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Out of Africa: Organic Beauty and Skincare Brands You’ll Love

Out of Africa: Organic Beauty and Skincare Brands You’ll Love

Abuja, Nigeria: The cosmetic, beauty and skincare market is worth $400 billion globally. Traditionally, it is dominated by cosmetic and pharmaceutical giants who devote billions of dollars annually to the formation of new products, and mostly synthetic-chemical laden new products. Thus, it has always been difficult for small companies to enter the picture. However, with the rise...

How to Make Agriculture Great Again (MAGA)

How to Make Agriculture Great Again (MAGA)

Abuja, Nigeria: According to the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO), mankind is at the peak of food production. We produce enough food to feed the whole world. Even though 840 million people are food insecure and considered to be undernourished, the FAO is optimistic that mankind is on course to end hunger. They believe this can be...

The Internet Is Not Broken, We Are

The Internet Is Not Broken, We Are

In 2013 Yahoo was hacked and the data of over three billion accounts were compromised, according to Verizon Communications who acquired the company. In September 2014, Sony Pictures was hacked and confidential data stolen from their systems. This included personnel records, emails and some unreleased movie projects. The hack was carried out by alleged state-sponsored...

My First Eco-Friendly Birthday

My First Eco-Friendly Birthday

Abuja, Nigeria: Friday, April 27th was my birthday. I turned 26. As semi-customary, I had to arrange a get-together with friends. This birthday was quite a personal milestone for me as it was my first birthday without being a student or working a 9-5 job. First, I had everyone meet-up and share rides to the cinema....

How the Informal Economy Helps Drive Sustainable Development

How the Informal Economy Helps Drive Sustainable Development

Abuja, Nigeria: Growing up, my mother was a school teacher. Eventually, she went to work with the School Board. Amidst all this, she was a serial entrepreneur. At different times during my childhood, my mum ran a restaurant, call centre, grocery store, poultry and in the not too distant past, a cooking utensils supply business....

The Truth About E-Waste: What Really Happens to Electronic Waste After Westerners Dump it in Africa

The Truth About E-Waste: What Really Happens to Electronic Waste After Westerners Dump it in Africa

Editor’s note: This article is the second in a series of articles devoted to the subject of e-waste. We recommend you read the first article, “The Problem with E-Waste: How the Rich, Industrialised Nations Deal with E-Junk“. Abuja, Nigeria: In 2013, at the height of Blackberry craze, I got my Blackberry phone. It was a...

Made in Africa: The Stylish African Ethical Fashion Brands Making Waves in the Industry

Made in Africa: The Stylish African Ethical Fashion Brands Making Waves in the Industry

The Ethical Fashion Initiative (EFI) is a flagship programme of the International Trade Centre (ITC), a joint agency of the United Nations and World Trade Organization, founded by Simone Cipriani. This programme is actively involved in and encourages the shift from conventional practices in the fashion industry to more ethical and morally responsible practices. The...

10 Innovative Apps By African Entrepreneurs Helping To Improve the Lives of People in Africa

10 Innovative Apps By African Entrepreneurs Helping To Improve the Lives of People in Africa

It is no longer news that Africa has grown to become a strong competitor in the tech world. Young, educated Africans are at the forefront of this growth and are developing various applications and solutions for the African and sometimes, global market. These startups are not all building mobile applications, so much as they are...