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African press review 27 May 2017

Burundi's military leader sets end-of-year deadline for unmarried couples to tie the knot or face penalties, while Nigeria marks 50 years of the Biafra struggle.

“It’s what happens after the research that’s important”

Niti Bhan writes:“It’s what happens after the research that’s important” is something I found myself saying three times to three different people in three different contexts over the past couple of days. Anyone can go out and interview users and beneficiaries. What’s important is what happens during the Analysis phase.More here

On Mali’s Internal Debates About Negotiating with Jihadists

In early April, Mali’s Conference of National Understanding recommended that the government negotiate with the jihadists in the north, or at least with Malian nationals Iyad Ag Ghali and Amadou Kouffa. At the time, I wrote a bit about the … Continue reading ?

The Growth Fund Gap : The Big Need for Proven Nigerian Tech Startups - @OtunbaSho

Olumide Soyombo writes: In 2014, we founded Leadpath. A seed fund to invest $25k to $100k in local tech startups. Our first approach was to copy the Y-combinator accelerator model i.e work with the startups for three months and then have a demo day where we could bring in other investors. Big mumus we were.More here

AB3D - African Born 3D Printing

via IDIN: Straight from the “Silicon Savannah” comes a cadre of social entrepreneurs. Roy Ombatti founded African-Born 3D Printing, a social enterprise that builds 3D printers from e-waste and sells them to schools. Juliet Wanyiri, founder of Foondi, runs electronics workshops with high school students. Show More Summary

Illegal fishing threatens Great Lakes of Africa

Hundreds of millions of mosquito nets have been distributed across Africa. They have undoubtedly saved countless lives in the battle against malaria. But many of Africa's poorest are using bednets in other ways… including as fishing nets, with potentially harmful environmental consequences. Show More Summary

African press review 26 May 2017

Nigeria battles persistent rumours of a "coup" despite the army's expressed loyalty to President Buhari. Kenya's electoral body effects sweeping changes ahead of the August 8 General Elections and Johannesburg's mayor backs down on the fat salary of his Chief of Staff.

The biggest game changer in African fashion is...the internet

Nosmot Gbadamosi writing for CNN:An increasing number of designers on the continent are morphing from small tailor businesses into recognized and respected fashion houses, thanks to the internet...[more]

Making in China: Is maker culture changing China’s creative landscape?

A paper by Wen Wen: Since the 1990s, the emphasis on the economic significance of culture and creativity by policy makers, urban planners and researchers has contributed to the global development of (as well as debate on) the creative economy. Show More Summary

Beautifully Nappy, Nigeria- Online Organic and Nature Beauty store

In Businessday:Beautifully Nappy has unveiled Nigeria’s first online organic and nature beauty store, a platform to showcase and educate individuals on natural hair and the benefits of using natural hair products.

Ankara fabrics and more from Fabricsphere

Why Fabricsphere??? Because we understand We understand what it means to create a colorful wedding, we understand how difficult it is to set up a fabric retail shop in other parts of the country and we understand the difficulty accompanied...Show More Summary

France deploys drones to support UN force in Central African Republic

French tactical drones have been deployed in the Central Afircan Republic (CAR) to back up the UN force in the country, Minusca, it was announced on Thursday.

How France armed Biafra's bid to break from Nigeria

France secretly armed Biafra in the self-proclaimed republic’s attempt to break away from Nigeria in a bid to weaken British and US influence in Africa, documents seen by RFI reveal 50 years after the beginning of a war that cost up to two million lives.

African press review 25 May 2017

South Africa's Reserve Bank is not expected to change interest rates. The African Union and the United Nations go looking for a solution to the South Sudan crisis. Twenty Kenyan politicians are named and shamed by a group calling for the exclusion of corrupt individuals from public office. Steady on!

Dandelion drinks and Lemonace from KNUST University Busuiness Accelerator Ghana

From the KNUST Accelerator program via Kumasi Hive:GRASAG KNUST through the GRASAG Business Acceleration; Godwin Mensah, CEO of McBertsmens Green Life Drinks share his story about the program and on Green Life Dandelion drinks and Lemonace. Show More Summary

Kafui Naturals

Proudly Natural: Meet Kafui AwoonorKafui founded Kafuinaturals because nothing on the market suited her needs. She strongly believes in her mission and has joined entrepreneurial communities like BrownSense and Cape Craft and Design Institute - CCDI to help make it a reality.

Western Cape struggles with worst drought for 113 years

South Africa's Western Cape province has declared a drought disaster and the authorities are making provisions to face the worst water shortage the region has seen in 113 years.

African press review 24 May 2017

The World Health Oranisation (WHO) has a new director general. And he's African. Uganda's Yoweri Museveni warns South Sudan's Salva Kiir to keep the national army on a short leash. And Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma says the future prosperity of Africa depends on massive industrialisation.

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