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Good News from Africa

  1. Ivanka Trump in Ethiopia hails Addis Ababa as ‘Africa’s highest city’:

Ivanka Trump, daughter of the United States president and advisor at the White House on Sunday morning arrived in Ethiopia – the first leg of her two-nation African tour. On arrival at the Bole International Airport, she tweet: “Just landed in Addis Ababa – the diplomatic capital of Africa and the continent’s highest city! ”Ethiopia as the diplomatic capital of Africa is premised on the fact that it hosts the offices of the African Union Commission. The World Atlas portal says Addis Ababa was Africa’s highest capital in terms of altitude with 2355 meters, equivalent to 7726 feet. It seems to be the metric used in labeling it the ‘highest capital. ’She has since met with Ambassador Michael Raynor and other top officials of the U.S. embassy in Addis Ababa ahead of her engagements which are the area of women’s inclusion and empowerment.

  • Celebrating Africa First Ladies: Egypt’s Entissar Amer:

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.

Good News from Africa

  1. Ivanka Trump plans visits to Ivory Coast, Ethiopia to promote women’s campaign:

White House adviser and daughter of the United States president, Ivanka Trump will visit Ivory Coast and Ethiopia over a period of four days this month. Donald Trump’s daughter will be promoting the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative (WGDP) that was launched in February. The White House said on Wednesday that Ivanka’s schedule includes a women’s economic empowerment summit in Ivory Coast as well as site visits and meetings with political leaders, executives and female entrepreneurs in both countries. Accompanying her will be Mark Green, administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development. She will also be joined David Bohigian, acting president of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, as well as Kristalina Georgieva, interim president of the World Bank Group, which is hosting the summit.

  • Nigerian Airline orders 10 jets from Brazil’s Embraer:

Nigeria’s largest commercial airline has signed a $2.1 billion deal for the delivery of 10 jets from Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer.  “The order was announced today, during the Embraer’s Africa Airline Business Seminar, in Mauritius. With this order, Air Peace will become the first E-Jets E2 operator in Africa,” the company said in a statement sent to AFP. “The contract includes purchase rights for a further 20 E195-E2. With all purchase rights being exercised, the contract has a value of USD 2.12 billion, based on current list prices,” it said.

  • 20 Year rule ends in Algeria with Bouteflika’s resignation:

It is jubilation on the streets of Algeria and the celebration is over a major demand of a popular movement and protests which has now been achieved. President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has resigned. His resignation comes in fact a little short of the expiration of his mandate which should normally have seen him leave on April 28.The 82-year-old leader announced his resignation on Tuesday night via a brief message from the presidency saying he had “notified the president of the constitutional council of his decision to end his mandate”. So, Algerians have something on their hands, the end of 20 year reign in power.

  • Nigerian Entrepreneur recycling paper waste:

We take you to meet with a self-taught Nigerian artist transforming paper waste into attractive eco-friendly items.

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Good News from Africa

  1. Nigerian entrepreneur makes handcrafts from water hyacinth:

For many people the presence of water hyacinths in rivers and lakes is a source of concern. Not only do the hyacinths prevent sunlight from reaching other aquatic species, they also decrease water flow. Fishermen view this invasive plant as a threat to their livelihood because they choke waters populated by fish.

  • Zidane returns to Real Madrid’s training pitch:

No time to waste for the Frenchman. Zinedine Zidane held his first training session with Real Madrid’s squad on Wednesday. It follow his          reappointment to manage the club on Monday, March 11.Zidane returns for a second spell as coach with plans to rebuild the Spanish  giants.The  team has fallen into crisis since he left in May after winning an unprecedented third straight Champions League.

  • Painting sow pigeasso hogs the limelight at South Africa farm:

Pigcasso, a rescued pig in South Africa, has become an art sensation, painting pieces that sell for thousands of dollars. Pigcasso’s work has also been displayed around the world and recently on the watch faces of Swiss watchmaker Swatch.

  • G.Bissau ruling party wins legislative polls but without absolute majority:

The ruling party in Guinea Bissau has won Sunday’s legislative elections, but without an absolute majority.This means, the African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde, will be unable to form a government without a deal.

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Highest paying jobs in Kenya today



Some jobs pay extremely high remunerative packages worldwide. While master’s degrees will give you a slight edge over your competitors, being equipped with a bachelor’s degree in Kenya and hopefully in the correct field should give you high hopes of drawing some of the heftiest salaries in Kenya. The best paying sectors are banks, investment funds, telecommunication companies, and manufacturing sector companies.


So which are best paying jobs in Kenya?



They are some of the most important players in many companies. They literary watch over company funds. This also makes them part of the top management of all serious companies. Since the field is quite large, those who rise up to the position of Chief Finance Officer take not less than a million Kenyan shillings. Internal auditors make almost half a million while private practitioners could earn in millions.



Medicine is a well-paying job with high market value, what with medical graduates earning right after internships. The absorption rates are high with graduates having a choice be between government and the private sector. Many could work regular jobs while running their own private clinics; so the earning potential in this field is very high.



A pilot’s profession is a highly paid one. Though it may take some time to become to pilot it’s worth the wait; senior captain is known to earn not less than 1.1 million Kenyan shillings per month. But the cost of pilot training is expensive and hence prohibitive



Architect design cities and homes with some of the best houses in the country being designed by Kenyan architects. This is a highly in demand and well paid job with architects earning more than two hundred thousand per month.



For those who can argue well, politics is a great career. Qualifications required are quite low: just a high school completion certificate and fluency in English and Kiswahili. The perks are amazing with allowances, interest-free loans like house loans, car grants, and other grants and great business contacts for a lifetime. But yes, there could be fierce competition


Actuarial Science

This is a rare and in demand skill in the finance sector. Some of the Actuarial Science professionals earn even better than their Chief Executive Officers. An experienced actuarial scientist can earn an upwards of five million Kenyan shillings.



Want to be your own boss? Become a lawyer. Though it takes some time to establish yourself on the ground as a good lawyer, it will be worth the hard work. Established attorneys do make lots of millions of Kenyan shillings.



With the right type of engineering course, these professionals earn up to Ksh. 550,000 shillings a month.



Media personalities are raking money at a good pace. Once you become a top journalist, the amount could easily hit a million Kenyan shillings or more every month.



If you are patient enough to study for a Ph.D., it could bring great returns. Lecturers have flexible jobs: they teach when they have classes and catch up with their private businesses when they do not have classes to teach. They earn above two hundred thousand Kenyan shillings.


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Robots in Africa to steal jobs?


(CNN) Africa is importing robots to replace humans. Although still in its infancy, with fewer than 60,000 imports a year, the robotics industry in Africa is developing rapidly. Does this pose a risk to young people’s jobs in Africa ?


The continent is using robots for various jobs like mining, controlling traffic and even fighting deadly diseases. Several African organisations are encouraging production and participation in robotics


Robots could help lower production costs, but how will this impact the continent’s people?


‘Half of Africa’s jobs at risk’


Robots will take away two-thirds of jobs in developing countries as developed countries use robots and compete with the labour cost advantage of developing countries.


Research says, automation puts more than half the jobs in Africa at risk. Rapid automation and reduction of industrial activity means loss of industrialization opportunities for African workers.


The rise of robots in Africa


Africa is using robots and replacing humans for various jobs. All weather resistant robots are being used to direct traffic; drones with sensor are being used in farming. In gold mines, robots are taking over work considered too risky for humans. In Liberia, Robots have been used to disinfect rooms where Ebola patients were treated, a feat too risky for humans.  Rwanda plans a drone port to deliver medical and emergency supplies to its rural areas


Disruptive technologies always bring a mix of benefits and risks


Will Robots impact Africa positively or negatively?  While robots can maximize productivity on a much larger scale, it could take away jobs.


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Africa needs formal jobs to avert job crisis

(Reuters) In the largest Sub Saharan economies of Nigeria and South Africa, unemployment especially among the youth remains a major concern.


According to the IMF, the region could be heading for a jobs crisis unless the economies can create jobs for their burgeoning, young population.

By 2035, sub-Saharan Africa will have more working-age people than the rest of the world’s regions combined and this growing workforce will have to be met with jobs. This would have major implications for the region’s economy, its security and wider immigration patterns.


While the informal sector has created jobs and added to the regions wealth, many entrepreneurs were doing such jobs out of necessity. Most people would prefer job in the formal sector if they had that option.


Some of the characteristic features of informal employment are lack of protection in the event of non-payment of wages, compulsory overtime or extra shifts, lay-offs without notice or compensation, unsafe working conditions and the absence of social benefits. Women, migrants and other vulnerable groups of workers who are excluded from other opportunities have little choice but to take informal low-quality jobs.




The informal work sector represents entrepreneurship and start-up businesses but does not provide growth opportunity. The informal sector tends to be low productivity work, partly because it attracts lower skilled workers. As per the IMF, in a country where the informal sector is large, the rate of economic growth is reduced.


Countries need to adopt a balanced approach in the design of policies to grow the formal sector. This means focusing on ways to increase the productivity of the informal sector, while working to support the expansion of formal businesses. It also called for improved access to finance to create the right kind of jobs.

Africa’s silver lining : Here is a look at 10 countries with lowest unemployment rates in Africa


Here is a look at 10 countries with lowest unemployment rates in Africa.


1. Botswana


Botswana has a population of about two million people. It is one of the fastest growing economies in the world. Unemployment rate is about 18 per cent.

The government increased its goods and services exports by 7.2 per cent in 2015 to boost employment. Its initiatives to fight unemployment include Ipelegeng, a project that hires unskilled people, Livestock Management and Infrastructure Development and Integrated Support Programme for Arable Development.


2. Zambia


This landlocked, southern African nation has a population of 13 million people. Zambia’s unemployment rate stands at 14.1 per cent. Its government created technical and vocational training schools for both formal and informal employment.

The National Action Plan on Youth Employment was also created to develop frameworks for monitoring youths and creating better jobs.

Donor communities have also helped. Youth Skills Enterprise Initiative, meant to provide Zambian youths with capital and opportunities, has been set up.


3. Tunisia


With an unemployment rate of 15.4 per cent, Tunisia is one of the leading economies in North Africa. The country has adopted a Green Jobs Platform, which is funded by the Islamic Development Bank at a cost of $3.8 million (Sh395 million).

The project is aimed at creating jobs for university graduates. At least 50 start-ups have been created. The Tunisian Solidarity Bank funds individuals with at least $35,000 (Sh3.6 million).


4. Egypt


One of Africa’s leading oil exporters, Egypt’s unemploymant rate stands at 12.77 per cent. The North African country rolled out projects in December 2012 to create 750,000 jobs through micro-projects and youth employment.

Egypt also entered into 21 deals with China in the energy, banking and infrastructure sectors which will create more jobs. Online taxi hailing service Uber provides 2,000 jobs a month.


5. Algeria


Algeria’s unemployment rate was 11.2 per cent in 2015. In 2013, the government adopted a policy, ‘Marshall Plan’ that forced companies to hire workers within their locations.

Young entrepreneurs and unemployed persons wishing to start their own business are able to get interest-free loans, under the plan. Ministries and state parastatals were advised to award sub-contracting deals to the locals who are in micro-business.


6. Mauritius


The island in the Indian Ocean has a population of 1.3 million people. In 2015, unemployment rate stood at 7.8 per cent. The government diversified its economy to reduce over-reliance on its main source of income, tourism.

Its government started initiatives to create 15, 000 jobs yearly. Labour regulations have been amended to protect the employees. It targets to create 10,000 jobs by 2019.


7. Ghana


Ghana has a population of about 27.2 million. Its unemployment rate is about 5.2 per cent. Microsoft and International Institute of Communication and Development started a platform named, TizaaWorks. TizaaWorks equips graduates and school leavers with the right skills for the various sectors in the nation.

Its government created the National Youth Service for the university graduates and National Youth Employment Program to help unemployed people get jobs.


8. Rwanda


Rwanda has a population of 11.34 million people. It has one of the lowest unemployment rates in Africa, at 3.4 per cent. About 60 per cent of the working population has more than one job. The youth lead in agricultural jobs which form 70 per cent of all employment. Employment is higher in the rural areas. Its government targets to create 20,000 jobs yearly.


9. Seychelles


Seychelles has a population of about 90, 000 people. It unemployment rate is 2.7 per cent. In 2014, the nation adopted new regulations to safeguard and create more jobs for its citizens.

The 2016-2020 Country Strategy Paper aimed at creating more jobs for the youth and also diversifying its economy. There has also been creation of environment friendly jobs.


10. Benin


The West Africa nation of Benin has a population of 10.6 million people. The nation’s unemployment rate was 2.4 per cent in 2013. In February 2016, the country started the construction of its first ever digital city, Benin Smart City. Once complete, the project will create 50,000 jobs.


Africa and misconceptions

Leslie Dodson talks about how Africa is not disaster zone or a tragedy as it is represented  by journalists, researchers and NGOs.




Africa’s best employers



A recent survey lists Africa’s top ten employers, based on the views of thousands of African professionals:


1. World Bank Group

The World Bank has a large presence in Africa. The financial institution aims to end extreme poverty and promote prosperity across the continent. To do so, it hires African professionals to work with governments, civil society groups, the private sector and others in developing countries across the world.


2. Exxon Mobil

The American oil and gas corporation operates in several countries, including Nigeria, Chad and Egypt. Exxon Mobil focuses on hiring local employees in order to have a positive impact on the emerging economies they operate in.


3. Chevron

Chevron has major investments in many African countries. For instance, the energy corporation is the leading supplier of petroleum products in South Africa. Chevron offers career development support to its employees in the form of employee networks, online talent management systems and competence analysis tools.


4. GE

GE started operating in sub-Saharan Africa over 100 years ago. The American conglomerate now comprises 2,600 employees. Its main operations in SSA are in Nigeria, South Africa, Angola, Ghana, Mozambique and Kenya. GE has signed MOUs with most of these economies; this involves further investments in creating jobs.


5. African Development Bank

AfDB is a development finance institution that aims to boost the economic and social progress of African countries. The bank seeks employees who share the same purpose. AfDB staff partner with African governments, helping them with issues such as policy advice, identification and supervision of development projects.


6. Microsoft

Microsoft has offices in countries all over Africa, such as Ethiopia, Swaziland and Somalia. These offices include development centres, IT centres, research labs and sales offices. Microsoft hire a number of local workers to fill these offices, and train them to become experts in their field.


7. Nigeria LNG

The liquefied natural gas-producing company directly employs over 1,000 people. Indirectly, Nigeria LNG provides work to thousands of others through contracts and agreements. Employees work in marketing, production and shipping of liquefied natural gas and natural gas liquids. The firm hires generalists, specialists and new graduates. At its main office, Nigeria LNG offers services such as fully residential estate, sports and gym facilities, medical and dental care and car parking.


8. Schlumberger

Schlumberger is the world’s leading oilfield services company and has operations across Africa. Among the 13,242 people who completed the Careers in Africa Employer of Choice Survey, the company scores highly. Schlumberger offer opportunities for recent graduates and experienced professionals.


9. Shell

Shell’s main business activities in Africa include retail and commercial fuels, lubricants and oil, and manufacturing. Employees have to chance to be tasked with the operation of global Shell projects and assets. For instance, staff are hired to work in Shell’s oil refineries, our petrochemical plants, onshore and offshore production fields, and other operations. Conversely, Shell also hire in areas such as businesses and IT.


10. Coca-Cola

Coca-cola aims to produce drinks for Africans to enjoy, and also to be a model citizen and leading partner for the sustainable development of the continent. The leading beverage firm offer competitive compensation, the challenge of meaningful work, a unique work culture for its African employees.