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Media development in Africa: Telling our own African stories
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Africans rising Media development in Africa: Telling our own African stories

Africa is not a country, but for a long time a single narrative about the continent has been told. Western, Asian and European powers know the importance of telling their stories. Countries in these regions have established media outlets that sell their narratives, religious beliefs, social, cultural ideals and political philosophies. This is hardly the case with African countries, and it should be addressed.

Nigerian innovator Oshi Agabi reveals computer which can smell explosives
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Africans rising Nigerian innovator Oshi Agabi reveals computer which can smell explosives

Nigerian innovator Oshiorenoya Agabi is continuing to sail through new heights having recently unveiled a computer chip that can smell explosives. The computer which is based on mice neurons and not silicon could be implanted into the brain of future robots, training them to recognise danger via odours, definitely the next thing in airport security.

Nigerian economist Tony Elumelu donates $500,000 to Sierra Leone
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Africans rising Nigerian economist Tony Elumelu donates $500,000 to Sierra Leone

Tony Elumelu, chairman of the United Bank for Africa (UBA) and founder of the Tony Elumelu Foundation donated $500,000 to Sierra Leone following the mudslide disaster. The tragedy has drawn a huge show of support from across the African continent. Countries continue to donate their human and financial resources, and many Africans have taken to social media to bring news of the disaster to the fore when mainstream foreign media under-reported it. This is definitely how Africans should support each other during times of crisis.

Meet Nkosiyati Khumalo: GQ South Africa’s new editor, the first black editor
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Africans rising Meet Nkosiyati Khumalo: GQ South Africa’s new editor, the first black editor

Nkosiyati is making history as the first black GQ Editor and although the double title is a bit daunting he brings with him five years of experience at GQ, having worked as the GQ deputy editor and Style editor. “I remember not seeing many people who looked like me at a senior level. That’s even more true when it comes to lifestyle and fashion titles, not just in South Africa, but worldwide,” he says.