Saturday, January 20

Editorial

Shithole Countries” By Trump : Africa Leaders Responds

Shithole Countries” By Trump : Africa Leaders Responds

Editorial, Whats Hot, World
In bluntly vulgar language, US President Donald Trump has questioned why the US accepts more immigrants from “ shithole countries ” in Africa rather than places like Norway, as he rejected a bipartisan immigration deal, according to people briefed on the extraordinary Oval Office conversation. Trump’s comments came as two senators presented details of a bipartisan compromise that would extend protections against deportation for hundreds of thousands of young immigrants — and also strengthen border protections, as Trump has insisted. According to the Washington Post, Trump specifically said; Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here? The Los Angeles Times similarly quoted Trump as saying: What do we want Haitians here for? Why do we want all these peo
55 Facts About Ghana That Will Amaze You

55 Facts About Ghana That Will Amaze You

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Facts : The Republic of Ghana is named after the medieval West African Ghana Empire. The Empire became known in Europe and Arabia as the Ghana Empire after the title of its emperor, the Ghana. The Empire appears to have broken up following the 1076 conquest by the Almoravid General Abu-Bakr Ibn-Umar. An elevated kingdom continued to exist after Almoravid rule ended, and the kingdom was later incorporated into subsequent Sahelian empires, such as the Mali Empire several centuries later. Geographically, the ancient Ghana Empire was approximately 500 miles (800 km) north and west of the modern state of Ghana, and controlled territories in the area of the Sénégal River and east towards the Niger rivers, in modern Senegal, Mauritania and Mali. Below Are 55 Facts About Ghana Facts
Masiyiwa-First Billionaire In Zimbabwe Worth $1.7billion

Masiyiwa-First Billionaire In Zimbabwe Worth $1.7billion

Africa, Editorial, Int. News
ZIMBABWEAN telecoms, media and financial services tycoon, Strive Masiyiwa, is now worth US$1.7 billion and ranked 14th on Forbes' list of African billionaires. According to the US-based business magazine, Masiyiwa becomes Zimbabwe's first billionaire and the country's only representative on its list of Africa's super rich. Masiyiwa, a globally respected business leader and philanthropist, is executive chairman of the Econet Group which was founded in 1993 with the launch of mobile phone company Econet Wireless Zimbabwe after a five-year legal battle against the Harare government. His telecoms venture has since expanded internationally with operations now spanning Africa as well as in Europe, South America, North America and the East Asia Pacific Rim. Listed on the local stock market,...
Little Girl With Blue Eyes From Ghana- Waardenburg syndrome

Little Girl With Blue Eyes From Ghana- Waardenburg syndrome

Editorial
Waardenburg syndrome According to Indian Journal Of Human Genetics, Waardenburg syndrome (WS) is a rare genetic disorder. Patients have heterochromia or eyes with iris of different color, increased inter-canthal distance, distopia canthorum, pigmentation anomalies, and varying degree of deafness. It usually follows autosomal dominant pattern. In this report, two cases have been discussed but no familial history of WS has been found. Counseling of the patient is necessary and cases of irreversible deafness have been treated. It was first described in 1951. The syndrome was later found to have four types. For example, type II was identified in 1971, to describe cases where dystopia canthorum was not present. Some types are now split into subtypes, based upon the gene responsible for th
Developer Who Quit His Job To Build An App

Developer Who Quit His Job To Build An App

Africa, Business/Finance, Editorial, Whats Hot
Muzi Mkhize is determined, short and very presentable. The glasses fit the stereotype of a nerdy app developer. We meet at The Wine Bar, in the famous Vilakazi Street in Soweto, once home to two Nobel Prize winners, Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. The businesses there have the QR code to Mkhize’s app on their tables. Through it you can download the app and connect with the establishments. Mkhize was born, and lived most of his life, in Soweto, about 30 kilometers south of Johannesburg. After completing high school in the east of Johannesburg, Mkhize moved into the Information Technology (IT) sector. On graduation, in 2005, Mkhize worked for a few big companies. That is where he decided not a lot of black graduates are given opportunities to grow within the IT sector.
Start Business With Your Own Money Says Nairobi Based Entrepreneur

Start Business With Your Own Money Says Nairobi Based Entrepreneur

Africa, Editorial, Start-ups
 Start Business at 20, Audrey Cheng (age 24), founder and CEO of Moringa School, a training institution for software developers, based in Nairobi, Kenya. Audrey got featured on Finding Impact Podcast (FIP). FIP is a weekly series where Andy Narracott (@AndyNarracott) has conversations with people moving the needle in social enterprise. Each episode discusses strategy, tactics and practical advice to help you build your own venture. Many start-ups seek investment or grants to fund their operations. But Cheng, who previously worked at early-stage investor Savannah Fund, decided to bootstrap Moringa School by using her own money, particularly during the first few years. In this (slightly-edited) excerpt, she explains the reasons for following this route. “What I realised pretty earl
Facebook Launches It First Tech Space In Africa

Facebook Launches It First Tech Space In Africa

Africa, Editorial, Whats Hot
Facebook is launching a “community hub” and training program in Nigeria, its biggest market in Africa. The hub will offer support to tech startups and will also train 50,000 young people and SMEs in digital skills across the country. Opening in 2018, it will be Facebook’s first tech space in Africa as the social media company follows in the footsteps of search giant Google who in July launched an ambitious initiative to train 10 million young people in online skills over five years. Emeka Afigbo, Head of platform partnerships, Middle East & Africa told CNN: “What we aim to do at the incubator is to provide support for high tech startups that do not ordinarily get investments, until they can develop a proof of concept, which will attract other investors.” With an eye on
Ingressive to host annual Tour of Tech in Lagos

Ingressive to host annual Tour of Tech in Lagos

Africa, Editorial, Whats Hot
Investor support platform Ingressive is to hold its third annual Tour of Tech in Lagos, Nigeria next week, bringing together investors, entrepreneurs and policymakers. The Tour of Tech will take place on November 16-22, aiming to create proprietary market access and promote cross-pollination through curated convenings with Africa-focused investors, local techies, influencers, and policy makers. This year features executives from GitHub, AngelList, Glickman Family Trust, Jackson Ross Law, Banwo & Ighodalo, Petrolex, PwC and more. The week-long tour is culminated by Ingressive and Starta’s High Growth Africa Summit, a two-day conference dedicated to teaching entrepreneurs how to build, scale and fund high growth businesses in Africa. This year’s summit will be hosting more t
Wekesa ‘If Hunger Can’t Inspire You, Nothing Can’

Wekesa ‘If Hunger Can’t Inspire You, Nothing Can’

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The extreme poverty Amos Wekesa grew up with pushed him to earn $6 million a year with his tour companies. The Java House café at The Village mall in Kampala is teeming with customers as smiling waiters serve coffee as hot as the afternoon mercury. Amos Wekesa, who has run two of Uganda’s most successful tour companies, Great Lakes Safaris and Uganda Lodges, for the last 16 years, is here with friends, chilling in military style shorts and a t-shirt with the words ‘I’m So Uganda’ on it. Within minutes of speaking with him, it’s clear he is a walking-talking ambassador of his country. “I have never boarded a plane in the last 10 years without ‘Uganda’ on my chest,” says the amiable 44-year-old. “I encourage every Ugandan to do the same. No one can talk about Uganda be
IFC Partners AFC to Open Up Investment Opportunities for Africa

IFC Partners AFC to Open Up Investment Opportunities for Africa

Editorial, Opportunities, World
The Africa Finance Corporation (AFC), a pan-African multilateral development and lending institution, has signed a high profile agreement with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) that will expose the continent to lucrative investment opportunities. The AFC has this month become the 30th member of the Master Cooperation Agreement (MCA) at the World Bank’s Annual Meetings in Washington DC. Created by the International Finance Corporation’s in 2009, the MCA seeks to enhance cooperation among member development finance institutions (DFIs). Other MCA signatories include the United Kingdom’s financial institution, CDC Group; the Netherland’s private development bank, FMO and Sweden’s Swedfund. In addition to increased collaboration with other MCA signatories, AFC stands to b