COP21 African Pavilion opens

COP21 African Pavilion opens

On Friday the African Pavilion at COP21 was officially opened aimed at union and solidarity in the face of climate change. The President of Benin, Yayi Boni, spoke at the opening; “Africa did not come here (COP21) to beg for money or assistance but to bring about commitment of all…

China pledges $60 billion for development in Africa

China’s president, Xi Jinping arrived in South Africa for the China-Africa Cooperation Summit (FOCAC). The Summit is set to be a memorable event aimed at furthering cooperation a union between China and Africa. Over the past 15 years trade between China and Africa has skyrocketed from $10 billion to $220…

What will COP21 do for Africa?

“There is a lot of work to do here in Paris, and the stakes are very high, especially for the most vulnerable people and countries,” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at COP21 today. “Science tells us we have only a few years left before the window could close on our…

Africa Rising: reviewing the narrative

The Greek philosopher Aristotle wrote over 2,300 years ago in his book on natural history that “there is always something new coming out of Africa”. In May 2000, the Economist ran a cover story ”Hopeless Africa” where it detailed the gory state of Africa; Africa deluged by floods, ravaged by…

Erukilede Julius

Erukilede Julius is a legal practitioner, entrepreneur and energy professional.

Empowering women to aid in food security in Africa

Today the African Union reported that women are key to both helping to produce food in African countries anchoring the rural economies as well as purchasing and preparing the food for their families. However, whilst many women play such a large role in growing the economy and supporting the lives…

Disruption in the Telecommunication Industry: African telecom firms must innovate

In 1994 when mobile telephony started in Africa, telecommunication revolved around the rich. Between 1994 and 2014, mobile phone subscribers across Africa rose to 329 million and revenue from voice, message and data crossed $75billion mark in 2013 contributing 5.4% of sub-Sahara Africa GDP. And today, Africa is the largest…

Erukilede Julius

Erukilede Julius is a legal practitioner, entrepreneur and energy professional.

Frugal innovations in Africa: solving problems silicon valley neglects

Paul Polman, the CEO of Unilever in an interview with Insead Knowledge argues that over consumption of resources presents a unique challenge to the world but resource scarcity can be a catalyst for radical innovation. To respond to this challenge within his capacity as Unilever CEO, he infused frugal innovation into…

Erukilede Julius

Erukilede Julius is a legal practitioner, entrepreneur and energy professional.

A silent revolution is happening, will Africa “Tech” this opportunity?

Innovation and development cannot be separated. Both serve each other as fore-runners and their relationship could be linked with the “chicken or egg, which comes first” mantra. Technological innovation in the area of information and communication has over the years been a major driver for making our world flat. The…

Abiodun Dominic Odunuga

Abiodun Dominic Odunuga is a development practitioner and social entrepreneur.

A unique approach is required when ranking Africa’s universities

There is a new player on the university ranking block – and it focuses exclusively on Africa. The first Times Higher Education African ranking system was unveiled in late July during a conference in Johannesburg, South Africa. In the days leading up to the conference, a snapshot was released that…

Tyrone Pretorius

Professor Tyrone Brian Pretorius is the 7th Rector and Vice-Chancellor of the University of the Western Cape (UWC).

Why applying a gender lens is key to addressing Africa’s challenges

A report on the Ebola outbreak in West Africa in early 2015 caught my attention. Being sensitive to gender issues, I was amazed that I had missed the gender dimension of this public health crisis. An alert from a global group that co-ordinates humanitarian action put the crisis in context:…

Shirley Malcom

Head of Education and Human Resources Programs at American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Solving Africa’s Brain Drain Problem

In a highly globalized world, not only goods and information move easily from one border to another. Human capital movement has also been moving at an unprecedented rate, with transportation costs lowering and some receiving developed countries relaxing their migration policies. While the World Bank estimates that the highest numbers…