Photograph by Gustavo Papaleo for The Guardian
Inspiration Career

Happy Birthday, Alek Wek, Proud South Sudanese

South Sudan. On the occasion of the 37th birthday of Alek Wek, supermodel and activist from South Sudan, we have collected some articles where she speaks about her life from a teenage refugee to international top model. Also find some amazing photographs and her TEDxtalk in Juba. more

Source: The Guardian, Forbes, OkayAfrica, TEDx Juba

Inspiration Shopping

Summertime: Buy African

All Africa. The speciality of The African Shop on the e-commerce platform Etsy is that skirts and dresses are custom made with fabrics from Cameroon, Nigeria, Senegal and Kenya. The prices are moderate and women like their clothes so much that they send their own photographs to the company by the thousands. What makes a very genuine gallery. more

Source: Etsy

Perspectives Urban Development

Future Global Leading Cities: Addis Ababa, Nairobi, Johannesburg, Cape Town, Tunis

Ethiopia, Kenya, South Africa, Tunesia. Globally integrated cities are intimately linked to economic and human development. By creating an environment that spawns, attracts, and retains top talent, businesses, ideas, and capital, a global city can generate benefits that extend far beyond municipal boundaries. Please have a look at A.T. Kearney's brand new Emerging Cities Outlook (ECO) that identified the above 5 African cities as most promising. more

Source: A.T. Kearney

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Perspectives Vacancies

Kampala Calling: 4 Interns Needed

Uganda. The Unreasonable Institute East Africa is is looking for 4 talented individuals to join their team to fill short term/internship positions as part of the first Entrepreneur Class running from June 25 – July 31, 2014. Deadline for applications is April 20th. more

Source: Unreasonable Institute East Africa

Inspiration Literature

Good Read: Graham Greene In The Belgian Congo

Dem. Rep. Congo. Turn back the clock and take your time to read a fascinating story that happened 55 years ago in March 1959. This text by literary scholar Michael Meeuwis, presents and contextualizes the only film footage ever recorded of British novelist and war reporter Graham Greene (1904-1991) in the Belgian Congo in 1959. The footage was filmed with an 8mm camera without sound by Father Paul van Molle. Greene's novel A Burnt-Out Case, he researched during his stay with leper doctor Michel Lechat was published in 1961. We also added Lechat's diary of that visit. more

Source: Rozenberg Quarterly

Perspectives Connectivity

On The Bus: Using Free Wi-Fi

Kenya. As young pitchmen shout to potential passengers over blaring music, a graffiti-covered private minibus fills up more quickly than the other dozen in the scrum. It has free Wi-Fi. What people all over the world dream of, to be able to get connected during their way to and from work, is reality in Nairobi. more

Source: The Wall Street Journal

Inspiration Music

Happy Makes Pharrell Cry

This unfiltered emotional display only makes the most likable man in pop music more likable. After watching a montage of fan-made videos to his No. 1 hit "Happy" during his interview on Oprah Prime, Pharrell wept (and wept). more

Source: Gawker

Inspiration Holy Week
By Regine Wosnitza

Celebrating Shoe Shiners

Ethiopia, Germany. 3.500 shoe shine boxes from Ethiopia veil the altar at St. Matthäus-Kirche in Germany's capital Berlin during the Holy Week. A beautiful statement to empower the thousands of young people - girls and boys - who work hard in the streets to make their future shining. more

Perspectives Entrepreneurship

Why Christian Left Europe For Africa

Cameroon. Christian Ngan, 30, lived for ten years in France. He studied there, got a well-payed job, was successful and had no social life. Facing the European financial crisis and his own continent booming, he decided that it was time to start his own business at home more

Events Perspectives Award
May 30, 2014
London , UK

New Africa Prize For Engineering Innovation

Initiated by the Royal Academy of Engineering and supported by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation and other partners, the prize aims to stimulate, celebrate and reward innovation and entrepreneurship in sub-Saharan Africa. Deadline for applications: May 30, 2014. more

Source: Royal Academy of Engineering

Perspectives Social Media

How Africans Tweet

All Africa. A recent study reveals where and what Africans love to tweet most. No. 1 city is Johannesburg, No. 2 Ekurhuleni, No. 4 is Durban, all three in South Africa.Top 3 and 5 are Cairo and Alexandria, both in Egypt. Take a guess what the main topic is all over the continent ... more

Source: Daily Nation Kenya

Inspiration Festivals

The Fest Gurus Reporting

Malawi. It’s an open invitation and a guided tour at the same time: A year ago The Fest Gurus, four young Africans had a dream to travel to the best African festivals on the continent and document their experience. Now their crowdfunded episode from The Lake of Stars festival in Lilongwe, Malawi, is online. Enjoy! more

Perspectives Climate Change

Climate Change: A New Guidebook

All Africa. The book from UNESCO responds to a very real need in African journalists’ reporting of the complex phenomenon of climate change. 44 journalists from 17 African countries and 38 climate-change specialists provide their insights. more

Source: UNESCO

Inspiration Climate Change

Tutu Calls For Boycott Of Fossil Fuel Industry

Nobel Prize Winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu has called for an anti-apartheid-style boycott and disinvestment campaign against the fossil fuel industry for driving global warming, just days ahead of a landmark UN report on how carbon emissions can be slashed. Please read his powerful intervention. more

Source: The Guardian

Inspiration Campaign

19 Artists, 11 Countries, 10 Languages: ONE Great Song

All Africa. Cocoa 'na Chocolate is not about problems, it's about solutions. 19 leading African performing artists are supporting the international campaign organisation ONE in lending their voice to change the continent. The song is about Africa feeding itself and helping to feed the world. It's not about famine relief! The message to African leaders: Do Agric, It Pays! more

Source: ONE.org Blog

Inspiration Society

How Women Rebuilt Rwanda

Rwanda. This week marks the 20th anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda that killed an estimated one million people over 100 days in 1994. Please read the great untold story of Rwanda's rise is how women rebuilt the nation. more

Source: Foreign Affairs

Inspiration Psychology

Age In Africa: The Big Secret

All Africa. Ask any African in an informal setting for his or her age and it would seem like you desecrated that person’s dead ancestors' graves. So what is it about the age of an African that makes it a closely guarded secret? Blogger Tobi Amoo has some explanations. more

Source: AfricanMag

Perspectives Recycling, Technology

West African Invented 3D Printer From E-Waste

Togo. Discarded electronic equipment is one of the world’s fastest-growing sources of waste, as consumers frequently replace “old” models that become more obsolete each year. However instead of letting e-waste sit them on the scrap pile or head to the landfill, Kodjo Afate Gnikou decided to utilize spare parts in order to create a cheap, DIY 3D printer, the W-AFATE. more

Source: Inhabitat

Perspectives Business
By Yohannes Fissehaye

Yohannes, The Future Serial Entrepreneur

Ethiopia. My Name is Yohannes Fissehaye. Call me Johnny. I am 25 years old. After I completed my training with the organization Alchemy World in 2010, today I am running a small business centre with computer service and photocopy located in the Mekele University main campus as well as a second business, a graphics and printing business, providing services for promotion. more

Perspectives Education
By Solveig Rathenow

The Tech Couple Of Dar es Salaam

Tanzania. They are young, innovative and addicted to tech: Wilhelm Caspar Oddo, 26, and Carolyne Ekyarisiima, 27, are teaching students, women, girls and children how to improve their lives via internet and computer techniques. In Dar es Salaam, their project NLab is unique. more

Inspiration Awards

Six SAFTA Awards For Film Noir Of Good Report

South Africa. The 8th annual South African Film and Television Awards, the 2014 SAFTAs, were held in Johannesburg. This year, 432 entries were received, 22% more than last year. Jahmil XT Qubeka's drama Of Good Report which couldn't open at the Durban film festival amid controversy, beat out Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom at the country's equivalent of the Oscars. Get more information about the Awards and all winners here. more

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Perspectives Software
By Raindolf Owusu

Agony Of An African Programmer

All Africa. Working as an independent mobile, web and software developer in Africa can be a tiring experience. There is a perception problem: some people still think technology comes in a box like a camcorder, computer, laptop or iPad. It ain't so. Tech entrepreneur Raindolf Owusu shares his experience on iAfrikan. more

Source: iAfrikan

Events Inspiration Publishing
May 01, 2014
Cambridge , United States

Call For Proposals: About Nelson Mandela

For an upcoming special issue, Transition, the publication of the Hutchins Center at Harvard University invites contributors to reflect upon the role of Nelson Mandela in the future of the country and the continent. Founded 1961 in Uganda, Transition documents the social and political realities in contemporary South Africa. more

Source: Transition Magazine

Perspectives Tourism

Otis Goes Eco

Benin. Otis Diogo, father of three, works in tourism in the south of Benin. As the owner of the small Residence Hotel and a travel agency in Abomey, he advocates sustainable tourism, believing that this will best preserve the natural environment while benefiting the region’s inhabitants. more

Source: GIZ Worldwide