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  • Burkina Faso crowds back on streets

    BBC News - Africa
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:32 am
    Hundreds of people in Burkina Faso gather for a second day to demand the president step down immediately, after he says he will stay on for a year.
  • Burkina Faso Leader Counters Calls for Resignation With Offer of Talks

    NYT > Africa
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:28 am
    In a statement, President Blaise Compaoré said he would not heed demonstrators’ demands, instead offering negotiations on “a transitional period.”
  • Chosan speaks out

    Jamati | Africa's Premier Entertainment Portal
    10 Oct 2014 | 6:37 am
    Jamati caught up with Chosan, the rapper from Sierra Leone who is featured on Kanye West’s song, ‘Diamonds from Sierra Leone’ and found out what he has been up to. His album, ‘The Beautiful Side of Misery’ is very popular and is quickly establishing him as one of the talented icons in African hip hop circles. Chosan Jamati: The Beautiful Side of Misery is a testimony of your journey to where you are today. What track speaks the most about your experience? Right indeed. “The Beautiful Side Of Misery” is a testimony of my journey, which still has so far to go. I think, in answer…
  • Getting Gear for Gearbox

    White African
    18 Oct 2014 | 7:50 am
    Perhaps one of the longest projects to come to fruition for me has been Gearbox. Over three years ago, a couple of us started talking about the need for a makerspace in Nairobi, which turned up a notch to something more like a rapid protoyping and light manufacturing facility. We see Gearbox as the on-ramp for more industrial manufacturing to happen in Kenya. We were thinking of two types of users. First, somewhere that the rapidly growing community around robotics and electronics at the iHub could use. Second, something that was a step beyond a the FabLab at the University of Nairobi, so…
  • Nina Wambiji | Fisheries Researcher

    Timbuktu Chronicles
    Emeka Okafor
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:59 pm
    From SciDev: Scientist Nina Wambiji talks about how the support she has received from AWARD (African Women in Agricultural Research and Development) has helped her become a leading researcher in her field. She was granted a fellowship at AWARD after obtaining a PhD in Japan for her research on rabbitfish. AWARD is a two year career development programme for some of Africa’s most innovative female agricultural scientists. She outlines why she believes more women in Kenya do not become fisheries researchers, emphasising the need for mentoring to encourage more women to pursue scientific…
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    Jamati | Africa's Premier Entertainment Portal

  • Chosan speaks out

    10 Oct 2014 | 6:37 am
    Jamati caught up with Chosan, the rapper from Sierra Leone who is featured on Kanye West’s song, ‘Diamonds from Sierra Leone’ and found out what he has been up to. His album, ‘The Beautiful Side of Misery’ is very popular and is quickly establishing him as one of the talented icons in African hip hop circles. Chosan Jamati: The Beautiful Side of Misery is a testimony of your journey to where you are today. What track speaks the most about your experience? Right indeed. “The Beautiful Side Of Misery” is a testimony of my journey, which still has so far to go. I think, in answer…
  • Les Nubians – One Step Forward

    16 Oct 2007 | 6:40 am
    Sisters Helene and Celia Faussart made history when their sophmore release debuts at No. 79 on the Billboard 200. It was the highest release in two decades for a French-language album. Les Nubians It took Helene and Celia five years to release the follow up to their debut album Princesses Nubiennes. The sucess of the album took them around the world. They collaborated with noted vocalists and musicians from all over the globe. The sisters were born in the Bordeaux region of France, but lived for seven years in Chad before returning to France as teenagers. Their father is French and their…
  • Drum Beat with Somi

    16 Oct 2007 | 6:33 am
    Somi brings “Holistic New African Jazz” to jazz lovers worldwide. Somi (Photo: Matthew Furman) Singer/songwriter Somi is one very busy lady. She was born in Illinois to parents from Rwanda and Uganda. She released her debut album Eternal Motive in 2002. She recorded her second album Red Soil In My Eyes at the same time she was earning a Masters degree. Red Soil In My Eyes is a soulful celebration of her Rwandese and Ugandan heritage that fantastically speaks of returning Home. Somi donated 10% of her April album sales to the Rwanda Survivor’s Fund to mark 13 years since the Rwanda…
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  • Getting Gear for Gearbox

    18 Oct 2014 | 7:50 am
    Perhaps one of the longest projects to come to fruition for me has been Gearbox. Over three years ago, a couple of us started talking about the need for a makerspace in Nairobi, which turned up a notch to something more like a rapid protoyping and light manufacturing facility. We see Gearbox as the on-ramp for more industrial manufacturing to happen in Kenya. We were thinking of two types of users. First, somewhere that the rapidly growing community around robotics and electronics at the iHub could use. Second, something that was a step beyond a the FabLab at the University of Nairobi, so…
  • Sendy: Digitizing Motorcycle Deliveries

    22 Sep 2014 | 10:18 pm
    Motorcycle couriers in Timau, Kenya This year at Pivot East I had my first look at Sendy, which does for motorcycle courier deliveries and customers in Nairobi, what Uber did for taxis and passengers in San Francisco. At its heart, Sendy is about bringing the vast and growing motorcycle courier and delivery network in Africa into the digital and networked world. Motorcycles in downtown Monrovia, LiberiaThis is a big deal, because those of us who live in large African cities know just how inefficient driving a car around the traffic-plagued metropolises can be. With the bad roads, traffic and…
  • Barcamp Nairobi 2014 Edition

    28 Aug 2014 | 3:36 am
    Barcamp Nairobi 2014 is set to begin, seven years after the first one was held. It’s one of those events that brings people out of the woodwork around the city, where techies who don’t normally meet end up having great conversations, and relationships are formed. This Saturday, Aug 30th at 08:00, your chance to lead a conversation on something interesting begins. Nailab and iHub are hosting it, and we’re expecting 400 people to show up for the event. Go register now, if you haven’t already, it’s free. It was while sitting around after Barcamp Nairobi 2008 that…
  • Kazi ya Mkono

    5 Aug 2014 | 9:39 am
    Entrepreneurs who succeed are hungrier, and they get their hands dirty. A couple stories: The Coffee Man Pete Owiti is a coffee connoisseur, he learned the trade back in the late 90’s as one of Java House Nairobi’s earliest baristas, became one of the best in Kenya, winning global barista competitions and then went to the US and Canada to do even more coffee training and serving. When I moved back to Kenya in 2009 to get the iHub going, we wanted a coffee bar in the space. I put out a call for proposals, and he was one of three that responded. By that time he had moved on from…
  • An Undersea Cable History and Primer

    4 Aug 2014 | 11:46 pm
    There’s a great resource that Built Visible has just written about the history and power dynamics of the internet’s undersea cables. It’s well worth a read, if even to just get a snapshot view of the surveillance programs that governments use to tap information, as well as seeing a map that plays by year to see how it all got built out. The world’s undersea cables, mapped over time
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  • Nina Wambiji | Fisheries Researcher

    Emeka Okafor
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:59 pm
    From SciDev: Scientist Nina Wambiji talks about how the support she has received from AWARD (African Women in Agricultural Research and Development) has helped her become a leading researcher in her field. She was granted a fellowship at AWARD after obtaining a PhD in Japan for her research on rabbitfish. AWARD is a two year career development programme for some of Africa’s most innovative female agricultural scientists. She outlines why she believes more women in Kenya do not become fisheries researchers, emphasising the need for mentoring to encourage more women to pursue scientific…
  • Making it as your own Manufacturer

    Emeka Okafor
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:38 pm
    In Design Indaba: courtesy of John VogelAgainst the odds, John Vogel got it right. Since he set up his own business about 15 years ago, the Cape Town-based furniture designer has overcome the limitations of manufacturing in South Africa by creating various different entry points into the local and international market. Trained as an architect, Vogel was one of the first contemporary furniture designers in South Africa whose work has helped define a distinctly South African aesthetic. Although his medium of choice is timber, he does not see himself as a master carpenter. “What I should have…
  • DabarObjects

    Emeka Okafor
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:03 pm
    Founded by Ayodeji Aladejebi: a leading provider of SME business management solutions in Nigeria. It uses a cloud and desktop software delivery model to provide advanced databases management capabilties to SME business outlets delivering quality intelligent and state of the art solution in Inventory Management, Customer Messaging, Payments and Sales Reporting. In the information driven world, the need for just cash as needed capital for the enteprise is passing and the new era is here where data becomes a major asset for every business and how well they can harness and understand that…
  • R3 EcoFuel

    Emeka Okafor
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:33 pm
    Prize winning innovators: Gaironesa Clayton and Chad Atkins, were recognized for their design titled R3. Their prototype is a mechanism that uses old newspaper and turns it into a briquette which replaces firewood, promotes recycling and helps solve the problem of deforestation...If "R3" takes off, it could be a useful tool to slow down the rate of deforestation in Africa where most people use firewood to cook
  • Bagass Ash to Cement

    Emeka Okafor
    27 Oct 2014 | 1:05 pm
    A profile from SciDev's PhDs in Focus: Sugar cane is one of Kenya’s most important cash crops. Currently, most of the pulp, or ‘bagasse’, left after the cane’s juice is extracted goes to waste. In this film, John Mwero, an engineer at the University of Nairobi, talks about his PhD research on adding the ash left after burning bagasse to cement. Not only does doing so recycle this readily available by-product, but it also strengthens concrete.
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  • Helen Nissenbaum on Ad Nauseum, resistance through obfuscation, and weapons of the weak

    6 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Philosopher Helen Nissenbaum is one of the leading thinkers about the ethical issues we face in digital spaces. Her work on privacy as “contextual integrity” is one of the most tools for understanding why some online actions taken by companies and individuals feel deeply transgressive while others seem normal – we expect online systems to respect norms of privacy appropriate for the context we are interacting in, and we are often surprised and dismayed when those norms are violated. At least as fascinating, for me at least, Nissenbaum doesn’t just write books and…
  • Coco Fusco’s introduction to the Cuban blogosphere

    6 Oct 2014 | 11:26 am
    Multimedia artist, writer, activist and teacher Coco Fusco is a visiting associate professor at MIT’s Comparative Media Studies this year, and she introduced herself to the Center for Civic Media community with a stunning talk this past Thursday, unpacking the history and the possible futures of the Cuban blogosphere. Fusco is a frequent traveler to Cuba and has interviewed many of the key figures in the space and offered an overview that’s complex, subtle and by far the most informative picture of the space I’ve heard thus far. (Video of Fusco’s talk is available…
  • Williams Convocation Address: “Bibliolarceny and the Size of the Universe”

    21 Sep 2014 | 4:47 am
    My alma mater, Williams College, begins the academic year with a convocation, a ceremony for seniors, faculty and a small number of alumni who are being honored with the college’s Bicentennial medal, an award for “distinguished achievement in any field of endeavor”. I was honored to be one of those medal recipients this year, and the college asked me to address the students. My remarks follow below. (Should you want to see me deliver the address, here’s the YouTube video.) If the job of a commencement address is to offer students thoughts on how to exit college and…
  • A public apology – on screwing up by not questioning assumptions – my talk at #BIF10

    17 Sep 2014 | 8:41 am
    I spoke this morning at the tenth incarnation of BIF, Business Innovation Factory, an annual conference in Providence, RI that focuses on storytelling. It’s got a lot less product promotion and self-celebration than many conferences on innovation, and more personal stories, which is why I always enjoy attending. So I thought I’d share a personal story that I’m still digesting and the questions it raises for me. If it reads a little differently from most of my writing, the context helps explain why. About a month ago, I wrote an article about a simple idea. I asked whether…
  • Self-segregation on social networks and the implications for the Ferguson, MO story

    27 Aug 2014 | 11:48 am
    Michael Brown was fatally shot by police officer Darren Wilson on Saturday August 9, 2014. After his body lay in the hot street for four hours, Ferguson residents took to the streets to protest his killing. Brown’s death, the ensuing protest and the militarized police response opened a debate about race, justice and policing in America that continues today. I heard about Michael Brown’s death for the first time on the evening of the 9th, through Twitter. Sarah Kendzior, a St. Louis-based journalist, was retweeting accounts of the protest, and other Twitter friends who write about…
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  • 名刺・チラシ印刷 「マットアートグロス」

    7 Oct 2014 | 8:00 pm
    コストダウンしつつ、スピーディーな印刷を頼みたいという方におすすめの印刷会社です。 名刺の他にもハガキやステッカー、封筒、チラシ等の印刷物全般を格安で取扱っているのがポイント。 様々なニーズに対応してくれる種類の豊富さが人気となっています。 印刷機は常に最新の物を取り揃えており、価格以上の品質で提供してくれるのが嬉しいですね。…
  • 名刺・チラシ印刷 「十八番プリント」

    2 Oct 2014 | 12:23 am
    安さを第一に考えている人にぴったりの印刷会社です! デザイン等にこだわらずに必要な情報だけ伝えられればいい、という人なら名刺の印刷が100枚180円から行なえる激安さがポイント。 安いだけではなく、スピード対応してくれるから急いでいる人にもおすすめです。 平日の午前中に完全データ入稿を行なえば翌日発送が可能となっています。 必要な分を必要なだけ印刷してもらえるので無駄にする事も無いのが嬉しいですね。…
  • 名刺・チラシ印刷 「メガプリント」

    24 Sep 2014 | 11:45 pm
    サービス形態を全てインターネット上で行なう事で、低価格を実現している会社です。 ネット上での注文だから自分の都合に合わせていつでも注文が出来るのが魅力的! 初めてでも注文しやすい様に工夫されているので、ネット注文に慣れていない方でも安心です。 マイページ上では進行状態が確認でき、請求書の発行等を含めた注文管理も可能となっています。 印刷はハイクオリティオフセット印刷で鮮やかな彩りを実現。…
  • 名刺・チラシ印刷 「激安名刺ドットコム」

    17 Sep 2014 | 7:22 pm
    イラストレーターデータ入稿専門店で、最短当日発送のスピーディな対応が魅力的な会社です。 データ入稿はWeb上で簡単に出来るから簡単に注文出来るのがポイント。 最新のオンデマンド印刷機を使用していて、高品質で格安の名刺を提供してくれます! 好みに合わせて用紙も5種類から選べるのが特徴。 サンプルの請求も出来るので実際に目で見て選べるのも嬉しいですね。…
  • 名刺・チラシ印刷 「イロドリ」

    10 Sep 2014 | 11:23 pm
    業界ナンバーワンが謳い文句の激安さが魅力的な会社です! 実際、どの印刷もとてもリーズナブルな価格で、配送料無料や無料校正などの豊富なサービスが受けられるのが特徴。 納品もスピーディで、24時間いつでも注文を受け付けており急ぎの場合は即日配送にも対応してくれます。 納品時間の細かい指定が出来るのもポイントです。…
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  • How to secure your Dropbox account

    Oluniyi Ajao
    15 Oct 2014 | 1:54 am
    There is no perfection in the world of technology. Heck, there’s no perfection in life. Thus, one is constrained to mastering the delicate balance between convenience and security. Dropbox is a very convenient file hosting/sharing/back-up service that is used by millions worldwide. Dropbox has been in the news lately, with allegations that user login details […] The post How to secure your Dropbox account appeared first on techbaron.
  • TLcom achieves second profitable African exit of the year

    Oluniyi Ajao
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:06 am
    15/09/2014, London, Nairobi – Venture capital firm TLcom Capital (TLcom) today announced the sale of virtual identity solutions provider for mobile operators Movirtu to global mobile communications leader Blackberry, in TLcom’s second profitable exit in Africa this year. The sale sees TLcom achieve a cash on cash return in excess of two times its initial […] The post TLcom achieves second profitable African exit of the year appeared first on techbaron.
  • PayPal now in Nigeria, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Zimbabwe…

    Oluniyi Ajao
    18 Jun 2014 | 12:37 am
    PayPal has extended its online payment system to Nigeria, Belarus, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Monaco, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire,  Zimbabwe, and Paraguay for the first time. Before now, these countries were completely blocked from the party. Credit/Debit cards from these countries were not allowed on the payment gateway either. Nigeria being the largest e-commerce market in Africa is most […] The post PayPal now in Nigeria, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Zimbabwe… appeared first on techbaron.
  • is on Fire!

    Oluniyi Ajao
    2 Apr 2014 | 10:04 pm is on Fire, literally and figuratively. The trend has been to consume TV shows, blockbuster movies and music – over the internet – where access to decent broadband and a HDTV is not a problem. After all, who wants to rely on the good-old TV stations’ schedule to enjoy their favourite movie/show or go […] The post is on Fire! appeared first on techbaron.
  • Web4Africa to Offer .xyz as its First New Global Domain Extension in 2014

    Oluniyi Ajao
    29 Oct 2013 | 9:39 pm
    New Partnership to Bring .xyz to Africa and the Rest of the World Web4Africa, an industry-leading web and e-commerce service provider in Africa, has partnered with XYZ.COM LLC and its Founder, Daniel Negari, to be the first registrar in Africa to carry the .xyz domain extension, scheduled to launch in 2014. As a new low […] The post Web4Africa to Offer .xyz as its First New Global Domain Extension in 2014 appeared first on techbaron.
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  • Startups To Watch In The Western Cape

    Staff Reporter
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:18 am
    The Western Cape Government is pleased to announce the 2014 finalists of the Premier’s Entrepreneurship Recognition Awards. Three finalists have been selected in each of the five categories following a province-wide call for entries and an independent judging process. They represent a diverse range of businesses covering activities such as media, entertainment, technology, education and food production. Western Cape Minister of Economic Opportunities, Alan Winde, said one of his key goals was to foster a strong culture of entrepreneurship. He said: “The annual Premier’s…
  • Start-Up Aims To Help Address SA’s Shocking Youth Unemployment – As High as 70%

    Staff Reporter
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:49 am
    A South African start up hopes to address SA’s youth unemployment. SA has the third highest unemployment rate in the world for people between the ages of 15 to 24, according to the World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Risk 2014 report. The report estimates that more than 50% of young South Africans between 15 and 24 are unemployed. It estimated that there are around 600 000 unemployed graduates in South Africa. Whilst 25% of the country is unemployed, up to 70% of people under the age of 35 are not working. Internfit, an online internship portal aims to help students and graduates connect…
  • Luke Townsin On Twitter And The Mobile Stream: Heavy Chef Video Release

    Wesley Diphoko
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:01 am
    World Wide Creative’s practical learning platform, Heavy Chef was headlined by Luke Townsin, Twitter’s Head of Brand Strategy (Multinational EMEA) on 18 September 2014. Presenting on Twitter And The Mobile Stream, Luke enlightened the audience on the major trends in content consumption and how brands can streamline their content to stand out in a mobile-driven age. Luke’s speaker video showcases the main take-outs from his presentation. According to Luke, brands are faced with the challenge of generating content that is more compelling than what is currently on their audience’s…
  • Brand Mapping – The How To Guide For Small Businesses

    Staff Reporter
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:44 am
    No matter how big or small your business, it needs to stand out from the competition. Building a brand that gives people an idea of what your company does and what it stands for can be enough to attract new customers and retain existing ones. Small business owners who understand branding, and how it defines a company, may take branding for granted. For others, however, it may seem unnecessary and expensive. This perception couldn’t be further from the truth, says Ravi Govender, Head of Small Enterprises at Standard Bank. “Branding needn’t be about expensive graphic design, up-market…
  • Digitally Driven Start-Ups Add Value To South Africa’s Entrepreneurship Ecosystem

    Staff Reporter
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:44 am
    On 10 October 2014, a flurry of start-up entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and business leaders flocked to the Cape Town International Convention Centre to attend the SiMODiSA Start-Up South Africa Conference.The conference focused on addressing some of the pivotal issues around entrepreneurship including funding, the role of government and the global ecosystem, but it was the Get Up, Start-Up pitch competition that sparked our interest. Get Up, Start-Up is a SiMODiSA initiative that offered 10 local start-ups the opportunity to showcase their business ideas in the form of an onstage pitch…
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  • How To Move Y Our Property Valuation Business Away From National Boundaries

    21 Oct 2014 | 1:57 am
    There are certainly a number of benefits when you decide to go overseas in your quest to give your property appraisal business a new thrust. You will be able to grab a pie of the international property valuation business which could run into trillions or dollars. While getting a foothold in established and well developed real estate markets like Europe and USA might be difficult, there are a number of opportunities waiting to be tapped in emerging economies like Russia, India, Brazil and South Africa. Apart from being able to garner a portion of the local property valuation business, you…
  • How To Go International With Your Valuation Business

    21 Oct 2014 | 1:51 am
    One of the biggest reasons why there is sense in moving to other countries for property valuation business is because of the cost factor. However, it may not be right to look into all the markets that are available on the map. As a real estate valuer, you should look only for those markets where you can add value. The best way forward would be to look for countries that are often referred to as BRICS, i.e. Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. It certainly makes sense to try and start your own valuation business in any or even all these countries. However, it is important for you to…
  • How To Tackle Increased Competition In Property Conveyancing

    15 Oct 2014 | 11:07 pm
    While there is no denying the fact that property conveyancing is very important and indispensable, when one looks around, there is lot of competition in this business. Running a successful property conveyancing business can no longer be taken for granted. Even many established players are finding the going tough. This could be attributed to a few reasons. First and foremost the levels of completion have increased quite substantially. Secondly, the uncertainties associated with the real estate industry as a whole has also taken a toll on many property conveyancing businesses especially the…
  • Should Property Valuation Be Done Only Inhouse

    26 Sep 2014 | 12:11 am
    There is no doubt that valuing a property has many reasons for it. The first and foremost reason is to help buyers and sellers to get smoothly into the process of property ownership transfers. It would be virtually impossible to go through this process without having property valuation done. Additionally, whenever there is a need to find out the market value of properties or other movable and immovable assets, property valuation becomes of paramount interest. Whenever there is a need to arrive at compensation of properties that are taken over by government authorities, there is no doubt that…
  • Does Is Make Sense To Outsource Property Valuation

    8 Sep 2014 | 10:56 pm
    There is no doubt that outsourcing is the mantra for almost each and every organization, however, big or small it might. There are certainly a number of advantages associated with outsourcing and reduction in cost is perhaps the biggest advantage. While there is outsourcing in almost each and every aspect of in this particular article we will try and have a look at the possibility of outsourcing property valuation related jobs. As mentioned above while the main objective for outsourcing any work should be driven by sound economics, this alone should not be the main reason for such…
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  • No Escape from Eritrea

    30 Oct 2014 | 11:47 am
    Meron Estefanos at Oslo Freedom Forum: Eritrean journalist and activist Meron Estefanos relates how her homeland has become one of the most brutal dictatorships in Africa after gaining independence from Ethiopia. In 2001, the Eritrean government cracked down on reformers, shutting down independent newspapers and churches and creating an indefinite service requirement for the country’s youth, allowing the government to control younger generations...[continue reading]
  • "Tomorrow I'll Be Twenty"

    29 Oct 2014 | 6:06 pm
    Maya Jaggi writing in the Guardian: Alain Mabanckou, a novelist of exuberant originality, started a literary festival in Congo-Brazzaville this year. It opened in a stately house overlooking the Congo river, built for Charles de Gaulle's exile from Nazi-occupied Paris, when equatorial Africa was the heart of free France. As Michel, the 10-year-old narrator of Tomorrow I'll Be Twenty, grasps this history: "General de Gaulle came to Brazzaville to announce that France was no longer in France, that the capital of France was no longer Paris, with the Eiffel Tower – Brazzaville was now the…
  • When Oil Revenues Dry Up, What Next?

    28 Oct 2014 | 6:19 pm
    The "End of Oil" could arrive in any number of ways. Startup founder Mark Essien paints a bleak picture for those that depend on its revenues solely, but he also offers a way forward:image courtesy of WikipediaOil prices have dropped. They will continue to drop. Technology is making it feasible to get oil in places that they previously were not accessible from. The big multi-nationals are selling their oil fields in Nigeria. When you see people exiting a business, what is this indicative of? Oil is dying. The western world knows it, that is why they are heavily investing in converting…
  • "Alla La Ke" by Tunde

    27 Oct 2014 | 6:53 pm
    Maestro:Tunde Jegede playing a kora solo in Essex, MA on his way back to London after doing a TED talk in Long Beach, CA.
  • Tribal Marks - the 'African tattoo'?

    27 Oct 2014 | 3:14 pm
    Melinda Ozongwu in This Is Africa: image courtesy of This is AfricaA Nigerian friend, with whom I went to university in the UK, had tribal marks on his cheeks. I never felt comfortable enough to ask him about them but eventually the subject came up. He wasn’t proud of his traditional Yoruba markings and was tired of explaining to foreigners that they were not accidental scars. He felt sad that he had never known his face without them and wished he’d never had them. I had always been under the impression that people with tribal marks were uneducated and lived in rural areas, the bearers of…
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  • The Niger River Delta - a strategic asset in Africa’s Sahel region

    Paula Caballero
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:15 am
    The southern fringes of the Sahara desert host rugged lands where mankind has thrived for more than a millennium. In this vast panorama, the Inner Niger Delta stands out: In a region where limited rainfall is a fact of life, the Delta is a natural dam and irrigation scheme whose flood plain creates a grazing and cropping perimeter that at its peak can reach 30,000 km2 and sustains about 900,000 people.  
  • Deworming improves child cognition. Eventually.

    Owen Ozier
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:02 am
    You could be forgiven if you found deworming to be something of an enigma.  Some have hailed it as one of the most cost effective interventions for improving school participation in developing countries. Yet two recent review papers, drawing together the lessons from many studies, find insignificant effects of deworming on learning specifically and only uncertain evidence on cognition more generally.  How could this be? The short answer is that, until a few months ago, both views could be right. I explain why in this 7-minute talk highlighting my recent research. Africa Big Ideas: Health…
  • Breaking the Cycle of Rural Poverty: One Infrastructure Investment at a Time

    Leonard Wantchekon
    14 Oct 2014 | 12:59 pm
    A rural village in Benin ©Arne Hoel/World Bank A couple years ago I returned to Dovi, my maternal village, for the first time since my middle school years in the mid-1970s. Located in the highly fertile Oueme River Valley, the village at that time was one of the most affluent parts of Central Benin, the breadbasket of Agonlin region. It had the second largest market and one of the best primary schools in the country.
  • Inequality and Africa’s IDA Middle Income Trap

    Ravi Kanbur
    8 Oct 2014 | 2:42 pm
    Inequality is of concern for at least three reasons. First, lower inequality per se is an objective for a decent society. Second, lower inequality improves the efficiency of economic growth in achieving poverty reduction. Third, high inequality impedes growth itself, through its impact on social cohesion and the investment climate.
  • Looking at Poverty…Through the Eyes of a Child

    Bekele Shiferaw
    6 Oct 2014 | 1:06 pm
    “I am always hungry, as oftentimes my family and I skip meals. I want to go to school like my friends, but my parents always say it is too expensive. If I go to school, then I can’t work to help them buy food, and then I am hungry again. I am helpless when it comes to changing my situation, I have no voice and there are few people that see things the way I do.”
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    Blomerus Missions

  • South African Snapshot: At-Work

    De Wet and Marysol
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:42 am
    We’ve shared with you a strategy we are really excited about. Addressing a gap in the education crisis of this nation and creating a hands-on learning projects for our men to practice their skills. Here they are hard at work introducing kids a local primary school to the content available through the Khan Academy servers they installed themselves! It was a two day project. Its important our young men aren’t just the recipients of free training, but that they see the skills they are gaining as part of the solution to the problems in our communities. At this school we didn’t…
  • South African Snapshot: Alain

    De Wet and Marysol
    18 Oct 2014 | 3:36 am
    Meet Alain. He is Congolese and married to a South African. He now calls South Africa home. When we first met Alain, we almost dismissed his application because he was a bit older than our original criteria. Sometimes you have to make exceptions. Upon meeting him, we both knew he was someone critical to the long term story of Together Tech. He is a community leader running a feeding program. An active pastor while doing our apprenticeship. Father of two girls. He says, “these skills are needed in my community”. He walks with an authority that is looking at the bigger picture of…
  • September 2014 Newsletter

    De Wet and Marysol
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:39 am
    So much going on and its exciting! 2 pages, a quick read to honor your time. De Wet & Marysol. Related posts: March 2014 Newsletter Our December 2013 Newsletter September 2010 News
  • South African Snapshot: Kenwin

    De Wet and Marysol
    27 Sep 2014 | 6:20 am
    Last week we introduced to you Jeremy. Now we’d like you to meet Kenwin. We would describe him as eager and hardworking, even though he is very much “a natural” at computers. He is responsible for helping take care of his grandparents. He embraces a challenge and asks alot of good questions. From the moment we met Kenwin, we had this kind of gut level knowing that God was sending him to us. He despises having his photo taken, but was gracious enough to let us snap this one. Related posts: South African Snapshot: First-Day South African Snapshot: Klaus South African Snapshot:…
  • South African Snapshot: Baby

    De Wet and Marysol
    20 Sep 2014 | 11:20 pm
    We’d like you to meet Emily, affectionately referred to as the new “Together Tech Baby”. We will be introducing our young men to you one by one, and we figured we what better timing than now for you to meet Jeremy? Jeremy is a brand new father to this beautiful little girl, who was just born. We would describe Jeremy as: super teachable, committed and wholehearted. He has a bend towards programming and can’t get enough. If you haven’t noticed, we have a bend towards fatherhood around here, believing the shaping of fathers is critical. And we hope it helps you get…
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  • To Have

    23 Oct 2014 | 2:16 pm
    To have is to be happy To have is to accumulate To have is to value things To have is to be effective   It doesn’t matter what you have What matters is how you have it What matters is how long you have it How valuable is what you have?   We can have anything we need But we can’... Continue reading To Have for more
  • The Leaders who ruined Africa…

    21 Oct 2014 | 2:11 pm
    Before he hit eighteen, Fred Swaniker had lived in Ghana, Gambia, Botswana and Zimbabwe. What he learned from a childhood across Africa was that while good leaders can’t make much of a difference in societies with strong institutions, in countries with weak structures, leaders could make or br... Continue reading The Leaders who ruined Africa… for more
  • Attention Students: Get a Free .ME Domain Name

    18 Oct 2014 | 2:45 am
      For a limited time, Namecheap is offering university students a .me domain name and email hosting — completely free for one year. To claim your free bundle and kickstart your web presence, simply visit and sign up.   Namecheap is working with students and educators to get mor... Continue reading Attention Students: Get a Free .ME Domain Name for more
  • Facebook Safety Check lets you Notify your Friends of your Safety

    16 Oct 2014 | 11:19 am
      Facebook has introduced a new feature called Safety Check which lets you notify your friends of your safety following a natural disaster. You’ll be able to check which of your friends were affected. If you’re near a natural disaster, you can tell friends if you’re safe and c... Continue reading Facebook Safety Check lets you Notify your Friends of your Safety for more
  • Google Announces Android 5.0 Version called “Lollipop”

    16 Oct 2014 | 8:26 am
      Google has announced Lollipop, the latest version of its Android software. It features deeper integration between devices and more security. This came after the previous version 4.4 called KitKat. Here is a list of some of what Android Lollipop has to offer.   Material Design: A bold, co... Continue reading Google Announces Android 5.0 Version called “Lollipop” for more
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    The Gamelian World

  • BarCamp Ho and the Quest for Scientific and Entrepreneurial Thinking in Ghana #bcho

    29 Oct 2014 | 6:38 am
    Mentoring session ongoing at BarCamp Ho 2014Last Saturday, 25th October, I joined other change makers at the University of Health and Allied Sciences for the fourth BarCamp Ho. This was my first barcamp in over a year, so I was really excited to have been part of the event. Here are Storify highlights of what transpired. [View the story "Recapping BarCamp Ho 2014 via Tweets #bcho" on Storify]After an initial hesitation, I accepted to 'mentor' some attendees (many of them university or senior high school students) on "education and research", drawing on experiences in science education…
  • Discussing Entrepreneurial Education and Remembering Eli Aidam at BarCamp Ho 2014

    20 Oct 2014 | 5:56 pm
    I've not written any posts on this blog or elsewhere online in a while because I was busy with the dissertation phase of my masters degree. I learnt a lot over the past year, especially from working on my final project. I am thankful for successfully completing the course.    BarCamp Ho 2014 is upon us; this is Volta region's fourth barcamp since the first event in 2011. Find details about this year's event in the flyer below. We're dedicating this year's barcamp to the memory of Eli Aidam, our colleague from GhanaThink who tragically passed on earlier this year. Eli…
  • Exploring Youthful Innovations to Transform Agriculture in Africa via #AfricaDayAgric Chat

    25 May 2014 | 1:53 pm
    The African Union (AU) observes its founding date, 25th May, as "Africa Day" every year. This is a national holiday in many African countries set aside to reflect on how far we have come in pursuit of continental unity and various aspects of life. Earlier, the AU declared 2014 as the Year of Agriculture and Food Security, and the diaspora team of GhanaThink Foundation saw this as the perfect opportunity to engage youth on their role in transforming the agricultural sector.Yesterday a Google + hangout discussion hosted by the team explored the challenges, innovations and opportunities in the…
  • The Citizen Science Approach to Research: Report from GW4 Workshop, Bath

    7 Apr 2014 | 1:40 pm
    Source: thinkprogress.orgThe idea of harnessing the collective or community input for a project is quite appealing to my African mind. Grassroots involvement fosters group ownership and often leads to better results. Movements such as GhanaThink, BloggingGhana and Enactus ride on the numbers and efforts of its members. When applied to science, public participation aids data collection and organisation, research design, and facilitates greater understanding of scientific phenomena. The active involvement of volunteers or "lay people" in the scientific enterprise, "citizen science", is a…
  • Afrimakers and OUWA Team up to Train the Next Generation of Ghanaian Makers

    7 Mar 2014 | 6:56 am
    Trainees keenly engaged during the Africamakers Uganda session. Source: AfrimakersAfrimakers project, in partnership with Open University of West Africa (OUWA) and a few others, are making further strides towards nurturing a maker movement in Ghana. Their three step strategy involves:Training facilitators to lead mentoring workshops and the communityMentoring 6 to 17 year olds to acquire the necessary problem-solving skillsShowcasing innovations and networking through maker faire type eventsVictor Kelechi Ofoegbu, one of the coordinators for the first facilitators workshop coming up at…
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    Best Uganda Jobs

  • 40 Sales Executives Jobs at Insurance Company of East Africa

    7 Oct 2014 | 6:13 am
    Job Title: Sales Executive (INSURANCE COMPANY OF EAST AFRICA) eSUMMARYICEA_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
  • Sales & Marketing Manager Jobs at Cangaroo Holdings Uganda Limited

    15 Sep 2014 | 4:34 am
    Job Title: Sales & Marketing Manager | Reports to: Managing DirectorThe RoleAs part of our changing business model, Cangaroo Holdings continues to grow at a steady pace and have embarked on a growth model that entails manufacturing of high value consumer products including toothpaste, shoe polish and bathing soap from China. We are thus seeking a self-motivated individual to provide, identify and
  • Many Insurance Sales Agents Needed at Insurance Company of East Africa (ICEA)

    4 Sep 2014 | 4:40 am
    Job Title: Sales Agents 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
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    The Nahmias Cipher Report

  • Rwanda’s Leading Murderer

    Jessamy Nichols
    25 Oct 2014 | 10:38 pm
    Jessamy Nichols, Africa Correspondent Last Modified: 01:40 a.m. EST, 26 October 2014 KIGALI, Rwanda – Ever since the 1994 Rwandan genocide, the international community has been slow to criticize Rwanda’s new government and slow to intervene in matters there. This hesitancy to get involved is rooted back to their fear of being to blame for […]
  • Islamic New Year 2014 | The Prophet and Kaaba

    Sarah Jakubowski
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:50 pm
    Sarah Joanne Jakubowski, Contributing Journalist Last Modified: 16:52 p.m. DST, 24 October 2014 This year, the new Islamic New Year fell on October 24. The date will mark the anniversary of the Prophet Muhammad’s journey from Mecca to Medina in year 622. He led his followers over 200 miles across barren desert to escape persecution. […]
  • Melkam Addis Amet 2014 | Happy Ethiopian New Year!

    Ayanna Nahmias
    8 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Ayanna Nahmias, Editor-in-Chief Last Modified: 00:00 AM EDT, 09 September 2014 ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia – The Ethiopian New Year, which in Amharic is called Enkutatash, commences on 11 September 2014.  The name of this festival harkens back to the revered Queen of Sheba, who upon her return from Jerusalem where she visited King Solomon, brought […]
  • Body Art for the Modern World

    Ayanna Nahmias
    8 Sep 2014 | 6:08 pm
    Paul Van Hevel, Guest Contributor Last Modified: 21:12 p.m. EDT, 8 September 2014 SAN DIEGO, California — Photography and art are prominently featured in The Report. The website is anchored by photography, but artists by virtue of their unique and at times revolutionary view of the world are also presented. Today, we feature a brief […]
  • NASA Embarks on Asteroid Capture Mission

    Sarah Jakubowski
    7 Sep 2014 | 11:11 am
    Sarah Joanne Jakubowski, Contributing Journalist Last Modified: 14:20 p.m. DST, 07 September 2014 NASA is developing a mission that will “identify, capture, and redirect” a chosen asteroid and set it in orbit around the moon, according to their website. Two designs are being considered: one is a large inflatable bag-like system, the other is a […]
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    Indepth Africa

  • Mercedes-Benz GLA200: Top of the A’s?

    30 Oct 2014 | 3:34 pm
    The arrival of the latest-generation A-class marked a radical departure from the automotive norm for the traditionally conservative Mercedes-Benz brand. And frankly, it was high time, with Audi’s A3 in particular showing off just how successful a premium compact can be. Since the arrival of the A-class hatch last year, we’ve seen the same platform […]
  • Senseless death, crippling inequality and the leaderless state we’re in

    30 Oct 2014 | 3:27 pm
    Springbok captain Jean de Villiers says he did not know Senzo Meyiwa, Mbulaeni Mulaudzi or Phindile Mwelase who all lost their lives over the past week. Speaking at a joint memorial service for the three sports stars in Johannesburg on Thursday, De Villiers said he still felt as if he had lost two brothers and […]
  • It’s Time for Israel to Recognize the Royal Republic of Ladonia

    30 Oct 2014 | 2:57 pm
    Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century. Sweden decided to recognize the unelected government of a bankrupt PLO terror state located inside Israel’s borders. But if Sweden is […]
  • Analysis: Nkandla, Madonsela and the Schippers ruling

    30 Oct 2014 | 1:52 pm
    The quotable parts of the Judge Ashton Schippers ruling in Democratic Alliance v SABC and Others are: “… unlike an order or decision of a court, a finding by the Public Protector is not binding on persons and organs of state. If it was intended that the findings of the Public Protector should be binding […]
  • Op-Ed: Minister Patel and eNCA’s ‘feel good’ documentaries

    30 Oct 2014 | 1:22 pm
    eNews Channel Africa (eNCA) has refused to clarify if a controversial ‘feel good’ series of news documentaries it broadcast on government’s infrastructure rollout programme was in fact funded by economic development minister Ebrahim Patel’s department. The nine documentaries – branded as eNCA news content in the first quarter of 2014 – are currently housed on […]
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    Livity Africa

  • VIP Debate Club kicks off in Johannesburg

    20 Oct 2014 | 2:12 am
    Our successful VIP Campaign, which encourages youth democratic participation, continues with the introduction of the VIP Debate Club. The monthly Braamfontein event brings together young people to debate the most youth-specific political topics of the day. Our next debate is 28 October. The VIP Campaign is supported by Omidyar Network. The VIP Debate Club is a regular open event at which young people are invited to discuss and debate some of the most pertinent youth-specific political topics of the day in a relaxed space over a drink. Facilitated by young social commentators and influencers,…
  • Digify featured on ENCA’s Tech Report

    20 Oct 2014 | 2:02 am
    Our great new digital bootcamp, Digify, was recently featured on ENCA’s Tech Report. Watch it now…. Digify is brought to you by Livity Africa in association with Google and IAB SA. It’s an innovative training journey aiming to create the next generation of job-ready digital upstarts. It gives 18-25 year olds a no cost opportunity to undertake a three month digital skills training programme. As well as gaining broad and wide-ranging practical skills with digital campaigns, social media and content creation, we are taking the trainees through key Google modules including Search,…
  • Digital Edge 2014

    20 Oct 2014 | 1:53 am
    Last month our founder Gavin Weale joined an illustrious group of speakers at South Africa’s biggest digital marketing conference, Digital Edge 2014. Check out the insight at #digitaledge2014 around the theme “Go Do Good”. This is what @gavinweale had to say… “Doing good should not be celebrated. It is the way we all should be doing business.”
  • 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…
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    CPAfrica | CPAfrica

  • Airtel Nigeria Backs 2014 College of Education Games

    Demilade Oresanya
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:44 am
     In demonstration of its support for youth and sports development in Nigeria, leading telecommunications services provider, Airtel Nigeria, has thrown its weight behind the Nigeria College of Education Games (NICEGA) by donating cash and gift items to support the tournament. The 2014 edition of the intercollege tournament which kicked off this week is being hosted by Niger State College of Education, Minna and will involve Colleges of Education across the country. Speaking on Airtel’s support , Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Airtel Nigeria, Mr. Segun Ogunsanya, noted that…
  • Gbenga Sesan, Arese Ugwu, Toke Makinwa, others educate University of Lagos students at The Future Young & Emerging Leaders Program 2014

    Demilade Oresanya
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:12 am
     The Future Project in partnership with the University Of Lagos organised a conference tagged ‘Beyond the Gate’ on Tuesday October 21, 2014. The program which held at the Julius Berger Hall, University of Lagos, Akoka was aimed at helping young students identify the opportunities that abound in their immediate surroundings. It featured young, successful entrepreneurs and professionals who taught the students on varied topics to equip them for life after school and also inspired them with personal stories from starting small. The Executive Director of The Future Project, Chude…

    Demilade Oresanya
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:59 am
     After one year of anticipation, the latest movie from Nigeria’s iconic Tunde Kelani is set to hit the cinemas. ‘Dazzling Mirage’ will premiere on 7 November at the Muson Centre in Onikan, Lagos. The love story is written by Ade Solanke and is an adaptation of Yinka Egbokhare’s novel of the same title. It traces the life of a sickle cell sufferer, running through betrayal and denial, but focused on helping the public understand what sickle cell really means, for the people affected by it. “Dazzling Mirage is an inspiring story centred around a young advertising…
  • Nigeria’s First Ever Tax Debate Set to Hold

    Demilade Oresanya
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:27 am
    The Tax Club, University of Lagos is set to hold the first ever tax debate in Nigeria. The event which is scheduled to hold between the 30th to the 31st of October will have in attendance 8 Universities from around Nigeria. Participating schools include, University of Lagos, Obafemi Awolowo University, University of Nigeria, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, University of Ibadan, University of Benin, University of Abuja and the University of Uyo. The event hopes to act as a platform where academics and tax professionals as well as corporate and government can interact on tax related issues. Also,…
  • Heritage Bank: From Regional to National Lender

    Demilade Oresanya
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:51 am
     Heritage Bank Company Limited has become a national bank, following its acquisition of Enterprise Bank Limited for N56 Billion. The bank’s new status was confirmed by Ifie Sekibo, managing director of Heritage Bank, shortly after he was conferred with honorary senior member award by the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN), recently in Lagos. It will be recalled that on October 15, 2014, Heritage Bank made history with its successful completion of the acquisition of Enterprise Bank. The bank is set to move from its initial 15 experience centres to about 200 branches which is…
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    Think Africa Press

  • Tune Me What: Second Season Sunset Show

    13 Oct 2014 | 8:16 am
    Author(s): Brett Lock and Leon Lazarus Deck: A second season comes to a close. We can hardly believe that we have two seasons of Tune Me What? under our belt. As we’ve said before, we embarked on this journey with the intention of sharing the South African music we grew up with − the music we knew and loved − with the rest of the world. It was never really our intention to achieve more than having a bit of fun, but somehow the idea snowballed. Before we knew it we were name-checked by Esquire magazine and asked to syndicate our show right here at Think Africa…
  • Burundian Civil Society Fights Back But Will it be Enough?

    3 Oct 2014 | 4:51 am
    The relative peace Burundi has enjoyed since the end of civil war may be under threat. Following the ceasefire that ended 12 years of brutal conflict in 2005, the country has experienced a degree of stability. But as the 2015 elections approach, many warn that President Pierre Nkurunziza and his ruling CNDD-FDD party are constricting political space through intimidation, violence and the repression of dissenting voices.In doing so, however, the government has not had an easy ride. Instead, it has found itself face-to-face with resolute civil society and opposition groups who have refused to…
  • Tune Me What: Caravan of Sound

    1 Oct 2014 | 4:19 am
    Author(s): Brett Lock and Leon Lazarus Deck: Shifty Records' founder Lloyd Ross drops in to tell all. There was an urban legend going around in the South African musical fraternity that Lloyd Ross, the founder of Shifty records, had managed to fund his alternative record label with the money he earned writing the theme music to the popular Afrikaans TV drama series 'Vyfster'.It's a great story, but alas not entirely true, as he tells Koos Kombuis in an interview for the SA edition of Rolling Stone magazine:I did indeed write 'Vyfster'.Teaser: Shifty Records' founder Lloyd…
  • "I'm Missing My Place in the World": An Interview with Aziza Brahim

    30 Sep 2014 | 3:56 am
    Political unrest in the Sahara is usually associated with Mali, a country still in the grip of conflict where, for a time, Islamist rebels banned music in the towns they captured. Ngoni master Bassekou Kouyate, last year’s Sahara Soul concert headliner, described the situation as “ripping the heart out of Mali.” This year, the Barbican Centre’s celebration of Saharan music was expanded to include non-Malian groups, putting a spotlight on some less documented issues.Take the plight of the Saharawi people, represented at London's Sahara Soul by singer and tabal drummer Aziza Brahim.
  • Tune Me What: The Songs that Helped Bring Down Apartheid

    22 Sep 2014 | 5:23 am
    Author(s): Brett Lock and Leon Lazarus Deck: South Africa's brutal apartheid regime knew how to deal with dissent, but not so much with ridicule and disrespect. In 1989, the future in South Africa seemed bleak and hopeless. The government had declared another State of Emergency which suspended certain meagre civil liberties and allowed them to detain anyone suspected of being an “enemy of the state” without trial almost indefinitely. Violent resistance and repression were at their peak.Although largely insulated from the ultra-violent repression in South Africa’s…
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    SocioLingo Africa

  • U.S. Deeply Concerned by Sentence of Ethiopian Journalist

    Database of Press Releases related to Africa
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:06 am
    WASHINGTON, October 31, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- Press Statement Jen Psaki Department Spokesperson Washington, DC October 30, 2014 The United States is deeply concerned by the October 27 sentencing of Ethiopian journalist Temesgen Desalegn to three years in prison for “provocation and dissemination of inaccurate information.” Freedom of expression and freedom of the press are fundamental elements of a democratic society, and the promotion and protection of these rights and freedoms are basic responsibilities of democratic governments. As President Obama stated during his…
  • SRSG Ibn Chambas deeply concerned about the situation in Burkina Faso

    Database of Press Releases related to Africa
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:54 am
    DAKAR, Sénégal, October 31, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- The United Nations Office for West Africa (UNOWA) is deeply concerned about the situation in Burkina Faso, where violent incidents have occurred between security forces and demonstrators demanding the withdrawal of a bill on the revision of Article 37 of the Constitution. The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General, Mr. Mohamed Ibn Chambas, deplores the deterioration of the security situation in the capital Ouagadougou and in other cities across the country. Mr. Ibn Chambas urges the national authorities to do…
  • Press in Burkina Faso must be protected amid anti-government protests

    Database of Press Releases related to Africa
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:48 am
    ABUJA, Nigeria, October 31, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed that protesters stormed and looted the offices of Burkina Faso's national broadcaster Radiodiffusion Television du Burkina in the capital, Ouagadougou, today. Thousands of demonstrators have taken to the streets to protest a constitutional amendment that would allow President Blaise Compaore seek re-election next year, according to reports. "It is clear that the Burkina Faso public is out for change. But in critical times like these, media institutions must be protected," said…
  • Baird Calls for End to Violence in Burkina Faso

    Database of Press Releases related to Africa
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:34 am
    OTTAWA, Canada, October 31, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today issued the following statement expressing strong concern over the recent developments in Burkina Faso: “Canada is extremely concerned about the violence that has erupted today during demonstrations in various cities in Burkina Faso, particularly in the capital of Ouagadougou. “Canada calls upon all sides to exercise restraint and avoid resorting to further violence. I strongly encourage all parties to respect the democratic process and let constitutional law and order…
  • The ministers of Central African countries are taking a decisive step toward the creation of a green economy, with a focus on the timber industry

    Database of Press Releases related to Africa
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:04 pm
    KINSHASA, DRC, October 31, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- The organizers of the Conference of Ministers of ECCAS ( on the Fund for the Green Economy in Central Africa and the structural transformation of the economy of natural resources announced today that the ministers from the region have adopted a text establishing the Fund for the Green Economy in Central Africa. Logo: Photo: At the opening of the…
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    Buzz Nigeria

  • 230 Good Funny Jokes For Kids

    Editorial Staff
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:27 am
    Looking for suitable jokes for your kids, these jokes must be devoid of any form of dirty languages and must not in any way send the wrong signal to the kids. These kind of jokes are hard to come across. Now that your little kid’s sense of humour has progressed, now that he or she […]
  • 12 Inside Photos of N3.3bn Ekiti State House With N50 Million Bed

    Editorial Staff
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:28 am
    These are the inside photos of 3.3 billion naira Ekiti State House  including a N50 million bed where the former Governor of Ekiti State; Kayode Fayemi lived and governed his state from with his wife and children: a state in debt with a history of not being able to pay its workers their salaries. This […]
  • Top 10 Nollywood News Round Up 2014

    Editorial Staff
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    It goes without saying that Nollywood is one of the biggest film industries not only in Africa but also globally. Nigerian Nollywood Movies has grown very quickly over the years to become the second largest film industry in the world in terms of annual film productions, ranking ahead of United states Hollywood and just behind Indian Bollywood, according to […]
  • 10 Rare Landmarks on the Map of Nigeria

    Editorial Staff
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:19 am
    Nigeria has many landmarks and monuments. Most of the landmarks that are in Nigeria are manmade. They include statues and city squares that are formal. However, there are also Natural Landmarks that are absolutely beautiful in Nigeria. Some examples of these are the Zuma rock, Gurara Falls and the stunning Owu Falls. Lagos Island is […]
  • 10 Lesser Known Facts About Abuja, The Capital of Nigeria

    Editorial Staff
    14 Oct 2014 | 11:13 pm
    As one of the largest and most populous countries in the world, Nigeria has become a home to a large number of interesting tourist sites. The capital of the country is Abuja, and it reflects the large amount of diversity that One can find in the nation. If you are planning to pay a visit, […]
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    Buzz Kenya

  • How To Convert Kenyan Shillings to British Pounds

    Editorial Staff
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:56 pm
    Well there are many ways by which you can convert Kenyan Shillings to British Pounds. This method can also be used to convert Kenyan Shillings to US Dollars, or Kenyan Shilling to any currency that exists in the world. One of them is using the world’s favorite, You can simply type the “number of […]
  • 36 Countries Ethiopian Citizens Can Travel to Without Visa

    Editorial Staff
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:38 am
    To visit another country from Ethiopia, most countries would require a valid visa which they must have issued before you are allowed in however, there are a lot of countries you can travel to without visa so long as you have Ethiopian passport. Most of these countries would grant you access without visa or they would […]
  • Doing Business in Kenya 2014 – Case Study

    Editorial Staff
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:43 am
    Out of all the east African countries, Kenya is the most developed country. In 2011, the country’s gross domestic product stood at $35.8 billion. This reveals that it can be a great place to carry out business activities in Africa. Kenya is an economic, logistic and commercial hub. It attracts thousands of investors from all over […]
  • 130+ Best Funny Corny Jokes

    Editorial Staff
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:49 am
    We have made a collection of some of the best funny corny jokes that will interest you, though some might sound cliche and probably old – fashioned, but they will surely make you laugh out loud. These are clean jokes that will appeal to both the old and young, as well as the kids. Enjoy our […]
  • 66 Countries Ugandans Can Travel To Without Visa

    Editorial Staff
    15 Oct 2014 | 11:34 pm
    Most Uganda citizens  are unaware of the fact that there are lots of countries you can visit all over the world from Uganda without a visa. Just with your Uganda passport you can actually visit any of these countries without any hassle. According to the arrangement, for some of these countries, a Ugandan citizen can […]
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  • Don’t Kiss in University of Zimbabwe or You’ll Face This Extreme Punishment

    Staff Writer
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:24 am
    7 years ago, it was beer and now kissing has been banned in the University of Zimbabwe. This was detailed in a circular issued to students which stated that those caught kissing would face a costly disciplinary action which has been categorically outlined to be an immediate eviction from halls of residence. The ban was instituted […]
  • 100 Best Funny Anti Jokes

    Staff Writer
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:18 am
    As the name implies, an anti joke is a kind of indirect joke that is not actually funny and sometimes does not make any meaning. Usually the audience would expect a joke that is very funny but instead they get to hear something that does not sound like a joke and in most cases without […]
  • Shocking! CCTV Footage Emerges of Alledged Malema’s Assault

    Staff Writer
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:15 am
    Malema has stirred the media once again; this time around; in a physical and verbal confrontation involving him and Cassie Moller which took place at 2:45am on the 6th of August. This happened  in a Limpopo fast food outlet. AfriForum, the Civil-rights organization has publicly made available the CCTV footage covering the incident. The deputy […]
  • 100 Romantic Things To Say To Your Boyfriend

    Staff Writer
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:12 am
    If you are in search of better ways to show your man some love, then you are at the right place. Who says men cannot be seduced by romantic words, words are powerful and they have their own share of influence on men. Now your man so far has showered you with both romantic words […]
  • 150 Funny Jokes For Kids

    Staff Writer
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:39 am
    As much as these jokes can appeal to any age group, kids as well as adults,  it is specially selected for kids. This is a set of clean and harmless jokes that can get your kids laughing all day long. Keep away from the kids dirty jokes that can corrupt their minds, while introducing them […]
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  • Top 7 Best Online Video Creation and Editing Services

    Staff Writer
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    With video marketing on the rise, having a few videos on your website will go a long way in driving (and retaining) traffic to your website. Other than the benefits of being able to upload your videos to various websites for easy backlinks, many studies have shown that videos are often a strong driver of […]
  • Top 10 Internet Browsers For Speed and Better Performance

    Staff Writer
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:26 am
    An internet or web browser is an application software that enables you to browse the web, it is used for locating, retrieving, accessing, presenting and traversing information resources on the web. Even though web browsers are primarily intended to be used on the World Wide Web, One can equally use browsers for accessing information provided by web servers in private networks or files […]
  • How to Load a Facebook Full Site on Mobile Phone

    Staff Writer
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:51 am
    Facebook is designed in such a way that it automatically redirects all browsers in mobile devices when accessed to its mobile version. That explains why you’ve been having a difficult time trying to access your Facebook full site on your Smartphone, Tablet, or any other Windows, Android or iPhone mobile device. Fortunately for you, there’s […]
  • How to Watch DSTV on Demand

    Staff Writer
    13 Oct 2014 | 6:46 am
    DSTV is definitely among the leading satellite TV in the World, and having one is quite a pleasure you mustn’t miss. With the many interesting channels it has one can never miss entertaining stuff to get glued on. DSTV has grown so wide that it offers various options even if you are on a busy […]
  • How to Use Google Earth Street View Like A Pro

    Staff Writer
    9 Oct 2014 | 1:21 am
    Google Earth Street View was first unveiled in several states in the United States in 2007. However, since its launch, it has been rolled out to other countries as well. The technology allows users to view different locations via Google Earth. Unlike Google Maps, Street View displays the imagery in a more advanced and effective […]
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  • Top 10 Worst Dictators of Africa

    Editorial Staff
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:25 am
    Visit The Knowledge Base for Africa Throughout the annals of history, humanity has always tried to free itself. Africa has an eternal dance of people who were revolutionary who freed their people, those that became the modern day messiah’s only to enslave the very people that they were bound to save. Here is a list of 10 saviours who eventually turned into […] The post Top 10 Worst Dictators of Africa appeared first on Answers Africa.
  • Lion: King of the Jungle Crushed to Death by Buffalo – Photos

    Editorial Staff
    25 Oct 2014 | 7:08 pm
    Visit The Knowledge Base for Africa These timely photos depict one of the rarest moments in the animal kingdom when the predator has become the victim. A game ranger: Lyle Gregg captured the exact moments when the ferocious king of the jungle was crushed to death by a dauntless herd of 300 buffaloes. This took place at the Kruger National Park South […] The post Lion: King of the Jungle Crushed to Death by Buffalo – Photos appeared first on Answers Africa.
  • 52 Countries Egyptians Can Travel To Without Visa

    Editorial Staff
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:20 am
    Visit The Knowledge Base for Africa Are you aware of the fact that there are a good number of countries and territories that you can travel to without Visa but only your Egyptian passport? It is common practice that various countries across the globe put entry restrictions in place. This is to restrict access to non-citizens and establish border control; ensuring that […] The post 52 Countries Egyptians Can Travel To Without Visa appeared first on Answers Africa.
  • Top 10 Best Universities in Africa (Latest Rankings)

    Editorial Staff
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:48 pm
    Visit The Knowledge Base for Africa Pursuing a higher education is relevant but much more important is the source and quality of the information you receive which shapes your knowledge (all things being equal which is never so anyway). The world university rankings rate most of the major higher institutions across the globe. African Universities just like every other thing that […] The post Top 10 Best Universities in Africa (Latest Rankings) appeared first on Answers Africa.
  • 55 Countries Moroccans Can Travel To Without Visa

    Editorial Staff
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:36 pm
    Visit The Knowledge Base for Africa A good number of Moroccans are unaware that there are a whole lot of countries that you can travel to without Visa. Usually, there are entry restrictions  placed by the authorities of various countries that require that anyone coming into the country, who is not a citizen would be needed to obtain a visa or […] The post 55 Countries Moroccans Can Travel To Without Visa appeared first on Answers Africa.
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  • Kano State Employs 1,000 Teachers for Secondary Schools

    30 Oct 2014 | 5:50 pm
    Kano State Employs 1,000 Teachers for Secondary Schools The Kano State Government, through the Secondary Schools Management Board (KSSSMB) has announced the successful recruitment of about 1,000... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit the source website for detailed content, full links, and more! ]]
  • AKSU Supplementary Admission Form 2014/2015 Out – Apply

    30 Oct 2014 | 5:45 pm
    AKSU Supplementary Admission Form 2014/2015 Out – Apply Aksu Supplementary form 2014 is out. The Akwa Ibom State University (AKSU) wishes to inform candidates who wrote the 2014 JAMB UTME and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit the source website for detailed content, full links, and more! ]]
  • 2014/2015 AAUA Admission List Out on School Website

    30 Oct 2014 | 5:40 pm
    2014/2015 AAUA Admission List Out on School Website Aaua admission list 2014 is out. The management of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba (AAUA) has released the admission list of candidates offered... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit the source website for detailed content, full links, and more! ]]
  • 26 First Class as AAUA Graduates 6,341 Students

    30 Oct 2014 | 5:15 am
    26 First Class as AAUA Graduates 6,341 Students The Adekunle Ajasin University (AAUA), Akungba-Akoko will hold its 5th convocation ceremony for the 2011/2012 and 2012/2013 academic session graduands... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit the source website for detailed content, full links, and more! ]]
  • 49 First Class as Bowen University Graduates 1,021 Students

    30 Oct 2014 | 4:47 am
    49 First Class as Bowen University Graduates 1,021 Students The Bowen University, Iwo, Osun State, 9th convocation ceremony will see a total of 1,021 students receive their first degree certificates... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit the source website for detailed content, full links, and more! ]]
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  • Army Confirms Troops Fled Mubi; Investigation Now Underway

    30 Oct 2014 | 3:37 pm
    The Nigerian Defence Headquarters has confirmed that an entire battalion of soldiers fled the town of Mubi in Adamawa State earlier today in response to an attack by “insignificant” Boko Haram militants, but that an investigation is going on to establish why. SaharaReporters reported earlier in the day that the town had fallen to the militants. A senior military source said there was no reason to believe that the Special Operation Battalion troops stationed in Mubi should have fled from the militants or in response to their threats because the army had decided to use the headquarters in…
  • Automatic Ticket to All Incumbent PDP Governors

    30 Oct 2014 | 3:34 pm
    The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has announced automatic tickets for its governors seeking second terms in office. The offer means the governors will have to refuse to run before other candidates are considered. The only the PDP governor seeking a second term is Ibrahim Dakwambo of Gombe State. While the governors of Kaduna, Taraba and Adamawa States may be seeking re-election, they will be starting their first term as they merely completed the terms of their former governors. It also emerged Tuesday that President Goodluck Jonathan was only publicly endorsed as the sole candidate of the…
  • House Members Made Tambuwal Speaker Not PDP – Gbajabiamila

    30 Oct 2014 | 3:28 pm
    The Nigerian House of Representatives Minority Leader, Femi Gbajabiamila, has dismissed the Peoples Democratic Party’s demand that the Speaker of the House, Aminu Tambuwal, who defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Tuesday should do the needful, saying it is a threat that bears no consequence on the speaker. Mr Gbajabiamila stressed that the Speaker was elected by the members of the House across all the political parties and not just the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members. In a telephone interview on Wednesday that was centred on the chances of impeaching the Speaker when…
  • Jonathan Orders Reinstatement Of Keshi, Overrules NFF

    30 Oct 2014 | 3:18 pm
    President Goodluck Jonathan has ordered the reinstatement of Former Super Eagles manager Stephen Keshi to oversee the two remaining 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying matches. The President was believed to have given the orders during his meeting with the bosses (Chris Giwa and Amaju Pinnick) of the two warring factions of the Nigeria Football Federation at the Aso Rock Villa yesterday where he asked them to resolve all issues between them by next week and should be sent a report. Jonathan at the said meeting also asked Chris Giwa to vacate the court case in Jos, Plateau State, and ordered…
  • Declare Your Assets, CNPP Encourages Jonathan

    30 Oct 2014 | 3:10 pm
    Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP) has expressed its congratulations to President Goodluck Jonathan for openly disclosing the donations he has so far received for his re-election bid. In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Osita Okechukwu, CNPP said it was enthused that Mr. Jonathan, in the spirit of openness and doctrine of transparency, chose to release the list, noting that it ranged from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governors, Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAN), Central Markets Traders Union to Otuoke Community Stakeholders, as being among…
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    Naijanolly.Com - Naija News, Entertainment ,Music , Nollywood Gist Linda Ikeji Blog

  • Wizkid Arrested By Kenya Police For Smoking Marijuana In Nairobi Hotel

    kelvin jeweh
    27 Oct 2014 | 11:28 pm
    Nigeria music sensation Wizkid has been  Arrested By Police in Kenya For Smoking Marijuana Weed In Nairobi Kenya Hotel Wizkid was arrested and Placed In Handcuffs For Smoking Marijuana Weed In a Non-Smoking Crowne Plaza Hotel In Nairobi Kenya Star singer Ayo Balogun aka Wizkid who has made it  a bit of getting into trouble got more than he can chew  in Kenya over the weekend when he was caught breaking the law. According to  entertainment fillers, Wizkid was in Nairobi for two concerts on Saturday and a video shoot. He reportedly checked into  Crowne Plaza in Nairobi, one…
  • Meet Singer TY Bello’s Adorable Twins [PICTURES]

    kelvin jeweh
    26 Oct 2014 | 10:20 pm
    Meet Singer TY Bello’s Adorable Twins [PICTURES] Meet Chris and Chris, the twin babies of popular singer TY Bello. The adorable babies were delivered 2 weeks ago. The post Meet Singer TY Bello’s Adorable Twins [PICTURES] appeared first on Naijanolly.Com - Naija News, Entertainment ,Music , Nollywood Gist Linda Ikeji Blog.
  • Imo Catholics go to Bloody War In Search of New Bishop

    kelvin jeweh
    26 Oct 2014 | 10:17 am
    There has been no peace in the catholic Diocese of Ahiara  in Imo State following the passing away of  pioneer bishop, Rt. Rev. Victor Adibe Chikwe, who died sometime in September 2010. The  practice of investiture and consecration of a new bishop which was usually done as quickly as possible took a longer time in this case even the the lay  man in the street could tell there was something wrong in the Diocese as the  announcement of  a successor to the late Bishop Chikwe The plea by the monarch of Mbaise, Eze Desmond  Oguguo, a Catholic was finally answered when on  Friday, December…
  • Nse Ikpe Etim Biography – Lifestyle and Shocking story

    kelvin jeweh
    25 Oct 2014 | 9:46 am
    Nse Ikpe Etim Biography – Nse Ikpe Etim, who is a household name in  nollywood Entertainment indusrty, among  other nigerian actress came into lime light c when she played the role of Omoze in the movie ‘Reloaded’ back in 2008.  was Nse Ikpe Etim stage perfomance at the age of 18 while in the University was her first role as an actress . she went on to make  several appearance on television with the family soap ‘Inheritance as her first Nse  was born on 21 October, 1974 in her home-state, Akwa Ibom and comes from a family of eight and she is the first of six children She had…
  • Banky W Reveals How He First Met Niyola At A Bathroom

    kelvin jeweh
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:23 pm
    Banky W has revealed that he met Niyola in a bathro0m at an events place.  Banky W  may have claimed to like Niyola alot of time, Her has even come out to confess having a crush on her. Banky W who claimed he was drawn to her voice has said how he mistakenly went into the female bathroom where Niyola was singing while attending to her call of nature. The pair  have grown very fond of each other, if you ask me i would say it time for Niyola and Banky W to start dating as they would make a great couple Read the full Gist  below The post Banky W Reveals How He First Met Niyola At A Bathroom…
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