New York, NY - The fun, funky Nae Nae dance sensation has hit a note with entrepreneur Nene (pronounced Nae Nae) Marks, 42, founder of Nene's Secret ethnic hair care, and inspired the mom of four to chime in with a women empowerment YouTube dance video.

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MTN, the leading ICT company in Nigeria and Nova-Lumos, the world's first distributed utility provider, has announced their collaboration on a next-generation alternative "mobile electricity" service. The Nova-Lumos service will provide alternative electricity to MTN customers who are living in rural areas across Nigeriaand are not connected to the electricity grid.

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Finding a word to describe development in Africa, what comes to mind is empowering. That was the sentiment encompassing the halls of Harvard Law School on Saturday during the African Development Conference. Poising the question ‘what do we want?’, dozens of students and predominant  figures in the Pan-African community came to this momentous conference to explore answers. The two-day student run event raised many provocative points, like the misperception and lack of social understanding of the continent’s issues. Panelists and key note speakers included distinguished guests like Raila Odinga, the Prime Minister of Kenya and world-renowned Ghanaian architect, David Adjaye.  The often passionate discussions centered around the future face of Africa in regards to urban planning, media, and healthcare.
 

Read more: Exploring African Development under the microscope

Gizzi Erskine, Idris Elba, Paloma Faith and Rankin confirmed as mentors for 'Launching People,' the search to find people with extraordinary ideas. Samsung is joining forces with the UK's hottest talent to give people with a passion for food, film, music and photography, the opportunity of a lifetime. 'Launching People' will see pop-up chef and Sunday Times cook Gizzi Erskine, award-winning actor and producer Idris Elba, singer-songwriter Paloma Faith and portrait and fashion photographer Rankin, search for undiscovered British and Irish talent. They will act as mentors as they help food lovers, budding film makers, musical game changers and picture takers launch their brilliant ideas.

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In the rural and fairly isolated cocoa growing communities of Ghana, electricity is limited and the cost of internet access highly inflated compared to incomes. This digital divide limits the opportunities for rural communities to acquire crucial information and communications technology (ICT) skills and access the host of information available in the digital world.  

Mofoluwaso Salami is a wife and a mother of one, who quit a career in law to pursue her passion for food. The recent graduate of the prestigious Culinary Institute of America, took a step further in her new venture by starting a food tasting series of event that would eventually lead to the opening of her restaurant in New York. Applause Africa’s co-founder was invitation to the premier of these series. Here are excerpts of my one-on-one with Foluso.

 

Read more: Dundu Debuts Its Food Tasting Event Series As It Prepares to Open Shop In New York City

Stratasys, a manufacturer of 3D printers and materials for personal use, just announced that South African designer and engineer, Michaella Janse van Vuuren, has created a unique collection of color, multi-material 3D printed fashion pieces using Stratasys' new Objet500 Connex3 3D Printer. Van Vuuren's collection features a "Stained Glass" corset, "Classic Serpent" shoes and belt, along with a range of "Fish-in-Coral" bracelets - most pieces 3D printed in a single print run, in a range of unprecedented color and material combinations.

 

 
Meet Kelvin Doe. A 16-year-old with no formal engineering training, Doe has built batteries and generators using trashed scrap metal and wiring. In his native Sierra Leone, he doubles as DJ Focus, where he broadcasts news and music via an RF transmitter he created.

VeriFone Mobile Money has announced that it has been selected by Teasy Mobile ("Teasy") in Nigeria to widen mobile money services and make them more relevant to local needs.

 

Read more: VeriFone Mobile Money Selected to Launch New Mobile Money Services in Nigeria

RainFin, South Africa's leading peer-to-peer marketplace, announces that Barclays Africa Group Limited (Barclays Africa) has acquired a 49% stake in its business. This investment is set to give a major boost to the emerging sector of lending exchanges and social lending in South Africa.

Read more: Peer-to-peer Lending Enters the South African Mainstream as Barclays Africa Invests in RainFin