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Check out Africa’s top 10 billionaires in 2023
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Check out Africa’s top 10 billionaires in 2023

Nigerian industrialist Aliko Dangote, whose fortune dropped US$400 million to US$13.5 billion, is the richest person for the 12th year in a row Africa’s top 10 wealthiest people are worth a combined estimate of US$67.8 billion in the past 12 months. Forbes tracked the wealth of African billionaires who reside in Africa or have their primary business there, and the net worth was estimated using stock prices and currency exchange rates as of Friday 13 January 2023. We begin with estimations of revenues or profits and apply current price-to-sale or price-to-earnings ratios for comparable public companies to value privately held enterprises. Within weeks or days following our measurement date, some list members become wealthy or worse. Nigerian industrialist Aliko Dangote...
Water ATMs were introduced in Ghana, changing the way people access this vital resource
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Water ATMs were introduced in Ghana, changing the way people access this vital resource

A water ATM point in Yawkwei. Credit: Godfred Amankwaa Universal, safe, and reliable water access is a pressing need in the global south. One-quarter of the world's population doesn't currently have access to clean drinking water. In Ghana, about 5 million people out of a population of about 31 million lack access to clean, safe water. One person in ten has to spend more than 30 minutes to get drinking water. Problems are particularly acute in off-grid communities. These are the low-income, rural, and peri-urban locations that aren't connected to the municipal or main centralized water supply. The private sector and other non-governmental providers are getting increasingly involved in filling the gap, sometimes in partnership with the government. Some private water serv...
Speech By President Akufo-Addo At The Dialogue Organised By The Africa Prosperity Network At Peduase Lodge
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Speech By President Akufo-Addo At The Dialogue Organised By The Africa Prosperity Network At Peduase Lodge

  Closing Statement By The President Of The Republic Of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, At The Dialogue Organised By The Africa Prosperity Network On Saturday, 28th January 2022, At Peduase Lodge, Eastern Region, Ghana. On behalf of the Government and people of Ghana, I congratulate the Africa Prosperity Network, the Secretariat of the Africa Continental Free Trae Area (AfCFTA), the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, the United Nations Development Programme, the team at the Office of the President, and all other partners and sponsors for what I can safely describe as the success of this historic Dialogue and that of the associated Business and Policy Leaders Dialogue.  I thank my fellow Presidents a great deal for sending their representatives to gra...
Achieving the sustainable development goals focusing on children: The case of Chance for Children
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Achieving the sustainable development goals focusing on children: The case of Chance for Children

Achieving sustainable development goals requires a commitment to various goals and targets. Most of these goals and targets can be achieved if we focus on the well-being of children. Children everywhere are fragile and require proper care and attention. To achieve the SDGs, for instance, goals one to four thus no poverty, zero hunger, good health and well-being, and quality education, greater attention should be given to children as they are the future of every nation. When children are properly catered for, and given the necessary support to be educated and become good citizens, it could go a long way to end poverty, and hunger and improve the well-being and health conditions of the population. However, most children lack the opportunity to acquire quality education, access g...
Psychotherapy is cheaper compared to its results 
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Psychotherapy is cheaper compared to its results 

Lois (not her real name), a young lady, wrote a letter to her psychologist after a six-month therapy period.  The letter read: "I wasn't sure what God was doing in my life but having gone through the tribulations in life, I felt God was leading me through something. “Looking at the traumas in my life, I needed something different. At those moments, I didn't need a spiritual counsel or a Man of God nor an Imam or my Pastor to talk to. “I just needed a professional help. In all, I have learnt, I have been informed, and empowered. The cost of therapy is cheaper compared to the results." Lois was referred for a psychotherapy in 2021 when her close relations realised changes in her behaviour. She was then at the University where financial and relationship challenges nearly pushe...
Do not just worry about burnout and deadlines, put cybersecurity top of mind too
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Do not just worry about burnout and deadlines, put cybersecurity top of mind too

The return to the office, be it after a holiday or a shift from full-time remote working to a hybrid model, brings with it some worrying security habits and risks. While the holiday is not yet a distant memory, it is very likely that great security hygiene is, therefore companies need to prioritise cybersecurity awareness and training as they move into the new year. Anna Collard, SVP Content Strategy & Evangelist at KnowBe4 (www.KnowBe4.com) AFRICA, points out that the attack surfaces have increased when people return to their offices in a hybrid model, which means that there are even more vulnerabilities for companies and employees to worry about. “It is become important to prioritise employee security awareness and digital wellbeing as much as their physical and mental health...
The Ghanaian giant reported to be the world’s tallest man
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The Ghanaian giant reported to be the world’s tallest man

When I heard rumours of a new contender for the world's tallest man in northern Ghana, I set out to find out if it was true. The only problem? Measuring him. A local hospital in northern Ghana told 29-year-old Sulemana Abdul Samed during one of his recent check-ups that he had reached the height of 9 ft 6in (2.89m). This would make him the tallest man in the world, but there was a catch - the rural clinic could not be sure of his height because it did not have the correct measuring tools. Diagnosed with gigantism a few years ago, the young man was attending a monthly appointment to deal with the complications of living as a giant when he was asked to stand straight against a measuring rod. A shocked nurse told him: "You've grown taller than the scale." Better known ...
Pele in Africa: The man, the myth, the legend
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Pele in Africa: The man, the myth, the legend

Being one of the very first young black sporting superstars of the television era, Pelé drew the love and affinity of Africans across the continent. As decolonisation movements swept across Africa in the late 1950s and early 1960s, Pelé was invited by newly independent countries to play in prestigious friendlies with his club Santos FC and the Brazilian national team. In his autobiography, Pelé said that the following decades and subsequent repeated trips to the African continent, "changed not only my view of the world, but also the way the world perceived me". The author of the Almanac of FC Santos, Guilherme Nascimento, correctly pointed out that the African trips were "so full of stories that there is no clear boundary between legend and fact". His time in Algeria, for ...
Africa’s Upstream Industry: Holding Steady in a Turbulent Oil and Gas Market
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Africa’s Upstream Industry: Holding Steady in a Turbulent Oil and Gas Market

Africa’s oil and gas industry is going to breathe new life into many African economies and will create new opportunities for every many Africans in 2023. During the recent African Energy Week, many players and host nations outlined some of the most ambitious plans produce more natural gas, diversify our economies and create more jobs especially for women and our young people. This is a better plan than development aid. In September 2022, the EU approved an additional 15 million euros to support counterinsurgency efforts in Mozambique. That fresh funding – intended to protect the natural gas-rich area of Cabo Delgado – brings the bloc’s total support up to 104 million euros this year. This sudden involvement in the area’s five-year security saga highlights Europe’s newfound interest ...
Data protection initiatives may fall flat without these three key attributes
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Data protection initiatives may fall flat without these three key attributes

As modern enterprises hail data as the lifeblood of their business, comprehensive data protection has become paramount. Indeed, the accelerated pace of digital transformation in recent years has made data a fundamental and strategic business resource as well as a key production factor. Already, data is being generated, consumed and stored at an unprecedented pace. According to IDC, global data creation and replication is growing at a compound annual growth rate of 23 percent from 2020 to 2025. In 2020, 64.2 ZB of data were created or replicated. The research firm reckons that the amount of digital data created over the next five years will be greater than twice the amount of data created since the advent of digital storage. The data deluge is prompting prudent companies to r...