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Chinese e-commerce mogul Jack Ma : Africa’s challenging situation should be a source of innovation

Chinese e-commerce mogul Jack Ma : Africa’s challenging situation should be a source of innovation

Business
To many, he embodies the idea of success. Jack Ma, a Chinese billionaire, jetted into Nairobi Wednesday evening, started a packed two-day visit that peaked with a public appearance at the University of Nairobi and a speech to Kenyan youth tips on how to build successful business empires. Throughout his many public lectures that are available online, Jack Ma has emphasized a philosophy of personal change and humility, empowerment of women in public lives, and investing more in youth. Jack Ma said that Africa's poor infrastructure, social, economic and political situation should be a source of innovation for most entrepreneurs, just as lack of e-commerce in his home country inspired him to start one of the biggest online marketplaces. "If the Government does not have a solution to...
60 Million Emojis Are Used on Facebook; 5 Billion on Messenger: Where is Africa?

60 Million Emojis Are Used on Facebook; 5 Billion on Messenger: Where is Africa?

social media, Technology
Social media is undoubtedly a lot of fun and many a brand, including personal brands, have established themselves with social media. From emojis to videos, the visual form of messaging has taken the social media platforms to yet another level. Facebook, a popular social media platform has said that the most-used emoji on Facebook in the U.S. during the past 30 days was rolling on the floor laughing, while face throwing a kiss was tops on its messaging application. Globally, face with tears of joy topped Facebook in the past 30 days, followed by smiling face with heart-shaped eyes and face throwing a kiss. Mexico and Brazil are keen on the heart-eyed emoji. I take it as a comfort, rather than a snub, that the eggplant emoji does not appear even once on this list. Zuckerberg, Facebo...
Sub-Saharan Africa to grow to 500m mobile users, ‘The Mobile Economy: Sub-Saharan Africa 2017’ Report

Sub-Saharan Africa to grow to 500m mobile users, ‘The Mobile Economy: Sub-Saharan Africa 2017’ Report

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Sub-Saharan Africa accounts for nearly a tenth of the global mobile subscriber base and is expected to grow faster than every other region over the next five years. The mobile industry plays an increasingly important role in the social and economic development of the region: mobile connectivity has become the main platform for innovation and the driving force for greater inclusion, while the mobile ecosystem, including mobile network operators and device vendors, contributes significantly to economic growth and jobs. Across the region, mobile is enabling life-enhancing services that directly impact the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), complementing the efforts of governments and their development partners. The Mobile Economy: Sub-Saharan Africa 2017 report shows that mor...
Chinese tycoon Jack Ma set for two-day Kenya visit next week

Chinese tycoon Jack Ma set for two-day Kenya visit next week

Business
The founder and executive chairman of Chinese e-commerce behemoth Alibaba, Jack Ma is set to visit Kenya in his capacity as UNCTAD special adviser on youth entrepreneurship. This will be his first trip to Africa. Jack Ma is the second richest person in China with a net worth of $28 billion according to Forbes. He is currently the executive chairman of Alibaba Group, a holding company that owns popular eCommerce websites like Alibaba.com, Taobao, TMall and popular mobile web browser UCWeb. UNCTAD Secretary, General Mukhisa Kituyi and Mr Ma will make presentations to 500 young business leaders at the University of Nairobi. In his 3 day trip to Africa running from July 19 – 21st, Jack Ma will also visit Rwanda where he is the keynote speaker at Youth Connect Summit, also organized by
Europe shows how Africa’s tech hubs can thrive

Europe shows how Africa’s tech hubs can thrive

Startups, Technology
Cities in Europe have woken up to emulate the success in Silicon Valley. The New York Times reported that President Emmanuel Macron urged the French to make their country “the leading country for hyper-innovation.” He encouraged the crowd of entrepreneurs to “transform” and “shake up” the country. On its part, the French government committed to support entrepreneurs through a number of incentives including, making the country more business-friendly. The story of European start-ups is the same across capitals. New venture capitalists are emerging to support the growing appetite for entrepreneurship and they are succeeding. The United Kingdom, which was a front-runner in creating technology hubs, is reaping big returns from the sector. According to Tech Nation, a government report