Sam Kodo is a Togolese tech entrepreneur who built his first robot at age 8. He is now the CEO of Infinite Loop, a company that manufactures low-cost computers for distribution in Africa.
A home-made helicopter built in Malawi by 45 year-old Felix Kambwiri is making waves. Kambwiri has spent four months building the chopper, made from scrap metal and fibre glass in his garage. Kambwiri joins a list of aviation enthusiasts across Africa who have dreamt of taking to the skies. We look at five amateur enthusiasts who have built their own aircraft.
Malawi is pushing its aviation boundaries with the announcement of the country’s first female Captain, Yolanda Kaunda. The historic news comes against the backdrop of International Women’s Day celebrated yesterday themed #PledgeForParity and the news could not have come at a better time.
South African entrepreneur, Thato Kgatlhanye, is the co-founder and CEO of Repurpose Schoolbags, a set of bags with solar power technology that lights up at night, helping children with reading.
In a country inundated with racism stories, the story of a 10 year-old white South African boy, Keegan Baker, embracing the Zulu language and aspects of the Zulu culture is making waves. The boy even has a dream of becoming a sangoma. Do you think this is a case of cultural appropriation or it’s a form of cultural integration, which should be encouraged?
Africa’s first legal music download service has been launched in Senegal. The service is accessed through the website called MusikBi, and close to 200 artists have signed up including acclaimed international and African greats, Youssou N’Dour and Baaba Maal.
In the last quarter of 2015 Africa joined the rest of the world in adopting the Agenda 2030 for sustainable development as well as the COP21 Paris agreement. As the most vulnerable region to climate change, these two crucial high level global strategic and policy decisions together with Africa’s own strategies, like the AU Agenda 2063, could set the continent on a growth path, guaranteeing food security, environmental resilience and economic inclusivity.
Uganda’s Kiira Motors Corporation has unveiled the continent’s first solar-powered bus. Dubbed “Kayoola”, the 35-seater prototype runs on two power banks. The solar panels on the roof provide enough energy for the bus to run on a range of 80 kms, travelling for 8 hours, uninterrupted.
Zambia’s Catherine Phiri is the new WBC female bantamweight champion after defeating now ex champion, Mexican Yazmin “Rusita” Rivas. Phiri becomes the first female Zambian and African to win the prestigious WBC title. The new champion won by a majority technical decision at the end of the sixth round.