Wednesday, April 13, 2016

A growth engine for Africa: Training 1 million young people in digital skills

Chebet Mutai from Nairobi, Kenya had little digital knowledge when she attended a “Women, Technology & Entrepreneurship” event run by Google in 2012. But the stories she heard and skills she learned there inspired her to quit her job at a bank and pursue her dream of opening a fashion business. She used her savings to buy two sewing machines and rent workshop space, and she set up a business making leather bags and accessories. Today, her companyWazawazi (a combination of two Swahili words meaning “open mindedness”) employs 12 people at a fair wage, exports to countries around the world, and continues to grow.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Lupita Nyong’o, Trevor Noah, their meaningful roles

The most intriguing stars seem to appear from out of nowhere.
Take Lupita Nyong’o, the Mexican-Kenyan actress who had not even graduated from Yale School of Drama before landing her star-making role as Patsey in “12 Years a Slave,” for which she won an Academy Award for best supporting actress in 2014.

Ms. Nyong’o, 32, has since appeared in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and lent her voice to “The Jungle Book,” which will open in April. She has also acted on stage in an Off Broadway production of “Eclipsed,” about the struggles of a group of women during the Liberian Civil War. (“Eclipsed” will open on Broadway next month.) Ms. Nyong’o quickly became a fashion darling, too, as the first black face of LancĂ´me. She has appeared on the cover of Vogue twice. 
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Saturday, February 20, 2016

Pizza Hut to invest Sh500mn in Kenya in next two years

Pizza Hut, the world’s largest pizza brand, is set to invest about Sh500 million in the Kenyan market in the next two years. Feast Limited is the operator of Pizza Hut in Kenya. Feast has already invested more than Sh150 million in local operations that includes opening two retail restaurants in Nairobi.

Speaking to Capital FM Business, Feast Limited Director Chris Joseph says the firm has plans to open another four Pizza Hut restaurants in Nairobi before the end of 2016.

Morgan Heritage to launch studio in Nairobi

Fresh off their success at the Grammy Awards, Morgan Heritage reveal that they are working on starting a studio in Nairobi. The reggae royalty won a Grammy for Best Reggae Album. READ MORE:

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Tatu City appoints firm to plan for power supply

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A multi-million satellite complex Tatu City, has announced that it had appointed US-based firm Power Engineers Inc to plan on power infrastructure for use within the industrial complex. Power Engineers is one of the largest consulting engineering firms in the United States

Tatu City management said that The Power Engineers Inc is well suited for the job having worked with clients such as the World Bank, US Trade and Development Agency and Inter-American Development Bank. read more:

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Rise of the Innovation-Oriented City

City Momentum Index
The current cycle of globalisation, urbanisation and technological advancement is leading to a shake-up of the global urban hierarchy and creating sweeping changes to the geography of commercial real estate opportunity.

In this new era of city competition, success is no longer purely about size or inherited attributes, but revolves around innovation, liveability and a city’s ability to transform and adapt to a constantly changing socio-economic landscape.

JLL’s City Momentum Index (CMI), now in its third year, tracks the speed of change of a city’s economy and commercial real estate market, identifying those cities which have the most dynamic urban economies and are adapting most rapidly to the imperatives of technological and infrastructural transformation.

Key Highlights of 2016
Nairobi’s (11th) impressive demographic and economic momentum is necessitating the creation of infrastructure and real estate to support the city’s expansion as it registers among the highest levels of office and retail construction and  absorption of any city in the CMI. Nairobi is also pushing to become the centre of technology in Africa, with a growing number of tech incubators and venture capital funds opening in the city. The start of construction on Konza Techno City, an innovation hub including space for higher education and technology firms, is laying a solid foundation for the future.

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Thursday, January 7, 2016

Grand Challenges African forum set for Nairobi

In 2003, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation launched Grand Challenges. It focused on 14 major scientific challenges that, if solved, could lead to key advances in preventing, treating, and curing diseases in the developing world.

The Grand Challenge framework encompasses global health, water, energy, environment, food, education, security, and poverty. It focuses on research efforts and engaging the world’s best researchers. Projects are selected based on public, transparent calls for proposals seeking the best ideas. Funders, investigators, and other stakeholders actively collaborate to accelerate progress and integrate advances to ensure that they serve those most in need.
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Monday, December 14, 2015

5 things we learnt in Cape Town
Kenya nearly made their first final since 2013, but their presence in the semi-finals was a joy to behold. Shades of Kenya's march to the final at the 2013 Wellington Sevens, Benjamin Ayimba's side were the only team to beat eventual winners South Africa. They drew with England, beat USA, and were a conversion away from taking their semi-final into extra-time. Always entertainment when they play and I hope tey'll be playing more like this all season.
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