24-year-old Brian Gitta from Uganda wins Africa Prize for bloodless malaria test

13 June 2018 - 24-year-old Ugandan software engineer Brian Gitta has won the Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation. He is the first Ugandan to win the prestigious award - and the youngest person to date. The inventor and his team developed Matibabu, a device which tests for malaria without drawing blood. Matibabu, which means ‘medical centre’ in Swahili, is a low-cost, reusable device that clips onto a patient’s finger, requiring no specialist expertise to operate. The results are available within a minute on a cellphone that is linked to the device.

A must-attend event for 2018: the Africa Early Stage Investor Summit (Cape Town)


Venture Capital for Africa  (VC4A) and African Business Angel Network (ABAN) have announced the line-up and programme of the 2018 Africa Early Stage Investor Summit, which will kick off during Cape Town's Global Entrepreneurship Week in November. According to both parties, the summit's speakers and guests represent Africa's leading angel networks, VC funds, impact investors, accelerators, corporate venture divisions, industry associations, and various public sector agencies. Headlining speakers include renown international and local investors from Nigeria, South Africa, Cameroon, Egypt, Ghana, Morocco, Kenya, Liberia, Senegal, Ivory Coast, France, US, UK and The Netherlands, amongst many other ...

Entrepreneur Itumeleng Senekane (Lesotho): I love seeing people blossom into the entrepreneurs they were meant to be

Two years ago, 32-year-old Itumeleng Paballo Senekane from Lesotho left her full-time job as a planner for one of her country's local district authorities after she almost got raped whilst doing her job. After resigning, she decided to give the world of entrepreneurship a go. The result: Shekinah Business Solutions, a thriving venture that helps aspiring and rookie entrepreneurs in Lesotho build, develop, and scale their businesses. Earlier this year, she joined Afrinection to position her brand globally and connect with like-minded individuals. We decided to interview her, to hear more about her journey so far.