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  • Ebola victim heads to US hospital

    BBC News - Africa
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:36 pm
    A hospital in Atlanta is preparing to receive a US aid worker infected with the deadly Ebola virus while working in West Africa.
  • Diplomatic Memo: African Leaders Coming to Talk Business May Also Be Pressed on Rights

    NYT > Africa
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:19 pm
    The Obama administration said it would seek to build deeper relationships with African leaders, though some advocates worry that human-rights issues will take a back seat.
  • Boris Kodjoe and Kat Graham star in the movie Addicted

    Jamati Online
    Shirlene Brown
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:54 am
    Boris Kodjoe’s newest film, ‘Addicted’,  is set to open up in theaters on October 10, 2014.  ‘Addicted’ is a sexy & provocative thriller about desire and the dangers of indiscretion.  The film is based on a novel by erotic noir author, Zane. Zane, the NY Times Bestselling Author of 30 books and the Publisher of Strebor Books/ATRIA/Simon and Schuster,  is also the Creator, Scripwriter and Executive Producer of two Cinemax series–’Zane’s Sex Chronicles’ and ‘Zane’s The Jump Off’. Addicted Kat Graham, the daughter of…
  • SK8OPIA – Skate Ethiopia

    Juergen Eichholz
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:58 pm
    These are great news from our Ethiopia-based partner iceaddis: a student recently designed a new wheel for skateboards that can be produced in Ethiopia – made and designed in Africa. Reinventing the wheel? Eh! Bauhaus product design student Daniel Scheidler presented his bachelor project on affordable and locally appropriate vehicles for individual transport in Ethiopia. Through extensive field research in Addis Ababa, Daniel concluded that new roads of good quality have been built across the city and the country, but owning a car is still far too costly for the great majority of the…
  • A BRCK Journey

    White African
    8 Jul 2014 | 5:06 am
    We’re about to ship our first orders of BRCKs next week, on July 17th. Tomorrow (Wed, July 9th) we have a launch event happening at Sarit Centre for our Nairobi friends and media, starting at 9am, where we take over our partner Sandstorm‘s store for the day. We’ll be there all day, so come on buy if you can make it. You’ll be able to use the devices and ask questions from anyone on the BRCK team. The BRCK is a rugged, self-powered, mobile WiFi device which connects people and things to the internet in areas of the world with poor infrastructure, all managed via a…
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  • Boris Kodjoe and Kat Graham star in the movie Addicted

    Shirlene Brown
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:54 am
    Boris Kodjoe’s newest film, ‘Addicted’,  is set to open up in theaters on October 10, 2014.  ‘Addicted’ is a sexy & provocative thriller about desire and the dangers of indiscretion.  The film is based on a novel by erotic noir author, Zane. Zane, the NY Times Bestselling Author of 30 books and the Publisher of Strebor Books/ATRIA/Simon and Schuster,  is also the Creator, Scripwriter and Executive Producer of two Cinemax series–’Zane’s Sex Chronicles’ and ‘Zane’s The Jump Off’. Addicted Kat Graham, the daughter of…
  • Lupita graces Vogue cover

    Shirlene Brown
    20 Jun 2014 | 9:11 am
    Lupita Nyong’o is on the cover of this month’s Vogue, and she looks stunning! Lupita Nyongo (Photo: Mikael Jansson, Vogue, July 2014) In her interview she talks candidly about her journey from obscurity to insane recognition.  Her personality shines through and it is a good read (oh, and it lays to rest the rumors that she is dating a White guy…for all the shallow people who want to focus on that.  Her boyfriend is K’Naan, the Somali rapper, known for his song, ‘Waving Flag‘.). We could gush about how great the photo shoot came out, but you might think we…
  • Lira and Wayna to perform at Howard Theatre

    Shirlene Brown
    19 Jun 2014 | 9:14 am
    Lira will be at the Howard Theatre on June 23 2014 to perform songs from her latest album,’Rise Again‘. Lira She is only the second African vocalist to grace Italy’s Teatro Del Greco stage since Miriam Makeba. Essence Magazine named her one of the “Five Unique Artists to Change Music in 2012″. Since 2003 she has released 5 albums that have all been hits on several charts. You can learn more about her on her Facebook page and her official website DC’s own Wayna, no stranger to Jamati readers, will be sharing the stage with Lira and working her lyrical magic…
  • Humura puts out digital magazine on Ugandan superhero

    Shirlene Brown
    18 Jun 2014 | 10:24 am
    African cartoons and 3d digital media are getting better and more creative by the minute. As it is a growing field, the artists are pretty creative in their quest for much needed recognition without any real marketing, and sometimes without a marketing budget. The Evolvers by Humura Meet Humura Brian Kab, an avid cartoonist who is inspired by Adi Granov, Greg Capullo, Jim lee, David Finch and Steve Mcniven.  This self-taught artist draws with a level of detail that belies his lack of professional education in the field.  Every Friday he releases a page of his online comic book  on…
  • Sammi Rotibi stars in CRU where secrets come to light

    Shirlene Brown
    11 Jun 2014 | 7:23 am
    Sammi Rotibi is a Nigerian actor that has been seen in several movies including ‘Django Unchained’, ‘Lord of War’, ‘Tears of the Sun’ and television series ‘The Secret Circle‘ where he plays Eben. Scene from CRU In his latest movie, ‘CRU’ (a Glassrock Entertainment production), he plays Adisa Ewansiha. The story is about four high school best friends’ whose lives are dramatically changed on the night of a near fatal accident. Eighteen years later they’re reunited, only to discover that a set of past and present secrets…
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  • SK8OPIA – Skate Ethiopia

    Juergen Eichholz
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:58 pm
    These are great news from our Ethiopia-based partner iceaddis: a student recently designed a new wheel for skateboards that can be produced in Ethiopia – made and designed in Africa. Reinventing the wheel? Eh! Bauhaus product design student Daniel Scheidler presented his bachelor project on affordable and locally appropriate vehicles for individual transport in Ethiopia. Through extensive field research in Addis Ababa, Daniel concluded that new roads of good quality have been built across the city and the country, but owning a car is still far too costly for the great majority of the…
  • Maker Faire Africa comes to Jo’Burg

    Juergen Eichholz
    8 Jul 2014 | 1:36 pm
    Maker Faire Africa was first held in Ghana in 2009, then Kenya 2010, Egypt 2011, Nigeria 2012 and now in South Africa 2014. It’s been an amazing thing to be a part of, and the best is to be there and see the local ingenuity, the practical inventions that are made by some of the smartest and scrappiest people in Africa. Makers from across Africa will join ZA Makers for 4-days of meet-ups, mash-ups, workshops, and seed-starting ideas for new collaborations in open innovation across the continent. When: Sept 3-6, 2014 Where: WITS (University of the Witwatersrand), exact location TBD Who: You +…
  • The Mukombe

    Juergen Eichholz
    6 Apr 2014 | 7:53 am
    The Mukombe – Zimbabwe’s tippy tap Dr. Peter Morgan, winner of the 2013 Stockholm Water Prize and resident of Zimbabwe, recently shared the design of The Mukombe on the forum of the Sustainable Sanitation Alliance. The Mukombe is a hand washing device – a “tippy tap” as it is commonly known within the Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH) scene – as it just requires a little tip to provide the user with just enough water to wash the hands. In water-arid areas, such a simple device can be essential to hygiene. Naturally occuring Mukombe “(The Mukombe)…
  • You are what you breathe

    Stefania Druga
    27 Jan 2014 | 8:30 am
    When was the last time you noticed the air you are breathing ? Do you know how it affects you and your health? Egypt leads the list of the most polluted cities in the world, in terms of particulate matter. Moreover, according to the latest report by the WHO, every Cairo resident’s daily share of air pollution is equivalent to smoking a pack of cigarettes a day. This motivated the makers from icealex hub in Alexandria Egypt to work on solving this global problem. Their solution: Build an air quality monitoring kit The kit uses Arduino, gas, humidity and temperature sensors, RGB LEDs and an…
  • Kiambu chopper et al

    Juergen Eichholz
    29 May 2013 | 5:57 pm
    Sharing good content online isn’t always easy, as we prefer original (first-hand) content – contributed by our readers – that comes along with a permission to share these jewels. The following post first appeared in a Kenyan newspaper a month ago – we’ve tried contacting the editor in charge, but haven’t received a reply from them so far. Still, the story is so unique, it needs to be shared: Residents of Magomano village in Kiambu have been flocking to a homestead for a glimpse of a homemade helicopter which has been assembled by a 20 year-old farm hand.
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  • A BRCK Journey

    8 Jul 2014 | 5:06 am
    We’re about to ship our first orders of BRCKs next week, on July 17th. Tomorrow (Wed, July 9th) we have a launch event happening at Sarit Centre for our Nairobi friends and media, starting at 9am, where we take over our partner Sandstorm‘s store for the day. We’ll be there all day, so come on buy if you can make it. You’ll be able to use the devices and ask questions from anyone on the BRCK team. The BRCK is a rugged, self-powered, mobile WiFi device which connects people and things to the internet in areas of the world with poor infrastructure, all managed via a…
  • Maker Faire Africa comes to Jo’Burg

    2 Jul 2014 | 7:26 am
    Maker Faire Africa was first held in Ghana in 2009, then Kenya 2010, Egypt 2011, Nigeria 2012 and now in South Africa 2014. It’s been an amazing thing to be a part of, and the best is to be there and see the local ingenuity, the practical inventions that are made by some of the smartest and scrappiest people in Africa. Makers from across Africa will join ZA Makers for 4-days of meet-ups, mash-ups, workshops, and seed-starting ideas for new collaborations in open innovation across the continent. When: Sept 3-6, 2014 Where: WITS (University of the Witwatersrand), exact location TBD Who:…
  • Builders and Talkers: The Fallacy of the Grant vs Investment Debate

    18 Jun 2014 | 3:24 pm
    A bunch of people are talking about where the money comes from that funds the tech startups and/or the ecosystem in East Africa’s tech community: Hype around NGO-funded apps is stifling Africa’s innovation Before Anybody Convinces You That NGOs Are Messing Up The Tech Ecosystem Is there enough funding for startups in Africa? Silicon Savannah [Kenya]- Must be careful of Hype ‘NGO’ Money: Really? Most of the people talking haven’t actually built anything – they’re media, analysts, investors or grant-giving organizations. A few are entrepreneurs – and…
  • Remembering the Genius and Grace of Carey Eaton

    6 Jun 2014 | 12:12 am
    Carey Eaton, with Isis Nyongo and Mbwana Alliy at PivotEast last year Carey Eaton was one of the true sparks of genius in Kenya’s tech ecosystem… in Africa’s. “It is with great sadness and regret that we announce the untimely death of Kenyan businessman Carey Eaton, who passed away in tragic circumstances after an armed robbery at a friend’s home in Nairobi in the early hours of this morning.” (more) Carey Eaton was a friend. He grew up here in Kenya, went to Hillcrest and then bounced back to Australia to eventually become the CIO of SEEK. Back in 2011, when the…
  • 5 Good Recent Reports on African Tech – 2014

    14 May 2014 | 6:35 am
    I keep meaning to write blog posts on each of these reports on tech, most of them on Africa, but can’t seem to get it done. Instead, I’ll just post a link to each, a visual, and why I think it’s worth reading. 1. The Akamai “State of the Internet” Q3 2013 report [Akamai Report - PDF Download] Has good information on overall usage globally, and trends. In Africa, even though they have a node in Kenya, all we’re seeing is stats on South Africa, Egypt and Morocco. However, there is a really fascinating chart by Ericsson in it on wireless usage. Mobile data vs…
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  • Buqisi-Ruux Shoes

    Emeka Okafor
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:33 am
    A footwear company: Buqisi-Ruux is a shoe brand that represents the diversity, vibrancy and boldness that lies within the African continent through it's African print high heeled shoes. The name, Buqisi-Ruux, means "Queen of the Village". Buqisi comes from an ancient Egyptian word meaning Queen while Ruux represents our home-town Rukungiri. The name symbolizes what we as "Buqisi-Ruux" find important; our African heritage and the sensation of royalty and pride we want women to feel when they wear a pair of Buqisi-Ruux shoes. From inception to construction, our shoes are custom made with each…
  • DIY Microscope From Egypt

    Emeka Okafor
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:24 am
    An Afrimakers project in Instructables: Image courtesy of AfrimakersWe used a simple cheap webcam to make a microscope. In short, a small hack to the optics of a standard webcam with an adjustable focus-lens, allows to create video data, with a magnification of around 100 to 400x (depending on the model) at a working distance of a few mm. The highest magnifications can be achieved by inverting (putting upside down) the lens. We used white LEDs at first but the picture wasn't clear enough ,so we used A Flash Light for brighter and more clear view.More here
  • 'She Leads Africa' Entrepreneurs

    Emeka Okafor
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:01 am
    Identifying talent: She Leads Africa’s Entrepreneur Showcase is a platform that introduces the continent’s most promising female entrepreneurs to investors, accelerators, and mentors looking to invest in the next generation of African talent.We are looking for early stage startups that want to meet investors, gain access to new mentors, and grow across Africa. Our top 10 applicants will be invited to pitch their business ideas in front of a panel of notable business personalities for the chance to win a cash prize of $10, 000 as well as other non-financial prizes (see details below)
  • Testing Kits for Ebola and other Viral hemorrhagic fevers

    Emeka Okafor
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:32 am
    In Uganda, Misaki Wayengera is leading an effort to develop paper strip tests for Ebola and Marburg: A project in Uganda that aims to develop a paper-strip test for the deadly Ebola and Marburg viruses...funded by the Grand Challenges Canada project....The paper strip test would, if developed, help test for the virus in a cheap and quick manner within the community just like it is done for malaria.
  • Mother's Delivery Kits

    Emeka Okafor
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:09 am
    An initiative of the Brown Button Foundation led by Adepeju Mabadeje Jaiyeoba: Mother's Delivery Kits are cost-effective and life-saving kits, for safer childbirth, developed by a team of medical professionals in Nigeria.
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    ... My heart’s in Accra

  • How do you write a biography about collaboration?

    31 Jul 2014 | 12:37 pm
    A friend recently posted a video on Facebook, a 1997 news story from ABC’s Nightline about Tripod, the social media company I helped build in Williamstown MA from 1994-1999. The video sparked a wave of reactions in me: nostalgia for those past days, pride in the accomplishments of the friends I’ve kept up with, regret for losing touch with others, and bafflement that I would choose to wear flannel and overalls to show off our company to the world. (Perhaps my favorite moment in watching the video was discovering that we’d been interviewed by Deborah Amos, NPR’s Middle…
  • Free Zone 9 Bloggers

    31 Jul 2014 | 8:25 am
    Once upon a time, there was a blog. It was written in Amharic, the dominant language in Ethiopia, by a team of young journalists and thinkers who wanted to have an open, public conversation about the future of their nation. Pictures of some of the Zone 9 bloggers It’s not especially easy to talk about these issues in Ethiopia. Africa’s second largest country has been ruled by a neo-marxist government (EPRDF – Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democracy Front) which overthrew a brutal military dictatorship in 1991, instilling one-party autocratic rule in its place. Part…
  • Egyptian sumo wrestler bests a grand champion. Twice. While fasting for Ramadan.

    18 Jul 2014 | 10:23 am
    My regular readers know that I’m a fan of sumo, and am especially interested in the globalization of the sport. The top three rikishi (wrestlers) in Japanese sumo are from Mongolia, and top ranks of the sport have recently featured competitors from Bulgaria, Georgia, Russia, Estonia and Brazil. On the one hand, this is helping a distinctly Japanese tradition gain global audiences, which is a great thing for the quality of the sport. On the other hand, the globalization is in part due to waning interest in the sport by Japanese youth (few of whom are excited about living the…
  • Summer Reading: Dan Drezner’s Theories of International Politics and Zombies, Colson Whitehead’s Zone One

    10 Jul 2014 | 7:37 am
    Much of my summer reading centers on the idea of civics outside of the conventional bounds of the state. I’m interested in understanding reasons why individuals and groups grow frustrated with traditional state-bound politics, and what forms of civics they explore when they opt out of engagement with the state. I’m fond of extreme cases as a way of understanding the limits of a position, so I’ve been reading about seasteading, the “dark enlightenment” movement, and prepper culture, all of which appear to me to be responses to the perception that existing states…
  • Life, only moderately messed up: understanding (my own) high-functioning depression

    8 Jul 2014 | 7:55 am
    My wife is one of the bravest people I know. Almost six years ago, Rachel got pregnant. When we found out, she was in Colorado and I was home in western Massachusetts, and in phone calls and emails we giddily planned for the future. Five days after discovering she was pregnant, she miscarried. Rachel mourned the end of her pregnancy by writing, processing a set of crushing emotions into a slim volume of poetry, Through. It’s not one she often turns to when she reads in public, but women who need the book seem to find the book, and she hears often from readers for whom the book was a…
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  • Nairobi Securities Exchange IPO

    31 Jul 2014 | 8:42 am
    The Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE) launched its IPO on July 23. It runs up to August 12, 2014 and they are selling 66 million shares at Kshs 9.50 per share (with a minimum investment of 500 shares costing Kshs 4,750) and the NSE plans to raise Kshs. 627 million (~$7.3 million).Excerpts from the prospectus and other sources. The NSE borrowed Kshs 300 million from Kenya Commercial Bank to part finance the purchase of the Westlands building that now houses the exchange. (The interest rate is minus 2 the bank’s base rate). Part of the funds raised from the IPO will be used to…
  • YALI 2014

    29 Jul 2014 | 10:56 am
    The Young African Leaders Initiative 2014 - #YALI2014 kicked off this week in Washington DC. Speaking at a meeting with 500 of the first class of YALI fellows, President Obama said that it will be renamed the Mandela Washington Fellowship (& doubled to have 1,000 fellows by 2016) and that four regional leadership centers would set up in Africa.The regional leadership centers will be established in Senegal, Ghana, South Africa and Kenya and will offer courses on leadership, support for entrepreneurs through mentoring and access to capital and a…
  • New Credit Cards from NIC and Equity banks

    24 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    This week, NIC Bank launched a platinum credit card and Equity Bank formally announced their expanded their impressive card portfolio that now includes American Express. The NIC Bank Visa Platinum credit will be offered to a select few clients like professionals, senior government employees, business leaders, and entrepreneurs. The card comes with a variety of privileges in terms of shopping discounts, priority pass access to 600 VIP airport lounges in 100 countries (with complimentary snacks, free internet at many, and card holders can bring in…
  • Lady Lori & FastJet?

    15 Jul 2014 | 11:20 pm
    The latest round of airline license applications has a curious addition with Lady Lori previously known as a successful helicopter charter company applying for a variation of their current license.Lady Lori are seeking to introduce domestic flights between Nairobi and Mombasa as well as to obtain rights for international routes from Nairobi to Dar es Salaam, Juba, Kigali, Entebbe, Maputo and Lusaka.Across the border is successful FastJet who have not been shy about their ambitions for Kenya. But their license to operate which they intended to obtain via an investment in Kenya's…
  • Fin4Ag14

    14 Jul 2014 | 10:48 pm
    All this week, Nairobi plays host to a conference called Fin4Aag14 which has the theme of Revolutionising Finance for Agri-Value Chains.It started with plug & play session in which 18 companies got to introduce their platforms linking agriculture to finance across Africa. This is the second edition of the session that was introduced at the conference in Kigali last year and proved to be quite popular.The 18 companies were: Tangaza Pesa: automates the value chain by doing KYC on farmers with bio data, crops produced,  and GPS  to build credit…
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  • 名刺・チラシ印刷 「ビジネス名刺印刷所」

    24 Jul 2014 | 2:15 am
    名刺作成のサービスを中心に行なっている会社です。 データ入稿から会社オリジナルデザインの注文などに対応しており、とことんこだわりたい人の為に1から要望に応えてくれるフルオーダーなどメニューの豊富さが魅力的となっています。 名刺を渡す時の印象をより良くする為のデザインが豊富に揃っており、サンプル名刺の作成も出来るのはとても便利。…
  • 名刺・チラシ印刷 「YMcard」

    16 Jul 2014 | 1:10 am
    名刺の作成と印刷の専門店として活躍されている会社です。 専門店ならではの名刺デザインが特徴的となっています。フォントや紙の種類にもこだわりをもち、上質な名刺を手にする事が可能です。 依頼する時はイラストレーターでデータの入稿が出来るほか、名刺にはQRコードや写真などその他多くの特殊加工にも対応しているのでより印象的な名刺になります。 高品質の紙を使用しながらも100枚900〜2100円と驚きの低価格も特徴。…
  • 名刺・チラシ印刷 「佐々木印刷」

    9 Jul 2014 | 7:54 pm
    他社で規制されている細かい部分の印刷まで、制限の無い、要望通りのデザインで印刷をしてもらえる印刷会社です。 依頼主の意見を取り入れながら、一緒に効果的なレイアウトやキャッチコピーを考えて提案してくれる親密さが特徴。 チラシを製作したいけど、デザインとか全く考えてない・・・という状態でも引き受けてくれるから1からオリジナルデザインでの印刷をお願い出来るのが嬉しいですね。…
  • 名刺・チラシ印刷 「株式会社リョーワ印刷」

    3 Jul 2014 | 1:25 am
    通常のオフセット印刷だけではなく、高性能オンデマンド機を導入した印刷を得意としている会社です。 これにより小部数の冊子印刷を低価格、高品質で提供してもらえます。 創業40年の経験と実績から印刷業会の事を知り尽くしたスタッフが親切丁寧に対応してくれるのがポイント。 なので初めて業者に印刷を頼むという方でも安心です。…
  • 名刺・チラシ印刷 「グラフィック」

    3 Jun 2014 | 8:46 pm
    簡単便利な自動見積りも出来る会社です。 商品の料金確認やPDFでの見積書の発行、登録した見積りそのまま注文が出来るなど急ぎの場合などにとても便利なサービスだと思います。 24時間年中無休で出稿してくれるのに驚きの激安価格! チラシ一枚あたり3.9円、名刺一枚あたり14.3円・・・とスピード納品、安心サポート付きでこの価格はとてもお得ですよ。 更に初回ならデザインやデザインテンプレートなど半額で請け負ってくれるのも◎…
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  • GoMetro: Winner Of The Get In Ring Competition

    Staff Reporter
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:56 am
    Get in the Ring – South Africa – Cape Town entrepreneur’s faced-off in the ring and saw judges from around the world crown Justin Coetzee from Go Metro as the 2014 “Get In the Ring” Cape Town winner. Justin has won a trip to Rwanda to represent Cape Town in the Regional Finals being hosted in September 2014. Get in the Ring was hosted at Daddy.O in The Biscuit Mill on the 22nd July 2014 in Cape Town. The so-called ‘Olympics’ for start-ups, Get in the Ring: The Investment Battle hit South African shores for the very first time this year with 100’s of budding entrepreneurs…
  • World Wide Creative Launches New E-Commerce Platforms To Sell Gold Online

    Staff Reporter
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:41 am
    The South African Gold Coin Exchange (SAGCE) and its retail division, The Scoin Shop have officially launched brand new websites, both designed and built by digital marketing agency, World Wide Creative. SAGCE’s new website is fully responsive and designed to meet the increased demand for web browsing on mobile devices like smartphones and tablets. Consumers now have a number of touchpoints for browsing the largest collection of gold bullion and collectible coins and medallions in South Africa. GEO tagging on the sites provides users with a location-based shopping experience that factors in…
  • Digital Marketing In Africa: The Namibian Outlook

    Staff Reporter
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:07 am
    World Wide Creative’s project strategist, Maryke Mouton recently visited Ogilvy Namibia on a learning and sharing adventure to gain a better understanding of the processes involved in traditional media buying in an agency. We asked her a few questions about the state of Digital in Namibia and how the market is adopting to incorporate digital strategies into the marketing mix. 1) Tell us about your experience of visiting Namibia to discuss the state of Digital in Africa? The Namibian market is only just starting to tap into Digital and agencies here still face a lot of challenges. It’s…
  • Africa’s First Low Power Solar-Powered Android Desktop Computer

    Staff Reporter
    27 Jul 2014 | 7:06 pm
    A Cape-based tech firm has designed Africa’s first low power solar-powered Android desktop computer. Capsule Technologies earned international recognition for the Western Cape’s ICT sector with its ground-breaking technology. Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, visited the company on Friday afternoon (25 July 2014) to congratulate the entrepreneurs, Megan Verkuil, the founder of the company and Franck Martinaux, the firm’s chief technology officer. Verkuil hails from Mitchells Plain and launched the company only a few months ago. The device, the IMPI Mk1, has also been…
  • 7 Lessons From Herman Mashaba’s Talk @ LaunchLab

    Wesley Diphoko
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    Herman Mashaba the founder of the Black Like Me brand delivered an inspirational talk to entrepreneurs and students at the LaunchLab.  In his talk he shared his lifestory from childhood and how it shaped his entrepreneurial activity. Herman’s academic dream was shattered in 1980 in his second year of a B.Admin. at the University of The North when the University was shut down due to political unrests. When the University was reopened after two months, he decided not to go back. Strong promises to send him out of the country for military training. Late 1980 found himself a clerical job with…
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  • Outsourcing Of Valuation Work – Does It Work

    25 Jul 2014 | 4:35 am
    There is no doubt that property valuation is a very important task without which it would be impossible to transfer ownership of property from one entity to another. The main objective of any property valuation is to have good idea about the fair market value of the real estate that is being either bought or sold. Apart from the above there are also other important benefits that could be available because of property valuation. A good valuation report also has a lot of other aspects which are very useful for various stakeholders. Whether it is about the quality of infrastructure in the area…
  • Does Outsourcing Of Real Estate Valuation Make Sense

    14 Jul 2014 | 1:19 am
    There is no denying the fact that outsourcing of various functions makes lot of sense to many companies, even if they are not big corporations or multinational organizations. It adds value to these organizations in terms of increased efficiency and also reduces the final cost to the customers therefore enabling them to become more price-competitive. In this article we will try and find out whether it makes sense to go in for outsourcing of valuation business. This is because quite a few valuation companies are known to be outsourcing some part of their valuation businesses to such third part…
  • Is Outsourcing Valuation Process A Good Idea

    30 Jun 2014 | 12:26 am
    When one decides to buy or sell a home, he or she has to certainly go through a number of steps and processes. Most of these processes are not only highly complex and complicated, but they are also very impossible for ordinary retail customers to do on their own. There are a number legal issues involved in it and therefore making mistakes could cost quite heavily. Further there are pre defined timelines in many of the processes which have to be adhered to. Taking the above factors into account, it is not very surprising when almost all buyers and sellers prefer handing over the entire…
  • Outsourcing Of Property Valuation Tasks – Is It Good

    16 Jun 2014 | 11:23 pm
    However, before contemplating a decision to outsource valuation, there are quite a few important points that must be kept in mind. First and foremost, such a decision must be within the ambits of the local government rules and regulations. It should not deprive the locals of their right to job and livelihood. Secondly, the decisions to outsource valuation related jobs must have a clear commercial and economic advantage. It must result in reduction of tariffs for the customers without which such an outsourcing decision might prove unworthy. Last but not the least identifying the right partners…
  • Foreign Outsourcing Of Valuation Works

    2 Jun 2014 | 4:57 am
    Hence there is no element of surprise when there is talk of outsourcing a major part of valuation related works to third party service providers and that too in some foreign countries. This is just in the drawing boards today with most of the valuation companies and needs further study to find out whether it is workable or not. However, there are some evident benefits when a part of the valuation work it outsourced to low cost economies like South Africa, India, Philippines to just name a few. But this has to be thought through completely and the pros and cons must be analyzed very…
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    Black Looks

  • Healing in the Homeland – Haitian Vodou Tradition

    15 Jul 2014 | 8:16 am
    ‘As a child in Haiti laying in my bed, I heard the Tams Tams of the Vodou drums beating all nights. These beats were telling the stories of my African ancestors, of their struggles, and their survival, their self determination and resistance to domination to keep their dignity. However, the Christian schooling system and the social setting alienating children from their African Traditional heritage and demonized it. As an adult I have decided to go and make a difference. Thus my Doctorate in Conflict Analysis and Resolution reflects this conflicts and the healing that followed.’ Margaret…

    Queer Africa Network
    14 Jul 2014 | 3:21 am
    FOR COLORED BOYS WHO HAVE CONSIDERED SUICIDE WHEN THE RAINBOW WAS NOT ENUFF BY DIRIYE OSMAN   There’s a revelatory Lauryn Hill song called “Little Boys” , in which she sings, “What happens to young men/ Disappointed once again/ When they find out they’re not supposed to grow?/ Do their lives become a lie?/ Should they wither up and die/ When they find out they deserve more than they know?” As a young, gay, African man living in the west, these lyrics always hit me in the heart because I know what it’s like to feel an earth-deep sense of disconnect from who I am, where…
  • An intimate portrait of Somalian trans-woman

    11 Jul 2014 | 5:57 am
      From Inkanyiso.- An intimate portrait of Somalian trans-woman by Abdi Osman Labeeb is an intimate portrait of Sumaya, a Somali trans-woman. The project consists of large-scale colour photographs, and a double-projection video. Some of the photographs are studio portraits where Sumaya sat for the artist; others depict Sumaya in her daily life. One video also documents aspects of her daily life, while the other portrays Sumaya performing a Somali ritual usually reserved for women. This practice is one that Somali women undertake when preparing for a special occasion or ceremony. The…
  • Mr Loverman – portrayal of a gay, British-Caribbean late bloomer

    9 Jul 2014 | 6:02 am
      Review of Bernardine Evaristo’s ‘Mr. Loverman’ by Diriye Osman James Baldwin once stated that “love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.” This is a sentiment that applies equally to anyone who has ever experienced a profound sense of difference, a secret identity that is both a source of comfort and corrosion. One of the many challenges with settling for “living in Narnia” — the closet — is that it invalidates half of your existence without you realizing that you have consented to such…
  • The human security implications of anti-gay law on sexual minority in Nigeria

    Queer Africa Network
    24 Jun 2014 | 5:42 am
    The human security implications of anti-gay law on sexual minority in Nigeria by Toyin Ajao Introduction On 7th January 2014, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan signed an anti-gay bill into law, with punishments including 14 years imprisonment for anyone that enters into same-sex marriage, 10 years for any organization or people that support gay rights as well as any individual who displays same-sex affection in public. This invasive law made Nigeria the 36th country in Africa to prosecute gays. Following suit, Uganda passed its own anti-gay law on the 24th of February 2014. This…
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    Mike Stopforth

  • 5 Things I Learned When I Lost My Desk

    31 Jul 2014 | 5:03 am
    I haven’t had a desk at Cerebra for just over 5 months now. Cerebra’s offices have a very open plan design to start with and Craig and I deliberately resisted the temptation of closed off offices (more about that here). I had, without much intention, occupied a desk in the far corner of the office behind the kitchen that gave me a good view of goings on until I was unceremoniously relegated from that spot to make way for finance staff who work closely with Craig. No biggie, right? Instead of simply moving into another desk on a permanent basis I decided to occupy open desks as…
  • The Customer Always Comes Second

    7 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    “The shoemaker’s children are poorly shod.” One of the toughest and arguably most important lessons of the entrepreneurial journey – especially for those of us running agency businesses – is prioritising the needs of our own companies over those of our clients. I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve had friends who run web developments companies complain about how crappy their own website is. Or consulting firms lamenting their own internal brokenness. Or financial services businesses whose own employees bank with competitors. At Cerebra we…
  • Don’t Ever Use EEZI MOVE Removals

    22 Jun 2014 | 1:05 pm
    I just bought a new house. This is the third time I’ve moved in five years and they’re right, it’s pretty traumatic at the best of times. This first time I moved I asked for recommendations for a removal company, and EEZI MOVE was suggested. I used them for two successive moves, and my partner used them for her move and we had really good experiences all three times. You might say I was a loyal customer. I have recommended them in turn tons of times, including to the folks we bought this new house from. This time was different. I have never been treated so badly – so…
  • 4 Sensible Stages For Social Media Strategy

    27 Mar 2014 | 7:29 am
    “Social media strategy”. There are a great deal of agency practitioners selling, and corporate clients requesting, social media strategy. It’s a line item on reams of involved proposals and quotations. Type “social me…” into Google and the first autocompleted result is “social media strategy”. Same goes for search results on Slideshare, and when you select “social media strategy” you get 201 478 results. But what is social media strategy, other than a buzzed up phrase that results in a heap of expensive slideshows and zero business…
  • New Project: fitCal

    3 Mar 2014 | 3:48 am
    When Anna registered us for the Knysna half marathon early in 2013 I had no idea just how much of an obsession running would become for me. I’m not alone though – it seems my Twitter timeline and Facebook newsfeed are peppered daily with stories of people getting off the couch and into a pair of trainers. Love them or hate them, you can’t deny that the somewhat narcissistic, socially-powered “I just ran 5.1 kms in 27:32″ updates generated by fitness apps like Strava, Endomondo and Runtastic make it just that little bit harder to spend all day on the couch and not…
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  • Investments in African Entrepreneurs: Managing Risk and Failure

    Jon Gosier
    11 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Slides from my talk at Yale University to current Fellows of the White House’s Young African Leaders Initiative.
  • Speaking at the UN Global Compact Conference: Addis Ababa, June 2014

    10 Jul 2014 | 1:14 pm
    I was invited by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) to be a panelist during the 2 day UN Global Compact Conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The UN Global Compact Conference, held on June 9 + 10, 2014,  convened 300 public and private sector players from across the continent to facilitate knowledge sharing for local, regional and continental planning.  The organizers did a great job in accomplishing something that is no small feat, bringing together U.N. agencies, NGOs and various companies from the private sector  (such as consulting firms, BoP technical assistants and…
  • Guest Lecture at Yale University 6/25

    Jon Gosier
    13 Jun 2014 | 2:49 pm
    Appfrica Founder Jon Gosier will be giving a guest lecture at Yale University on June 25th, 2014. The talk, entitled “Investments in African Entrepreneurship: Managing Risk and Failure” will introduce attendees to opportunities for investing in Africa’s growing ecosystem and how to actively mentor or advise companies through various ups and downs…what investor Fred Wilson calls ‘the trough of sorrow’. The talk is for students, Yale World Fellows, Yale Washington Fellows, and 25 delegates of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI)…
  • The Appfrica Fund: Old Fund, New Name

    Jon Gosier
    5 Jun 2014 | 6:55 am
    After five years of funding companies through partnerships like the Apps4Africa initiative (2009-2013) and our own team’s angel investing, we’ve decided to change course.  While there are are more competitive funding events like A4A planned, the focus of our funding efforts has shifted over the past five years. We are still very committed to discovering, mentoring, virtually accelerating, and investing in the founders and upcoming entrepreneurs of Africa and we’ll be doing so through our fund. Why the name change? Partly to reduce confusion. Since we launched, newer…
  • What’s the Next Big Idea to Come from Africa?

    Jon Gosier
    29 May 2014 | 11:50 am
    Is it insole charges for shoes that power your mobile device? A virtual assistant for blind people? Or perhaps solar powered irrigation systems for small scale farmers. At The New York Forum 2014 three Investors and three young entrepreneurs got together to discuss the next big thing in Africa. Some presented concepts like ‘data nationalism’ while others presented new products. In a later session inspired by the TV Show Shark Tank, the entrepreneurs pitched investors for immediate ‘yes/no’ commitments. The Investors Tutu Agyare, Managing Partner and Chief Investment…
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    Emergent Africa

  • Ruby Amanze | Artist

    31 Jul 2014 | 10:57 am
    In This Is Tomorrow Yvette Greslé speaks with Ruby Amanze: Image courtesy of Ruby AmanzeNigerian born Amanze was brought up in Britain and received her fine art training in the United States. She is currently based in Brooklyn, New York City, where she has a studio.Yvette Greslé: Drawing is central to your practice. You speak about its vulnerability and its humanness. What happens in that space-time between yourself and the surface you are about to fill? Ruby Onyinyechi Amanze: When you say the word surface I think about my background in textiles and working with fabrics. I see these…
  • Experts are the Greatest Inhibitors of Innovation

    31 Jul 2014 | 7:04 am
    Vivek Wadhwa in the Washington Post: History is littered with the failed predictions of experts. Yet governments hire high-paid consultants to advise on policy; businesses use them to vet research and development projects; and venture capitalists have them make investment decisions. Experts excel in looking backwards, protecting their turf, and saying what their clients want to hear. Their short-term predictions are sometimes right, but they are almost always wrong in forecasting any more-distant future. Experts are the greatest inhibitors of innovation—the ones who shouldn’t be listened…
  • Science, Not Aid

    31 Jul 2014 | 6:36 am
    Nkem Khumbah of STEM-Africa & Melvin P. Foote in the NYTimes: Instead of continuing to focus on delivery of developed products — like manufactured drugs and solar-energy panels — to passive consumers, a reallocation of a small percentage of the more than $30 billion in government funds slated for these two programs between 2014 and 2018 could establish a new $1 billion regional fund for joint research activities that would strengthen existing institutions and help establish new ones to train the next generation of Africans in science and engineering disciplines so that they can take…
  • "Look Inward for Solutions & Stop Making Economic Excuses" - Obama

    29 Jul 2014 | 2:16 pm
    Its all about internalist solutions. In the Guardian: Photograph: UP/Landov/BarcroftUS president tells African leaders to look inward for solutions instead of blaming the west for the continent's problemsThe US president has told African leaders to look inward for solutions to the continent's economic problems instead of making "excuses" based on a history of dependence and colonisation. Barack Obama, who was speaking to 500 young Africans finishing a six-week Washington leadership fellowship, will host the Africa leaders summit in Washington next week. He said while it was important for…
  • World's Worst Ebola Outbreak: What You Need to Know

    29 Jul 2014 | 11:56 am
    From Bloomberg: The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is deadlier than any in recorded history, infecting 1200 people and killing 672 so far. Bloomberg looks at what makes this epidemic so dangerous and what the U.S. is doing to stop it.
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    Abuja City, Nigeria - CyBlug


    10 Jul 2014 | 12:54 am
    On behalf of the entire students of University of Abuja, we wish to declare an unequivocal and unflinching support to the new Vice Chancellor in person of Prof. Michael Adikwu. We wish him a happy stay in office and a better UniAbuja in his tenure. Signed. BOLAJI J. Folasayo SUG...
  • For Sale Peugeout 307 Saloon 08 model Price N2.3M #Abuja call 08166126390 cc @gbenro

    26 May 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Leather Interior, 55k miles on the clock, Reverse Sensors, BT absolutely no issues , seviced only at AS motors in Abuja the car is in very good condition. call 08166126390 for further details
  • European film festival Abuja 2014

    16 May 2014 | 8:20 pm
    Abuja The European Film Festival in Abuja will take place at Silverbird, from the 15th of May to the 24th of May. Admission is free! This is the schedule below. Thursday 15th May 8.00 pm - El Greco (Greece) Friday 16th May: 6.00 pm - A horse on the balcony...
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    AfricaCan End Poverty

  • Measuring Poverty and Inequality in Sub-Saharan Africa: Knowledge Gaps and Ways to Address them

    Stephan Klasen
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:17 am
    Local children sit on a boulder overlooking the Kenyan slum of Kibera ​@Gates Foundation  Despite hundreds of millions spent on more and better household surveys across Africa in recent decades, we only have a very rough idea about the levels and trends in income poverty and inequality in sub-Saharan Africa.  Many reasons contribute to this unfortunate state of affairs.
  • Africa's McTipping Point?

    Borko Handjiski
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:28 pm
    Three quarters of a century since the opening of the first McDonald’s, the fast food chain operates around 34,000 outfits in around 120 countries and territories across all continents. In Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), however, – a region of 48 countries and almost a billion people - only South Africa and Mauritius have been able to attract this global food chain.   This peculiarity cannot be explained only by the fact that the region is poor. The company has found a market in about 30 countries with GDP per capita of less than US$ 3,000 (in constant 2005 US$) at the time of their first…
  • Africa Impact Evaluation Podcast: Economic Empowerment of Young Women in Africa #AfricaBigIdeas

    Daniel Kirkwood
    14 Jul 2014 | 11:05 am
    When it comes to helping young women in Africa with both economic and social opportunity, what does the evidence tell us?  Broadcaster Georges Collinet sat down with researchers and policymakers to discuss the hard evidence behind two programs that have succeeded in giving girls a better chance at getting started in their adult lives.
  • Combler le fossé hommes-femmes dans l’agriculture en Afrique #AfricaBigIdeas

    Michael O’Sullivan
    7 Jul 2014 | 1:29 pm
  • Africa’s big gender gap in agriculture #AfricaBigIdeas

    Michael O’Sullivan
    7 Jul 2014 | 9:20 am
    Women are less productive farmers than men in Sub-Saharan Africa. A new evidence-based policy report from the World Bank and the ONE Campaign, Leveling the Field: Improving Opportunities for Women Farmers in Africa, shows just how large these gender gaps are. In Ethiopia, for example, women produce 23% less per hectare than men. While this finding might not be a “big” counter-intuitive idea (or a particularly new one), it’s a costly reality that has big implications for women and their children, households, and national economies. The policy prescription for Africa’s gender gap has…
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    Blomerus Missions

  • South African Snapshot: Recruitment

    De Wet and Marysol
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:15 pm
      Right now we are accepting applications and in the recruitment process for our next intake of young men. De Wet is networking with community organizers & pastors who might know the ideal candidates. Relationships like these are critical for vetting, the mentorship process, and then job placement. This picture is of one of our recruitment flyers in a local internet cafe. Currently we have more applicants than spots available, and still a week before the deadline for more applications to come. We have not had our initial interviews yet, but we are trusting and believing that as we…
  • South African Snapshot: NewOffice

    De Wet
    9 Jul 2014 | 6:25 am
      Sitting down? We have great news. After weeks of pounding the payment and not having success in finding new affordable office space, we hit what felt like a dead end. We debated increasing our budget or saying yes to not-so great options. But ultimately felt that faith in this situation meant saying no to all of that. The same day we were at the height of our frustration, we called a church that happened to be talking internally about renting out some space and a kitchen. (Which is huge since we provide lunch for our men) Before they even could market it, we had called them just to…
  • South African Snapshot: Presence

    De Wet and Marysol
    2 Jul 2014 | 4:38 am
      We are excited to finally launch Together Tech’s online presence: website and social media. We finally have place where you can keep up specifically with our ministry and point friends to this ministry (who might not know us, but the work of Together Tech is something that interests them). Check it out. Subscribe to what you tend to follow: either blog, facebook, or instagram Related posts: South African Snapshot: Filming South African Snapshot: Hundred South African Snapshot: S-Cape
  • South African Snapshot: Pounding

    De Wet and Marysol
    19 Jun 2014 | 4:31 am
    We have been pounding the pavement looking for new office space for Together Tech. Without this, we can not begin our next apprenticeship with a new group of young men. We had the option to purchase something, but due to legal and security issues decided against this. After much prayer and seeking counsel, it wasn’t the wisest fit for us. Right now we are looking to rent space close to our home and within our budget to keep costs low. Its been a bigger challenge than we anticipated. Take a minute and pray with us we can secure something ASAP.  Related posts: South African Snapshot:…
  • South African Snapshot: US Wrap

    De Wet and Marysol
    23 May 2014 | 8:45 am
    Our trip in the US has been packed with many speaking engagements and opportunities to share about our ministry in Cape Town. Here’s a photo of one of our times speaking this week. We have been welcomed and affirmed by so many of you who partner with us. Thank you! Its been a fruitful trip. We are leaving this weekend to South Africa, continuing our service there. We are eager to be back in this land God has called us to, but not so much the process of getting there with 3 kids under 4 on long flights. We are thrilled to report that Knox will be traveling home on his brand new US…
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  • Worldwide Water Shortage by the Year 2040

    Adesoji Adegbulu
    30 Jul 2014 | 2:42 am
    (click on image to see it in full. Opens in new tab)   Water is used around the world for the production of electricity, but new research results show that there will be worldwide water shortage... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • AMPION Venture Bus Destined for DEMO Africa in Lagos, Nigeria

    Adesoji Adegbulu
    30 Jul 2014 | 2:03 am
      DEMO Africa is getting even fierier after a confirmation that the AMPION Venture Bus 2014 will land at the venue of the DEMO Africa event in Lagos, Nigeria. The collaboration will see the best... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How to Start a Business in 10 Days

    Adesoji Adegbulu
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:17 am
    Considering starting a business? Watch the video below, learn from it and apply what you learn. This is the guide you need to start a business.     This is Entrepreneur dot com’s... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Girl Effect: This is the Moment to Rally behind Girls

    Adesoji Adegbulu
    19 Jul 2014 | 2:29 am
      With little over a year until the Millennium Development Goals expire, we have a once in a generation opportunity to drive mass resources to girls. The Girl Effect movement is seizing that... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • First Mara Mentor One-on-One Event in Lagos, Nigeria

    Adesoji Adegbulu
    14 Jul 2014 | 9:34 am
    With Mara Mentor officially launched in Nigeria, you are warmly invited to apply for the first Mara Mentor One-on-One event in Lagos this July. Mara One-on-One is an event where entrepreneurs, can... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Web AddiCT(s); | Web AddiCT(s);

  • #30daychallenge Day 15: Can you string a sentence together?

    Rafiq Phillips
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:10 pm
    A spanner was thrown into the works, which makes it a little tough to define this as a #30daychallenge or even really measure the success of it based on the thirty day time period I had originally assigned to it. Truth is, I reached my personal goal in just nine days, a third of that time. Would I call this a raging success? No, and truthfully, here’s why…  reaching my goal this soon was simply incidental. (And coincidentally, a blessing in disguise). Yes, I’ve kept my eyes on my destination & not where I’ve stumbled, but reaching this personal end-goal so…
  • 14 GIFs that define the #30daychallenge thus far

    Rafiq Phillips
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:57 am
    Inspired by Urban Enzo’s recent week in GIFs. The continued rest appears to be working on day 14 of the challenge.  Onwards & upwards. Day 1 What is this 30 day challenge about? Day 2 Be excellent to each other Day 3 So much positive and only 3 days into the #30daychallenge Day 4 Jewish & Muslim friends on almost every other topic Day 5 High 5 Wave Day 6 You don’t know how big the wwworld is? Day 7 Get off the couch Day 8 Learn the #newrules Day 9 What rest did to the #30daychallenge Day 10 “Speak softly and carry a big idea.” Day 11 42 videos about the future Day 12…
  • #30daychallenge Day 13 – inCredible Coffee & Clear Thinking

    Rafiq Phillips
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Still in rest mode, wanting to get out of the city noise & air, we headed for the fresh air at the beach.  This is the first cup of coffee I’ve bought in over a month but the phone I usually SnapScan with was home & didn’t have it installed as I’m still using the #missionsamsung phone. It was quicker to pay with my card than to configure the app. The coffee was inCredible! With more time available for the #30daychallenge my objective today has been to remember the essence of blogging and to reflect on the lessons earned since the last time I’ve been to…
  • The Benefits of Andy Beal #30daychallenge Day 12

    Rafiq Phillips
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:11 pm
    Thinking about the second solution for day 6 led me to this interesting Interview of Andy Beal about his new book ‘Repped’ conducted by Martin Brossman. Then the new moon changed my schedule today. Happy Eid wwworld. My gift to you is a 50 minute interview that could have a huge impact on your business, not just your online reputation. It is exactly my thinking behind this #30daychallenge. To be continued… Continue to Day 13 Like The Benefits of Andy Beal #30daychallenge Day 12? Try these too14 GIFs that define the #30daychallenge thus farDay 11: Education is usually the…
  • Day 11: Education is usually the Solution

    Rafiq Phillips
    27 Jul 2014 | 8:47 am
    Many of these 41 videos above have been mentioned here before. If you have some time to kill today I’d watch them all if you haven’t before. The update to my day day 6 post will happen a little later but seeing this comparison of the hashtag count of Palestine vs Israel support on twitter reminded me of something that happened years ago that most of you may not know This is day 11 of the #30daychallenge. I truly believe education is the solution to most problems we face today. You’ll note that there are only 41 videos on the TED playlist. I can’t believe they left…
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    Best Uganda Jobs

  • 40 Sales Executives Jobs at Insurance Company of East Africa in Uganda

    22 Jul 2014 | 6:56 am
    Job Title: Sales Executive SUMMARY ICEA_UGANDA is a subsidiary company of Insurance Company of East Africa (ICEA) Kenya limited and is looking to recruit commission-based Sales Executives. Insurance Company of East Africa is the leading compound insurance company in East Africa providing both long-term and short term insurance. If you can influence and are keen to see possibilities turn into
  • Security Officer Job Vacancy in Uganda at Uganda Institute of information and Communications Technology( UICT)

    11 Nov 2013 | 4:20 am
    Job Title:   Security   Officer The  Uganda  Institute  of  information  and  Communications  Technology( UICT) a Public  Tertiary  Institution  is looking  for  qualified  and experienced  persons  to fill the  post above Job Purpose •    Oversee effective  and efficient  documentation, communication  and  management  of general  security  and•    Safety   operations at the Institute. Minimum
  • Sales and Marketing Manager Job Vacancy in Uganda at Talent Development Solutions Ltd

    11 Nov 2013 | 4:14 am
    Job Title: Sales   and Marketing   Manager Talent   Development   Solutions   Ltd   is seeking, on behalf  of its  client ,a  suitable  and interested  person  with  the  described  qualifications  to apply  for the  positionDuties •    Contribute  to the  development  of the  organization’s Sales  and Marketing  strategies  •    Ensure that  the Sales  &  Marketing  goals  and  will drive the
  • Tutors Job Vacancy at CUAM Uganda

    31 Oct 2013 | 6:41 am
    Job Title:  Tutors Doctors  with  Africa  CUAMM  is supporting  a midwifery  training  school in Lui  Sudan  as  One  component  of  strengthening  health  systems Experience •    Qualified  midwifery  Tutor  or •    Diploma  as Registered  Midwife  (as  minimum )•    At  least  2 years  of working  experience  as  Midwife  •    Previous  experience  as  Tutor in Health  Training  Institute  ,
  • Administrative Assistant Job Vacancy at USAID Uganda

    31 Oct 2013 | 6:39 am
    Job Title:  Administrative    Assistant  USAID Uganda  is recruiting   a qualified  Ugandan  to fill the  position  aboveDuties •    The incumbent  provides  support  to the  NUDEIL  Program  Manager  focusing  specifically  on relationships  with  Ugandan Government  Officials  at the district  and local  level  and •    Provide  oversight  and assistance  to the  district  financial  systems 
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    The Nahmias Cipher Report

  • Laughter a Threat to Chastity? Yes, Declares Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister

    Ayanna Nahmias
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:54 pm
    Ayanna Nahmias, Editor-in-Chief Last Modified: 00:50 a.m. DST, 31 July 2014 ANKARA, Turkey — Chastity has long been a source of contention and in fact has often been used as a justification for the domination of women throughout the centuries in various parts of the world. It is another means by which some men seek […]
  • Changing Egypt: Nine Men Convicted of Sexual Assaults

    Allyson Cartwright
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:03 pm
    Allyson Cartwright, Contributing Journalist Last Modified: 20:03 p.m. DST, 28 July 2014 CAIRO, Egypt — A Thomson Reuters Foundation survey last year showed that Egypt has been the worst Arab country for women. A swell of gang rapes, sexual harassment, female genital mutilation, and other crimes against women have been on the rise since the Arab Spring. […]
  • Immigration Policies: Two Countries Address the Global Expat Dilemma

    Vinita tiwari
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:23 pm
    Vinita Tiwari, Middle East Correspondent Last Modified: 02:23 a.m. DST, 25 July 2014 “Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists”. ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt This phrase by one of the most iconic figures in the history of the American presidency affirms the fact that […]
  • International Volunteer Series: Two Amazing Young Men Serve in Gumbo, South Sudan

    Olivia Elswick
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:38 pm
    Olivia Elswick, Asia Correspondent Last Modified: 02:38 a.m. DST, 23 July 2014 GUMBO, South Sudan — In this final installment of the International Volunteer Series, I invite you to get to know Michael Gotta and Patrick Sabol, friends from the Franciscan University of Steubenville, now living together in Gumbo, South Sudan after feeling called to […]
  • Lightning Strikes Twice? Malaysia Airline Tragedies

    Ayanna Nahmias
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:10 pm
    Ayanna Nahmias, Editor-in-Chief Last Modified: 22:10 p.m. DST, 17 July 2014 DONETSK, Ukraine — First, we preface this article with our sympathies for the families and friends of the 295 people who died when a Malaysian Airliner was shot down over eastern Ukraine earlier today. It is a horrific tragedy, in a world which has […]
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    Indepth Africa

  • Highway Giraffe’s death causes outrage

    31 Jul 2014 | 11:14 pm
    A giraffe hit it’s head on a bridge over the N1 highway while being transported on a truck.
  • Some Numsa members barred from work

    31 Jul 2014 | 11:14 pm
    Numsa says some companies in Cape Town have barred employees from returning to work.
  • Ebola outbreak: SA should not panic

    31 Jul 2014 | 11:14 pm
    Govt says all ports of entry are on high alert and people entering the country are being screened.
  • S. Sudanese president renews calls for peace with rebels

    31 Jul 2014 | 10:55 pm
    July 31, 2014 (JUBA) – South Sudanese president, Salva Kiir has renewed calls for peace with rebels led by his former deputy Riek Machar to end seven months of fighting in the country. South Sudanese president Salva Kiir speaking in a press conference at Khartoum airport April 5, 2014 (Photo Reuters/Mohamed Nureldin Abdalla) “We don’t […]
  • Negotiated solution should lead to real change in Sudan, SRF tells Finland

    31 Jul 2014 | 10:54 pm
    July 31, 2014 (PARIS) – Any peaceful solution should be comprehensive and bring a real political change in Sudan, said the Sudanese Revolutionary Front (SRF) in a meeting with the Finland’s international cooperation minister on Thursday. Finish international development minister, Pekka Haavisto, (center right) meets with the SRF leaders in Paris on 31 July 2014 […]
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    Politics Africa

  • President Obama to meet with 50 African Heads of State

    21 Jul 2014 | 8:26 pm
    Washington D.C. is abuzz with Africanists from the policy world, business community and Diaspora getting ready for 50 African Heads of State and their delegations to descend on the US Capitol to attend President Obama's historic U.S. Africa Leaders Summit. According to the White House, "This Summit, the largest event any U.S. President has held with African heads of state and government, will build on the President’s trip to Africa in the summer of 2013 and it will strengthen ties between the United States and one of the world’s most dynamic and fastest growing regions."
  • Politics Vs. Public Service

    3 Mar 2013 | 2:07 pm
    As I watch the pre-election coverage in Kenya, I hear the recurring theme of public service and I ask myself what public service really is and if our leaders are really public servants. My immediate thoughts are that public servants are a rare and few breed, if you will. When I think of public servants, […]
  • Kenya Hosts its First Presidential Debate

    11 Feb 2013 | 8:12 am
    Kenyans around the world are excited at the prospect of getting to indirectly interview their Presidential Candidates.  While Kenya still has a long way to go, before politics is governed primarily by issues versus tribal affiliation, this debate signals that the politics is evolving into a more transparent and policy based process. With less than […]
  • Sudden Death of Malawi’s President puts Country in Crisis Mode

    6 Apr 2012 | 8:33 am
    President Bingu wa Mutharika of Malawi has succumbed to a heart attack suffered on online canadian pharmacy Thursday, its being reported. There were questions to weather he really was dead since no official announcement has been made as of 8 am GMT. According to Malawi’s constitution, it is the Vice President that would succeed him […]
  • United States Blocks Entry into US for Malian Junta Sympathizers

    4 Apr 2012 | 9:04 pm
    The United States today imposed restrictions on travel to the United States on persons and the immediate buy viagra family of persons who block Mali’s return to civilian rule and a democratically elected government. This includes those who actively promote Captain Amadou Sanogo and the National Committee for the Restoration of Democracy, who seized power […]
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    Livity Africa

  • 67 minutes writing stories to improve South African literacy

    18 Jul 2014 | 2:01 am
    Today our Digify and Live SA teams will be spending 67 minutes on Mandela Day writing stories for writing app bookly which aims to improve literacy in South Africa. According to the 2012 General Household Survey (GHS) conducted by Statistics South Africa over 7% of South Africans are illiterate. Nelson Mandela International Day was launched in recognition of Nelson Mandela’s birthday on 18 July, 2009 via unanimous decision of the UN General Assembly. It was inspired by a call Nelson Mandela made a year earlier, for the next generation to take on the burden of leadership in addressing the…
  • Google supporting non-profits in South Africa

    16 Jul 2014 | 5:19 am
    Words by Anuschka Richards Have you ever searched for something on Google and been presented with adverts at the top, bottom and right hand side of your page? Or noticed a huge flashing banner advertising the latest 40% off sale at Zando while you’re innocently browsing through your favourite website? That’s all thanks to Google AdWords. Now we know traditional advertising is usually associated with trying to push sales or product, but Google has been quite creative in learning how to leverage their online advertising service to raise awareness for non-profit organisations and help them…
  • Live SA journalists feature at the Guardian Activate Summit

    8 Jul 2014 | 4:36 am
    This month our young Live SA journalists featured prominently at the Guardian Activate Summit in Johannesburg.  The summit hosted influential and inspirational media figures from across Africa and the rest of the world including Alan Rusbridger, Editor-in-Chief, Guardian News & Media. Watch the video on the Guardian website. Livity Africa’s Gavin Weale facilitated a future generations panel in the afternoon featuring two of our Live SA journalists Lee Molefi and Lethabo Afrika. Great debate between the ‘born free’s’ and the over 30′s on future of media and…
  • Live Magazine SA launches digital trends survey

    10 Oct 2013 | 5:42 am
    As part of our  #CreativeHustles series, hosted in partnership with British Council Connect ZA, we are currently running a digital survey. We’re interested in young creatives’ (18 to 35 years) views about digital trends and tools. The 3 minute survey also offers respondents the chance to WIN R200 airtime or data! Take the survey Live Magazine SA and British Council Connect ZA present #CreativeHustles, a platform for young people aged 18 to 25 years to engage and build relationships with established industry professionals and arts practitioners, as well as receive creative and career…
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  • First Bank launches as exclusive PayPal partner in Nigeria
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:47 am
    FIRSTBANK AND PAYPAL PARTNER TO MAKE ONLINE SHOPPING EASIER AND CONVINIENT WITH A PAYPAL ACCOUNT TIED TO THEIR FIRSTONLINE ACCOUNT, FIRSTBANK CUSTOMERS CAN PAY ON MILLIONS OF WEBSITES WITHOUT SHARING THEIR CREDIT CARD DETAILS Accessibility, convenience, security, trust and cost effectiveness are key defining features of the partnership between First Bank of Nigeria Limited (FirstBank) and Pay Pal. This partnership was announced by the two organisations yesterday at the launch which birthed their exclusive relationship. FirstBank, Nigeria’s best banking brand, has become the only financial…
  • IBM Drives Innovation in South African Start Up Community with Entrepreneur Program
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    IBM announced today that its entrepreneur programme is gaining momentum in South Africa, driving innovation in the South African start up community. This programme has helped produce a new vehicle alert system and mobile application called “Road Buddy”. A first of a kind road safety concept, the system and mobile application are intended to address the growing need for a more proactive approach to road safety for road users. Designed in collaboration with engineers at the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and developed by some of Cape Town’s best software designers,…
  • Samsung set to build TV manufacturing plant in South Africa
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:30 pm
    Leading electronics manufacturer, Samsung Electronics is set to open a plant in South Africa at the Dube Trade Port, a duty free area adjacent to the habour in South Africa’s Eastern city of Durban. The world’s largest smartphone maker Samsung Electronics Company is planning to open a plant in South Africa, media reports said Saturday.Trade and Industry director-general Lionel October was quoted as saying the new plant would be at the Dube Trade Port, a duty-free area adjacent to the harbour in the eastern city of Durban. “We have worked with Samsung and they identified the Dube…
  • Blackberry eyes Nigeria’s $1.5 billion smartphone market in its Z3 smart phone push
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:22 pm
    Cellular phone manufacturer, Blackberry is betting big on Nigeria’s lucrative smartphone market with the latest push of its Blackberry Z3 smartphone. Speaking recently at the unveiling of the Z3 smartphone in Lagos, Blackberry’s Territory Director, East, West, Central & Southern Africa, Mr. Charles Asinugo said: “Nigeria is key to our strategy to bring BlackBerry back to profitability. The Nigerian market is one of the strategic markets for BlackBerry. The appetite for mobile devices is enormous here and we see a lot of opportunities to develop applications in Nigeria.”…
  • Kenya’s Matatu buses to go cashless
    2 Jul 2014 | 2:14 am
    Public transport in Kenya is going cashless as buses switch to new electronic fare payments. From now on, the country’s famously chaotic matatus, the minivans and buses that are used widely by Kenyan commuters, have been instructed to change to the new system. But a Tuesday deadline for all buses to implement the cashless payments, or face fines, has been relaxed. The sector’s regulator has said that adoption will be gradual. At least three companies are already using the new fare system, which operates in a similar way to London’s Oyster card, with passengers pre-loading…
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    Think Africa Press

  • Romain Dittgen

    31 Jul 2014 | 3:21 am
    Romain Dittgen is a joint post-doctoral research fellow at the African Studies Centre and the International Institute for Asian Studies, both located in Leiden (The Netherlands). He holds a PhD in Human Geography from the University of Paris 1 (Panthéon-Sorbonne) with a focus on the spatial dimension of the Chinese presence in Sub-Saharan Africa. You can contact him at
  • Tune Me What: A Kwik Word about Kwaito

    30 Jul 2014 | 4:13 am
    Author(s): Brett Lock and Leon Lazarus Deck: 'Angry', 'cool', or 'gangsta'? What's Kwaito all about? This week, we decided to forego our usual themed show format and just play some random and assorted records without any fixed agenda. While this makes for an easy show format, it doesn’t make writing the accompanying blog post very easy!But then we noticed that we’d kicked off with a couple of tracks that might be described as 'kwaito'.Teaser: 'Angry', 'cool', or 'gangsta'? What's Kwaito all about?
  • "We Have to Fight the Law": Uganda's LGBTI Activism After the Anti-Gay Bill

    28 Jul 2014 | 7:13 am
    Kampala, Uganda: In a small house, tucked a few narrow alleys away from a busy street in Kampala, Frank Mugisha leans forwards in his chair and places his hands on his desk, the wideness of which emphasises his own slight frame."We are an illegal organisation," he declares. "We are underground. We are essentially operating guerrilla warfare and could be raided by the police at any minute."He pauses as if to reflect on this and in the brief silence, the faint sounds of activity from the rest of the house become audible − the gentle tapping of keyboards in the computer room next door, the…
  • When Bassekou Kouyate met Taj Mahal

    28 Jul 2014 | 3:08 am
    The evening’s music is two thirds over when Taj Mahal intones mysteriously: “And now…you’re beneath the southern cross…where the ghosts of Mississippi meet the gods of Africa.” He glances briefly at ngoni player and rising star Bassekou Kouyate, and we’re thrown headfirst into the music.Or perhaps the music is thrown headfirst into us. The concert is more loud and strident than it is atmospheric. Not that this is a bad thing; what the two musicians’ bands lack in subtlety, they make up for in thumping rhythmic power. Perhaps that’s the nature of live blues, whether African…
  • Pieter-Dirk Uys: Activist by Day, South Africa's Most Popular White Woman by Night

    25 Jul 2014 | 8:11 am
    When Pieter-Dirk Uys gets on stage, no one and nothing is safe. Whether through his incisive impressions of well-known figures or his mimicking of ordinary South Africans, his sharp satire touches on all the facets of South Africa’s collective memory, making fun of everybody and anybody. Pseudo-liberal white activists are hung out to dry alongside their hard-line apartheid-supporting counterparts, while Desmond Tutu is treated to the same exuberant parodying as the likes of P.W. Botha and Robert Mugabe. Uys always maintains, however, that he never mocks people − only their attitudes.Uys,…
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    SocioLingo Africa


    31 Jul 2014 | 8:11 am
    GENEVA, Switzerland, July 31, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Director-General of the World Health Organization and presidents of west African nations impacted by the Ebola Virus Disease outbreak will meet Friday in Guinea to launch a new joint US$100 million response plan as part of an intensified international, regional and national campaign to bring the outbreak under control. “The scale of the Ebola outbreak, and the persistent threat it poses, requires WHO and Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone to take the response to a new level, and this will require increased…
  • Food insecurity continues to deepen in South Sudan as funds dry up / Urgent assistance needed for life-saving support to farmers, fishers and pastoralists

    31 Jul 2014 | 12:39 am
    ROME, Italy, July 31, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Continued efforts to provide farmers, fishers and pastoralists in South Sudan with life-saving emergency livelihood kits are at risk due to a funding shortfall, aggravating the risk of famine in some areas of the country, FAO warned today. The Organization has so far received $42 million of the $108 million it has appealed for as part of the revised Crisis Response Plan for 2014. Contributions received to date have been used to reach more than 205,000 vulnerable households – over 1.2 million people – with…
  • U.S., partner nations gather in Malawi for Exercise Southern Accord 14

    31 Jul 2014 | 12:14 am
    LILONGWE, Malawi, July 31, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Civilian and military personnel from Malawi Defense Force, the U.S. and other partner nations have gathered in Lilongwe, Malawi to participate in the U.S. Africa Command-sponsored Exercise Southern Accord 14, July 14-31. Comprising approximately 200 participants from ten countries, SA14 combines academics and team building into a command post exercise built around a fictional deployment in support of a United Nations peacekeeping mission. “Over the next two weeks, we will help shape the future of military…

    31 Jul 2014 | 12:07 am
    GENEVA, Switzerland, July 31, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Thousands of displaced South Sudanese living in congested camps with poor hygiene and sanitation are at high risk of contracting cholera. Since the beginning of July this year, Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) teams in Upper Nile State have treated over 904 patients for cholera in two cholera treatment centres in Malakal and Wau Shilluk. Only three weeks into the MSF intervention, and already 19 people have succumbed to cholera despite our teams’ best efforts. This situation is of grave…
  • Remarks by the First Lady Before a Roundtable with Young African Leaders

    30 Jul 2014 | 11:53 pm
    WASHINGTON, July 31, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Omni Shoreham Hotel Washington, D.C. 11:41 A.M. EDT MRS. OBAMA: I don’t want to do too much talking because I just talked in there. You heard my thoughts. But I’m really interested in hearing from you. As I’ve said — as you’ve heard, as Tina has shared with you — we are really focusing on education broadly in the United States, and girls’ education internationally. And this isn’t just something that I care about now in my role as First Lady. This is an issue that we’re…
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    Buzz Nigeria

  • How to Get Chinese Visa in Nigeria

    Editorial Staff
    30 Jul 2014 | 2:55 am
    With relations between China and Nigeria increasing in all aspects of trade, politics and education, Nigerians have the potential to access opportunities in one of the fastest growing economies in the world. Yes despite this potential, the Chinese visa system is often complicated at the best of times and having the incorrect visa can often […]
  • How to Make Cheap Calls from US to Nigeria

    Editorial Staff
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:58 am
    The ability to make long distance calls is a critical part of your business. International calls is not only an important aspect in selling products and services, it is also vital in maintaining personal relationships. Instant messages can help you send urgent messages but the ability to hear a person’s voice on the other line […]
  • Everything You Must Know about Gay Marriage in Nigeria

    Editorial Staff
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:02 am
    Sometime back, the whole world woke to the shocking news that Nigeria had passed the “Anti- Gay Law”. Many people learnt of the possibility of jailing a gay couple for a maximum of 14 years. Homosexuality is illegal in most African nations based on remnants of sodomy laws introduced during the British colonial era and […]
  • 10 Best Websites For Watching Nigerian Home Videos and Movie Clips

    Editorial Staff
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:10 am
    YouTube has only existed for, um …9 years. Yea, that’s to say it was created in 2005. And it’s not like it has been around forever like Google or it’s the only video streaming website out there. Of course not… YouTube has a number of alternatives. And not just one or two like some people like […]
  • 10 Stereotypes of Nigerians That aren’t Always True

    Editorial Staff
    17 Jul 2014 | 3:16 am
    When people talk about African stereotypes, the bulk of it generally points to Nigeria. Nigeria might be one of the most popular countries in Africa but most of the stereotypes people hold over Nigerians only give a false impression about them. Here is a list of the top 10 stereotypes on Nigerians that always not […]
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    Buzz Kenya

  • 10 Things You Didn’t Know about Prophet Owuor

    Editorial Staff
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:05 am
    The name “Prophet Owuor” has become very common especially in Kenya. Hardly a week passes without the self-proclaimed prophet being mentioned. A few years back, Dr. David Owuor or as commonly known Prophet Owuor was hardly unknown. But, in today’s world he is quite popular. People know one or two things about him. Dr. David Owuor […]
  • 10 Greatest Landmarks on Map of Uganda

    Editorial Staff
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:38 am
    Uganda is a small country in East Africa. It shares its borders with Kenya, Tanzania, Sudan, Congo, and Rwanda. Besides its small size, the country which is also referred to as the “Pearl of Africa” is abundant with numerous landmarks that have multitudes of tourists flocking to the country. Uganda began to take shape in […]
  • 10 Facts You Didn’t Know About Black History

    Editorial Staff
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    The human race is of African origin, everyone knows that. But there are several other things that are not known to many, which make Black History so unique. Did you know for example that the oldest human bones, dating back to 5 million years ago were found in Africa? Or that West Africa had walled cities […]
  • Everything You Must Know About Churchill TV Show

    Editorial Staff
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Churchill TV show is a television programme that brings together upcoming as well as famous stand-up comedians. However, it mostly gives special attention to young and upcoming comedians. In fact, it is seen by many as the training or molding ground for young artists. The Kenyan show has been running for several years and is […]
  • 10 Interesting Places To Visit in Kenya in 2014

    Editorial Staff
    17 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    Kenya is one of the most breathtaking places on Earth. There is no shortage of things to see and do in this country. From the lovely sunset in Kenyan parks to the waterfalls, from the mountains to the beautiful lakes, the Great Rift Valley, the beaches, springs, just to name a few. Kenya is one of the […]
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  • Top 40+ Most Innovative South African Companies to Follow in 2014

    Staff Writer
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:46 am
    South Africa’s economy is growing in leaps and bounds particularly the ICT sector and this is leading to more and more new companies setting up their businesses in the country. From over 5,000 young South African companies, our analysts have selected Top 46 truly South African most innovative companies, all leading in industries ranging from […]
  • How to Invest in South Africa

    Staff Writer
    30 Jul 2014 | 4:20 am
    Investment is an important aspect in the modern world. People are looking for means of increasing their economic worth, and investment makes it a dream come true. Investing is making a plan for the future and it is good to invest in a market with potential of growing money. Therefore, it is important to know […]
  • Top 10 Cancer Personality Traits

    Staff Writer
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:28 am
    Zodiac signs are in most cases  than not some of the best means of ascertaining the distinct characters of people. This is especially true of individuals whose birthdays fall under Cancer (June 21 – July 22). This astrological sign is a part of the water group that is characterised with a mixed emotional state just […]
  • How to Find Job Vacancies in South Africa

    Staff Writer
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    While in South Africa, finding job vacancies in South Africa can be an overwhelming task if you don’t know how well you should go about it. Even in many African Countries considering you have the required documents to nail a job, you need to have the right techniques and tips to succeed. Many people tend to […]
  • 5 Notable Truths About Afrikaners

    Staff Writer
    17 Jul 2014 | 12:27 am
    Afrikaner is a South African based ethnic group whose native language is Afrikaans. They came up as a result of settlement by Dutch colonialists natives of Netherlands during the Apartheid regime. They later merged with Britons, French and Germans to form an ethnic community commonly known as Boers. They practice a distinct culture different from […]
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  • 10 Cool and Stylish Computer Keyboards You’ve Never Seen

    Staff Writer
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:56 am
    1. Maltron Single-Handed Keyboard Maltron single or one hand keyboards have been developed to be used by one hand, the keyboard was developed with the aim of meeting the needs of those that type or perform operations with one hand. The shape of the keyboard perfectly matches natural hand movement with the arrangement of keys […]
  • Mxit: Africa’s Largest Mobile Social Network Reviewed

    Staff Writer
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:50 am
    Mxit (which is pronounced mix it”) is a free online instant messaging application that runs on a number of mobile and computing platforms (about 3,000 mobile handsets). When you login to Mxit (Mxit login) you can be able to chat, play, trade, purchase and exchange goods and video games with “moola” Mxit’s currency. “It is […]
  • 8 Useful Resources for Big Brother Africa Fans

    Staff Writer
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    Big Brother Africa is the African version of the Big Brother reality game show. For those unfamiliar with the show, it’s a reality TV show that involves “a group of people living together in a large house, isolated from the outside world and continuously monitored by television cameras”. Each series of the show lasts for about 12 weeks with […]
  • 70+ Good Questions To Ask Siri

    Staff Writer
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:04 am
    In case you have not heard about Siri, it is one of the latest features from Apple, a voice-powered app, compatible with iPhone or iPad. Siri is more like your personal assistant, performing most the works a personal assistant would such as it can be used to set reminders and date for a meeting, can be […]
  • 10 Coolest Headphones

    Staff Writer
    17 Jul 2014 | 4:04 am
    The music industry is all about expression with different genres catering to the taste of different individuals. The music we choose to listen to can therefore tell a lot about us – and so can the type of accessories through which we listen to music. In the modern world, headphones are more than just a practical […]
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    Answers Africa

  • 10 Fattest Countries in the World

    Editorial Staff
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:41 am
    Visit The Knowledge Base for Africa With fast food joints popping up around every corner and becoming more dominant than grocery stores and technology allowing us to do more while at the comfort of our relaxing couches, it is not a wonder that the world is becoming fatter and unhealthier. However, there are those that are achieving this fete at a […] The post 10 Fattest Countries in the World appeared first on Answers Africa.
  • Everything You Must Know About African Slave Trade

    Editorial Staff
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:03 am
    Visit The Knowledge Base for Africa Slave trade involves the sale of a person so that he or she can serve as an unpaid servant to provide labor. In Africa, the issue of when slave trade began is controversial. Some scholars argue that Africans practised slave trade even before the arrival of Europeans whereas others argue that it was the arrival […] The post Everything You Must Know About African Slave Trade appeared first on Answers Africa.
  • Everything You Must Know About African Masks

    Editorial Staff
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:21 am
    Visit The Knowledge Base for Africa African masks are arguably the most recognised artefacts or craft items from the African continent. They will feature in many museums, art galleries and also craft for sale. The masks hold a very special place in African cultures. Despite their timeless existence, many people are not well-versed with the craft items. The following are 10 […] The post Everything You Must Know About African Masks appeared first on Answers Africa.
  • Top 10 African Movies 2014

    Editorial Staff
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:14 am
    Visit The Knowledge Base for Africa The African movie industry has grown in leaps and bounds in recent years and it is now competing with established industries such as Hollywood and Bollywood. The rise of the African film industry can be traced back to the decolonization period of the continent. African cinema is film production in Africa. It dates back to […] The post Top 10 African Movies 2014 appeared first on Answers Africa.
  • 10 Best Romantic Honeymoon Places in Africa

    Editorial Staff
    17 Jul 2014 | 4:18 am
    Visit The Knowledge Base for Africa Among the various continents of the world, Africa presents some of the best honeymoon places for newly wed couples. There are amazing honeymoon destinations which are well spread all across the continent, and couples have a wide range of places to choose from for their honeymoon getaway. Among the most amazing locations include Mauritius, Ghana, […] The post 10 Best Romantic Honeymoon Places in Africa appeared first on Answers Africa.
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  • FUTMINNA Post UTME Form, Cut Off Mark, Date 2014/2015

    17 Jul 2014 | 2:48 pm
    Federal University of Technology, Minna FutMinna Post-UTME form, direct entry DE, cut off mark and date for the  2014/2015 academic session is out…. Candidates who chose Futminna in the jamb 2014 should read on to check if they are eligible for the FUTminna 2014/2015 post utme…. ELIGIBILITY FOR FUTMINNA POST-UTME & DE 2014/2015 SCREENING Only JAMB/UTME and Direct entry DE candidates who chose  Federal University of Technology, Minna futminna  are eligible for the futminna post utme 2014/2015. Candidates must have scored a minimum of 180 in the JAmb 2014 are eligible for…
  • ABSU Post UTME Form, Cut Off Mark, Date 2014/2015

    17 Jul 2014 | 2:24 pm
    Abia State University, Uturu  ABSU Post-UTME form, cut off mark and date for the  2014 /2015 academic session is out.. ABSU cut off mark is 180.  Candidates who got above 180 in the jamb 2014 and chose Abia State University, Uturu ABSU as their first choice in utme 2014 are hereby eligible to write the ABSU post utme examination… Note that the online application comes to an end on Friday, 25th of July, 2014.. How To Apply for ABSU Post-UTME 2014/2015 Candidates who have the criteria stated above should follow the instructions stated below to apply for the ABSU post utme. Applicants…
  • FUNAI Post UTME Form, Cut Off Mark, Date 2014/2015

    17 Jul 2014 | 2:03 pm
    Federal University, Ndufu-Alike, Ikwo  FUNAI Post-UTME form, cut off mark and date for the 2014/2015 academic session has been announced… The FUNAI cut off mark has been set as 180. candidates who scored 180+ and chose FUnai as their first choice of institution in the JAMB/UTME 2014 are hereby invited to partake in the upcoming funai post utme screening examination.  Candidates who meet this criteria are hereby advised to go online to register. Note that registration of FUNAI post utme 2014 closes on 28th of July, 2014… Candidates are hereby advised to register quickly before it…
  • Fed Poly Ilaro Post-UTME Form, Cut Off Mark, Date 2014/2015

    17 Jul 2014 | 1:53 pm
    Federal Polytechnic Ilaro  Ilaropoly Post-UTME form, cut off mark and date for the 2014/2015  Registration Form is out. The federal poly ilaro Ilaro poly cut off mark has been set as 150. Candidates who scored a minimum of 150 and chose Ilaro Poly as either first, second, third or fourth choice in the utme are hereby invited to pick up the Ilaro poly post utme form. Applicants are all expected to fill the post utme form online at (A) ELIGIBILITY FOR FED POLY ILARO POST-UMTE 2014 SCREENING (i) Candidates who chose the Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro as their 1st, 2nd,…
  • Bayero University Kano BUK Post UTME, Cut Off Mark 2014/2015

    17 Jul 2014 | 11:30 am
    Bayero University Kano  BUK Post-UTME form, cut off mark and date for the  2014/2015 academic session is now out on The BUK cut off marks has been set as 180. Candidates who scored 180+ and chose buk as their first choice in the JAMB 2014 are hereby eligible to write the BUK post utme examination. Another criteria for writing the bayero post utme is to have a minimum of fve (5) credits in ssce/waec in relevant subjects which includes english. so, if you fulfill the three criterias above, then you are a candidate for buk post utme. How to Apply for BUK Post-UTME 2014/2015 -…
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    NowNaija | Published News

  • NYSC redeploys corps members from Borno, Kano, Yobe, others

    31 Jul 2014 | 1:08 pm
    The National Youth Service Corps on Thursday announced the redeployment of corps members from seven northern states. The affected states are Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Jigawa, Kano and Yobe states. A statement on Thursday in Abuja by the Director of Public Relations in NYSC, Mrs....
  • “Nigerians Spend N1.8 Billion Daily on Sports Betting” – Analyst

    31 Jul 2014 | 1:06 pm
    About 60 million Nigerians between 18 and 40 years of age may be spending up to N1.8 billion on sports betting daily, investigation by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reveals. The investigation showed that they commit on the average N3,000 on sports betting daily.
  • Ebola: Nigeria places 69 people on surveillance, quarantines 2 others

    31 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    The Nigerian government on Thursday said it had placed 69 people on surveillance and quarantined two others since the first case of Ebola Virus Disease, EVD, was identified in the country. The Minister of Health, Onyebuchi Chukwu at a briefing in Abuja said that the 69 people were on surveillance due to their direct or indirect contact with the Liberian- American, Patrick Sawyer, who died from the deadly disease.
  • 15 feared killed as gunmen sack Rivers communities

    31 Jul 2014 | 12:59 pm
    No fewer than 15 persons were feared killed in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area of Rivers State by some rampaging gunmen. The gunmen, numbering about 12, stormed seven communities in the local government area and opened fire on unsuspecting persons.
  • Nigeria Appoints Suleiman Abba As New Police Chief

    31 Jul 2014 | 12:58 pm
    Suleiman Abba is named new IG of Police The Federal Government has appointed Mr. Suleiman Abba as the new Inspector General of Police. A press statement issued by President Goodluck Jonathan's media aide, Reuben Abati today states that Abba will resume as new IGP tomorrow.Mr. Abba who once served as Aide De Camp to the wife of Nigeria's late dictator, Maryam Abacha will succeed Mohammed Abubakar, whose tenure ended today.
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  • Fed Poly Ado warns Candidates against Admission Racketeers, Says No Date For Post-UTME Yet

    31 Jul 2014 | 8:34 am
    Fed Poly Ado warns Candidates against Admission Racketeers, Says No Date For Post-UTME Yet The Federal Polytechnic, Ado-Ekiti has advised post-utme screening applicants against inducing officials of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit the source website for detailed content, full links, and more! ]]
  • UNIABUJA VC Poised To Eradicate Admission Fraud

    31 Jul 2014 | 6:19 am
    UNIABUJA VC Poised To Eradicate Admission Fraud The recently appointed Vice-Chancellor of University of Abuja (UNIABUJA), Professor Micheal Umale Adikwu has reiterated his administration’s... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit the source website for detailed content, full links, and more! ]]
  • FUOYE Post Utme Result 2014 Is Out: Check Here

    31 Jul 2014 | 4:32 am
    FUOYE Post Utme Result 2014 Out – Check Fuoye Post Utme Result 2014 is now out online. The Federal University, Oye-Ekiti has released the results of the post-utme screening exercise for... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit the source website for detailed content, full links, and more! ]]
  • Usmanu Danfodiyo University Gets New Vice-Chancellor

    31 Jul 2014 | 3:45 am
    Usmanu Danfodiyo University Gets New Vice-Chancellor The Governing Council of Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto (UDUSOK) has appointed Professor Abdullahi Abdu Zuru as the Vice-Chancellor of the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit the source website for detailed content, full links, and more! ]]
  • EKSU Appoints 2 New Deputy Vice-Chancellors

    31 Jul 2014 | 3:17 am
    EKSU Appoints 2 New Deputy Vice-Chancellors Professor (Mrs.) Ibiyinka Ogunlade and Professor Olufemi Victor Adeoluwa have been appointed as Deputy Vice-Chancellors of Ekiti State University, Ado –... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit the source website for detailed content, full links, and more! ]]
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  • Jonathan, Ex-leaders, Govs Resolve to End Terrorism Before December

    31 Jul 2014 | 12:25 pm
    President Goodluck Jonathan and Vice-President Namadi Sambo. Members of the Council of State rose from an emergency meeting on Thursday with a resolution to support President Goodluck Jonathan to ensure that the current spate of terrorism in parts of the country ends before December. They also resolved to put an end to all discriminatory practices in states including the registration and “deportation” of non-indigenes as well as different school fees for indigenes and non-indigenes in states-owned institutions among others. The council presided over by Jonathan has the Vice President,…
  • Osun 2014: Jonathan, Sambo to Storm Osogbo for Omisore

    31 Jul 2014 | 12:01 pm
    The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, will conduct the state governorship election on August 9. The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Osun State on Thursday said that all arrangements had been concluded to receive President Goodluck Jonathan in Osogbo on Saturday. The Secretary of PDP in Osun, Bola Ajao, made this known when he addressed journalists in Osogbo. Mr. Ajao said that the president was coming to throw his weight behind Iyiola Omisore, the party’s governorship candidate. The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, will conduct the state governorship…
  • NYSC Approves Corps Members Redeployment From Borno, Kano, Yobe, Others

    31 Jul 2014 | 11:37 am
    The National Youth Service Corps on Thursday announced the redeployment of corps members from seven northern states. The affected states are Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Jigawa, Kano and Yobe states. A statement on Thursday in Abuja by the Director of Public Relations in NYSC, Mrs. Bose Aderibigbe, said the decision followed the high rate of insecurity in some parts of the North. The corps members are part of the  2014 Batch ‘B’ Orientation Course  scheduled to commence next weekTuesday August 5, 2014. The NYSC said due to logistic reasons, the orientation course will be conducted…
  • A Special Tribute To Prof Wole Soyinka At 80 ~ Dr Kayode Fayemi

    31 Jul 2014 | 7:28 am
    I must start by commending my brother governor and friend, His Excellency Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi for putting this befitting banquet together in honour of one of the greatest men alive today. I must confess that giving a tribute in honour of Prof. Wole Soyinka is a daunting task. Obviously, he is acclaimed as the first African Nobel laureate for literature – which is no mean achievement – but such is the vast expanse of his footprints in the sands of time, that to harp only on his stellar literary accomplishments is to risk being accused of simple-mindedness or courting the danger of a…
  • Osun Election: Omisore Will Be Victorious – Fayose

    31 Jul 2014 | 1:17 am
    Mr. Ayodele Fayose, the Governor-elect of Ekiti State said he is certain the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Senator Iyiola Omisore, will emerge victorious in the August 9 gubernatorial poll in Osun State. The governor-elect  made this known on Wednesday evening during a PDP campaign rally in Ife, in front of the palace of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade. While addressing the crowd at the rally, Fayose urged the people to vote massively for Omisore the way Ekiti people voted him, adding that the PDP was out to liberate the South-West from the hands of the All…
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  • Ghana’s Cedi, Is The World’s Worst-Performing Currency This Year – 2014

    AccraReport Staff
    31 Jul 2014 | 10:04 pm
    Ghana’s cedi, the world’s worst-performing currency this year, weakened as the government ruled out an International Monetary Fund bailout, stoking concern it will miss targets to narrow a budget deficit according to reports from Bloomberg New York. The currency retreated for the first time in five days against the dollar, dropping as much as 6.4 percent, after Deputy Finance Minister Mona Quartey said the government of the world’s second-biggest cocoa producer plans to sell a third Eurobond next month rather than take IMF aid. Returns on Ghana’s dollar debt are the lowest in Africa…
  • The Ebola Handshake – How To Stay Safe From Ebola

    AccraReport Staff
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:55 pm
    The World Health Organisation (WHO) has recommended to people to find different ways of greeting, apart from handshake, to reduce the chances of contracting the Ebola virus. It also advised people to wash their hands regularly with soap under running water as part of hygiene etiquette to avoid the Ebola virus and other contagious diseases. In an interview with the Daily Graphic on measures to prevent Ebola virus attack in Accra yesterday, the WHO Representative to Ghana, Dr Magda Robalo, said coughing into one’s elbow, instead of his or her hands, was one of the ways to help halt the spread…
  • Jerry John Rawlings Contemplating Contesting For National Chairman of the NDC

    AccraReport Staff
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:39 pm
    The upcoming national delegates’ congress of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) to elect new national executives has taken an interesting twist, founder of the NDC, Jerry John Rawlings is contemplating contesting the post of National Chairman in order to help restore sanity and discipline in the affairs of his party and the nation in general. Strange as this may sound, Ghana’s former President, Jerry John Rawlings, who is said to be worried about the regrouping of opposition elements in the country with the sole purpose of hiding behind economic hardship to topple the infant Mahama…
  • Ebola Crisis Update: World Health Organization To Announce $100m Emergency Response

    AccraReport Staff
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:31 pm
    The head of the World Health Organization and leaders of West African nations affected by the Ebola outbreak are to announce a joint $100m (£59m; 75m euro) response plan. They will meet in Guinea on Friday to launch the initiative aimed at tackling a virus which has claimed 729 lives. Sierra Leone’s president has declared a public health emergency over the outbreak after 233 people died there. Ebola spreads through human contact with a sufferer’s bodily fluids. Initial flu-like symptoms can lead to external hemorrhaging from areas like eyes and gums, and internal bleeding which can lead…
  • CEO of Kessben Group, Kwabena Kesse Arrested For Money Laundering and Forgery, Refused Bail.

    AccraReport Staff
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:05 pm
    The Chief Executive Officer of Kessben Group of Companies, Kwabena Kesse, has been remanded by an Accra Circuit Court, Thurday. The Kumasi based business man is being held for two counts of money laundering and forgery of documents, charges he pleaded not guilty to. He is accused of illegally transferring $127,931,727.65 out of Ghana to dubious locations as well as forging documents to the bank to facilitate the transfer. His lawyers went to court to apply for bail but the Presiding Judge, Mr Francis Obiri, dismissed the application. The judge explained that the suspect is likely to interfere…
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