Ann Brown

  • Silicon Valley Takes Notice of Ghana’s ‘Dropifi’ Startup

    By Ann Brown, 2:00 pm

    From CNN It may be a long way from home but it took just two years for a trio of young techies to take their web-based startup from a classroom in Ghana to the world’s technology capital, California’s Silicon Valley. In November 2011, Ghanaian entrepreneurs David Osei, Kamil Nabong and Philips Effah founded Dropifi, an […]

  • Zimbabwe Asks Neighboring Countries To Help Fund Election

    By Ann Brown, 1:00 pm

    From CNN Zimbabwe has asked neighboring southern African countries to help fund elections scheduled for the end of the month, the country’s finance minister said Wednesday. Tendai Biti said he had released about $40 million of the $132 million the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission needs for the July 31 vote, “but we are far away from […]

  • Cape Verde: One of Africa’s Most Stable Economies Into 2014, Says EIU

    By Ann Brown, 12:00 pm

    From ASemana The most recent Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) report places Cape Verde among Africa’s most stable countries in 2013 and 2014. The report warns, however, that the economic and social outlook could cause tensions in the country as a result of the high level of unemployment, the vulnerability of the economy and the drop […]

  • How Rice Farming Is Transforming Mali

    By Ann Brown, 11:00 am

    From All Africa Aspen Institute 2013 New Voices Fellow Salif Romano Niang is the co-founder and chief impact officer of Malo, a company working to revolutionize the rice industry in Niang’s home country of Mali. Niang created a new model of rice production and marketing across the entire rice value chain that supports small-scale farmers […]

  • How Entrepreneurship Can Be Used In Somalia As A Tool for Peace

    By Ann Brown, 10:00 am

    From All Africa Somalia’s reputation as a failed state often overshadows the country’s potential, but Aspen Institute 2013 New Voices Fellow Mohamed Ali, a former Somali refugee, represents a new generation of entrepreneurs working to rewrite the country’s story. After fleeing during Somalia’s conflict, Ali chose to devote his life to fighting for immigrant and […]

  • Nigeria and China Ink $1.1bn Deal

    By Ann Brown, 9:00 am

    From BBC News China has agreed to give Nigeria a $1.1bn (£700m) low-interest loan to build much-needed infrastructure. The deal was struck during Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan’s meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing on Wednesday. The money would help build roads, airport terminals in four cities, and a light-rail line for Nigeria’s capital. […]

  • Ndubuisi Ekekwe: A Visionary With African Tech Dreams

    By Ann Brown, 11:04 am

    Is it more difficult to find investors for businesses in Africa than the U.S.? Nigerian entrepreneur Ndubuisi Ekekwe says: “I do not focus on the difficulty; rather, I spend my time on the idea. If you have great ideas, you can easily get funding in Africa or the U.S. Investors are always attracted to great returns.”

  • African Hot Spot: Angolans Are Enjoying Economic Boom

    By Ann Brown, 8:54 pm

    the African country of Angola can now boast of a booming economy and a growing regional and international diplomatic profile.”

  • Oil To Flow Between South Sudan And Sudan This June

    By Ann Brown, 8:51 pm

    South Sudan and Sudan fought one of Africa’s longest civil wars but in March they agreed to resume cross-border oil flows.  Although tensions have existed since the south seceded in 2011, Reuters reports that South Sudan expects its first oil to arrive from Sudan’s export port in mid-June. “The oil is flowing… We expect it […]

  • Power Up: Construction of Ethiopia-Kenyan Electric Highway Begins

    By Ann Brown, 3:33 pm

    Ethopia and Kenya are on the verge of getting more electrical power. The two countries have announced that construction of the Ethiopia- Kenya interconnector high-voltage electric highway line will start in September 2013,