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Meet the 6 Strong Women Who Are Changing the Male-dominated Tech Industry in Africa

Unoma Okorafor (middle) is the founder of WAAW Foundation

The idea that the tech industry in Africa is male-dominated is massively getting eroded following smart and assertive African women occupying the centre stage and changing the face of the industry on the continent with their giant strides in the global community. Women are increasingly bridging the gender-gap in tech and creating equal opportunity in the industry. By exposing African ...

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Talented Kid! How a 6 Year Old Boy Developed a Computer Learning Game

First grade student Ethan Yona is the brain behind the superhero character and computer learning game called EthanMan. This game, developed into an Android app, was launched in Zanzibar to mark the International Day of the African Child, observed annually on June 16. Of course, you should be amazed how a six-year old boy could develop a computer game. Without ...

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Breakthrough! UNILAG: We Now Have a New Method of Diagnosing Malaria

Malaria still kills

University of Lagos (UNILAG) said it invented a new method of diagnosing malaria, following intensive research by its Department of Medical Micro Biology and Parasitology. Prof. Wellington Oyibo, the Director, Research and Innovation of the institution, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Lagos. Oyibo, a lecturer in the department, said ...

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Adesina Becomes the Sixth African to Win ‘Nobel Prize for Food and Agriculture’

Akinwunmi Adesina is the president of African Development Bank

Akinwumi Adesina, the president of African Development Bank (AfDB), has been named the 2017 World Food Prize Laureate. NAN reports that Adesina, whose name was selected on Monday in Washington DC, becomes the 46th recipient and the sixth African to be so honoured. The award ceremony would take place on October 19. Announcing the new laureate, Kenneth Quinn, the president, ...

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Abake, Adewole, Eight Other Africans Nominated for Innovation Prize for Africa 2017

Innovation Prize for Africa 2017

Two Nigerians Olanisun Adewole and Omolabake Adenle, and eight other Africans have been shortlisted for the 2017 edition of Innovation Prize for Africa award which will be held in Accra, Ghana on 18th July 2017. Abake’s innovation is software that can understand and digitize spoken African languages, and synthesize speech from African languages presented as digitized text. Using deep learning, ...

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How the Nigerian Education System is Killing Creativity

The Nigerian Education section needs serious attention

I met a brilliant young man a couple of days ago and we got talking. He graduated from a university a little over two years ago and narrated some of the ordeals he had to go through. “I wasted six years of my life to study a four-year course,” he said. “And I didn’t fail because I wasn’t serious or ...

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Why Are Thousands of Young Ghanaians Making the Dangerous Trek to Reach Europe?

Many young Ghanaians dangerously travel across the Sahara to reach Europe

So we ask: why are thousands of young Ghanaians making the dangerous trek across the Sahara to reach Europe in search of a better life? Kwesi Sampson made his first illegal trek across the Sahara desert nearly a decade ago in hopes of reaching Europe. He didn’t make it. Sampson worked construction jobs for three years in Libya’s capital, Tripoli, ...

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Stray Bullet: Are Men Actually Superior to Women? (What Evidence Says)

Men vs Women, who is superior?

Dear African woman, let no man take away your self worth all in the name of culture, religion or history. “Men are superior to women” is a common expression you hear not just from men themselves but sadly from many women, too. It’s an old expression that many still cling to even in the 21st century, especially here in Africa. ...

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Wow! Nadia Toure Built An App to Monitor Pregnancy and the Development of Children

Photo : Habibatou Gologo / World Bank

“I got the idea to create my ‘Health Coach’ application from discussions with other women. The app helps women monitor their pregnancy and the subsequent development of their children up to the age of two. In Niger, many women give birth, and it’s frustrating to know that they’re often lost and always need advice from grandmothers and older women like ...

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Lagos at 50: Three Reasons Why Africa’s Biggest City Stands Out

Lagos, the city with its adjoining conurbation, is the largest in Nigeria, as well as on the African continent. Home to over 20 million people, Lagos remains the economic nerve centre of Nigeria and the economic hub of Africa. Lagos is the land of opportunities Ebi Atawodi, general manager of Uber Nigeria told CNN in 2016 that after only 16 ...

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