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VICTORY! The Downfall of Robert Mugabe, Africa’s Last Liberation-Era Dictator

CHECKMATE! The game is finally over for Robert Mugabe, Africa's last liberation-era dictator

There’s a wild jubilation across the streets of Harare, Zimbabwe and many parts of the Southern African country. Robert Mugabe, the only president they have ever known since gaining independence from Britain in 1980, has resigned. The 93-year-old Mugabe has been their president for 37 years. With this latest development, he has made history, but in the negative circle, as ...

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Biomedical Engineers from across Africa are Coming Together to Make Medical Devices

Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical engineering can save lives. It draws on and integrates knowledge from disciplines like engineering, computer science, biomedical sciences, and public health as well as clinical practice. This knowledge is combined to improve health – often through the design of medical devices for diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation. Most of Africa’s medical equipment is imported. “Equipment graveyards” become the final resting ...

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Ghana: The West African Country that has the Largest Man-made Lake in the World

  Ghana is considered one of the more stable countries in West Africa since its transition to multi-party democracy in 1992. Formerly known as the Gold Coast, Ghana gained independence from Britain in 1957, becoming the first sub-Saharan nation to break free from colonial rule. The Republic of Ghana is a West African country located along the Gulf of Guinea between the Republic of Ivory Coast ...

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Mobilemedics, the Disruptive Startup That is Making Healthcare Accessible and Affordable

Of the 191 countries analysed by the World Health Organisation for the quality of their healthcare systems, Nigeria ranked 187 only ahead of Democratic Republic of the Congo, Central African Republic and Myanmar. Everyday, more and more Nigerians are dying from mostly preventable diseases and injuries. Notably, the budgetary allocation for the health sector is not even enough to stem ...

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How Presidential Term Limits Can Help Strengthen Africa’s Democracy

Africans are tired of long-serving presidents

Throughout Sub-Saharan Africa, the advocation for presidential term limits has been a way to ensure that sitting executives do not remain entrenched and political opportunities are created for competitive elections and alternations in power.  However, when this cap that ensures a certain level of democracy is consistently evoked and altered during constitutional reforms, the nation is left with an authoritarian ...

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WOW! Here’s Why Africa Will Become the Food Basket of the World- Aliko Dangote

Aliko Dangote is Africa's richest man

Nigerian business leader Aliko Dangote told investors “Agriculture, agriculture, agriculture. Africa will become the food basket of the world.” In a packed room at the headquarters of global law firm Shearman and Sterling LLC  high level business leaders and international diplomats invited by the Corporate Council for Africa to hear Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, and Rwandan president Paul Kagame ...

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Winifred Onyemaechi: The Nigerian Lady Who Wants to Change the Face of Farming in Africa

Winifred Onyemaechi wants to change the face of farming in Africa

Winifred Onyemaechi is a farmer and the CEO Nature’s Kitchen Limited. She has a background in Business Administration and Management from the Institute of Management and Technology, Enugu. Winifred has also earned a certificate in Entrepreneurship Management from the Enterprise Development center of Pan Atlantic University, Lagos. With 8 years working experience in customer service and operations in the banking ...

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Sutino Hadi: The Man Who Converted His Car into a Library on Wheels for Poor Kids to Read

Mr Sutino, the man who is investing in the future of poor kids in Indonesia

Sutino ‘Kinong’ Hadi is a Bemo driver– a type of car, that has been declared illegal in Indonesia because it’s not environmentally friendly. He visits poor neighborhoods everyday so that kids can read, and hang out, and even watch movies. Without doubts, education remains the “most powerful weapon to change the world”, according to Nelson Mandela, the former anti-Apartheid leader ...

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Finally! Africa’s Second Longest Serving Leader is Stepping Down

Goodbye President Eduardo Dos Santos!

For the first time in 38 years, Angolans will have a new president. Jose Eduardo dos Santos, the country’s long-time leader, announced in December 2016, that he would not seek re-election and, in his place, João Lourenço, Angola’s defense minister, has been chosen by the ruling People’s Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) to seek the presidency on Aug. ...

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Nigeria and Other Developing Countries Should Invest in Schools Before Roads. Really?

Common! Let's build schools

In recent years, discussions on how to jump-start development in sub-Saharan Africa have largely been about addressing the infrastructure deficit. The lack of everything from roads and railways to electricity and running water are recognized as huge obstacles on the journey to sustainable development. African countries must invest in infrastructure The World Bank estimated in 2009 that addressing the infrastructure ...

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