Empowering Oil Palm Farmers In Nigeria

Nigeria is one of the top producers of oil palm in the world. The business is highly lucrative and primarily dominated by smallholder farmers, with 80 percent of the local market share.
Recently, Releaf, an Agritech start-up that makes African farmers and food factories more efficient, secured $4.2 million in seed funding to drive the industrialization of food processing in Africa.
For most perspective, Africa 54’s Technology Correspondent Paul Ndiho, via Skype, spoke to Ikenna Nzewi, CEO and co-founder of Releaf, based in Lagos, Nigeria.

MIPAD UNVEILS TWO GLOBAL 100 LISTS OF MOST INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE OF AFRICAN DESCENT

In support of the International Decade for People of African Descent, proclaimed by the United Nation’s General Assembly resolution to be observed from 2015 to 2024, the Most Influential People of African Descent (MIPAD)identifies high achievers of African descent in public and private sectors from all around the globe.
Earlier this month, MIPAD unveiled two global 100 lists of Most Influential People of African Descent in the creative industry.
Africa 54’s Technology Correspondent Paul Ndiho, via Skype, spoke to Kamil Olufowobi, Chief Executive Officer, MIPAD in New York.

A Ugandan company, Biogenics making COVID 19 Masks

Across the world, people wearing a face mask while in public has become the norm to help prevent the transmission of COVID-19. However, they are still expensive for ordinary people.
To alleviate this challenge, A Ugandan company, Biogenics Limited, has established itself as a critical player in the Healthcare industry and as one of the leading distributors of top-quality medical equipment, supplies at affordable cost.
For more, Africa 54’s Technology Correspondent Paul Ndiho, via Skype, caught up with Dr. Hasahya Tony, CEO, Biogenics Uganda Limited in Kampala, Uganda.

CURBING ILLICIT FINANCIAL FLOWS IN GHANA

The African Continent loses about $88.6 billion of capital flight per year through illicit financial flows. According to a 2020 report published by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development. The west African nation of Ghana is one of the countries struggling to fight illicit financials in the mining sector.
Africa 54’s Technology Correspondent Paul Ndiho, via Skype, spoke to Angela Alu, a Ph.D. student in Finance, University of Ghana, and a Lecturer at Academic City University. Says Technology, if used properly, can help to curb illicit financial flows.

PROGRAM HELPING BRILLIANT KENYAN STUDENTS STUDY IN THE USA

Despite the COVID 19 Pandemic, limited access to U.S. embassies, travel restrictions, visa delays, and denials, the United States is still the number one destination for international students. According to data from the Institute of International Education. Nearly 1.1 million international students were enrolled in U.S. institutions and colleges this year.
An initiative founded by two Kenyans dubbed “The Kenya airlift program” seeks to help brilliant Kenyans achieve that dream of studying in the USA regardless of their financial background.
For more, Africa 54’s Technology Correspondent Paul Ndiho, via Skype, spoke to Bob Mwiti, founder & managing director, Appstec America, an I.T. consulting firm based in Tampa, Florida, USA.

ACCESSING CLEAN WATER USING ATM KIOSKS IN MALAWI

Access to safe drinking water is a challenge for people all over the world. However, in Malawi, a new cutting-edge technology dubbed “intelligent tap” or (Itap) brings a sigh of relief to many households. People in the rural communities use automated teller machines “ATM cards to get water from water kiosks.

For more, Africa 54’s Technology Correspondent Paul Ndiho, via Skype, spoke to Mayamiko Nkoloma, innovator and managing director, iMoSyS, the company behind iTap in Malawi.

Empowering Girls And Women In STEM Education

In Ghana, many young girls and women show great interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education. Unfortunately, but perhaps not surprising, the under-representation of women in STEM fields persists across the country.
A female lead organization, Yielding Accomplished African Women, promotes women’s participation in STEM and fosters the largest community of African female developers and financial analysts in the country.
For more, Africa 54’s Technology Correspondent Paul Ndiho, via Skype, spoke to Diana Wilson, CEO/Founder, Yielding Accomplished African Women, in New York.

AFFORDABLE HOUSING AND HOME-OWNERSHIP FOR LOW-INCOME FAMILIES

Uganda boasts nearly 47.4 million people, according to the latest United Nations data. But perhaps not surprising is that there is a housing shortage estimated at over 2.4 million units. Now, Anne Rweyora, a Ugandan social entrepreneur, is on a mission to change that narrative and provide a pathway to home ownership for low-income families.For more, Africa 54’s Technology Correspondent Paul Ndiho, via Skype, spoke to Anne Rweyora, Co-Founder and CEO of Smart Havens Africa, based in Kampala, Uganda.

BRIDGING THE DIGITAL DIVIDE IN MALAWI’S RURAL SCHOOLS

Using feature phones and homemade wooden tablets brings a new meaning to E-learning and perhaps bridging the digital divide that affects most rural Malawi. Thanks to the genius of Sam Masikini, an app developer who has designed an offline mobile learning app, “Inspire,” to make e-learning more widely accessible for schools in remote villages. Africa 54’s Technology Correspondent Paul Ndiho, via Skype, spoke to Sam Masikini, Technical lead, Inspire-learn team in Lilongwe, Malawi.

Zambian Innovator Arnold Nyendwa

At 23 years old, Arnold Nyendwa is a Zambian multi-award-winning inventor – who is already making headlines internationally, perhaps for a good reason.
Inspired by circumstances surrounding his community, for example, unreliable electricity power supply, he set out on a mission to invent Zambia’s first stainless-steel stove that uses gas, electricity, and solid fuel.

For more, Africa 54’s Technology Correspondent Paul Ndiho, via Skype, spoke to Arnold Nyendwa, Founder/CEO; Venturus Jumpstart Ltd, a Stainless-Steel Tech company based in Lusaka, Zambia.

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