EduNet Africa Conference 2011 – Lagos, Nigeria

From June 07 – 08, 2011; a group of young, enthusiastic  and tech-savvy Nigerians are putting together a technology-focused event dubbed: EduNet Africa 2011 aimed at –

“Exploring the Opportunities of a Connected Tertiary Institution to Pioneer Digital Revolution in Africa.”

About EduNet Africa:

EduNet Africa conference is the leading internationally recognized conference for Higher Education community in Africa. It is being hosted annually in different tertiary institutions across the continent. This event is meant to create an environment to learn, network with stakeholders in the ICT industry,  share ideas that will enhance the effective use of the internet facilities and the new technologies in the Universities and Institutions of higher learning in Africa.

One of the unique features of EduNet Africa Conference is the opportunity it offers African Start-ups to showcase their product and services through the African Startups Showcase (ASS) at the event. African Startups will have opportunities and exposure to venture capitalists, partnership, loans, grants, scholarship etc. at the conference. They will be given opportunities to be part of International events like the World Summit Youth Awards organized by the United Nations.


EduNet Africa Conference 2011


-To explore the opportunities and possibilities the internet, mobile and new technologies provide within the academics in the areas of e-learning, business, communication and social changes (ICT4D).

-To educate and empower our teaching, learning and Training community with Internet education that will improve the quality of teaching, learning, e-collaboration, research and development in Africa.

-To spark up “net-preneurship” and digital revolution in Africa by creating opportunities for our institutions to develop applications that will compete favorably globally. It is an event that encourages African Startups through the African Startup Exhibitions.

This would  serve as the largest gathering of leading IT Professional in Africa who have interest in the educational sector, Internet based professionals, Service providers, Web strategists, Equipment manufacturers, University dons, students; this offers the best opportunity to network.


Speakers include; Professor Charles Uwadia – University of Lagos; Ms. Dorothy K. GordonKofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT, Ghana; Guy Berger – Rhodes University, South Africa; Sarah Chiumbu – Wits University;  South Africa; Professor Raymond Akwule -Digital Bridge Institute, Nigeria; Engr Titi Omo-Ettu -ATCON, Nigeria; Chris Uwaje – ISPON, Nigeria and a host of others.


Who Should Attend this Event?

-Senior and young academics and researchers from universities and Higher Education Communities.

-ICT coordinators and Managers. Media, PR and Brand experts, Digital Marketers

-Education administrators, Consultants and training practitioners

-Corporate training and Development Executives, company representatives

-Technology and Service Providers, Content providers, Web Masters, Publishers

-Web and Mobile application developers

-Entrepreneurs, Startups & anyone interested in leveraging the opportunity the internet providers.

Registration for the event is online via


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Ghana’s Population Reaches 24mil But; Cedi Keeps Depreciation. WHY?

Ghana: Population Density, 2000

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Ghana’s first post-independence population census was in 1960 and counted about 6.7 million inhabitants. By 1970 the national census registered 8.5 million people, about a 27 percent increase, while the most recent official census in 1984 recorded a figure of 12.3 million.

The nation’s population was estimated to have increased to about 15 million in 1990 and to an estimated 17.2 million in mid-1994. With an annual growth rate of 2.2 percent for the period between 1965 and 1980, a 3.4 percent growth rate for 1981 through 1989, and a 1992 growth rate of 3.2 percent, the country’s population was projected to surpass 20 million by the year 2000 and 35 million by 2025.

According to the Ghana Statistical Service, the provisional results of the 2010 population and housing census indicate that Ghana has a growth rate of 28 percent. There has been a steady increase in the population of about 2-3% per year since 1990.

Ghana’s population is currently at 24,223,431million according to Dr. Grace Bediako (Government Statistician) who announced provisional results of the 2010 census a couple of weeks ago.

During this same period; reports indicates that, the Ghanaian cedi have depreciated against major foreign currencies especially the US Dollar on the international market.  As at today; you’ll need Ghc1.00 52pesewas to be able to get USD1.00.

Various reasons are been given for the sudden depreciation that saw the currency reach record lows in January 2011. These include a high demand for US dollars for importation of clothing, cars and foodstuff linked to an unexpected higher import spending over the Christmas period according to Food Security Ghana

In addition some analysts claim that offshore investors are selling government bonds, recouping Cedis and converting them into dollars – thus putting pressure on the cedi, which was stable within the 1.42 – 1.44 band for most of 2010.

Renaissance Capital, as reported by Bloomberg (interactive chart), also announced that Ghana’s inflation rate will rise this year on higher food and fuel costs, while economic growth will probably miss the government’s forecast of 12.3 percent.

The big question on Ghanaians’ minds is what government will do to ensure that consumers are not put under more pressure in 2011 given all the looming and actual negative factors that indicate the opposite.

Also, are we attributing this phenomenon in the financial trend to the symptom of the Dutch Disease which usually plagues new entrants in the league of oil producing countries?


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Why Africa Is Your Best Investment Destination.

According to Michel Bézy; in the last decade, things have been changing in Africa. Better governance, investments by Eastern countries, the end of wars, and the resolution of the debt crisis have all resulted in significant progress in supporting businesses and the resulting maturation of the business climate.

An interesting interactive graphic “The New Gold Rush” recently published by The Wall Street Journal shows how the rise of a new consumer class is shifting the balance in Africa.

WJS's Infographic on Africa: "The New Gold Rush"

You will find more than 9 million search results from Google by typing “investing in Africa.” But beyond interesting anecdotes many noteworthy papers and books have been published on the subject of “investing in Africa” in the recent years, including:

  • Paul Collier, author of the influential book, “The Bottom Billion,” published “Now’s the Time to Invest in Africa” in Harvard Business Review in 2009.
  • The McKinsey report Lions on the Move notes: “Today the rate of return on foreign investment in Africa is higher than in any other developing region”.
  • The annual flow of foreign direct investment (FDI) into Africa in 2008 increased to $62 billion, from $9 billion in 2000.
  • Wal-Mart Stores announced a cash offer of over 2 billion USD for a majority stake in the South African retail company Massmart Holdings, one of South Africa’s biggest retailers.
  • The CEO of the Rwanda Development Board makes the case for Rwanda in the Independent, a local media: Rwanda is now open for business.
  • My friend Ryan Allis, CEO of iContact, speaks about Why invest In Africa? in his Dare Mighty Things blog and provides good links for investments in Africa.

Ghana is also named amongst 17 other countries in Steven Radelet’s book: Emerging Africa – 17 Countries Are Leading The Way which provides a more in depth view of the success of some countries tagged as Emerging Countries. From; Growth, Governance and Good News in Africa (Next billion);

These countries (including Ghana) are putting behind them the conflict, stagnation, and dictatorships of the past and replacing them with steady economic growth, deepening democracy, improved governance, and decreased poverty.

Five fundamental changes are at work:

(1) more democratic and accountable governments;

(2) more sensible economic policies;

(3) the end of the debt crisis and changing relationships with donors;

(4) the spread of new technologies; and

(5) the emergence of a new generation of policymakers, activists, and business leaders.

The 17 Emerging Countries are: Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Ethiopia, Ghana, Lesotho, Mali, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Sao Tome & Principe, Seychelles, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia.

Question: Why isn’t the oil exporting giants; Angola and Nigeria not included in this list?


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