Date: Sunday, 19 May 2013 07:00
In the FT Tolu Ogunlesi speaks with the founder of Swift Networks,Charles Anudu:
Swift Networks, the company Anudu founded after gaining his diploma, was awarded a licence to provide wireless broadband services in Nigeria. The company started operations in 2003 and, a decade on, I am curious whether Anudu is planning any new ventures. He tells me that his focus is on expanding Candel and Swift.More here
“We are founding new companies, but essentially they are being built to take advantage of the platforms we have already established – business models that run off the platform that we have already built.”
So Candel is expanding into Ghana, and, at home, diversifying into manufacturing – an agrochemicals plant is being built in the new free trade zone in Lagos and a fruit-processing plant is planned. Swift also plans to expand into the media sector and provide content.
... For Anudu, entrepreneurship goes beyond assembling start-ups. “[Starting] a company is the easiest thing you could ever do,” he says – getting that company to add value and make a difference in the lives of consumers is the real challenge.
Date: Saturday, 18 May 2013 09:29
Date: Friday, 17 May 2013 09:05
Yepoka Yeebo writing in Quartz:
Owusu-Achiaw moved to China 10 years ago, and started exporting clothes. Because he picked up the language quickly, he often found himself acting as a middleman between Chinese manufacturers and African traders. He started off with a few thousand dollars, and now handles $200,000 and $300,000 of orders at a time.
Image courtesy of Yepoka Yeebo
Established African merchants in Guangzhou like Owusu-Achiaw are increasingly focusing on logistics, and finding Chinese manufacturers for Ghanaian companies. “People come to me and say ‘I want 10,000’ of this, and bring a sample,” he said. He travels the country finding the best factory for the job, a challenge, he said, because there’s no such thing as a deal: you basically get what you pay for.
This shift has meant that instead of just trading with Chinese businesses, African merchants are partnering with them to run factories, warehouses and export operations. There are closer cultural ties too, with a growing number of intermarriages, and groups dedicated to keeping the peace between the African communities and their Chinese hosts.
Date: Thursday, 16 May 2013 07:00
Date: Wednesday, 15 May 2013 07:00
From the Rockefeller Foundation:
Digital Jobs Africa aims to impact 1 million lives in six countries in Africa by catalyzing sustainable Information Communication Technology-enabled (ICT) employment opportunities and skills training for high potential but disadvantaged African youth, thereby generating social and economic opportunities for those employed, their families and communities.More here
Date: Tuesday, 14 May 2013 07:00
From Jason Njoku co-founder of SPARK:
iROKO. We will learn together. We are 80 today, 3 months in. By 2015 we will be 1,000. We will get to that number if half of the companies are successful.More here
For further context see the related Bella Naija post
Date: Monday, 13 May 2013 07:00
Joyce Ababio College of Creative Design is a creative design institution launched by designer Joyce Ababio who created and ran Vogue Style School of Fashion and Design for 17 years. Building on that history, JACCD is a new design and an independent private institution with programs in Fashion Design, Graphic Design and Entrepreneurship.
courtesy of jaccd
The original school, Vogue Style School of Fashion and Design, began instruction in March 1995 with a class of 5 students offering only a certificate course. It quickly grew to 200 students by the year 2000 and has gained a reputation for innovation and quality education in Ghana. Joyce Ababio College of Creative Design is the first school in Ghana to adopt and blend the liberal arts method of education with design for the majors in Fashion Design, Interior Design, Graphic Design, Product Design in Jewellery and Accessories and Textiles. In 2013, it will commence by running 3 programs – Fashion Design, Graphic Design and Entrepreneurship.
Date: Sunday, 12 May 2013 09:35
The Ushahidi folks move into hardware:
The easiest, most reliable way to connect to the internet, anywhere in the world, even when you don’t have electricity
The idea behind BRCK is that all kinds of jobs require steady connectivity, even when infrastructure is spotty due to wireless connections that come and go, intermittent power, or devices that can’t share connections. Seeing this, we set out to redesign connectivity for the world we live in - Africa. As we laid out what such a device would look like -- physically robust, able to connect to multiple networks, a hub for all local devices, enough backup power to survive a blackout -- we realized that the way the entire world is connecting to the web is changing. We no longer only get online via desktops in our office, we have multiple devices, and we are all constantly on the move. So we designed the BRCK for the changing way we connect to the web around the world, from cafe-hoppers in San Francisco to struggling coders in Nairobi .
Date: Sunday, 12 May 2013 07:00
We’re changing “Made in China” to “Innovate with China” on our labels, what do you think?-Eric Pan of Seeed Studio on our visit Sunday
Eric Pan and his company, Seeed Studio, are showing the future of hardware development: hackers around the world innovating on open prototyping platforms, raising funds through crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter and partnering with Chinese studios to create manufacturable designs in small batches using technology like 3D printing and open source hardware components.More here
Date: Saturday, 11 May 2013 07:00
Katrina Manson writing in the FT:
...Cognoscenti have for years sought out works from collectable African artists, particularly those from west Africa, South Africa and the diaspora. But there are signs that as African economies grow, art from the continent is becoming an emerging asset class in the tradition of art from China Brazil, India and other growing economies.
courtesy of Beatrice Wanjiku
In recent years, African artworks have gained new buyers and top price tags have climbed to six digits. Last year, an annual Bonhams contemporary African art auction into its fourth year garnered a record sale price of £541,250 for a piece from established Ghanaian sculptor El Anatsui. His tapestry, which charts the globe with flattened bottle tops, is named “New World Map”.
Next month, Bonhams will hold its fifth auction of African art. The Tate’s African Art Acquisitions committee – set up last year – will this summer dedicate a wing to two artists from Benin and Sudan. Mr Lee offers pieces for auction in Seoul and hopes African works will attract collectors such as billionaire Samsung chairman Lee Kun-hee, who set up Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art.
Date: Friday, 10 May 2013 07:00
MakingIt features the prize winning Joel Mwale, founder of SkyDrop:
When Joel Mwale was hospitalized with dysentery, his doctors advised him to focus his energies on making a full recovery. The 18-year-old Kenyan student had caught the illness after consuming contaminated water during the country’s annual dry season. As he lay in bed, Mwale came up with the idea that would provide his community with access to safe drinking water and put him on the road to becoming one of Africa’s most promising young entrepreneurs.More here
“I thought that what if this thing keeps on happening, year in, year out. What if next year the same problem happens.” On his release from hospital, Mwale invested his life savings, 10,000 Kenyan Shillings (US$95), in building a borehole in his village. Four years on, and the project has been so successful that it still provides clean water to around 500 households.
Galvanized by his DIY borehole success, Mwale set about planning bigger projects and investigating how he could bring safe and reliable drinking water to the wider Kenyan population.
With the help of a financial loan from a local farmer, Mwale began investing in the necessary equipment and business infrastructure to put his idea of harvesting rainwater into action. Within a matter of months, he had founded Skydrop Enterprises – a company that captures falling rain water in a series of giant tanks, before purifying and bottling it for sale on the commercial market.
Date: Thursday, 09 May 2013 09:24
How We Made It speaks with Daniel Prior co-founder of Quite Bright Films:
We are seeing brands spending much more in the production of high-quality commercials. What is driving this?
The set of a commercial for Kenyan mobile operator Safaricom.
We have a growing middle class that has expendable income. They have the money to spend on fast-moving consumer goods and this drives production of high-quality commercials as companies compete for market share. There are currently about five to six companies in Kenya today who can afford very high spend in visual communication. Technology has also changed making it more affordable to produce high-end commercials. The game has also changed; before it was a learning curve. Now people are bringing their A-game to the industry. A lot of players have reached a point where they understand what they are doing and have the skills to make high-end productions.
Date: Thursday, 09 May 2013 07:00
An Afri Love profile:
Madwa works with artisans in Madagascar, Mozambique, Swaziland and South Africa, providing them with access to international markets. Along with helping to facilitate economic stability and independence for the artisans, the organisation is concerned with helping to preserve craft traditions and the natural environment...[more]Images courtesy of Madwa
Date: Wednesday, 08 May 2013 07:00
Over at ActivSpaces:
WakaWaka Light started months ago when we came across the innovative solar lamp by serendipity in the small mountain town of Buea. It was immediately clear how much this device could impact our community socially, economically and environmentally. Thus the campaign to bring in a clean, sustainable domestic lighting solution to Cameroon began. We met with challenges right off the bat: coming up with finances to acquire and distribute our first order; a miscalculated delivery that set us back several months — you name it. But through the support of some silent heroes and the goodwill of the community, we managed to successfully run a pilot market.An unexpected artistic bounty:
Factoring in Key Partners
Several weeks later, the first pieces in the “Ornament of Darkness” art collection were ready. We’re now hoping to identify our key partners interested in this story; in not only bringing clean technology to the world, but taking toxic technology out; in owning contemporary art made out of old technology from the heart of Africa. In our interactions with a variety of partners during the 48 Lamps campaign, we realized that we could do more than sell solar lamps. We could recycle what was once a toxic instrument into a work of art, capturing its essence while destroying its former vices.
Date: Tuesday, 07 May 2013 07:00
Ottawa Citizen Style highlights Bôhten Eyeglasses, founded by Nana Osei:
reclaimed materials from Ghana. The company is named for his middle name Boateng, which means prosperity.More here
His first collection Barklae was launched in December 2012 and included reclaimed materials such as redwood, zebrawood and bamboo, as well as reclaimed acetate for the optical frames. Each design embodies eco-luxury: high-end and environmentally conscious. For Osei, using reclaimed material is a means to an end.
Photo: Julie Oliver
“It’s something that needs to be done that people don’t take seriously enough,” says Osei, who has sold almost 100 glasses since December. “If we’re going to have a sustainable planet, everyone will have to start reusing materials.” Bôhten Eyeglasses, which retail between $179 and $239, are in boutiques and optical retailers in Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver, and have also appeared at Ottawa Fashion Week, Black Expo Design in Montreal and various tradeshows around the city.
Date: Monday, 06 May 2013 07:00
Lollygig founded by maker, Laate Olukotun just launched their signature product:
NapoleonGlove I which offers a more versatile, more flexible and more secure experience for you and your iPad. The unique NapoleonGlove pocket allows you to hold your tablet securely while using only one hand. Simply grab the bottom corner of the glove and pull to rotate your device. Or share your ideas with others by simply holding out your hand to face your audience.
Date: Sunday, 05 May 2013 07:00
Bitcoin comes to cellphones in Africa:
Sarafu is a Bitcoin wallet for feature phones.There's no need to sign up. Opening Sarafu on your phone creates a wallet which you can bookmark. Sarafu was created to help the unbanked, and open buying and selling to those let down by the traditional financial system.Follow the "getting bitcoin into Africa" reddit thread here
Date: Saturday, 04 May 2013 07:00
Anita Quansah creates unique and stylish one-off pieces of clothing with matching neck pieces using vintage and recycled materials which beautifully meld into a look of classic sophistication. After she graduated, she developed and promoted the use of recycled textiles and has since been incorporating such materials into her creations.
After the jump, "On The Rise from the show Afrika Rising."
Date: Friday, 03 May 2013 07:00
In the accessory space:
Diva Delicious is a fashion brand that currently deals with accessories with raw materials made in Ghana and a touch of glam. Diva because everything in the Accessories line is top quality and loud (in a good way) and Delicious, because it's craving, eye candy, colorful and artistic.
Design & Style Our purses reflect a great combination of design, dimensions and color along with street-smart trendiness. The various designs of purses are inspired from the combination of art, fashion and the confluence of modern and traditional cultures. Embroidery, bead work, sequin work, mirror work etc. are used to add beauty to these purses. DD purses are crafted with elegant pattern in incredible, rich colors.
These versatile style fashion clutches are featured in richly dyed straw, raffia, bamboo or African fabric and gets added dimension from cross pattern intricate detailing. Extraordinary purse keeps your daily essentials organized. It has magnetic closures for lightning fast access to your necessities, and embellishments add a little elegance. This delightfully woven straw purse is so sophisticated yet it is simply paired with your everyday ensembles for all seasons. Nevertheless organization and style is easy to achieve with this well-structured clutch bag
Date: Thursday, 02 May 2013 07:00
Hash on innovation:
It’s why rugged and efficient seed planting devices will be created in rural Ghana. It’s why Ushahidi and Mpesa had to come from a place like Kenya. It’s why South Africa’s Mxit has 35m users.
Finally, it’s why we should continue to invest in local inventors and entrepreneurs – instead of importing foreign solutions, let’s grow our own.
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