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This How Rwanda Is Spurring A Generation Of Women In Technology

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IN 2020, it was the only African country ranked in the top 10 of the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report. It ranked in the top four in the Report’s political empowerment category, in recognition of the high proportion of Rwandese women lawmakers and ministers.

The country, therefore, seemed a natural fit for a 2018 pilot programme of the African Development Bank’s Coding for Employment initiative, with Nigeria, Kenya, Côte d’Ivoire and Senegal.

The Coding for Employment flagship programme is establishing 130 ICT centres for excellence in Africa, training 234,000 youths for employability and entrepreneurship to create over 9 million jobs.

Hendrina C. Doroba, Manager in the Education, Human Capital and Employment Division at the Bank, explains how Rwanda is empowering women in technology.

How has the government of Rwanda enabled women to pursue careers in technology, and STEM in general?

The government of Rwanda has been a foremost champion of women in ICT and in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), by driving initiatives like the establishment of the Carnegie Mellon University-Africa campus, for which the Bank provided funding. Students from 17 different countries pursue highly specialised ICT skills at the Africa campus.

The country also hosts the African Institute of Mathematics (AIMS) which is now recruiting balanced cohorts of women and men. Lastly, the Bank-funded University of Rwanda College of Science and Technology has for many years produced women leaders in the ICT sector in Rwanda and globally.

Rwanda’s government also supports initiatives such as the Miss Geek Rwanda competition, an initiative of Girls in ICT Rwanda, which aims to encourage school-age girls, even those in remote areas, to develop innovative tech or business ideas and to generally immerse themselves in ICT. The Miss Geek initiative has now been rolled out in other countries in the region.

What role has the Bank played in supporting Rwanda’s digital strategy, especially in relation to women?

The strategy of the Bank’s Coding for Employment centre of excellence in Rwanda has been to join forces with the Rwanda Coding Academy through a grant agreement to support the school’s activities, like ICT equipment, teacher training and career orientation. The Rwanda Coding Academy started in January 2019 and has so far enrolled one cohort, which is now going into their second year.

Besides the Rwanda Coding Academy, the Bank’s Coding for Employment program held a two-day masterclass for girls and young women entrepreneurs at the 2018 Youth Conneckt summit, where over 200 beneficiaries were trained in using digital tools to amplify their businesses. The session was attended by women entrepreneurs as well as students from girl schools in Kigali, including those from White Dove School, which is an all-girl school fully dedicated to training in ICT. The masterclass culminated into pitching exercises from various groups who presented their ideas to a panel of judges.

What lessons can other African countries learn from Rwanda’s approach to the 4IR, in particular the role of women?

The government of Rwanda has been a trailblazer in using innovation to improve public services across the country using the e-governance platform Irembo, to bring government services closer to citizens. In addition, the government is driving national digital skilling campaigns by championing digital ambassador programs and platforms such as Smart Africa, which has organised the annual Transform Africa summit since 2013.

Still, gender equality remains a concern, and gender gaps are evident even in schools. Rwanda’s ambitions extend to piloting the Kigali Innovation City, also Bank-funded, to serve as the country’s knowledge and innovation hub by attracting new businesses and incubating ideas. At the same time, the country has created a business environment which is pro-entrepreneurship and welcomes global inventors to test their ideas and concepts. Zipline, a company which uses drones to deliver medical supplies in remote areas, is one example.

Lastly, Rwanda promotes women leaders in the ICT and innovation sector. The country’s Minister of ICT and Innovation is a woman, as is the CEO of the Irembo platform. Appointments such as these are helping to dispel the myth that women are not as capable as men in ICT.

– www.africabriefing.org

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Samini Unveiled As Product Ambassador For FBN Bank [WATCH]

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After inking an ambassadorial deal with the bank about a month ago, Samini joined staff of FBN Bank on Thursday, September 24, 2020 to open a modish facility in the capital, Accra. The mega launch of the ultra-modern branch at Ring Road (Accra) and also came with the launch of a new product called FBN Premium Banking Service.

Elated Samini in a conversation with BeenieWords.com says he was lucky to have made it back to Ghana and be present for the occasion. “I prayed the flights start working so I could make it. Lo and behold, The President opened the airport and I returned to make up for the occasion. It was a colourful ceremony.” — SAMINI

Samini was announced on August 3, 2020 as a Product Ambassador for FBNBANK. It came with varied social media campaigns and billboards erected with his face across the city.

Here’s a brief performance of Samini during the launch:

Source: Elorm Beenie

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Stonebwoy Tours Big Boss Energy Drink Factory

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Exercising
one of his due responsibilities as a brand ambassador and franchisee,
the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Burniton Music Group (BMG), Stonebwoy,
has, on Wednesday, September 23rd, paid a visit to Bel Beverages; a
Ghanaian producer of a variety of top of the range non-alcoholic drinks,
including the widely accepted Big Boss energy drink.

His visit
was to categorically “inspect and authenticate” the new labeling which has his
photo printed on it. The inspection
was followed by an aerial tour of the factory where variety of drinks are
produced and how every step of the production is manned by a workforce of
people passionate about delivering quality unparalleled refreshment to our
customers.

Stonebwoy and
his entourage later took a trip to Ashaiman where he was born and bred to make
some giveaways of the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) vetted and approved energy
drink, and to have an intimate interaction with the natives of the town and
most importantly, ardent followers of his craft who amassed in their numbers to
give him an experience.

Barely two months after he secured an ambassadorial deal with the non-alcoholic producing firm, Ghanaian Reggae/Ragga & Dance-hall artiste, Livingstone Etse Satekla fully purchased the owning rights of the energy drink, Big Boss. The deal saw the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards winner take control of the energy drink’s franchise and act as the president, while it’s still produced by Bel Beverages.

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Facebook To Open Its Second African Office In Lagos, Nigeria

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Facebook is set to open its second Africa office in Lagos in the second half of 2021, after it opened its first Africa office in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2015., which will house a cross-section of Facebook teams from sales, policy, and communications to engineering. It is the company’s latest commitment to Nigeria—Africa’s largest internet market, after it opened a hub space in partnership with Co-Creation Hub, a leading Nigerian startup accelerator, in 2018.

It is essentially a major play for talent and proximity to an important, fast-growing market—and it is not happening in isolation: Google and Microsoft have grown their local presence in Nigeria over the past decade. In fact, Microsoft’s moves have included a $100 million commitment to build software development centers on the continent and employ 500 African developers by 2023.

With more Nigerians using Facebook than anywhere else on the continent and the suite of high-ranking executives at Facebook’s global offices being a ringing endorsement, Facebook is moving closer to where the talent is. Nigeria ranked among the fastest growing developer communities in Africa last year.

The global tech giant is in the business of serving and monetizing eyeballs, hence a more hands-on operation in Nigeria, and across Africa, and being closer to the world’s fastest-growing population of young people is a shrewd move. Africa’s population, already the youngest in the world, is expected to triple by 2100 while the rest of the world shrinks. And Nigeria will play a key role in that growth spurt by becoming the second most populous country in the world, ahead of China.

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The Best Just Got Better; Introducing Samsung’s 2020 QLED TV Range

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In 2019, the Samsung QLED TV range received
universal praise for its innovative display quality, sound, design and numerous
pioneering features. This year Samsung added a welcome twist to an incredible
story. With the 2020 QLED range, the best just got better. You
can now turn
the ordinary into the extraordinary with immersive sound, endless detail,
minimalist design and unrivalled technology. This is Samsung’s most complete
television ever. This is no surprise coming from the brand
leading the way across the world and acclaimed by experts.

“Our goal is to continue Samsung’s unparalleled legacy of providing
leading TV viewing experiences by combining the advantages of our
next-generation displays with AI technologies, immersive technologies and
breath-taking sound quality – a personalised journey that turns a TV into a
series of incredible adventures,” said Dudu Mokholo, Chief Marketing Officer at
Samsung Central Africa.

Any great movie has an equally great trailer. Below are the highlights
that showcase the greatest QLED in show-stopping action:

  • Long-lasting, burn-in free picture
    quality with brightest and most vibrant colours
  • Brightest colour and true
    details with anti-reflection at night or day for Movies, Sport and Gaming
  • Rich surround sound with 6 speakers
    firing from top, bottom and sides
  • Sleek and elegant design, which
    creates an immersive cinematic experience

This is a TV
that will change your expectations of what a TV can do

QLED offers an unparalleled visual and auditory adventure from the
comfort of your living room. Available in 4K or 8K and from 43″ to 85””, the QLED series
was designed with options to fit any space and budget. It’s simply a matter of
choosing your viewing pleasure:

  • QLED 4K features stunning
    scenes with 8 million pixels – that’s four times the pixels of Full HD
  • QLED 8K offers unreal clarity
    with 33 million pixels – that’s 16 times the pixels of Full HD

Experience
jaw-dropping detail and resolution – Real 8K resolution with Quantum Processor
8K

With QLED’s brightest and vibrant colours, you can choose to watch
everything in 8K by advanced AI upscaling. Feel the power of every frame with
33 million pixels and a resolution four times that of 4K. Quantum Processor 8K
ensures you always have 8K, no matter the source quality of the original content
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Get even
closer to the action with dynamic sound that tracks the story

We all know that action movies with amazing sound arrangements provide
the most realistic experiences when experienced at movie theaters. So how can
this realism be recreated in the home? Samsung’s sound developers came up with
Object Tracking Sound+ technology, in which sound follows movement onscreen
through six speakers built into the TV.Thanks to this technology, a video’s
audio follows the action on-screen in real time. When a car moves from the left
to the right-hand side of the screen, so will the sound it makes; and when a
heavy object drops from the top to the bottom of the screen, so will the audio.
Doesn’t that sound good.

Experience
maximum picture, minimum distraction – Infinity Screen

You can now push your viewing experience to the limit with a
nearly-invisible bezel. In the flagship Q950TS-series, black edges are shrunk
to almost nothing, and an ultra-slim frame removes any distractions so you can
get a more immersive viewing experience. Explore the magic of Infinity Screen², a truly bezel-free design that removes any distractions
for the most immersive TV experience.

Be the star of the
show

QLED Smart TVs, powered by Tizen, makes it easier to find the content you
love with personalised recommendations. It’s time to discover TV designed just
for you. Want to watch what’s on your TV and your smartphone on the same screen?
With MultiView, you can. Whether it’s live stats for sports or cheat videos for
games, simply connect your phone and dual-screen like never before. To make
sure you’re always in control, the TV is powerfully integrated and simple to
use.  The 2020 Samsung TV also comes with
a brand-new feature for mirroring your phone’s screen. Tap view feature allow
phone’s screen to be displayed on your TV so you can enlarge photos, show
friends a video, or maximize a spreadsheet for easier viewing. Set up Tap view
in the SmartThings app and on your TV to start transferring your phone’s screen
with a simple touch.

Take Control

Ultimately, QLED puts the power in your hands. With the Samsung OneRemote
you have effortless access and control. Devices that are automatically
recognised by QLED can be easily controlled—no need for separate remote
controls. But the power doesn’t stop there. You can also do amazing things
through’s Samsung’s Intelligent virtual assistant – Bixby3. You can
ask Bixby for show recommendations, make quick title searches or control
connected devices. Bixby knows what you like and makes sure you don’t miss out
by suggesting shows you’re interested in but might not be watching at the
moment.
And because we live in a connected world, you’ll enjoy your SmartThings Dashboard, where you can put all of your connected devices on
one screen. Simply set up the QLED SmartThings Dashboard to receive
notifications as well as monitor and control your other smart home devices.
With all this digital magic you’ll start to feel like anything is possible.

This year,
Samsung has created truly unrivaled flagship TVs that give new meanings to
picture perfection. With the 2020 QLED, the best just got better.

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