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Africa Day is the annual commemoration on the 25th of May, of the 1963 founding of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU). On that day leaders of 30 of the 32 independent African states signed the founding charter in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia). One of the OAUs objectives was to co-ordinate and intensify the co-operation of African states in order to achieve a better life for Africans. In 2002 the African Union (AU) was established as the successor of the OAU and continental union now consisting of 54 independent African countries. One of its many objectives is to achieve greater unity and solidarity between the African countries and Africans, as well as to accelerate the political and social-economic integration of the continent.

From the original founding of the OAU up until – today in 2016, we are still working with varying degrees of commitment and success to intensify cooperation between African states in order to realise a better life for all Africans.

In today’s digitally connected world, you need not look very far to find ignorant and baseless articles posted about how backward, war-torn, disease-ridden and inferior Africa is.

Yes, we have many problems – so does the rest of the world. Today however, we will not list all the faults and problems, instead we want to remind you of some of the success and the good news our continent bears.

  • InstaHealth (Uganda): Mobile app that helps connect people more dynamically to health centers, medical specialists and ambulance services, and allows them to share their health experiences with other.
  • MAZA (Ghana): A health transportation startup that is empowering and saving lives in Rural Ghana by using a network of motorized tricycles that meet these urgent health transportation needs in a safe, reliable, timely and affordable manner.
  • AEON Power Bag (South Africa): Physicist Shalton Mothwa created the AEON Power Bag, which is a laptop bag that will be able to charge mobile devices using Wi-Fi and telecommunication signals.
  • Droneport (Rwanda): Rwanda becomes the first country in the world to build an airport for drones that will cover a distance of over 100km [60 miles] at minimal cost to deliver medical supplies. This will be a complement to road-based deliveries and help expand the reach of medical services.
  • Shypmate (Nigeria): Is a peer-to-peer delivery service that allows individuals buy products online and get it delivered through home-bound travelers, especially in Nigeria and Ghana. Shypmate’s end goal is affordable and fast international delivery.
  • Farm Capital Africa (Kenya): A risk sharing agri-business funding model that draws in investors for a share of farming profits. This initiative identifies, screens and shortlists full-time farmers with small holdings and helps them devise farming plans to attract potential investors who earn profits over time. 
  • Solarist (Egypt): Developed by Flat6Lans, is a portable, solar-powered seawater desalination unit, which will help bring affordable clean water to more remote areas in a country.

 


Where stability prevails, where there is good leadership, where citizens are able to connect with each other and across borders, where the financial assistance is available to entrepreneurs, where the courts in a country function to protect both the rights of companies and its citizens, in such a space – we begin to focus on what really matters. That is, to intensify cooperation between African states in order to realise a better life for all Africans.

At this point in time, there is a lot of talk about the 4th industrial revolution which focuses on the fusion of technologies that is blurring the lines between the physical, digital, and biological spheres

Yet, Africa has not fully experienced and realized the benefits of the 3rd Industrial revolution/Digital revolution. What is clear is that, if we have the terms and pace of our own development dictated to us by other countries and organisations, we are guaranteed to fail or make very little progress. Let us more diligently and insistently as the citizens of each country act and not wait for our governments to do everything. We need to open our minds to the possibilities and see the opportunities. Open ourselves to collaboration with each other and make things a reality.

Let Africa Day 2017 be one where we publicise the success from the plans we set in motion from this point forward. Let us sincerely reflect on the lessons learnt and apply the going forward. Let us not choose speed by going at it alone, but rather long-term benefit by going together.

#BetterAfrica-12M-365D: Let’s make it happen, we have 12 months, 365 Days and many opportunities make the changes needed to realise a better life for all Africans.

Written by:

Brenda Apio Oca 



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Today being the International Women's Day we celebrate the women of African descent whose contributions to cultural, social, political, economic movements have driven change and growth. Mostly these women are largely unknown with their stories smeared and then wiped away from the canvas of global history.

Today, we celebrate our women and the young girls they once were. We celebrate our young girls and the women they will become. We remember the slaves, free-women and those who resisted slavery even unto death. We celebrate the activists both fought and clawed until their voices were heard. We celebrate the truth-tellers and freedom fighters, the political giants and the organizers. We celebrate the ones who proclaim victory and the ones who demand equality.

The World Economic Forum predicted in 2014 that it would take until 2095 to achieve global gender parity. Then one year later in 2015, they estimated that a slowdown in the already glacial pace of progress meant the  gender gap wouldn't close entirely until 2133.

This year, the United Nations has made a call for gender equality and they have dubbed it 50 - 50 by 2030, asking everyone to step it up and to take a pledge for parity.

Peace to the Kru people. Peace to Eliza Gallie. Peace to Assata Shakur. Peace to Toni Morrison. Peace to Shirley Chisholm. Peace to the many, the brave, the questioning, the resilient, the transparent, the joyous, the dignified, the diligent women of African descent in this, the UN-declared International Decade for People of African Descent. 
May we forever remember and glean wisdom and fortitude from those whose legacies have weaved an undeniable thread of gold throughout global history.

We celebrate their lives and we celebrate yours. Today and always.

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In Spain, there are approximately 1.5 million immigrant women with residence permit, which is almost half the total number of permits. And, if we add the ones whose legal statuses are currently unclear, we find a significant increase. 
 
The origins of immigrant women in Spain are varied: Latin American women are the largest group with a total of 41.73%, followed by those from non-EU Europe, 22.26%; 17.16% from Africa; and 5.75% from Asia*
•Info from the Ministerio de Trabajo y Asuntos Sociales 2006.
 
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conference room design 20150401141139 551bfc9b80ea4To start with, the name of the organisation is "Upside Africa" and it is non profit organisation whose aim is to show the two faces of Africa in the diaspora. To identify high achievers (both professionally and in entrepreneurship) and to inspire the ones who are still struggling and to help them aim for and achieve professional and entrepreneurial success. To promote success and to inspire it. 

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