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Dr SEA Initiative: What You Should Know!

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Dr Sea Initiative

What is Dr. SEA Initiative?

Of the many initiatives hosted by the internet, one of the most outstanding is Dr SEA Initiative. An online health platform which provides medical education (meducation) to the masses.

In an attempt to promote healthy living through preventive medicine, Dr SEA Initiative offers basic health knowledge through videos with the language of communication as Pidgin English.

But why Pidgin English? Pidgin English to permit those with little knowledge of English language to comprehend information about their health that was once abstract to them. Alongside the Pidgin English videos are health articles which equally provide useful knowledge relating to our health.

Despite being an online based platform, Dr SEA Initiative engages in empowering people offline. Some of the most recent of such endeavors are the: Dr. SEA Initiative Food-Lifestyle – Health Workshop and the Dr SEA Initiative Health Essay Contest.

Dr. SEA Initiative Food-Lifestyle-Health Workshop

With non-communicable diseases like diabetes, cancer, obesity and heart-related diseases (stroke, heart attack) on a rise in both the rich and poor communities, there is a dire need for mass meducation. Meducation to raise awareness on the link between what we eat, the way we live our lives and development of these horrible non-communicable diseases, hence the workshop.

The objective of the Food-Lifestyle-Health workshop was triple-fold.

  1. Linking nutrition and the development of non-communicable diseases.
  2. Establishing links between lifestyle and development of non-communicable diseases.
  3. Creating a network between nutrition, lifestyle and health.

Dr SEA Initiative Health Essay Contest

The Dr SEA Initiative Health Essay Contest was a way of getting youths engaged in Meducation. The participants acknowledged the health challenges in their communities and proposed solutions to these problems. The winners had some financial incentive to ignite their attempt towards solving those problems.

Dr Sea Health Essay Contest Winners

Winners of the First Prize of the the Dr Sea Health Essay Contest

The essay competition was open to anyone with an interest in the future of health and care in African countries. Participants could be students of a health faculty, science communication or wider social and political issues. Or you may be a patient or care-giver who could use his/her own experience to help meducate the general public.

Participants of the Essay contest came from various African countries like Nigeria, Guinea, Togo and of course Cameroon. From more than a 100 essays, 5 were chosen as the winning essays and they addressed health challenges such as:

The next contest begins in December of this year.

Follow Dr SEA Initiative on Facebook stay up to date on health workshops and contests. And visit the website for valuable and empowering health content.

We Love to Meducate you.

 

 

 

 

Apply for Startup Battlefield Africa Sponsored by Facebook

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Startup Battled Africa

TechCrunch is bringing its Startup Battlefield to Africa for the first time, sponsored by Facebook.

TechCrunch is a leading technology media property, dedicated to obsessively profiling startups, reviewing new Internet products, and breaking tech news. TechCrunch’s Startup Battlefield is the world’s preeminent startup competition. The Battlefield features 15-30 top early stage startups pitching top judges in front of a vast live audience, present in person and online.

The African version of the competition will be called TechCrunch Startup Battlefield Africa 2017 and it will go down in Nairobi, Kenya on October 11, 2017.

Why should you participate in the Startup Battlefield Africa?

Apart from the exposure that comes from pitching to the global TechCrunch audience as well as distinguished technologists, entrepreneurs, and investors live in Nairobi, the overall winner will receive $25,000 in no-equity cash plus an all-expense paid trip for two to San Francisco to compete in Battlefield at TechCrunch’s flagship event, Disrupt SF 2018.

How can you participate in Startup Battlefield Africa?

Startups must fit into one of three categories:

  1. Social good; Startups with the product most likely to catalyze social development through technology.
  2. Productivity and utility; Startups with the product or service most likely to go into full commercial production and have the biggest impact on human potential and/or the largest exit.
  3. Gaming and entertainment; Startups with the product or service most likely to see wide consumer adoption and have either the biggest exit and/or impact on gaming and entertainment.

Five startups in each category will be selected at the Battlefield Africa in Nairobi.

Apart from clear relevance to one of the three themes above, qualifying startups should:

  • Be early-stage companies in “launch” stage
  • Be a resident of eligible countries
  • Have a fully working product/beta, reasonably close to or in production
  • Have received limited press or publicity to date
  • Have no known intellectual property conflicts

When is the Application Deadline?

July 14th, 2017 at 1 PM GMT+1 and finalists (five in each category) will be notified by August 21, 2017.

APPLY NOW HERE

For more information, visit TechCrunch Africa

The 5 Biggest Creativity Mistakes You Can Easily Avoid

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Creativity

With the thought of creativity, our minds rush in the direction of performance and arts. We think of the artist and the musicians when we think of creativity. Most of us are misled to attribute creativity just to arts and music. Could it be possible that we do not fully comprehend the meaning of creativity?

What is creativity to begin with?

Creativity could be referred to as the ability to develop new ideas and discover new ways of looking at problems and opportunities. Creativity is that show of imagination and originality of insight in thinking beyond everyday thinking. It entails breaking the rules of conventional thinking, with even the smallest deviation from the ordinary being considered as creative. It is not the ability to create something out of nothing (for man is not God), but the ability to generate new ideas by combining, changing or reapplying existing notions to different situations. Some creative ideas are astonishing and brilliant while others are just plain, good practical ideas, that no one seems to have thought of yet, or might have just ignored.

What are the Creativity Mistakes?

There are countless mistakes relating to creativity, ranging from believing in cynical friends
and supporters to self-imposed limitations. But the most difficult to overcome are those self-imposed barriers like thinking you are not good enough to be creative. Having an understanding of these barriers helps you prepare a strategy to overcome them. These self-imposed barriers include;

  1. Fearing to look foolish and crazy

    Conformity and creativity never mingle. We run away from crazy thinking because we want to look like everyone else and do not want to look foolish and appear crazy in what we do. Afro Hustlers are dignified fools because of their advanced capacity of Crazivity. They are the main actors of creative destruction, where they redefine what is normal and delete what no longer applies. They create demand and create new markets. Entrepreneurs look at old ways of doing things and ask, ‘Is there a better way?’ By destroying the old, the new is born.

  2. Fearing mistakes and failure

    Creatives know that trying something new often leads to failure: however, they do not see failure as an end, but as a means to an end. They consider failures as lessons. To any Afro Hustler or anyone hungry for more out of life, failure is an indicator on where to change strategy. 

    Entrepreneurship and business growth is all about the opportunity to fail. Yes. Entrepreneurs fail. However, they fail intelligently, because they learn from their failures. Despite the glorified nature of failure, we shy away from trying because we do not want to be branded as a failure and be mocked at. How would you know you would fail if you do not at least try? If you are scared of failing, then you are already a failure.

  3.  Believing that you are not creative

    This is the most common form of creativity-killing. It is pathetic when someone thinks themselves unable to do something, even thinking. She who says she cannot and he who says he can, are both correct. When you agree you cannot, you do everything possible and give all reasons known and unknown why you cannot and would not. However, when you agree you can, you would do all humanly and maybe inhumanly possible to make it happen. Most of the celebrated visionaries and founders are not actually smarter than you and I. Indeed, all they did was believe that they could, and they did. So, hell yeah, you too can!!!

  4. Searching for the one “right” answer

    It seems the older we get, the less creative we become. Kids are the most creative set of humans. The simple explanation is that as we grow older, we tend to conform to the system which tells us there is only “one” right answer to a problem, or there is only one way of doing something. The acceptance of one “right” answer is the death of creativity. All ‘achu’ eaters are familiar with boring a hole in the centre of the ‘achu’, which would contain the soup. That is how it has been and that is how it would always be right? Well, I enjoy my ‘achu’ served like ‘garri’ and okra.

  5. Blindly following the rules

    Right back in nursery school, during the drawing and writing classes, we were told not to color or write beyond the lines. We were programmed from this tender age to follow the line, and we spend the rest of our lives following those restricting instructions though in different situations. 

    In the business world, particularly with the entrepreneurial sector, rules are meant to be broken. Break the rules of thinking to see new ways of solving problems or providing a need. Existing markets have defined rules and boundaries. Everyone follows those rules. To create new uncontested markets, break the rules of present markets.

 

Crazyvity: How To Grow Your Income Through Crazy Ideas

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What is Crazyvity?

Crazyvity is a thrilling book on how to grow your income through crazy ideas. The author, Nkwain Carlson, explains the creative process, using examples from successful African Entrepreneurs. Practically, Crazyvity guides students, entrepreneurs and chancrazyvityge-makers on how to:
– Become more creative
– Successfully implement innovations
– Disrupt the world.

The book will be launched in July 2017 in Douala, Buea and Bamenda (More info carlsonnkwain@gmail.com  or +237674390116)

 

Why the book Crazyvity?

Cameroon, like most African nations, is struggling to become a hotspot of innovation. Young people are spearheading this march towards novelty, towards change. And if you happen to look at the GII –  Global Innovation Index ( the leading reference on innovation) –  you’ll agree that innovation is a KEY DRIVER OF ECONOMIC GROWTH. The GII demonstrates that innovation = economic progress.  And no innovation = destitution. Can you guess where Cameroon stands in the GII?  In 2016, we were ranked 118th out of 128 countries (down from 110th position the previous year). We are at the bottom of the table. This is a clear sign that Cameroon SHOULD invest in innovation.

Crazyvity is a blueprint to Youth Innovation in Africa. More than a mere book, it guides the reader through the creative process based on the success stories of oustanding African Youth Innovators like Vanessa Zommi (Afya Tea), Alain Nteff (GiftedMom), Pamela Happi (The Miss P Show) and the Elephant, Mambe Churchill Nanje (Njorku) who have started and are running successful businesses.

Being in business is about meeting the needs and solving the problems of customers. These needs  arise as a result of certain problems. These needs evolve with time. If there is only one business aspect that can help keep up with changes in the world, it would be Creativity ( or crazyvity, as I call it).

crazyvityCrazyvity aims at equipping students, entrepreneurs and change makers with the skills they need to keep up with the rapid changes of today’s economy in starting and running businesses. The book nurtures and builds your creative confidence. You dream, you create your dream and then you innovate your dream to be a sustainable dream. You innovate or you evaporate.

What should the Readers Expect?

Crazyvity is a 7-chapter book which provides it readers with a guide to be more creative: successfully implement innovations and disrupt the world.

Chapters 1 and 2 highlight the importance of creativity in starting and sustaining a business.

Chapter 4 pinpoints the barriers to creativity both at an individual level and an organizational level.

Chapter 5 proposes ways of overcoming these barriers and how to enhance creativity.

Chapter 7 seeks ways of protecting your crazy ideas which are potential business ideas through the use of intellectual property. It also proposes ways of protecting your ideas from theft while collaborating with people in the development of a business initiative.

How can one get a copy of Crazyvity?

Crazyvity will be launched in July 2017. The Launch will take place in Bamenda on the 8th of July, Douala on the 15th of July and Buea on the 16th of July. A copy of the book would cost 4000 FCFA.crazyvity

For more more information and to stay up-to date with the activities leading to the book launch. Follow Crazyvity on Facebook or contact the author Nkwain Carlson.

Email: carlsonnkwain@gmail.com

Whatsapp: +237674390116

About the Author

Nkwain Carlson is a crazy blogger and philanthropist. He runs a motivation and welfare blog, Nkwain Carlson’s Blog He is founder of Project Ignition Cameroon, a social entrepreneurial initiative that empowers hundreds of Cameroon students against examination anxiety. He does freelance writing and community management for a couple of organizations notably Dr. SEA Initiative, Niki Heat and Afro Hustler. Crazy thing about him: he can eat ten hamburgers a day for one month and not gain a single gram. Yes, he’s slim. Nkwain Carlson: Crazyvity

 

 

Digital Startup Incubation Program Sponsored by World Bank

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XL Africa-digital startup innovation program

XL Africa is looking for 20 high-growth digital startups seeking to raise between $250K and $1.5M in funding. The digital startup incubation Program helps with access to funding, networks, mentoring and a community of like-minded entrepreneurs.

Your company would be aided with access to capital, expand market share, and refine its business model through tailored mentorship, coaching, and networking opportunities. Here’s what you gain:

  • Structured access to investors throughout the program and at a Venture Showcase Day in South Africa.
  • Mentoring from at least two successful entrepreneurs or investors (global and local) to develop accurate company valuations, financial forecasts, risk management, and customer acquisition strategies. Access to other expertise is provided based on your specific needs.
  • The opportunity to meet with investors, potential customers and partners as well as peers at an all-expenses-paid residency in Cape Town, South Africa.
  • Support in developing investment packages so you’re ready for investment following the digital startup incubation program.
  • Knowledge through curated content designed to teach you everything you need to know about marketing, financing and market expansion.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

  • Your startup is for profit and registered
  • Your team consists of at least 3 people
  • Your team is based in one of the countries of Sub-Saharan Africa
  • You have a very strong management team
  • You have a digital product or service available on the market right now, with demonstrated tangible traction and evidence of revenue
  • You have potential to achieve scale
  • You are seeking investment capital in the range of $250K – $1.5m
  • While there will be exceptions, mostly likely your startup has already received investment capital, structured as either debt or equity, or received grants from donor organizations.

XL Africa is supported by the World Bank Group, with financial assistance from the Governments of Finland, Norway, and Sweden, and managed by implementing partners IMC Worldwide, VC4Africa and Koltai&Co.

Read more and APPLY HERE.

NSA Hacked by the Shadow Brokers hack group

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The NSA has been hacked by The Shadow Brokers hack group. The hackers have posted a bunch of hacking tools and files online. They have also asked for 1 million in an auction to reveal more files. While the credibility of the hack remains questionable, many security experts are calling it legit.

It seems that the NSA has been hacked. This is being speculated after a group of hackers going by the name “The Shadow Brokers” has claimed to breach an NSA-controlled hacking organization.

The hacking group has  leaked some private hacking tools and exploits. The hackers are also asking for 1 million bitcoin (about $568 million) in an auction to release all the files.

The incident took place on August 13 when The Shadow Brokers released files on GitHub. These hackers claim to have penetrated the Equation Group, a hacking group that’s broadly assumed to be the NSA.

A sample of these stolen files also poses a similarity with NSA’s hacking operations revealed in the Snowden leaks. The names of some common tools in both dumps are “BANANAGLEE” or “EPICBANANA.”

The dumped files contain installations scripts, exploits targeted to some specific firewalls and routers, and c&c server configurations.

hack 2

Below is a part of the message by the hackers:

How much you pay for enemies cyber weapons? Not malware you find in networks. Both sides, RAT + LP, full state sponsor tool set? We find cyber weapons made by creators of stuxnet, duqu, flame. Kaspersky calls Equation Group. We follow Equation Group traffic. We find Equation Group source range. We hack Equation Group. We find many many Equation Group cyber weapons. You see pictures. We give you some Equation Group files free, you see. This is good proof no? You enjoy!!! You break many things. You find many intrusions. You write many words. But not all, we are auction the best files.

At the moment, it’s not clear if the breach is real. However, multiple security experts from all across the world are finding the hack credible.

“I haven’t tested the exploits, but they definitely look like legitimate exploits,” Matt Suiche, founder of UAE-based cyber security firm Comae Technologies, told the Daily Dot.

Facebook plans to suppress clickbait stories

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Clickbait stories will soon be a worry of the past. Facebook has intensified its crackdown on so-called clickbait news that appears on the social network. Clickbait stories or articles often carry intriguing headlines which suggest there is more to the story than there actually is.

They are famous for employing alluring phrases such as “you’ll never guess what happened next” or “you can’t believe what is going to happen” in order to drive web traffic. Facebook confirms it can now automatically suppress these stories.

It says it has built a technology that scans for tell-tale signs of clickbait headlines on its news feed section – phrases such as “you’ll never guess why” and “his response was priceless”. This scanning technology was created by a team at Facebook who manually reviewed “thousands of headlines” to put together a list of commonly identifiable clickbait traits.

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Types of clickbait articles

 

Clickbait – Degrading form of online journalism

Headlines which are flagged for using such phrasing will be automatically diminished in prominence on Facebook’s news feed, the company said.

“We’re making an update to News Feed ranking to further reduce clickbait headlines in the coming weeks,” read a post on Facebook’s newswire.

“With this update, people will see fewer clickbait stories and more of the stories they want to see higher up in their feeds.”

 

‘Dumbing down’

The National Union of Journalists (NUJ) has welcomed the decision.

Martin Shipton, chairman of the NUJ’s Trinity Mirror group chapel, previously claimed that the culture of clickbait and setting traffic targets “could encourage reporters to sensationalise stories, to trivialise the news and make news out of trivia and to give up on more challenging, public interest journalism that takes time to research and deliver”.

In January, the journalists’ website Press Gazette revealed in a survey of about 700 journalists that nearly a third expressed concerns over the quality of online journalism.

Facebook previously attempted to diminish clickbait though another means – by timing how long users remained on an external website after clicking on a headline. But it said that this process wasn’t accurate and credible enough.

It said it now categorises headlines as clickbait if they withhold information required to understand what the content of the article is and also if they exaggerate the article to create misleading expectations

“People have told us they like seeing authentic stories the most,” the company added.

 

Sony PlayStation Neo to be released on September 7

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The Sony PlayStation Neo release has been highly anticipated by avid gamers since rumors of its existence started spreading earlier this year. Sony is expected to unveil its mid-cycle upgrade platform in just under a month, at a special press event held in New York City. Sony is reported to have chosen the September 7 date to avoid going directly up against Nintendo’s anticipated announcement of its NX platform at the Tokyo Game Show on September 12.

Sources state that Sony is rumored to want both the new platform and PlayStation VR to launch in time for Christmas 2016, and the resulting hardware extravaganza could contribute to significant earnings for the company — assuming customers bite.

Sony PlayStation Neo couple

 

Hello Sony PlayStation Neo…

In order to maintain perfection, Sony will rigidly enforce backwards compatibility requirements for this new PS4. Games can’t include all-new modes of play or Neo-specific features, though developers are allowed to enhance existing capabilities for the new platform. The new console will supposedly feature eight AMD “Jaguar” CPU cores clocked at 2.1GHz (a 31% improvement), a Polaris-derived GPU with double the GPU cores and a higher clock frequency (2,304 cores total and a 911MHz clock, up from 1,154 cores and 853MHz), and 218GB/s of memory bandwidth, up from 176GB/s on the PS4 standard.

While there are a number of differences between the PC ecosystem and its console counterpart, we should be able to draw some relative performance data by looking at our own AMD RX 480 review. While none of our desktop GPUs is an exact match for the PS4 or PS4 Neo, the R9 270X comes fairly close to the PS4, while the RX 480 isn’t far off the PS4 Neo.

Sony PlayStation Neo chip

The Sony PlayStation Neo will feature a 31% increase in CPU clock speed that will keep games from becoming CPU-limited, and it’s possible that Sony addressed other issues in the SoC as well. The PS4’s SoC is better described as two quad-core chips than a single eight-core SoC, but Sony may have paid AMD to design a unified eight-core chip with a faster L2 cache (Jaguar’s L2 historically runs at 50% CPU clock).

Past presentations from developers like Naughty Dog have stated that looking up data in the other CPU cluster’s L2 cache has a latency hit almost as severe as just pulling data from main memory in the first place; a unified eight-core chip would alleviate this problem and allow developers to multi-thread more effectively.

The price and availability of the Sony PlayStation Neo is still unknown, but this new console could effectively sweep Microsoft’s refreshed Xbox One S completely off the table. While the Xbox One S is slightly faster than the original model, it’s not going to fare well against a revitalized PS4 — not when those comparisons already tilt Sony’s direction in the first place. Microsoft’s Project Scorpio is expected to leapfrog the PS4 altogether, but that’s not going to happen for another 12 months.

If Sony’s VR experience is strong, the company could be set to own 2017 — news that’s probably not particularly welcome at Nintendo, which is hoping to ignite fan interest around its own platform, the mobile/living room hybrid Nintendo NX.

 

Apple’s gun emoji modification under fire

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Apple’s gun emoji has been modified, but not without heavy criticism. The mega factory phone producer has been urged to rethink its plan to convert the handgun emoji symbol into a water pistol icon. The Emojipedia website argued that the symbol could still appear as a lifelike gun in messages sent to non-iOS users. Apple made the change in the advent of a series of shootings in the United States.

Microsoft had also made several change, but announced this week that its toy gun symbol would be redesigned as a more realistic-looking firearm. The emoji character system allows companies to use slightly different designs of the same basic objects, signs or expressions.

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Various emoji displays on different platforms

 

Misunderstanding

“The thing is, emojis already look different on different platforms and it does cause confusion,” said Jeremy Burge, editor of Emojipedia. “When we’re dealing with guns and toys as a comparison, that’s a whole new level of problems that we have there.”

Mr Burge pointed in his blog that someone could send a message from an iOS device mentioning a water pistol – but that this could look like they were asking the recipient to bring a real weapon if that user did not have iOS.

The water pistol emoji, along with several other new icons, is available to a few users testing iOS 10, which will be more widely available in the autumn.

“Apple has the most prominent emoji set that people use,” said Mr Burge. “I think it has a high responsibility to be a bit cautious.” He has proposed that the firm could simply hide gun emojis from the keyboard altogether, instead of redesigning them. Mr Burge added that he had emailed Apple about the issue but had not yet received a reply.

Prior to this, there had been calls – including from a campaign called Disarm the iPhone – to remove the handgun icon from iOS devices. Speaking about the gun icon specifically, Microsoft stated that “The previous design did not map to industry designs or our customers’ expectations of the emoji definition.”

Both Apple and Microsoft have said they are working with the Unicode Consortium – the body that maintains lists of emojis across different platforms. In June, the consortium confirmed that a planned rifle emoji had been dropped from a series of new icons.

Cameroonian Toghu fabric controversy at Brazil 2016 Olympics

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Cameroonian athletes have already landed their first gold medal at the Brazil 2016 Olympics – Best Dressed Team. The Cameroonian Toghu fabric has received worldwide praise for its artistic blend of quality and originality. Toghu attire originates from Bamenda in the North West Region of Cameroon. This same outfit was worn by the team at the London 2012 Olympic games.

Close sources hold that the contact to dress the Cameroon Olympic team was given to renowned local artist Afo-Akom who is well known as a Cameroon cultural icon. This has also raised questions as to why the same fabric was used twice, citing that there are over 200 ethnic groups in the country. Some critics believe it should have gone to either the Bamilekes of the West region or the Duala people of the Littoral region.

 

Bamileke traditional attire

Sawa traditional attire

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cameroon is scheduled to compete at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 5 to 21 August 2016. This will be the nation’s fourteenth consecutive appearance at the Summer Olympics. Cameroonian athletes will compete in the following athletics events:

Boxing
Men’s light fly 49 kg
Round of 32

Volleyball
Women’s tournament
Pool A

Boxing
Men’s light heavy 81 kg
Round of 32

Volleyball
Women’s tournament
Pool A

Boxing
Men’s middle 75 kg
Round of 32


POLL:

Which attire do you prefer most:

A – Bamenda Toghu attire

B – Bamileke traditional attire

C – Sawa traditional attire

 

Let’s hear what you think!