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Inspirational African Women: Ndidi Okonkwo Nwuneli

A new book, Reaching Millions with Impact, authored by social entrepreneur Ndidi Okonkwo Nwuneli, has recently been launched in Lagos Nigeria, to serve as a guide to achieving impact on a larger scale in order to better address the major challenges posed by rapid population growth. These challenges include food provision, healthcare, housing, energy, sanitation, and education.

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Nigeria: Lagos-Ibadan Expressway Repair Reaches 32% Completion

Reconstruction/rehabilitation contract, by the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, said that the project was 32 per cent completed. Mr. Ibrahim told the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday that work had been completed on one section of the Long Bridge and on various critical sections. NAN reports that section one of the projects is from Ojota in Lagos to Sagamu Interchange and is being handled by Julius Berger. The engineer said more warning signs and crash barriers had been deployed to the highway to ensure free flow of traffic and check accidents. "We will complete the repair of the long bridge by December 15 and we will complete all palliatives to make the road motorable before the Yuletide. "The entire project is 32 per cent completed. We have done earthworks, laid asphalt and base course, done culverts and drains on various changes between Redeemed Camp and the Sagamu Interchange.

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Outsourcing key to start-up success, says DealDey CEO

“It is not about doing everything yourself. You cannot do everything yourself. You should not do everything yourself.” So says Kehinde Oriola, CEO of the Nigerian daily deals website, DealDey. The company was launched in 2011 and is loosely based on the Groupon model, offering promotions and discounts on everything from restaurant meals to spa treatments, and a variety of other services, events, courses and products. Speaking at the annual AfricaCom event in Cape Town this week, Oriola said that when the company first started, it tried to manage every aspect of its business operations. It owned its own delivery vehicles, employed its own drivers, and ran its own warehousing. Until about a year ago, it employed around 500 people.

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Growing fish and plants together – an untapped opportunity in Africa?

Global population growth combined with increased food consumption and a greater demand for animal protein means that by 2050, there will be an estimated 60% increase in global food demand. At the same time, climate change, pressure on water resources, mass migration to urban areas and an increase in the use of food for fuel means that food supply is constrained.

Food security is therefore topping the political agenda globally and many countries are looking towards Africa to help plug the gap. Before this can happen though, Africa needs to address its own US$35bn structural food deficit and it is coming up with some innovative solutions. While food security will ultimately be addressed via a number of different solutions, aquaponics is emerging as an ideal technology to bring fresh, nutrient rich food to urban environments.

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