Africa

Britain’s colonial legacy is still hurting LGBT people around the world

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At the recent Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London, the British prime minister, Theresa May, urged Commonwealth nations to reform existing anti-gay legislation held over from British colonial rule. And while stopping short of a formal apology, she used her speech to explicitly acknowledge Britian’s responsibility: “As the United Kingdom’s prime minister, I deeply Read More

Ethiopian Gov’t Signs Agreement With Cardano To Introduce Blockchain In Agritech

2 weeks ago admin2 Comments Off on Ethiopian Gov’t Signs Agreement With Cardano To Introduce Blockchain In Agritech
The Ethiopian government has recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with cryptocurrency startup Cardano (ADA), The Next Web reports May 3. The agreement will see Ethiopian developers apply blockchain technology to the country’s agritech industry. CEO and founder of Cardano Charles Hoskinson confirmed the move in a tweet. Hoskinson stated that the agreement with Read More

African bluechips need to start corporate venture arms to invigorate startup funding

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An increasing number of African companies are competing in the global arena. Riding on the wave of growth that has buoyed African markets over the past two decades, companies such as MTN, SABMiller and Dangote Group have all expanded outside of Africa making flagship acquisitions from China to Poland. The Dangote Group has grown rapidly Read More

MyBucks And Naga Group Team Up To Bring Cryptocurrencies To Emerging Markets

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Image: Cryptocurrencies by r.classen via Shutterstock.com Fintech firms MyBucks and the Naga Group have announced a new partnership to implement Naga’s cryptocurrency wallet within MyBucks’ client interface and existing mobile wallet, enabling some 1.5 million users across Africa, Australia and other countries to manage, send and receive cryptocurrencies. The Naga Wallet will provide MyBucks users Read More

Sierra Leone’s Fake Blockchain Election Hasn’t Damaged the Technology’s Reputation

2 months ago admin2 Comments Off on Sierra Leone’s Fake Blockchain Election Hasn’t Damaged the Technology’s Reputation
In the wake of seemingly positive news for both Sierra Leone and Blockchain, where it was alleged that the technology formed part of an election process, it later emerged that there was some misinformation. Agora, the company that was at the heart of the miscommunication, was called out for proclaiming that they ran part of the African Read More

African governments are withholding millions of dollars meant to increase internet access

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At just 22%, Africa is the region with the lowest levels of internet use in the world. But as a new research shows, countries continue to fall short of financing projects aimed at removing barriers to internet access in rural, remote, and poor urban areas—even when they have those funds. The joint report, from the Read More

In Nigeria you need cash for everything, the problem is actually getting hold of it

3 months ago admin2 Comments Off on In Nigeria you need cash for everything, the problem is actually getting hold of it
Anytime Oghenefega Otitifore, an engineer living in Okearo, needs to withdraw cash, she does not bother going to the ATM. In all of Okearo, a suburb just a few kilometers outside Lagos, there are only two ATMs—one is plagued with long queues and the ever present “unable to dispense cash” message on the screens while Read More

West Africa should learn better trade and integration from its great ancient empires

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The dream of the founding fathers of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) was, among others, to foster trade and development among member states. But the integration dream will only be realized if institutional barriers to trade are addressed. These include poor protection of trade routes, weak enforcement, the fact that traders don’t Read More

African Australians say they’ve been racially vilified and are pushing back

4 months ago admin2 Comments Off on African Australians say they’ve been racially vilified and are pushing back
Brisbane, Australia Australia’s young African population is pushing back at what they see as a racially sensationalized portrayal of their place in Australian society by politicians and the local media. Prime minister Malcolm Turnbull started off the year on Jan. 1 by warning Australians of the threats posed by supposed criminal gangs of African descent Read More

This is how we should honor Calestous Juma’s vision for an Africa of innovation

4 months ago admin2 Comments Off on This is how we should honor Calestous Juma’s vision for an Africa of innovation
No discussion about the history of science, technology and innovation policy in Africa is complete without mentioning Calestous Juma. Juma, professor of International Development at Harvard University, passed away late last year after a long battle with cancer. Juma championed the use of technological innovation to tackle sustainable development challenges like food insecurity, climate change, Read More