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Evelea - African Cooking in Jar

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 6:00am
Lionesses of Africa in conversation with Bomanga Ngoi Longango founder of Evelea:
There is nothing more evocative of a country than its cuisine, and one woman entrepreneur from the Democratic Republic of Congo is taking the essence of her country and bottling it in jars for a European audience. Bomanga Ngoi Longango and her company Evelea, are capturing the flavours of African vegetables such as cassava leaves, amaranth leaves, and other traditional vegetables in ready to eat form, preserved in jars...[more]via CNN

Taita Ngetich - Green House builder

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 6:00am
From ASME :

Rwanda's Agricultural Entrepreneurs

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 6:00am
KT press reports:

Ayanwoye Tobi Rasheed - Electrical Tinkerer

Mon, 02/06/2017 - 6:00am
Oladeinde Olawoyin reporting for Premium Times:
Ayanwoye Tobi Rasheed was widely rumoured to be under a spell. He was rejected by classmates and scorned by playmates. He was suffering from Dyslexia, a form of disability that impairs reading, spelling and even writing, in children. And with such disability, he lived his adolescent years with the fear of a bleak future.

But all that changed in 2014 when he eventually overcame his dyslexic condition, with the support of his mother (now late) and some of his teachers and mentors. But prior to that period, his condition had spurred him to discover a talent hitherto hidden to him and many people around him: construction of electronic appliances...[more]

Ukoma Michael - Electric Fan Maker

Sun, 02/05/2017 - 6:00am
Blackbusiness reports
Thirteen-year-old Ukoma Michael from Nigeria is one of the youngest and best upcoming tech entrepreneurs in the world. He invented a battery-operated fan that will last for up to 19 hours. He calls them “Blue Wind Fans,” and they come in different shapes and sizes from table top to free standing. Once the fans are charged, they can run for up to 19 hours!More here

Releaf Nigeria is Building a Remittance Investment platform

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 12:31pm
Jopwell reports
....In 2015, Nzewi, Utodong, and Ayogu, started Releaf, a big data platform to make it easier to invest in African businesses. They staffed management consultants on projects at African SMEs, starting with agribusinesses in Nigeria. The goal: To translate increased operational efficiencies into capital and growth. From the get-go, one particular figure astounded the group: Nigerians send approximately $21 billion to their families back home every year, yet large groups of people were still living in poverty.More here

Sanitary Towel Vending from Esvendo, Kenya

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 12:27pm
Juliana Rotich writes:
Today at Gearbox, I met Esther Wanjiku Mwangi, Founder and CEO of Esvendo. She showed me the vending machine she and her team have deployed in urban settlements. The vending machines reduce the cost of sanitary pads by making them readily available in a form that is more affordable...[more]

Africa Tech Rising

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 7:46pm

Renewable Energy Solutions from Bols N Sels Technologies, #Nigeria

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 6:00am
Techpoint reports:
In Jos during the Techpoint Innovation Tour, we met an engineer and entrepreneur who is innovating around energy efficient equipment. Some of the innovations we were able to see included a Solar Cabinet Dryer, Clean Efficient Institutional Woodstove, and a Smokeless Incinerator among other things.

All these were fabricated by Bols and Sels Technologies from locally sourced materials. Lannap Selbol, the CEO of Bols and Sels Nigeria Limited, is no stranger to innovation. As the lead engineer on a 55KW solar system that powers a whole filling station, he has built one of the largest solar systems in Abuja...[more]

Digital Fabrication & Surgical planning from Imhotep Medical Solutions #Egypt

Tue, 01/31/2017 - 6:00am
Shehab Anwer writes:
Based on your patients’ CT or MRI, IMHOTEP Medical Solutions fabricates 3D-printed models dedicated to pre-operative surgical simulation allowing better visualisation of the anatomy focusing on the region of interest. This can help the healthcare professional better understand the pathology and plan the most suitable approach for the operation...[more]

Building Wireless Meshes in Ibadan, #Nigeria

Mon, 01/30/2017 - 6:00am
From Village Telco:
Michael Adeyeye has been a member of the Village Telco community since its earliest days. Back then he was a graduate student at the University of Cape Town but has since gone on to earn his PhD there. He is now a lecturer in the faculty of Informatics and Design at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. As a researcher, Michael has published papers on Village Telco and has volunteered his time in helping to deploy one of the first Village Telco test networks but more recently has set up his own Village Telco network in his home city in Ibadan, Nigeria..
The map shows the different Mesh Potato nodes in the network and strength of the links between them.Village Telco Deployment in Ibadan The map shows the different Mesh Potato nodes in the network and strength of the links between them. Working through his own company, Asmicom, Michael partnered with colleagues in Ibadan to set up the Ibadan Wireless User Group. Asmicom’s goal is to transfer technical know-how to Nigeria and empower her youths. Their first project was to deploy a Mesh Potato network at a housing estate in Ibadan. The estate is home to a number of hostels for postgraduate students (studying at nearby institutions), offices and business centres. There are single family houses on the estate mostly occupied by their owners. The students, like the home owners, wanted a reliable way of communicating with one another. In addition, the organizations (which are mostly non-profit organizations) wanted an affordable communication service that could be used as an alternative to the costly GSM mobile service.More here

The 'Loose Talk' & 'Top 12 Countdown' podcasts from Nigeria

Sun, 01/29/2017 - 6:00am
A post from Ynaija:
Osagie Alonge (from Loose Talk) is always a good listen, and his team yarns a good tale. Even the producer chimes in (the only she in the mix) and everything is both consequential and dressed-down.

1,857 listens though is the highest it gets – after we audited all 24 episodes. Which of course looks tiny if you’re comparing it with every single podcast in United States territory, but is pretty darn huge when you look at Nigeria’s landscape (and we should know, we just launched an entire podcast operation this month).

Top 12 Countdown with Cobhams Asuquo

Perhaps the highest-listens-for-a-podcast-that’s-made-in-Nigeria award will go to the Top 12 Countdown, which is hosted by producer and performer, Cobhams Asuquo.More here

Entrepreneur Accelerator - African Entrepreneur Collective

Sat, 01/28/2017 - 6:00am
A conversation with the co-founder of African Entrepreneur Collective

Mama Ope Pneumonia Kit - Made in Uganda

Fri, 01/27/2017 - 6:00am
via Asian Age:
image via Asian AgeMamaope is a pneumonia kit used to diagnose the disease in young children at an early stage. It consists of a wearable and and a mobile phone application to do the diagnosis.

We use mobile technology to reduce the child mortality rate given that pneumonia is the leading child killer in Uganda and the world more that HIV, malaria and measles combined as reported by WHO. This we do by ruling out misdiagnosis of the disease with malaria which was reported as among the reasons for the increasing deaths by the Uganda Pediatrics Association (UPA)

Manufacturing biomolecules ‘on the go’

Thu, 01/26/2017 - 6:00am
From the Wyss Institute:
image viaA low-cost, portable method towards creating vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics as needed

Wyss Institute researchers have developed a biomolecular manufacturing method that can quickly and easily produce a wide range of vaccines, antimicrobial peptides and antibody conjugates while doing so anywhere, even in places without access to electrical power or refrigeration...[more]

African Tech Start-ups Raised $129m In 2016

Wed, 01/25/2017 - 6:00am
Toby Shapshak reporting in Forbes

Near term off-grid electrification for 1.2 billion people is becoming a reality

Tue, 01/24/2017 - 6:00am
NextBigFuture reports:
Solar energy prices have been dropping for decades. There is a lag in the price per watt of off grid solar for solar home systems behind the cost for solar per watt for the most efficient utility solar projects.

1.2 billion people currently do not have electricity. It costs $800-2000 per person to connect people to a grid many poor countries do not the means or capacity to create a universal national grid.

Offgrid solar, batteries and LED lighting will be circumventing this bottleneck. Although there is still distribution, delivery and retail availability issues in undeveloped rural areas. Drone delivery could surmount the problem of no roads or bad roads to get around the delivery issues. Getting electricity and cheap smartphones will enable poor people to have basic internet access.More here

Affordable housing from Blue Tower House Services, Nigeria

Tue, 01/24/2017 - 6:00am
How We Made it reports:
Amaka Osarieme Nwaokolo is the founder of Blue Tower House Services, a company that aims to provide affordable, quality housing for low- to lower-middle-income Nigerians. For this group, the housing options are particularly limited.

“So in Abuja [the capital] a decent one-bedroom accommodation will probably cost in the range of say 600,000-700,000 naira ($1,903-$2,220) in the city [to rent],” she told How we made it in Africa.More here

Why We Invested: Flutterwave

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 8:25am
Ameya Upadhyay writes:
...Flutterwave provides APIs that make it easier for merchants to pay and get paid digitally. Merchants integrate a single and secure API they receive from Flutterwave’s network of financial institution partners into their consumer-facing web or mobile application. Consumers can then pay for goods and services in their local currency using mobile wallets, credit and debit cards, and bank accounts. Flutterwave also empowers Fintech Innovators like Payme and Thrivesend building products for less tech savvy merchants and individuals looking to make payments to do so as well via its open, public APIs.

Starting with a great team of proven entrepreneurs, Flutterwave has built a strong product that’s already processed more than $200 million in less than 8 months of operations...[more]

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