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How To Succeed As African Woman In Tech?



 

Four successful African women in tech shared their experience and provide precious advice to succeed in the field:
•Lola Oyelayo – Director of Strategy & UX at Head London
Dr Tomi Oladepo
Digital Media expert (Warwick PhD)
Kiran Yoliswa
Co-founder, Styled by Africa
•Oyela
Nana Fatimah Ogunfemi – CEO of Techsis

The discussion is moderated by Antonia Anni, UX consultant

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Africa Tech Stories: Francine Beleyi in conversation with François Masson

In this #NOCTechAfrica series, Francine Beleyi, interview inspiring African Tech entrepreneurs in the diaspora and on the continent to explore how to unlock the immense potential of Africa and what it takes to succeed on the continent.
In today’s episode, Francine is in conversation with François Masson, a French Insurance Professional, who is living in Benin. He is the lead of Jokkolabs Cotonou, a co-working space which has branches in many of West Africa cities.

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In this fifth episode, you will hear about:
• What motivated him to start Jokkolabs Cotonou
• The joys and challenges of running a co-working space in Benin
• How he funds this project and attract sponsors
• His hope to attract even more entrepreneurs and making Jokkolabs, the Airbnb of office sharing
• The activities the labs organise around West Africa
• How they market the co-working space
• How to hire talented tech people from Benin
And much more inspiring insights

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ABOUT FRANCINE
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Francine Beleyi is a digital content strategist, entrepreneurial journalist, and change agent who helps businesses and leaders to thrive in the digital age. She spends her days speaking and studying the most successful entrepreneurs in the new economy, and sharing her findings with those who want to increase their results.
Francine is also a powerful speaker and a champion for action. Her transformational programs have helped hundreds of senior executives, entrepreneurs, and other professionals across industries to accelerate their results at critical moments in their organisations and life, to become more innovative and to adapt to the new economy.
She covers tech entrepreneurs, women in tech, Africa tech stories, digital marketing and digital transformation.
For more information, visit http://www.francinebeleyi.com/ or follow her on Twitter @FrancineBeleyi #NOCTechAfrica

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Africa Tech Stories: Francine Beleyi in conversation with Dr Mawaki Chango

In this #NOCTechAfrica series, Francine Beleyi, interview inspiring African Tech entrepreneurs in the diaspora and on the continent to explore how to unlock the immense potential of Africa and what it takes to succeed on the continent.
In today’s episode, Francine is in conversation with Dr Mawaki Chango, from Togo. He is a researcher, consultant and entrepreneur, founder of DIGILEXIS, an entity with the mission to contribute to the use of ICTs for social change.
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In this fourth episode, you will hear about:
• Why he has decided to be an entrepreneur rather than working for a big organisation
• Hoe the international community can help reduce economic barriers for developing nations, especially lower the access to internet cost.
• What are the most pressing actions to undertake in Africa and Togo to make the internet accessible to the wider population at an affordable cost?
• Why he believes in “entrepreneurship mindset” for Africa economic and social development than, “the so-called public aid to development”.
• What governments can do to accelerate the digital inclusion and develop a real digital economy
• Why African countries shouldn’t only focus on FDIs to develop their countries and encourage digital economy to flourish
• His personal experience as member of the diaspora who has recently return in Africa
• Why the diaspora need to be the voice of easy access to internet and advocate for the conditions of a real digital economy
And much more insights
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ABOUT FRANCINE
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Francine Beleyi is a digital content strategist, entrepreneurial journalist, and change agent who helps businesses and leaders to thrive in the digital age. She spends her days speaking and studying the most successful entrepreneurs in the new economy, and sharing her findings with those who want to increase their results.
Francine is also a powerful speaker and a champion for action. Her transformational programs have helped hundreds of senior executives, entrepreneurs, and other professionals across industries to accelerate their results at critical moments in their organisations and life, to become more innovative and to adapt to the new economy.
She covers tech entrepreneurs, women in tech, Africa tech stories, digital marketing and digital transformation.
For more information, visit http://www.francinebeleyi.com/ or follow her on Twitter @FrancineBeleyi #NOCTechAfrica

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Africa Tech Stories: Francine Beleyi in conversation with Emefa Kpegba

In this #NOCTechAfrica series, Francine Beleyi, interview inspiring African Tech entrepreneurs in the diaspora and on the continent to explore how to unlock the immense potential of Africa and what it takes to succeed on the continent.
In today’s episode, Francine is in conversation with Emefa Kpegba, a Social Entrepreneur from Togo, Africa IT Women ambassador in Togo, Women TechMakers – Lome Lead, Co-Organizer of Google Developers Group Lome, and creator of OMobileFunding platform.

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In this third episode, you will hear about:
• What makes OMobileFunding specifically an African crowdfunding platform
• Why crowdfunding is a lost African concept that needs to be revived
• Her journey from doctor studies to telecom and tech entrepreneur
• The difficulty to convince people to get involved and her hopes
• Why building a trusted community is crucial for the success of the platform
• Why she wants to see a change of mindset in Africa
• How to inspire women in tech to be more visible and getting out there
• The power of imagination to change any situation
• Why people can use mobile technology to create useful content rather than just chatting on Facebook or WhatsApp
• Why the government should take action to increase tech literacy
• Why not having a high speed internet is not an excuse to stand still
• A few ideas for the diaspora to get involved on the ground
• And much more
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ABOUT FRANCINE
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Francine Beleyi is a digital communication and marketing strategist, entrepreneurial journalist, and change agent who helps businesses and leaders to thrive in the digital age. She spends her days speaking and studying the most successful entrepreneurs in the new economy, and sharing her findings with those who want to increase their results.
Francine is also a powerful speaker and a champion for action. Her transformational programs have helped hundreds of senior executives, entrepreneurs, and other professionals across industries to accelerate their results at critical moments in their organisations and life, to become more innovative and to adapt to the new economy.
For more information, visit http://www.francinebeleyi.com/ or follow her on Twitter @FrancineBeleyi #NOCTechAfrica

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Africa Tech Stories: Francine Beleyi in conversation with Senam Beheton

In this #NOCTechAfrica series, Francine Beleyi, interview inspiring African Tech entrepreneurs in the diaspora and on the continent to explore how to unlock the immense potential of Africa and what it takes to succeed on the continent.

In today’s episode, Francine is in conversation with Senam Beheton, from Benin. .He is the Founder and Executive Director of EtriLabs which helps developers, social entrepreneurs, NGOs, businesses and governments to create and /or use innovative technological solutions and co-founder of TEKXL, a combination of incubation, acceleration and venture investment.
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In this third episode, you will hear about:
• What motivated Senam to start tech starts-up in Benin
• The main challenges he faced to get things off the ground and the lessons learnt
• How to transform challenges into opportunities
• The only true challenge that needs to be solved in Africa
• The best ways to approach the environment to succeed as an entrepreneur
• How tradition can prevent women to get involved in tech and his original approach to deal with it
• How diaspora can get involved in getting tech start up off the ground in Africa
• How western businesses and people can also get involved in Africa tech
• Why multinationals are increasingly using tech talent based in Africa
• The 3 ingredients to boost African start-ups and why unicorns will emerge from the continent
• Why African diaspora should pack their bags and go now or find ways to help the local entrepreneurs
• And much more …

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ABOUT FRANCINE
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Francine Beleyi is a digital content strategist, entrepreneurial journalist, and change agent who helps businesses and leaders to thrive in the digital age. She spends her days speaking and studying the most successful entrepreneurs in the new economy, and sharing her findings with those who want to increase their results.

Francine is also a powerful speaker and a champion for action. Her transformational programs have helped hundreds of senior executives, entrepreneurs, and other professionals across industries to accelerate their results at critical moments in their organisations and life, to become more innovative and to adapt to the new economy.
She covers tech entrepreneurs, women in tech, Africa tech stories, digital marketing and digital transformation.

For more information, visit http://www.francinebeleyi.com/ or follow her on Twitter @FrancineBeleyi #NOCTechAfrica

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Africa Tech Stories: Francine Beleyi in conversation with Antonia Anni

In this #NOCTechAfrica series, Francine Beleyi, interview inspiring African Tech entrepreneurs in the diaspora and on the continent to explore how to unlock the immense potential of Africa and what it takes to succeed on the continent.
In today’s episode, Francine is in conversation with Antonia Anni, from Nigeria. She is a User Experience Consultant, Speaker, Author & Mentor. Her current focus is in Edtech and eCommerce.

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In this second episode, you will hear about:
• User Experience and why it matters so much these days
• How her early passion with gaming led her to choose her path in life
• Some initiatives that are creating well rounded tech entrepreneurs in Africa able to compete on the global scene in a very short time
• Why being a woman in tech has never been an issue for her
• The importance of a support network and why having a mentor from your background is powerful and tips to recruit the right one
• Why being savvy in finance is a must
• The role of personal branding to achieve your goals faster
• How faith helps her to live a blessed, loving and non-judgmental life
• How to deal effectively with challenges that crop up on your path
• How Europe and Africa can make the most of their relations
• Why collaboration is important to make change happen in meaningful way
• And much more inspiring insights

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ABOUT FRANCINE
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Francine Beleyi is a digital communication and marketing strategist, entrepreneurial journalist, and change agent who helps businesses and leaders to thrive in the digital age. She spends her days speaking and studying the most successful entrepreneurs in the new economy, and sharing her findings with those who want to increase their results.
Francine is also a powerful speaker and a champion for action. Her transformational programs have helped hundreds of senior executives, entrepreneurs, and other professionals across industries to accelerate their results at critical moments in their organisations and life, to become more innovative and to adapt to the new economy.
She covers tech entrepreneurs, women in tech, Africa tech stories, digital marketing and digital transformation.

For more information, visit http://www.francinebeleyi.com/ or follow her on Twitter @FrancineBeleyi #NOCTechAfrica

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Africa Tech Stories: Francine Beleyi in conversation with Eunice Baguma Ball

In this #NOCTechAfrica series, Francine Beleyi, interview inspiring African Tech entrepreneurs in the diaspora and on the continent to explore how to unlock the immense potential of Africa and what it takes to succeed on the continent.
In today’s episode, Francine is in conversation with Eunice Baguma Ball, from Uganda. She is the founder of Africa Technology Business Network (ATBN), a London-based organisation that is creating a bridge between the UK and Africa technology ecosystems with the aim of unlocking profitable opportunities for businesses in both economies.

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In this second episode, you will hear about:
• Why Africa is ahead in mobile payment solutions
• How she became an entrepreneur and created ATBN
• The tech success stories she finds inspiring in Africa
• Insight to better understand the African Tech ecosystem
• What excites her about the current African Tech scene
• The importance of a support network to navigate the entrepreneurial marathon
• Her experience as woman in tech and her original perspective on this subject
• Why personal branding is key to achieve your mission
• How the African diaspora can maximise their involvement in the continent
• How British businesses can also be part of the Tech revolution in Africa
• As well as funny and inspiring anecdotes
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ABOUT FRANCINE
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Francine Beleyi is a digital communication and marketing strategist, entrepreneurial journalist, and change agent who helps businesses and leaders to thrive in the digital age. She spends her days speaking and studying the most successful entrepreneurs in the new economy, and sharing her findings with those who want to increase their results.
Francine is also a powerful speaker and a champion for action. Her transformational programs have helped hundreds of senior executives, entrepreneurs, and other professionals across industries to accelerate their results at critical moments in their organisations and life, to become more innovative and to adapt to the new economy.

For more information, visit http://www.francinebeleyi.com/ or follow her on Twitter @FrancineBeleyi #NOCTechAfrica

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Illegal skin whitening trade in London exposed

 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VSQTt_tEazQ

Illegal skin whitening creams are still being sold in independent shops across London, despite prosecutions for the shop owners.

Shaba Hair and Cosmetics stores have been fined for dealing in creams containing hydroquinone but researchers found outlets continuing to sell them.

Products containing hydroquinone can damage the liver and nervous system.

Shaba director Banaras Hussain has been prosecuted for selling the banned creams at his shops on three previous occasions – in Enfield, Dalston and Peckham.

A BBC London undercover team visited his shop in Peckham where they were sold illegal cream.

Bulletin: BBC London News
Presenter: Alex Bushill
Reporter: Tarah Welsh

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Counting the Cost – India’s rising power in Africa

 

In an attempt to boost trade and investment opportunities abroad, India has welcomed heads of state, policymakers, and businessmen from every country in Africa, marking the largest ever India-Africa summit.

Leaders from some 54 nations descended on New Delhi this week for a summit aimed at ushering in a ‘partnership of prosperity’ for Africa and Africans.

In contrast to the economic powerhouse China, which has been accused of exploiting the continent’s vast mineral and energy resources, India positioned itself as a fairer partner to a continent tipped as the global economic growth engine of the coming decades.

With an estimated population of 1.1 billion, Africa’s total GDP is worth over $2.8tn and has been growing at over 5 percent every year.

And with India’s trade with the continent worth $71bn a year, it believes Africa will help its economy grow faster and is targeting around $90bn by the end of 2015.

Razia Khan, an economist and head of Africa research at Standard Chartered Bank, joins Counting the Cost to discuss India’s pragmatic approach to Africa.

 

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African Business in China : Documentary

 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vBMaEWsn54w

Many African entrepreneurs today consider China as the new land of opportunities. One of them is Nathalie Fodderie from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

On a reconnaissance trip to Guangzhou, in Southern China, she has three weeks to find equipment for her Kinshasa restaurant that needs complete refurbishment.
Fodderie works with an established network of African and Chinese middlemen and traders and haggles with some of the toughest businessmen in the world.

Through her journey, we see how African and Chinese traders grapple with geographic and cultural hurdles to make a profit.