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Young Nigerian Student Builds Power Bank for Laptops, Emergency Wall Lamp and Power Station

An electrical and electronics engineering student of the Federal University of Technology Akure has invented three devices – a laptop power bank, power station and emergency wall lamp. The 300-level student identified as Adu Iyanu described his inventions as mighty. According to FUTA Bro, the laptop power bank can power a laptop from 0 to …

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Youth are Africa's best asset; invest in them - African Development Bank President Adesina

Youth are Africa’s best asset; invest in them – African Development Bank President Adesina

Africa’s underinvested youth are in need of urgent attention and youth entrepreneurship investment banks must become the focus of global support, the African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org) head Dr. Akinwumi A. Adesina said Monday in a discussion on scaling up financing for the continent’s youth. Adesina was speaking at a virtual roundtable at which he presented …

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Paystack expands to South Africa with plans to capture Africa’s eCommerce market

Nigerian fintech startup Paystack has announced its official expansion to one of Africa’s largest markets, South Africa. Founded in 2015, by Shola Akinlade (CEO) and Ezra Olubi (CTO) Paystack uses its API to help businesses process payments, and with active operations in Nigeria and Ghana. In 2018, it raised $8 million Series A which it …

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A Struggling Immigrant Left His Job in the U.S. and Returned Home. Now, He's a Billionaire: 'I Had a Crazy Idea'

A Struggling Immigrant Left His Job in the U.S. and Returned Home. Now, He’s a Billionaire

A software programmer who left Romania for a job at Microsoft in the U.S. had a “crazy idea” that saw him return home and become one of the world’s richest individuals, Bloomberg reports. Daniel Dines is the CEO of UiPath Inc, an automation software maker that raised $1.3 billion in a U.S. initial public offering on Wednesday. The 49-year-old …

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Five Steps to More Responsive Youth Programming

It’s easy—and fashionable—to talk about engaging youth in development programming, but it’s much harder to make it happen. Everyone agrees it’s important, but commitment to meaningful youth engagement falls short without a strong plan and a structure for true collaboration. Developmental Evaluation (DE) is one solution. First proposed by Michael Quinn Patton in his 2010 …

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Savannah Fund launches $25M fund to invest in African startups

Mbwana Alliy, Founder and Managing Partner, Savannah Fund, a pan-African venture capital firm, on Wednesday announced a $25 million fund as it looks to back more early-stage startups on the continent. Since launching in 2012, Savannah Fund — led by Mbwana Alliy and Paul Bragiel — has backed more than 30 startups. Some of its well-known investments …

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How Tope Awotona’s Calendly turned a scheduling nightmare into a $3B startup

Tope Awotona, Founder & CEO, Calendly One big theme in tech right now is the rise of services to help us keep working through lockdowns, office closures, and other Covid-19 restrictions. The “future of work” — cloud services, communications, productivity apps — has become “the way we work now.” And companies that have identified ways …

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SA man earns Africa’s first PhD in indigenous astronomy

SA man earns Africa’s first PhD in indigenous astronomy

Motheo Koitsiwe developed his passion for indigenous knowledge systems (IKS) research, particularly indigenous astronomy, at a tender age after consuming a lot of stories about the moon and stars. “This passion was ignited by my late grandmother, Mmamodiagane Tladinyane, when she narrated stories, poems, riddles, songs of African night skies and cosmologies around the fireplace,” …

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Meet Zuriel Oduwole, The Youngest person to be interviewed by Forbes

Born in California in 2002 to a Nigerian mother and Mauritanian father, Zuriel became an inspiring and committed advocate for girls’ education throughout Africa, meeting with state leaders to come up with policies that improve opportunities for education – including putting an end to child marriage. Oduwole has met with 31 presidents and prime ministers …

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