabazi, before the parliamentary Standing Committee on National Budget and Patrimony as part of budget hearings for budget framework for the next three years. According to the Minister, the Ministry will commence a mobilization of thousands of…

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Africa Business Economy 

Dele Kuti: Africa could be the world’s next big oil and gas energy play

New prospecting, drilling and refining technologies combined with increased global energy consumption supported by Africa’s increasingly positive demographic and legislative environments are breathing new life – and significant investment – into the continent’s growing oil and gas sector. The increased costs of oil and gas production and beneficiation are seeing global energy majors build production and refining capability closer to new sources of oil and gas and fast-growing markets. Since many of these new finds are in Africa’s fast-growing emerging and frontier markets, Africa’s rapidly growing consumer and infrastructural opportunities, adds to the rationale…

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Africa Business Economy Featured Sports 

From starting bench to startup: Two rugby stars tackle e-commerce

All professional athletes one day reach a point in their careers where they have to decide what’s next. For Tim Whitehead – a former DHL Stormers and Sharks centre – it was to start his own business. He had the idea while holidaying in Vietnam and, truth be told, only wanted to sell clothes online to fund his travelling addiction. Having begun to learn about running a business while still playing rugby, Whitehead knew that he wanted a partner and called up DHL Stormers captain Siya Kolisi. The two had…

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#HWMIIA Podcast: Samuel Gikandi on building a pan-African tech company

Samuel Gikandi, co-founder and CEO of Africa’s Talking, speaking during the 2018 Africa CEO Forum, held in Abidjan. Samuel Gikandi is the CEO and co-founder of Africa’s Talking, a Kenya-based mobile technology company. How we made it in Africa editor-in-chief Jaco Maritz caught up with Gikandi at the 2018 Africa CEO Forum (hence the background noise) to talk about his business journey, starting a company while still holding a full-time job, and what keeps him up at night. Listen below. How we made it in Africa Interview with Samuel Gikandi,…

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Africa Education Featured General 

10 Vital African Wedding Traditions You Should Know About (Photos)

An old African proverb says, “A man without a wife is like a vase without flowers.“ Africa, is made up of many nations and tribes with wedding traditions rooted deeply into the culture. Here is a quick look at 10 African wedding traditions. Bemba In the Bemba culture of Zambia, marriage starts with a class called Bana Chimbusa, a secret counselling session for the bride. The class is followed by Chilanga Mulilo, where the bride’s family takes different family dishes and presents them to the groom’s family, giving a symbolic…

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Africa Economy 

African Presidents with the Most Expensive Private Jets

A look at some of the President’s luxurious private aircrafts playPresident Uhuru Kenyatta sits in a plane’s cockpit. (Courtesy) Luxurious, state-of-the-art technologies, plush interiors, super-sonic speeds. These are the some of the words that would best describe the expensive jets that African Presidents cruise the world in. Business Insider SSA takes a look at some of them: 10. Angola President’s Plane (Embraer ERJ-135) play   Angola’s President José Eduardo dos Santos flies in the Embraer ERJ-135 that is said to cost a whopping $16 million. The plane is renowned for…

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Africa Business Economy 

Meet the Executive From Senegal Who Can Neither Be Stopped By Borders Nor Boundaries

Anta Babacar Ngom’s most unforgettable moment was not the day when she got her dream job. It was the day she didn’t. Anta Babacar had just returned to Senegal from Paris, where she was studying at prestigious universities and working for a multinational company. At the time, she thought that her experience abroad would help build Sedima, her family’s poultry business back home. But a meeting with Sedima’s general director – her father – ended unexpectedly. Instead of being assigned a desk, she was sent to a farm to learn the basics…

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African steel demand is expected to hit 3M tonnes per year by 2050

WASHINGTON D.C., United States of America, March , 2018/ — In 2015, The economist published “It’s a STEEL!” analyzing Chinese strategy of their over-production of steel. There may be reason to be suspicious of Chinese steelmakers’ motives. To some, it looks as if China simply wants to export its domestic pollution abroad. Officials are desperately trying to close dirty domestic steel plants. Persuading China’s Iron and Steel Association to do their business in Africa neatly blends environmental concerns with the government’s geopolitical motives to push investment in Africa. But now it seems that US Steel Industry…

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Africa Business Economy Technology 

Egypt Launches Digital Forensic Lab to Improve Intellectual Property Rights’ (IPR) Protection and Enforcement

CAIRO, Egypt, March, 2018/ — The Government of Egypt has announced today that it is setting up a specialized digital forensic lab for Intellectual Property as part of its enforcement schemes of combating software piracy. The new lab, the first of its kind in the MENA region, is mainly designed to resolve business software and internet-based piracy cases. It authentically recovers data from digital devices and unearths new fraud techniques. The latest measures applied aim to enhance the investigative capabilities and ease the digital forensic evidence acquisition, analysis, and reporting. The…

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