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How Ghana’s Shopa is redefining informal retail distribution, supply chain

BY TOM JACKSON Ghanaian retail-tech startup Shopa says it is “redefining” informal retail distribution and supply chain by connecting last-mile retailers with suppliers, and enabling access to stock on cash or credit.  Formed in August 2020 after identifying challenges faced by…

Empathy And Sympathy: How Migration And Mental Health Are Inseparable

The coronavirus pandemic triggered a worldwide mental-health crisis. This narrative ages almost as quickly as the virus itself but one forgets easily that the psychological minefield by returned migrants was looming long before. The pandemic is not the only test on the psychological immune system of returned migrants,…

Review: Notable events that defined Arts and Culture in 2021

By Kwabena Adu Gyamfi with Pascal Mahe Keingna 2021 was greeted with many uncertainties, with many wondering how long coronavirus would continue to stay with us. In the midst of the uncertainties, news about the disappearance of 20-year-old Senegalese student Diary…

Telford company develops solar power unit for use in Africa

A company has developed an affordable solar storage device to bring power to those in energy poverty. It was designed by AceOn Group, based in Telford, Shropshire, for use in sub-Saharan Africa, where only half the population has access to…

The Maasai TikTokers wowing Bollywood fans

By Priya Sippy Wearing their traditional Maasai dress and surrounded by cows, Tanzania’s newest TikTok sensations, siblings Kili and Neema Paul, get ready to record their latest video. A smartphone is set up on a tripod a few metres from…

The lost Assyrian colony in Africa

JULIAN MCBRIDE Assyrians have played a role in modern human development and civilization. Some of the first forms of writing (cuneiform), first complete libraries, astrology, irrigation, and warfare tactics came from their society. Assyrians were able to hold influence across…

Five innovative technologies used by the San people of southern Africa

You are likely not to find this indigenous population on their native lands in Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho and Mozambique as they have been displaced in the name of conversation. The San, one of the oldest people in the world and…

A look at the true origin of Buffalo wings and the Black chef behind them

Who is the creator of the world-famous Buffalo wings? Many people believe the wing was invented in Buffalo’s Anchor Bar by Italian-born couple Frank and Teressa Bellissimo in the 1960s. But there is another story. “Anybody that was around back…

The Techpreneur Driving Change One Bus At A Time

By Chanel Retief The transportation industry is not without its challenges. However, 28-year-old tech and transit guru Shahzeb Memon believes that it’s these challenges that will be the driving force shaping better economies. It’s in solving them in the emerging markets…

Coffee Culture-Change Is Brewing

By Paula Slier and Sasha Star Motorcycles weave past minibus taxis as street vendors enthusiastically promote their wares. Flurries of people hurry by in colorful dresses while making their way to and from work. There’s a buzz in the air. …