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August 20, 2019

Mobile phones are replacing bank accounts in Africa

It doesn’t look like the hub of an online bank. But that’s what the yellow and blue metal kiosk becomes when Albert Agane locks himself behind the metal bars every day at 6am.

From his perch along a dusty suburban thoroughfare in Accra, the 28-year-old helps fellow Ghanaians withdraw or deposit cash for accounts they operate from their mobile phones. All they need do is text.

Mobile money is the fastest-growing source of income for wireless-network operators like MTN and Vodafone’s Safaricom unit, outpacing data since many Africans don’t have the latest smartphones. They need agents like Agane because ATMs and bank branches are out of reach, or too costly.

“In a [...]

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August 14, 2019

E-learning education conference looks to unlock Africa’s future

As a Russia-Africa summit opens in Sochi on the Black Sea on October 24, a more modest but significant conference will take place in Abidjan, the capital of Côte d’Ivoire.

The conference, eLearning Africa, will bring together international education and technology specialists, government ministers, entrepreneurs and investors to discuss opportunities for expanding Africa’s education sector.

It is a subject at the heart of the African Union’s plans for turning Africa into a “transformed continent” by 2063 and it will be discussed and debated during three days of presentations, workshops, seminars and ministerial meetings from October 23 to 25.

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August 6, 2019

Ghanaian inventors develop device to rid Ghana of mosquitoes forever

Two Ghanaian female graduates, Mavis Kusi and Sharon Aforo Acheampong, have developed a device capable of warding off mosquitoes, has learnt. The aim is to prevent the insects from biting humans so as to help eradicate mosquitoes from Ghana. The device is composed of IoT technology and is capable of repelling as well as collecting data on mosquitoes that come within two metres in specific areas.

Per a report, Kusi and Acheampong were motivated by the apparent non-impact of mosquito repellents in Ghana.

Kusi argues that the product comes at a reduced cost and would help people go about their activities with little fear for [...]

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August 5, 2019

Engineered in Africa: ‘We knew the talent was there’

Christina Sass learned at an early age to spot talent in new places. She went on to found Andela, a firm that recruits software engineers in Africa.

One autumn, at the start of a new school term, she found half of her class had been replaced with black students from a much less affluent part of town.

“Busing” children between schools was a policy designed to integrate divided communities, and she remembers it causing “a huge uproar” in the US city of Athens, Georgia where she was growing up.

She was fearful at first herself, but the experience turned out to be overwhelmingly positive.

“Sure, it was a bunch of new people who [...]

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