She-Leads-AfricaShe Leads Africa, an initiative empowering women in the continent’s entrepreneurial tech scene, is launching a business pitch competition seeking talented women in West Africa. The platform seeks to connect promising individuals to mentors, business funding and new market opportunities.

She Leads Africa’s Pitch Competition for Female Entrepreneurs (cash prize of $10, 000 for Top 10 Finalist)

She Leads Africa’s Entrepreneur Showcase is a platform that introduces the continent’s most promising female entrepreneurs to investors, accelerators, and mentors looking to invest in the next generation of African talent. She Leads Africa is Looking for early stage startups that want to meet investors, gain access to new mentors, and grow across Africa.

Finalists will compete for a US$10 000 cash first place prize, one-on-one meetings with venture capitalists, legal advice from a premier law firm, free business lines and internet packages for a year, tablets, SME accounting software and more.
Deadline: July 30 2014

addo-mr-ghanaWhen a former champion bodybuilder from Ghana opened a small gym in an affordable housing development in lower Manhattan, 90-year-old Shirley Friedman became a dedicated client.

Mr. Addo, who honed his muscles using a mango tree as a pull-up bar and concrete blocks for dumbbells, is a two-time former winner of the Mr. Ghana bodybuilding championship. Years ago, his chiseled physique, bowling ball biceps and camera-ready smile brought him fame across his homeland in West Africa. Today Mr. Addo uses his imposing muscles and hard-won expertise to help frail seniors.

With his enormous muscles bulging beneath a small T-shirt, Martin Luther King Addo guided one of his most dedicated clients through a squat exercise inside his tiny Manhattan gym. “You can do it, Shirley,” he said.  Shirley Friedman, a silver-haired 90-year-old standing 4 feet 9 inches, shifted into another gear, bending at the knees for multiple repetitions.  “I never did this stuff before, but he gives you the confidence that you can do it, if you’re up to it,” Mrs. Friedman said afterward. “He’s not a phony. Got me? Watch Mr Addo here.


asanteheneToday marks 15 years anniversary of Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II,  enthronement with the mystical Golden stool in display.. Otumfuo Osei Tutu has demonstrated what chieftaincy is all about in the modern age. That is why an electrifying atmosphere dominated by rich culture awaits all who will be part of the celebration of the Akwasidae Kese to climax the anniversary.

The Ashanti tribe is the largest tribe in Ghana and one of the few matrilineal societies in West Africa. Ashanti kings have retained their figurehead status even after colonization, and today, great pride in the Ashanti King lives on in the tradition of the Golden Stool. History has it that the Golden Stool, covered with pure gold, was commanded from the skies by the legendary Okomfo Anokye. It embodies the soul and power of Asante and comes into public view only when an Asantehene is being enthroned and during the celebration of important occasions like Akwasidae Kese.


Happy anniversary Otumfuo Osei Tutu II!

Aliko DangoteAfrican entrepreneur Aliko Dangote has been named among the top 25 people who have had the biggest impact on business in the last 25 years. The list, compiled by business news network CNBC, highlights those who, according to CNBC, have disrupted industries, sparked change and exercised an influence far beyond their own companies.
Dangote, who recently featured in the 2014 Forbes Billionaires List, ranked 23rd in CNBC’s First 25 list. “Expanding his empire from his native country to West Africa, and then across sub-Saharan Africa from Ethiopia to South Africa, #Dangote showed that it was possible to create wealth in the region by means other than tapping the continent’s abundant natural resources: Watch Aliko Dangote on CNBC and learn more about where Africa’s richest man sees investment opportunity.
You are such an inspiration Sir!