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December 11, 2019

Miss South Africa crowned 2019 Miss Universe

Zozibini Tunzi was crowned Miss Universe Sunday night after excelling through rounds of swimsuit and evening gown struts, questions on social issues and one final chance to explain why she was the right choice.

“I grew up in a world where a woman who looks like me — with my kind of skin and my kind of hair — was never considered to be beautiful,” she said in her last response. “I think it is time that that stops today. I want children to look at me and see my face and I want them to see their faces reflected in mine.”

The two runners-up for the crown were Miss Mexico and Miss Puerto Rico.

“If you do not use your beauty for your [...]

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December 9, 2019

African tech boffins gather in Lagos to shape the continent’s digital path

LAGOS – Last week 12 technology start-ups from across Africa were in Lagos, Nigeria, for the Google Launchpad Start-up Week, vying for attention from potential investors, and wise words from previous participants of the accelerator class.

Google Nigeria’s head of Start-up Success and Launchpad Africa, Fola Olatunji-David, says entrepreneurship is cool right now, particularly in South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria

“A few years ago if you wanted to be a cool kid (in Nigeria) you were in oil and gas.

This year you’re an entrepreneur.

“There’s a lot of noise (about tech entrepreneurship) but when you sift through all of that noise, you’ll find actual gems,” [...]

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December 4, 2019

Twitter CEO Wants To Move To Africa, Which Will “Define The Future”

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey plans to move to Africa next year for three to six months, he said after a month-long trip to entrepreneurial hubs on the continent.

“Sad to be leaving the continent…for now,” Dorsey tweeted. “Africa will define the future (especially the bitcoin one!). Not sure where yet, but I’ll be living here for 3-6 months mid 2020. Grateful I was able to experience a small part.”

He has spent the month of November visiting entrepreneurs in Ethiopia, Ghana, Nigeria, and South Africa.

The bearded CEO posted a number of selfies with various groups of young entrprenerus he met, including one with “inventors in [...]

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November 28, 2019

Improving women’s lot in Africa will also improve its GDP

Correcting gender imbalances and improving rights for women is now an economic imperative, write Lohini Moodley, Tania Holt and Acha Leke

SA is one of the continent’s leaders when it comes to furthering the rights of women. It has raised the share of women serving on company boards and increased the number of women in middle management. In politics, its cabinet is one of just three in Africa that is gender balanced. And SA is also one of only three countries on the continent that has enshrined equal rights for women into law.

However, there is still a very long way to go as recent protests against unacceptably high levels of violence against women in the country have [...]

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