July, 2009

  • Kenyan engineering students build bicycle-powered cellphone charger

    Posted Jul 31st, 2009 By in General, Technology With | Comments Off on Kenyan engineering students build bicycle-powered cellphone charger

    …two university students, Jeremiah Murimi, 24, and Pascal Katana, 22, wanted to make a difference in the lives of rural villagers. The result, a pocket-sized, bicycle-powered charger that was developed using homegrown innovation along with parts salvaged from the junkyard. Though similar inventions already exist in other African nations, none have been sold in Kenya until …

  • Wheelbarrow boys of Liberia

    Posted Jul 27th, 2009 By in Business, General With | Comments Off on Wheelbarrow boys of Liberia

    via herwigphoto.com on flickrWhile most of us rarely think of or use wheelbarrows in our daily lives, for a large group of post-war Liberian youth, pushing a wheelbarrow through the streets of Monrovia is decent work and steady income. The otherwise simple tool allows many of them a means to make money without much initial …

  • Local food for foreigners (Fish restaurant sign)

    Posted Jul 26th, 2009 By in Business, General, Travel With | Comments Off on Local food for foreigners (Fish restaurant sign)

    via flickr.com Fun sign for a fish restaurant in Tanzania.The sign maker has gone through the pains to correct their own spelling in an effort to communicate with and attract english-speaking customers. The red arrow above is a nice touch as it reinforces the intent of the sign. While the spellng and grammar is a …

  • A Place of Refuge: A music artist from Sierra Leone helps Brooklyn NY kids (video)

    Posted Jul 24th, 2009 By in Charity, Film/Television, General, Music With | Comments Off on A Place of Refuge: A music artist from Sierra Leone helps Brooklyn NY kids (video)

    Chosan, a hip-hop artist from Sierra Leone, for years has spent  his time  away from the microphone working with kids at a local school in Brooklyn, NY. The upcoming documentary "A Place of Refuge" documents the interactions and cross-cultural experiences between Chosan and the children. Watch below.

  • Trending Africa July 23, ’09: E. Africa gets hi-speed internet, TEDGlobal, etc.

    Posted Jul 23rd, 2009 By in Art, Books/Magazines, Business, Charity, Events, General, Politics, Technology, Travel With | 2 Comments

    • Big news of East Africa finally getting high-speed internet with the launch of SEACOM's fibre optic cables; and some reactions • The Gates Foundation and Peace Corps open up Africa Rural Connect, encouraging everyone to send Ideas on how to help rural Africa • Investors are seeing growing fields of opportunity across Africa • …

  • Banksy takes street art to walls of Mali

    Posted Jul 14th, 2009 By in Art, General, Politics, Travel With | Comments Off on Banksy takes street art to walls of Mali

    UK-based Banksy, one of my favorite street artists turned art world hero, has recently taken his brand of political commentary to the streets of Africa, Mali to be exact. It seems Banksy’s work has been spotted on the walls in Mali. As with his usual style, Banksy makes good use of the natural state of …

  • Bono on Obama’s 1st Africa visit as President and rebranding the continent

    Posted Jul 10th, 2009 By in Business, Charity, General, Music, Politics, Travel With | Comments Off on Bono on Obama’s 1st Africa visit as President and rebranding the continent

    As President Obama embarks on his much anticipated trip to Africa this weekend, U2 frontman and social activist writes an op-ed column in this weekend’s NYtimes highlighting the significance of the President’s visit to Ghana. But as the example of Ghana makes clear, that’s only one chord. Amid poverty and disease are opportunities for investment …

  • Has African capitalism failed? (video)

    Posted Jul 8th, 2009 By in Business, Events, General, Politics, Travel With | Comments Off on Has African capitalism failed? (video)

    Is Africa's version of capitalism failing? That is the question many African's in and outside of the business world continue to ask as many countries on the continent continue to move rather slowly to compete with other economies. While individual countries can be championed for their business successes, many argue that the continent as a …

  • President Obama on Africa and upcoming visit (video)

    Posted Jul 6th, 2009 By in Business, Events, Featured, Film/Television, General, Politics, Travel With | Comments Off on President Obama on Africa and upcoming visit (video)

    This week President Obama will make his first visit to sub-Saharan Africa as president of the United States. The visit is greatly anticipated by Africa as a whole and Ghana specifically. In the videos below he talks to allafrica.com about Africa now and to the future.Part 1Part 2

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