Pope Francis Forms Alliance With Youtube

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The Head of the Roman Catholic church, Pope Francis, has for the first time met with a bunch of creators for the purpose of promoting empathy. The Roman Catholic Church believes that empathy is a function of the virtue of charity by which a person enters into another’s feelings, needs, and sufferings.

Pope Francis is a holy Icon who always promotes peace and equality. His holiness created the Sholas which is an International Organization of Pontifical Right approved and raised by Pope Francis at the Vatican City on August 13, 2013. It connects technology with arts and sports in order to promote social integration and the culture of encounter for peace.

YouTube has 11 creators from 10 different countries around the world, and have 27 million subscribers .These 11 creators, Louise Pentland of the UK, Lucas Castel of Argentina, Matemática Río of Brazil, Hayla Ghazal of the United Arab Emirates, Dulce Candy of the US, Matthew Patrick of the US, Jamie and Nikki of Australia and Sudan/Egypt, Greta Menchi of Italy, Los Polinesios of Mexico and anna RF of Israel, met with the pope to discuss gender equality, loneliness, diversity, immigrant rights and other topics.

The pope is doing a marvelous work by thinking of such a platform to promote empathy as this will empower people to come to YouTube to tell stories and form connections that encourage empathy and understanding between diverse communities.

It should be noted that Pope Francis is one of the world leaders who understands the power of the social media and he is making great use of it. He is a man loved by almost everyone who comes close to him. So if he can’t reach everybody in person, he is convinced that youtube will very much facilitate the exchange of people’s experiences.

I strongly believe that if YouTube keeps helping people share their stories – the more we can all understand one another’s challenges and the more we can come together as a global community to solve issues of common interest.

Arthur Zang Wins the Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation

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The inventor of the cardiopad, Arthur Zang, from Cameroon is the winner of the Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation. TechCrunch Africa reported last month that Arthur Zang was one of the finalists of the aforementioned competition.

The cardiopad is  a touch screen medical tablet that enables patients in rural areas to easily examine and detect the present condition of their hearts. The introduction of this device has greatly curbed the hurdles faced by cardiac patients travelling to urban areas for medical examination.

Judge Malcolm Brinded of Dar es Salaam was impressed by the works of Arthur Zang. Malcolm further said that Arthur’s business plan is sound and his innovation could improve the quality of life for millions of Africans.

How the Cardiopad Works

A huge proportion of Cameroonians and Africans in general, suffer from cardiac disease which automatically leads to untimely death. Moreover, there are roughly 50 cardiologists for 22 -million citizens.  The cardiopad – which helps heart specialists to examine and diagnose patients without needing to see them physically – has the ability to conduct cardiovascular diagnosis from anywhere in the world.

The cardiopad which looks like a mini-iPad works when a wireless set of four electrodes and a sensor are attached to the patient. This enables the device to take digitized electrocardiogram reading of the patient’s heart function. Thanks to the cardiopad the rural doctor can send test results to cardiologists, specialist heart doctors in urban centres who can then make a diagnosis and send it back to the health worker along with prescription instructions.

As the Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation encourages young African talented engineers, ambitious engineers should focus their skills to develop solutions for local challenges as Arthur did. Engineers should focus on their community as it is always said ‘’charity begins at home’’. I ,therefore, use this forum to encourage African engineers to keep working; for its only such inventions and innovations that Africa will become an emerging Economy.

Tikay’s Bridal: Cameroon’s First Online Platform For Wedding Planning.

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The structure of Cameroonian weddings has really stayed the same for decades now. One of the biggest changes to come along with the internet (woohoo!) is . Tikay’s Bridal is an online platform that provides  rich resources for Cameroonian couples seeking reliable information on local wedding vendors,  as well as useful tips on .

Tikay’s  Bridal  will serve as the Platform you need as you plan to celebrate the most important day of your life. From the engagement party to the choosing of the gown, the bridesmaids dresses, the groom, and groomsmen, and the over the edge honeymoon.  This is the first online platform in for wedding planning.

TechCrunch-Africa (TCA) got the chance to interview the founder of Tikay’s Bridal, to know more about the business idea behind Tikays Bridal. Kareen Tikay, a 26 years old lady is the proud CEO of Tikay’s Bridal. Below are excerpts from the interview:

TCA: Could you introduce us to the business idea behind Tikay’s Bridal?

Kareen: Tikay’s Bridal is a concept born out of the need to make the wedding planning process easy for every couple looking forward to the happiest day of their lives. This Concept came to live after I experienced the stress that a cousin of mine went through trying to get things done during her wedding. It felt bad to see a bride so beautiful not concentrate on her happiness but struggle with vendors that she had a hard time dealing with because she never had many options to choose from. Tikaysbridal.com is a Cameroonian online market where anyone with wedding goods and services can create a profile to advertise his or her products via a gallery (Pictures/Video). On the other hand, couples all over Cameroon can visit the website and have the contacts of a variety of vendors to choose from, to handle their wedding arrangements. Couples no longer have to depend on one or two family recommended vendors that they are not sure of. Tikaysbridal.com allows them to see a variety of vendors to choose from.

TCA: How did the business idea for Tikay’s Bridal come about? How did you zero-in on the name ‘Tikay’s Bridal’?

Kareen: Well, the name TIkay’s Bridal, is derived from my own name – Tikay, with Bridals making clear the focus of the Business in question – Brides.

TCA: Tell us about the background of the Founder.

Kareen: Kareen Takem is a young Lady with a Masters degree in Quality Management, who has always had a mind drawn towards innovative ideas. I have had my share in the Cameroonian showbiz scene too, being a model part-time. But above all I see myself as a dynamic young lady who intends to contribute to the growth of this great country, thus giving a push to the timid Cameroonian wedding industry and making wedding planning a beautiful experience for every bride, who deserves to be a princess on her big day!

TCA: What is the size of the market that you’re addressing?

Kareen: It is  by observing the Cameroonian wedding market that I realized that a platform that focuses on the needs of couples planning their wedding would be welcome. Tikay’s Bridal is not just online. It is also a magazine that focuses on wedding inspirations and showcases real weddings that inspire upcoming couples.

TCA: Is there acceptance for your concept?

Kareen: Well, it’s only natural that anyone who becomes aware of Tikay’s Bridal website embraces the concept very tightly and with great Smile! It is the dream of almost every business person in the Cameroon wedding industry to have a targeted Cameroonian audience that is sure to get him/her the clients they need. It is important to note that despite the importance of this sector in Cameroon, 80 percent of those thriving in the wedding business are small sized sole owned businesses that can hardly afford large scale publicity of their services to a targeted Cameroonian audience. On the other hand, Tikaysbridal.com reduces the stress of the bride who wants to get married tomorrow and has no idea where to start. Wherever you are on national territory, all you need to do is visit the site and choose your location. You get to find vendors in your location of interest. Tikaysbridal.com is obviously a vital tool that has been created to facilitate the relationship between wedding vendors and Couples(clients).

 TCA: Where do you see Tikay’s Bridal in five years from now?

Kareen: Five years from now I see Tikay’s Bridal being the Source of Happiness for both Wedding Vendors and Couples. Five years from now, anyone getting married will immediately see the platform as the sure source of information they need for reliable contacts on Cameroon’s top wedding vendors.

TCA: What is Tikay’s Bridal Revenue model? Are you looking at raising funds?

Kareen: Having an account on Tikay’s Bridal platform will NOT cost you a dime! It is completely FREE! Simply open an account and advertise your products. You are free to visit the website and get valuable information you need. Concerning fundraising, we are ready to welcome investors or any other persons who want to invest in Tikay’s Bridal.

TCA: What are the challenges that you faced while developing your solution? How did you overcome those challenges?

Kareen: The Challenges Faced have been many! But the Greatest challenge of all has been to get the website on point, to serve the purpose for which it is intended. I’m happy that with the collaboration of a dynamic team, we have been able to reach that objective. Of course, we keep working with a view of continuous improvement in all processes.

TCA: How big is the team behind Tikay’s Bridal? Are you looking at hiring?

Kareen: I have a wonderful team that has been very supportive of my idea and has never relented efforts. I’m very proud of them. And of course, as our objectives keep going forward, we will find the need to add to our team. When the time comes, We will make it known. (smiles).

To know more, visit the site. Also, do let us know about thoughts and views by writing to us at info@techcrunch-africa.com

 

Cameroon’s Agro-Hub is Finalist for the Nestlé’s Creating Shared Value Prize 2016.

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Agro-Hub from and Natural Extracts Industries (NEI) from Tanzania have emerged victorious and selected as the for Nestlé’s Creating Shared Value Prize 2016.

Extracts Industries (NEI) from Tanzania and Agro-Hub from Cameroon were selected from a group of 450 applicants by the Nestlé CSV Council, along with 9 independent experts and 9 Nestlé internal experts.

Agro-Hub is an agricultural production and marketing agency in south-west Cameroon working to help small-scale farmers gain access to sustainable markets. Agro-Hub has built a small, integrated factory to transform cassava into starch and garri, a type of tapioca, and sell it to its network of consumers through its own fresh food store (AgroMart).

NEI is a Tanzanian base social enterprise pioneering sustainable extraction of flavors Founded in November 2011. NEI has established a value chain for the marketing of natural flavor extracts from vanilla, cacao, and orange, working with smallholder farmers on the Tanzanian side of Mount Kilimanjaro.
Nestlé CEO Paul Bulcke, said “Both programs will do a great job by providing social-economic benefits to smallholder farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa, and increasing commercial value locally in the production of vanilla and cassava.

The victory of Agro-Hub and Extract Industries reflect good examples of how the private sector can contribute to increasing livelihoods in Africa. Moreover, these winners will receive a share of CHF 500,000 in prize monies.

TrumpScript, A Donald Trump Programming Language Invented

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is a language based upon the illustrious Donald Trump. A team of coders has released a new library on Github that contains a (sort of) working programming language built on Python that mimics the behavior of Donald Trump.

This language was created by junior computer science majors Sam Shadwell, Chris Brown and Dan Korn at a Rice University hackathon.

This new programming language works exactly the same way as any other language, except it uses some particular syntax and rules to “make programming great again.”

If you make a mistake when programming with this  code, you’ll get a Trump quote instead of a typical error message.

TrumScript is a very interesting language  programmers should give a try and it contains the following features below

  • No floating point numbers, only integers. America never does anything halfway.
  • All numbers must be strictly greater than 1 million. The small stuff is inconsequential to us.
  • There are no import statements allowed. All code has to be home-grown and American made.
  • Instead of True and False, we have fact and lie.
  • Only the most popular English words, Trump’s favorite words, and current politician names can be used as variable names.
  • Error messages are mostly quotes directly taken from Trump himself.
  • All programs must end with America is great.
  • Our language will automatically correct Forbes’ $4.5B to $10B.
  • In its raw form, TrumpScript is not compatible with Windows, because Trump isn’t the type of guy to believe in PC.
  • The language is completely case insensitive.
  • And of course, the Github community is joining in by contributing to the development of the language.

TrumpScript is interesting but users should be aware : “Trump doesn’t like to talk about his failures. So a lot of the time your code will fail, and it will do so silently.”

If you are interested to know more about TrumpScriprit programming language click here

 

Tony Elumelu Sees Opportunities at “Investir au Cameroun”

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Cameroon hosted the International Investment Forum, dubbed “Investir au Cameroun” (Investing in Cameroon), last week at the Yaounde Conference Centre.  This forum brought together business minds who shared and learned of the wonderful business climate the country offers. During this Investir au Cameroun forum, Cameroon’s capabilities of attracting business investors were in focus.

Among the attendees was African’s visionary entrepreneur and philanthropist, Tony Elumelu , the Chairman of Heirs Holdings, the United Bank for Africa, Transcorp and founder of The Tony Elumelu Foundation.

It is no secret that the country is revered by many as one of Africa’s best-kept secrets in the areas of fishery, agriculture, hydroelectricity sources, mining, soils, climatic conditions and topography.

Below are the highlights of what Mr. Elumelu thinks about Cameroon as captured from his address during the Investir au Cameroun Conference.

“This is not only a good time for Cameroon to be having this conversation, it is indeed a smart time to be having it”, said the businessman.

He mentioned that the giant economies of Africa such as South Africa, Nigeria and Angola are dealing with some economic challenges. But countries like Senegal, Cote d’Ivoire and Cameroon are experiencing economic growth.
“As a long-term banker and entrepreneur I’ve learnt how to spot a good investment and I’m pleased to affirm to all investors present here that Cameroon is indeed a great place to invest. I speak from experience and I know this because UBA, which I chair and which serves over 11 million customers in 19 African countries including Cameroon, started operations here in 2008 and we have been here ever since.

“…My experience operating in Cameroon in 14 branches shows that you have very good human capital in Cameroon. I say this because in the 8 years of operation in Cameroon we have had to export from Cameroon 3 people as CEOs of UBA”, said Tony Elumelu

He also stated that he held discussions with the Minister in charge of land to kindly allocate portions of lands in Douala and Yaounde for UBA to build their head offices. “Investors take decisions like this only where and when they are comfortable . And we are doing this because we have confidence in the business environment…” Said Mr. Elumelu.

He went on to say that investors want to go to countries or economies where there is vibrant entrepreneurship. And if Cameroon wants to attract investment to the country, the government has to provide an enabling environment for entrepreneurs to operate. Let charity start from home.

His dream for Cameroon

In a passionate tone of voice Mr. Elumelu said,

“My dream for Cameroon is that in the next few years, not I but a Cameroonian “Tony Elumelu” entrepreneur will be standing on this stage telling you of his or her investment in Cameroon and how it is creating thousands of jobs and generating revenues for the government of Cameroon while making profit amid the local demands.”

“I would like my Foundation, the Tony Elumelu Foundation, to partner with the government of Cameroon to put into place concrete programs and policies that encourage more young Cameroonians to start businesses and to support them to succeed. Tough registration hurdles, multiple tax jurisdictions, lack of access to finance, etc, can indeed extinguish millions of businesses before they start”, Mr. Elumelu added.

He wrapped it all with these words “…I am a long term investor in Cameroon and a happy one at that. I invite you all to join me and invest in Cameroon.”

Voxitt: A New Social Platform Startup

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Voxitt is a UK-based Nigerian startup which is a home to news and stories from or about Nigeria( Africans ) at home and in the diaspora founded by Segun Olaleye.

The new social platform is similar to other social media websites and allows users to post web links, photos, blogs and other content that relate to their interests.

Segun Olaleye, founder and CEO of Voxitt says the website also aggregates stories into post categories (e.g. politics, entertainment, business, etc.) so users can quickly sort through and access content most relevant to them. Opinion and comments can be shared in postings of up to 150 characters.

This website was launched in January and since then it has enjoyed a steadily-growing following throughout Nigeria and beyond, as citizens in the country and surrounding regions are extremely pleased with a social media platform designed solely for them from the ground up.

Freely signup for Voxitt platform as it gives users the ability to share and discuss topics most relevant to their own daily lives, and to provide them with the tools needed to dialogue on important issues that they are most passionate about.

Castel Group To  Invest In Cameroon’s Agricultural Sector

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The French “groupe Castel” has seen great prospect in Cameroon and is thereby ready to invest in this land of opportunities. Castel Group (Groupe Castel) is a French beverage company. It was established in 1949 by Pierre Castel, who continues to run the company as a family-owned concern. Castel is the largest wine producer in Europe, number two for beers and soft drinks in Africa.

The “Investir au Cameroun”, which was the international business conference organized by the head of state, brought together businessmen to see firsthand the many investment opportunities the country has. Business gurus from across the globe met in Yaoundé at the behest of President Paul Biya to see where best to invest their money.  The Castel group sees a great market in Cameroon  and hopes to invest in the agriculture.

Castel Group  is a member of the Societe Anonyme des Brasseries  du Cameroun – SABC. The group is presently having investments in the brewery sector of the country. According to the vice president of the group, Michael Palu, the group is studying possibilities of investing in agriculture. This revelation was made during his visit to President Paul Biya on investment opportunities in Cameroon.

The group revealed that it is planning to invest in agriculture, especially in the growing of some cereals that will ensure continuous availability of the raw materials to be used for production.

The chairman and CEO of the SABC revealed that future investments of this group in Cameroon will cover areas in relation to the cultivation of Maize, rice, etc. Micheal Palu also talked about amplifying investments in the sugar sector.

The visit of the French investor came two days after the closing of the international economic conference which proves that  the conference was a great forum which marketed Cameroon to foreign investors.

 

Top 7 Tweets During the “Investir au Cameroun”

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If you’re interested in the entrepreneurship ecosystem of Cameroon, then you must know that in the last week, the hottest thing in the air has been . Chaired by Cameroon’s President Paul Biya himself, we had big names from across African like Aliko Dangote and Tony Elemelu.

Investir Au Cameroun was so hot on Twitter with companies MTN Cameroon and Njorku.com seizing every opportunity to pull attentions to their brands with pictures and Periscopes.

Here are top 7 tweets during the Investir Au Cameroon

  1. Kiro’o Pitches Aurion at MTNDigitalVillage

2. Minister Owona Checks on the Orange Cameroon’s Pool of Apps

3. AgroHub Pitches at MTNDigitalVillage

4. President Paul Biya Gives an Opening Speech for the Conference

5.  Njorku.com Keeps Pulling Off its Branding Stunts

6. Tony Elemelu Tells Cameroon’s Government What they Really Need to Hear

7. Dance Battle Covered by Cameroon’s Drones Startups

That’s all for now, we will be digging deep into InvestirAuCameroun to feed you with more details.

SpeedUPAfrica Bootcamp: African Startups Can Now Apply

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SpeedUPAfrica Bootcamp: African Startups Can Now Apply

SpeedUPAfrica is  an epic 4-day Growth and Investment focused bootcamp for African startups organised by Draperdarkflow. The bootcamp is aimed at transforming African Startups to SpeedUps.

The boot camp shall consist of Silicon Valley Mentors who will mentor and provide the necessary support to the available startups.

This event will be a rare opportunity for startups to pitch to the Legendary Tim Draper (whose venture successes include Skype, Tesla, Hotmail, and others).

SpeedUPAfrica boot camp will run from July 6-10, 2016 (4 days) and shall take place at the beautiful Ashesi University in Ghana,  where 100 hottest African Startups will Drop Knowledge & Major Keys.

This boot camp will last for 4 days with accompanying workshops and brilliant mentorship. Growth hacking is an essential aspect to be ironed out turning up $1million deal a day .

Toro Orero (Managing Partner, DraperrDarkflow) believes that African startups can change the world.

According to Steve Case (Founder, AOL), it’s time for African startups to go from Startups to SpeedUPS.

Latest date to submit applications is June 1, 2016.