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Dana Sanchez, 5:26 pm
Tanzania’s Hadza are some of the world’s last hunter gatherers, and they’re using technology to help protect the shrinking woodland they’ve depended on for 40,000 years. Carbon trading — a market-based method of regulating greenhouse gas emissions — is helping save their forest. The tools of their survival include marking the spot with GPS where trees have been illegally cut down. The Hadza monetized carbon savings by selling carbon offsets to local and international companies that want to to reduce their carbon footprint.
Tom Jackson, 4:20 am AFKI Original
Drones are, without doubt, one of the next big things of Africa’s tech revolution. Slowly but surely, they are being introduced in innovative ways to help with the continent’s development. In an interesting move, the City of Cape Town last week announced a partnership with local tech firm WeFix to use drones to spot sharks at Fish Hoek and Muizenberg beaches.
Dana Sanchez, 11:04 am
One of South Africa’s largest banks bought a majority stake in the team that built the country’s largest mobile payments product. Africa has the highest mobile money adoption rate in the world, but it’s hardly universal, catching on more in some countries and less in others. While banks and mobile payments startups would like to see large-scale adoption of mobile money, the reality is cash is likely to remain king in Africa — internet penetration and trust in the financial system are low on the continent.
Dana Sanchez, 2:42 pm
Five candidates for the top African Union job will face off Friday in a first-ever televised debate. African citizens will get to ask the candidates questions via social media about their vision for the continent. The A.U. hopes the debate will popularize it. Does the A.U. need to be popularized? Some consider A.U. support of withdrawal from the International Criminal Court as dangerous for Africa. The public won’t actually be voting for the next A.U. chairperson, but as the institution evolves, maybe one day that will happen.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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