Human Trafficking – why we should all get involved

Although slavery was abolished centuries ago, modern slavery in form of human trafficking – which involves the illegal trade of humans for money or other forms of exploitation – remains a $150 billion global business. About two thirds of this figure is generated from commercial sexual exploitation and the rest is generated from forced economic exploitation such as domestic work. The average girl or woman trafficked for commercial sexual exploitation is estimated to fetch about $100,000 in annual profits. Nigeria has a trafficking problem Nigeria remains a source, transit and…

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Meet the 2019 Mo Ibrahim Foundation Leadership Fellows

The Mo Ibrahim Foundation has announced the 2019 intake of selected Ibrahim Leadership Fellows, who will make up the programme’s eighth cohort. The incoming Fellows have taken up the following posts: Nadia Hamel (Algeria) has joined the African Development Bank (AfDB), Anta Taal (Gambia) has joined the International Trade Centre (ITC) and Emmanuella Matare (Zimbabwe) has joined the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). The Ibrahim Leadership Fellowships programme is a selective programme designed to identify and prepare the next generation of outstanding African leaders by providing them with mentoring…

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3 Ways Forced School Integration Destroyed The Black Community In The US

As a child growing up in the 90s, I can remember waking up at 5am to catch a bus that would take me an hour from my neighborhood to attend a primary school on the other side of town. On the way to my bus stop, I would walk past a school that was a little less than two blocks from my home. I can remember asking my parents why I couldn’t go to the school next door (and sleep in for an extra hour) instead of trekking across the…

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First annual Powering Jobs census released, showing large employment opportunity

Today, the first annual jobs census measuring employment from decentralized renewables for rural electrification in Africa and Asia, Powering Jobs Census 2019: the Energy Access Workforce, was released by Power for All. Supported by Schneider Electric Foundation and The Rockefeller Foundation and timed to the United Nations review this year of Sustainable Development Goal 8 (SDG 8, or Decent Work), the census provides the most comprehensive and granular data yet on energy access jobs created by decentralized renewable energy (DRE), which includes solar for home and business, green mini-grids and machinery…

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Why the Aka pygmy people of central Africa have the ‘best dads in the world’

No father spends more time alone with their children than the average Aka. Holding the title “best dads in the world” after a recent study, the men from the Aka pygmy tribe, who live in the border forests of Congo Brazzaville and the Central African Republic, dedicate the most time of all the world’s peoples to active fathering. They even usually offer their nipple to their crying babies to suck, just to soothe them when their mothers are not around. Professor Barry Hewlett, an American anthropologist was the first person…

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TEF and UNDP to empower 100,000 additional African entrepreneurs

The Tony Elumelu Foundation since 2015 has been on a ten-year journey to empower 10,000 African entrepreneurs – 1,000 entrepreneurs each year – providing them with training, mentoring and seed capital for their business, all built on the ‘Africapitalism’ philosophy propounded by Tony Elumelu. Following a recent partnership with UNDP, the Tony Elumelu Foundation is set to empower 100,000 additional entrepreneurs in 7 Sahel African countries over a 10-year period. Starting this July, applications open for African entrepreneurs residing in the following countries: Nigeria (Northern), Niger, Chad, Cameroun, Mauritania, Mali and Burkina…

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Benin follows Nigeria to join Africa’s iconic free trade market, Eritrea still hesitant

Just days after Nigeria, the largest economy in Africa, finally agreed to sign the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement, Benin, which was undecided, has followed suit. The AfCFTA, which will allow freer movement of goods, services and people within the continent, became a binding international legal instrument on May 30, 2019. At the time, 52 out of the continent’s 55 countries had signed the agreement with the exception of Benin, Eritrea, and Nigeria. Nigeria, which had chosen not to join the zone due to concerns raised by local…

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How two slave ancestors from the U.S. and Jamaica started the emancipation journey to Ghana in 1998

To speak of Black Emancipation is to know and appreciate the historical events that led to the near loss of the Afrikan pride, and to pay respect to the intellectual and physical wars waged by our ancestors in their fight to liberate the hearts and minds of our race. To speak of Black Emancipation is to understand the need to remove the Afrikan and persons of Afrikan descent from that environment within which can be found systems and regulations created to further dampen the flames of Black fire, and of…

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Meganne Lorraine Ceday Boho from Cote d’Ivoire wins the prestigious Diana Award

Meganne Lorraine Ceday Boho from Côte d’Ivoire has been recognised with the highest accolade a young person can achieve for social action or humanitarian efforts – The Diana Award. This year The Diana Award celebrates its 20th anniversary year. Established in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales, the Award is given out by the charity of the same name and has the support of both her sons, The Duke of Cambridge and The Duke of Sussex. Passionate about putting gender equality at the heart of economic development, Meganne started providing free coaching…

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