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  • How To Grow Crops In The Desert: West Africans Attend First-Ever Israel-Africa Agricultural Summit

    first-ever Israel-Africa agricultural summit By Dana Sanchez, 11:16 am

    It wasn’t easy getting ECOWAS members to hold a conference in Israel. The 15-member Economic Community of West African States held their first-ever seminar outside West Africa. They learned hands-on about Israeli irrigation technology and how a tiny Middle Eastern country under attack from all sides has managed to thrive in adversity. “In Israel we make the impossible possible,” a conference organizer said. “This conference is an example.” Netanyahu plans to visit West Africa in a few months.

  • How A Nigerian Entrepreneur Is Building An Online Fashion Business In Africa

    Nigerian-American entrepreneur By Ann Brown, 9:00 am AFKI Original

    Nigerian-American Olatorera Oniru worked full time for some of the largest corporations in the world, but kept her dream alive by working part time for herself. At 29, she owns one of Nigeria’s top e-commerce fashion businesses. Focused on the Made-in-Africa movement, she mentors other entrepreneurs with potential in fashion and beauty who have not met the quality criteria to retail with her. Many university graduates don’t have the skills to succeed in the business world, and it’s one of the challenges of doing business in Africa, Oniru told AFKInsider.

  • Made In Africa: Johannesburg Startup To Make First Smartphones In Africa

    By Kevin Mwanza, 6:05 am

    Johannesburg-based startup, Onyx Connect, is set to become the first firm on in Africa to manufacture smartphones when its starts rolling out its phones in the first quarter of 2017 to capitalize on the rich African market where high prices have been a major hurdle to handset ownership. The firm, with a $10.5 million in funding, will produce the handsets under a licensing deal with American tech giant, Google.

  • 12 Things You Didn’t Know About South African Entrepreneur And Investor Gil Oved

    Gil Oved of Shark Tank South Africa By Peter Pedroncelli, 10:53 am AFKI Original

    Few entrepreneurs can come back from defeat to create and grow the biggest advertising agency on the African continent, star in two reality television shows and claim to be among the best dressed men in business, but that seems to come naturally to South African entrepreneur Gil Oved.

  • Ethiopia Restores Internet Access Two Months Into A State of Emergency

    Ethiopia Stampede By Kevin Mwanza, 2:37 am

    Ethiopia, which has been hit by months of protests by its two biggest tribes, Oromo and Amhara, restored mobile internet on Friday, just two months into a six months state of emergency that forced the horn of Africa country into an internet black-out. The government shut down access to social media platform such as Facebook, Instagram, Viber and WhatsApp in October, in accordance to the rules of the state of emergency

  • Why African Cities Are Striving To Be Tech Hubs

    By Tom Jackson, 4:20 am AFKI Original

    The majority of African cities are striving to be tech hubs. From Cairo to Accra, Lagos to Nairobi, Cape Town to Johannesburg, cities are striving to emulate Silicon Valley as tech hubs. Nairobi’s iHub launched with government support, and the Enterprise Kenya initiative is designed to assist local startups. In Lagos, the presidency has offered backing to tech startups, and there are a myriad of hubs.

  • Nigeria The Target Of Largest Fundraising Round To Date In Off-Grid Solar Market

    off-grid solar market By Dana Sanchez, 12:01 am

    Netherlands based off-grid solar provider Nova Lumos has raised $90 million in financing from private equity investment and development banks to roll out pay-as-you-go solar power systems in Nigeria. It’s the biggest fundraising round to date for the off-grid solar market, and hopes to provide cheaper and cleaner alternatives to kerosene for millions of people living in Africa. Nova Lumos was founded in Israel in 2012. Its “home power station in a box” includes a solar panel activated by text messaging that can supply enough electricity to charge a cell phone, operate a radio and illuminate a home.

  • Chinese Firm Buys Israeli Spacecom Despite Explosion That Blew Up Facebook Africa Payload

    Chinese firm buys Israeli Spacecom By Dana Sanchez, 5:18 pm

    Chinese company Xinwei agreed to buy Israeli satellite company Spacecom for $190 million despite a Sept. 1 rocket explosion on the launchpad in Florida that took Spacecom’s share prices down more than 50 percent. The explosion destroyed a rocket owned by tech and space entrepreneur Elon Musk and his company, SpaceX. It was carrying a satellite that Facebook had planned to use to expand internet access in Africa. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg said he wouldn’t give up on internet for Africa.

  • How 4 Sub-Saharan African Countries Stack Up For Climate-Smart Investment Potential

    climate-smart investment By Dana Sanchez, 10:46 am AFKI Original

    Currency depreciation and rising inflation have made investing a challenge in some African countries. A global private-sector development group identifies four African countries that have potential for climate-smart investment. These investments will make energy more accessible and infrastructure more resilient as climate change threatens to undermine developmental gains. South Africa is ahead of the game. With 90% of its electricity from coal, SA has approved 79 renewable energy projects by independent power producers. The cost of wind and solar has decreased more than 70%, and is now competitive with new-build coal, IFC reported.

  • Rwandan Genocide Survivor Builds A Media Empire Empowering Youth

    Rwandan genocide survivor By Ann Brown, 8:12 am AFKI Original

    A survivor of the Rwandan genocide, entrepreneur Marcel Mutsindashyaka chose to use the media, not for revenge, but for peace building. His Rwandan media and IT company has helped restore unity in the country by engaging youth. It is now the second most popular news website in Rwanda. Mutsindashyaka was chosen to be in Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative. The experience “opened my mind from local to global perspective,” he told AFKInsider. “From this I realized that there is potential for the U.S. and Africa to collaborate for mutual benefit.”

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