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Nigeria’s Ekanem Wins ONE Competition… to Address a Joint Session of African Leaders

Nyeneokpon Ekanem (Photo: ONE.org)

A Nigerian, Nyeneokpon Ekanem, has won the keenly contested Girls Count Competition by ONE, an international campaigning and advocacy organization of nearly 8 million people taking action to end extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa.  With over 40, 000 entries, Ekanem’s idea of “connecting the unconnected” defeated thousands of other brilliant ideas from across Africa. Having been declared ...

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Six of the 10 Fastest-Growing Economies in the World in 2018 are in Africa [CHART]

On the face of it, 2018 is going to be a good year for sub Saharan Africa’s economies. The World Bank forecasts growth of 3.2% for the year, up from 2.4% in 2017. It also predicts slightly higher growth for 2019 of 3.5%. As usual, much of that growth will still rely on improving commodity prices and executing economic reforms. ...

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Access to Justice: 3 Ways to Put the Power of Law in People’s Hands [WATCH]

Access to justice is the responsibility of all (Photo: PictureQuotes)

Without access to justice, there can’t be development in any community or country. Notably, people cannot improve their lives if they can’t exercise their rights. Vivek Maru is working to transform the relationship between people and law, turning law from an abstraction or threat into something that everyone can understand, use and shape. Instead of relying solely on lawyers, Maru ...

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Queens of Africa: The Dolls That are Taking on Barbie, Empowering the African Girl Child

Queens of Africa dolls (Image: Brightvibes Africa)

Queens of Africa celebrates being an African girl in the 21st century The Queens of Africa program is dedicated, through the use of books, dolls, comics, music and animation series, to help empower children of African descent to be confident and mature ethically. The dolls and accessories are designed, through fun and engaging materials, to subconsciously promote African heritage. Developed ...

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Africa: World’s Youngest Continent is Being Ruled by its Oldest Men

Nigeria's incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari just clocked 75, with the country's median age put at 18.4.

When former Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe, 93, was unceremoniously marched out of the office he held for 37 years, hope remained that the moment last month (November 2017) could be a turning point in Africa’s long history of “old men” running the continent. Well, Mugabe was replaced by Emmerson Mnangagwa, a 75-year-old onetime loyalist to the ex-president. This month in ...

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If You’re a High School Student in Africa, Yale Wants You to Apply for YYAS. Here’s How

The Yale Young African Scholars Program (Photo: Yale University)

Students in secondary schools across Africa are eligible to apply for a capacity building academic program by the prestigious Yale University, United States. According to the school, application is now open till February 6, 2018. The Yale Young African Scholars Program (YYAS) is an intensive academic and enrichment program designed for African secondary school students planning to pursue tertiary education ...

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1.16 Million Babies Die in Their First Month of Life in Africa.This Device is Inspiring Hope

BiliSpec is a low-cost, battery-powered reader designed to diagnose jaundice (Photo by Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)

A clinical study of a low-cost jaundice detector is inspiring hope that a significant number of the 1.16 million babies that die in their first month of life in Africa can be saved. BiliSpec, the handheld, battery-powered detector, invented by a team of students at Rice University, Texas, can diagnose the ailment by “quantifying serum bilirubin levels from a small ...

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Busted! 40% of the World’s Reported Fake Medicines are Being Dumped in Africa

There is more to finding money to buy drugs; their authenticity is a big headache too (Photo: UN)

Access to basic healthcare is already out of reach for so many in poor countries, now a new study reveals that the medicines people are able to get hold of may be making them sicker. One in ten medical products in developing countries are either substandard or completely falsified, the World Health Organization revealed on Nov. 28. Many of these ...

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Way Forward! What Drives Instability in Africa and What Can Be Done About It

By pursuing the right strategies, instability can be curbed in Africa

Africa will remain turbulent because it is poor and young, but also because it is growing and dynamic. Development is disruptive but also presents huge opportunities. The continent needs to plan accordingly. Levels of armed conflict in Africa rise and fall. Data from the Uppsala Conflict Data Program, the Global Terrorism Database and others indicate that armed conflict peaked in ...

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50,000 Nigerians to Be Trained as Lagos Overtakes Nairobi as Africa’s Startup Capital

Lagos is the economic hub of Africa ( REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye

As Africa’s tech startups and their founders go about creating disrupting industries or, in some cases, building new ones, they’ve typically tended to mushroom across three major ecosystems: Nairobi, Cape Town and Lagos. But over the past year, Lagos’ claim as the continent’s startup epicenter has gained currency. For starters, it’s the continent’s most valuable ecosystem with its startups typically ...

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