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UK-AFRICA INVESTMENT SPECIAL

London has just hosted a week of events to deepen economic ties between the UK and Africa. The week culminated in the UK-Africa Investment Summit where the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that he wanted the UK to become the “investor of choice” for Africa and the biggest investor among the G7 countries. More…

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ENGINEERING AN ELECTRIC FUTURE

Twelve years ago when Pumza Ndlotyeni launched her electrical engineering company she was the only employee. Now she heads a team of eighty staff and is looking to expand her Joburg-based black-woman owned company across southern Africa. Pumza’s success was saluted at the UK-Africa Summit where the UK’s Africa Trade Commissioner Emma Wade-Smith hosted a…

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DANIELLA’S FARMERS BRINGING HOME THE BACON

When African Leadership University student Daniella Uwase isn’t in the library she’s down on the farm training the next generation of farmers in Rwanda and Zambia. Daniella is just nineteen-years-old yet she has already built up a team of 250 farmers who she is training up from subsistence to commercial farming. Her Agriculture Growth Network (www.agnetwork.rw )is…

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AFRICA EXPORTS ITS TALENT TO THE WORLD

And finally…here’s a story which sums up everything about the power of investing in Africa- and how it transforms lives as well as bringing good returns. A few years ago a friend of mine -American student Will Smith -travelled to Liberia where he set up the LEAD Monrovia Football Academy. His business plan was to…

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South African rugby has been transformed

South African rugby has been transformed in recent years to become a multi- racial sport- and a World Cup Victory is the result. To see the Springbok’s black captain Siya Kolisi lift the Webb Ellis trophy is a unifying moment in the history of this divided nation: Kolisi had no doubt of the significance of…

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Nobel Prize Boosts Africa’s Attractiveness

Something is stirring in Africa. First the Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed wins the Nobel Peace Prize, then his South African counterpart Cyril Ramaphosa makes a passionate pitch to global investors about the continent’s rising economic  prospects, now their fellow African leaders are invited to Russia by President Putin as world leaders scramble to demonstrate…

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Ubuntu Helping Young People Manage Conflict

Archbishop Tutu’s grand-daughter Mungi Ngomane arrived in London to promote her grandfather’s message of peace and reconciliation. I was delighted to meet her and receive a copy of her book “Everyday Ubuntu” which highlights the African philosophy that a person is a person because of other people. Basically Ubuntu teaches that we human beings are…

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Meet The Man Behind The African Leadership Dream

When Stanford Business School graduate Fred Swaniker left McKinsey’s to set up the African Leadership Academy his mother wasn’t happy.   She was worried that he’d thrown up a top job in a top consultancy to launch a high-risk scheme to open  a school for young Africans in Johannesburg.   Fifteen years on that school…

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Film-maker Phillipe Captures The ALU Spirit

Another of ALU’s students is also forging ahead with his own business.   Phillipe Ganza is a film-maker and is carving out a name for himself making documentaries for CNN and other media outlets. Along with his colleague Isaac Obath he finds stories which help smash the traditional negative stereotypes of Africa by showing the…

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