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Shedzi Takes Lagos

Shedzi, 24, is a fast rising British-Nigerian award winning TV multimedia personality and fashion model. Shedzi is a management consultant by day. By night she transforms into a fashionista, appearing on Lagos catwalks and presenting TV shows. Shedzi has a degree in Economics and has over three years of experience within the financial services industry…

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Next Month – Voting For Change?

Nigeria and South Africa -Africa’s two biggest economies- go to the polls this year. In February Nigeria President Buhari is seeking to be re-elected, while South Africa’s President Ramaphosa will face the people in elections later this year. I’ll be reporting on the outcomes of both elections and what they will mean for the future…

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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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