FREE INTERNETWe just launched the app in Tanzania, providing free data access to a set of basic internet services.

Everyone in Tanzania can now use the internet for free to find jobs, access health resources and use services like Facebook and BBC News to stay connected and informed.

This summer, we introduced the app in Zambia and the impact we’ve seen is inspiring. An expectant mother using the internet to prepare for her pregnancy. A student using Wikipedia to study for her exams. A man living far from the library being able to download books online.

When people are connected, we can achieve extraordinary things. Today is another small step on our path to connecting the world and making the opportunities of the internet available to everyone.

Through the app, Tigo customers will have access to:

  • AccuWeather
  • BabyCenter & MAMA
  • BBC News & BBC Swahili
  • BrighterMonday
  • The Citizen
  • Facebook
  • Facts for Life
  • Girl Effect
  • Messenger
  • Mwananchi
  • Mwanaspoti
  • OLX
  • Shule Direct
  • SuperSport
  • Tanzania Today
  • Wikipedia


USADFThree Ghanaian companies have emerged winners in the Power Africa Off-Grid Energy Challenge sponsored by General Electric (GE), the U.S. Africa Development Foundation (USADF) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).  Each of the companies received a grant of $100,000.

The companies, Solar Light Company Limited, Kumasi Institute of Tropical Agriculture and New Energy, all submitted entries for innovative energy solutions that can be deployed to power socio-economic activities within communities in Ghana that are not connected to the country’s national grid.

The Ghanaian companies joined 19 other grant winners from Liberia, Nigeria, Tanzania, Ethiopia and Kenya.  Over 300 entries were received from across the continent.

The Off-Grid Energy Challenge is part of Power Africa, President Obama’s initiative to increase access to reliable, affordable, clean and sustainable power in Sub-Saharan Africa. 

Power Africa is also helping ensure responsible, transparent and effective management of energy resources in Sub-Saharan Africa.  The three year initiative was launched in 2013 with 6 winners drawn from Kenya and Nigeria receiving $100,000 each, toward their renewable energy projects. 

Source: Business World Ghana

union and wade union and wadeUnion and Wade posted a series of loved-up pics to their Instagram accounts, describing their “epic adventure” in both the remote island paradise and the African country. Union and her hubby went to Tanzania, where they visited the famed Serengeti National Park and posed for a photo with several members of the local Maasai community, as seen in a photo she posted above. Lovely Couple

Serengeti National Park  is Tanzania’s oldest and most popular national park, also a world heritage site and recently proclaimed a 7th world wide wonder, the Serengeti is famed for its annual migration, when some six million hooves pound the open plains, as more than 200,000 zebra and 300,000 Thomson’s gazelle join the wildebeest’s trek for fresh grazing. Yet even when the migration is quiet, the Serengeti offers arguably the most scintillating game-viewing in Africa: great herds of buffalo, smaller groups of elephant and giraffe, and thousands upon thousands of eland, topi, kongoni, impala and Grant’s gazelle.

The spectacle of predator versus prey dominates Tanzania’s greatest park. Golden-maned lion prides feast on the abundance of plain grazers. Solitary leopards haunt the acacia trees lining the Seronera River, while a high density of cheetahs prowls the southeastern plains. Almost uniquely, all three African jackal species occur here, alongside the spotted hyena and a host of more elusive small predators, ranging from the insectivorous aardwolf to the beautiful serval cat.

But there is more to Serengeti than large mammals. Gaudy agama lizards and rock hyraxes scuffle around the surfaces of the park’s isolated granite koppies. A full 100 varieties of dung beetle have been recorded, as have 500-plus bird species, ranging from the outsized ostrich and bizarre secretary bird of the open grassland, to the black eagles that soar effortlessly above the Lobo Hills For more on Serengeti National Park click here

Being Mary Jane  Star Gabrielle and hubby Wade  visited Serengeti National Park during their honey moon goes to show how amazing this place is!


Photo source: Gabrielle Union

AWARD-for-women-in-africaAWARD-for-women-in-africa Established in 2008, African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) was launched following a successful three-year pilot program in East Africa supported by the Rockefeller Foundation from 2005-2008.

African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) is calling for applications for its 2015 fellowships. African women scientists who are citizens of one of 11 eligible countries (Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, or Zambia) who have completed a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree in an agricultural discipline, are encouraged to apply for this prestigious two-year program.

AWARD is a career-development program that equips top women agricultural scientists across sub-Saharan Africa to accelerate agricultural gains by strengthening their research and leadership skills, through two-year fellowships.

By building science skills and leadership capacity, AWARD is addressing barriers that often prevent women agricultural scientists from advancing in their careers. Each fellow is matched with a suitable mentor, an experienced senior advisor who offers career guidance and scientific knowledge

Deadline: August 8 2014

More here.

graca-machel-scholarshipCanon Collins Trust invites applications for the Graça Machel scholarships for women, for postgraduate study in South Africa in 2015. Funding will be provided for up to a maximum of one year for Honours, two years for Masters and three years for PhD.

Continued funding will depend on satisfactory progress and academic reports. The scholarship covers full tuition fees, a stipend towards living costs, and a travel allowance.

To apply for a scholarship under this programme you must be:

A national of and normally resident in one of the SADC countries: Angola, Botswana, DRC, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe
In possession of a good first degree (minimum second class, upper division or equivalent) or about to graduate in the year of application. Studying or applying to study at a South African university.

Apply here.

Deadline: July 28 2014

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Meet Flaviana Matata, a Tanzanian beauty queen and fashion model. Check out her philanthropic involvements at Flaviana Matata Foundation (FMF) – “Back to School Project”a new foundation for girls and women in Dar es Salaam. With Flaviana Matata at the helm of the project, the Public Service Pension Fund have distributed stationery kits to underprivileged students in the Coastal region, Kisarawe, Mkuranga…. They are expecting to reach more students across Tanzania… Read more here.

Keep up the good work!