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Djembe Consultants And AfriLabs Partner To Produce Insights Report On Building A Resilient Innovative Africa In A COVID-19 World



Djembe Consultants, the award-winning African-focused communications consultancy, has partnered with AfriLabs, the largest pan-Africa network of 225 technology and innovation centers across 47 countries in Africa, to develop a report on the future of African innovation amidst a backdrop of a global pandemic. The Report is themed ‘Building a Resilient Innovative Africa’ in line with the focus of the 5th AfriLabs Virtual Annual Gathering from October 12 to 14, 2020, where highlights from the Report will be unveiled.

The Report will cover trends and opportunities in technology and enterprise, the potential impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the framing of a regional policy discussion around African innovation – crucial dialogues in the quest towards realizing the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the region-wide socio-economic objectives set out in the African Union Agenda 2063 in the post-COVID economy. The three report themes are Scaling Homegrown Innovations Beyond Borders; Driving Innovation Inclusivity – Women, Youth, and Informal Markets; and Strengthening Policy Development to Encourage R&D and Innovation. The Report will bring together powerful perspectives on what it takes to build innovation resilience in Africa across sectors such as agriculture, energy, health, ICT, and manufacturing, as well as other equally fundamental sectors such as education, finance, and services.

Djembe Consultants, CEO, Mitchell Prather said, “Djembe Consultants is pleased to partner with Africa’s largest network of technology and innovation hubs to elevate the dialogue around strengthening African innovation resilience in these unprecedented times. As Official Communications Partner of the AfriLabs annual gathering this year, Djembe looks forward to unveiling important insights based on the real-world opinions, experiences, and attitudes of African innovation stakeholders from across the continent. The Insights Report will provide a range of stakeholders, from investors to policymakers, with a uniquely relevant and timely understanding of the opportunities and challenges that African innovators face as we learn to move forward in the new normal of a COVID world.”

Leveraging the innovation DNA of both organizations, the Building a Resilient Innovative Africa Report will feature the perspectives of young African startups and innovators alongside valuable insights from leading public and private sector stakeholders from the continent and beyond including Afreximbank, Honoris United Universities, Mastercard Foundation, Mozilla and the UN Women, amongst others. If you’re an African startup, innovator or entrepreneur, share your perspectives on what it takes to build resilience in the African Innovation Ecosystem by participating in the survey here.

Commenting on the report, Nekesa Were, Director of Strategy, AfriLabs “AfriLabs is excited to have Africa’s leading communications consultancy, Djembe Consultants, onboard as a partner for this year’s AfriLabs Virtual Annual Gathering. This year’s Annual Gathering will see a robust dialogue on how to build a resilient innovative Africa. Given COVID-19’s economic impact on our network members, the dialogue around strengthening the innovation ecosystem is so critical for when Africa emerges from this global pandemic.”

Previously held in several cities across Africa, this year’s edition of the AfriLabs Annual Gathering 2020 will be virtual with conversations centered around building a resilient innovative Africa by leveraging collaborations, communities, and Africa’s innate ability to build. The roles of innovators, corporates, governments, and other stakeholders will be examined with discussions on the need to disrupt the status quo, and force innovations to evolve and adapt to the new realities of an Africa in a recovering world. The 3-day Gathering will feature sessions and activities with focused panel discussions on thematic topics, keynote addresses, presentation sessions, multiple parallel workshops, local ecosystem tours/exhibitions, and networking sessions. Registration is currently ongoing.

As part of the ongoing partnership, Djembe Consultants will be conducting customized training workshops for AfriLabs community members and partner hubs across the continent. Follow Djembe Consultants on social media for further updates.

About Djembe Consultants:
Named after the West African drum, Djembe Consultants is an award-winning African-focused communications consultancy with a mission to become the communications partner of choice in Africa by combining global expertise, local market capabilities, and customized solutions to deliver best-in-class services to clients. Djembe has a wholly integrated network of full-time professionals in Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, and the Middle East.

Djembe is committed to changing the African narrative by providing a wide range of reputation management capabilities including crisis communications, digital engagement, event management, expert positioning, international stakeholder engagement, media engagement, public affairs advice, brand development, and design application. The Consultancy offers advice on market entry strategies pertinent to the nuances of individual African countries in a global context. Djembe’s reputation management work is built upon powerful, research-driven communications strategies that very often dovetail with highly complex stakeholder environments. Visit for more information.

About AfriLabs:
Founded in 2011, AfriLabs builds a community around rapidly emerging tech hubs – innovation spaces that serve as meeting points and communities for developers, entrepreneurs, and investors.

AfriLabs is a network organization of 225 innovation centers across 47 African countries. AfriLabs is committed to supporting hubs to raise successful entrepreneurs that will create jobs and develop innovative solutions to African problems.

AfriLabs believes that supporting the development of the African technology and innovation ecosystem enables Africa to participate in the global knowledge and innovation marketplace thereby stimulating economic growth.

Visit to learn more about AfriLabs.

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Kennedy Agyapong Fails To Show Up In Court



Member of Parliament for Assin Central Hon. Kennedy Ohene Agyapong has once again failed to show up in court to face the contempt case leveled against him.

According to the lawyer of the politician, the loudmouth politician’s failure to show up in court is as a result of his coronavirus condition.

The lawyer identified as Mr. Kwame Gyan explained that his client Mr. Kennedy Agyapong got the deadly COVID-19 complications after his last Friday court hearing.

He went on to presented a medical excuse form and requested the court to adjourn the case for 14 days just to allow his client to heal from the complications.

The presiding judge Justice Amos Wuntah accepted the plea from the lawyer of the Member of parliament and adjourned the case but ordered the medical doctor who wrote the medical excuse to appear before the court on Thursday.

“It is hereby ordered that the medical officer Dr. Ken Addo of Holy Trinity Medical Center/spa and Health Farm appears before this court on Thursday, Oct 1st, 2020 to speak to the medical excuse duty,” he said.

Hon. Kennedy Agyapong is in court over his comment about some judges and he is likely to be given a jail term if he is not able to convince the judge on why he shouldn’t be punished.

Kennedy Agyapong days after his comment apologized but a section of Ghanaians are of the view that he has been running his mouth for years now and they believe its high time he is taught a bitter lesson to show he is not above the laws of the country.

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Kenya Bankers Association (KBA), Huawei Ink Partnership Agreement To Promote Tech-Driven Financial Inclusion, Fintech Capacity Building



The partnership seeks to promote tech-led financial inclusion as well as Fintech ICT Capacity; The two organizations have convened a summit on ICT and financial inclusion.

The Kenya Bankers Association (KBA) has signed a collaboration agreement with tech-firm Huawei-Kenya that seeks to deepen financial inclusion in the banking sector through further deployment of technology and building fintech capacity.

In the partnership, KBA will work closely with Huawei-Kenya to spearhead industrywide capacity building initiatives aimed at promoting knowledge on financial technology innovation, digital transformation, and other ICT-related programmes in the banking industry.

Under the partnership, KBA and Huawei will also aim to promote financial inclusion activities in line with the KBA Strategic Plan for the period 2020 to 2023. Launched last year, the Plan seeks to promote access to affordable financial services through tech-aided operational efficiency.

Speaking during the signing of the agreement, KBA Chief Executive Officer Dr Habil Olaka said the cooperation would go a long way in promoting the delivery of efficient banking services in Kenya through knowledge-sharing programmes that will be organized by the two institutions.

“This partnership will further focus on research and knowledge-sharing activities, which will supplement the research initiatives that continue to be spearheaded by the Association’s Centre for Research Financial on Markets and Policy®. In this regard, the collaboration will certainly augment KBA’s and member banks’ knowledge base in engagements with diverse stakeholders from a fact-based perspective,’’ Dr Olaka added.

The partnership comes on the heels of the 2020 edition of the Huawei-KBA Online FSI Summit slated for 30th September this year. The forum is among the initiatives Huawei and KBA are jointly implementing to promote the delivery of efficient banking services through technology under the cooperation agreement.

Huawei-Kenya Chief Executive Officer Mr Will Meng welcomed the partnership, saying technology will remain a core driver towards enhancing convenient access to financial services in light of disruptive occurrences such as the ongoing Coronavirus Disease pandemic.

‘’The theme of the upcoming summit is ‘’Building Banking Core Competence through Digital Transformation to Accelerate Inclusive Finance’’. It is one of the initiatives we are rolling out in Kenya in partnership with the Association to ensure we optimally leverage on technology to achieve affordable and accessible financial services in the regional economy,’’ said Mr Lee.

The summit comes at a time when the global economy is coping with the impact of Coronavirus Disease. Dr Olaka noted that the banking industry has continued to tap into the potential of technology to uphold business continuity and supporting customers, a culmination of efficient deployment of technology by the banking sector during this period.

“Beyond the COVID-19 disruption, we see technology as an invaluable enabler of financial inclusion. I have no doubt that the summit along with the KBA-Huawei collaboration will play a significant role in our collective efforts to entrench technology in our operations and sustain our contribution to the national development agenda,’’ Dr Olaka said.

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Meet The Nigerian Pastor Who Predicted Laycon Winner Of Bbnaija Lockdown Back In July



The General Overseer of SRI Wealthy Nations Ministry Abuja, Pastor Prince Dickson, is now taking all the plaudits for predicting accurately that Olamilekan Agbeleshe, aka Laycon as the winner of the BBNaija season 5 from the first day of BBNaija Lockdown.

Back in July when he made the prediction, he was called out for dabbling in worldly stuff while others challenged the authenticity of his prophecy given that the show has nothing to do with Christianity. Well, his prediction has been fulfilled after Laycon beat Dorathy, Nengi, Vee, and Neo to win the ultimate.

Laycon was one of the 19 housemates who battled for the grand prize of N85M and has been announced the winner of the BBNaija Lockdown.

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