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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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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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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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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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Getting Ready For Blast Off!

Our young women’s satellite launch programme is back in business. Thanks to new funding the launch pad for the satellite launch is now scheduled for October this year. The young women from the Cape Flats are currently building the payload for the satellite and will be conducting a series of science experiments as the satellite…

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Switching On Power

There have been many attempts to predict that this 21st Century will be the African Century. The African Renaissance, The Africa Rising narrative and The African Union’s 2063 Vision have all been predictors of a bright future but for all that there are some major stumbling blocks to overcome on the continent’s road to that…

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Student Profile: Blessing Kieh

It enables children like Blessing Kieh to dream of a great future. She is a 13-year-old girl in the 5th grade. Before she cme to the Academy Blessing was living with her father and fourteen siblings in a three-room house. Student Profile: Blessing Kieh Blessing was performing well in school, but she also yearned to…

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Football Legend George Weah Scores Top Job In Liberia.

When they voted in elections Liberians set a good example to the rest of the world over the Christmas holidays when  elections which saw the country’s first peaceful handover of power in seventy years. My former BBC colleague Jon Silverman, now a university Professor, was invited to be an International Observer and was able to…

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Zareen Enters The Ivory Towers Of Cambridge

Last year I attended a mentoring evening at an inner city London academy school at Elephant and Castle where I was introduced to a talented young woman who was a slam poet. Her name is Zareen Roy-Macauley and I was so impressed with her that I offered her an internship at my company – Peter…

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Zimbabwe’s Got Talent

In the wake of Robert Mugabe’s fall from power in Zimbabwe it’s only right to end this Newsletter with some encouraging news of some of the millions of Zimbabweans living in exile around the world. Isabel Dilwayo works with the African Diaspora Hope organisation in Johannesburg -ADHOPE for short- which provides support and opportunities for…

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