We went to Soweto and made a little video

Last weekend, three mates and I had an amazing weekend in Soweto. We went with the great Ilan Ossendryver, an experienced photojournalist who took us around some garden/football projects he was involved in.

We drank with the locals, ate meat with the locals, took pictures of the locals (with respect and their permission), watched the night Orlando Pirates football live at the stadium with the locals and even jumped 70 metres inside an abandoned cooling tower into a net (NEVER AGAIN) with the locals.

This is a one-minute video that ends abruptly, but is still a little bit of fun about a magical day.

US company acquires African startup Saya

Robert-LampteyOne of the smartest people I’ve met as I’ve built up my African network over the past two years is the charismatic and smart Robert Lamptey.

As CEO and founder of Ghana-based mobile messaging company Saya Mobile, Robert has been an inspiration for many Ghanaians, and Africans for that matter. He is a better coder than anybody who has attempted MIT’s coding challenges and he has built up an excellent company in the last three years.

So it is of great pleasure to announce (somewhat belatedly, been on holiday), Saya’s acquisition by New Jersey company Kirusa, which has acquired the technology, IP and workforce of Saya that will now be working on Kirusa’s mobile applications. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Continue reading

Ebola Facts website goes, er, viral

ebolaAs the Ebola health crisis deepens and is not expected to peak until the end of the year, education about the disease is critical to contain panic and inform people.

Last week Nigerian educational website launched Ebola Facts, a site that was built in 24 hours and aimed at educating the West African market about the disease. In the past week more than 1.5 million people have visited the site and the Facebook site has been viewed 2.3 million times. Continue reading

It’s Africa’s Time comes to UK and Irish TV screens

itsafricatimeIt’s Africa’s Time is premiering on The Africa Channel and will be available to viewers in the UK and Ireland.

Focusing on community work and skills development across the continent and available on Sky 209 and Virgin Media 828 every Sunday at 8.30pm, award-winning South African actor Natalie Becker will introduce businesses and charities that are impacting on Africa’s future. Continue reading

Five million Sahel children face starvation

sahel_crisisAction Against Hunger UK/ACF International is calling for urgent support for the 15 million people facing food insecurity in the Sahel region.

According to the latest regional analysis, 15 million people in six countries of the Sahel region are currently food insecure, with just under four million requiring immediate assistance. These countries include the Gambia, Senegal, southern Mauritania, central Mali, Burkina Faso, southern Algeria and Niger as well as northern Nigeria and Cameroon, central Chad, southern Sudan, and northern South Sudan. Continue reading