Adesina wins All Africa Business Leaders Awards 2019 African of the Year award

JOHANNESBURG/South Africa: African Development Bank President, Dr Akinwumi Adesina received the African of the Year Award from the All Africa Business Leaders Awards (AABLA™), Thursday, in recognition of his bold leadership and the innovation of the Africa Investment Forum which “opened up billions of dollars of investment into the continent.” The ninth edition of the awards, organized by AABLA™ in conjunction with CNBC Africa, seeks to honour leaders who have contributed and shaped the African economy. The Africa Investment Forum, inaugurated in 2018, has been a trailblazer in tilting investments…

Young African Entrepreneurs Hunger for Continents Business Policy Development

SHARM EL-SHEIKH/Egypt: Young African entrepreneurs urged to make their voices heard in business policy-making across the continent and called on governments to implement friendlier tax policies, improve access to finance and boost support for youth-led businesses to create jobs. Speaking at the 2019 African Economic Conference in the Egyptian resort of Sharm El-Sheikh on Tuesday, the young business leaders said their role as engines of growth needed to be taken more seriously. “Youths running businesses are not taken seriously,” Terence Mathe, Co-Founder of Southern Incineration Services (SISCO) in Zimbabwe. “Such…

2019 African Economic Conference: A Clarion Call for Bolder Action to Tackle Africa’s Youth Jobs Crisis

SHARM EL-SHEIKH/Egypt: The 2019 African Economic Conference (AEC) opened in the Egyptian resort city of Sharm El Sheikh on Monday with a call on African policymakers to take bold steps to tackle red-tape and high startup costs in order to create decent and well-paying jobs for the continent’s youth. Addressing the opening plenary of the three-day conference, Egypt’s Minister of Investment and International Cooperation, Sahar Nasr said the conference provided a critical platform to address the challenges of jobs for the youth on the continent. “Africa is the next development…

NJ Ayuk: Stop Giving Us Aid, It’s Killing Us!

JOHANNESBURG/South Africa:  Looking at Africa and only pushing for aid is not in the interest of the everyday Africans. It is about the egos of the elites and latte intellectuals who believe they have the solutions to why the continent is still poor. As Africa’s population and economies surge, greater opportunities for development are presented, societies change, and the aspirations of everyday Africans are increasingly requiring urgent attention. On the other hand, Germany’s energy transition anticipates a vastly more efficient and interconnected energy system in the future, one that I…

We Are Committed to Youth Development Across Africa- Delta NYCN Boss

By Victor Bieni SEKONDI/Ghana: The Chairman National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), Delta State Chapter, Comrade Kenneth Okorie has said his regime is committed to Youth development across African continent, and globally. Comrade Okorie made this assertion in a telephone recently as the Delta Executives of the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), Delta State Chapter paid  a one week advocacy visits to Sekondi, Ghana, West Africa and embarked on a global partnership towards youth development in partnership with Ghanaian formidable civil society organization:  Network for the Support of the Vulnerable…

2019 Africa Visa Openness Index: African Union Commission, AfDB Report Shows Wins In Visa Restrictions Across Africa

JOHANNESBURG/South Africa:  For the first time, on average, Africans can travel to approximately 27 countries visa-free or with a visa on arrival; Ethiopia moves up a record 32 places on the Index, entering the top 20 most visa-open countries in Africa. For the first time, African travellers have liberal access to over half the continent, the 2019 Africa Visa Openness Index published by the African Union Commission and African Development Bank, reveals. The report was launched on Monday on the sidelines of the Africa Investment Forum, which opened in Johannesburg,…

Leading Women Entrepreneurs Across Africa Share Their Insight

CAPE TOWN/South Africa:  To mark the 5th anniversary of its high-profile annual conference, the Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) has launched a prestigious publication, AWIEF Insights, celebrating and acknowledging the contribution made by women leaders, businesswomen and entrepreneurs across the Pan-African continent. AWIEF Insights is a glossy, magazine-style publication where leading women in Africa share their personal journeys, provide insight into their challenges and give advice to young women at the start of their careers. These leading women in Africa are: H.E. Dr Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, former President of…

U.S. Military Could Collapse Within 20 Years Due to Climate Change-Pentagon Report

The report says a combination of global starvation, war, disease, drought, and a fragile power grid could have cascading, devastating effects. By Nafeez Ahmed According to a new U.S. Army report, Americans could face a horrifically grim future from climate change involving blackouts, disease, thirst, starvation and war. The study found that the US military itself might also collapse. This could all happen over the next two decades, the report notes. The senior US government officials who wrote the report are from several key agencies including the Army, Defense Intelligence…

Princewill Excited Over Russia – Nigeria Deal in Sochi

PORT HARCOURT/Nigeria: Prince Tonye TJT Princewill an APC chieftain in a statement he issued had described President Muhammadu Buhari’s current outing in Russia as a harvest of goodies for Nigeria. According to the Prince of Niger Delta Politics, “I want to congratulate Mr President and his team for what they have achieved in Russia. Coming a few weeks to this year’s Christmas celebrations, permit me to call him Baba Christmas. The fact that the journey to a next level has already begun is now clearly obvious. Those who displayed their…