European Regulators Join African Banks to Discuss Economic and Financial Stability

Africa has witnessed a rapid expansion of cross-border banking, led by banking groups based in Africa that are spurring financial and economic integration and transforming the continent’s financial landscape. These institutions are occupying a space created by the retreat of several global bank groups from Africa in the wake of the crisis. African banks headquartered from Morocco to South Africa have each established business operations in at least 10 countries. Ecobank, headquartered in Togo—is present in more than 30 countries on the continent.

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Stick Man Sweeps Four Kidscreen Awards

Stick Man

Stick Man, Triggerfish Animation Studios collaboration with Magic Light Pictures, won four awards at the Kidscreen Awards this week, making it the most awarded animation on the night. Stick Man beat Shaun the Sheep: The Farmer’s Llamas and Bruno & Boots: Go Jump In The Pool to win Best One-Off, Special or TV Movie for Kids. The 26-minute short film also took home Best Direction for Jeroen Jaspaert and South African co-director Daniel Snaddon; Best Music; and Best Design. Triggerfish Animation Studios is a Cape Town-based film and Entertainment Company.

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FINAL CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: 2017 Moriyama RAIC International Prize for $100,000

2017 Moriyama RAIC International PrizeThe Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) reminds architects all over the world to enter the 2017 Moriyama RAIC International Prize competition for a chance to win 100,000 Canadian Dollars. The Prize, awarded every two years, is open to any architect working around the world, irrespective of nationality and location. Any architect, team of architects, or architect-led collaboration may submit a building or a related group of buildings that has been completed, occupied and in use for at least two years. The Prize celebrates a single work of architecture that is transformative, inspired, inspiring, and emblematic of the human values of respect and inclusiveness. An international jury will consider a range of criteria, including:

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SME Hustle in Kenya: How to get it right

Kenya bursts with entrepreneurial energy, with Small & Medium Businesses contributing around 90% of GDP. In fact, Kenyans are increasingly choosing to run more than one Small & Medium Business, and many others hold down a job while running a small hustle on the side. Billy Owino, Regional Director for Sage in East Africa, shares some views on how to get it right engaging in the SME Hustle in Kenya.

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BLK Super Speciality Hospital inks pact with Tanzania’s leading Orthopaedic Institute

blk super speciality hospital

In an ongoing pursuit of delivering paramount medical services and health care facilities to the African nations, India (New Delhi) based BLK Super Speciality Hospital has announced signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Muhimbili Orthopaedic Institute (MOI), which is one of the largest orthopaedic hospital in Tanzania. The pact would help promote cooperation and mutual understanding between the two countries.

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Aviation Africa 2017 to Open With a Sold-Out Conference and Exhibition

aviation africa 2017Aviation Africa 2017 takes place at the Radisson Blu Hotel & Convention Centre, Kigali, Rwanda on 22-23 February 2017.  The sold out conference and exhibition will be one of Africa’s largest Aviation events offering the opportunity for the international aerospace industry to network with Africa.

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Half of Global Mobile Phone Users Still Use Their Device for Only Talking and Texting

Global Mobile Phone Users

Research by GSMA, a company that represents the interests of mobile operators’ worldwide, uniting nearly 800 operators with almost 300 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, has revealed that almost half of global mobile phone users still only use their devices to make voice calls and send SMS, according to new consumer research by GSMA Intelligence. The new Global Mobile Engagement Index (GMEI) measures the level of engagement of mobile phone users across a wide array of use cases and services. This first-of-its-kind consumer index is based on inputs from the 2016 GSMA Intelligence consumer survey, which surveyed mobile users across 56 global markets representing 80 per cent of the world’s population. The first GMEI study was released on February 16th 2017, and is expected to be updated every year.

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2Face Idibia Joins Olori for GiveBack Concert to Save Nigerian Orphans

GiveBack Concert

2face Idibia (Tubaba) has decided to team up with Olori Wuraola Zaynab Ogunwusi, Yeyeluwa of Ife for the GiveBack Concert to put smiles on the faces of orphaned children from all over Nigeria.

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Convergence of Nations Released in French and Portugese

convergence of nations

This week, Jean – Claude Bastos de Morais – an African Entrepreneur, Investor and Innovation Influencer announced that two additional editions of the highly demanded book (The Convergence of Nations) have been released in French and Portuguese, adding up to the previous English version.

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Three Critical Uses of Data for Off-Grid Telecom Power

By Thomas Rahkonen, Chief Technology Officer & Vice President eCentre, Flexenclosure

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