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Women Rising: Meet Africa’s Only 2 Female Finance Ministers



Leadership in Africa is taking a different dimension. We have seen the rise of accomplished women taking up prominent positions and using it to influence lives positively across the continent. As some consider it an opportunity to rub shoulders with their male counterparts, others have also used it to inspire young women who look up to role models. Even though the roles they take can be very challenging they have also proven to be up to the task and their accomplishments have become a model to which others are carving their career path.

During my routine research on influential African women for my rating company Avance Media, I have taken notice of how women are making the continent proud whiles delivering excellently in their roles across both governmental and non-governmental organisations, the world over. Mention can and should be made of Amina J Mohammed, the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations and her colleagues who head other departments in the distinguished global establishment.

In my recent publication on the female Health Ministers leading the fight against Covid-19 in Africa, I also developed an interest in looking out for other women ministers across the continent. My curiosity in the finance sector grew stronger when I got to identify how male-dominated it is and how only two women have the opportunity to head this sector which is very prominent in every economy around the world.

In Africa, one of the most respected positions is that of Finance Ministers, who are put in charge of various economic activities across the country. Their performance affects the ratings of the economy and how comfortable citizens get to live.

The first female African Finance minister, Marie-Christine Mboukou, from the Central African Republic was appointed in 1975, and the second was Ellen Sirleaf Johnson from Liberia who was appointed in 1979. She actually went on to later become president of her nation. She is currently one of the most influential leaders in Africa.

For the past years, we can count only about 30 women who have been given this opportunity to serve as ministers of finance across the continent and for the past decade, successive Nigerian Federal Governments have reserved this position for women.

Beyond their roles, Vera Daves De Sousa (35) and Zainab Ahmed (59) from Angola and Nigeria respectively remain the only female finance ministers across on a continent of over a billion citizens. They are huge inspirations for young women taking up roles in the finance industry across the continent.

In Angola, Vera Daves De Sousa received her appointment as the only female country’s Minister of Finance at age 35. She previously served as Secretary of State for Finance and Treasury and became the first woman ever to lead Angola’s Finance ministry. She is now tasked with reviving an oil-based economy suffering its worst recession since the civil war ended in 2002.

She also previously served in the Markets and Capitals Commission and but gained visibility as a regular economic commentator on several media programs.

In an interview with Bloomberg, Vera disclosed her determination to reduce the presence of the state and diversify the economy as the country still hugely relies on revenue from crude oil export.

She was born in Luanda and has a degree in Economics from the Catholic University of Angola (UCAN). She also has several certificates in finance, management and leadership and is the co-author of a book on Public Finance.

As the minister of the largest economy in Africa, Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed is the fourth female finance minister of Nigeria, the only country to have reserved this position for women in the last decade. As the Minister responsible for Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab is responsible for everything related to the economy of the most populated country in sub-Saharan Africa.

An accountant by training, Zainab started her career working for the Ministry of Finance in Kaduna State before leaving to pursue other interests. She has served the Nigerian republic in other high ranking positions including being the Managing Director of Kaduna Investment Company Ltd, Chief Finance Officer of the Nigeria Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTEL) and Executive Secretary and National Coordinator of the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI).

Zainab holds a B.Sc. in Accounting from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA). Mrs Ahmed is a Fellow of Association of National Accountants of Nigeria (ANAN) and Fellow, Institute of Certified Company Commercial Accountants of Nigeria among other professional organizations.
Below is a list of all time ministers of finance in Africa

1. Ângela Viegas Santiago – São Tomé and Príncipe
2. Antoinette Sayeh – Liberia
3. Ayaovi Demba Tignonkpa – Togo
4. Bintou Sango – Burkina Faso
5. Bouaré Fily Sissoko – Mali
6. Christine Georges Diguibaye – Chad
7. Cristina Duart – Cape Verde
8. Denise Sinankwa – Burundi
9. Edith Nawakwi – Zambia
10. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf – Liberia
11. Kemi Adeosun – Nigeria
12. Lamia Zribi – Tunisia
13. Luísa Diogo – Mozambique
14. Malado Kaba – Guinea
15. Mamphono Khaketla – Lesotho
16. Margaret Keita – The Gambia
17. Margaret Mwanakatwe – Zambia
18. Maria do Carmo Silveira – São Tomé and Príncipe
19. Maria Kiwanuka – Uganda
20. Maria Tebús – São Tomé and Príncipe
21. Marie-Christine Mboukou – Central African Republic
22. Nenadi Usman – Nigeria
23. Ngozi Okonjo Iweala – Nigeria
24. Rosine Sori-Coulibaly – Burkina Faso
25. Saada Salum – Tanzania
26. Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila – Namibia
27. Syda Bbumba – Uganda
28. Vonintsalama Andriambololona – Madagascar
29. Zakia Meghji – Tanzania

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TAIVOS™ Lab Brings CAMON 16 Premier An Unparalleled Night Shot Experience



TECNO, the global premium smartphone brand, successfully hosted the first augmented reality (AR) online product launch that integrated technology and photography. TECNO launched its latest CAMON 16 Premier at the event, which boasts an industry-first rear 64MP quad camera and a front 48MP configuration. One of the main attractions is the trademarked TAIVOS™ technology, which is one of the key outputs of TAIVOS™ lab – providing users an excellent and unprecedented visual experience, especially at night and low-light environments.

TAIVOS™, which stands for TECNO AI Vision Optimization Solution, is an advanced signal processing technology that interprets raw data through an AI multi-framed, portrait segmentation based on tens of millions of data points. This capability means that TAIVOS™ can filter image noise better and optimize image clarity, thereby enhancing night photography effects. Not long ago, TAIVOS™ technology won the CVPR 2020 LIP global competition, the first place in the dark complexion segmentation track, which also validates the prowess of the CAMON 16 Premier.

TECNO is always committed to bring products with the latest technology to consumers, with the goal to push the performance of mobile phone photography further. For this reason, TECNO has carried out a number of researches and tests on the core technologies of photography on the lab platform, in order to seek more refined technological breakthroughs. TECNO’s research centers train deep learning algorithms through tens of millions of deep skin data that are supported by multiple visual algorithms, enabling users to record and take more sophisticated photos. When compared to other smartphones, the TECNO CAMON 16 Premier can better filter image noise and optimize image clarity. Combined with the ultra-clear 48MP front camera and 64MP rear camera to enhance night-time photography, TECNO’s night shooting mode becomes a big selling point of the smartphone.

In addition, most of the mobile phones usually only sports 1080 pixels resolution for video recording and playing, while the TECNO CAMON 16 Premier makes use of its TAIVOS™ technology in tandem with the equipped 2.9 μm super-large lens pixels to be able to film better in dark environments than normal camera. This configuration delivers twice as effective results as that of ordinary mobile phones. TECNO CAMON 16 Premier can also use AI to intelligently identify super night scenes, dark environment and portrait, and divide and protect the portrait, so that the portrait can be captured but not exposed, and the night scene is more transparent, bright and dark environment is clearer, so as to take the most perfect photos. It can not only ensure the stable output of 1080P clear quality video but also enables filming in dark environments by allowing users to get brighter exposures, which other mobile phones cannot do.

At the same time, TECNO CAMON 16 Premier can also perform intelligent recognition through AI, distinguish super night scenes, dark environments, and portraits with professional-level quality. The integrated software can segment and identify portrait-style photos, so that users can manipulate and edit videos to meet their creative vision, in both night and day. TECNO has painstakingly considered these details in the pursuit of empowering users to create the most perfect images, be it in video or photo form.

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My Stepmom Sleeps With Me Anytime My Father Goes To Work : Netizen



A young man has taken to social media to complain about how he is being sexually abused by her stepmother in their house.

According to the boy who chose to stay anonymous, he lives in the same house with his father and stepmother but things started changing when his stepmother began to demand other services from him.

He claims that the woman is a sex maniac and she sleeps with him any chance she gets when the husband is not around.

In fact, this young man claims the stepmother can go as many as 4 rounds each day 5 days in the week when his father goes to work.

Although this sounds like sexual abuse, he says he enjoys it and the woman buys him all the things he needs as a young man.

However, he thinks it’s not right and he needs advice on what to about the situation he finds himself in.

The story was shared with Naba Aba Anamoah, the veteran media personality who is currently running a program dubbed #MyDMDiaries on her Instagram page.

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Young man sexually abused by step mother complains to Nana Aba Anamoah

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Liverpool Agree £25m Fee To Sign Thiago Alcântara



Premier League champions, Liverpool have finally agreed to sign midfielder Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich for £20m, plus £5m in adds-on.

Before now, Liverpool had been reluctant to pay an initial £27.3m for the 29-year-old Spaniard who has been linked with a move to the club since July.

It was confirmed this morning that Liverpool will now pay just £20m upfront for Thiago after they agreed on a bargain fee – with £5m in bonuses for the talented Bayern Munich midfielder, who will now sign a four-year deal and wear the No 6 shirt for the club.

Liverpool finally agree ?25m fee to sign Thiago Alc?ntara from Bayern Munich

Thiago would be the Premier League champions’ second summer signing, after the arrival of Greece left-back Kostas Tsimikas from Olympiacos.

Thiago, who started his career at Barcelona, joined Bayern Munich in 2013 and has made 233 appearances for the Bundesliga champions. He won seven Bundesliga titles in a row and played in last season’s Champions League final victory over Paris St-Germain.

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