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Interview: How Afrolynk addresses Africa’s development challenges with technology

Afrolynk is a Berlin-based company that promotes increased African-European business relationship with a focus on technology as the chief driver of integration. The social enterprise, which is present in 8 African countries – Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe, supports young entrepreneurs with free online courses for the development of their skills. The company, which organises …

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Google offering paid fellowship for journalism, tech and design students in Europe

Google has announced the continuation and expansion of its Google News Initiative Fellowship in Europe. The scheme connects students and recent graduates who want to explore the intersection between journalism and technology with news organisations. The successful candidates will kick off their careers in the news industry by spending 8 weeks in Summer working with experts in newsrooms and creating …

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Ecobank Group partners Alipay on intra-African remittance services

LOME, Togo, February 12, 2020/ — The leading pan-African bank, Ecobank, has signed a cross-border remittance agreement with Alipay, the world’s leading payment and lifestyle platform, that aims to bring more inclusive financial services by providing a fast, safe, affordable and convenient way for workers to transfer money back home. The partnership will facilitate instant transfers from Rapidtransfer, Ecobank’s remittance …

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2020 predicted to be the Year of Intra-African remittances

ACCRA, Ghana, February 12th, 2020,-/African Media Agency (AMA)/- Leading online international money transfer company WorldRemit predicts that 2020 will be the year of intra-African remittances. The World Bank already estimates that migrant workers within Africa send remittances in excess of $14 billion dollars each year, and in 2018 intra-African remittances represented 20% of global remittance flows according to Ecobank Group. …

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Canada announces express visa scheme for Nigerian students

Canada has announced an express visa scheme for students from Nigeria seeking to study at the country’s universities and colleges, PIE News has reported. The Nigeria Student Express initiative is aimed at expediting the processing time for study visa applications in Nigeria. The scheme, a specialised financial verification system (MyBank) used to ensure students have sufficient funds to study in …

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African leaders launch Fund to drive women entrepreneurship at AU Summit

Heads of State and Government who gathered at the 2020 African Union Summit have made the provision of more opportunities to women a centre-piece of their collective efforts to drive the continent’s economic growth and development. The Summit, taking place from 8-10 February in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa, witnessed the launch of African Women Leadership Fund that will …

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Google Developers Space opens in Lagos

Google has launched its first Google Developers Space in Lagos, Nigeria. Previously referred to as the Google Launchpad Space, the Google Developers Space is a hub for African developers, entrepreneurs and startups. The event took place on 29 January. Sundar Pichai, Google CEO, made a commitment to African entrepreneurs in July 2017 to start the Launchpad Accelerator Africa program and …

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Experts rally female students in Nigeria for science-oriented professions

ABUJA, Nigeria, February 3rd, 2020,-/African Media Agency (AMA)/- Science and Engineering Experts have called on young female students to pursue professional carriers in the field of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, STEM in Nigeria. The experts who were drawn from the public and private institutions in Nigeria, as well as the development sector, made this call recently at the Engineering …

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German-African Journalism exchange programme calls for applications

The International Journalists’ Programmes (IJP) are offering fellowships to up to six young Southern African journalists and up to five young German journalists.  Journalists ages 25 to 40 from Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Germany can apply. The Southern African-German Journalists’ Programme is a multiyear …

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Black History Month 2020 kicks off in Berlin with business networking

Black Business Matters, a networking platform for entrepreneurs of African descent, took place in Berlin on Saturday (1 February) to mark the beginning of activities commemorating the 2020 Black History Month in the German capital. The event, which was held at the premises of Each One Teach One (EOTO) in the Wedding district, was attended by young and not-so-young Black …

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French company opens West Africa’s first support centre for bakers

French company opens customer support facility, the first of its kind in West Africa, to help professionals in the development of new products or breadmaking processes, train them using on-site equipment or intervene directly in their customers’ workshops and production sites to provide technical support. ABIDJAN, Cote D’ivoire, January 29, 2020/ — On Tuesday, 28th of January 2020, Lesaffre inaugurated …

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African startup launches education platform to encourage women entrepreneurship

The multifunctional online subscription site offers tried-and-tested creative crafting lesson plans, teaching resources and business acumen CAPE TOWN, South Africa, January 28, 2020/ — A Cape Town-based startup, Creative Crafting Club bridges the gap between entrepreneurship for stay-at-home parents and education for tots-to-tweens. The multifunctional online subscription site offers tried-and-tested creative crafting lesson plans, teaching resources and business acumen for …

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Nominations Open for Inclusion in Startup Guide in East and West Africa

Global guide for startups calls on entrepreneurs in East and West Africa to submit nominations to be part of comprehensive guide to resources for startups and founders doing purpose-driven business in region. JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, January 28th, 2020,-/African Media Agency (AMA)/- To all entrepreneurs, innovators, accelerators, experts and co-working spaces across the Silicon Savannah, from Nairobi to Lagos, Kigali to …

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YouTube appoints Nigerian as Managing Director for Europe, Middle East and Africa

YouTube has announced the appointment of Alex Okosi, a Nigerian, as managing director of emerging markets for YouTube in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Okosi will be responsible for running YouTube’s business and partnership teams across emerging markets in EMEA including Russia, the Middle East, North and sub-Saharan Africa. He will report to the head of YouTube EMEA, Cécile …

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Digital Rights Media Fellowship opens to African journalists

Early-career African journalists working for mainstream print and online newspapers can apply for this fellowship. The Paradigm Initiative is accepting candidates for its Digital Rights and Inclusion Media Fellowship. The application process is now open for the third edition of the Paradigm Initiative Digital Rights and Inclusion Media Fellowship. The Paradigm Initiative Digital Rights and Digital Inclusion Media Fellowship 2020 seeks to embed …

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Germany: How Black community can engage the state for its empowerment

A panel discussion on how the Black community could engage the state for its empowerment was part of the People of African Descent Week which took place recently in Berlin. Panellists, including Berlin minister for justice, looked at how problems faced by Black people could be solved through community engagement with the government. The historic People of African Descent (PAD) …

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Free Coding Training for African Youth in Berlin

African Youth Abroad Empowerment (AYAE), a non-governmental organisation dedicated to educating, enriching and empowering the youth, is holding its first ever Free Coding BootCamp in collaboration with Leap Academy on 8 February in Berlin. According to the largest English-language news network in Europe, The Local’s publication of 9 January 2019 titled “Germany and Poland compete to fill labour gaps”, Germany …

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Janngo pledges €60 million at Davos to back African startups

Janngo unveils Janngo Capital Startup Fund, its €60m Venture Capital fund dedicated to financing tech-enabled startup accelerating progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Africa, with a €15m anchor investment by the European Investment Bank On the eve of its participation to the 50th World Economic Forum, Janngo pledges 60€ million to back technology startups with a double bottom …

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