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Blockchain Could Be Africa’s Chance To Lead Global Economics

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For years Africa has been the receiving end of technology and innovation. From raw materials being exported to be processed in other continents to failing to use the minds we have educated in the technological fields adequately for the establishment of our own tech giants like Google or Facebook. We have a lot to do to catch up and with the rest of the world.

The advent of Blockchain technology has presented furthermore another opportunity as big as the internet itself. The changes happening today in the cryptography and database management systems like the blockchain could an be likened to that one of the internet in its early stages.

Africa has a chance to be ahead of other continents if we can allocate adequate resources into supporting blockchain-based research and innovation. It is apparent that if African countries could realize the importance of revolutionalizing the monetary system which promotes fair trade and ownership where fraud and theft are limited, we could be standing as a major player in global economics.

The biggest challenge is the lack of knowledge and vision in some authorities who are supposed to spearhead these initiatives. There have been some great developments in some nations where blockchain-based businesses like bitcoin exchanges were shut down because of a lack of understanding. This is the era when we need vibrant leaders who are not shortsighted to the technological changes and the future of humanity.

Whilst Americans and the Chinese are still investigating whether to get involved in blockchain fully and support projects that fuel innovation like bitcoin, Africa could be snatching this opportunity to develop blockchain applications and replace the current systems in place. Africa could be introducing programming and cryptography subjects for elementary schools all the way to university and increase the knowledge of cybersecurity.

We could be planning on conquering the blockchain space and be the exporter of the things we have built to the outside world. Several African countries are in debt and the debt system have crippled many African nations. Our minerals like gold have been extremely mined and exported to the west. The exact minerals were then used to determine the value of the current monetary system and putting us at a poor state. It is time to create our own financial system based on the blockchain and we be the major players in it. Africa could be enabling companies with the right intentions in blockchain innovation to operate without the limitation of restrictions or threats.

Is Africa prepared for the spearheading of the blockchain revolution? What do you believe can be done to make this come about?

 

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Visa Free Into Nigeria in 2020 – Nigerian President

The president of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari has announced a visa-free entrance into Nigeria for all people holding passports of African countries.

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The president of Nigeria Major General Muhammadu Buhari has announced a visa-free entrance into Nigeria for all people holding passports of African countries. President Buhari announced this at the Aswan Forum in Egypt. This will come into effect beginning in January 2020.

Nigeria is one of the countries in strong support of the free movement of Africans in the African continent as this has a number of advantages for African economies to share skills, culture and resources effectively. One of the major barriers we have been limited by as Africans is the inability to distribute our goods and services in cross-border trade and the requirement of visas and approvals limits the rate at which trade can be carried out effectively.

Some have expressed concerns over the president’s decision outlining the fact that other African countries still need Nigerians to apply for visas. Other concerns were that of the potential influx of migrants from neighboring nations who might add on top of the current problems Nigerians are facing like high unemployment rates.

Critics on Twitter have gone to say that, instead of pursuing such policies, there are other pressing matters the president must be currently addressing.

Fairly speaking, the idea of a visa-free movement across Africa could benefit Africans more than the harms it might bring about. In order for Africans to achieve the global economic status of the upcoming fourth industrial revolution, free movement and open trade are crucial. The question is, who is to start by opening up to welcome others?

We expect to see other countries choosing a similar path. “Someone has to lower his guard and start it. There’s what they call reciprocity in international diplomacy. Wait and see how other African countries will gradually follow suit.” Said a commenter on Twitter.

Some Nigerian nationals have expressed doubt against the idea of pioneering such a policy since they believe it is very unlikely that other countries like South Africa, Kenya, and Ethiopia would implement such a policy.

What do you think about Nigeria opening up free movement?

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Is It A Coincidence That All Four Major Pageant Crowns Are Held By Black Women?

Ever heard of the term “black is beautiful”? Well, whether you might have believed it or not, the world has confirmed it. Although it is not the first time for black women to win the pageant crowns, this moment in 2019 is unique because four of the major pageant titles are being held by black women. The crowning of Miss Universe Zozibini Ntunzi on the 8th of December in Atlanta, Georgia was the biggest proud-maker amongst people of color. Miss Universe, Miss USA, Miss Teen USA and Miss America are all women of color.

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Ever heard of the term “black is beautiful”? Well, whether you might have believed it or not, the world has confirmed it. Although it is not the first time for black women to win the pageant crowns, this moment in 2019 is unique because four of the major pageant titles are being held by black women. The crowning of Miss Universe Zozibini Ntunzi on the 8th of December in Atlanta, Georgia was the biggest proud-maker amongst people of color. Miss Universe, Miss USA, Miss Teen USA and Miss America are all women of color.

Having four beautiful black ladies holding these prestigious crowns is by no means a coincidence. It reflects the current trend and state of mind worldwide. Looking back at our history, we see a very swift change in social perception as we see black women being recognized for their beauty and this goes a long way instilling self-confidence among women of color. The world has changed remarkably and it seems like it is time for people of color people to take up their place in society.

“The most important thing we should be teaching young girls today is leadership. It’s something that has been lacking in young women and girls for a very long time, not because we don’t want to [lead], but because of what society has labelled women to be. I think we are the most powerful beings in the world and that we should be given every opportunity, and that is what we should be teaching these young girls- to take up space. Nothing is as important as taking up space and cementing yourself.”

We see maturity, tolerance, unbiased love and erasure of racial boundaries when things like these happen. These ladies do not only give a sense of pride to women but to millions of men who care for their black queens.

Miss Universe

Miss Universe is the biggest and the most prestigious pageant competition on the planet. Zozibini Ntunzi of South Africa won the 2019 crown as she has taken the world by storm with her elegance, beauty and captivating aura as well as her eloquent way of answering questions. On the night of the announcement, cheers were already coming from the audience from all over the world whom she had won their hearts.

One thing very special about Zozibini is her hairstyle. She did not wear a weave nor excessive make-up. She stood tall with her beautiful smile representing the natural features of a black woman and the universe has recognized her natural beauty. It does not matter if you are a fan of natural hair or not if you are a woman of color be proud of who you are because you are beautiful.

Miss USA, Miss America and Miss Teen USA

Earlier in May 2019, another beautiful woman Amerian television presenter Cheslie Kryst of North Carolina United States was crowned as Miss USA at the event held in Nevada. She also represented the United States at the Miss Universe 2019 and came out 10th raising the bar for the women of color all around the world.

The gorgeous 26-year-old Nia Franklin, an American composer was crowned as Miss America 2019 in Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA after being crowned Miss New York the previous year.

Miss Teen USA’s crown is prestigiously held by Hailey Colborn, another pretty woman of color From Kansas. This a symbol of black excellence. As we move on, we see the world slowly but surely ignoring racial lines and there is a very good sign of hope that one day we will all talk in terms of people as people without thinking about race at all. This is just the beginning.

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5 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Miss Universe!

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The stunning Miss South Africa 2019, Zozibini Tunzi was crowned as the new Miss Universe 2019 in Atlanta Georgia on the 8th of December at the Tyler Perry Studios. Now l am sure we are all dying to know a little bit more about this effortlessly beautiful queen. Here are five things you definitely need to know about Zozibini Tunzi.

She was born in Tsolo, eSdwadweni in the small Province of Eastern Cape the same province where Nelson Mandela comes from.

She entered the Miss South Africa competition twice. In 2017, Zozibini made it into the top 26 contestants in Miss South Africa but was eliminated. She competed again in 2019 and won the crown! She definitely does not give up easily.

She’s a passionate advocate and activist for women’s rights and equality. Uses her platform to empower and inspire women, and fighting against gender-based violence.

“I stand on the shoulders of giants, the women that came before me. They ran so that I could walk and I’m proud to be part of a sisterhood of women that have inspired millions including myself to be their true and authentic selves.”

She’s a public relations graduate. Zozibini graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology.

She is not only the third South African beauty queen to be crowned Miss Universe but Zozi is the first black woman to earn the title since Leila Lopes was crowned Miss Universe 2011.

In 2012 She posted a picture of what she envisioned herself. She always knew what she wanted and was determined to get it. All the best to Zozibini Tunzi for the year ahead as the reigning Miss Universe 2019!!

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