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Forbes Africa Person Awards 2012

Chairman of The Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, and former Managing Director of United Bank for Africa Plc, Tony Elumelu are among the  5 nominees for 2012’s Forbes Africa Person Award. Mr. Dangote is ofcourse the richest man in Africa and Mr. Elumelu grooms African business leaders and entrepreneurs through the Tony Elumelu Foundation. The other nominees are President of Malawi Joyce Banda, CEO of Equity Bank Limited Dr. James Mwangi, and co-founder of Aspen Pharmacare Stephen Saad. The nominees were nominated by Forbes Africa readers because of  their impact on African business in the past year. Voting closes today, November 1st 2012, and the winner will be revealed in an event in Nigeria. Last year the award went to the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi.

   

Word of the Day - Kora

The kora is a 21-string bridge-harp instrument used extensively in West Africa. Built from a large calabash cut in half and covered with cow skin to make a resonator with a long hardwood neck, the skin is supported by two handles that run under it, and it supports a notched double free-standing bridge. The instrument is played in Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Mali,Senegal, Burkina Faso and The Gambia.

   

African innovations – The iCow

Kenyan farmer Su Kahumbu  has invented a cellphone application that helps farmers living in remote areas of Kenya and other African regions. The application, which works on the basic phones used by the farmers, sends reminders of milking schedules, immunisation dates, breeding/farming tips, pricing and other farming information. The app has improved the lives and businesses of the farmers and their livestock. This application won best app in Africa in 2010 in the Apps4Africa Awards.

   

Ni Nyampinga Magazine

Ni Nyampinga is a bi-monthly Rwandan magazine designed to entertain and empower girls to make better choices for themselves. The magazine covers topics such as Rwandan culture, health, English development and economic empowerment, while also sharing stories and advice from inspirational role models and providing fun ways to share experiences. The initiative is also supported by a weekly radio show and a t-shirt label all meant to inspire the young girls of Rwanda.

   

Baffs

Baffs makes simple t-shirt designs that express the African Spirit and are inspired by its culture. Baffs comes from the Nigerian slang used to describe fashionable clothes by the young and trendy. I like your “baffs”, means I like what you are wearing. The “Baffs” brand aims at creating clothes that fulfil the needs of socially conscious consumers by providing stylish and fashionable apparel, while contributing positively to Africa’s growth, development, positive image and the environment.

   

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