You should know

‘Power Players’ come to Lagos this week for the, 2nd annual Power Nigeria conference. The 2-day event begins 3rd November and brings together business leaders from Nigeria’s power-sector, influential policy makers, and innovative thought-leaders to focus on the challenges of building and financing reliable, sustainable energy solutions for the future.

MEST is hosting the Africa Technology Summit this week in Accra. The summit will feature a series of panels and keynote presentations to, ‘identify and explore the disruption, key players and revolutions sweeping across the continent‘. The MEST educational training program, seed fund and incubator for African entrepreneurs is one of Fast Company’s 10 Most Innovative Companies in Africa in 2015.

Following the Tech Summit, 50 leading investors and entrepreneurs will come together to ‘do deals‘ in Accra at the 3rd Annual Angel Fair Africa.

Civic Tech

MIT’s Director for the Center for Civic Media, Ethan Zuckerman (@EthanZ) asks, ‘can innovators build a future that’s both disruptive and just? (The Conversation). This summer, Zuckerman was part of a panel in Accra to discuss, ‘Ghana’s future of news‘ and encouraged Ghanaian journalists + civic technologists to focus on creating platforms and services that solve African media’s unique challenges with locally developed solutions.

What We  Need

David Okwii (@OquiDave) looks at the work of Tim Berners-Lee vs Steve Jobs and wonders, ‘whose internet works best for African developers and innovators?‘ (Medium).

The team at Endeavor Insights (@endeavor_global) puts forward a plan for, ‘how to create a sustainable business ecosystem‘ (Endeavor Insights h/t @beunreasonable).


In October, we celebrated International Breast Cancer Awareness month. Eunice Onwona (@eonwona) was out in Accra over the weekend with @BCIGhana for the ‘Walk for the Cure’. See her inspiring photos & video of survivors and supporters walking to raise money and awareness to fight cancer.

October was also Black History Month in the UK. We closed out the month with this remembrance of HID Awolowo from her great-grandchildren and Laila Johnson-Salami (@LailaJohnson_), celebrating the legacy of Nigeria’s, ‘jewel of inestimable value‘.

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