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Date Archives for July 2014

  • Private Sector Companies Build Bridges With Youth at YALI Summit

    By Makula Dunbar, 6:17 pm

    The Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Summit kicked off this week in Washington D.C. The U.S. government program highlights African youth who are making waves in Africa — and holds events, which will ultimately enrich opportunities for the continent’s rising leaders. Voice of America reported that 65 private sector companies spoke one-on-one with youth at the summit about potential business opportunities

  • African Musicians To Push For Agriculture At D.C. Leaders Summit

    FIFA Ballon d'Or By Dana Sanchez, 4:49 pm

    Africa’s top musicians plan to entertain some of its most powerful leaders next week in D.C. with a message of hope for Africa’s youth: do agriculture; it pays. The continent-wide ONE Campaign urges African leaders to adopt better agricultural policies that will help tackle youth unemployment. Artists, including DRC’s Fally Ipupa, Nigeria’s Femi Kuti and D’Banj and South Africa’s Judith Sephuma will travel with Manchester City soccer star Yaya Touré to Washington D.C. with The ONE Campaign to be part of the conversation about the U.S.-Africa relationship, SpyGhana reports.

  • Reel Gardening Partners With Unilever in South Africa

    By Makula Dunbar, 4:25 pm AFKI Original

    Claire Reid, founder of Reel Gardening, introduces her innovative agriculture product which simplifies planting. Included in a biodegradable paper strip is fertilizer, seeds and nutrients that help vegetables grow. In part three of the interview, Reid elaborates on company growth, partnerships and influences.

  • US-Based CDC Issues West Africa Travel Warning On Ebola Fears

    By Dana Sanchez, 3:36 pm

    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control issued a Level 3 travel warning against non-essential travel to Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, where Ebola is spreading. Nancy Writebol, a missionary who contracted ebola while helping treat those infected in Liberia, received a dose of “experimental serum” that arrived in Liberia to be tried on one of two U.S. charity workers. There was only enough for one of the two. Dr. Kent Brantly, also infected with ebola, asked that it be given to his colleague.

  • 17 Popular And Liveable Cities For Expats

    By Mark Rausch, 2:37 pm AFKI Original

    The low cost of living in Bangkok, the mountainous chill of Chiang Mai, the beachscapes of Phuket, the rolling rural beauty of Chiang Rai and Rayong — Thailand is unbeatable for expats. It has affordable health clinics and a bounty of choice for housing ranging from glass condos to shared flats in classic districts. Getting your 150-hour TESOL or CELTA English-teaching certification almost guarantees a job, but get your visa worked out before buying the plane ticket! Here are 10 popular cities for expats that embody livability, allure, reasonable prices (most of them), and have their arms wide open to the wandering souls of the world.

  • Intellectual Property Protection May Boost GDP in South Africa

    By Makula Dunbar, 2:35 pm

    Protecting copyright and intellectual property rights has the potential to contribute 11 percent to South Africa’s gross domestic product, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), has said. Briefing the trade parliamentary committee, DTI’s Deputy Director-General for corporate & consumer regulation, Zodwa Ntuli said the potential can be achieved if the laws are enforced correctly.

  • Facebook Launches Internet.org App in Zambia

    By Makula Dunbar, 2:20 pm

    Airtel Zambia subscribers are the first in the world to have access to Facebook’s Internet.org app. The app is planned to allow its users access to health, employment and local information services without data charges. Services that Airtel Zambia subscribers are planned to have free access to include AccuWeather, eZeLibrary, Facebook, Facts for Life, Google Search, Go Zambia Jobs, Kokoliko, MAMA

  • Q & A: Nigerian Singer Douye’ Enjoys American Success, Second Time Around

    By Ann Brown, 1:11 pm AFKI Original

    Not restricted by boundaries, Nigerian American Douye’ mixes musical forms. These can be heard on her new indie album, “So Much Love,” her sophomore effort. Terry Shaddick and Douyé began collaborating on a series of songs that would eventually become her debut album, “Journey,” in 2007. The album received rave reviews worldwide, Douye’ said in an interview with AFKInsider.

  • Most High-Profile Kidnappings In History

    By Keren Mikva, 12:23 pm AFKI Original

    Etan Patz

    Etan Patz disappeared at the age of six, on the first day that he was allowed to walk to the bus stop to school alone. He became the first missing child to be featured on a milk carton in the United States, and was an important first step in child kidnapping cases launching into national campaigns. Years later, informants determined that Jose Antonio Ramos was guilty of kidnapping and killing Patz, though it was never determined for sure. The day Patz went missing, May 25th, is now National Missing Children’s Day in the United States.

  • Michelle Obama Asks Young African Leaders To Empower Females

    By Dana Sanchez, 11:46 am

    First Lady Michelle Obama didn’t hold back Wednesday, admonishing countries where violence against women is prevalent and acceptable while addressing a group of young African leaders and innovators in Washington, D.C., prior to the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit. “I imagine that for some of you here today, getting your degree might have meant disobeying or disappointing your families,” she said, specifically addressing the girls in the room, CNN reports.

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