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Apply by by March 1, 2018 USADF - All On #Nigeria Off-Grid Energy - Challenge Call for Proposals

10 hours 54 sec ago
The U.S. African Development Foundation and All On invites proposals for innovative off-grid solutions to “power up” underserved areas of Nigeria. Applicants should be developing, scaling up or extending energy technologies to off-grid areas of Nigeria. In order to apply, applicants should submit the below application template, as well as the required attachments, to OffGridChallengeNigeria@usadf.gov by March 1, 2018. For details on eligibility and application instructions, please refer to the Request for Proposals document below.

Why the African Consumer Market is NOT the same as the African Middle Class - PrePaid Economy

10 hours 31 min ago
From PrePaid Economy:
The biggest challenge faced by consumer facing companies looking at the African Consumer Market is the age old positioning of the “middle class” as the ideal target audience. This middle class is segmented by the same attributes as the original middle classes who formed the consumer markets of the developed world...[more]

Growing and Processing the Nigerian tomato - @kazey

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 12:33pm
Kayode Muyibi writes:
It's always exciting to be in Nigeria during the harvest period, which could be during the dry or wet season. It’s not only exciting because of the opportunities that seem to always present themselves across a wide array of fresh produce, it is so, because of the distribution opportunities across the massive population. The opportunity for preservation...[more]

Nigerians Trade $3.6 million #Bitcoin weekly on 13 Platforms

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 10:35am
Bukola Idowu reports:
Despite warnings by regulators and legislators, Nigerians have continued to invest in crypto currency, trading up to N1.38 billion across 13 local crypto-currency exchanges in the country. However, analysts have urged government to embark on smart regulatory tactic in controlling the surge in the trend...[more]

Nigerian Air Force to develop armed UAV #Nigeria

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 10:02am
Janes reports:
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) plans to indigenously develop an armed unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), Chief of the Air Staff Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar announced during a 15 February ceremony held to mark the induction into service of the Tsaigumi UAV...[more]

Olu Olu Fodds (Update)

Sun, 02/18/2018 - 6:00am
Covered earlier
Olu Olu® has been supplying its market-leading range of speciality and world foods to the retail, wholesale and foodservice sectors for over 30 years. The company began in Nigeria as Olu Olu Wineries in the late 1970’s but has since evolved into a specialist ethnic and exotic health foods brand, providing a wide array of tropical and rare health foods and drinks to the western market.

How Suzie Wokabi sold her African cosmetics brand

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 7:55am
How We Made It reports:
...SuzieBeauty has been acquired by Nairobi Securities Exchange-listed manufacturing company Flame Tree Group, subject to approval from the competition authority.

Wokabi describes the acquisition as “a huge feat”.

“For me this is the biggest milestone so far.”

“I have achieved everything I wanted to,” says Wokabi, explaining her goal was to build a recognisable brand designed for the African woman.

Global brands like L’Oréal, Estée Lauder, Unilever and Procter & Gamble dominate the beauty and personal care market in Africa, but a few local entrepreneurs have started developing their own products, and are slowly growing their customer base...[more]

Leapfrogging 2.0: How Africa leads the way - Samer Salty

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 6:00am
From the AVCA:
...Since I began investing in Africa, I have realised that leapfrogging needs to be examined from two different perspectives. Firstly, we need to differentiate between leapfrogging the ‘old’ world – that is, bypassing how the West did things in the past, such as how Africa generally avoided building a comprehensive fixed line network and instead moved straight to mobile; and leapfrogging the ‘new’ world. Leapfrogging the new world is sidestepping the current industry status quo by using technology, which provides a much better, more efficient, and more sustainable way of doing things. For example, many of the traditional industries across the world are deconstructing with no likelihood of returning to antiquated models. We are seeing huge changes in the global financial services, energy, and communications industries among others. Clearly, Africa does not stand alone in leapfrogging. In some cases, Africa is in fact leading the world in developing new business models with technology at their core.More here

Developing A Portable Tech for Blood Processing

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 9:11am
Scidev reports: A low-cost system to separate blood into its main components without a centrifuge is being developed, and could be put to use in areas with off-grid healthcare or following natural disasters.

The system is portable and would need minimal training to operate, according to a proof-of-concept study published in the journal PLoS ONE...[more]

Cukia Kimani - Indie Game Developer

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 6:00am
An African Digital Art profile:

Changing Flavors - African Wines from Bananas and Pineapples

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 6:00am
SmallStarter reports:

In a previous article, “When Will Africa Export its own Wines?“, we revealed five of the most promising beverage drinks across the continent with the greatest potentials for export markets.

Leopold Lema is a remarkable entrepreneur and CEO of Mwanza Quality Wines (backed by the SME Impact Fund) in Tanzania. He has found a way to produce high quality and affordable sparkling wines from bananas and pineapples, two fruits which are locally abundant in East Africa, but often wasted after harvests due to inadequate storage facilities.

Leopold’s banana and pineapple wines are sold under brand names like ‘Power’ and have attracted a loyal consumer base in the country.

It shouldn’t be long before he starts to export beyond the East Africa region...[more]via the Economist

‘I see Jaebee Furnitures as the future Ikea of Africa’ - Joy Igbodike

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 7:41am
From Prepaid Africa:
Joy Igbodike is Mechanical Engineer (option –production), who has mastered the art of creating functional and practical furniture items. She is the creative director, Jaebee Furniture and Founder, JB Furniture School, where she provides smart furniture solutions for the everyday Nigerian.

BitPesa Acquires TransferZero, Leading Online European Money Transfer Service

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 8:25am
BitPesa, the first and largest blockchain payments platform for Africa and Europe, announced today their acquisition of TransferZero, an international, online money transfer platform that specializes in sending money to consumers and companies in 200 countries using over 50 different currencies...[more]

Deji Akinwande's lab is developing Atom-Thin Memristors

Sun, 02/04/2018 - 12:15pm
Spectrum highlights the work of Deji Akinwande's Nano research team at UT:
Experts thought memory in 2D materials was impossible. Then engineers in Texas discovered “Atomristors”More here

From #Ghana Sankofa Plantain Chips

Sun, 02/04/2018 - 12:09pm

A post shared by Sankofa Snack Foods (@sankofasmunchables) on Dec 20, 2017 at 3:10am PST

Sankofa is the home of traditional munchilicious munchables that represent the EVOLUTION of various African Cultures. Through a little magic, Sankofa plantain chips remind us of the richness in our HERITAGE with every butter, salty, sweet or spicy flavorful CRUNCH we take, and dares us to Think, Laugh, Be Bold, and Grow. Taste the magic!

In #Nigeria Solar Powered ColdHubs for Agribusiness

Sun, 02/04/2018 - 12:05pm
Update from Coldhubs

Grid-connected biogas-powered electricity plant in #Kenya

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 11:29pm
Africa’s first biogas-powered electricity producer to sell surplus electricity to a national grid has come online at a Kenyan commercial farm.

The Gorge Farm Energy Park, located in the market town of Naivasha, produces 2MW of electricity and heat to cultivate 1,740 acres of vegetables and flowers, with enough surplus power to feed 5,000-6,000 rural homes.

The farm, roughly 76km away from the capital Nairobi, is owned by the Vegpro Group, an East African vegetable and rose exporter.

Biojoule Kenya, which operates the Gorge Farm plant, signed the agreement to sell surplus electricity to Kenya Power and Lighting Co. (KPLC) for $0.1/kWh in 2016.

The biogas-based electricity is significantly cheaper than diesel-generated power, which costs $0.38/kWh to produce...[more]

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