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From 3D printers to drones: Five technologies that could shape the continent’s future

Rafiq Raji, an adjunct researcher at the NTU-SBF Centre for African Studies, discusses five technologies changing everything from medicine to manufacturing.

1. Drones to the rescue

It has always been difficult to get much-needed medicines and supplies to remote areas, which often lack navigable roads. In October 2016, the Rwandan government, in partnership with an American drone service provider, launched a drone initiative to deliver emergency medical supplies to hospitals – blood from the national blood bank for instance – reducing delivery times significantly.

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Inspirational African Women: Deola Sagoe

Deola Sagoe, founder of Deola is the leading lady of African haute couture fashion from Ondo State in Nigeria. Deola has been at the cutting edge of high fashion since 1989 and became the first black woman to present a collection at AltaRoma, Rome’s celebrated fashion week, back in 2004. Her globally appealing style has earned her an enviable clientèle that ranges from Africa's first ladies, to society girls like Lydia Hearst, top model Alek Wek, and famous personalities such as Oprah Winfrey and Will Smith.

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Dangote to Create 210,000 Jobs in Agriculture

Dangote Group of Companies on Tuesday said the organisation would create 210,000 jobs for the unemployed Nigerians in agriculture between now and 2018 in agricultural sector. The Chairman of the Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, said this in Katsina in a goodwill message at the opening of Katsina Economic and Investment Summit. "We will create 210,000 jobs between now and 2018 with 80 per cent coming from the agricultural sector. "So, we should pay attention to the agricultural sector for investment opportunities, particularly when the crude oil is now becoming unreliable," he said.

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Buhari Hosts French President, Hollande, Biya, Others At Abuja Security Summit

President Mohammadu Buhari would on Saturday host the French President, Francois Hollande and president Pual Biya of Cameroon to a Regional Security Summit in Abuja. Others also scheduled to arrive Abuja on Friday for the summit included the Presidents of Cameroon, Niger Republic, Chad and Benin Republic. Similarly, representatives of the United States, Britain, Equatorial Guinea, the European Union, ECOWAS, the Economic Community of Central African States and the Gulf of Guinea Commission are expected at the summit.

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