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Black Girls Surf: Meet the African women defying stereotypes to ride waves https://www.marieclaire.co.uk/reports/black-girls-surf-african-women-surfing-685113

Sat, 02/15/2020 - 3:31pm
From Marie Claire:
In Senegal the majority of woman are still restricted by traditional roles but as photographer Denisse Ariana Pérez discovered when she met founder and coach Rhonda Harper, Black Girls Surf is an important movement for change...[more]

Rural #Ghana home built from rammed earth and recycled plastic

Sat, 02/15/2020 - 2:46pm
via Inhabitat:
In the countryside of Ghana lies this unique home made from rammed earth, recycled plastic, and fortified against the elements using natural materials. The home was constructed from student Anna Webster’s winning design through a Nka Foundation building competition. She states, “We aimed to overcome the negative associations of these materials and move away from the primitive image of building with earth by applying a modern design aesthetic.” Plastic waste is repurposed into window screens and roof materials and the sturdy rammed earth walls are covered in a cassava starch sealant to prevent exterior water damage. The home cost just $7865 to construct and serves as an example of what can be done with found materials and a little creativity...[more]

Electric Vehicles in Africa https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=827nt5U_bQ8

Sat, 02/15/2020 - 2:09pm
From DW:he air in Nairobi is heavily polluted by emissions from cars, buses and mopeds. The first solar-powered trucks and jeeps with electric motors have now started appearing in the city. While the energy is cheap, the vehicles themselves are not

Sao Tome and Principe: Why Africa's 'heaven on Earth' wants more tourists

Sat, 02/15/2020 - 3:58am
From CNN:
Wander amidst the faded colonial splendor of Sao Tome, the capital of Sao Tome and Principe, and it's easy to be charmed by the African city's laid back, tropical simplicity. Traders jostle to sell their wares at the bustling central market while fishermen laugh and joke by the large bay that swoops around the city.

Follow the promenade along the coast towards the edge of town, meanwhile, and a rural paradise of palm-lined beaches and stunning biodiversity awaits.

Uninhabited until being discovered by the Portuguese in the late 15th century, Sao Tome and Principe is a tiny archipelago situated in the Gulf of Guinea.

It became a outpost of the slave trade under Portuguese rule, with sugar cane, cocoa and coffee all prominent exports. Labor practices thankfully improved over the centuries and independence eventually arrived when the Portuguese left in the mid-1970s.

Yet Sao Tome and Principe is once again attracting the attention of international explorers, this time in the shape of tourists...[more]

How 3D Printing Is Changing the World

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 3:01am
From Vice:

Farmcrowdy acquires Best Foods, plans to launch retail meat hubs across Lagos in the second quarter of 2020 - @Techpointdotng

Wed, 02/12/2020 - 3:32am
From Techpoint:Nigerian agritech startup, Farmcrowdy, has announced its acquisition of Best Foods L&P Limited, one of Nigeria’s largest meat processors.

For an undisclosed amount, the acquisition will see Farmcrowdy own majority stake in Best Foods including its assets, team and customer contracts to supply meat across the country...[more]

Meet 'Veggie victory' and others - Vegans see green shoots in meat-loving #Nigeria

Wed, 02/12/2020 - 1:30am
Reuters reports:When Nigerian chef Olasore Osidele became a vegan six years ago, people warned him that cutting out meat was questioning God’s plan...[more]

Fulaba | Exclusive Jewelry from African High Culture

Wed, 02/12/2020 - 1:22am
Fulaba provides handcrafted jewelry from African High Culture including authentic Fulani earrings and bracelets that are a fit for a queen. We offer free shipping to the United States and Canada!

An Impact Investing Model Designed for Africa: Why the Continent Should Embrace Search Funds

Mon, 02/10/2020 - 9:59am
From Next Billion:
In post-World War II England, the workers at Europe’s largest tire plant, Fort Dunlop, were at a standstill. The company, Dunlop Rubber, could not afford a specific carbon toughening agent that gave a tire its tread. Without this small but highly significant input, the factory’s 10,000 employees were out of work. Soon after, the Marshall Plan’s aid commenced, unlocked the toughening agent bottleneck. The plant went back to work and produced tires for the world to use.

The Marshall Plan catalysed the revival of Europe’s economy – not by being a panacea, but because it was agile enough to intervene in the market where its support could create this sort of multiplier effect. It leveraged pre-existing resources and addressed the gaps where it could maximise additionality.

There’s a little-known investment model perfectly suited to Africa’s economy that can also produce such a multiplier effect: a search fund, also known as “entrepreneurship through acquisition.”...[more]

Meet Biomedical Engineer, Ronke Olabisi @OlabisiLab ,who fixes bones with oyster shells!

Sun, 02/09/2020 - 10:09pm
Alyse Sue writes:
Adam Feinberg from Carnegie Mellon University and Ronke Olabisi from UC Irvine undertaking groundbreaking work in healing ‘unhealable’ wounds with adult stem cells and creating 3D bio-printed materials that can be used in biomedical research to test new drugs and print new organs such as hearts and lungs...[more]

Alternative Electricity Source for Rural Africa? Using Wood to Fuel a Generator! (How to Build a Wood Gasifier w/Demonstration)

Sun, 02/09/2020 - 3:23pm
From Randomonium:
I made this gasifier a couple of years ago now as a second attempt at the technology. My first attempt had a few bugs. The blower wasn't able to move enough air, the unit was over-sized for the amount of gas produced, and the gas wasn't cool enough upon exiting the gasifier, resulting in an unsatisfactory amount of condensate getting to the engine. So in this video, I show you how I built my new and improved homemade gasifier out of parts I could find for little to no cost. I use mine occasionally for generating electricity when the need arises...[more]

Balmed is building Sierra Leone's Cocoa & Coffee Value Chains #SierraLeone

Fri, 02/07/2020 - 2:32am
Balmed Holdings is a company based in the cocoa and coffee sector in Sierra Leone. Our motive is not only to buy and sell cocoa and coffee, but also to transfer knowledge to the youth and farmers in order to improve living standards in the rural areas.

How Will Africa Industrialize in the Digital Age?

Wed, 02/05/2020 - 5:13pm
From WEF:
According to a recent UNIDO report, in large parts of the world, especially on the African continent, countries are not producing or importing in any significant amount the most representative goods within the realm of ADP technologies...[more]

One person with a laptop = a biotech startup?

Sat, 02/01/2020 - 5:30am
John Cumbers writing in Forbes:
Gone are the days when you need to raise millions of dollars of venture capital to stand up data centers before you can even get a product to market and begin testing it. Today, small teams of innovators may not even be in the same place, or depend on on-demand specialized expertise from far places. In this environment, researchers depend on a suite of cloud applications to design DNA, collaborate on experiments, manage research workflows, and make critical R&D decisions...[more]

How Shenzhen is fueling Ethiopia’s burgeoning startup scene "Designed in #Ethiopia " https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3z9Rc5joVE

Tue, 01/28/2020 - 7:38am
From Quartz:
As Shenzhen companies look to Africa for new consumer markets, African entrepreneurs are turning to Shenzhen for manufacturing partners to turn their ideas into reality. In this episode of Because China, Quartz travels to Addis Ababa to learn about how the movers and shakers in Ethiopia’s burgeoning tech startup scene are tapping into the open source manufacturing ecosystem of China’s most entrepreneurial city.

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