"I don't speak 'African' because 'African' is not a language." "Africans do not all look alike." "Africa existed before colonialism." These are just some of the messages young Africans studying in the US are sending out in a new viral photographic campaign.
At 13, with no parents to fend for her or her siblings, Best Ayiorwoth dropped out of school to look after her family. Today a 22-year-old award-winning entrepreneur, Ayiorwoth's story is a remarkable one of inspiration, courage and perseverance.
China remains unquestionably Africa's largest single trading partner, and the continent is still an important investment destination for the 2 000 or so Chinese companies operating there, even as the Asian economic powerhouse shows signs of a slowdown.
Fifteen years ago, after seven years working in London, Angel Jones felt the tug of home when she heard Nelson Mandela speak in Trafalgar Square. She came back to South Africa and, in 2003, set up Homecoming Revolution as a non-profit organisation to encourage expats to return, and smooth their trip home.
Nine years ago Heshan de Silva was a suicidal, alcoholic, drug-addicted dropout. Seven years ago he used US$116 to start a small business. Today the 25-year-old Kenyan venture capitalist, founder of the De Silva Group, is worth over $10-million.
"Poor countries are doomed to stay poor." That's a myth Bill Gates passionately debunks. The founder of Microsoft and, today, co-founder – with his wife Melinda – of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Gates has released a letter that explains why pessimism about the future of poor countries holds back their development.
With #MiningIndaba trending on Twitter, the first full day of the 20th Investing in African Mining Indaba in Cape Town focused on transparency in the industry, and on the scramble for Africa's resources – the continent accounts for 30% of mining resources in the world, much of it untapped.