Africa is rising, but with news coverage often dominated by what’s going wrong, too many people are unaware of the countless examples of exciting growth and accomplishments on the continent. To help you get your weekend started on the right foot, and to tip the media balance more toward the good news, here are some of our favorites from March:
The Tony Elumelu Foundation, founded and financed by Nigerian banker Tony Elumelu, has selected the first 1,000 African entrepreneurs for the Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme (TEEP) from a pool of more than 20,000 entrepreneur applicants from 52 African countries. TEEP will help grow 10,000 African businesses over the next 10 years and expects these businesses to create 1 million new jobs and contribute $10 billion in annual revenues to Africa’s economy.
The Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership recognizes “African leaders who have developed their countries, lifted people out of poverty and paved the way for sustainable and equitable prosperity.” Recipients must have been democratically elected, demonstrated exceptional leadership, and left office within the last three years. Outgoing Namibian President Hifikepunye Pohamba is the most recent recipient of the prestigious award.
“A stunning breakthrough has been achieved with 3D printing, that will help amputees in Uganda and potentially across the developing world.”
“Early in 2014, I read an article on CNN money that the Nigerian economy was the third fastest growing economy in the world in 2013 with an estimated growth of 6.3%. A second article by Stanbic IBTC revealed that the Nigerian Stock Exchange grew by 47% in 2013 alone – The fastest growing in stock market Africa. I went to the App Store to search for apps that allow users keep track of the fastest growing stock market in Africa. To my surprise, there was nothing!”
Ethiopian graduate student Chalachew Seyoum has made an archaeological discovery that changes humanity’s understanding of our ancestors.
South African author Songeziwe Mahlangu joins Zimbabwean NoViolet Bulawayo as the second winner of the annual pan-African prize that promotes the work of published first time authors.