#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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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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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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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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The World’s Premier Mountain Bike (MTB) Race Joins Forces with LiveU to Provide Highest Quality Live Coverage

CAPE TOWN, South Africa, March, 2018/ — The world’s most televised mountain biking race, The Absa Cape Epic (www.Cape-Epic.com), has teamed up with LiveU (www.LiveU.tv) to provide live coverage of the 8-day mountain bike stage race in South Africa’s Western Cape. The Prologue and Grand Finale will be broadcast live on TV, with the Grand Finale being broadcast in more than 50 countries around the world. During the intermediate days, a full live streaming broadcast of the racing will be streamed online to the Absa Cape Epic’s Facebook page. The…

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Snap Tech International opens new branch in Zimbabwe

International Change Management Consultancy and training Firm, Snap Tech International has opened its new branch in Zimbabwe saying that the new dispensation opens new opportunities to improve the economy. Snap Tech (Pty) Ltd is an accredited consulting and training company and a leading provider of international best practice standards, frameworks and models in project, programme and portfolio management in South Africa and Africa. According to Hector Vere, Snap Tech International Principal Consultant, the company which is headquartered in South Africa has also established footprints in Kenya, West Africa, Zambia and…

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MIT and Mastercard Foundation Launch 2018 Zambezi Prize for Innovation in Financial Inclusion

CAMBRIDGE, United States, March 12, 2018 – The Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), in collaboration with the Mastercard Foundation, today announced the launch of the 2018 edition of the Zambezi Prize for Innovation in Financial Inclusion. The prestigious competition, awarding a total of $200,000 in prizes, was established to discover Africa’s most promising and innovative early-stage start-ups that promote and advance financial inclusion on the continent. There are multiple awards and opportunities available for finalists. The grand prize winner will be awarded $100,000 and the two runners-up will each…

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Emmerson Mnangagwa, President of Zimbabwe, to present his economic recovery project at the AFRICA CEO FORUM

* Emmerson Mnangagwa will take part in the AFRICA CEO FORUM on 26 and 27 Marchin Abidjan. * A government delegation will present the strategy for the southern African country’s economic revival to the investor community gathered for the occasion. * In an unprecedented inter-presidential panel, former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo and Zimbabwe’s new president will discuss ways to lift the country out of its isolation and get the economy back on its feet. ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, March 12th 2018, Emmerson Mnangagwa’s accession to the presidency of Zimbabwe in late November 2017…

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