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Meet The Young African Visionaries Who Made The 2019 Forbes 30 Under 30 List

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Get familiar with some of the names on the 2019 list.

Forbes magazines yearly 30 Under 30 list is here, and just like last year, a number of young African visionaries have made the list.

The list recognizes accomplished young people in the areas of media, art & style, food & drink, education, science, music, sports, healthcare and a number of other industries.

Here’s how the magazine described this year’s selection process:

The list features 600 trailblazers in 20 industries. Choosing these honorees among thousands of nominees is long and daunting, a three-layer process that relies on the knowledge and authority of our wide-reaching community, skilled reporters and expert judges. The final product: a collection of bold risk-takers putting a new twist on the old tools of the trade

This year’s arts & style section includes 20 year-old Nigerian born fashion designer Taofeek Abijako, the creator of the menswear brand Head of State+, as well as 28-year-old Nigerian artist Kayode Ojo.

Ghanaian-American computer scientist and digital activist Joy Buolamwini (28) represents in the enterprise and technology section. She’s the founder of the Algorithmic Justice League, which identifies biases in algorithms. While 29-year-old Sally Nuamah, a Ghanaian-American professor at Duke University earned a spot in the education section for her accomplishments in the field.

The Nigerian co-founders of Helium Health, a company turning hospitals across West Africa digital were recognized in the healthcare portion of the list. The 25-year-old Nigerian founder of Lightning Labs, Olaoluwa Osuntokun (25), is named in the finance section.

Malawian-American policy advisor, Michelle Mbekeani (29) also made this year’s list. Born in Libya to Sudanese parents, senior copywriter at Droga5 Nedal Ahmed (29), makes the list in the marketing and advertising section.

Shamrock Frimpong (27), the Ghanaian social entrepreneur behind the Cocoa360 is also included on the list.

Twenty-three year-old Nigerian-Greek basketball player, Giannis Antetokounmpo, who plays for the Milwaukee Bucks is also on the list.

Shadrack Frimpong became the first person from his village in Ghana to attend college in the U.S., earning a full ride to the University of Pennsylvania. There, he won the $150,000 President’s Engagement Prize and started Cocoa360. It has pioneered the ‘farm-for-impact’ model, using revenues from community cocoa farms to fund educational and healthcare services. In less than 3 years, it has cared for 3,000 patients and currently educates 120 young girls.

Congrats to all the young honorees! You can see the full list here.

Source: Okay Africa

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Ghana Rated The Fastest Growing Economy In The World.

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Latest International Monetary Fund (IMF) report has rated Ghana as the fastest growing economy in the world. While this is the case for Ghana, IMF notes that many other African countries lag far behind.

IMF predicts that Ghana’s economy will grow at 8.8 percent in 2019, a growth rate it says is the fastest in the world. IMF attributes the projections to Ghana’s improved macroeconomic performance for the last two years and the strong economic growth in 2018 .Last year, Ghana’s economy grew by 5.6 percent, putting it in sixth position.

Ghana is closely followed by its neighbor Ivory Coast with 7.5 percent, and Ethiopia with 7.7 percent. The growth rate of these two countries from 2018 to 2020 appears to be consistent, while Ghana’s growth is predicted to decline again in 2020.

Apart from Ghana and Ivory Coast, South Sudan, Rwanda, Ethiopia, and Senegal, also top the list of the fastest growing economies in the world according to the IMF report.

While oil is said to be the sector that is driving Ghana’s economy, other sectors like agriculture, manufacturing and services have shown positive growth. This is according to one Adu Owusu Sarkodie from the University of Ghana. He however still maintains that the main source of growth is the oil sector. “We have discovered new oil fields and companies have started operating, they have intensified their operations,” he said in an interview with DW.

Papa Ndiaye, Head of the Regional Studies Devision at the IMF’s African Department had dissenting views regarding Ghana’s growth rate. “We don’t expect this growth rate (of 8.8 percent) to be sustained over the medium term. And when you look at it in per capita, that is still smaller than what countries like China have experienced in the past.” Ndiaye said adding that Ghana’s economic growth is expected to slow to a level of around 4.5 to 5 percent.

One Neville Mandimika, an analyst with the Rand Merchant Bank is also of the view that IMF’s projection is “way too generous”.

The Nana Akufo-Addo-led state has a thriving agriculture sector. Not long ago, 200,000 farmers received improved seeds and fertilizers hence increased yields. The sector remains a major backbone of Ghana’s economy. According to Agriculture Minister Owusu Afriyie Akoto, the backup given to the sector has given itva major boost. “We are expecting a bumper crop because of the impact that this great program has had on agriculture, even in its infancy,” he said.

In the IMF list, Angola came last on the list of African countries and economic growth rate has been predicted to be 0.4 percent. Last year it suffered a decline of 1.7 percent. South Africa’s growth rate has been projected to be only 1.2 percent, an increase of 0.4 percent from that of 2018. Resource-rich Nigeria will have a growth rate of 2.1 percent according to the report.

Innovation’ is viewed as a key driver of economic growth. Economists say the development and use of innovations enables firms to increase their productivity, which in turn leads to higher Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Ghana is keen to boost technological innovations and get more young people involved in sustaining and improving the country’s economic performance.

Innovation is especially key for low-income countries. It has been debated before that without innovation, low-income states will not move away from low-productivity.

Ghana has experience significant economic growth and is now categorised as a low-middle-income country but until recently it was ranked a low-income country

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AROUND THE WORLD: Nigeria Is Now the Highest Producer of Rice in Africa

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Nigeria is now the largest rice producer at 4 million tons a year.

Experiencing a consistent increase in the demand, rice in the African Continent has in the past three decades grown in popularity to become a major feature in the continental diet. It currently takes the first position on the list of fastest-growing staple foods.

It was mostly consumed during special events in the early 1970s but it has gradually replaced yams, sweet potatoes and cassava on the dinner table. This growth has a direct link to the growing incomes, rapid urbanization rates as well as population growth.

Nigeria is currently the largest rice producing country in Africa and this is largely the result of continuous efforts by the current administration to place more emphasis on agrarian production.

Since the oil prices plummeted on the global market the move was aimed at reducing the nation’s over reliance on oil which has in the past year proved economically devastating. Also, keen on improving the country’s self-sufficiency the government is working on reducing the commodity’s import burden that currently runs into almost $400 million annually.

The Anchor Borrowers Program has also helped in boosting rice farming as the local central bank avails loans and distributes requisite tools to the farmers to boost production.

Eclipsing Egypt in its position Nigeria has become the largest producer of rice in Africa. This was revealed by Director-General of the Africa Rice Center, Benin Republic, Dr Harold Roy-Macauley. 

The Federal Ministry of Agriculture director claimed that the country had reached self-sufficiency in the commodity by the end of 2017. According to a report, the country’s production capacity had reached 15 million metric tons translating to major savings as the country would no longer need to import the commodity.

Nigeria, in fact, consumes about 8 million tons, a figure that rises by about 6% annually. With around 34 states involved in rice cultivation, it is projected that the country would have a surplus for export by the year 2019.

The president of The Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN), Aminu Goronyo said that Nigeria has two farming seasons for rice and in each of the seasons 4 million tonnes of rice is produced. This means that in total, Nigeria produces 8 million tonnes of rice. 

The two seasons which produce 8 million tonnes engage a total of 12 million farmers. Goronyo also said that Nigeria does not plan to put a total ban on rice importation before the end of this year.

Although Nigeria is now the highest producer of rice in Africa the continent is still a long way off from catching up with the global rice production rates. The African continent has a very high production potential but has only utilized a fraction of this

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New Logo Announcement: Introducing Dorothy’s Hope Foundation (DHF) New Brand Identity New Logo

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Dorothy’s Hope Foundation is a breast cancer foundation that was founded in May 2014 by Dorothy Amuah, a breast cancer survivor. It is a non-profit organization born out of compassion, to prevent, care and support breast cancer patients. It was founded with the mission of Empowering women, Educating women and Encouraging women affected with the disease.

We are proud to announce the launch of our new logo as part of the ongoing evolution of our brand.

Our professional profile has grown over the last 5 years, and now it is time for a change. We have altered our logo to reflect who we are today and to symbolize our dynamic future.

Basically, the new logo crystalizes the acronym “DHF” and the Foundation’s full nameas the foundation’s most popular identification label. Also, the new design of the outside frame is meant to improve the readability of the full name of the Dorothy’s Hope Foundation.

Symbolically, the colours on the logo are pink which expresses the femininity and the colour for the cancer awareness. Black with which the name of the foundation has been written boldly represents the strength of the organizations founder in fighting against cancer. 

In the upcoming months, we will update all our marketing literature and online presence with the new logo. Meanwhile, we invite our business partners, sponsors and volunteers to contact us via email at [email protected]

Finally, Dorothy’s Hope Foundation is thankful for the support and involvement of the general public and urge for much more support in our upcoming events. Details will be published on our various social media platforms and our official website.

Instagram: @dorothys_hope

Facebook: www.facebook.com/DorothysHopeFoundation

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President Akufo-Addo Peaks 69 In World Most Reputable People List.

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In an alphabetical order, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and Bishop Dag Heward Mills peaked 69 and 9 respectively in 2019 list of 100 most reputable people on earth as Leading reputation management consultancy firm, Reputation Poll International announced its 2019 publication of the 100 most reputable people on earth.

The list which features distinguished personalities from all sectors, recognizes leaders who have maintained a high level of credibility in discharging their duties, and have kept commendable and exemplary reputation for public emulation.

The list features renowned individuals from diverse sectors such as entertainment, politics, religion, education, philanthropy, business etc. Having assembled diverse connections with over 44 countries across the globe, the reach of the Reputation Poll is expanding daily.

Notable individuals on the list include renowned Queen Elizabeth II, 92, who is the oldest person to be added to the list. Our youngest person to be added to the list is Malala malalaaged 21.

Statically with an average age of 54, the USA has the largest share of reputable personalities numbering 25 also with a representation of 38 females, 1 couple and 61 Males.

During the announcement of the list, the board made it their duty to mention their continued focus and commitment in honouringindividuals, organisations and brands who consistently impact lives positively around the world.

Below is the full list arranged in alphabetical order:

1.Abigail Johnson – CEO, Fidelity Investments

2.Akinwumi Adesina – President, AfDB

3.Akio Toyoda – President, Toyota Motor Corporation

4.Amal Clooney – Barrister

5.Amina J Mohammed – Deputy Secretary-General, UN

6.Ana Patricia Botin – Executive Chairman, Santander Group

7.António Guterres – Secretary-General, UN

8.Atifete Jahjaga – Former President, Kosovo

9.Bishop Dag Heward-Mills – General Overseer, Lighthouse Chapel

10.Bishop David Oyedepo – General Overseer, Winners Chapel

11.Catharine Drew Gilpin Faus – President, Harvard University

12.Christiane Amanpour – TV Host, CNN

13.Dalai Lama

14.Denise Morrison – Former CEO, Campbell Soup

15.Denzel Washington – Actor

16.Ding Xuedong – CEO, China Investment Corporation

17.Dirk Van de Put – Chairperson, Mondelez International

18.Dr Denis Mukwege – Medical Doctor

19.Dr Judy Dlamini – Chancellor, University of the Witwatersrand

20.Dr Paul Enenche – Senior Pastor, Dunamis

21.Dr. Harbeen Arora – Founder, Women Economic Forum

22.Ed Sheeran – Singer

23.Emma Watson – Actress

24.Eric Thomas – Motivational Speaker

25.Evang. Reinhard Bonnke – General Overseer, Christ for all Nations

26.Gary Vaynerchuk – Motivational Speaker

27.Ginni Rometty – Chairperson, IBM

28.Graça Machel DBE – Co-Founder, Africa Progress Panel

29.Haruhiko Kuroda – Governor, Bank of Japan

30.Helen Clark – Politician, New Zealand

31.Helen Sharman OBE – Astronaut

32.Ian Khama – Former President

33.Ismail Ahmed – CEO, WorldRemit

34.Jacinda Ardern – President, New Zealand

35.Jack Ma – Founder, Alibaba Group

36.Janet Yellen – Economist

37.Jean-Claude Juncker – President, European Commission

38.Jeff Weiner – CEO, LinkedIn

39.Jim Yong Kim – President, World Bank

40.John Legend – Singer

41.John Maxwell – Motivational Speaker

42.Joko Widodo – President, Indonesia

43.Joseph Stiglitz – Economist, Columbia University

44.Juan Manuel Santos – Former President, Colombia

45.Justin Trudeau – President, Canada

46.Justina Mutale – Founder, Justina Mutale Foundation

47.Kailash Satyarthi – Children’s Rights Activist

48.Kenneth Copeland – Televangelist

49.Khaldoon Al Mubarak – MD, Mubadala Development Company

50.Kim Schofield – Member, United States House of Representatives

51.Klaus Schwab – Executive Chairman, World Economic Forum

52.Kumail Nanjiani- Comedian

53.Lei Jun – Founder, Xiaomi Inc

54.Les Brown – Motivational Speaker

55.Liu Qing – President, Didi Chuxing

56.Lubna Suliman Olayan – Businesswoman

57.Ma Huateng – CEO, Tencent

58.Major Mariam Al Mansouri – Pilot

59.Malala Yousafzai – Activist, The Malala Fund

60.Mario Draghi – President

61.Mary Robinson – Politician, Ireland

62.Melinda Gates – Philanthropist, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

63.Michael Bloomberg – Founder, Bloomberg LP

64.Michelle Obama – Former First Lady, United States of America

65.Mo Ibrahim – Founder, Mo Ibrahim Foundation

66.Muhammad Yunus – Founder, Grameen Bank

67.Mukesh Ambani – Chairperson, Reliance Industries Limited

68.Nadia Murad – Human Right Activist

69.Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo – President, Ghana

70.Nancy Pelosi – Minority Leader, United States House of Representatives

71.Narendra Modi – Prime Minister, India

72.Nick Vujicic – Motivational Speaker

73.Nicole Kidman – Actress

74.Noura Al Kaabi – Minister, Culture and Knowledge Development

75.Nuseir Yassin – Vlogger

76.Oprah Winfrey – CEO, Oprah Winfrey Network

77.Paul Kagame – President, Rwanda

78.Paul Romer – Senior Vice President, World Bank

79.Philip Ng Chee Tat – CEO, Far East Organization

80.Pope Francis – Pope, Roman Catholic Church

81.Prince Harry & Meghan

82.Priyanka Joshi – Bio Chemist

83.Queen Elizabeth II

84.Ralph Hamers – CEO, ING Group

85.Rev. Jesse Jackson – Activist

86.Robin Sharma – Motivational Speaker

87.Sahle-Work Zewde – President, Ethiopia

88.Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum – Prime Minister, UAE

89.Sinach Joseph – Songstress

90.Sinead Burke – Writer

91.Strive Masiyiwa – Executive Chairman, Econet Wireless

92.Sundar Pichai – CEO, Google

93.Tatsumi Kimishima – Businessman

94.Tim Cook – CEO, Apple

95.Tony Robbin – Motivational Speaker

96.Wang Jianlin – CEO, Dalian Wanda Group

97.Warren Buffett – Executive Chairman, Berkshire Hathaway

98.Winnie Byanyima – Executive Director, Oxfam International

99.Xi Jinping – President, China

100.Zuzana Čaputová – President, Slovakia

More detailed information about the Reputation Poll 2019 100 Most Reputable People on Earth is available on www.reputationpoll.com

For more information, you can write to [email protected]

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