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Businesswomen Isabel dos Santos and Folurunsho Alakija are the top 2 female African billionaires

The number of African billionaires on Forbes 2018 list of the continent's richest rose to 20, with only two women: Isabel dos Santos and Folorunsho Alakija.

Isabel dos Santos is ranked as the ninth richest person on the African continent with a wealth evaluated to a net worth of 2.7 billions built on investment. The 44-year old billionaire and oldest daughter of Angola's longtime former president Jose Eduardo dos Santos is also the second youngest on the 2018 Forbes list.

Folorunsho Alakija is ranked as the fifteenth richest person and the second richest woman on the African continent with a wealth evaluated to a net worth of 1.6 billion built on oil. The 67-year old billionnaire is the vice chair of Famfa oil, a Nigerian oil exploitation company whose partners include Chevron and Petrobras. According to Forbes, the first company of the Nigerian businesswoman was a fashion label whose customers included the wife of former Nigerian Ibrahim Babangida. On Twitter, she openely shar…

Young African athletes make history at the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea

The PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics is a historic moment for Africa, which has been represented by eight nations: Eritrea, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Togo, Morocco, South Africa, Nigeria.  For the first time since 1960, the world will see the largest number of African nations at the Winter Olympics, with Nigeria and Eritrea making their Olympic debut in 2018.

To honor their achievement as Olympic athletes and representatives of the African continent, this post will put a spotlight on the 12 Olympic athletes who beat the odds and paved the way for future generations of African athletes at the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea.

[Eritrea] The alpine skier Shannon-Obgnai Abeda was born and raised in Canada from Eritrea parents who fled oppression; the Olympic athlete grew up in the Rocky Mountains of Alberta, CBC reported. He was the only Olympian to represent Eritrea.

"I have grown up here with a lot of friends who are Canadian but I also have that connection inside to who I am as…

African women also deserve to be landowners

Across the African continent, millions of people live out of their farm activities. African women, who are the backbones of their communities, are overwhelmingly found in large numbers within the agricultural sector.

If you've any doubt, I invite you to take a tour of a local African market to see the number of women who are selling goods there. For many, this may be common sense to see women selling food items at the local market. The question is: Do rural women actually benefit from their hard work in the agricultural section?

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) provided an online fact sheet titled "Women, agriculture, and development" for Cameroon. In this 1992 fact sheet, different points are highlighted such as the importance of agriculture in the Cameroonian economy.

 Since the laws regarding women can be discriminatory in some countries, it's important to note that the Cameroonian government secured women's rights in the matter of land ownership. …

Behind every successful woman, there is a tribe of other successful women who have her back

"Behind every successful woman, there is a tribe of other successful women who have her back," the popular saying goes. My father and my mother are originally from two different Cameroonian ethnic groups or tribes. Therefore, I understood the concept of tribes at an early age. Beyond the stereotypes associated with both tribes, my maternal and paternal tribes have unique foods, music genres, and languages. Of course, they are geographically located in different parts of the country. These differences exposed me early on to diverse cultural backgrounds, probably making me extra sensitive to tribalism and any form of discrimination based on one's heritage.

I don't remember neither my father or my mother pointed out tribal differences in our family home. This was probably due to the fact that we're more busy living those differences. One day, we will be eating a meal from my mother's tribe and the next day, we'll be served with one from my father's ethn…


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