“It’s still fresh in my mind, the scene of female genital mutilation,” said Purity Achieng, a 17-year-old from Kenya. Achieng was speaking n the finals of the Technovation Challenge World Pitch Summit, a competition that invites girls to come up with tech solutions to local community problems. Achieng and her team call themselves “The Restorers.” They are taking on Female Genital Mutilation or FGM. They have created an app, called i-Cut, which connects girls at risk of FGM with rescue agents.
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Peter Pedroncelli, 4:29 am
Solving one of the most frequently sited problems in Nigerian agribusiness, Nigerian-American startup Releaf facilitates a business-to-business marketplace that enables Nigerian businesses to find customers and partners that they can trust. The startup, which is currently taking part in Y Combinator, has signed up around 1,000 African businesses since its public launch in Nigeria at the start of August.
Kurt Davis Jr., 5:02 am AFKI Original
Political angst and turmoil combined with terrorism has slashed tourism in numerous countries across the world, including on the African continent, and countries are desperate to reignite tourism after the damage dwindling numbers have caused. But Tunisia, Kenya, and Egypt are now overcoming the issues that have plagued their countries in an effort to see tourism numbers return, and early signs are good. Much still needs to be done, but these three nations are on the right track.
Peter Pedroncelli, 6:42 am
Malaysian subscription streaming video service iflix, which is focused on emerging markets, has secured significant funding that will be used to facilitate the company’s African expansion plans. The Netflix competitor announced that it had attracted investments amounting to $133m in new funding round led by U.S. media giant Hearst that was successful due to significant interest from both new investors and existing shareholders.
Ann Brown, 3:09 am AFKI Original
Sandra Mwiihangele has a great passion for cosmetics and entrepreneurship, leading her to create Kiyomisandz, a cosmetic manufacturing company in Namibia. The 29-year-old businesswoman has been successful, but she remains ambitious. Mwiihangele wants Kiyomisandz to grow into a respected African business and international brand that can compete with the likes of L’Oréal, Revlon, and The Body Shop.
Tom Jackson, 10:49 am AFKI Original
While both Kenya and Rwanda admit to the importance of tech development in spurring economic success, the countries have two different approaches. Kenya’s tech development has stalled, mostly on President Kenyatta’s watch, and the government needs to match its rhetoric with action if it is to get it going again. In contrast, Rwanda is earning a reputation as a test kitchen for startups, and a recent report placed the country first in government success in ICT promotion.
Peter Pedroncelli, 6:47 am
British mobile virtual network operator Lycamobile is expanding into Africa, and has chosen South Africa as their first sub-Saharan African market. As the biggest mobile virtual network operators in the world, Lycamobile’s expansion to South Africa will be their first in the region, as well as the 23rd country within their list of global markets.
Peter Pedroncelli, 6:06 pm AFKI Original
There are 25 African billionaires who can stake their claim among the estimated 2,043 dollar billionaires worldwide that make up the richest of the rich. A number of the African billionaires have earned some of their wealth thanks to tech and related industries, with the modern digital world contributing revenues that have helped them to grow their personal net worth to billionaire status.
Peter Pedroncelli, 5:44 am
An all-women team of students from the University of Cape Town have emerged from the GirlCode Hackathon as winners of the event in Johannesburg, which is staged every year in August. Four female students from the university’s Information Systems department won the 48-hour challenge thanks to an innovative website called ‘Amava’, which means ‘experience’ in isiXhosa, that is designed to connect volunteers with non-governmental organizations.
Ann Brown, 3:46 am AFKI Original
Former Miss Universe Tanzania Hellen Dausen has taken the body-care market by storm in her home country, making a name for herself as the founder of Nuya’s Essence. Faced with issues such as dealing with sexists, being looked down upon, and not being trusted to deliver good work, Dausen has overcome the odds to create and build a brand that is unique and well-respected.
Peter Pedroncelli, 6:37 pm AFKI Original
History was made in 2016 when Africa could finally celebrate its first startup unicorn, with the Africa Internet Group, now known as Jumia Group, being valued at over $1 billion in February last year. In doing so, it became the first privately owned startup to gain unicorn status, joining an elite group of 150 or so companies around the globe. The company is based in Lagos, Nigeria, and operates as a subsidiary of Millicom International Cellular S.A, using a sales approach similar to Amazon.
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