Good News from Africa

  1. Malian Nurse helps her city back to health:

Mali’s rampant conflicts have led to thousands fleeing the country in search of safer places. This was the case of Jamilla Amadou, who fled the town of Gao in 2012 when extremist groups occupied the northern city. But she decided to return home after years in exile to use her skills in nursing, to help rebuild her city despite the insecurity. “We care for patients. People come with all kinds of ailments — malaria, diarrhea, typhoid fever, stomach problems, high blood pressure. We see a lot of children, even more than adults. That’s very important. ”The 50-year-old says most of the patients she receives are mainly those displaced by conflict.

  • Nigeria widows get major win in shell case:

The widows of nine Nigerian activists executed in 1995 got a major boost on Wednesday when a Dutch court ruled that it had jurisdiction to determine whether Royal Dutch Shell was complicit in the Nigerian government’s execution of their husbands. The men who came to be known as the Ogoni Nine, were environmental activists who fought against widespread pollution in the Niger Delta. The four widows accuse Shell of instigating a deadly crackdown by the military government of the time against peaceful protesters in Ogoniland, in the Niger Delta, the most valuable oil-producing region in Nigeria.

  • Rwandan cosmetics business booms:

Uburanga or Beauty in English has succeeded in becoming a sought-after brand in the Rwandan cosmetology market. The company has six product lines and 20 employees. Its founder Cephas Nshimyumuremyi, said he started this business with $10.Since 2012, ‘‘Uburanga’‘ has 5,000 distributors across Rwanda. Today, the company’s value is estimated at $40,000.We make sure that the products we manufacture are intended in particular for Africa and that they are natural.

  • Guinea: Train to transport bauxite in service soon:

Guinea’s new railway line will begin the transportation of bauxite by June 2021.The international SMB-Winning consortium responsible for the $3 billion project made the announcement, Friday. The project aims to exploit new bauxite deposits in the Santou and Houda region (250 km north of Conakry), then to transport and process the ore for export, thanks to an alumina refinery to be built in the Boké special economic zone, a city close to the border with Guinea-Bissau. The construction of this 135-kilometre railway will be carried out by two Chinese companies. Guinea derives most of its income from the exploitation of mines such as bauxite, making it the 3rd largest producer in the world. Conakry thus aims to catch up on its infrastructure backlog in order to exploit its rich mining potential, in particular. The international SMB-Winning consortium, composed of Guinean, Singaporean (40%) and Chinese (23%) interests, will operate the railway for 33 years, before returning it to the state, on the basis of a public-private partnership.

  • Bio-Diversity heroes: The teenagers saving Madagascar’s wildlife:

The island nation of Madagascar has a dubious accolade: it is the world-leader in deforestation. Now, some of the island’s teenagers have started a farming revolution – working to stop food production from destroying the island’s rich rainforest. We crouch low – backpacks at our feet – gripping the sides of that canoe as it is expertly steered across the water. We are less than 100 miles from the capital of Madagascar, Antananarivo, but this is a stark reminder of just how remote the communities of this protected area are. When we have crossed the river, it is still a two-hour walk to Mangabe village. We’re going there to meet a group of Malagasy teenagers – young famers who are leading a small but vital revolution – transforming how people farm in order save their forest.

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Good News From Africa

  1. DRC MP’s elect woman speaker of parliament, Jeanine Mabunda:

Lawmakers in the Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC, on Wednesday elected Jeanine Mabunda as head of the national assembly. Mabunda was the only candidate fielded for the position after her main opponent, Henri Thomas Lokondo, was disqualified. The main opposition boycotted the process citing political maneuvering. The new speaker belongs to the Common Forum for Congo, FCC coalition, which is led by former president Joseph Kabila. She also got the backing of president Tshisekedi’s CACH coalition. She becomes the first woman to occupy the top legislative seat. She is the sixth substantive speaker and takes over from Aubin Minaku – speaker between 2012 – 2019.

  • Selfie by caretaker, gorillas in DRC’s Virunga park goes viral:

Gorillas are not known to stand straight by nature but that is what two female gorillas did over the weekend. Doing so for a selfie opportunity with two rangers. The photo of the rangers and gorillas went viral on social media platforms and attracted wide coverage by mainstream media outlets. The photo was taken in the Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC’s famed Virunga National Park. Virunga is “Africa’s oldest national park and is also the continent’s most biologically diverse protected area. “You might have recently seen caretakers Mathieu and Patrick’s amazing #selfie with female orphaned gorillas Ndakazi and Ndeze inside the Senkwekwe center here at Virunga. Is it real? Yes! Are these gorilla gals always this cheeky? Yes!,” the park’s Twitter handle clarified the viral photos.

  • Malawi hopeful in new Malaria vaccine:

High hopes in Malawi as the country made history on Tuesday by taking the bold step to be the first country in the world to vaccinate children with a new malaria vaccine. Mothers with babies below the age of 2 turned up in the week long vaccination campaign, in trust of the revolutionary vaccine. “Finally my child has received the malaria vaccine. I am so happy because I know that she will not suffer from malaria and that I can concentrate on other important things,” said Hendrina Ositeni, mother.

  • Ghana starts largest medical delivery scheme using drones:

Hundreds of drones have started delivering life-saving vaccines, blood and medicines to patients in Ghana this week in the largest scheme of its kind, the global vaccine alliance GAVI said on Wednesday. Medics will place orders by text message when supplies run dry, said GAVI chief executive Seth Berkley. Drones will then fly in from four distribution centers, hover over health posts and drop deliveries using tiny parachutes. “The idea is that these four distribution centers can make up to 600 on-demand delivery flights a day,” Berkley told reporters in a telephone briefing. “And that can expand up to 2,000 (a day) over time.”

  • Uganda, Kenya, Morocco named among world’s most beautiful places:

Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Kenya’s Samburu national reserve and Morocco’s Mount Toubkal have been named among the 25 most beautiful places in the world, according to a survey done by CNN Travel. The list of ‘breathtakingly beautiful’ places was compiled by the American media channel, in commemoration of Earth Day, and shared to tip travellers on which places they could visit this year. ‘‘In celebration of Earth Day…from lush African forests to vast Latin American deserts, watery Balkan paradises to ancient Middle Eastern cities, here are our picks for the world’s top breathtaking, beautiful destinations,’‘ CNN Travel said. This is what was said about the African destinations on the list.

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Here are Google’s leadership evaluation questions:

Here are Google’s leadership evaluation questions:

  1. My manager gives me actionable feedback that helps me improve my performance.
  2. My manager does not “micromanage” (get involved in details that should be handled at other levels).
  3. My manager shows consideration for me as a person.
  4. The actions of my manager show that he/she values the perspective I bring to the team, even if it is different from his/her own.
  5. My manager keeps the team focused on our priority results/deliverables.
  6. My manager regularly shares relevant information from his/her manager and senior leaders.
  7. My manager has had a meaningful discussion with me about career development in the past six months.
  8. My manager communicates clear goals for our team.
  9. My manager has the technical expertise (e.g., coding in Tech, selling in Global Business, accounting in Finance) required to effectively manage me.
  10. I would recommend my manager to other Googlers.
  11. I am satisfied with my manager’s overall performance as a manager.

Then Google employees are asked to complete two other questions: 

12. What would you recommend your manager keep doing?

13. What would you have your manager change?

Notice that only one question, No. 9, asks employees to rate their manager’s hard skills. 

The Best Managers Are Those Who Help Their Teams Succeed

The evaluation spends almost no time assessing a manager’s knowledge, skill, and experience. All but one question focuses on soft skills: communication, feedback, coaching, teamwork, respect, and consideration.

What you know matters, but communicating, delegating, creating a sense of autonomy and purpose…that matters a lot more.

Granted, you could argue that possessing superb technical skills is less important for Google’s team managers; after all, it’s easier for Google to recruit and retain incredibly skilled people than it is for many companies. 

But that argument misses the larger point. While most employees need some degree of training early on, the emphasis soon shifts from what they know to how they use their knowledge and skills.

For example, take question No. 2: “Does my team leader micromanage?” Just about every task has a best practice, so most leaders implement and enforce processes and procedures. For employees, though, engagement and satisfaction are largely based on autonomy and independence.

I care the most when it’s “mine.” I care the most when I feel I have the responsibility and authority not just to do what I’m told, but to do what is right.

Good leaders establish standards and guidelines and then give their employees the autonomy and independence to work the way they work best within those guidelines.

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Good News From Africa

  1. 50 years rule toppled by popular protests: Algeria, Sudan uprising.:

It has been a huge last ten days for African politics with fifty years of presidential rule between two leaders grinding to an end with striking similarities. Abdul-Aziz Bouteflika of Algeria would perhaps be the most shocked by the turn of events given that all was “well” not necessarily with him but with his ambitions to continue in office. In the case of Omar al-Bashir, political watchers had stressed that it was only a matter of how longer he could hold on especially given the dogged nature of the opposition he was facing. The two men fell to a common opponent – popular protests that had very little political involvement. In each case, concessions at different points might have emboldened the protesters.

  • CAF’s AFCON 2019 draw in Egypt: All you need to know:

The continent’s football governing body, the Confederation of African Football, CAF, is all set to conduct the draw for the 2019 African Cup of Nations, AFCON.CAF said its Executive Committee at a meeting on Thursday, 11 April 2019, in Cairo, Egypt approved the draw procedure for the tournament slated for Egypt later this year. The procedure was proposed by the Organizing Committee at its meeting 24-hours earlier. The draw takes place in Egypt on Friday evening. The pots and seeding of the 24 qualified teams were decided based on the latest FIFA World rankings (released 4 April 2019), which is globally accepted and portrays a true reflection of the state of the qualified teams.

  • Egypt uncovers the remains of a powerful ancient priest:

Archeologists on Sunday streamed live the discovery of a 2,500-year-old remains of a powerful ancient Egyptian high priest at Al-Glorify, a remote site about 165 miles south of the capital, Cairo. Inside the Priest’s stone sarcophagus covered in gold banding was a very well preserved mummy. Within the inner chambers of the burial site experts also discovered two other mummies. Archeologists recently uncovered a network of ancient tunnels and tombs containing 40 mummies “believed to be part of the noble elite.”

  • 2019 World Travel Market Kicks off in Cape Town, South Africa:

Travel professionals from over 70 countries have converged in Cape Town, South Africa for the World Travel Market, a networking event with leading travel and tourism players. The international event provides a platform to showcase travel and tourism products to potential buyers. “This year we have over one thousand buyers from all over the world and one of the main criteria used to source these buyers is the purchasing power on the African continent. They need to demonstrate to us that they indeed purchase true products, destination products on the African continent for us to be able to invite them to the exhibition. That has been demonstrated through the quality of buyers that we brought from the US and European market from the Middle East and so forth even from Africa as well,” Papy Luzala, the event organizer said.

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Good News from Africa

  1. Eritrea diplomacy  hits top: Team visits Mogadishu, Cairo, Riyadh:

Eritrea’s diplomatic engagements have been vibrant especially in late March through to April 10. Foreign Minister Osman Saleh has been to six capitals in a space of two weeks. His most recent being to the Saudi Arabian capital Riyadh, where he met with the King Salman bin Abdelaziz delivering a letter from President Isaias Afwerki’s to the host. Minister of Information, Yamane Meskel said, Afwerki’s letter contained words of gratitude for Saudi role in supporting the Eritrea – Ethiopia peace deal of July 2018. The two nations signed a peace deal in Riyadh last year.

  • China gives AU $2m for capacity building efforts:

The African Union Commission, AUC, on Wednesday confirmed receipt of two million dollars from the Chinese government. The amount was handed over via a cheque from the Ambassador of China to the AU, Liu Yuxi. It was received by the deputy chairperson of the AUC, Kwesi Quartey. “I had the honor and privilege to receive once again, on behalf of the Commission, a cheque for US$2 million from the Amb. of China to the AU, for the Commission’s capacity building Programme. “We are thankful to the Government and People of China for their continuous support,” the AUC deputy head wrote on Twitter. Photos attached showed him in a handshake with the ambassador and with the two signing a document.

  • Algeria’s First post- Bouteflika poll- scheduled for July 4- Presidency:

Algeria will hold a presidential election on July 4, the interim presidency said on Wednesday after weeks of mass protests led to the resignation of long-serving leader Abdelaziz Bouteflika. No further details were immediately given. On Tuesday, interim president Abd-el-Kader Bensalah had said he would organize free elections within 90 days. Earlier on Wednesday, Algeria’s army chief said he expected to see members of the ruling elite in the major oil and natural gas-producing country prosecuted for corruption and that he would support a transition towards elections. Lieutenant General Gaid Salah’s comments were the strongest hint yet that the military would play its traditional role as kingmaker after the ailing 82-year-old Bouteflika bowed to popular pressure and quit on April 2 after 20 years in power.

  • Six year old DJ thrills crowd in South Africa:

At the age of six, DJ arch junior holds the Guinness World Record for the youngest DJ club and is also the 2015 winner of the South African Got Talent Competition. The young South African student started mixing music at a very young age.

  • RwandAir to launch direct flights to DRC’s Kinshasa:

Rwanda’s national airline will this month launch direct flights to the capital of Democratic Republic of Congo. The development is significant as the two countries make efforts to harmonies bilateral and trade relations, that have in the past been derailed by conflict and suspicion. DRC is Rwanda’s main export destination, accounting for 86.9 per cent of Kigali’s informal cross boarder exports, according to the local New Times media portal. RwandAir said it will operate three weekly direct flights on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays from its Kigali hub to N’Djili International Airport, DR Congo’s largest airport. “This new route will support our growth and increase our footprint in Africa. We also believe the addition of Kinshasa will boost business and strengthen commercial ties between the two countries” said Yvonne Makolo, RwandAir chief executive officer.

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