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Greetings Everyone,

If the above sentence is true, then we at ZNews have been “praised and worshiped” quite emphatically over the the past few weeks. Our friends at top global publications and similarly focused African media companies have complimented us wildly in their recent newsletter “additions.”

It’s all love. We influence each other. If only everyone did as good a job copying Ghanian jollof, the world would be a better place.

If you’re a proponent of African innovation, check out the 2017 MIT Sloan Africa Innovate Conference, coming up this weekend.

Speakers include:

  • Her Excellency, Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, GCSK, CSK, PhD, Dsc
    President of Mauritius
  • Mr. Ola Oresanya, Managing Director, Globetech Remedial
  • Zim Ugochukwu CEO, Travel Noire.

A special hello to all of the new subscribers joining us from the Columbia University African Economic Forum this past weekend.

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How a Nigerian software engineer is feeding the poor with an app: The app connects supermarkets to NGOs and low-income earners, allowing them to buy food that’s about to expire at a discount.

Michelle Obama Is Rocking Her Natural Hair And The Internet Can’t Even: It’s not confirmed exactly where the former first lady is or when the photo was taken, but that didn’t stop Twitter from having a damn fit.

Wildly Talented Nigerian Artist Made This Drawing Without Any Training Whatsoever: Nigerian artist Arinze Stanley has been drawing for as long as he can remember, without formal training.

A new documentary shows how wrong China is about its African immigrants: Africans in China are often discussed in terms of blatant racism or fears that African migrants are criminals or bring many security risks. A recently released documentary, Guangzhou Dream Factory, hopes to broaden the perception.


A. Affairs

B. Business

C. Culture

D. Development

E. Entertainment 



The number of plaintiffs involved in a billion-dollar lawsuit against Johns Hopkins University over its alleged role in the deliberate infection of hundreds of vulnerable Guatemalans with sexually transmitted diseases.


How many days English-Speaking Cameroon has not had any internet.


The number of hours of work the average Black American worker performed 2015.


“Shark Tank” Harlem Casting Call: Values Partnerships is working with Shark Tank to support entrepreneurship and bring more diverse ideas and voices to the show. On a first come, first serve basis, companies may be selected to pitch their businesses to the casting team from ABC’s Shark Tank.

Ecobank is challenging Africa’s new generation of entrepreneurs to find lasting solutions to the continent’s most pressing banking issues. Submit entries in one or more of our key areas of interest for your Chance to win up to $500,000 funding.

Sierra Leone Opportunities for Business Action’s Innovation Lab (SOBA iLab) incubates and accelerates high-risk, high-potential enterprises that advance change at scale. Implemented by Adam Smith International and funded by the UK Government, SOBA is the largest market systems development programme in Sierra Leone. Apply by April 26, 2017 to join the Business Model Validation Lab.