Solutions to the food crisis in the Chad basin of Africa

The food crisis in the Chad basin of Africa can be solved by concerted international donor effort and by establishing security in the wider Sahel region. Watch as Adebayo Alonge proffers solutions to this international crisis alongside Emira Woods of the Institute of Policy Studies on CGTN’s (CCTV Africa) Show- The Heat

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Will AI Save or Destroy Us?

This is my most important read of 2018.

In this Book, I rediscovered the joy of learning new things.

George, amazingly does a great job of bringing together all the disciplines I love- archaeology, anthropology, history, arts, philosophy, social studies, literature, biology, physiology,neuroscience and computing.

Every page, every single word was a joy. He even quotes the famous Yoruba author Amos Tutuola’s  My Life in the Bush of Ghosts  to show that humans  imbibed anthropomorhism into our earliest folktales. I was so sad when I got to the last page.

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Khashoggi died after a fight: Why Africa needs to reject extremist influence

Incredulous that the Saudis now claim Khashoggi died after a fight in their Istanbul consulate after claiming they did not know his whereabouts


First, the Saudis said they did not know about Jamal Khashoggi’s whereabouts. That he left their Istanbul consulate on October 2, 2018 after going in to get documents related to his upcoming wedding.

Now they say he died after a fight in their consulate in Istanbul.

How incredulous! The Turks say he was tortured, killed and dismembered in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul by hit men ordered from the House of Saudi- the de-facto ruling family of Saudi Arabia. This is more believable.

It is now more clear to the world what the House of Saud really stands for. Their campaign of extremist Wahhabism in Africa has left many innocent people dead and split up communities along religious lines who once lived together peacefully.

That they can now take this murderous policy and murder their own citizens anywhere in the world without conscience while lying point blank is clear indication of how morally decrepit they are.

Africa must refuse to be divided along religious lines- we are Africans first before any religion. Africans need to stand together and refuse external religious bigotry driving hate and conflict in Africa.

China wants your data and she is not playing

In this post, adebayoalonge shares Bloomberg’s findings on how Chinese hardware is used to hack data

In my most recent Op-Ed- China in Africa: An African Millennial’s Perspective on Engaging China , I posit on Chinese data acquisition strategy in Africa.

I also stated that the US is aware of how Chinese made hardware is set up for back doors to enable  unauthorized data mining.

Well, Bloomberg’s published today on how China installed a microchip- the size of a rice grain into servers sold by Super Micro Computers

This chip helped provide  a backdoor access to Chinese operatives for data mining of data centers that affected 30 major companies including Apple Inc.

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China in Africa: An African Millennial’s perspective on engaging China

In this essay, adebayoalonge argues that Africa’s engagement with China should be on a rational self-interest and mercantile basis.

China in Africa is now a hot and contentious topic especially given the recent $60B in pledges that the Chinese Premier- Xi Jinping made during the triennial forum on China-Africa cooperation in September 2018. The Chinese have presented these pledges as aid to the ‘poor’ Africans and it is important for Africans to understand how this augurs for their image globally.

However in reality, the pledge is actually a combination of grants, loans, investment and trade finance. Chinese aid to the continent has actually declined and in its stead its concessional loans to Africa has risen and is now at $5 billion per year- its highest level ever.

Concessional loans represent fixed-low interest finance that China gives Africa in exchange for concessions for Chinese companies to access local African markets, natural resources and infrastructure construction. They are often secured against future revenue streams from export of local commodities e.g. cocoa, cobalt, oil etc.

These loans are not necessarily a bad thing if they are put to good use and the communications about what they are and associated terms are transparent.

Unfortunately, this is not the current situation and in the end Africa’s image as a beggar continent worsens and its young people will have to work their lives out to pay back these loans. In addition, the optics and access these loans give, allow the Chinese an unprecedented level of influence for their culture and companies across Africa.

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Letters to AA: Africans need intelligence to end discrimination

In this Letter to AA, Keith Jackson argues that Africans will gain respect when they embrace intelligence to create self-sufficiency through science and tech.

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We receive a number of direct messages usually in the tens weekly. Given our focus on Africa, some of our readers contact us in a flurry when there is huge Africa related controversy.

As you may know a Chinese man was deported from Kenya for racial slurs. Also recently African Presidents were in China to discuss some Chinese ‘horsetrading’ on the continent. Both issues have generated some controversy and some of our followers have written us to hear our thoughts about this issue.

On this blog, we focus primarily on public policy and impact investing that can improve the livelihoods of Africa’s masses. We are however happy to publish some recommendations from some of our readers from time to time.

We acknowledge the pervasiveness of racism and discrimination globally especially against black people and we respect your opinions on this subject. However we believe that Africans in particular will win respect when they become self sufficient. It is why we are passionate about public policy and impact investing as levers to unleash the potential of the African. And it is why we have chosen to publish the recommendation below out of tens we receive weekly because it aligns with our central theme of self sufficiency. 

Note: the views expressed in these letters to AA are not ours. However some salient points in this week’s letter such as emphasizing critical thinking and science and tech education on the African continent we support.

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11 Principles for success in Impact Entrepreneurship

In this article, adebayoalonge distills his learning from studying successful impact entrepreneurs into 11 principles that enable any aspiring social entrepreneur to succeed in transforming the world

I was recently awarded the Moonshot Fellowship by the Kravis Lab for Social Impact of the Mckenna Claremont University. The fellowship recognizes impact entrepreneurs and activists who are working on socially impactful ideas that have a potential to be a force for global good. The Moonshot fellows were mentored by Echoing Green Fellows  who helped us address critical challenges we currently face in our impact enterprises.

As part of the fellowship we were hosted on the shores of the Indian ocean at the Machangulo Peninsula in Mozambique for a few days full of networking, mentoring, physical activity and deceleration.


 Left: Location of the Machangulo Peninsula on the Indian Ocean; Right: The Colin Verde Villa ; Image credit Adebayo Alonge

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