Category : General

  • New wave of Western investment flows to African film

    Posted Feb 16th, 2011 By in General With | 2 Comments

    In recent years, though, there have been signs that a shift is under way. A wave of Western investment in African cinema has focused on sustainability and long-term growth. Rather than using Africa as a picturesque backdrop for big-budget studio productions, filmmakers from outside the continent and various fests are looking to cultivate a new …

  • Microsoft chairman plots Africa’s tech revolution (video)

    Posted Jan 18th, 2011 By in Business, General, Technology With | 3 Comments

    In the video featurette below, CNN’s African Voices highlights Cheick Diarra, the Microsoft chairman for Africa who has been trying to make technology more accessible on the continent. In the video Mr. Diarra talks about tech affordability, connectivity, and training in Africa, and also comments on combatting software piracy by developing the local software development …

  • Africa’s wealth and consumerism draws big brands

    Posted Jan 14th, 2011 By in Business, General With | 4 Comments

    The Wall Street Journal is currently running an in-depth interactive series on the rapid development and potential of the African consumer market. The first installment of the series includes a wealth timeline of foreign investment in Africa, consumer profiles, an insightful article on multinational brand perspective and more. It’s a must read. I’m looking forward …

  • Insights on mobile banking & advertising in Africa (videos)

    Posted Jan 5th, 2011 By in Business, General, Technology With | 1 Comment

    If you’ve been following this website or been engaged in any recent conversation about Africa’s future, you can’t have missed a mention about mobile technology innovation and it’s impact in Africa. For the curious or uninitiated, here are a couple of videos which focus on the trend and give some insight particularly in the banking …

  • Watch out Silicon Valley. Chinese and Indian Entrepreneurs Are Eating America’s Lunch

    Posted Dec 29th, 2010 By in General With | Comments Off on Watch out Silicon Valley. Chinese and Indian Entrepreneurs Are Eating America’s Lunch

    …India’s and China’s successes aren’t due to their education systems, but despite them. You’ve probably heard of Indian outsourcing hotspots like Bangalore and Chennai, but it’s not just call centers and software sweatshops Americans now need to worry about: Technology entrepreneurship is booming all over in China and India, and is beginning to innovate; these …

  • Growth and spending of African consumers (video)

    Posted Dec 8th, 2010 By in Business, Fashion, Film/Television, General With | 2 Comments

    Here’s a very  informative video interview on African consumer growth, spending and attitudes. Courtesy of ABN Digital.

  • Top 100 global thinkers of 2010

    Posted Dec 2nd, 2010 By in Books/Magazines, Business, Charity, Featured, General, Politics With | Comments Off on Top 100 global thinkers of 2010

    Foreign Policy Magazine has named their top 100 global thinkers of 2010. The list, which I’ve outlined below, is a mix of policy makers, advocates, and media professionals among other global influencers. A special congratulations goes out to Rosa Whitaker (#53), Ory Okolloh (#59), and Ethan Zuckerman (#81), all of whom  I’ve had the pleasure of …

  • Africa’s New Trade Frontier (infographic) – The BRICA Group

    Posted Nov 16th, 2010 By in Business, Editor's Note, General, Politics, Travel With | Comments Off on Africa’s New Trade Frontier (infographic) – The BRICA Group

    The above infographic gives an overview of Africa’s changing trade partnerships. The infographic comes courtesy of The BRICA Group, a new collaborative venture in partnership with Larry Ossei-Mensah of myglobalhustle.com. The BRICA Group’s mission is to serve as an advocate and catalyst for the development of innovation and creativity in emerging markets. We have more …

  • Notes: leadership and innovation at 2010 World Business Forum

    Posted Oct 29th, 2010 By in Business, Events, Featured, General With | Comments Off on Notes: leadership and innovation at 2010 World Business Forum

    Recently I was honored to have been able to attend The World Business Forum, an annual business conference featuring some of today’s most influential business and leadership luminaries. The event, held at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, featured 18+ speakers – including Al Gore, Jack Welch, Vijay Govindarajan, and Charlene Li – …

  • European, Asian, U.S. business schools launching Africa campuses

    Posted Oct 4th, 2010 By in General With | Comments Off on European, Asian, U.S. business schools launching Africa campuses

    Businessweek reports on the growing trend of Asian, European, and American business schools establishing campuses on the African continent. Over the last few decades, Western business schools have increasingly turned their sights on Africa, with dozens of leading schools launching faculty-exchange programs, sending classes on tours of sub-Saharan Africa, and forging partnerships with local schools. …

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