NOMINATE YOUR WINNERS: NEXTE & HEIRS AFRICA AWARDS 2017

NEXTE (Heirs Africa) is a non-profit making organisation that aims to raise finance for young talented individuals who have business ideas and technological projects that help the socio-economic development of Sierra Leone. The organisation consists of entrepreneurs, equity financiers and philanthropists who have a collective goal of working together to build a prosperous businesses environment.

Voting for nominees are open in the following categories: Summa Cum Laude, Medicine and Research; Law; Excellence; Entrepreneurship, Professional; Media; Entertainment; and Sports.

The Gala and Award Ceremony will take place on at the Golden Tulip, Freetown, on Saturday 23 December 2017 at 7:00 pm. Continue reading “NOMINATE YOUR WINNERS: NEXTE & HEIRS AFRICA AWARDS 2017”

Watch: Sierra Leonean designer Madam Wokie on CNN African Voices

 

CNN African Voices highlights the continent’s most dazzling trendsetters who create their own subcultures in areas such as travel, fashion, art, music, technology and architecture. In today’s episode of the show Sierra Leonean designer Mary-Ann Kaikai (my sister) of Madam Wokie was featured. In the segment she shares the history of Madam Wokie, her journey so far and her plans for the future.  Continue reading “Watch: Sierra Leonean designer Madam Wokie on CNN African Voices”

Universal energy access: what’s gender got to do with it? by Mariama Kamara & Charlotte Taylor

 In March 2017, at the UN’s 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61), Practical Action hosted a parallel session exploring Women as Agents of Change in Sustainable Energy Access Value Chains. The session, which heard from Practical Action’s Sudan and East Africa teams, Smiling through Light, Energy Research Institute Sudan and Solar Sister, demonstrated how important investing in women’s potential as entrepreneurs, technicians, policy-makers and thought-leaders is to achieving gender-transformative outcomes and more effective energy access approaches for all.  Following from the event, Mariama Kamara, Founder and Director of  Smiling Through Light wrote a blog in collaboration with Charlotte Taylor from Practical Action. Titled ‘Universal energy access: what’s gender got to do with it?’, the  piece discusses the varied and vital roles of women across the sustainable energy access value chain.

Mariama Kamara

The energy sector is traditionally male-dominated with men’s access to better education, skills training, and finance enabling them to develop businesses and access markets that women have often been excluded from as a result of gendered social norms and women’s unpaid care work. Continue reading “Universal energy access: what’s gender got to do with it? by Mariama Kamara & Charlotte Taylor”

Bullis Senior School Maryland donates books to the Yak Jones Foundation

Senior students of the Bullis High School

In early 2017 Adbul Khanu of Bullis Senior High School, Maryland, started a community project to encourage students to contribute towards improving education and literacy in Sierra Leone by donating textbooks to the Yak Jones Foundation.

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