Parents are considered by many to be the best teachers. In the case of Meck Khalfan they were certainly the best examples and motivators. As members of the Chagga of Tanzania, Khalfan explains that they were great business people. His father was a mechanic while his mother ran a clothing business. As he grew, he observed both his parents and their respective approaches to work. His dad was reliable and did his work thoroughly without cutting corners, while his mother used a variety of sources to stock her clothing business.

Read more: Meck Khalfan: A Dream Affirmed

 
As an internationally acclaimed architect and innovator, how has visiting 52 African capital cities helped inspire creativity within your work?
The project opened me up to the realization that in dealing with the community, I was incorporating the notions of history, place and patterns. Returning to Africa, I realized that is how I think of geography: it is more than just a school text book; it is really the phenomenon of place, or the way in which it conditions communities, cities, and societies that in turn form a place. When you move around a lot, you start to realize how explicitly those geographies inform the ways of cities and places. There is a very primary geography in Africa and it was surprising that the diverse cultures of the Continent don’t always recognize this. It is very clear in Africa, how neighboring cultures are so different from one another. These things –history, place and patterns—are a very important part of the matrix.

Read more: DAVID ADJAYE A futurist is intrigued

 
Born out of tiphub’s mission to support innovation in Africa and the African Diaspora, Diaspora Demo Days serves to highlight high growth and high impact technology and social entrepreneurs that are passionate about Africa. Diaspora Demo bridges the disconnect of the growing pools of capital dedicated to impact developing economies of Africa, Diaspora communities large remittance streams, and the startup technology and social innovators that are in the missing middle.

Read more: Tiphub boost startup creativity with Diaspora Demo Day

With a commitment to boost electricity supply in Nigeria, President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan and the Federal Government are on track to restore uninterrupted power supply to Nigerians and to complete ongoing independent power projects spread across the country.

Read more: USA Investing in Nigerian Economic Development, Solar Power

RACINE, Wis.Oct. 8, 2014 - For billions of people around the world the threat of a malaria infection is an everyday reality. To help reduce disease in these rural areas, today SC Johnson announced the expansion of WOW™, a business concept that creates access to pest control products that can help prevent malaria in at-risk populations at the base of the pyramid (BoP), as well as home-cleaning and personal care products valued by rural consumers. WOW™ is now available in the Yilo Krobo District of Ghana, and features new and improved product options.

Read more: SC Johnson Continues to Explore New Business Concepts to Prevent Malaria Transmission

 
Chinedu Enekwe is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of tiphub a start-up accelerator and business consultancy in Washington, DC. Tiphub provides seed funding, strategic mentorship, entrepreneurship-focused business training; and directly supports the start-ups it works with. Tiphub was a community partner at the inaugural African Spotlight - a program aimed at highlighting the achievement of African youth leaders and serve as inspiration for others in Washington, DC.
 
While startup cities are just emerging, there are smart and sophisticated steps being taken to develop healthy entrepreneurial ecosystems across the African continent. African countries continue to throw off their post-colonial cloak to become the world’s fastest-growing group of economies. The catalysts for much of this explosive growth are the mobile phone and the internet. According to analyst ABI, in 2012, 76.4 per cent of Africans owned a mobile phone; that’s 821 million out of a population of more than a billion people. this mobile penetration rate almost certainly surpassed 80 per cent in 2013. This revolution has created extraordinary opportunities. This has created new possibilities for African talent to start any project of their dreams.

Read more: How Capetown, Kigali, Lagos, Accra And Nairobi became Hubs for Entrepreneurs.

 
How many times can we sit and reimagine, reignite, and rethink Africa? As we enter a school year and the conference cycle begins anew, let us think critically about our purpose and what we can achieve.
 
Take a look at this list of recent Africa conferences. What do you notice?
 
HBS 2014: Africa Accelerates: Equipping a Vibrant African Economy
HBS 2013: Redefining Africa: The Emergence of a New African Story (15th)
YAAPD 2013: Re-imagining Africa: A closer look at Autonomy, Identity and Perspective 
HADC 2012: Rethinking Development in Africa
Columbia 2014: A Continent Ascends: Emergent Perspectives from the Frontier
Columbia 2013: Africa Ignited: Exploring Ideas, Shaping Outcomes
Columbia 2012: Africa Reclaiming Africa: Changing the Rules of Engagement
NYU 2014: The Africa Gold Rush: Realities of Africa’s Economic growth and Potential
NYU 2012: Redefining Africa: Innovative Business & Frontier Investments in Emerging Africa
Wharton 2013: Succeeding in Africa: Translating Opportunities into Growth
Wharton 2012: In the Trenches: Exploring Catalysts Driving Africa’s Growth
 

KIGALI, Rwanda -- It is an awfully hot Friday. The nauseating dry haze has arrested the rolling hills of Gisozi, a suburban neighborhood of Rwanda's Capital City, Kigali. "Please... please teacher," calls Magnifique Uwase of Gisozi Public School requesting the teacher to explain a computerized mathematical task. Each student has a laptop. They are learning how to solve mathematical tasks, such as geometry, using computers.

Read more: How Rwanda is Breeding Tech Geeks

After nearly a week of wheeling and dealing inWashington D.C., business leaders and policy makers from the United States and Africa are calling the first ever U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit an enormous success.

Read more: Washington summit considered major boost to U.S-Africa relations