Africa rises to the challenge of solving its own problems

2015-07-08 10:03

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The game changers are there. And now there is a project to make sure that their stories and ideas are seen and heard. 

Africa Centre’s Talking Heads project aims to bring visibility to leading and emerging game changers and intends to change myopic narratives about Africa’s potential. 

The project is guided by a community of empowered Africa-focused thought leaders and change makers who explore the complexities and issues facing the continent in a provocative and engaging way.  

Yewande Omotoso engages media executive, journalist and news junkie Jocelyne Muhutu-Remy on the transient lives of Africans on the continent and in the diaspora:

What happens when hearts don’t beat as they should, when hospitals are far away and doctors are as scarce as chicken teeth? Cameroonian inventor and innovator Arthur Zang presents The Cardiopad:

The World Health Organisation estimates that 1.9 million people die each year due to illnesses and diseases related to the toxic effects of open flame cooking smoke. But for the 3 billion people whose daily sustenance depends on this method of cooking there is a safer and healthier option. Ghanaian-born Toyola Energy’s cooking stoves:

Children make up 42% of landmine victims in post-conflict areas. It is a staggering number that could be reduced if the cost and complexities of disarming improvised explosive devices and mines were lower. Enter RendSafe. Developed in South Africa, this nifty device is a cheap, simple and safe way to make post-conflict countries a little safer: 

CyberTracker is open-source software developed in South Africa designed to collect geo-referenced data with detailed digital notation. This crafty idea started out as a digital tracking device in the Kruger National Park. The software was adapted and used in Indonesia for tracking medicinal equipment and supplies as well as in disaster regions to help rescue personnel in their life-saving efforts: 

Selling fake medication has become big business with almost a third of all medication in Africa believed to be counterfeit. Besides the economical dilemma this creates, this problem creates an even bigger humanitarian crisis. To solve this problem, Ghanaian Bright Simons created mPedigree, an electronic resource system where consumers have the ability to query the origin of their medicine and to establish whether it is genuine or potentially a dangerous imitation: 

Using a simple text messaging system, Esoko – a Ghanian innovation – has bridged the information gap faced by smallholder farmers by providing current market prices, weather forecasts and tips that directly connect farmers to a larger supply chain of traders, transporters and buyers:

Omotoso speaks to author, PhD candidate and Nigerian feminist Simi Dosekunabout her research titled New Styles of Femininity in Nigeria:

Omotoso speaks to entrepreneur and founder of soleRebels, Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu, who is based in Addis Ababa, about her internationally recognised brand and how it marries simple design and innovation with good business ethics and concern for the environment: 

Anthropology researcher, lecturer and co-founder of the Johannesburg Theory and Criticism Workshop, Kelly Gillespie, speaks to Omotoso, about her interest in criminal courtrooms, prisons and feminist activism:

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