Category Archives — Africa

The Blessings of Ebola for Africa

Before I get into details. I need to clarify that I’m not happy when people die of health epidemics. To those who have died because of the Ebola Virus epidemic, all I can say is, may the good Lord grant them eternal rest. And for the rest of us still alive. We can only do our best not to contact the virus. Now that I have that clarified, let’s find out the blessings of ebola for Africa. Continue reading

CCDA-IV: Africa Can Feed Africa Now

The fourth edition of the Climate Change and Development Conference (CCDA-IV) will convene in Marrakesh, Morocco from 8-10 October, 2014 on the theme: “Africa Can Feed Africa Now: Translating Climate Knowledge into Action”. “The selection of the theme is in recognition of 2014 as the year of agriculture and as such, the conference will focus on climate knowledge opportunities that can transform agricultural production systems to feed Africa sustainably,” says Ms. Fatima Denton, Director, Special Initiatives Division of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA). Continue reading

Top Nigerian Startups selected for DEMO Africa 2014

DEMO-AfricaDEMO Africa 2014 is the launchpad for emerging technology and trends which will be held on the 22nd to 26th September 2014 in Lagos, Nigeria. This year DEMO Africa will again launch 40 of the most innovative start-ups in Africa and highlight some of the best new technology innovations from across the continent. The 40 finalists have gone through three rigorous screening processes with the final vetting and adjudication done by a pan-African panel of judges comprised of entrepreneurs, VCs and Academia. The Judges included Dele Akinsade, Bob Mbori, Victor Okigbo, Lukonga Lidunda, Martin Butler, Rebecca Enonchong, Stephen Gugu, Ali Hussein, Muchiri Nyaga, Toby Shapshak, Moses Sitati and Richard Tanksley. Continue reading

June 16: International Day of the African Child

The International Day of the African Child has been celebrated on June 16 every year since 1991, when it was first initiated by the Organisation of African Unity. It honors those who participated in the Soweto uprising in 1976 on that day. It also raises awareness of the continuing need for improvement of the education provided to African children. On June 16th 1976, between ten and twenty thousand South African school children walked from their schools to Orlando Stadium in Soweto, peacefully protesting for better standards in education and the right to be taught in their own language. For hundreds, this act of defiance against the Apartheid regime was their last: police opened fire on the students and released dogs into the crowd causing pandemonium and loss of life with over a thousand people injured. Continue reading

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