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Posts by Peter Burdin

When Afro-Capitalism means 1 Million Entrepreneurs

When five thousand young Africans arrived in Lagos last month they became the latest wave of a Nigerian entrepreneur’s dream to create one million new jobs. Tony Elumelu’s ten-year programme wants to develop a new generation of young Africans who will set up their own businesses and in turn create new employment opportunities. It’s another…

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The Spirit Of Komla Shines Bright across Africa

The third Komla Dumor Award was announced last month in London. I was delighted to meet up with this year’s winner Waihiga Mwau from Nairobi and be in the audience to hear him present his first business show live from the BBC’s New Broadcasting House Theatre. He paid this tribute to this legend of African…

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African Skills Champion Bruno Brings A New Light

When Bruno Karaerua was in his house in rural Namibia doing his homework by candlelight he used to dream of bringing electric light to his village. Now he’s a fully trained Electrical engineer bringing power to his village and the rest of Namibia. I was lucky enough to hear Bruno’s success story when I attended…

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Females First: Africa’s Only Woman President Takes Charge

Ethiopia has appointed its first female President. The move follows Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s decision to give half of his cabinet posts to women, saying that he wanted a fifty-fifty gender balance because women were less corrupt than men. Dr Abiy’s Chief of Staff Fitsum Arega added that these appointments not only set a new…

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Putting Journalism At The Heart Of Ethiopia’s Reform Programme

Dramatic reforms are underway in Ethiopia since the new Prime Minister Dr Abiy Ahmed came into office six months ago – he’s ended the long-running war with neighbouring Eritrea, released political prisoners and set about liberalising the economy. Media reform is also at heart of the Prime Minister’s radical change programme and I’ve been travelling…

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Launch Of African Database Brings New Hope

A Business plan scrawled on the back of an airplane sick-bag has led to a database which has the potential to transform education research across Africa. Patrick Dunne is the co-Founder of Education Sub Saharan Africa (ESSA). He first conceived the idea of setting up an organisation which would map the continent’s education needs and…

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Wanted: Three Million Young African Leaders

The African Leadership Network has launched a new appeal for three million young leaders to step up to transform the continent –and its Founder warns that time is running out if Africa is to avoid disaster. The Founder of the African Leadership Network Fred Swaniker wants these new leaders to be in place by 2035…

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University of Central Lancashire’s African Dream Comes True

The University of Central Lancashire and its School of Journalism partners from three African Universities have hosted a major Symposium in Nairobi to discuss some key issues facing the future of African journalism. The Symposium brought together more than a hundred and sixty East African and International media leaders, editors, academics and young journalism students from…

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African Union Launches Digital Skills Drive

Africa is facing a demographic explosion which will see its population double to more than two billion people in the next generation. To meet that challenge the African Union has partnered with the vocational training organisation WorldSkills International to launch a campaign to transform skills across the continent. The AU’s Commissioner for Human Resources, Science…

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