Itumeleng Mothibeli manages the mall and 13 other shopping centers that have sprung up to serve a black South African middle class that spends more money than the white middle class. Photo Credit Joao Silva/The New York Times
Perspectives Economy

Fuller Wallets To The Future

sub-Saharan Africa. Consumer demand is fueling the continent’s economies in new ways, driving hopes that Africa will emerge as a success story in the coming years comparable to the rise of the East Asian Tigers in the second half of the 20th century. more

Source: The New York Times

Perspectives Design
By Solveig Rathenow

The Power Of Art

Uganda. Nduhira Sadat is a young artist and entrepreneur in Kampala, Uganda. He makes a living in designing colorful T-shirts, shoes and trousers. And shares his inspiration with children who live under the same difficult circumstances he and his seven brothers and sisters were raised. more

Inspiration Motivation

Good Advice: Sweat The Details!

Steve Jobs was famous for his insane attention to detail. Please watch the full 90 minutes of Steve Jobs’ January 30th, 1984 first public unveiling of the Macintosh. It’s mesmerizing. Pascal Finette tells us what to take home from it. more

Perspectives Education

Girl Summit 2014: Communities Leading The Way To End FGM/C

All Africa, Burkina Faso. In Burkina Faso, 3 out of 4 girls and women have undergone Female Genital Mutilation / Cutting (FGM/C). But today, only 9% of people there are in favour of the practice. What’s caused this dramatic shift in opinion? On 22 July, the UK will host the first Girl Summit, bringing global decision makers and civil society together with the aim of ending FGM and child, early and forced marriage within a generation. more

Source: ONE.org Blog

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Perspectives Startups

A Road Trip Full Of Good Ideas

Algeria, Benin, Botswana, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Morocco, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zimbabwe. 5 days, 5 busses, one continent and 160 future entrepreneurs: The AMPION Venture Bus Africa is the opportunity in Africa for people with entrepreneurial minds involved in IT, business or design! Open for application NOW! more

Events Entrepreneurship
Jul 31, 2014
All Africa

Africa Buzzing With Entrepreneurial Spirit

Recent reports are showing that several African countries are beginning to focus on opportunity entrepreneurship rather than necessity entrepreneurship – and that sub-Saharan Africa is the region with the highest number of people involved in early-stage entrepreneurial activity. July promises to be a busy month for the planning of the GEW 2014 in Nov.. Read how you can become part of it. more

Source: GWE // Global Entrepreneurship Week

Perspectives Social Media

12 Business Benefits of LinkedIn

All Africa. Oluwatobi Asehinde, author of iAFRIKAN, an independent technology analysis and news site, has often wondered why there’s a lot of fuss over social media like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Badoo, and a host of many others when compared to that of LinkedIn’s. Apparently very few people see the worth or benefit of using LinkedIn. Here are some important benefits. more

Perspectives Fashion

Burkina Faso’s French Knicker-Makers

Burkina Faso. Amid a West African cotton crisis and at a time when many European fashion houses have moved their production to cut-price Asian factories, French lingerie label Atelier Augusti has opted to manufacture its entire range of women's cotton underwear in Ouagadougou. more

Source: BBC News World

Inspiration Youth

Zuriel Oduwole, 11: Dream Up, Speak Up, Stand Up

Meeting 11-year-old Zuriel Oduwole is like encountering the alter ego of a superhero. The young girl of Nigerian and Mauritian descent with doll-like eyes and chipmunk cheeks lives with her family in an unassuming suburban American neighborhood in California. But … more

Source: Selamta Magazine Ethiopian Airlines

Perspectives Technology

Ten Days in Kenya With No Cash, Only a Phone

Kenya. Charles Graeber had traveled from New York to Nairobi to learn how to pay for things with a phone - and to understand why Kenya has gained a reputation as the mobile payments future. Here is his fascinating report. It's a longread, a travel story of the other kind. more

Source: Bloomberg Businessweek

Perspectives Career

Good Advice: 50 Ways To Get A Job

In search of a job? Go ahead! It's not magic: But, if you commit to doing every exercise of this website, with authenticity and serious effort, you will discover your path, find your ideal career, and get hired. more

Source: 50 Ways to Get a Job

Perspectives Solar Energy

Cool! A Wind- And Solar-Powered Car

Nigeria. Segun Oyeyiola, student of the Electronic and Electrical Department of Nigerian Obafemi Awolowo University, turned a Volkswagen Beetle into an environment friendly off-road vehicle. He used free scrap parts donated by friends and family. Cost for additional parts was just $6,000. Oyeyiola´s ultimate aim is to build Nigeria´s future car. more

Source: FastCompany

Inspiration World Cup

The Best Posters Of The Fans’ Favorites

Bleacher Report has put together the profiles of the fans’ favourite player for each of the 32 competing World Cup nations. And Canadian Graphic Designer Jon Rogers has created a fab gallery of these football stars. Here are Africa’s Best.  Having … more

Source: Behance

Events Future Leaders
Jul 19 – Jul 22, 2014
London , UK

Youth For Change

The UK government and UNICEF will host #YouthforChange, an event developed by young people for young people to ignite action around girls’ rights and strengthen young people as leaders of the future. more

Source: Gov.uk

Perspectives Business

The Story Of Chance And Patience

Rwanda. Two orphanages and their adventurous way to their own business. The story of Chance Tubane and her brother Patience Nduwawe is a story of hope, chance – and business. Orphaned and separated at a young age, victims of the genocide in Rwanda in 1994, the siblings were reunited ten years after and unitedly they are running their own company. Tohoza is Rwanda's top online advertisement platform. more

Source: CNN Edition

Perspectives Architecture

Africa’s Most Exciting Architects

All Africa. Africa is a land under construction. Last year, over $220 billion was spent on all kinds of building projects in the continent. While foreign architects have clamored to make their mark in the region, a range of local talent has also stepped forward to shape their landscape (and in some cases, export their aesthetic abroad). more

Source: CNN Inside Africa

Perspectives Technology

The Map Of Tech Innovation

All Africa. One of the key features of the African digital renaissance is that it is increasingly home grown. One of the main sources of locally developed applications is the technology hubs that are springing up across Africa. In a recent project carried out for the Botswana Innovation Hub, The World Bank worked with two of the longer established labs, the research arm of *iHub_in Kenya and BongoHive in Zambia, to create an interactive map of tech hubs. more

Source: World Bank Blog

Perspectives Innovation

What Needs To Be Invented

You think everything has been invented already? Not yet! Some great ideas are still missing. Michelle Ataganga, Managing Editor of Ventureburn, has some ideas about which innovations would make life in Africa better. So, entrepreneurs, here is the challenge! more

Source: Ventureburn

Inspiration Culture

The Encyclopaedia Of African Wisdom

All Africa. Many African cultures disappear nowadays. A new encyclopaedia will fight against the loss – using the Internet to rescue a precious legacy on the verge of extinction. It is the project and big dream of Chief Gaston Donnat Bappa from Cameroon, an IT specialist with more than three decades of experience. more

Source: The Guardian

Perspectives Job Opportunity

Open for application: The Malala Fund Is Looking For A Director of Advocacy

The Malala Fund launched in October 2013 with the goal of creating a world where every girl has access to an education that empowers her to recognize her potential. The Malala Fund is founded and inspired by the Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai. Malala campaigned in Pakistan for the right of all girls to go to school in the face of a ban on female education by the Taliban. She was shot by the Taliban for her campaign at the age of 15 on her way home from school, causing global outrage. The Malala Fund is in the process of building its team and board over the course of 2014. Please spread word around. more