African fashion designers will emerge as powerful fashion CEOs

Africa’s fashion industry doesn’t lack creativity or access to finance. But most African fashion entrepreneurs seem not to understand the business of fashion. In as much as the global fashion industry is worth 3 trillion dollars, they only account for 1%. It’s an area that needs giant funding and support to help entrepreneurs run profitable businesses. And this is why the marketing agency Nonzero is collaborating with Standard Bank to create and launch the Business of Fashion accelerator program. It’s their own way of boosting South Africa’s upcoming fashion designers by turning them into powerful business owners.

African women intend to create jobs, not seek them

The Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) believes African women have been sidelined for far too long in tribal societies. “We need to turn women from being Job seekers into Job creators, becoming entrepreneurs and businesswomen,” says Irene Ochem, AWIEF founder, and Director. They intend to bring together the entire business and entrepreneurship industry in one place. AWIEF plans to hold a conference in Cape Town, Ghana, next month.

The fire you ignited is crossing over

Clashes within some African countries have created devastating effects on the welfare of their neighbors and also implanted fear in their citizens. The recent clash in Ethiopia between the Soromo and Somali ethnic communities has caused thousands of people to flee. This clash also affected neighboring Somaliland where many of its citizens became involved in the violence.

Togo is also experiencing a turmoil. They are trying so hard to bring down President Faure in a civilian protest which has so far resulted in violent clashes. However, the agitation was contained but it also caused them their internet freedom as well.

Vodafone users go network-blind in Cameroon

For close to 3 days, it was totally impossible for Vodafone users to access the network. Since the internet-based service provider launched its LTE services in 2016, this has been its first network disturbance. How is that even possible? It appears the interruption was caused by the firm’s intention to extend its services to some 8 new cities in the country. And this may have tampered with the smooth internet services Vodafone offers.

60 Chinese Business Leaders on a business venture to Cameroon

Three days from now, a group of Chinese entrepreneurs will pay Cameroon’s economic operators a commercial visit in the form of a trade and investment forum. China has long had beneficial economic ties with Cameroon and it’s time they have an opportunity to network. Their visit will enable 80 home-based entrepreneurs to pitch their projects to their Chinese guests.

Two shall become one: Britain reminds separatists

As tensions rise in the two English-speaking regions of the country, Cameroon’s father nation, Great Britain has recalled Southern Cameroon’s decision to bond with their Francophone ‘brothers’. Why seek separation now? This is at least what was revealed in an official correspondence of May 2017 from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, signed by Tobias Ellwood, in charge of relations with Africa and the Middle East. And from what it looks like, the Cameroon and British governments seem to agree on one thing at last. But the struggle never dies. Its leaders seem to be making sure of that.

In a similar development, the population of Bamenda was left in an utterly confused state on Monday after a bomb blasted into the atmosphere around a popular junction in the city, “Hospital Round-about.” Details are still sketchy as to who or what might have caused the angry blast.


Uber may have a bright future ahead

Uber is just recovering from the resignation of their former CEO Travis Kalanick and the losses incurred within that period. However, the Uber team is celebrating a new CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi who promises brighter days for the company. “This company has to change,” Khosrowshahi said in his address to the company. “What got us here is not what’s going to get us to the next level.” Although some drama is still unfolding between Uber’s investors and its former CEO, Khosrowshahi stands as the hope and future of Uber’s recovery and success.

Nike is officially opening its store on Amazon

The last few months have been rough for the global footwear manufacturer, Nike. In fact, the company laid off more than 1000 workers in June. Its stock price and revenue had to suffer a lot. Last week, Goldman Sachs hinted that a Nike-Amazon deal was in the works. The company’s investors got better news on Thursday when Nike CEO, Mark Parker confirmed the companies are currently working on a partnership. With a direct partnership, Nike will be able to gain more control over how its products are marketed on Amazon.

What will happen if America nukes North Korea?

North Korea has continued to test the U.S. It fired a second ballistic missile over Japan on Friday, creating new tension between Pyongyang and the West after a series of weapons tests by the rogue state. And it is likely Trump will react in a lethal manner. In April, he threatened to rain “fire and fury” onto North Korea if the U.S or its allies were in any way threatened. What will happen if Trump decides to nuke North Korea? World War III? But China has said the United States must stop threatening North Korea’s leader if a peaceful solution to the nuclear crisis is to be found.

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  • Africa’s early-stage investor community comes together from November 15 to 16 for AAIS 2017 in Cape Town, South Africa. The event will bring together early stage Africa-focused investors in from across Africa to exchange best practices, share lessons learned and plot the roadmap for the future.
  • High Growth Africa Summit has organized the High Growth Africa Summit 2017 aimed at building, scaling and funding high-growth businesses in Africa. The event opens from October 21 to 22, 2017 in Lagos, Nigeria.
  • Get ready to welcome the fashion season as the second edition of the Buea Fashion Week launches from October 19 to 21, 2017 at the Buea Shopping Mall.
  • The Worldview Education Fair will host the Worldview Education Fair 2017 to connect students to educational opportunities available across the globe. The event opens on October 26, 2017, at Hotel Akwa Palace Douala, Cameroon.
  • The World Bank’s Space and Productivity Conference comes up from September 28 to 29, 2017 in Washington DC
  • An Internet of Things for Agriculture webinar aimed at drilling participants on how to use IoT for agriculture is coming up on September 19, 2017, at Washington DC



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