Good News From Africa

  1. Uganda is safe for tourism, business- president:

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni said Monday his country is safe for tourism and business after police rescued a kidnapped U.S tourist and her local tour guide on Sunday. Addressing a news conference in Kampala, police spokesperson said the kidnappers absconded but operations will continue. Fred Enanga, Uganda police spokesperson said “there are many armed groups along that area, from the foregoing we have certain leads which could be indicating that there could be a network, even locally within Uganda, based on the information that we do have, that is a lead that has been following… that they could have been working with some elements.”

  • Ghanaian-American, Kofi Kingston, becomes World Wrestling Champ:

Kofi is the Akan name for a Ghanaian boy born on Friday. Kingston is the capital of Jamaica. A combination of the two names is the trade name for the current World Wrestling Entertainment, WWE, champion – Kofi Kingston. Kofi won the title after defeating the defending champion Daniel Bryan. Some reports suggested that by that feat, he became the first African to become a WWE champion, Yahoo Sports however says he is the second. The journey to the top has, however, not been easy for the Ghanaian-American sportsman who has been in the wrestling arena for over a decade – 11 years.

  • Algerians in Paris celebrate Bouteflika’s resignation:

Algerian protesters gathered in Paris on Sunday to celebrate the resignation of ex-President Abdelaziz Bouteflika. They want reformed political structure in their home country.“ The day we heard that (former Algerian president Abdelaziz) Bouteflika had resigned, we spent a sleepless night in Algiers. It was euphoric. I can’t say anything more than that. It was euphoria “, said 59- year old Toufik. For 42-year old analyst in geopolitics, “ first of all, I feel security, stability and a lot of hope. Bouteflika’s resignation helped the Algerian people get back what they have the right to have, meaning the keys to their home “.

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Good News from Africa

  1. Kwibuka25’: Rwanda marks 25th anniversary of 1994 genocide:

Rwandans gathered on Sunday (April 7) to begin a solemn commemoration of the lives of 800,000 Tutsi and moderate Hutus murdered during the Rwandan genocide, a three-month-killing spree that began 25 years ago. The ceremony marks the beginning of a week of events to honor the dead. President Paul Kagame laid a wreath at Gisozi genocide memorial site, where over a quarter a million of people are buried. Kagame and his wife Jeanette were joined by the African Union Commission and European Commission heads, Moussa Faki Mahamat and Jean-Claude Junkers respectively.

  • Russia, Angola sign cooperation deals in Moscow:

The leaders of Russia, Angola agreed to deepen relations and coordinate efforts on international platforms. Vladimir Putin and Joao Lourenco signed six documents regarding the cooperation in diamond mining, gas and oil production, space and agriculture after a three-day visit by the Angolan president. Prior to the meeting, Lourenco said Angola is one of the principal buyers of Russian arms and his country wants to “not only buy but also produce them.”

  • UN appeals for extra $60 million to help Zimbabwe recover from cyclone disaster:

The United Nations asked donors on Friday for an extra $60 million to help Zimbabwe recover from a cyclone that tore through eastern regions last month. The storm flooded swathes of land, exacerbating a humanitarian crisis caused by an earlier drought. It killed at least 268 in the southern African country and hundreds more in neighboring Mozambique and Malawi. “The revised humanitarian flash appeal aims to respond to the rising humanitarian needs of people in Zimbabwe due to a dry spell, challenging economic situation and compounded by the recent Cyclone Idai disaster,” the U.N.’s resident coordinator in Harare, Bishow Parajuli, said.

  • Botswana’s ruling party picks president Masisi to contest October poll:

Botswana’s ruling party on Friday nominated President Mokgweetsi Masisi as its candidate for October’s general elections after his rival quit the race at the 11th hour. It was the first time in the history of the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP), which has ruled the country since independence more than half a century ago, that the presidential incumbent faced a challenger. But the former foreign minister, Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi, withdrew her candidature a few hours before a vote by party members, denouncing the process as a “sham”.

  • Macron appoints commissions to probe France’s role in the Rwandan genocide:

President Emmanuel Macron has appointed researchers to carry out a two-year investigation into the role of the French army in the Rwandan genocide that is still a source of tension between Paris and Kigali 25 years later. The nine-member commission will have access to presidential, diplomatic, military and intelligence archives, the French presidency said on Friday, after Macron met members of an association supporting survivors of the genocide. “The goal is to deliver a report which will be published in two years’ time … and will be accessible to all. It will scientifically evaluate, on the basis of archives, the role that France played in Rwanda from 1990 to 1994,” the presidency said.

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Good News from Africa

  1. Celebrating African First Ladies: Uganda’s Janet Museveni:

Often described as mothers to the nations their husbands lead, Africa’s first ladies are often expected to be unifying figures, serving the president of the nation and the voters who entrusted him the mandate to lead. A first lady by definition is the wife of the head of state, and it therefore follows that most African nations led by a male president, has a first lady. As of March 2019, all African countries have male heads of state. The last female head of state who led an African nation was Liberia’s Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, whose tenure expired in January 2018.

  • Nigerian makes handicrafts from Hyacinth (Business Africa):

A Nigerian female entrepreneur has made clothing and other handicrafts from water hyacinth. Achenyo Idachaba tells our Eric Oteng that her products are eco-friendly and her initiative has begun to change mentalities of Lagos residents about the plant. Since 2011, her firm, Mitimeth has grown to employ more than 300 women who engage in weaving various products including blended cotton fabrics, open shoes, bags, and many other ornamental products.

  • FIFA Ranking Senegal tops Africa, Belgium bosses the world:

Senegal’s national team, the Teranga Lions, are Africa’s top team according to the latest ranking (March 2019) by football world governing body, FIFA. The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking released on April 4 ranked Senegal 23rd sandwiched between Iran and the United States. The Lions grossed 1515 points and moved one spot from the last ranking. Tunisia, Nigeria, Morocco and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), completed the top five slots for Africa. Along with Ghana, they were the only Confederation of African Football, CAF, teams to make the top 50.

  • Hugh Masekela @80: Google celebrates African Jazz Legend:

Google’s doodle service on Thursday (April 4) posthumously celebrated legendary African musician and song writer, South Africa’s Hugh Masekela. The celebration is in respect of what would have been his 80th birthday. A photo of a brightly dressed Masekela blowing his trumpet appears on the doodle home page. Often tagged as the father of South African jazz, his exploits went beyond music into politics and activism. Some of his most popular tracks were employed during the apartheid struggle.

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The New Age African Manager

 

 

Africa is slowly limping back from its traumatic past.  The booming economies of Sub-Saharan Africa have created numerous business opportunities both for African entrepreneurs and multinational companies eager to tap into new markets in Africa.

 

But running an office in Nairobi or Johannesburg is significantly different from operating in London, Berlin or New York. Many ventures in Africa flounder due to a lack of insight and understanding into the dynamics of local cultures and a lack of respect for the differences encountered.

 

Leadership effectiveness and therefore understanding of leadership in the African context is important for the future of African development.

 

Africa is now seeing what can be termed as a hybrid of the best of African & Western management styles. The Western approach informs the ‘what’ needs to be done while the African approach informs the ‘how’ to do it. Thus, senior executives and leaders have moved towards a more humanistic culture without compromising their drive for results.

 

While African leadership approaches have often been criticised for being poorly adaptive to increasingly complex globalised economies, there exist confident, self-assured African leaders effectively heading businesses that are part of Western multinational corporations operating in emerging markets.

 

What is the African management style?

 

In a very real sense, the success – or failure – of a business rests with its managers. So finding the right person to manage your enterprise in Africa has to be a key consideration.

 

Research says that managing people varies country by country according to the culture and the temperament of the people living there. In spite of its diversity, there are some common elements to managing in Africa, which are different from the rest of the world

 

The New Age African Manager

 

The new generation of African managers is highly flexible, culturally sensitive and resilient; determined to solve Africa’s problems with African solutions. These dynamic young entrepreneurs are aware of Africa’s past mistakes and have an internal drive to change and move forward.

 

The next-gen African manager shows a subtle but palpable resistance to Western-style business practices and organizational cultures which are sometimes imposed unilaterally on African businesses in the mistaken belief that they will work better or produce better results.

 

Working in Africa, can be extremely rewarding in terms of learning and honing of entrepreneurial skills. On the other hand, an average African executive is also weighed down by increased complexities posed by globalization, domestic competition, government regulation and shareholder pressure. They could also be affected by the rapid change, inadvertent disruption as well as minor and major crises such as the current economic, financial and political crises in Africa.

 

Despite the availability of capable and educated people, many African organizations could be hampered by conflicts and unhealthy politics, mired by in-fighting, favoritism, nepotism, and opportunism, undermining team spirit and innovation in the workplace.  To perform and lead in such organizations, managers would need exceptional skills in communication and human behavior.

 

What is changing in Africa?

 

Traditional African business tended towards the accumulation of power and decision-making in the hands of a few senior managers with middle managers waiting in line to move up the corporate ladder over time.

 

Under the influence of the myriad of MNCs which have flocked into the country, hierarchies are breaking down somewhat and younger middle-managers are looking to become more proactively involved in decision-making. Managers are now moving from authoritarian to authoritative as they increasingly involve their teams in decision making.

 

As a leading recruitment agency in Africa, we observe that the biggest change to have impacted the middle management level over the last few years has been the introduction of a new cadre of local professionals into most companies. Skills and talents are being liberated by the internet and the mobile phone, driven by an entrepreneurial “born free” generation catering to a growing middle class.

 

Some takeaways from top African business leaders:

 

  1. Always be willing to make mistakes because they are the ones that make you grow the fastest and learn the most in the shortest amount of time.

 

  1. Don’t ever ask anyone in your organization to do something that you yourself are not willing to do.

 

  1. Do not take a job for money. Take a job that feeds your soul, your aspirations, and can help you grow while you are having fun.

 

  1. Ensuring that your business has a strategy that everybody in your company knows about it and is aligned with it, and then putting in necessary priorities and systems to enable execution

 

  1. Measure things based on the return on effort.

 

  1. Travel light; move fast, be agile and nimble, don’t over analyze things and act quickly.

 

  1. When trying to make a decision, you should go with 40% to 60% information. You shouldn’t wait for 100% certainty because if you wait too long you will find someone else has seized the opportunity.

 

  1. If we treat our staff well, they will treat our customers well, and those are the people that make our business happen.

 

  1. Work hard, enjoy what you are doing and everything will be okay.

 

  1. If you want good people, you pay well and the job will be done well.

 

While headhunting for executives in Africa, we realize that most businesses in Africa struggle to hire the right manager. Bad managers or rather culturally misfit management leading to poorly managed work groups that are consequently less productive and less profitable than well-managed groups.

 

Africa has a shortage of management talent. As leading multinationals lean towards localization, there is a scramble for good African management talent. African business leaders and the government would do well to train and equip the next generation of entrepreneurs and managers for the business landscape in Africa.

 

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Source : https://www.howwemadeitinafrica.com/, 

http://gnp.advancedmanagement.net/ ,

https://www.worldbusinessculture.com/

Africa: Agriculture as a career

Across Africa agriculture is rarely seen as a meaningful career for the youth. Considering the hard work, the challenges and the capital that it requires, many youths would rather migrate to the cities than stay in the rural areas to pursue a career in agriculture.

 

Yet, there are many success stories coming from Africa; of successful youth agripreneurs, who, despite the hurdles have used their skills, creativity, and innovation and leveraged on technology to build strong, thriving agribusinesses.

 

In Nigeria for example, enterprising youth have started a successful farming business or are renting out equipment for other farmers to use, thus improving food security and making farming less labor intensive and thus attractive to youth.

 

In Kenya, an entrepreneur has set up an online platform helping young farmers to share their journey with other farmers; thus helping exchange their challenges, experience, and information; and igniting the interest of young Kenyans towards a career in agriculture.

 

Success stories of young people making a career out of agriculture while creating jobs in agriculture and boosting the income of farmers and the community as a whole are changing the negative stereotypes associated with agriculture and positively reinforcing the message that young people can succeed and make a living out of agriculture and have a meaningful career.

 

To build a thriving agribusiness, African youth need to tap into new technologies and digital tools. Thus, there is a market for innovation centers, vocational training centers and other institutions that are set up to train, support and meet the needs of African agripreneurs. The good news is that such initiatives are beginning to roll out.

 

Secondly, incubation centers that incubate agriculture-focused youth ideas help African youth to sharpen their ideas and further develop their management and entrepreneurial skills must be launched, and the existing ones need to continue to be funded.

 

Thirdly, it is important to provide platforms where rising African youthful agripreneurs can meet successful youth entrepreneurs who, despite the hurdles, have made a career in agriculture.

 

Making agriculture attractive and an easy sell to youth should continue to be among the top priorities for African countries and stakeholders in the agriculture value chain. The time to encourage many more young people to pursue agriculture as a career is now.

 

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(source: devex.com)

Agriculture to boost African economy

 

(CNBCAFRICA) Many new age entrepreneurs are dedicated to finding a way for agriculture to be a source of income, jobs and employment on the continent.

 

While agriculture in Africa often is discussed in the context of hunger and malnutrition, the only way for agriculture to become a source of food security is to ensure it also becomes a source of economic security.

 

For example, cassava production is reliably rising in parts of Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda, and Malawi. In these countries, new processing facilities have been established to meet new demand for cassava as an ingredient in everything from baked goods and beer to paper, board, and plywood.

 

In Rwanda, Tanzania, and Zambia, sustainable increases in crop production are occurring on small-holder farms that have contracts to grow maize and other crops for the U.N. World Food Program. In Ghana, rice yields are rising on small-holder farms that have joined an initiative to grow rice for a domestic food company, which is providing consumers in Ghana with a cheaper alternative to imported rice. Crop clusters around a processor have proved very effective.

 

This kind of agriculture development is generating economic opportunities in rural communities on and off the farm. For example, in rural Nigeria today, young people who don’t want to farm increasingly have the option of working nearby at a cassava processing facility. In Kenya, young adults who once saw farming as a career of last resort are now drawn to the business proposition of adopting tech innovations to grow high-quality, high-value produce in greenhouses. Access to affordable finance, coupled with efficient markets, is key to this end.

 

Nigeria to receive major boost in dairy and agriculture sectors

(naij.com)

Africa’s richest man, Nigerian Aliko Dangote believes in Africa and has invested in all major sectors of the economy. As diversification plans into the Nigerian agricultural sector, he plans to invest $800 million in dairy production in Nigeria. Dangote is keyed into the fact that after the recent depression, the government wants to reduce its dependence on oil and has asked for economic diversification.

 

The potential opportunities in the agricultural sector have interested Nigerian youth as they see agriculture as a source of jobs and livelihood. This is positive in a country with high rate of unemployment and under employment.

 

Prior to the recession, which the country is gradually coming out from, Nigeria relied so much on importing foods there by making the local production to be less appealing. The Dangote group has taken the lead in economic diversification with investments in the agricultural sector such as sugar and rice cultivation with plans to invest in dairy production.

 

This will eliminate dependence on imports and could help the country in becoming self-sufficient in dairy production and even export some of its product. Also, there will be additional opportunities and careers in Nigeria.

 

Oil Reserves to trigger jobs and infrastructure development in Uganda

(Financial Times)

 

After the discovery of large oil reserves in Uganda in 2006, the country is now taking steps to use oil to transform its economy. Global oil majors such as Tullow, Total and Cnooc are taking interest in the region for oil exploration, field development and production activities.

 

At full production, the oil fields are expected to produce up to 230,000 barrels a day. The oil development and infrastructure projects will create about 15,000 direct jobs, of which 60-70 per cent will be Ugandan. Including indirect employment, the projects are expected to generate about 150,000 jobs.

 

It is expected that a major of the services used by the oil industry, measured in monetary terms, are Ugandan such as catering, transport and security. In some technical areas, the country has virtually no capacity or experience and so regulations have been issued to waive the law in these areas.  Recruitment agencies would be hired to recruit highly experienced and skilled professionals for these jobs in Uganda.

 

These projects will create opportunities in Africa for Ugandans, provide energy supply and bring in revenue to fund infrastructure and other development projects. However, considering Uganda’s historic reputation for endemic corruption, analysts and activists are concerned and sceptical that everything will go smoothly.

 

 

Kenyan port gears up for half a million jobs

(STANDARDDigital)

 

The Kenyan city of Lamu will be developed into a city of more than 1.1 million people when a proposed transport corridor linking Kenya, South Sudan and Ethiopia is completed. This Corridor is expected to create jobs for 424,800 people who will be based in Lamu, working with various companies expected to set up base in the envisioned port city. The city would be transformed into a special economic zone to attract investors.

 

This corridor will connect highways, railway, crude oil pipeline and include resort cities and airports  thus making Lamu a strategic point within the Lapsset Corridor serving as an entry point for goods and people as well as an ideal logistics hub and port city. The consultants have proposed a three phase approach to develop the city, with the initial phase expected to bring about 56,800 people to Lamu, of which 21,900 will be employed by different Government agencies and private sector companies. The number of people employed in Lamu will grow to 177,000 as firms set up before reaching 424,000 when the corridor is complete.

 

 

Kenya attracts foreign companies

Kenya’s improving infrastructure and a huge pool of young, skilled workers are attracting multinationals to invest in the East African nation.

 

Several multinationals have entered or announced their plans to entre Kenya by either setting up regional offices or started manufacturing plants.

 

The Volvo Group is planning to invest 24 million U.S. dollars in an assembly plant in Africa. Already Volkswagen, the German carmaker and Peugeot, the French car manufacturer are operating plants in Kenya.

 

Tianlong, a Chinese gas cylinder manufacturer will start operations near Nairobi to locally manufacture canisters for the East and West African market.

 

What does the influx of global players mean for Kenya? It is boosting  the economy , creating job opportunities, establishing the country as a regional commercial and an investment hub as the government the strives to improve ease of doing business.

 

The Volvo plant will create 300 direct jobs and the Tianlong plant shall offer direct employment to 200 skilled locals in the next year.

 

Companies are drawn to Kenya because of improving infrastructure, growing incomes, a growing pool of young talent and also because it as a gateway to East Africa. In 2015, Kenya posted the fastest growth in foreign direct investment in Africa and the Middle East by receiving about 1.5 billion dollars.

 

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh