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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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.
Image credit: SSIR
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.
Continue reading “Letters to AA: Africans need intelligence to end discrimination”
Our country produces enough to feed us all. Alas, for lack of organization, we are forced to beg for food aid. It’s this aid that instills in our spirits the attitude of beggars.
President of Burkina Faso (at 33 years old) from 4 August 1983 – 15 October 1987
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.
Location of the Machangulo Peninsula on the Indian Ocean Image Credit: Adebayo Alonge
Left: Location of the Machangulo Peninsula on the Indian Ocean; Right: The Colin Verde Villa ; Image credit Adebayo Alonge
Continue reading “11 Principles for success in Impact Entrepreneurship”
Africa needs more Impact Entrepreneurship to solve its many social problems. Conventional capitalism has failed to stop the spread of poverty on the continent. It needs a new type of entrepreneurship- one that has heart.
What is impact entrepreneurship?
Impact entrepreneurship refers to the organisation of factors of economic production- ideas, effort, networks, labour, capital, land, machinery- towards solving a social and/or environmental problem for a neglected population of people, animals or nature in a manner that generates measurable financial returns, social and/or environmental impact.
Examples of impact entrepreneurs include:
- Diwala: A blockchain platform that helps refugees validate the skills they have towards waged employment
- SheKab: A carpooling platform that enables women take safe rides especially in regions where rapes and abductions are high
- RxAll: An AI platform that enables patients in countries with high instances of fake medicines determine the quality of their medicines in order to avoid death
5 key features common across these examples and which is important in assessing if a venture is impact entrepreneurship include- Continue reading “Why Africa needs more Impact Entrepreneurship”
As part of enabling the next generation of Africa’s social impact entrepreneurs, a $150K (USD) cash for equity investment opportunity through the Katapult Accelerator exists for an African based startup using exponential technologies i.e. AI, Block chain, Quantum computing etc. to solve a social issue on the African continent.
I am especially interested in nominating startups
- whose core team are from and work in Sub-Sahara Africa especially in West-Central Africa (does not matter if your primary language English, French etc., all are welcome)
- who are willing to scale their solution across the African continent.
- who are utilizing science and technology that has been incubated from any of Africa’s formal and informal education programs
- who already have proof of traction with paying customers and a scalable solution
- who are working on a social issue that has multiplier social impact on the bottom of Africa’s population- education, healthcare, impact fintech, agriculture
Please send a 2pager to email@example.com by May 19, 2018 and include your WhatsApp number. Title your Email as God’s Plan.
The first page should detail the problem statement, the size of the market opportunity in Africa, your solution, how you came about your solution, your traction i.e. revenues and paying customers, your competition and what you need to scale your solution across Africa, include other relevant info e.g. patents, country of incorporation etc.
The second page should be a Team slide with photos and bios/roles of the team members.
Note: I will only contact those I am interested in nominating by May 20, 2018
Share widely across Africa!
#Gods Plan- Lets make it happen. This is a religious notation for letting God do his work through people and opportunities
Note: This investment opportunity does not come from me. I am only helping to find the best startups in my network for the Katapult Accelerator.
adebayoalonge argues that Africans need to be more aware about how they generate data online and the ways it is being used against them often for free. He asks for people to demand rights to their data.
“It’s insane. The company i.e. Cambridge Analytica has created psychological profiles of 230 million Americans. And now they want to work with the Pentagon? It’s like Nixon on steroids.”
Christopher Wylie, Cambridge Analytica WhistleBlower
Image Source: Margarita Noriega
As one of the first Africans to use the internet back in 1998, I have seen the internet progress from frontier-like and open one to one chat rooms to consolidated complex data mining social media platforms that sell human data and lives for millions of dollars to politicians and corporations. Unfortunately human users have continued to trust the internet like we did in its early days forgetting that these platforms are no longer the simple unassuming chat rooms of yesteryears but are now money machines whose goal is to make money by selling all aspects of your private life.
Cambridge Analytica is that English political campaign company that aims to help politicians win elections. They and related companies have worked in Nigeria and Kenya with ruling parties. If they went to such questionable extent to steal Facebook data from Americans to help Trump win, think of what they have done in Africa where there is limited to no data governance and rights.
See the links here for more insights-
- In 2014, Nigeria’s ruling APC hired AKPD to lead an information campaign that helped discredit the ruling and incumbent PDP President and led to a landslide win in the 2015 general elections – https://www.vanguardngr.com/2014/02/2015-elections-apc-hires-foreign-consultant/
- In 2009, Nigeria’s then ruling PDP hired Cambridge Analytica to lead a disinformation campaign at preventing supporters of opposition parties from turning up at the polls. The PDP won that election- https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-03-20/cambridge-analytica-has-long-history-of-dubious-election-tricks
- In 2017, the ruling President of Kenya Uhuru Kenyatta won his reelection bid by hiring Cambridge Analytica to stoke ethnic tensions and to position him to the youth as a digital president
- In 2014, the ruling ANC of South Africa won the general election through the work of the now bankrupt Bell Pottinger. Bell worked to promote racial disunity and position the ANC as the defender of the black majority
- Ethiopia has hired Cyberbit an Israeli company in its ongoing campaign against dissidents
How much of your data is out there for free? In what ways is it being used against you?
Continue reading “What Cambridge Analytica means for Africans: Keep your personal data off the internet- until you are getting paid for it”
In this article, adebayoalonge argues that widespread access to guns in societies with intense social inequality and intolerance will lead to higher murder rates
February 14, 2018 another high school shooting in the USA. Another mass murder. 19 year old Nikolas Cruz uses an AR-15 assault rifle to kill 17 erstwhile schoolmates in a matter of minutes.
Image of the Colt AR-15, a semi-automatic variant of the US military M16 rifle
January 1, 2018, Fulani herdsmen kill 83 villagers in the middle-belt region of Nigeria. Another massacre using high grade weapons.
Image of a herdsman with an AK-47- most common gun in Africa
These killings occurred in very different countries. Perpetrated by different people with different motives. Yet these violent incidents are not isolated. They have occurred for decades and will recur because they derive from the same festering social structure. There is a strong relationship between the social structure a country engenders and the type and scale of the murders it experiences. This is what makes the USA and Nigeria similar- both societies propagate inequality and social intolerance.
Continue reading “USA like Nigeria suffers social inequality & intolerance that festers mass violence”