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Emeka Okafor
Works at TED,Maker Faire Africa,Bronze Belt Foundry
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Demas Nwoko's Dominican Chapel
From Abimbola Asojo's  design series : Today, several architects are striving to recapture elements from traditional African architecture lost since colonial rule. Demas Nwoko’s Catholic Church in Ibadan, Nigeria, designed in the late seventies, is one exam...
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'In and Out of the Studio' - A Show
The BBC reports : The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York is hosting an exhibition on portrait photographs from West Africa. 'In and Out of the Studio: Photographic Portraits from West Africa' presents 100 years of portrait photography, it includes nearl...
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Less Critiques More Problem Solving Needed in Africa
Oratory isn't enough we need doers. Jason Tutu from Feint & Margin responds to PLO Lumumba's recent speech : ...if Africans are to harp more on the solutions than we do the problems, the continent will be more the better for it. The more we talk difficultie...
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Emerging Markets propelled by domestic demand not productive transformation
From Dani Rodrik : Yes, there are plenty of world-class firms in emerging markets, and the expansion of the middle-class is unmistakable. But only a tiny share of these economies’ labor is employed in productive enterprises, while informal, unproductive fir...
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3D printing: the future of manufacturing medicine?
Katharine Sanderson in the Pharmaceutical Journal : As the pharmaceutical industry shifts from mass manufacture towards personalised medicine, 3D printing could become part of the drug production line. ...For Lee Cronin , a chemist at the University of Glas...
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What ‘Mama Mboga’ can teach SMEs & Big business
Validating out Mama Benze's and other System D folk is imperative. Conrad Akunga writes : image via CIO In the run up to the GES that just recently concluded, I postulated that one of the speakers should have been a ‘Mama Mboga’. For those who may not know,...
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Food On The Go
From Nky Iweka , of  Executive Mama Put : Nigerian Food with a Twist image via Executive Mama Put Street food plays a large part in the snacking habits of Nigerians. Makeshift kitchens with wood fires offer crunchy bean fritters ( akara ) to be eaten on the...
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Islam and Science Fiction
From Beyond Victoriana , An interview with Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad: image via Beyond Victoriana Islam and Science Fiction has been a resource in the SFF community for 10 years, and it’s with great pleasure that I got in touch with its founding editor, Muha...
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Transforming Production Through Distributed Manufacturing
The transformative power and potential of Distributed Manufacturing by George Dafermos , over at p2p : image via commonfest This policy document examines the application of social knowledge economy principles to the secondary sector of the economy, with an ...
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'In and Out of the Studio' - A Show
The BBC reports : The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York is hosting an exhibition on portrait photographs from West Africa. 'In and Out of the Studio: Photographic Portraits from West Africa' presents 100 years of portrait photography, it includes nearl...
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AfricaMap
In the geospatial space : Africa Map housed at the Center for Geographic Analysis at Harvard University The WorldMap platform is being developed by the Center for Geographic Analysis (CGA) at Harvard to lower barriers for scholars who wish to explore, visua...
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Hardware Incubators Are Critical To The Future Of Making Things
In Techcrunch : Hardware is hot — and poised to get hotter. Venture capital investment in connected device hardware startups reached approximately $1.48 billion in 2014, more than triple the amount of two years earlier. Meanwhile, the “fairy tale” acquisiti...
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Emeka Okafor is an entrepreneur and venture catalyst who lives in New York City.He is the curator of Maker Faire Africa.He was the director for TED Global 2007 that took place in Arusha,Tanzania.Other associations include TED fellowships and the Africa Innovation Foundation.His interests include sustainable technologies in the developing world and paradigm breaking technologies in general. His blog, Timbuktu Chronicles seeks to spur dialogue in areas of entrepreneurship, technology and the scientific method as it impacts Africa. "Timbuktu is a city unsullied by the worship of idols...a refuge of scholarly and righteous folk, a haunt of saints and ascetics, and a meeting place of caravans and boats" -Al-Sa'Di
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