Ann Brown

  • Q & A With Anda Maqanda: His AM Group Has Got The Power In South Africa’s Energy Sector

    Anda Maqanda By Ann Brown, 11:58 am AFKI Original

    It took six months to get his first contract, but when he did, it was from the City of Cape Town. Today, his clients include Eskom, De Beers and Metrorail. Meet Anda Maqanda, founder of engineering company AM Group. At age 30, he’s one of the pioneers in South Africa’s energy sector overhaul.

  • Q&A: Cabo Verde’s Singer ELL Cosme Keen On Going Global

    By Ann Brown, 7:16 am AFKI Original

    Cabo Verde is known for its great music tradition. But what of more contemporary artists? Do they have a shot of fame? Fame maybe, but not so much fortune if they remain in the small archipelago off the coast of Senegal. Even Cabo Verdean music legends such as Cesária Évora didn’t achieve full fame and compensation until they left the country. Now, newcomer ELL Cosme, who has just released the third single from his upcoming album, is at this career crossroads.

  • Glimmer of Hope: US Appoints Ambassador To Somalia After Two Decades

    By Ann Brown, 6:03 am AFKI Original

    Katherine Dhanani was named the first U.S. ambassador to Somalia in more than 20 years on Feb. 25, signaling a deepening relationship that was strained between the two countries since Somali forces brought down two U.S. Black Hawk helicopters in 1993.

  • Q&A: How A Former Model Built A Dream School In Ethiopia

    By Ann Brown, 3:48 am AFKI Original

    Atti Worku, a former computer geek-turned-Miss Universe contestant, graduated cum laude from Columbia University in the U.S. with a BA in sustainable development and a dream to help children in her native Ethiopia. A decade ago, Seeds of Africa was merely an idea Worku had to create an educational program. Now Adama, Ethiopia, is home to her Dream School.

  • How A Nigerian Woman Built A Successful Fashion House Online

    By Ann Brown, 1:17 am AFKI Original

    When Honey Ogundeyi founded Fashpa her mind was set out to create Nigeria’s leading online fashion retailer–and she did just that. Ogundeyi didn’t know exactly what she was doing. Even after working for a decade as the top online marketer for several renowned tech giants, she still had doubts if she could be successful on her own.

  • Q & A: Kenyan Tent Maker Aims For Coolest Solution Under The Sun

    By Ann Brown, 8:20 am AFKI Original

    Kenyan Eric Kinoti started making tents in 2008 and his company now generates $1 million in sales. But he almost lost it all. Now, at age 30, he is recognized by presidents and chambers of commerce. “There are opportunities that I have missed because of ‘my age’,” he said. Kinoti spoke to AFKInsider about how he’s paying it forward.

  • Q&A: Young African Leader’s Co-op Helps Single Moms Grow Jobs

    By Ann Brown, 2:20 am AFKI Original

    Selma Neves was frustrated by the lack of opportunities for rural women in Cabo Verde so she created a food and handicrafts cooperative for single moms. A fellow of President Barack Obama’s 2014 Young African Leaders Initiative, she joined forces with a Kenyan innovator who created a system for purifying waste water for irrigation that could eventually have national applications for water-strapped Cabo Verde.

  • A Drop In Commodity Prices Impact Sub-Saharan Africa Growth

    By Ann Brown, 9:00 pm

    Sub-Saharan growth was negatively impacted by falling commodity prices. “The growth forecasts for sub-Saharan Africa have been revised downward because of the decline in oil and raw materials prices, the Managing Executive Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Christine Lagarde said Friday,” reports Star Africa. “Nonetheless, Africa’s global outlook remains promising and, with a […]

  • Egypt’s Central Bank Auctions Of $856.3 Million In Treasury Bills

    By Ann Brown, 8:00 pm

    The Central Bank of Egypt on behalf of the Ministry of Finance just auctioned off $856.36 million in treasury bills .The Treasury bills were scheduled to be offered in two installments. “The first is valued at 2.5 billion EGP with a 3-month term while the second worth 4 billion EGP with a 266-day term,” reports […]

  • UK Trade & Investment Office Plans To Open In Mauritius

    By Ann Brown, 3:00 pm

    From Star Africa The British High Commission is pleased to announce that the United Kingdom Trade and Investment Department (UKTI) opened in Mauritius on 27 January 2015. UKTI helps UK companies succeed globally and assists overseas companies to bring investment to the UK. It is at the heart of the Government’s effort to achieve sustainable […]