The 2018 UNHCR Nansen Refugee award was presented to South Sudanese medical doctor and surgeon Dr Evan Atar Adaha for his “20-year commitment in providing medical services to people forced to flee conflict and persecution in Sudan and South Sudan.” Dr. Atar runs the only functional hospital in Upper Nile State.
Numerous aspects of African traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expressions cannot be patented or copyrighted. This leaves them open to exploitation by foreign entities. It is important that the entrepreneurs of the future understand the shortcomings of patenting in developing countries.
Citizen TV’s journalist Waihiga Mwaura has been awarded the BBC World News Komla Dumor award for his story-telling ability and on-screen presence.
Robotics entrepreneur Silas Adekunle features on Forbes magazine’s latest “30 Under 30” list for European Technology for creating the world’s first gaming robot. He is the founder and CEO of Reach Robotics, a company that fuses gaming, robotics and augmented reality.
Laws that prohibit women from inheriting the role of chief have been invalidated in South Africa and Namibia, but not in Lesotho. Senate Masupha is fighting for her right to wield the title hitherto held only by men.
Julius Malema, the leader of the South African opposition party the EFF, recently called for an integrated United States of Africa. The call received widespread support, but questions linger about the sincerity of Malema’s call and its practicality.
Frida Karani is culinary specialist in the US Navy, the 2016 US Armed Forces Chef of the Year and a Petty Officer 1st Class. She recently added being a winner in the popular Food Network show Chopped to her résumé.
Simukai Chigudu has won the prize for Best Doctoral Thesis in African Studies.
Nigeria is gradually taking the lead in setting up incubation and tech hubs where startups and young people develop software programmes and apps. Roar Nigeria, the first fully fledged university-embedded technology hub in West Africa, is training young tech experts and innovators – despite funding challenges.