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Using Data to Report on the Human Impact of COVID-19: New Resources from the Partnership on Evidence-Based Response to COVID-19 (PERC)
March 30, 2021 | 0 Comments

Webinar offers strategies for communicating new findings1 April 20218:00 AM EDT // 3:00 PM EATRegister here 

New York, USA , 30 March 2021 -/African Media Agency (AMA)/- Last week, the Partnership for Evidence-Based COVID-19 Response (PERC) released findings from its third survey, which polled more than 25,000 adults from 19 African Union Member States on the social and economic impacts of COVID-19 and governmental response measures. PERC analyzes public opinion survey responses along with social, economic and epidemiological data.

Some notable findings from the most recent survey include: • Respondents’ willingness to be vaccinated varied widely across the continent—from 35% of respondents in Tunisia to 91% of respondents in Morocco. • Although support for individual preventive measures such as hand-washing and mask-wearing remained high, support for measures restricting social gatherings and movement restrictions dropped dramatically since August 2020.• Income loss and problems with food access were severe in almost all Member States and have largely worsened since August.  This online seminar featuring panelists from IpsosColumbia University and the Ghana Health Service is designed for journalists to learn how to use data compiled by PERC accurately and effectively. A Q&A moderated by Rolf Rosenkranz of the Global Health Advocacy Incubator will follow the discussion.

Date: Thursday 1 AprilTime: 08:00 – 09:00 EDT // 14:00-15:00 CATLanguage: English/French To attend the webinar, please registerhere

Speakers: 
• Virginia Nkwanzi Isingoma, Public Affairs Director for Sub-Saharan Africa, IPSOS
• Dr. Wilmot James, Senior Research Scholar, Columbia University, formerly Member of Parliament (South Africa)
• Dr. Da Costa Aboagye, Director of Health Promotion, Ghana Health Service

Questions: Reporters can share their questions in advance via press@vitalstrategies.org

** Reporters dialing in via phone will not have access to Zoom’s Q&A feature and therefore must submit questions via press@vitalstrategies.org

About the Partnership for Evidence-Based COVID-19 Response (PERC)
The Partnership for Evidence-based Response to COVID-19 (PERC) is a public-private partnership that supports evidence-based measures to reduce the impact of COVID-19 on African Union Member States. PERC has published two quarterly regional reports (Part I in May 2020 and Part II in September 2020); other products are available on PERC’s website. PERC member organizations are: Africa Centres for Disease Control and PreventionResolve to Save Lives, an initiative of Vital Strategies; the World Health Organization; the UK Public Health Rapid Support Team; and the World Economic ForumIpsos and Novetta Mission Analytics bring market research expertise and years of data analytic support to the partnership.

About Resolve to Save Lives
Resolve to Save Lives, an initiative of the global health organization Vital Strategies, focuses on preventing deaths from cardiovascular disease and by preventing epidemics. Resolve to Save Lives is funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Gates Philanthropy Partners, which is funded with support from the Chan Zuckerberg Foundation. Resolve received additional funding for the COVID-19 response from these donors and Start Small Foundation, CDC Foundation and Stavros Niarchos Foundation. It is led by Dr. Tom Frieden, former director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. To find out more, visit: https://www.resolvetosavelives.org or Twitter @ResolveTSL and @DrTomFrieden.

About Vital Strategies
Vital Strategies is a global health organization that believes every person should be protected by a strong public health system. We work with governments and civil society in 73 countries to design and implement evidence-based strategies that tackle their most pressing public health problems. Our goal is to see governments adopt promising interventions at scale as rapidly as possible. To find out more, please visit www.vitalstrategies.org or Twitter @VitalStrat. 

About Ipsos
Ipsos is the third largest market research company in the world, present in 90 markets and employing more than 18,000 people. Our passionately curious research professionals, analysts and scientists have built unique multi- specialist capabilities that provide true understanding and powerful insights into the actions, opinions and motivations of citizens, consumers, patients, customers or employees. Our 75 business solutions are based on primary data coming from our surveys, social media monitoring, and qualitative or observational techniques. “Game Changers” – our tagline – summarises our ambition to help our 5,000 clients navigate with confidence our world of rapid change.

Founded in France in 1975, Ipsos is listed on the Euronext Paris since 1 July 1999. The company is part of the SBF 120 and the Mid-60 index and is eligible for the Deferred Settlement Service (SRD). ISIN code FR0000073298, Reuters ISOS.PA, Bloomberg IPS:FP https://www.ipsos.com/en/news-and-polls/overview.

About Ghana Health Service
The Ghana Health Service (GHS) is a Ghanaian government body established in 1996 as part of the Health Sector Reform of Ghana. The Health Service is under the Ministry of Health. The Health service primarily administrates the health services provided by the government and in implementing government policies on healthcare.

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Source : African Media Agency (AMA)

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South Sudan :Furor and Protests engulf Juba over Musician’s death
March 30, 2021 | 0 Comments

By Deng Machol

South Sudan is in shock over death of  female artist Trisha Cee
South Sudan is in shock over death of artist Trisha Cee

Juba – South Sudan Police has arrested youth activists following protests that begun Tuesday morning over the death of singer Trisha Cee and a boda-boda rider on Monday in capital Juba.

 A gruesome accident occurred in which a water tank driver recklessly ran over innocent boss – boda rider who died instantly, while Anataban member, renowned female artist Trisha Cee died from injuries later at a hospital.

She was first taken to Juba Teaching Hospital before being rushed to a private clinic to try and save her life.

At the country’s hospital, however, it took over three (3) hours to give blood despite the blood donors being adequately and timely present. 

It’s also worth noting that the blood bank was found closed when its services were needed the most. 

Negligence, recklessness, and poor health system and services continue to be one of the leading causes of avoidable deaths countrywide, according to the observers.

The family, colleagues and fans blamed her death partly on the slow services being offered at the country’s main referral hospital.

Tuesday’s morning, group of musicians, activists, mourners and youth gathered at Mobil roundabout in Juba to demand answers on how the government is going to fix the health sector, especially at the Juba Teaching hospital, to halt horrible death from road accidents

They carried placards that read: “Do not kill us”, “Juba Teaching Hospital is killing us,” among others.

Police, however, intervened by first persuading the protestors to disperse. But the protestors stood their ground.

The police then started making individual arrests by picking on those they believe to be the ring leaders.

 Over five peaceful protesters have been reportedly  arrested/detained as of this afternoon. 

The protesters said they will share their names later if they are not released today.

Among those taken to the police station are Jame Kolok, executive director of the Foundation for Democracy and Accountable Governance; Wani Michael, executive director of OKAY Africa, and Manasseh Mathiang, a youth activist.

Both Jame and Wani have written on their Facebook accounts, confirming their arrests.

Police at the scene has been telling the protesters to seek permission from the police, and not to block road that they said is causing traffic jam.

Meanwhile, a civil society has called on the authorities to immediately release those arrested during “peaceful protests”.

Anataban and the country’s youth are deeply concerned over the poor management of national institutions clearly expressed by The National Hospital’s handling of the issue and the subsequent increase of ongoing silencing and dehumanization of youth peaceful and nation-building ideas.

John, a protester has appealed to the country’s police chief to free those activists. 

The activists stated that the arrest amounts to curtailing the right to freedom of expression of the citizens.

According to activists, the demonstration is prompted by lack of actions by the leaders to address concerns of the common citizens such as that which led to the death of the renowned artist.

The analyst says the citizens are just now tired – fed-up of the weak system and corruption by individuals in the police.

Anataban – human rights group demands immediate release of the youth activists arrested

“Anataban and the youth of South Sudan are deeply concerned over the poor management of national institutions clearly expressed by thehe national hospital’s handling of the issue and the subsequent increase of ongoing silencing and dehumanization of youth peaceful and nation-building ideas,” said in the press release.

The Anataban called upon Police and the Judiciary to follow up the case and ensure justice for the lost lives; while urging the President to immediately create an independent National Hospitals Management Authority to look into the National hospital management deficiencies. 

Right defenders further suggested that the police consider establishing functional police units within the main hospitals to ensure timely provision and emergency services delivery.

Anataban commended the police should monitor license issuance to all drivers, introducing speed limits of not more than 40km/h within the city, Clear marking and provisions of zebra signs, and crossing on the roads. 

The statement further call upon the responsible personnel and institutions to act on our below demands;

They urged traffic Licensing office; to consider revising license issuance to drivers in general especially truck drivers, and make it a prerequisite to only give licenses to qualified and experienced drivers,” said in part of the statement.

It added the police and all security agents; to adhere to the constitution and respect freedom of expression, rights to assembly, and peaceful demonstration.

South Sudan, oil – rich country gained her independence, still have used a poor health system, featured with corruption and dictatorship rule.

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Emirates Vaccination Programme Scores Remarkable Success in the Air-Line Industry
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By Nevson Mpofu

Dubai, UAE, 29 March 2021 – Emirates is showcasing the UAE’s remarkable progress in its vaccination programme with a special flight that will carry only fully vaccinated crew and passengers on board.

On 10 April 2021, special flight EK2021 will depart Dubai International Airport at 12:00hrs local time, to cruise over various areas across the UAE. The flight will return to Dubai at 14:30hrs local time.

The one-off flight EK2021 is a unique event that not only celebrates the success of the UAE’s vaccination programme to date, but also highlights Emirates’ progress in vaccinating its staff and in particular its pilots and cabin crew. Aviation has been and continues to be an irreplaceable force for good, connecting people and cities, facilitating important trade flows and passenger journeys that bring economic prosperity and joy to millions of people.

Passengers will have the opportunity to experience Emirates’ newest A380 aircraft which features the airline’s brand-new Premium Economy seats, and refreshed cabin interiors across all cabin classes.

The Emirates A380 remains a customer favourite for its unmatched comfort and spaciousness. From the award-winning ice inflight entertainment experience, to the iconic A380 On board Lounge service for Business and First Class passengers, from a full-course gourmet meal in all classes to the friendly Emirates cabin crew, flyers can expect the full Emirates experience on board this special flight.

Passengers travelling on EK2021 will be able to experience all of Dubai International Airport’s services and amenities on the ground before boarding.

In addition, customers can also try out first-hand, all the latest measures to help travellers enjoy a safe and smooth journey, including the new biometric and contactless technology which Emirates has recently implemented at the check-in areas and boarding gates at Dubai airport.

This month, Airbus has launched a travel companion app called “Tripset”. The application aggregates and provides flight and travel information to ease and restore passenger’s trust in their end-to-end journey when traveling by air during the COVID-19 pandemic. Tripset allows for passengers to be informed with the latest and most relevant travel conditions, restrictions and health requirements in place, without having to consult a variety of sources.

The UAE is one of world’s leading countries in administered vaccinations for citizens and residents, and has made four COVID-19 vaccines available for free to everyone. To date, over 8 million vaccine shots have been administered in the UAE, protecting over half of the UAE’s population.

The Emirates Group has supported the national vaccination programme by making COVID-19 vaccines readily available to its UAE-based workforce at multiple locations within the company’s premises.

 To date, over 35,000 Emirates employees have received their COVID-19 vaccine shot from one of the company’s vaccination centres, with over 85% of the airline’s pilots and cabin crew already receiving two doses of the vaccine.

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Zambian Breweries and LWSC’s Social Corporate Responsibility Benefits 40,000 House-Holds and Industries .
March 30, 2021 | 0 Comments

By Nevson Mpofu

LUSAKA, ZAMBIA – Zambian Breweries (ZB) and Lusaka Water Supply and Sanitation Company (LWSC) have constructed an industrial borehole to provide clean water to 40,000 households and industries in and around Lusaka’s George Compound.

The ZB-funded project – build at a cost of US$150,000 – was initiated as part of the entity’s cholera and COVID-19 response strategy which seeks to improve access to clean water and sanitation in low-income areas.

The infrastructure consists of an industrial borehole and a 3.4 km pipeline producing about 20 litres of water per second.

“Sustainable access to clean water is essential to building healthy communities and thriving businesses,” said Zambian Breweries Corporate Affairs Director Ezekiel Sekele.
“However, this vital commodity is becoming increasingly scarce in many parts of the country – particularly low-income areas like George compound.”

Mr Sekele noted that there was evidence to show that population growth and urbanisation were putting considerable pressure on existing water infrastructure resulting in sporadic supply to residential units as demand soared.

“On top of this, disruptions to the natural water cycle driven by the effects of climate change threaten to push the already strained system over the edge which could prove especially dangerous amid the COVID-19 pandemic and the constant threat of waterborne diseases,” he added.  

“It is for this reason that Zambian Breweries decided to make water conservation a key pillar of our business strategy. As the country’s largest brewer, we believe we have a responsibility to promote industry-led water stewardship efforts across the country.

We are proud to be one of the country’s leading private sector firms helping communities have access to clean water.”

Over the years, Zambian Breweries has launched several community-based water projects including the Itawa springs initiative, Bauleni water project and the George Compound Community and Industrial Water Project.

In 2019, the company also donated K439,000 (US$28,500) towards the Lusaka Water Security Initiative (LuWSI).

“Our water stewardship efforts are aimed at not only improving water efficiency in our plants but also advancing water restoration efforts in all our areas of operation,” said Mr Sekele
“We have set aggressive targets to protect water resources in our facilities, especially in high-risk watersheds, and throughout our agricultural supply chain. As part of the AB InBev group, our goal is to see our communities in high-stress areas like George Compound have measurably improved water availability and quality by 2025.”



Zambian Breweries Corporate Affairs Director Ezekiel Sekele
Zambian Breweries Corporate Affairs Director Ezekiel Sekele

Meanwhile, Minister of Water Development, Sanitation and Environmental Protection Mr Raphael Nakachinda commended the brewery for the water project and the benefits it will yield to members of the community.

“I wish to reiterate that it is universally acknowledged that water is life and sanitation is health, but I can add it is also about dignity. Therefore, this project is very important to the survival and viability of the people of George compound and surrounding areas,” he said.

On March 22, Zambia joins the rest of the world in commemorating ‘World Water Day’ under the theme ‘Valuing Water.’

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Hunger in urban Zimbabwe peaks as the ripple effect of Covid-19 is felt across the nation, according recent report
March 30, 2021 | 0 Comments

By Wallace Mawire

FILE PHOTO: Villagers queue to collect food aid distributed by the World Food Program (WFP) following a prolonged drought in rural Mudzi district, Zimbabwe, February 20, 2020. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo
FILE PHOTO: Villagers queue to collect food aid distributed by the World Food Program (WFP) following a prolonged drought in rural Mudzi district, Zimbabwe, February 20, 2020. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo

Hunger in Zimbabwe’s urban areas has increased over the past year with 2.4 million people now struggling to meet their basic food needs, according to the Zimbabwe Vulnerability Assessment Committee (ZimVAC) report coordinated by the Food and Nutrition Council.

 It is reported that the lockdowns imposed to contain the spread of COVID-19 have dealt a severe blow to poor urban communities, many of whom were daily wage earners living hand to mouth.

  While unable to find work in cities, the ban on travel has meant that seasonal employment in rural areas is no longer an option. With work opportunities disappearing, the recent report states that 42% of urban households will not be able to meet their cereal requirements this year compared to approximately 30% for the same period in 2019.

  The World Food Programme (WFP) Representative and Country Director Francesca Erdelmann said “Reduced access to nutritious food has resulted in negative impacts for many. Families will find it difficult to put food on the table, most of them have been stuck at home and were not able to go to work, the fortunate ones will skip meals while those without will have to go to bed with an empty stomachs. For the most vulnerable people, hunger will have a lasting effect on their lives. The deteriorating hunger situation, caused by COVID19 threatens to be their biggest challenge,”

   There has been a sharp decline in the standard of living across poor urban communities in Zimbabwe with 83% of urban households now below the cost of the minimum expected food items such as mealie meal, salt and cooking oil compared to 76.8% in 2019.

  One of the challenges faced by the urban households were sharp price increases of basic commodities while the purchasing power of the Zimbabwe dollar has been eroded by inflation and negative economic effects of COVID-19. WFP’s urban assistance programme delivers monthly cash transfers to 326,000 Zimbabweans across 23 urban areas and depending on availability of resources aims to scale up to reach 550,000 people living in the 28 worst affected and food insecure urban areas in the country.

  Households are cash through electronic transfers and vouchers that enable them to buy food items from selected retailers. Alongside the cash assistance, WFP is also implementing resilience building activities that support long-term development so that vulnerable communities are better able to withstand shocks. These include supporting urban agriculture such as mushroom and vegetable farming, building market linkages between rural-urban food value chains, setting up savings and lending groups and entrepreneurship training to support the establishment of small businesses. WFP is working closely with the Government of Zimbabwe, UN agencies and NGO partners to implement the Urban Social Assistance and Resilience Building Programme and engaging with them on the development of longer-term shock-responsive social protection programme in urban areas. WFP is able to deliver its Urban Social Assistance programme thanks to support from the UK, USA, ECHO, UN CERF, Switzerland, Canada, and Japan.

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Ethiopian Airlines to try IATA travel pass, a digital travel mobile app to enhance efficiency in testing or vaccine verifications
March 30, 2021 | 0 Comments

By Wallace Mawire

Digital technology is vital to solve many of the problems that arise from the pandemic,says Group CEO of Ethiopian Airlines Tewolde GebreMariam
Digital technology is vital to solve many of the problems that arise from the pandemic,says Group CEO of Ethiopian Airlines Tewolde GebreMariam

Ethiopian Airlines Africa’s leading airline is to try IATA Travel Pass, a digital travel mobile app to enhance efficiency in testing or vaccine verifications and restart travel.

 It is reported that as travel restarts, travelers need accurate Covid-19-related information like testing and vaccine requirements which vary among countries.

  The IATA Travel Pass initiative is reported to help verify the authenticity of test information presented by travelers which is essential for ensuring the safety of passengers while complying with entry requirements of countries.

 It is said that in future it will also manage vaccine certificates for travel.

   Ethiopian has gone digital in all of its operations to avoid physical contact and combat the spread of the pandemic and now we embark on this initiative which will allow our passengers to relish unparalleled flight experience.

    Regarding the trial of the IATA travel pass, Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam, Group CEO of Ethiopian Airlines said “Digital technology is vital to solve many of the problems that arise from the pandemic. We are glad that we are offering new digital opportunities to our passengers so as to fully and safely restart air travel. Our customers will enjoy efficient, contactless and safer travel experience with their travel pass digital passport. As a safety first airline, we are going to be among the first to implement IATA’s travel pass initiative to facilitate travel. The new initiative will increase travelers’ confidence in travel, encourages governments to reopen their borders and expedites industry restart. “

   The Travel Pass will help create a digital passport, receive test and vaccination certificates and verify that they are sufficient for their route, and share testing or vaccination certificates with airlines and authorities to facilitate travel. The digital travel app will also avoid fraudulent documentation and make air travel more convenient.

    Alexandre de Juniac, IATA Director General and CEO said, “Ethiopian Airlines is helping to lay the foundation for a re-connected world in which health credentials—COVID-19 test results to vaccination certificates—will play a role. IATA Travel Pass securely enables travelers to control verified health credential data while sharing it with airlines and authorities as may be required in the travel process. That’s going to be vitally important when governments are able to re-open borders for travel. As an IATA Travel Pass trial partner, Ethiopian Airline customers will be among the first to experience its benefits.”

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Malawi breaks 11 year jinx to qualify for Afcon
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By James Mwala.

The streets of Malawi were all filled last night, as empty as the Kamuzu Stadium was however in Blantyre, where the national football team broke an 11 year jinx to make it for the finals for the Africa Cup of Nations.

The team faced Uganda, with the hosts needed a win while the visitors only sought a point to join Burkina Faso as qualifying sides from Group B.

The Ugandan cranes headed into this match, at the back of a barren draw against Burkina Faso while the Flames added a lifeline to the campaign following a 1 nil win over South Sudan, a bottom logged side in the group.

In the first leg, Uganda beat Malawi 2 nil, and that was the leverage held aside from sitting over 30 places above Malawi on Fifa rankings.

In the 15th minutes, South African based Richard Mbulu towered higher to beat Denis Onyango with a thumping header for the Flames to lead until halftime and eventually after fulltime.

Flames Coach Meke Mwase had to recall some veterans, Limbikani Mzava and Gerard Phiri Jnr, both playing in South Africa while lethal forward Gabadihno Mhango was not in the squad having accumulated two back to back yellow cards.

The visibly clear efforts by Onyango, and Emmanuel Okwi failed to cancel out the Malawi goal, with the posts to the rescue twice in similar fashion for the home side.

The writing was on the wall for the Flames who last headed for the continental showpiece in 2010 and have now made just a third cut for the tournament in history.

Eventual group winners, Burkina Faso finished with 12 points following a 1 nil win over South Sudan who finished bottom with just three points.

Malawi came second with 10 points while Uganda finished with 8 points.  

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Curacel secures $450,000 pre-seed funding to drive insurance inclusion in Africa
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The new funding will accelerate product development and expansion across the continent.

Curacel Co-founder and CEO, Henry Mascot
Curacel Co-founder and CEO, Henry Mascot

Lagos, Nigeria, 30th March 2021– Curacel, an AI-powered platform for claims processing and fraud management in Africa, has raised $450,000 pre-seed funding in a round that was led by Atlantica Ventures and Consonance with participation from Kepple Ventures and other African angel investors. The new investment will be used to accelerate Curacel’s expansion across Africa and facilitate the goal of becoming Africa’s premier provider of embedded finance technology for insurance.

The insurtech startup already works with some of the biggest insurers on the continent, including AXA Mansard, Liberty Health and Old Mutual, as well as more than 800 hospitals in Nigeria, Ghana, and Uganda. It plans to expand into 10 new African countries by the end of 2021.

Every year, African insurers lose more than $12 billion to fraudulent, wasteful, and abusive claims. Curacel’s flagship CLAIMS platform acts as a bridge between primary care hospitals and Africa’s insurance companies, using advanced artificial intelligence to ensure that insurance companies only pay claims for the correct treatment, appropriate medications and recommended patient therapies. 

Curacel is also scheduled to launch Curacel Capital, a cash advance product that makes it easier for healthcare providers to access working capital to mitigate financial challenges. Delayed payments and other inefficiencies in the payment process means many African healthcare providers often have to make the difficult choice between keeping the books balanced or providing healthcare at a loss. With Curacel Capital, healthcare providers can access lump sums of up to three times their average monthly billings, based on claims processed on the Curacel portal, ensuring that they can continue to deliver essential services without undue disruption.

With insurance penetration at just 2.8% across the continent, many Africans are one accident or health emergency away from poverty. And in Africa’s communal societies, tragedy impacts entire communities, with people emptying their savings to pay for medical expenses, burials or other disaster relief for family members and kin. By leveraging Curacel’s products and services, insurers across the continent are better equipped to close the insurance gap and safeguard prosperity. 

According to Curacel Co-founder and CEO, Henry Mascot, “we are excited to have these investors on board and we are looking forward to partnering with them to drive our vision of improving insurance inclusion across Africa. At Curacel, we are uniquely positioned to safeguard livelihoods and increase the quality of life through our unique, market-leading products and services”. 

IK Kanu, Partner at Atlantica Ventures noted that, “the African insurance market represents a significant growth opportunity and we are delighted to be partnering with Curacel to drive growth in this sector. There is an opportunity to create an entirely new market of products and services here and we look forward to supporting the team to improve health outcomes across the continent.” 

“We believe the Curacel team has what it takes to be market leaders and we are excited to support them. They have a great product and we are delighted to be coming onboard at this early stage, ” Mobolaji Adeoye, Managing Partner at Consonance added.

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About Curacel

Curacel is an insurtech infrastructure company that helps insurers & partners in Africa and other emerging markets increase the reach and functionality of insurance through cloud-based tools and APIs. 

CLAIMS, her flagship product is an AI-powered platform that enables insurers to automate claims seamlessly and track fraud, waste, and abuse (FWA).  

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Award-winning movie Eyimofe returns to Nigeria after successful run at world’s top film festivals
March 30, 2021 | 0 Comments
* Acclaimed Nigerian film to premiere in Lagos on Sunday April 18

GDN Studios, part of The Guardian Group, has announced the premiere and cinema release of its debut film Eyimofe (This is My Desire), following an extensive tour of the global film festival circuit. The movie will have its Nigerian premiere on Sunday, April 18, just days before opening in cinemas on Friday, April 23.

Eyimofe has been praised by international audiences, festival directors, critics and industry media as an outstanding effort by Arie and Chuko Esiri, brothers and co-directors of their first feature film. The movie takes an unflinching look at the pressures of everyday life in Nigeria, the desperate measures people take to survive, and the unrelenting desire to escape to a better life abroad, by whatever means. It traces the parallel lives of Mofe, a stoic electrician and part-time security guard, and Rosa, a struggling hairdresser, both trying to navigate illegal ways of fleeing the country.

Eyimofe has represented Nigeria globally, having been selected for festivals in twenty countries to date. These include the prestigious Berlin International Film Festival 2020, where it had its World Premiere; the British Film Institute’s London Film Festival; and the American Film Institute (AFI) Film Festival. It has garnered several festival awards including ‘Winner, Best Fiction, New Filmmakers’ at the São Paulo International Film Festival (Brazil), and ‘Winner, Achille Valdata Award’ at the Torino Film Festival (Italy).

According to executive producer Toke Alex Ibru, the film has exceeded expectations. “We’ve been encouraged by the tremendous reception the film has received in London, Berlin, São Paolo (Brazil), Los Angeles and other cities. It’s really exciting to bring Eyimofe home to Nigeria and see how audiences react to seeing our lives portrayed onscreen in such a realistic way.”

Co-directors Arie & Chuko issued a statement to mark the film’s release. “Eyimofe is very special to both of us – not just because it’s our first full-length feature, but due to the amazing support we have received from the cast, crew, and a host of backers. We’re grateful to GDN Studios for allowing us to tell this touching story without compromising on production values and for helping to give the film the global exposure it has received. Audiences abroad have taken this movie to their hearts and we look forward to having Nigerians embrace it, even as they discuss some of the issues it raises about the human condition.”


Some of the film industry’s leading international publications have been very positive about Eyimofe. Variety (USA) said that the film is “a clear-eyed portrait of a vibrant informed by two talented native sons”; the British Film Institute’s Sight & Sound called it a “stunning feature debut” and Frieze (UK) suggested it was “an outstanding story of interwoven tales”. The Hollywood Reporter said it was “carefully observed and well-performed drama… a love-hate letter to a great and flawed city, from two talented young filmmakers”.

The premiere of Eyimofe – This is My Desire takes place on Sunday, April 18, at EbonyLife Place in Victoria Island, Lagos, and opens in cinemas on Friday, April 23 in selected cinemas across Nigeria. For further information, visit www.Eyimofe.film.

Synopsis:
Tragedy and fate intervene as two Nigerians try to better the lives of their families. Eyimofe (This is My Desire) is a film about two people’s quest for what they believe will be a better life on foreign shores.

After Mofe loses his family and Rosa fails to deliver on a promise, their travel plans collapse forcing them to reconsider living abroad. As time passes and wounds heal, they learn the future they desperately seek can be built at home.

About GDN:
An extensive range of locations, production services and post-production services under one roof. We also offer much more to cover all your project needs.

We enable and facilitate entertainment, media and creative projects in Nigeria for production or co-production. This is made possible by our ecosystem of partners, deep knowledge of the market, government support, and access to funding participation from major banks and institutional partners.

Our dedicated team will help you take care of end-to-end needs including legal and permits, security, medical assistance, insurance and logistic requirements to ensure every aspect of your experience with us is world class. Whatever your production needs, GDN Studios will deliver.

About The Guardian:
The Guardian 
is an independent newspaper, established for the purpose of presenting balanced coverage of events, and of promoting the best interests of

Nigeria. It owes allegiance to no political party, ethnic community, religious or other interest group. Its primary commitment is to the integrity and sovereignty of the Federation of Nigeria and beyond that to the unity and sovereignty of Africa.

The Guardian is a liberal newspaper, committed to the best traditions and ideals of republican democracy. It believes that it is the responsibility of the state not only to protect and defend the citizens, but also to create the conditions, political, social, economic and cultural, in which all citizens have duties as well as rights.

The Guardian does not, in principle, object to the ideology of the free enterprise, since this would be inconsistent with its commitment to individual liberty and freedom. But it believes that the state must intervene judiciously in the economic life of the nation, in order to minimise the adverse effects of free enterprise without prejudice to the right of individual citizens to exploit labour and capacity for their own benefit.

The Guardian believes it is the duty of the state to ensure that less privileged citizens have reasonable and fair access to the basic necessities of life.

The Guardian will at all times uphold the need for justice, probity in public life, equal access to the nation’s resources, and equal protection under the laws of Nigeria for all citizens.

The Guardian believes that Nigeria is a legitimate member of the international community, but holds that she can best fulfil her international obligations only if her own security and integrity are assured.

The Motto of The Guardian is Conscience, Nurtured by Truth.

The Guardian was first published a weekly on February 27, 1983. It went daily five months later on Monday, July 4, 1983.

SOURCE
GDN Studios

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Kenya joins The Canada-Africa of Business
March 30, 2021 | 0 Comments

The opportunities are immense and work toward realizing Canadian trade and investment in Kenya is already well-underway.

Prime Minister Trudeau and President Kenyatta | Source PM Trudeau Twitter Account
Prime Minister Trudeau and President Kenyatta | Source PM Trudeau Twitter Account

Today, the Republic of Kenya has joined The Canada-Africa Chamber of Business (www.CanadaAfrica.ca) as a full member of the 27-year-old organization, committed to accelerating Canada-Africa trade and investment.

‘On behalf of the board, I am pleased to welcome an African hub and a leader on the continent,’ said Sebastian Spio-Garbrah, Chair of the Board, speaking live from the organization’s offices in Ottawa.

The Canada-Africa Chamber of Business is an independent, not-for-profit organization with strong working links with both Canadian and African businesses and governments. Leading CEOs and Heads of State – alongside investors, entrepreneurs and policy-makers – are among the hundreds of speakers and tens of thousands of delegates to in-person and virtual events.

‘We are excited by this new partnership with the Canada-Africa Chamber of Business. We look forward to benefiting from the expertise and knowledge of over a quarter a century promoting trade and investment between Canada and Africa,’ underscored Mr. Stephen Lorete, the Charge d’Affaires at the Kenya High Commission in Ottawa.

‘Kenya is a leading and one of the fastest growing economies in Africa with many attractive trade and investment opportunities, across many sectors, and we invite the Chamber’s membership and the general Canadian business community to take advantage.’

A packed program of action immediately accompanies the Republic of Kenya’s accession to The Canada-Africa Chamber of Business. Over the next two months three (3) major events are scheduled to take place. These are:

Chamber and Kenyan Representatives] Left to Right: Mr. Abdishakur Hussein (Abdishakur Hussein, Minister-Counsellor, responsible for Commercial Affairs); Mr. Sebastian Spio-Garbrah Garbrah (Chair of The Canada-Africa Chamber of Business); Mr. Stephen Lorete (Charge d'Affaires)
Chamber and Kenyan Representatives] Left to Right: Mr. Abdishakur Hussein (Abdishakur Hussein, Minister-Counsellor, responsible for Commercial Affairs); Mr. Sebastian Spio-Garbrah Garbrah (Chair of The Canada-Africa Chamber of Business); Mr. Stephen Lorete (Charge d’Affaires)
  • The Second Session of the Binational Commission meeting between Kenya and Canada with a strong trade and investment component taking place in Nairobi, Kenya between 13th-15th April 2021.
  • An upcoming mid-April announcement on a historic MoU with The Canada-Africa Chamber of Business and Kenya’s private sector, following a seminar held last year with Minister Mary Ng and the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) in Nairobi
  • A Virtual Trade Mission from Canada to Kenya in the second half of May 2021

‘Apart from my country of birth, there is no other nation on the continent in which I have spent more time than in the incredible country of Kenya,’ says Garreth Bloor, President of The Canada-Africa Chamber of Business.

‘Today we are honoured to welcome a leading economy, comprised of some of the world’s top business leaders. The opportunities are immense and work toward realizing Canadian trade and investment in Kenya is already well-underway.’

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Africa CDC, African Union, WHO, The Rockefeller Foundation, Join the ‘One by One: Target COVID-19 Campaign’ to launch: ‘AfricaCovidChampions’ And for a Virtual Workshop for Celebrity Influencers, Business Leaders, Media Houses, and Journalists.
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Martha Kay, Ugandan performer / Music artist has agreed to use her platforms to fight covid as part of #AfricaCOVIDChampions

Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), Brazzaville (Republic of Congo), Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of Congo), Lusaka (Zambia), New York, NY (USA) , 30th March 2021 -/African Media Agency (AMA)/- In order to combat the spread of misinformation and to mitigate the deadly spread of COVID-19, the One by One: Target COVID-19 Campaign, alongside the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organization, Regional Office for Africa, the African Union, and The Rockefeller Foundation today launched ‘AfricaCOVIDChampions.’

  
AfricaCovidChampions is a new initiative which includes some of the most prominent African celebrities, media personalities, journalists, and influencers from the sports, entertainment, business, cultural and faith communities. The prominent figures include Heritier Wanabe (Musician), Simon Mwewa Lane (TV Show Host), Joseph Kusaga (Media Owner), Jeff Koinange (Journalist/Talk Show Host) and Gift Ali (Ugandan Football player / Sports Personality). These influencers have committed to serve as powerful public health advocates and will help reach people with the essential information needed to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We thank the powerful AfricaCovidChampions who are lending their voices to our critical public health efforts. Through AfricaCovidChampions, we plan to reach millions of people with messages delivered by trusted community, faith and cultural leaders. When people hear common sense advice from the celebrities they see every day, and from trusted faith leaders, they will take appropriate action to prevent COVID-19,” said Dr. John Nkengasong, Director of the Africa CDC.

The AfricaCovidChampions kicked off with a virtual influencer workshop which was designed to offer all influencers the tools needed to be effective COVID-19 ambassadors.  The workshop included hundreds of influencers from across the continent, including artists, media personalities and business leaders. 

The workshop – through which more than 400 multi-sector influencers were mobilized to join the fight against COVID – kicked off with remarks from Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr. John Nkengasong, Director of the Africa CDC, and H.E. Dr. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, Former President of Tanzania. Additionally, technical insights into best viral protection practices and vaccine rollout were provided via the expertise of Dr. Ahmed E. Ogwell, OUMA, Deputy Director at Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention and Dr. Richard Mihigo, Program Area Manager, Immunization and Vaccine Development Programme Coordinator, WHO Regional Office for Africa. 

The workshop succeeded in its dual mission to: 

1) Galvanize an elite cadre of influential and prominent celebrities to become AfricaCovidChampions to help combat COVID-19 and 
2) Equip and empower these champions with the accurate COVID-19 information they’ll need to help save lives. 

Heritier Wantanabe a music artist from DRC has agreed to use his platforms to fight covid as part of #AfricaCOVIDChampions

At the end of the workshop, all champions will receive a technical toolkit to help them reach out to their target audiences.  

“This initiative is predicted to have lasting impact, not only for stopping the COVID-19 pandemic in Africa, but by forming an influential communication pipeline to impact ongoing health engagement across the continent. The AfricaCovidChampions’ commitment to stopping the spread of misinformation, particularly as vaccine roll-out begins, marks a significant milestone in the African response to COVID-19,” said Dr. Mihigo of the World Health Organization’s Regional Office in Africa

Today at the influencer workshop, Dr. Moeti announced the launch of the ‘WHO Viral Facts Africa’ which will disseminate verified health information and facts about protecting individuals and communities from COVID-19, as well as scientifically-proven facts about COVID-19 vaccines. 

As Dr. Moeti told the virtual audience, “We’re not just facing a pandemic; We’re facing an infodemic.” She continued to explain: “Viral health misinformation costs lives. False claims spread online and offline spread faster than the coronavirus, itself….Together, we can stop viral rumors by sharing Viral Facts.” 
The timing of AfricaCovidChampions campaign is critical as 90 million doses of vaccines are arriving in the coming weeks, according to Dr. Mihigo. 

Simultaneously, the Siya Kolisi Foundation and Roche launched a children’s book that will help parents and caregivers explain COVID-19 to children by sharing scientific facts in age-appropriate language. The book is available for free download on both the Kolisi Foundation’s and Roche’s websites and digital channels, and a limited number of free printed copies will be distributed throughout Africa in seven languages. The Kolisi Foundation was founded by South Africa’s 2019 World Cup-winning captain, Siya, and his wife Rachel, and seeks to support people living in under-resourced communities in South Africa. Together, Roche and the Kolisi Foundation aim to contribute to the AfricaCovidChampions campaign efforts to spread reliable information about COVID-19. 

The launch of AfricaCovidChampions is made possible by the generous support of The Rockefeller Foundation, who recently committed nearly USD $35 million to COVID-19 response efforts in Africa. “We are pleased to support the launch of AfricaCovidChampions to ensure that communities across Africa are empowered to make informed decisions to protect themselves and their loved ones,” said William Asiko, Managing Director and Head of The Rockefeller Foundation’s Africa Regional Office. 

Distributed by African Media Agency (AMA) on behalf of Access Challenge.

One by One: Target COVID-19
One by One: Target COVID-19 is a pan-African, coalition-driven communications and advocacy campaign created by The Access Challenge, the African Union and the Africa CDC. The Coalition supports the African Union in its COVID-19 response by advocating for increased financing for the Africa COVID-19 Response Fund to strengthen the Africa CDC’s capacity for securing essential diagnostics and medical supplies. The Campaign also includes various mass media campaigns to mobilize influencers from all sectors to use their viral platforms to promote increased testing, vaccine uptake, and general COVID-19 prevention measures across Africa.

The Africa CDC
Africa CDC is a specialized technical institution of the African Union that strengthens the capacity and capability of Africa’s public health institutions as well as partnerships to detect and respond quickly and effectively to disease threats and outbreaks, based on data-driven interventions and programmes. Learn more at: http://www.africacdc.org

The Rockefeller Foundation 
The Rockefeller Foundation advances new frontiers of science, data, and innovation to solve global challenges related to health, food, power, and economic mobility. As a science-driven philanthropy focused on building collaborative relationships with partners and grantees, The Rockefeller Foundation seeks to inspire and foster large-scale human impact that promotes the well-being of humanity throughout the world by identifying and accelerating breakthrough solutions, ideas, and conversations. For more information, sign up for our newsletter at rockefellerfoundation.org and follow us on Twitter @RockefellerFdn

For media inquiries, please contact:
Cordelia Kwon, Partnership and Communications Associate, The Access Challenge,cordelia.kwon@accesschallenge.org

Raïssa Litete Beyande, Campaign and Promotion Support officer, Africa CDC, LiteteR@africa-union.org

Umuliza M. Njiru, Manager of Communications, Policy and Advocacy, The Rockefeller Foundation (Nairobi), unjiru@rockfound.org

Source : African Media Agency (AMA)

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Orange is launching season 2 of “Y’Africa”, the TV show for African culture
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Building on the success of season 1, “Y’Africa” is returning this autumn with a new season, which will be broadcast on fifteen African national channels, on YouTube and adapted as a podcast.

Painters, photographers, sculptors, choreographers, stylists and musicians – African culture is packed with young talent from a wide range of disciplines. “Y’Africa”, a contraction of “Africa Ya lelo” or “Africa today” in Lingala, is a TV series which puts emerging artists in the spotlight.

Each episode presents a portrait of three artists who tell their story through their work, while acting as a guide to the cities where they live.

Developed by Orange , the program aims to offer African culture, in all its forms, an opportunity to shine and to strengthen the local presence of the Orange brand in Africa.

Season 1 highlighted the diversity of African talent

Launched on February 6, season 1 of “Y’Africa” revealed the journeys of thirty-nine artists from ten different countries through thirteen episodes (each twenty-six minutes long). The documentary series was broadcast in 2020 on television channels in fifteen African countries.

The influencer [1] campaign carried out by Totem Experience, and a team of thirty-four, generated over 13 million post and story views with an exceptional level of engagement – three times the average. 

The enthusiasm generated by “Y’Africa” on television and on the web led us to decline the first season in two original spin-offs this spring:

  • Short portraits of the thirty-nine artists will be available on the Orange YouTube channel .
  • The thirteen television episodes will be adapted into a podcast which will be available on all the usual platforms.

The positive feedback, in the form of audience engagement on social networks and the enthusiasm of African TV channels, encouraged Orange to go again with a second season.

Launch of Season 2

Season 2 of “Y’Africa” will be made up of eight new episodes (each twenty-six minutes long) presenting twenty-four artists from eight different countries: Botswana, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Morocco, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Tunisia.

The executive producer will once again be Fame Productions, and it will be directed by Dan Assayag. The concept remains the same: a dive into the journey of each artist who, through their portrait, also acts a guide to their city.

It is due to be broadcast in the same fifteen countries from fall 2021. Season 2 of “Y’Africa” will also receive a special broadcast on the Orange YouTube Channel. Additional exclusive content (long sequences, making-of, podcasts, etc.) will also be available online.

Béatrice Mandine, Executive Director of Communications, Engagement and Brand: “I am delighted with the success of the first season of Y’Africa which drew a wide audience to these artist portraits and generated plenty of attention on social networks. This original concept proved its value through the quality of its content, a wide choice of artists and the emotions it inspired in viewers. Building on the very positive feedback we received, we are pressing ahead and are starting shooting for season 2.”

Alioune Ndiaye, CEO of Orange Africa and the Middle East, continues: “The first season of Y’Africa was a great success. This audiovisual program showcases the richness of cultures and the creativity of African youth. The season 2 will enable us to discover new talented artists, I am looking forward to listening their testimonies”.

About Orange:
Orange is one of the world’s leading telecommunications carriers with a turnover of €42.3 billion in 2020 and 142,000 employees as at 31 December 2020, of whom 82,000 are in France. The Group has a total customer base of 259 million customers worldwide at Thursday, December 31, 2020, including 214 million mobile customers and 22 million fixed broadband customers. The Group is present in 26 countries. Orange is also a leading provider of global IT and telecommunication services to multinational companies, under the brand Orange Business Services. In December 2019, the Group presented its new “Engage 2025” strategic plan, which, guided by social and environmental accountability, aims to reinvent its operator model. While accelerating in growth areas and placing data and AI at the heart of its innovation model, the Group will be an attractive and responsible employer, adapted to emerging professions.

Orange is listed on Euronext Paris (symbol ORA) and on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol ORAN).

*Source Orange

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Sur huit candidats ministres, l’UDPS n’avait transmis que le nom d’une femme
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Siège-UDPS

Contacté par matininfos.net, un haut cadre du parti présidentiel a confirmé que la liste de candidats UDPS a été actualisé mais, quant à la représentifié féminine, il a déclaré que cet aspect relève de la confidence.

En rappel, dans un meeting politique tenu le dimanche 28 mars passé, Augustin Kabuya s’était presque en prit aux responsables des partis politiques qui, selon lui, n’avaient pas tenu compte de la parité dans la transmission de leurs listes de candidats.

«Lorsqu’il y a des problèmes dans ce pays, ce sont nos mamans qu’on viole, qu’on maaite. Comment expliquer qu’aujourd’hui on forme le Gouvernement, tous les responsables politiques ne veulent pas proposer des femmes comme ministres, ils ne proposent que les hommes. Est-ce que le Chef de l’État Félix Tshisekedi peut accepter cet état de chose ? Le Chef de l’État est respectueux de sa parole. Le Premier Ministre Sama Lukonde Kyenge a réceptionné toutes les listes des hommes politiques congolais, ils n’ont pas proposé des femmes, c’est pourquoi le Chef de l’État Félix Tshisekedi a dit s’il n’y a pas la représentativité des femmes, il ne signera pas l’ordonnance« , a révélé Augustin Kabuya.

En effet, selon des sources bien informées, chaque groupement politique aurait reçu notification du nombre de maroquins qui lui sont réservés : l’UDPS (8), Ensemble (5 plus un vice ministère), l’AFDC-A (5), le MLC (3). Le chef de l’Etat serait, rapporte-on, inflexible sur deux exigences : la réduction de la taille de l’Exécutif et la parité homme-femme

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Nigeria Native Named Blue Jacket of the Quarter Aboard USS Iwo Jima
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By Stephanie Fox*

ATLANTIC OCEAN – Seaman Beauty McGowan, a native of  Lagos, Nigeria, was recently named Blue Jacket of the Quarter aboard USS Iwo Jima. 

The Blue Jacket of the Quarter award is one of several quarterly categories used to recognize high-performing sailors who stand out from others in similar pay grades.
Seaman Beauty McGowan is a 2009 Lagos State Model College Kankon graduate and a 2015 Ladoke Akintola University of Technology graduate. Today, McGowan serves as a culinary specialist.

“As a culinary specialist, we feed the crew,” said McGowan. “I see it as a way of meeting people’s satisfaction and relieving them of hunger-driven stress.”

McGowan joined the Navy six months ago for the opportunities the military offers.

“I joined the Navy because I wanted a better life,” said McGowan. “I wanted financial viability and to be able to go to medical school.”

According to McGowan, the values required to succeed in the Navy are similar to those found in Lagos.

“Growing up, I learned the importance of determination, endurance and perseverance,” McGowan said. “Those skills are currently helping me in the fleet.”

Iwo Jima is the seventh Wasp-class amphibious assault ship and the second ship in the U.S. Navy to bear that name. The ship was named for the Battle of Iwo Jima of World War II.

According to Navy officials, amphibious assault ships are designed to deliver U.S. Marines and their equipment where they are needed to support a variety of missions ranging from amphibious assaults to humanitarian relief efforts. Designed to be versatile, the ship has the option of simultaneously using helicopters, Harrier jets, and Landing Craft Air Cushioned (LCAC), as well as conventional landing craft and assault vehicles in various combinations.

With more than 90 percent of all trade traveling by sea, and 95 percent of the world’s international phone and internet traffic carried through fiber optic cables lying on the ocean floor, Navy officials continue to emphasize that the prosperity and security of the United States is directly linked to a strong and ready Navy.

According to Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday, four priorities will focus efforts on sailors, readiness, capabilities and capacity.

“For 245 years, in both calm and rough waters, our Navy has stood the watch to protect the homeland, preserve freedom of the seas, and defend our way of life,” said Gilday. “The decisions and investments we make this decade will set the maritime balance of power for the rest of this century. We can accept nothing less than success.”

Though there are many opportunities for sailors to earn recognition in their command, community and careers, McGowan is most proud of contributing to the team.

“The accomplishment I am most proud of is earning Blue Jacket of the Quarter,” said McGowan.

“Our sailors remain the true source of our naval power,” said Gilday. “Mission one for every sailor remains a ready Navy, a Navy ready to compete today and a Navy ready to compete tomorrow. Together we will deliver the naval power the nation needs.”

As a member of the U.S. Navy, McGowan, as well as other sailors, know they are a part of a tradition providing the Navy the nation needs.

“To me, serving in the Navy gives me pride and a sense of belonging,” added McGowan.

*Navy Office of Community Outreach

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We knew her as “Dani” or Granny; Barrack Obama mourns his grandmother Sarah Obama
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By Samuel Ouma

President Obama with his Grand Mother during a 2006 visit to Kenya
President Obama with his Grand Mother during a 2006 visit to Kenya

The former U.S. President Barrack Obama has described her late grandmother Sarah Obama as a person who was strong, proud, hard-working, unimpressed with conventional marks of status, and full of common sense and good humor.

In a statement, Obama celebrated his grandmother’s long and remarkable life, noting that she will be missed dearly.

Mr. Obama started by narrating Mama Sarah’s early life saying she lived in the tiny village of Alego in Nyanza Province, on the shores of Lake Victoria.

Having no formal education and married off to a much older man while she was a teen in line with the ways of her tribe, the deceased lived in a mud-and thatch brick and without electricity or indoor plumbing. Besides, she tended to her goats and chickens, grew an assortment of crops, took what the family didn’t use to sell at the local open-air market, and raised eight children.

“My family and I are mourning the loss of our beloved grandmother, Sarah Ogwel Onyango Obama, affectionately known to many as “Mama Sarah” but known to us as “Dani” or Granny,” read part of the statement.

According to the former U.S. head of State, Mama Sarah indirectly contributed to his success by raising his father though he was not her biological child.

“Although not his birth mother, Granny would raise my father as her own, and it was in part thanks to her love and encouragement that he was able to defy the odds and do well enough in school to get a scholarship to attend an American university. When our family had difficulties, her homestead was a refuge for her children and grandchildren, and her presence was a constant, stabilizing force. When I first traveled to Kenya to learn more about my heritage and father, who had passed away by then, it was Granny who served as a bridge to the past, and it was her stories that helped fill a void in my heart.”

“During the course of her life, Granny would witness epochal changes taking place around the globe: world war, liberation movements, moon landings, and the advent of the computer age. She would live to fly on jets, receive visitors from around the world, and see one of her grandsons get elected to the United States presidency. And yet her essential spirit – strong, proud, hard-working, unimpressed with conventional marks of status and full of common sense and good humor – never changed,” said Mr. Obama.

Sarah Obama died at Kenya’s hospital on early Monday morning after a short illness.

She is set to be buried on Tuesday at her home in Kogelo, Siaya County, Kenya’s former Nyanza Province.

The deceased died aged 99.

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The Abdul Samad Rabiu Initiative Launches the 100 Million Dollars Annual Africa Fund for Social Development & Renewal
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By Abdul Samad Rabiu*

Over the course of the year, I expect to also announce funding opportunities of USD$50million for the rest of Africa, says Abdul Samad Rabiu
Over the course of the year, I expect to also announce funding opportunities of USD$50million for the rest of Africa, says Abdul Samad Rabiu

It is with the blessings of the Almighty, my family, colleagues, the support of my community and the backing of my conscience, that I announce the launch of the Abdul Samad Rabiu Initiative, with an Africa Fund endowment of USD100million every year starting from this year, 2021; USD$50million to Nigeria and USD$50million to the rest of our beloved continent.

Over the years as a corporate, and through the BUA Foundation, we have been actively involved in corporate philanthropy in various sectors – from health, education, community development, water & sanitation, sports, and even more recently, our work on COVID-19.

However, with the Abdul Samad Rabiu Initiative and its annual USD$100million Africa Fund for Social Development, we are specifically extending this work to the Education, Health and Social Development sectors, starting with infrastructure and capacity development in these areas and supporting the efforts of various governments in Nigeria and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Our broad focus is equipping facilities, our researchers, healthcare practitioners and community-level service providers, with the aim of providing sustainable solutions for generations to come. 

They say life begins at 50; what they never tell you is that a pandemic can change your life at 60.

In that year 2020, when I turned 60, at least two million others turned into memories, taken by this deadly virus. I watched millions become numbers in a global death toll and ancestors in the world beyond. The same pandemic that forced us humans to slow down, now forces our humaneness to square up. The plans I once took time to construct, now take up all my time.

The challenges are manifold in various areas of our lives, from education, on to healthcare, and throughout social development.

Therefore, based on the results of extensive deliberation over the course of a year, our first cohort for Nigeria will be NGN1billion each in grants to 6 universities in the 6 geopolitical zones in Nigeria, towards the initiation and upgrading of infrastructure, where applicable. The universities in the first phase include Ahmadu Bello University, University of Maiduguri, University of Nigeria, University of Benin, University of Ilorin, and University of Ibadan. These grants will be directed towards projects that will be delivered by the Abdul Samad Rabiu Initiative for the project duration.

For accountability, we will present annual reports, with all activities overseen by a sterling board of trustees. More importantly, I am counting on you as beneficiaries, end-users and therefore custodians of these projects to hold the Abdul Samad Rabiu Initiative to account; contact, commend, recommend or complain to us on asrafrica.org.

Over the course of the year, I expect to also announce funding opportunities of USD$50million for the rest of Africa – we are currently in talks with our stakeholders and other partners and announcements will be duly made.

As the world tries to claw its way back to business as usual, the Abdul Samad Rabiu Initiative’s Africa Fund for Social Development & Renewal aims to be a modest reminder to us all that until our health, education and other development issues are fixed, business as usual in these times, means business as brutal. We pledge to continue to do what we can to support ongoing efforts by various governments to bridge the development divide across Africa.

This is my promise. This is the goal of ASR AFRICA.

*ASR Africa

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Basketball Africa League To Tip Off Historic Inaugural Season In May
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The Basketball Africa League (BAL) today announced that the league’s historic inaugural season will tip off Sunday, May 16 at the Kigali Arena in Kigali, Rwanda, with 12 teams from across Africa competing in the new professional league.  The BAL, a partnership between the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the National Basketball Association (NBA) , builds on the foundation of club competitions FIBA Regional Office Africa has organized on the continent and marks the NBA’s first collaboration to operate a league outside of North America.  The first BAL Finals will be held Sunday, May 30.

The BAL will implement robust health and safety protocols for the 12 teams and personnel traveling to Rwanda, based on guidance from the World Health Organization and the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, with advice from public health officials and medical experts.

“We are thrilled that the inaugural Basketball Africa League season will take place at the world-class Kigali Arena,” said BAL President Amadou Gallo Fall.  “Through the BAL, we will provide a platform for elite players from across the continent to showcase their talent and inspire fans of all ages, use basketball as an economic growth engine across Africa, and shine a light on Africa’s vibrant sporting culture.”

“We are extremely happy to finally launch the highly anticipated first season of the BAL,” said FIBA Africa and BAL Board President Anibal Manave.  “FIBA and the NBA have been working closely together to develop protocols to address the health and safety of all players, coaches and officials.  The experience of hosting the FIBA AfroBasket 2021 Qualifiers in Rwanda late last year will contribute to a safe and successful inaugural BAL season.”

The league today also announced an adjusted competition format for the inaugural season, which will feature a total of 26 games at the Kigali Arena.  The competition will tip off with an 18-game group phase with the 12 teams divided into three groups of four.  During the group phase, each team will face the three other teams in its group once.  The top eight teams from the group phase will qualify for the playoffs, which will be single elimination in all three rounds.

Below are the 12 club teams from 12 African countries that will compete in the inaugural BAL season:

COUNTRYTEAM
AlgeriaGSP (Groupement Sportif des Pétroliers) **
AngolaPetro de Luanda (Clube Atlético Petroleos de Luanda) *
CameroonFAP (Forces Armées et Police Basketball) **
EgyptZamalek*
MadagascarGNBC (Gendarmerie Nationale Basketball Club)**
MaliAS Police (Association Sportive de la Police Nationale) **
MoroccoAS Salé  (Association Sportive de Salé) *
MozambiqueFerroviàrio de Maputo **
NigeriaRivers Hoopers BC (Rivers Hoopers Basketball Club)*
RwandaPatriots BC (Patriots Basketball Club)**
SenegalAS Douanes (Association Sportive des Douanes) *
TunisiaUS Monastir (Union Sportive Monastirienne)*

*Champion from national league that earned representation in the inaugural BAL season

**Secured participation in the inaugural BAL season through a BAL qualifying tournament

Champions from the national leagues in Angola, Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal and Tunisia earned their participation in the inaugural season.  The remaining six teams, which come from Algeria, Cameroon, Madagascar, Mali, Mozambique and Rwanda, secured their participation through BAL qualifying tournaments conducted by FIBA Regional Office Africa across the continent in late 2019.

The BAL groups and additional details about the league will be announced at a later date.

About the BAL:
The BAL, a partnership between the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the NBA, is a new professional league featuring 12 club teams from across Africa.  Headquartered in Dakar, Senegal, the BAL builds on the foundation of club competitions FIBA has organized in Africa and marks the NBA’s first collaboration to operate a league outside North America.  Fans can follow the BAL (@theBAL) on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook and register their interest in receiving more information at www.theBAL.com.

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AfCFTA: Free trade bloc can be a game changer for African people and business
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Exploring strategies to deepen private sector participation in the implementation African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) was the highlight of a panel session during the 2021 WTO Aid-for-Trade Stocktaking meeting.

The African Development Bank, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and International Trade Centre (ITC) organized the session held on Wednesday 24 March.

“The success of the AfCFTA hinges on the ability of African firms to understand and capitalize on the trade related opportunities offered by the AfCFTA,” said Pamela Coke-Hamilton, International Trade Centre (ITC) Executive Director.

The Aid-for-Trade initiative – which promotes the role of trade in development and supports building productive capacities– should focus on three priorities to boost the private sector’s role in AfCFTA: empowering businesses with skills and know-how; fostering multi-stakeholder partnerships to attract investment for greater value addition and enhancing market connections using e-commerce and digital platforms, Coke-Hamilton said. 

Also participating were: Mr. Alan Kyerematen, Ghana Minister of Trade and Industry; Mr. Li Yong, Director-General of UNIDO; Mr. Solomon Quaynor, African Development Bank Vice President, Industry, Infrastructure, Private Sector and Trade; Ms. Tania Rödiger-Vorwerk, Director, Private Sector, Trade, Employment and Digital Technologies in Germany’s Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development; Ms. Glwadys Tawema, CEO of Benin firm, Karethic; Mr. Emmanouil Davradakis, Senior Economist, European Investment Bank; Mr. Paul Walters, Director for Trade & Development, UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office and Mr. Michael Kottoh, Head of Strategy & Research, AfroChampions.

“This is a trade area of the people, so we need to understand and engage the people to go forward and believe in this dream of an African free trade area,” said Ambassador Usha Dwarka-Canabady, Permanent Representative of Mauritius at the United Nations Office at Geneva and coordinator of the African Group at the World Trade Organization, who moderated.

Discussion focused on boosting  private sector involvement in policy dialogues on trade, investment and infrastructure, strategies to increase participation by micro, small and medium enterprises, and the need for greater partnerships to attract investment in promising industries.

 Kyerematen proposed that bridging information gaps between governments and the private sector would help build confidence around the free trade agreement and noted that fiscal incentives, including subsidies, might be needed in some instances.

Li emphasized the private sector’s role in speeding up industrial development and economic diversification, particularly in the context of the ongoing pandemic and other development challenges.   “The private sector accounts for 80% of total production, two thirds of investment, three-quarters of credit and employs 90% of the working age population.” He also noted “several determining factors, including an enabling business environment, affordable connectivity, accelerated digitalization and opportunities to forge strong public-private partnerships” as crucial to ensuring businesses’ commitment to trade and invest in the AfCFTA.

The African Development Bank, UNIDO and the ITC have each engaged with the private sector at the continental, regional and sub-national level to facilitate the African business community’s access to the new single market, said Vice-President Quaynor.

The African Development Bank is actively supporting or looking to support initiatives to boost trade and improve livelihoods for Africans, Quaynor said, citing the Ethiopian Commodity Exchange as a model to  be replicated across Africa, referring to the commodities exchange established in 2008 that is transforming the country’s agricultural trade.

“African farmers receive only 20-25% of the final price of their market produce, compared to the 70-85% that Asian farmers receive.”

Quaynor also named AfroChampions, a public-private partnership designed to accelerate economic integration and support the emergence of African multi-nationals, as an initiative that is making an impact.

The meeting comes in the wake of the entry into force of the AfCFTA on 1 January 2021. The free trade area  brings together 1.3 billion Africans in a $3.4 trillion economic bloc. The bloc is the largest free trade area since the establishment of the World Trade Organization, and economists project that its benefits and impacts could lift tens of millions out of poverty over the next 15 years.

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Women-led Kenyan design house wins Fashionomics Africa sustainable design competition for turning fruit waste into eco-friendly footwear
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The African Development Bank’s Fashionomics Africa initiative has named a women-led Kenya shoe design house as the winner of its competition to support producers of sustainable fashion.

Pine Kazi, which converts pineapple leaf and recycled rubber into fashionable footwear, won the $2,000 Fashionomics Africa competition cash prize. In addition, the business will have the opportunity to showcase its creation in online events, share insights on key sustainability challenges facing the industry and receive a certificate.

The brand, co-founded by Olivia Okinyi, Angela Musyoka and Mike Langa, will also have access to media opportunities and receive mentoring and networking opportunities from competition collaborators.

“Pine Kazi is greatly humbled to be the winners of the first Fashionomics Africa contest in Africa. This is indeed an honour to the Kenyan people and the African continent at large,” said Okinyi.

Musyoka added: “All our dreams can come true if we have the courage and the patience to pursue them.”

Competition judges said Pine Kazi’s shoes are innovative and sustainable. The upper of the shoe is made from pineapple textile, while the inside is lined with organic cotton. The sole is made from sisal plant fiber, fitted with recycled tyre underneath.

The Fashionomics Africa contest honours African fashion brands working to change how fashion is produced, bought, used and recycled, to encourage more sustainable consumer behaviour. A panel of four judges representing the Bank and competition collaborators – the United Nations Environment Program, the Parsons School of Design and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation – reviewed 110 entries from 24 African countries and selected three finalists: Pine Kazi; CiiE Luxuries, an eco-friendly accessories business based in Abuja, Nigeria; and clothing brand Labake Lagos.

“We were pleasantly surprised by all the applications received for the first edition of our Fashionomics Africa competition. It was very difficult to make a choice, but the finalists stood out with their innovative, durable and contemporary designs,” said Emanuela Gregorio, coordinator of the Fashionomics Africa initiative at the African Development Bank.

Of the applications, 65% were submitted by women and the businesses were predominantly micro-enterprises (54%), solo entrepreneurs (35%) and small businesses (12%).

“What we learned from this Fashionomics Africa contest, in this month celebrating women around the world, is that many women entrepreneurs are advocating for sustainable production and consumption, and we commend their efforts,” said Amel Hamza, Division Manager at the Bank’s Gender, Women and Civil Society Department.

An online public vote by 986 participants determined the winner: Pine Kazi got 400 votes, 318 votes went to CiiE Luxuries, and 268 to Labake Lagos.

Competition judge and a Program Director at New York-based Parsons School of Design, Brendan McCarthy, congratulated Pine Kazi during the competition winners’ announcement last Friday: “You transformed waste materials from pineapples into profound new textiles and absolutely beautiful new shoes,” he said.

The shoes are 100% handmade to reduce carbon footprint and can last three years, Pine Kazi says.

Okinyi wrote in Pine Kazi’s competition entry that if they won, they would invest half the winnings in machinery used to make shoe source materials. “[This machinery] will see pineapple leaf waste put to work and create more green jobs for unemployed youth,” she added.

The design house said resources would also be divided equally between research and development of natural dyes, the acquisition of professional stylists and the establishment of a centralized production system.

To learn more about the Fashionomics Africa online competition, click here.

Fashionomics Africa is an initiative of the African Development Bank to increase Africa’s participation in the global textile and fashion industry value chains – with an emphasis on women and youth.

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Africa Signs Historic Agreement with Johnson & Johnson for 400 Million Doses of COVID-19 Vaccines
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29 March 2021 — In a historic COVID-19 vaccine procurement Agreement signed on 28 March 2021, all African Union Member States, through the African Vaccine Acquisition Trust (AVAT) set up in November 2020 under the African Union chairmanship of H.E President Cyril Ramaphosa, President of South Africa, will have access to 220 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson single-shot COVID-19 vaccine, with the potential to order an additional 180 million doses.

Most of the supplies will be produced at the giant pharmaceutical manufacturing plant in South Africa operated by Aspen Pharma. The vaccines will be made available to African countries through the African Medical Supplies Platform (AMSP), over a period of 18 months.

Meanwhile, H.E Cyril Ramaphosa will later today tour the facilities of Aspen Pharma in Port Elizabeth with Johnson & Johnson Executives to inspect preparations for the production of vaccines. The production of vaccines at the facility will be a massive boost for jobs in South Africa.

The transaction was made possible through the US$2 billion facility approved by the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank), who also acted as Financial and Transaction Advisers, Guarantors, Installment Payment Advisers and Payment Agents.

The successful conclusion of the Agreement was made possible by the support of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), who supported the negotiation process with Johnson & Johnson. UNICEF is also acting as procurement and logistics agent. The African Vaccine Acquisition Task Team (AVATT) was supported in terms of advice on various aspects by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Prior to the conclusion of the Agreement with Johnson & Johnson, African Member States were asked to make pre-orders for the vaccines and many countries showed strong preference for this particular vaccine. The countries will be able to purchase the vaccines either using cash, or a facility from Afreximbank. Most countries have already completed their pre-orders.

The direct acquisition of vaccines by the African countries through the AVATT initiative is part of the continental objective to achieve a minimum of 60% immunization of the African population, in order to eliminate COVID-19. This target is in line with targets set in other regions such as Europe and the United States. The international donor community has pledged to provide 27% through the COVAX Initiative (which is coordinated by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) and the WHO), whilst Africa must find the rest. AVATT and COVAX work very closely together.

H.E Cyril Ramaphosa, President of South Africa, African Union Champion for the COVID-19 vaccine strategy and acquisition, and Chairman of AVATT, welcomed this historic Agreement, which he personally initiated directly with the company, during his tenure as Chair of the African Union.

“This Agreement is a significant milestone in protecting the health of all Africans. It is also a powerful demonstration of African unity and of what we can achieve through partnership between the state sector, the private sector and international institutions that puts people first,” said President Ramaphosa.

Professor Benedict Oramah, President of Afreximbank, said: “Afreximbank is proud to be associated with this historic and collective effort. In the midst of a very tight COVID-19 vaccine market, we are highly honoured to have been given the opportunity by the African Union to facilitate this impactful transaction under the auspices of the Africa Vaccine Acquisition Task Team (AVATT). Acting as Financial and Transaction Advisors, Guarantors, Installment Payment Facility Arrangers and Payment Agents, we look forward to beginning the deployment of the US$2 billion Vaccine Procurement facility approved by the Bank’s Board of Directors towards assisting the continent to begin to rid itself of the pandemic and rebuild its economy. This financing will support Intra-African Trade and we have already commenced engagement with our financial partners to secure the additional funding that would support procurement if Africa decides to procure the additional 180 million doses.

Dr. John Nkengasong, Director of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), said: “The Africa CDC recommended to the African Union that a minimum of 750 million Africans (60%) must be immunized if we are to contain the spread of COVID-19. This transaction enables Africa to meet almost 50% of that target. The key to this particular vaccine is that it is a single-shot vaccine which makes it easier to roll out quickly and effectively, thus saving lives.

Mr. Strive Masiyiwa, African Union Special Envoy signed for AVAT, while Mr. Jaak Peeters, Johnson & Johnson Special Envoy for COVID-19 vaccine, signed on behalf of Johnson & Johnson.

Mr. Masiyiwa thanked H.E. Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson of the African Union Commission for his tremendous support to the work of AVATT. He also thanked H.E Amira Elfadil Mohammed Elfadil, Commissioner for Social Affairs, Africa Union Commission, for her contributions to AVATT. Finally, Mr. Masiyiwa expressed his appreciation to the staff of Afreximbank, the Africa CDC, ECA and UNICEF for their extraordinary effort over the last three months in putting this Agreement together.

About AVATT

The African Vaccine Acquisition Task Team (AVATT), a 10-member team drawn from across the continent, was established in August 2020 to ensure that the African continent would be able to secure sufficient COVID-19 vaccine doses to achieve herd immunity. The AVATT is a key component in support of the Africa Vaccine Strategy that was endorsed by the African Union (AU) Bureau of Heads of State and Government. It is chaired by Cyril Ramaphosa, President of South Africa and includes Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat, Dr. Zweli Lawrence Mkhize, Mr. Strive Masiyiwa, Dr. Donald Kaberuka, Professor Benedict Oramah, H.E Amira Elfadi, Dr. John Nkengasong and others, as to be nominated by the Chair of the African Union and the Chairperson of the Commission.

About Afreximbank

The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) is a Pan-African multilateral financial institution with the mandate of financing and promoting intra-and extra-African trade. Afreximbank was established in October 1993 and owned by African governments, the African Development Bank and other African multilateral financial institutions as well as African and non-African public and private investors.

The Bank was established under two constitutive documents, an Agreement signed by member states, which confers on the Bank the status of an international organization, and a Charter signed by all Shareholders, which governs its corporate structure and operations. Afreximbank deploys innovative structures to deliver financing solutions that are supporting the transformation of the structure of Africa’s trade, accelerating industrialization and intra-regional trade, thereby sustaining economic expansion in Africa.

At the end of 2020, the Bank’s total assets and guarantees stood at US$21.5 billion and its shareholders funds amounted to US$3.4 billion. The Bank disbursed more than US$42 billion between 2016 and 2020. Afreximbank has ratings assigned by GCR (international scale) (A-), Moody’s (Baa1) and Fitch (BBB-). The Bank is headquartered in Cairo, Egypt.

About Africa CDC

Africa CDC is a specialized technical institution of the African Union that strengthens the capacity and capability of Africa’s public health institutions as well as partnerships to detect and respond quickly and effectively to disease threats and outbreaks, based on data-driven interventions and programmes.

About AMSP

The Africa Medical Supplies Platform (AMSP) is a non-profit initiative launched by the African Union as an immediate, integrated and practical response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The online platform was developed under the leadership of the African Union Special Envoy, Strive Masiyiwa and powered by Janngo on behalf of the African Union’s Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) and in partnership with African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) and United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) with the support of leading African & international Institutions, Foundations & Corporations as well as Governments of China, Canada & France.

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Why businesses fail: Two books every entrepreneur or professional must read
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The world has seen thousands of businesses collapse over the last few decades. From the dot.com bubble to the world financial crises, companies went belly up.

Ghana has not been left out of our own corporate failures. The recent financial sector clean up left 9 banks, 23 savings and loans, 347 microfinance institutions and 53 investment companies wiped off Ghana’s corporate list. How did that happen?

Many factors have played up here including false confidence, overly aggressive business growth, personal greed, ethical breakdowns, self-aggrandizement, and maybe, politics have played a part.

These two books tell us real stories of how large companies came crashing down. Though both writers and the cases are outside of Africa, the principles are borderless. Yes, these corporate failures apply to us in Ghana and Africa too.

From endings of suicides, to imprisonments to abject despondency, you will learn a great deal. Once you pick them up you can’t put them down.

How they Blew it – CEOs and Entrepreneurs behind some of the world’s most catastrophic business failures

How They Blew It: The CEOs and Entrepreneurs Behind Some of the World's Most Catastrophic Business Failures
Authored by Jamie Oliver & Tony Goodwin

The book was published in 2010 and discusses corporate failures from the late nineties to the end of the first decade of the 2000s.

It features the likes of Dick Fuld (King Kong) in the days of LEHMAN BROTHERS and how the collapse unfolded at the onset of the world financial crises. If you want to add a movie, look for the title the Last Days of Lehman Brothers.

The case of Enron with the then CEO, Ken Lay and the World Com story with Bennie Ebbers have been featured in detail.

How the mighty fall (and why some companies never give in)

How The Mighty Fall: And Why Some Companies Never Give In (Good to Great, 4)
Authored by Jim Collins

In narrating how some giant companies have fallen, this book does not only narrate the inside stories of how these big wigs collapsed. It takes time to build the theory of the ‘company collapse’ journey and how businesses tread on that path to their extinction.

This is where readers should be able to interpret and relate to their own businesses or companies they work for.

Ghana Talks Business has started speaking to individuals who were at the thick of affairs in Ghana’s company collapses and we would present some of the inside stories to readers in due time.

Jim Collins wrote the best selling business book ‘Good to Great’, which is also a must read.

Get these books and read, until Ghana gets its own version of ‘How they Blew It’ or ‘How the Mighty Fall’

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RDC : « Il est urgent, crucial et obligatoire que le gouverneur du Sud-Kivu quitte la tête de la Province », Louis-léonce MUDERHWA
March 29, 2021 | 0 Comments

Louis-léonce MUDERHWA

Louis-léonce MUDERHWA Cirimwami, Gouverneur honoraire de la province du Sud-Kivu a donné, à son tour, son avis face à la situation politique, sociale et sécurité de la Province.

Il s’est exprimé lors de la rencontre avec la Dynamique des Jeunes leaders du Sud-Kivu vivant à Kinshasa ce dimanche 28 mars 2021 en sa résidence de Macampagne.

Consulté comme les autres notables de la province du Sud-Kivu vivant à Kinshasa par cette Dynamique, l’ancien gouverneur n’est pas passé par le dos de la cuillère face à la gestion actuelle de la province.

Après avoir vivement écouté ses hôtes qui lui ont brossé le tableau sombre de la Province du Sud-Kivu sous la gestion critique du Gouverneur Théo NGWABIDJE Kasi, plus de deux ans après sa prise de fonction, Louis Léonce Muderhwa a estimé qu’il urgent que ce dernier rende les tabliers car rien ne va en province sur tous les plans.

 »Je souhaite que les causes des malheurs du Sud-Kivu soient analysées sans complaisance afin que leurs conséquences n’occultent les vrais problèmes. J’estime à mon humble avis qu’il est urgent, crucial et obligatoire que Théo Ngwabidje Kasi démissionne car la gestion actuelle de la province est vraiment critique », a-t-il dit avant de remercier ses interlocuteurs pour la considération accordée en sa personne et les encourager dans leur lutte.

Tout en leurs assurant son soutien, le gouverneur honoraire du Sud-Kivu et enseignant du droit, a prodigué des conseils à ses hôtes et émis le vœu voir tous les notables du Sud-Kivu réunis autour d’une table ronde pour discuter des questions importantes de la province.

 »Il est temps qu’une réstructuration et une restructuration de la Province soient envisagées en tant que des solutions idoines pour la refondation et le développement du Sud-Kivu. Je suggère la tenue d’une table ronde de l’intelligentsia du Sud-Kivu pour entrevoir un plan de relance et de développement de la Province », souligne-t-il.

Il faut noter que la Dynamique des Jeunes Leaders du Sud-Kivu a entamé une série des consultations auprès des notables de cette province vivant à Kinshasa sur la gestion actuelle du gouverneur Théo Ngwabidje Kasi.

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Run your Body like it’s a Business
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As businessmen and entrepreneurs, we are all constantly trading in futures, in a sense. We trade in our time and resources every today and bet that at every tomorrow, we shall get fair value in return. That’s the contract we have with Life.

Once you’re living and breathing, you are constantly altering the set of events that are most likely to happen to you the very next minute.

The problem with an invisible futures contract with Life is this: the contract and its terms are invisible. You still have influence over the probability of things ultimately going in your favour, or not. Knowing this, if we want to get the best out of every next tomorrow, we have to reverse engineer the desired result to get the required contribution to offer every single today.

I hope the above is understandable because it leads to my main point below.

For a species so terribly apprehensive about our imminent death, our vast majority do very little to slow down the inevitable dying of every single one of us. We always hear “health is wealth”. Yet, being wealth-chasing entrepreneurs and businesspeople like you reading this very text and myself, we fail to see how fundamentally true that is.

So, if health really is wealth, and we desire wealth, it is obvious then that what we need to do is to strive for good health. You need a good, healthy body for good health. And that brings us to the heading of this writing. Being businesspeople and entrepreneurs, we would be addressing the topic in a way we are familiar with.

Like with any business, being able to properly manage means you have to communicate clearly what you want, motivate your team, and plan operations efficiently. That is how to make any company flourish. We need to apply similar concepts like these to our healthy living agenda. These aren’t new ideas but they are really helpful to me and to many others.

When you think ‘Exercise’, think ‘Money’.

Mining cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin is very real and popular now. Bitcoin miners receive Bitcoin as a reward for completing “blocks” of verified transactions which are added to the cryptocurrency’s blockchain. So, it shouldn’t be hard to think of being rewarded with abstract cash after you have completed exercising. The reward of completing exercises is an improved state and improved movement capabilities. That has value.

Ever since you started moving as a child, you have been building up your ‘motion reserves’ to be able to move about the way you do now. People that spend many years in a coma cannot move right because their reserves are depleted; it’s like getting back to square one. Within the construct of your body being your business, Exercise is Cash/Money and Movement is Expenditure. And as we all know, cash is king.

Whenever you complete an exercise, you get rewarded with more movement capabilities and then increase your proverbial cash reserves, just like the cryptocurrency guys do. As you continuously sweat and improve your limits, you’re able to buy motions that you previously couldn’t buy. The rich ones can buy the Lamborghini of movements, like run an entire marathon.

In real life, if you buy anything without money, that gives you debt. It’s the same here. Without the exercise that gives you the proverbial cash to purchase a greater range of movements, you will then have debt that you pay afterwards by way of pain or injury or even death.

As grim as that sounds, it’s the truth. Your bank account needs to always have enough cash such that when you need to make a sudden withdrawal, you’ll be ready and set to go. That is why when you’re out of shape and you suddenly sprint, you feel pain and discomfort. That is why when you stretch yourself too much without prior exercise, you risk injury or worse.

Build a good team.

The secret to any great business is a good team. If your body is your business then your body parts are the team members. You must learn to build a good ‘team’ by making sure that you take very good care of your body parts. You do this by operating just as you would with your company’s team.

  • Plan and communicate clear targets.

Communication is key within a team. When targets very well communicated and understood, the team can then understand what the end-goal of their endeavours should be. Targets shouldn’t just be about monetary milestones. It should include the type of culture you’d like to encourage in your business, the business environment you’d want to foster, and even the pace and stress limits that would be most optimum for growth.

With your body as your business, that would translate to setting clear goals from the beginning with respect to what you want from your exercises. As you exercise, there are various outcomes that can come out of it and depending on your lifestyle, these exercises should fit well into that. It also means you should consider the environment of your exercise. If you target exercising at home, or at the gym, or outdoors, or even in the office, setting targets help you manage expectations better and gets the most out of your efforts.

  • Reward good work.

Your boss recognising your good work and giving you a bonus sure feels goods. It makes putting in the work a little easier. Frankly, it also pushes you to put in that extra work that wasn’t explicitly required of you. When a team member is disgruntled, you start having issues in the flow of operations. For companies that have different parts dependent on other parts, it can be a real problem.

Have you ever exercised with a targeted number of repetitions and then when you get there, you like “I could go a couple more”? That’s what’s going to happen when you reward your body after good exercises; it gets ready to put in more work. You reward your body by, for example, giving it good, healthy food that does not impede its strong development. When we exercise very well and then eat unhealthy, the ‘team’ is unmotivated and then you start having issues with subsequent exercises because not all members of the team (body parts) are giving their 100% best.

Invest in your business.

When you want your real business to do better, you need to breathe some air into it by injecting the necessary resources it needs to thrive. A boss also needs to empower his team. For instance, your IT department cannot work without equipment. Also give your team enough time and attention. That way, you can notice cracks in the early and address them accordingly.

Times are hard, with this pandemic and all. I hesitate to point to anything that involves spending. Still, keeping your body in shape will require that you sometimes invest in the right equipment. Buy the right attire; don’t stretch in unstretchable clothing. If you’re going on runs, don’t do it in slippers; buy running shoes. There are cost effective ways to lift weights. Nonetheless, purchasing dumbbells and some exercising equipment go a long way to get results.

Other ways you can invest in your body is to pay for good healthcare, have health insurance and get regular medical check-ups. I have seen some people visibly annoyed that they went to the hospital, paid for consultation, did a few tests and everything came out ok. That’s not a waste of money. When you pay for security, and nobody robs you, that’s not a waste of money. When you purchase insurance, and nothing bad happens, again, that’s not a waste of money.

Make the time. The body finds ways and means of escaping work, just like how employees might take extended breaks to cool off. You need to be on your body to put in that work so you have enough reserves to live a healthy life. So make the time, create a schedule and try to stick to it. Think of the time you exercise as management meetings where you set things straight.

Allow your workers some good rest.

Stress is a bad thing. Maybe we don’t handle it very well because we can’t fully perceive what it is and how it affects us. When your team is tired, they are less productive. It’s the same with your body. You need to have enough rest.

How do you tell readers to ease up on work when work is generally in low supply and in high demand? Maybe I won’t say that. Let’s tackle stress later. For now, sleep when it’s time. That is much simpler and can help you in a lot of ways.

Insomnia is a big problem in our society but isn’t very much addressed. One good night’s sleep can make one feel refreshed and it reduces stress. Remember, when the team in your business is stressed, they don’t work well. In that same vein, when the body is stressed, it won’t work well.

The benefits of sleep include:

  • improved concentration and attention.
  • keeps your heart healthy.
  • let’s you maintain a healthy weight.
  • reduces stress levels, as earlier discussed.

The most valuable resource of any business is the team. For your body, that’d be your body parts. The earlier you invest time and money into taking care of your team, the easier and cost-effective it will be for you later on. Prevention is better and very much cheaper than the cure when the disease is death before your time.

Maxwell Ampong is an Agro-Commodities Trader and the CEO of Maxwell Investments Group. He is also the Official Business Advisor to Ghana’s General Agricultural Workers Union (GAWU) of TUC Ghana, the largest agricultural trade union in Ghana. He writes about trending and relevant economic topics, and general perspective pieces.

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Jack Ma Foundation Launches Africa’s Business Heroes 2021 Prize Competition
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–  $1.5 Million In Grants For Ten Change-Making Entrepreneurs

By Boris Esono Nwenfor

The third edition of Africa’s Business Heroes (ABH) Prize Competition, the flagship philanthropic program of the Jack Ma Foundation spotlighting and celebrating Africa’s entrepreneurs has been launched.  

After having two successful editions, the launch of the third annual edition opens up applications to all aspiring participants in 2021.  

Entrepreneurs from all 54 African countries, across every sector, age group, and gender are now able to submit their applications, in either French or English, for a chance to compete for a spot among the Top 10 finalists.

The central theme of this year’s competition, “It’s African Time“, is a bold call to action for all talented African entrepreneurs who are challenging stereotypes associated with “African time” through their businesses, to leverage the ABH prize to scale their efforts as well as share their stories of how they’ve driven change and solutions.

At the grand finale later this year, ten finalists will take the stage to present their businesses and share their visions to an esteemed panel of judges, to win a share of the US$1.5 million grant. The journey to the Finale will include several rounds of rigorous evaluation panels, as well as access to a community of international leaders and innovators, industry experts, investors and accelerators, through several multi-disciplinary boot camps and training sessions, ABH media release read in part.

The mission of the Africa’s Business Heroes is to strengthen the African entrepreneur ecosystem by identifying, telling the stories of, training and awarding grant-funding to 100 Heroes across Africa over the next ten years.

The launch which took place through the Zoom platform involved Four speakers such as Jason Pau, Executive Director (International), Jack Ma Foundation; Zahra Baitie, Head of Partnership and Programs, Africa’s Business Heroes Prize Competition; Anita Erskine, Official Host, Africa’s Business Heroes Prize Competition; ABH finalists from 2019 to 2020: Christelle Kwizera, Founder and CEO at Water Access Rwanda and Chebet Lesan, Founder and CEO at BrightGreen Renewable Energy.

In 2020, the ten outstanding finalists – half of whom were female – were selected from over 22,000 applicants across all 54 African nations. They represented eight African countries – Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, Uganda, and Zimbabwe – and various industries including agriculture, fashion, education, healthcare, renewable energy, and financial services, ABH’s media release indicated.

“I am proud to have been named the winner of the 2020 Africa’s Business Heroes prize. The competition was an incredible journey. 2020 was a challenging year that made us refocus from profitability to survival. I hope my win inspires Africans to believe that we have what it takes to make an impact, no matter where we are. The Prize is helping us scale our energy solution across East Africa, and we remain focused to change how Africa cooks, one kitchen at a time,” said Chebet Lesan, Founder and CEO at BrightGreen Renewable Energy.

“As we open our third annual pitch competition, we want to recognize Africa’s extraordinary entrepreneurs, whose business ventures not only are successful and profitable but are generating positive impact on their local communities,” said Jason Pau, Executive Director of International, Jack Ma Foundation.

“Despite the incredibly difficult conditions faced by entrepreneurs and small businesses around the world over the past year, Africa’s entrepreneurship has been experiencing an incredible upward trajectory, showing the magnitude of its potential and the opportunities yet to be seized. Therefore, Africa’s Business Heroes is excited to join forces with our partners to identify, spotlight and support even more passionate, innovative, and determined entrepreneurs across Africa.”

About Africa’s Business Heroes

Africa’s Business Heroes prize competition is the flagship philanthropic initiative spearheaded by the Jack Ma Foundation aimed at supporting and inspiring the next generation of African entrepreneurs across all sectors, who are building a more sustainable and inclusive economy for the future of the continent. Over ten years, ABH will recognize 100 African entrepreneurs and commit to allocating grant funding, training programs, and support for the development of an entrepreneurial ecosystem. Each year, the ABH prize competition and the show will feature ten finalists as they pitch their business to win a share of $1.5 million in grant money.

Global leaders Graca Machel, Chair of the Graca Machel Trust Board and Ban Ki-moon, Former UN Secretary-General and Co-chair of the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens serve on the ABH advisory board. Also, Anita Erskine, UN SDG Advocate and Founder of the STEM Woman Project will continue to serve as the official host of the “Africa’s Business Heroes” program. This year, ABH will continue to work with strong Anchor Partners African Leadership Group, Ashesi, Dalberg, Janngo, and RiseUp, and more.

Applications will be open online from March 29 to June 7,2021, with semi-finalists announced in August, and the top ten finalists for 2021 unveiled in September. For more information about the ABH and how to apply, please visit: africabusinessheroes.org  and follow ABH on Twitter, Linkedin, Instagram and Facebook .

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Coronavirus/Dimanche des rameaux : 13 ans après, pas de messe pour les jeunes au stade Tata Raphaël
March 28, 2021 | 0 Comments

Cardinal Monsengwo - Dimanche derameaux

Le dimanche des rameaux pour cette année 2021 chez les catholiques de l’archidiocèse de Kinshasa, a été célébré non pas comme de coutume dans un lieu public en l’occurrence au stade Tata Raphaël depuis 13 ans mais dans chacune des paroisses. La deuxième vague de la pandémie de coronavirus, a perturbé ces retrouvailles entre l’archevêque métropolitain de Kinshasa, Mgr Fridolin Ambongo Besungu et les jeunes.

Un dimanche des rameaux pas comme les autres le 28 mars. Retour aux vieilles amours. Les jeunes catholiques de Kinshasa habitués depuis 2008, à venir en masse dans l’ex-20 mai se sont butés au plus petit mais grand virus du nom de corona.

À la paroisse Saint François de Sales, les messes de 6h30 et 9h, ont refusé du monde. Les fidèles munis de leurs rameaux pour la circonstance, le traditionnel  » Eyenga mandalala » ont participé à la procession dans l’enceinte de la paroisse.

Puis s’en est suivi la bataille pour se tailler une place à l’intérieur de cet édifice de la commune de Kintambo entre mamans catholiques, papa mokambi, moyangeli, jeunes engagés et non engagés.

500FC POUR AU MOINS UN RAMEAU

Les uns se sont munis de leurs rameaux depuis leur domicile, les autres s’ent sont procurés à l’entrée de la paroisse moyennant 500fc.

« Un rameau revient à 500fc. Mais vous pouvez acheter deux à 500fc. Avoir le rameau entre les mains fait parti de notre ADN, nous les catholiques. J’ai donné 500fc. C’est le signe distinctif en ce dimanche qui marque la fin du temps de carême. La chanson de Hozana renseigne mieux sur ce moment capital. Elle illustre l’entrée triomphale du Christ à Jérusalem« , a indiqué Cris Kiala, Ya Mulumba du groupe Kizito-Anuarite à la paroisse dirigée par le curé l’abbé Aimée Lusambo.

Pour la deuxième messe soit à 9h, le prêtre célébrant, a invité les fidèles à ne pas brûler les étapes, attendre le bon moment pour être béni. Chacun a son itinéraire tracé par Dieu.

L’abbé Éric, a invité l’assemblée à ne pas se confier à l’homme dans la mesure où cet être fragile peut être sujet des déceptions.

L’obéissance à Dieu était aussi de mise. Jésus-Christ lui-même a fait confiance à Dieu le Père malgré des obstacles.

L’élévation est parsemée d’embûches. C’est Dieu qui récompense et gratifie.
C’est depuis 2008 que l’archevêque métropolitain de Kinshasa, Mosengwo Pasinya, a célébré le dimanche des rameaux avec les jeunes de l’archidiocèse de Kinshasa au stade Tata Raphaël.

Son successeur, son Éminence Fridolin Ambongo, a perpétué ce rite. Très souvent, l’homélie porte sur l’éveil de la jeunesse et des messages très forts aux dirigeants politiques sur la gestion du pays.
La semaine sainte commence ce lundi et ira jusqu’au samedi saint.
La fête de Pâques commémorant la résurrection du Christ interviendra le dimanche 04 avril.

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RDC : L’Honorable Bulambo Kilosho brise le silence et fait des graves révélations sur la gestion de la province du Sud-Kivu
March 28, 2021 | 0 Comments

Honorable Bulambo Kilosho brise le silence et fait des graves révélations sur la gestion de la province du Sud-Kivu

 »Théo Ngwabidje constitue lui-même le problème pour la province du Sud-Kivu ». Tels sont les propos du patriarche honorable Jean-Marie Bulambo Kilosho lors de la rencontre avec la dynamique des jeunes leaders du Sud-Kivu vivant à Kinshasa ce samedi 27 Mars 2021 en sa résidence privée de Macampagne à Kinshasa.

Au cours de cette rencontre, l’ancien Ministre de l’économie a largement échangé avec ses hôtes sur des questions sécuritaires, économiques et sociales de la province du Sud-Kivu.

A cette occasion, plusieurs révélations ont été faites par l’honorable Bulambo, à l’occurrence de l’exploitation illégale des minerais dans les rivières Ulindi et Elila, des rivières qui touchent les territoires dans le territoire de Mwenga, Shabunda, Pangi et Kailo (Province du Maniema), avec la complicité et la bénédiction du gouverneur de province Théo Ngwabidje Kasi.

 »Il y a un temps, nous avions été alertés sur l’exploitation illégale des minerais dans les rivières Ulindi et Elila par des creuseurs clandestins et nous avions informé l’autorité provinciale pour que ces derniers soient arrêtés et répondre de leurs actes devant la justice. Fort malheureusement, le gouverneur a appuyé ces bêtises en protégeant ces fraudeurs qui détruisent la faune et la flore de ces rivières. Chose étonnante, la caisse de la province n’en bénéficie aucun Franc », a-t-il révélé à ses hôtes.

S’agissant du développement et le désenclavement des territoires, ce député national ne cache pas son indignation.

 »Pour arriver aujourd’hui à Shabunda il faut deux ou trois jours par manque des infrastructures routières, ce qui n’était pas le cas avant. La province sombre du jour au lendemain et étant notables du Sud-Kivu, je pense qu’on doit pas se taire face à la situation actuelle », insiste-t-il.

Il a par ailleurs émis le vœu de voir tous les vrais notables du Sud-Kivu vivant à Kinshasa réunis autour d’une table pour parler de la situation qui prévaut en cette province en mettant de côté les couleurs politiques.
Toutefois, il encourage ces jeunes à poursuivre des consultations auprès des autres notables, en vue de récolter les avis des un et des autres pour une meilleure solution.

Il faut rappeler que la dynamique des jeunes leaders du Sud-Kivu avait déjà rencontré le président du sénat, l’honorable Bahati Lukwebo qui a nié son soutien au gouverneur Théo Ngwabidje en invitant les députés provinciaux de prendre leurs responsabilités en main pour l’intérêt général des populations du Sud-Kivu. Ce dimanche, elle a rencontré l’honorable Didier Okito et l’ancien gouvernement de province Louis Léonce Muderhwa.

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President Biden Invites 40 World Leaders to Leaders Summit on Climate
March 28, 2021 | 0 Comments
President of Nigeria is one of the leaders invited by President Biden
President of Nigeria is one of the leaders invited by President Biden

Today, President Biden invited 40 world leaders to the Leaders Summit on Climate he will host on April 22 and 23.  The virtual Leaders Summit will be live streamed for public viewing.

President Biden took action his first day in office to return the United States to the Paris Agreement.  Days later, on January 27, he announced that he would soon convene a leaders summit to galvanize efforts by the major economies to tackle the climate crisis.

The Leaders Summit on Climate will underscore the urgency – and the economic benefits – of stronger climate action.  It will be a key milestone on the road to the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) this November in Glasgow.

In recent years, scientists have underscored the need to limit planetary warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius in order to stave off the worst impacts of climate change.  A key goal of both the Leaders Summit and COP26 will be to catalyze efforts that keep that 1.5-degree goal within reach.  The Summit will also highlight examples of how enhanced climate ambition will create good paying jobs, advance innovative technologies, and help vulnerable countries adapt to climate impacts.

By the time of the Summit, the United States will announce an ambitious 2030 emissions target as its new Nationally Determined Contribution under the Paris Agreement.  In his invitation, the President urged leaders to use the Summit as an opportunity to outline how their countries also will contribute to stronger climate ambition.

The Summit will reconvene the U.S.-led Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate, which brings together 17 countries responsible for approximately 80 percent of global emissions and global GDP.  The President also invited the heads of other countries that are demonstrating strong climate leadership, are especially vulnerable to climate impacts, or are charting innovative pathways to a net-zero economy.  A small number of business and civil society leaders will also participate in the Summit.

Key themes of the Summit will include:

  • Galvanizing efforts by the world’s major economies to reduce emissions during this critical decade to keep a limit to warming of 1.5 degree Celsius within reach.
  • Mobilizing public and private sector finance to drive the net-zero transition and to help vulnerable countries cope with climate impacts. 
  • The economic benefits of climate action, with a strong emphasis on job creation, and the importance of ensuring all communities and workers benefit from the transition to a new clean energy economy.
  • Spurring transformational technologies that can help reduce emissions and adapt to climate change, while also creating enormous new economic opportunities and building the industries of the future.
  • Showcasing subnational and non-state actors that are committed to green recovery and an equitable vision for limiting warming to 1.5 degree Celsius, and are working closely with national governments to advance ambition and resilience.
  • Discussing opportunities to strengthen capacity to protect lives and livelihoods from the impacts of climate change, address the global security challenges posed by climate change and the impact on readiness, and address the role of nature-based solutions in achieving net zero by 2050 goals. 

Further details on the Summit agenda, additional participants, media access, and public viewing will be provided in the coming weeks.

The President invited the following leaders to participate in the Summit:

  • Prime Minister Gaston Browne, Antigua and Barbuda
  • President Alberto Fernandez, Argentina 
  • Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Australia    
  • Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Bangladesh
  • Prime Minister Lotay Tshering, Bhutan
  • President Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil    
  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Canada          
  • President Sebastián Piñera, Chile 
  • President Xi Jinping, People’s Republic of China    
  • President Iván Duque Márquez, Colombia    
  • President Félix Tshisekedi, Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen, Denmark 
  • President Ursula von der Leyen, European Commission
  • President Charles Michel, European Council
  • President Emmanuel Macron, France        
  • President Ali Bongo Ondimba, Gabon        
  • Chancellor Angela Merkel, Germany 
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India    
  • President Joko Widodo, Indonesia      
  • Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel
  • Prime Minister Mario Draghi, Italy    
  • Prime Minister Andrew Holness, Jamaica
  • Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, Japan  
  • President Uhuru Kenyatta, Kenya      
  • President David Kabua, Republic of the Marshall Islands
  • President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, Mexico  
  • Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand
  • President Muhammadu Buhari, Nigeria        
  • Prime Minister Erna Solberg, Norway 
  • President Andrzej Duda, Poland  
  • President Moon Jae-in, Republic of Korea     
  • President Vladimir Putin, The Russian Federation  
  • King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Singapore
  • President Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa, South Africa 
  • Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez, Spain
  • President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Turkey
  • President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, United Arab Emirates
  • Prime Minister Boris Johnson, United Kingdom
  • President Nguyễn Phú Trọng, Vietnam  
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4 Entrepreneurial and small business lessons from 18th century Ashanti Empire
March 28, 2021 | 0 Comments
The Ashanti Empire was one of the most endearing, richest and powerful dynasties to ever exist in West Africa. It offers individuals and businesses the opportunity to study “the kingdom of gold” which flourished between c.1695 and the rise of British colonial rule in the late 19th century.

The 4 entrepreneurial and small business lessons from 18th century Ashanti Empire

#1 Develop a strong brand
For all business owners and entrepreneurs, branding is a key marketing practice that distinguishes it products and service from its competitors. Branding does not only play a distinguishing role but provides recognition to the company, increase business value by giving the company more leverage in the industry and generate new customers.

It appeared Ashanti understood the importance of branding and sought to brand themselves with gold. Gold was the major product of the Ashanti Empire. The importance of gold to Asante empire could not be overemphasized. Gold was eloquently sewn into royal clothing, made into ornaments and exquisitely carved into symbolic shapes. Osei Tutu made the gold mines royal possessions with gold dust becoming the circulating currency in the empire.

The most notable of all the Ashanti gold branding uniqueness was that of the Golden Stool, which Osei Tutu argued represented the ancestors of all the Ashanti. The Golden Stool legitimized his rule and that of the royal dynasty that followed him. This branding of gold brought wealth to the empire as it traded heavily in gold in the 1700’s.

#2 Not all money/opportunity is good money/opportunity
Small business owners and entrepreneurs can get caught up in ‘quick or easy money/opportunity’ that may quickly bring prosperity to their business but may have moral questioning or negative repercussions in the long-term.

By the early 1800s, Ashanti had become a major exporter of enslaved people. They conquered neighbouring towns and dynasties to meet up with the growing demand for slaves in exchange for manufactured goods, most notably, firearms. This move by the Ashanti was heavily wrong on all accounts. From violation of human rights and freedom to the economic brain drain in the country, slavery is the most inhumane practice to ever exist.

#3 Recognizing opportunities
The Ashanti empire recognized and seized an opportunity in slavery that further expanded its power and influence. Though wrong, it teaches young entrepreneurs and small business owners to always be on the lookout for opportunities, the right opportunities.

Many opportunities exist that young businesses and entrepreneurs must seek and exploit. By researching into trends and seeking out innovative problem-solving approach, entrepreneurs can take advantage of the numerous opportunities that exist.

#4 Take-out your competition
To expand its influence and power, the Ashanti Kingdom, from 1790 until 1896, was in a continuous state of warfare. Most of the wars gave the Ashanti empire the opportunity to acquire more slaves for trade.

In today’s world, taking-out the competition has taken more of a subtle approach. It involves researching into the strategies of your competitors and deploying a much better strategy to gain new customers or outreach. When entering into any market it is important to research the competition. This will provide marketing tools to seize and quickly scale your business.

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9 in 10 African youth ready to take action to draw the line against malaria
March 27, 2021 | 0 Comments

Despite COVID-19 diverting attention from malaria, two-thirds believe they are the generation to end the disease, says new survey released one month before this year’s World Malaria Day, April 25th.

New research finds that 9 in 10 African youth want to take personal action in the fight against malaria, with almost two-thirds (61%) believing the disease can be eliminated in their lifetimes.

A new survey released by the RBM Partnership to End Malaria, in collaboration with Gallup International, explores attitudes to malaria among young people aged 18-34 in six countries: Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal and South Africa.

The data shows that youth are most likely to volunteer their time to support malaria control efforts, for example by distributing mosquito nets or supporting community clean-up activities (50%), even ahead of simply sharing information about malaria on social media (45%). A quarter also hope to make a difference by calling on national policymakers (26%) or engaging community leaders (25%) to prioritize malaria.

Nearly 90% of youth in these countries already take preventative measures to protect themselves and their families against the disease, except for South Africa where malaria is less common. In Rwanda and Senegal, which have made significant progress against malaria in recent years, young people aged 18-24 were more than 20 percentage points less likely to have had direct experience with the disease compared to those aged 25-34, showing how country-led action protects young people’s futures. In higher burden countries, the risk did not change between age groups.

Despite their optimism, only a quarter (27%) of youth surveyed believe leaders are doing enough to end malaria. This sentiment was most pronounced in urban areas, where youth are only half as likely to agree policymakers are doing enough (21%) than youth living in rural areas (44%).

The ongoing spread of COVID-19 threatens the malaria response, particularly in the highest malaria burden countries where the rate of progress has slowed in recent years, and the full impact is not yet known. In 2020, frontline health workers and governments, with support from partners, sustained more than 90% of mosquito net distribution and seasonal malaria chemoprevention campaigns in 30 countries, avoiding a worst-case scenario of a doubling of malaria deaths in sub-Saharan Africa in 2020 alone. Despite these efforts, however, the majority of youth – 61% — feel national attention towards malaria has decreased during the pandemic.

Ms. Jayathma Wickramanayake, United Nations Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth says:

Health is a human right, not a privilege. No one should get sick and die from diseases that are preventable and treatable. All our efforts in the response and green recovery to COVID-19 need to ensure that other diseases, such as malaria, are not neglected. We must continue to invest in youth-led solutions to combat malaria around the world.”

These findings informed ‘Draw the Line Against Malaria’ – a youth-focused, Africa-first global campaign launched by the RBM Partnership and its partners this year. Supported by African icons in sport and culture, the campaign urges youth across the continent to take their futures back from malaria – a disease which caused 409,000 deaths in 2019 and continues to prevent children from going to school and realizing their full potential.

World Malaria Day 2021 puts the spotlight on nations reaching zero malaria

The survey findings are released one month ahead of World Malaria Day 2021, the global awareness day celebrated on 25th April each year. This year’s theme – ‘Zero Malaria – Draw the Line Against Malaria’ – will celebrate progress achieved by a diverse set of countries who have achieved zero malaria since 2000, encourage a growing number of nations on the cusp of elimination, and re-ignite the movement to end malaria in countries still impacted by the disease. 

To mark World Malaria Day, on 21st April, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the RBM Partnership will jointly hold the Virtual Forum on Malaria Elimination. On this occasion, WHO will announce 27 countries and territories that have the potential to eliminate malaria by 2025, as well as review progress towards the achievement of the 2020 global elimination milestone of 10 countries recording three consecutive years of zero malaria cases since 2015. These include Sri Lanka, Uzbekistan and Algeria, as well as El Salvador, the first Central American country to be certified malaria-free earlier this year.

In addition, countries around the world will observe World Malaria Day with their own events, with several countries launching nationwide Zero Malaria Starts with Me campaigns and others illuminating landmarks at 21:00 local time on 25th April in a global relay to celebrate progress towards zero malaria around the world and highlight the urgency of ending this disease everywhere.

Dr Abdourahmane Diallo, CEO of the RBM Partnership adds:

“This World Malaria Day we celebrate countries around the globe that have reached zero malaria since 2000, and a growing number of nations that are on the cusp of elimination.

“Yet despite this incredible progress, World Malaria Day must also serve as a crucial reminder for people everywhere that we must accelerate with urgency to fight this preventable and treatable disease that still takes a child’s life every two minutes. Over this past year, COVID-19 has threatened our hard-won progress against malaria, so now more than ever we must make a commitment to end malaria once and for all.”

Ahead of World Malaria Day, the RBM Partnership to End Malaria urges people in Africa and worldwide to Draw the Line Against Malaria at ZeroMalaria.org and join the conversation on social media by using #DrawTheLine, #ZeroMalaria and #WorldMalariaDay. 

About malaria

·         Malaria is one of the world’s oldest and deadliest diseases. It existed since the time of the dinosaurs and some believe it has killed half the people that ever lived.

·         Malaria is entirely preventable and treatable. Despite this, over 400,000 people die from it each year—most of them children under the age of five. A child still dies from malaria every two minutes.

  • Half the world is still at risk from malaria, with more than 90% of the world’s malaria burden in Africa.

Research methodology

Gallup International carried out a nationwide representative survey on Youth Attitudes to the Malaria Fight between 19 February and 16 March 2021. This survey targeted the population aged between 18 years and 34 years living in Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal and South Africa.

In all countries, interviews were conducted online. The samples in all the countries were stratified by gender, age, administrative region and type of locality. The sampling design ensured that all administrative regions in every country were included and for each a number of interviews was allocated proportionally to the size of its population.

About Draw the Line Against Malaria

Draw the Line Against Malaria is a new campaign providing a rallying cry for young people to unite and fight malaria by driving more action, more innovation, more funding and more political leadership to achieve zero malaria within a generation. The campaign builds on the pan-African Zero Malaria Starts with Me movement that shows the power we each have to help end malaria.

Nigerian artist Láolú Senbanjo created the ‘Muundo’, a fresh new universal language made up of lines, symbols and patterns allowing people across cultures and continents to add their line to a collective message against malaria. Further talent fronting the campaign include Nigerian musician Yemi Alade, Kenyan Olympian Eliud Kpichoge and South African rugby champion Siya Kolisi, among others.

Youth in Africa, and people globally, are encouraged to draw the line on the ‘Muundo’ to demand action at zeromalaria.org.

About the RBM Partnership to End Malaria

The RBM Partnership to End Malaria is the largest global platform for coordinated action against malaria. Originally established as Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership in 1998, it mobilizes for action and resources and forges consensus among partners. The Partnership is comprised of more than 500 partners, including malaria endemic countries, their bilateral and multilateral development partners, the private sector, nongovernmental and community-based organizations, foundations, and research and academic institutions. The RBM Partnership Secretariat is hosted by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) in Geneva, Switzerland. endmalaria.org 

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Fausse alerte, pas de gouvernement Lukonde ce soir
March 27, 2021 | 0 Comments

Sama Lukonde Kyenge

Contrairement à la rumeur qui circule dans la ville et rapportée par certains médias, la publication de l’équipe de Sama Lukonde n’est pas pour ce soir. A en croire une source digne de foi, le Premier Ministre travaille de façon à présenter son équipe dès que possible.

En effet, le Premier ministre devrait déposer une « mouture » de son gouvernement sur la table du Chef de l’Etat cette semaine, avait-on appris d’une source proche de Sama Lukonde.
Avant son voyage pour la Tanzanie, le chef de l’Etat avait reçu une délégation de l’Union sacrée pour apaiser les uns et les autres quant aux mécontentements à propos de la répartition des postes. Il nous revient qu’au terme de cette rencontre, la liste des candidats ministrables UDPS a notamment été déposée sur la table du Premier ministre. Le Chef de l’Etat devrait « valider les ajustements en cours dus en partie à la nécessité d’un équilibre régional », indique-t-on.

Katumbi campe sur sa position

La rencontre de mercredi 24 mars entre Félix Tshisekedi et le leader de l’Ensemble pour la République s’est terminée en eau de boudin. Les deux partenaires de l’Union Sacrée ne sont pas mis d’accord sur la composition du gouvernement surtout sur la clé de répartition des postes ministériels.

Selon les indiscrétions glanées dans les couloirs de la présidence de la République, Moise katumbi revendique 8 ministères en lieu et place de 5 ministères lui attribué. Pour l’ex gouverneur de l’ancienne province du Katanga, la clé de huit députés pour un poste doit être appliqué à toutes les composantes.

Moise Katumbi ne digère pas que l’UDPS, parti presidentiel, qui a moins de députés que son regroupement politique, puisse rafler 8 ministere contre 5 pour l’Ensemble pour la République.

En réaction, Félix Tshisekedi a demandé au chef de fil de l’Ensemble de revoir ses prétentions en baisse au nom de la solidarité avec les autres regroupements, qui ont rejoint l’Union Sacrée et de tenir également compte de la réduction de la taille du gouvernement.

Au finish, cette rencontre de mercredi à Kinshasa, entre le président de la République et Moise katumbi en passage éclair dans la capitale n’a pas abouti à une harmonisation des vues en ce qui concerne la composition du gouvernement de l’Union Sacrée de la Nation. Chacun a campé sur sa position.

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