Archive for the ‘World Black Economics’ Category

Nigerian music producer on the advantages of being blind


Nigeria’s Cobhams Asuquo is one of his country’s leading music producers and has helped propel to stardom singers like Asa, whose 2007 debut album became an international hit.

In addition to producing the album, he wrote and co-wrote several of its songs.  Blind from birth, he says he always had a keen ear for music and would coax a tune from anything he could get his hands on.

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African coffee champion takes on Uganda challenge


Although the stimulating properties of coffee are thought to have been discovered in Africa – according to legend, by an Ethiopian goatherd – the consumption of the beverage is not as widespread in the continent as it is elsewhere in the world.

That has been a major problem for Africa’s champion barista Roberts Mbabazi from Uganda, a nation of tea-drinkers, which is one of the world’s biggest producers of Robusta beans. ”Ugandans don’t really drink coffee. That has been my biggest challenge. Someone will ask you: ‘Why coffee? Why can’t I take tea? Why can’t I take a soda or a mineral water,” he told the BBC’s series African Dream.

The Ghanaian woman who made millions fighting skin-bleaching


Ghana’s Grace Amey-Obeng, one of West Africa’s most successful businesswomen, made her fortune promoting products which emphasised the beauty of the black skin, at a time when many of her competitors were selling dangerous skin-bleaching formulas.

The business empire she started a quarter of a century ago with around $100 (£63) now has an annual turnover of between $8m and $10m.

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A Kenyan eye clinic with a long vision


Kenya’s Hurlingham Eye Care Services – a company founded in 2007 by three female doctors – started with small steps but with a long vision.

In the last six years the firm, which opened with just a few patients, has become East Africa’s leading eye clinic and offers a wide range of services, from eye tests to laser surgery.

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A Malawian fashion designer’s colourful dreams


Malawi’s Lilly Alfonso dreams about her future in colours as vibrant as those of the clothes she makes.

New York, London, Milan and Cape Town are some of the cities that come to her mind when asked where she would like to see her designs 10 years from now.

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Zambian open window gave restaurant lift-off


Sylvia Banda is one of Zambia’s most enthusiastic champions of local food and has been using her business, Sylva Professional Catering, to promote her cause.

By purchasing her ingredients from regional, small-scale farmers, she showcases the country’s bounty to the upscale clientele who employ her catering services.

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Putting the Bang! into business in Tanzania


Bang! is Tanzania’s first lifestyle magazine.  Nine years ago, without any experience in journalism, Tanzania’s Emelda Mwamanga started her country’s first lifestyle publication, Bang! magazine, which now also reaches audiences in neighbouring Uganda, Kenya and Zambia.

She had returned home from South Africa shortly after completing a degree in Industrial, Organisational and Labour Studies at the University of Cape Town, and was working as a human resource officer for Coca Cola when she decided to publish her magazine on the side.

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Guyana boasts a remarkably rich ecology, but also has one of South America’s poorest economies.

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Guyana boasts a remarkably rich ecology, but also has one of South America’s poorest economies.

Tropical rainforests – filled with distinctive plants and trees, teeming with exotic birds, insects and mammals – are a big draw for eco-tourists. But political troubles, ethnic tension and economic mismanagement have left the former British colony with serious economic problems.

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Democratic Governance progress in Africa


Over the last two decades, as a result of intense national and regional efforts to institutionalize democracy in Africa, the continent has seen a virtual sea of change in governance, creating opportunities for citizens’ engagement in public affairs, increasing government accountability, and improving macro-economic policy-making.

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Poverty Reduction and the MDGs

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Over the past decade, Sub-Saharan Africa’s impressive economic performance has resulted in marginal poverty reduction, with the proportion of people living on less than US$ 1.25 a day decreasing from 56.5 percent in 1990 to 47.5 percent in 2008.