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Facebook Plans To Get More Africans Online With Fiber Optic Cable

Facebook plans to lay almost 500 miles of fiber cable in Africa for better wireless internet, but the social media giant isn’t going it alone. Facebook is partnering with Airtel and BCS on the project, Redcode reported. Rather than just leasing bandwidth on undersea cables and terrestrial connections operated by telecoms, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft are building their own networking infrastructure both on land and across the seas, Wired reported in May. They’re assuming a role traditionally played by telecom companies. Facebook and Microsoft are laying a cable across the Atlantic from Virginia to Bilbao, Spain, moving digital data across 4,100 miles of ocean.

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Profit-making idea: Follow Dangote’s lead and invest in Nigeria’s agriculture sector

Profit-making idea is a series of short posts, each with a piece of information that we think you might find useful: for investment, for growing your company or to start a new business.

Nigeria’s oil-related economic woes and the depreciation of the currency against the US dollar, is opening up opportunities for the domestic cultivation and processing of agricultural commodities. The cost of importing food has increased significantly, making local production more appealing. One person taking advantage of the situation is Aliko Dangote, founder of Dangote Group and among the country’s richest people. Dangote Rice is in the process of rolling out rice outgrower schemes across the country, through which the company will distribute seedlings to local farmers to plant and grow.

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How two brothers started Lagos’ first coffee shop chain

Despite a number of African countries being significant coffee-producers such as Ethiopia, Rwanda, Côte d’Ivoire, Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania – the vast majority of production is exported to developed nations, with very little consumed on the African continent. However, a coffee-drinking culture is now emerging in some countries – expats, well-travelled professionals, returning diapora and young creatives are looking for the same coffee culture they have experienced in developed markets. And Nigerian brothers Ngozi and Chijioke Dozie recognised this a few years ago.

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Olukemi Omotayo Asalu is taking the continent’s natural organic ingredients to the world of skin and haircare

Increasingly today, consumers are becoming so much more conscious about the products they put onto their skin and on their hair, looking for natural, high quality alternatives to the chemical laden products on the shelves. For entrepreneur Olukemi Omotayo Asalu, this represented the perfect opportunity to do something she loved and create a business, Daolus Organic Products, to bring natural organic ingredients from Africa to the world.

What does your company do?

We are a South African company specializing in the wholesale and supply of high quality, unrefined, raw organic natural products for the production of natural skin and hair care products. Our products are also used by pharmaceutical companies and beauty product manufacturers in their production processes. We supply to people who have a passion for becoming an entrepreneur and our products create an opportunity for them to produce and formulate their own natural product ranges using our lovely, raw, unrefined products. Our butters, carrier oils, essential oils, and African black soap are all expertly handcrafted by West Africa women. Our range of what we can supply is extensive, but some examples include: Shea Butter, Mango Butter, Cocoa Butter, Avocado Butter, and Beeswax. We also stock a wide range of Carrier Oils including Coconut Oil, Jamaican Black Castor Oil, Argan Oil, Jojoba Oil, Macadamia Oil, and Calendula Oil, to name but a few. The specialist expertise of these women artisans ensures that our products are of the purist, highest quality available, which helps to ensure that our customers will get the most effective products possible. This philosophy also extends to our Essential Oils range which includes Lavender, Carrot Extract Oil, Sage Oil, Jasmine Oil, etc., and our range of specialist Soaps & Powders including African Black Soap, Raw Honey and Camwood Powder, etc.

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