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Nigerian diaspora praised over increase in remittances

Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman/CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), has commended Nigerians in the Diaspora on the rise of remittances in the first quarter of the year, by 20.3 per cent, representing the seventh consecutive quarterly increase in diaspora remittances since last quarter in 2020. In a statement by the Commission’s Head of Media and Public Relations, Abdur-Rahman Balogun, Dabiri-Erewa …

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Why Africa should reject rush to renewable energy By NJ Ayuk

In May 2021, the International Energy Agency (IEA) issued a report calling for a halt to oil and gas exploration around the globe at the end of 2022. NJ Ayuk, Executive Chairman, African Energy Chamber, argues in this opinion piece that denying Africa the benefits of its oil and gas resources could hinder the continent’s development—— African countries are hardly …

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Top 20 Finalists of Africa’s Business Heroes Prize 2022 Unveiled

Africa’s Business Heroes (ABH) Prize Competition, the flagship philanthropic program established by the Jack Ma Foundation to spotlight and support African entrepreneurs, has announced the top 20 finalists for its 2022 edition. Now in its fourth edition, ABH is a Pan-African competition that recognizes and celebrates entrepreneurial talent across the continent. It offers entrants a chance to win a share …

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Cape Town to host the 2022 Africa Fintech Summit

In November 2022, leading innovators, investors, and policymakers from around the world will gather in Cape Town, South Africa, for the 8th edition of the Africa Fintech Summit (AFTS). The summit will take place on 02-04 November 2022 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre(CTICC). With participants who represent over $4.5bn in private equity and venture capital funding, the AFTS …

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Survey shows migrants more prudent to maintain support to families in home countries as inflation rises

While rising costs of living have been globally observed, with inflation rates soaring to new highs in major economies, less-considered is the impact these costs have on migrants around the world who are often charged with financially supporting loved ones in their home countries. WorldRemit, a leading digital remittances company, conducted a multi-country study to determine the effects of the …

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Why US should invest in Africa – AfDB chief

The President of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group, Dr Akinwumi Adesina, has given strong assurance to US investors that Africa is a secure, competitive and profitable market for investment. Adesina was speaking on Wednesday at the US-Africa Business Summit in Marrakech, Morocco, where he told American investors to see Africa as a logical investment destination and to engage with …

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How to Address Diaspora Africans’ Mental Health Challenges

Ghanaian-born Swiss-based Analytical Psychologist and Psychotherapist Esther Abena Keller calls attention to the increasing psychological and mental health risks of Africans in the Diaspora, who are challenged in specific ways, socially, economically and politically. Dr Keller identifies the specific reasons why diaspora Africans are especially susceptible to mental health challenges and what could be done to address these challenges ——– …

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Adesina on why Ireland should invest more in Africa

Since joining the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group as its 81st shareholder in 2020, Ireland has shown steadily increasing interest in strengthening its economic ties with Africa. That mission received a strong boost last week at the 7th Africa Ireland Economic Forum in Dublin, as AfDB’s President, Dr Akinwumi Adesina, enjoined the Irish business community to invest more in Africa. …

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Opportunities for Africans in nursing care business in Germany

In an exclusive interview with The African Courier, Godfrey Evurulobi, a graduate of international business from the University of Applied Sciences Cologne, narrates how he started and he talks about the nursing care sector in Germany and why his companies are currently recruiting Africans. The Nigerian-born entrepreneur also talks about his successes and challenges so far, and he gives tips to Africans planning to start a business in the country.

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German state wants to introduce tuition fees for foreign students

Bavaria, one of Germany’s 16 federal states, wants to introduce tuition fees for students from non-EU countries. The state government has submitted a bill to the state’s parliament to open up the possibility for universities to charge third country nationals. Generally, education in tertiary institutions is tuition free in Germany except in two states, where international students from non-EU countries …

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German fellowship for sub-Sahara African journalists opens

Broadcast journalists residing in a Sub-Sahara African country can participate in a fellowship being offered Germany’s leading organisation for international media development. DW Akademie is accepting applications for its Constructive Journalism Fellowship. The program brings together media professionals who want to learn more about constructive storytelling and connect with like-minded colleagues. The fellowship includes online trainings that will be held …

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SAP graduates paving way to Africa’s digital future

NAIROBI, Kenya, 21st June 2022 -/African Media Agency(AMA)/- Graduates of the SAP Young Professionals Program are adding valuable digital skills capacity to African enterprises across the continent. According to Cathy Smith, MD SAP Africa, since the launch of the program in 2012, the support provided by graduates brings critical digital skills to African businesses to help drive greater digitalisation and …

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Ghana’s economy showing signs of rebound, but two challenges remain — report

A new report reveals signs of rebound in Ghana’s economy, but shows that COVID-19 and the Ukraine-Russia crisis will test its resilience and inclusivity. The report, Transforming Ghana, reviews the country’s development over the past ten years (2012–2021) and evaluates the African Development Bank’s contribution through its High 5 strategic priorities——— Ghana has enjoyed two decades of steady growth, but …

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European Bank provides €75 million for vaccine production in Africa

European Investment Bank provides €75 million to Institut Pasteur de Dakar for new vaccine manufacturing facility. The facility is expected to significantly reduce Africa’s dependence on imported vaccines and support equal access to vaccines DAKAR, Senegal, June 3, 2022/ — Large-scale financing for the new vaccine manufacturing facility of the Institut Pasteur de Dakar, a leader in the field in …

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Black activist receives German national honour

Afro-German activist Katharina Oguntoye has been awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany (Bundesverdienstkreuz). The Order, colloquially known as the Federal Cross of Merit, is awarded to German and foreign citizens for political, social-economic and intellectual achievements as well as for serving the Federal Republic of Germany, such as through social engagement. Oguntoye (63) was presented …

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Senegalese leader inaugurates world’s largest hospital ship

DAKAR, Senegal, May 31, 2022/ — President Macky Sall of Senegal has inaugurated the world’s largest purpose-built hospital ship and committed to accelerate access to surgical, obstetric and anesthetic care for the nations of Africa. Ceremonies commemorated more than 30 years of service in Africa were held on Monday in Dakar. International humanitarian organization Mercy Ships and its partners in …

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Can technology be the driving force behind Africa’s development?

By Dumisani Moyo, Marketing Director, SAP Africa JOHANNESBURG South Africa, 27th May 2022 -/African Media Agency(AMA)/- The month of May is significant for the African continent because it is during this month that we celebrate Africa Day. Africa Day commemorates the formation of the African Union on May 25, 1963. It is a day when Africans celebrate the continent’s independence, …

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