Africa West Africa World 

Sierra Leone: TED fellow Sengeh gets ministerial post

Musician and TED Senior Fellow, Dr. Moinina David Sengeh has been appointed as head of Sierra Leone’s Ministry of Basic and Senior Secondary Education (MBSSE). He is currently the Chief Innovation Officer at the Directorate of Science, Technology, and Innovation (DSTI). The directorate on Friday announced in a statement that Dr. Moinina David Sengeh was appointed to serve as a minister by President Julius Maada Bio. Dr. Sengeh will serve as Chief Innovation Officer and Minister of MBSSE concurrently, the statement added. It said “Dr. Sengeh, as Minister, and Chief…

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Africa Business Ghana Nigeria World 

Twitter founder arrives in Nigeria for Africa tour

The co-founder and CEO of Twitter Jack Dorsey has arrived in Nigeria for the start of a month-long trip in Africa. He will be spending the whole of November in Africa, visiting Ethiopia, Ghana, Nigeria, and South Africa. Dorsey had said before his trip that he would be spending a lot of time with entrepreneurs in these countries he is visiting. He has been tweeting about his trip, saying he had had dinner with “some new friends”. Great dinner w some new friends pic.twitter.com/HsCwicfouN — jack 🌍🌏🌎 (@jack) November 7,…

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Africa West Africa World 

SFAN to hold 6th breakfast meeting on financial intelligence

SFAN is hosting the sixth edition of the millennial-focused SFAN Business Breakfast Meeting on December 7 at Stanbic Bank Incubator Accra. SFAN Breakfast Meeting, previously known as Future Executives Business Breakfast Meeting, was established to provide a space for millennial entrepreneurs and young professionals to spark meaningful conversations with like-minded individuals in an unprecedented setting at non-prohibitive costs. In five EPIC meetings, the breakfast has seen more than 400 guests gather to share pertinent business insights, with 15 unique business opportunities presented. SFAN Breakfast has become the go-to event for…

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Africa Ghana West Africa World 

Ghana: Resorting to handshake for Child Online Safety

Every year, 1 billion children continue to be exposed to violence and more than 200 million of these children are sexually abused and exploited. This means that close to 50% of all children are victims of violence, yet unfortunately this issue remains a hidden global epidemic. Increasingly much of this sexual abuse takes place online or is captured and digitally distributed. In this case, the internet is an enabler of abuse and exploitation. Children and young people are posting emotional content on social media for attention and support from friends.…

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Africa East Africa Featured World 

Important gene variants found in certain African populations

In the nearly 20 years since the Human Genome Project was completed, experts in genetic variants increasingly have raised concerns about the overemphasis on studying people of European descent when performing large population studies. A study appearing October 31 in the journal Cell aims to address some of this disparity by focusing on populations living in rural Uganda, thus revealing several new genetic variants related to human health. “This study highlights the high level of diversity in African populations that remains undiscovered despite large numbers of gene sequences that have been generated…

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Africa Central Africa Rwanda World 

Rwanda is first African country to launch Volkswagen electric cars

German car producer Volkswagen has teamed up with Siemens to launch electric vehicles in Rwanda. The launch on Tuesday is part of the e-Golf project, making Rwanda the first African country where Volkswagen is testing electric cars. During Tuesday’s launch four of the electric cars were unveiled and available on the local market. The e-golf cars are now being rolled out in Africa for the first time. There is only one charging station for these cars located at the Volkswagen facility at the Special Economic Zone. Volkswagen officials say more…

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Africa Botswana Southern Africa World 

Why Botswana is ancestral homeland of all humans alive

Modern-day Botswana has been settled on as the ancestral homeland of all humans alive today, according to a team of researchers. In a new study published in the journal Nature, scientists said they analysed mitochondrial DNA – genetic information that gets passed down the female line – from more than 1,200 people across myriad populations in Africa. The researchers said in the study that “Anatomically modern humans originated in Africa around 200 thousand years ago.” Their findings further stated that “Although some of the oldest skeletal remains suggest an eastern African…

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Africa World 

Open Wifi: What are the risks for hotels, cafes, restaurant owners?

There’s an explosion of free wifi in cafes, restaurants, hotels, and basically any other public space. It’s a great piece of marketing for a company – anywhere that advertises free wifi is automatically more appealing to the general public. Does this convenience and freedom come with a price, though? Very few understand the risks that come with open wifi, and what this means for their business. Below, we explain everything you need to know about open wifi – including the risks and how to protect yourself. What is open wifi?…

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Africa Featured World 

Teachers from Ghana, Uganda, Kenya grab first AU Teacher Prize

The African Union has honoured three teachers on the African continent for their contributions to the teaching profession. A teacher each from Uganda, Kenya and Ghana were the first to be honoured at the inaugural award ceremony for the first Continental Teacher Prize. Top three teachers were Augusta Lartey-Young from Ghana,  Gladyce Kachope from Uganda and Eric Ademba from Kenya. Augusta Lartey-Young teaches at the Presbyterian Boy’s Secondary School in Ghana while Erick Ademba is a teacher at the Asumbi Girls School in Kenya. Gladys Kachope from Kenya teaches in…

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Africa Business East Africa World 

Kenya’s Safaricom offers data, voice plans without expiry dates

Kenya’s leading telco, Safaricom has rolled out new data and voice packages that do not have expiry dates. The company on Wednesday made public this latest policy that affects data, voice and SMS products. A Kenyan citizen is already in court asking that the Communications and Multimedia Appeals Tribunal stops Safaricom and Airtel from irregularly depriving consumers of their unused data bundles. The new roll outs from Safaricom could be seen as a reaction to the several complaints from consumers about their expiry data packages. Under the new plans, Safaricom’s…

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