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Haiti becomes part of the African Union


Haitian Ambassador to South Africa, Jacques Junior Baril says Haiti finally being part of the African Union (AU) is a place that the country earned as they paved way to other African countries to be free today.

The Caribbean state of Haiti will officially become a member of the AU come the next AU Summit which will take place next month in Lilongwe, Malawi.

Former African Union chairman, Jean Ping said: “We have attachment and links to that country. The first black Republic…that carried high the flame of liberation an freedom for black people and has paid a heavy price for so doing.

In 2012, Haiti indicated its interest to move from its observer status to member status. It will be the first time any nation with no geographic connection to the continent of Africa to join the AU.


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Posted on May 10, 2016 By Staff With 10 comments

South Africa’s Only Black Billionaire — 5 Things To Know About Him


Mining magnate Patrice Motsepe has the golden touch, which has made him not only one of South Africa’s wealthiest men but also the country’s only black billionaire. How did he do it? Gold.

Motsepe started to invest in gold in 1997 which led to his creating African Rainbow Minerals, the first South African black-owned mining company. We could stop here and say the rest is history, but here are 5 things you should know about this billionaire entrepreneur.

#1 – His culture motivates him to help others: Following the spirit and tradition of Ubuntu, which means “I am because you are,” Motsepe is committed to helping care for those who are less fortunate.

#2 – He distributes much of his wealth: Motsepe donated half of his wealth in 2013, through the Motsepe Foundation, to help improve life for the poor, the disabled, unemployed, women, youth, workers and other needy South Africans.

#3 – He is named after the former Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo: His name, Patrice, comes from Patrice Lumumba, the first elected Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo who helped the country gain their freedom from Belgium.

#4 – He owns a football team: Motsepe owns Mamelodi Sundowns, nicknamed The Brazilians. The football team wears yellow and blue uniforms reflective of Brazil’s national team.

#5 – He’s very rich: Not only is Motsepe South Africa’s only black billionaire, he is the 847th richest person in the world, according to Forbes magazine, with a net worth of $2.2 billion. He is one of seven South Africans in the list, and the only black man.

Read more by visiting www.forbes.com/profile/patrice-motsepe/

Posted on February 24, 2016 By Staff With 0 comments

These young Africans are about to disrupt the way you ship from overseas to Africa


Introducing Shypmate

Shypmate is a peer-to-peer delivery service that allows individuals buy products online and get it delivered through home-bound travelers, especially in Nigeria and Ghana. Shypmate’s end goal is affordable and fast international delivery.

In an exclusive interview with two members of the team (Chisom Ebinama and Perry Ogwuche) , Co-founder, Perry remarked:


“We traveled to the US for college and have been there ever since. We saw the problem of trying to send stuff back home, because it was expensive to ship these items”.

The founders, — Chisom Ebinama, Kwadwo Nyarko, Perry Ogwuche and Tochukwu Okoro — who have a uniquely mix-and-match Nationality (3 from Nigeria and 1 from Ghana) and area of expertise (3 with background in Engineering and 1 in the field of Business) are based in San Mateo, California USA where they all met. In Shypmate, the founders found a struggle they all could relate with and decided to use technology to solve it.


Prior to the emerging company’s official launch today 21st January, 2016, Shypmate has validated its effort with a over 100 successful transactions in Nigeria and Ghana within just 2 months of its user acceptance test.

See How Shypmate Works:

There are basically 3 steps to getting started with Shypmate and also 3 people smiling at the end of the transactions.

Website: http://www.shypmate.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/shypmate/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Shypmate

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shypmate/?ref=bookmarks

Source: https://techpoint.ng/2016/01/21/shypmate-feature/

Posted on January 22, 2016 By Staff With 2 comments


National Dashiki Day takes place on Oct. 30, 2015, where it is referenced across the internet, including 1000’s of  mentions on Twitter & Instagram. 

National Dashiki Day. (Rally)
Muslim, Christian, Jew, black, white, red, brown or blue. Whatever or Whoever you are-Stand-Up and Stand-Out against hatred, racism and spiritual persecution! Gather your neighbors, friends, relatives, co-workers and participate in the National Dashiki Day. Wear yours to work, shopping or school. Anywhere and everywhere! Get creative! Host the˜best dashiki’ contest. Get the kids involved! Then post your pics on all over social media and on the net.
More info on Dashiki Day can be found on the Wiki page for Dashiki, or on social media  ‘About National Dashiki Day’ , via twitter & Instagram, use ‘#DashikiDay’. 


Check out BBNomics Interview with KemiPosh, based out of Columbus, OH.  

Why are you in business? I am in business to earn additional income other than the typical 9-5 jobs.

How did you choose your business name? My first name is Kemi and since I consider myself to be Posh, I added that to it.

Why are in this type of business? I have always loved the idea of buying and selling. It’s a thrill each time you’re able to multiply a dollar and being in retail allows you to do just that.

What is your background? Education, Work Experience.. I was born and raised in West Africa, Nigeria to be precise. I’ve a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and I’m currently working as a Business Developer.

Can you provide me with a description of your business? How long have you been in business? My business consist of selling the popular materials called Dashikis in different beautiful styles and colors. I’ve been in business since April of 2012 but began selling dashikis earlier this year.

In this business? In other businesses? This is my only business, for now.


What type of business form do you have, sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation? Sole Proprietorship 

What are the advantages of this form of business ownership? The advantage of being in business on your own is that you can be yourself. You get to make the decisions and be your own boss.

How did you get started in this business? I started back in 2012 by selling vintage items online under the name KemisKloset. I would shop in different hidden boutiques for rare pieces and resell them online. Then gradually, I started selling Brand New items such as clothes, purses, jewelries, shoes and so on. I stopped selling when I entered my senior year in college because school got busy and  I was working a full time job at the same time. Earlier this year, I opened my business back up under Kemi Posh.

How did you get the background and skills necessary to run this type of business? Other than the fact that I studied business in school, I have always been interested in the act of making a living through commerce.

How do the social, economic, environmental, technological, legal and political environments impact your business? Oh my! I can’t imagine owning a business without these tools. My business is impacted by the use of social media, technology and so forth. It helps in reaching out to people worldwide and spreading the word everyday.

Do you know who your competitors are? Of’course I do. If you do not learn who your competitors are, then you’re not really in business.

How do you market your business? As I mentioned earlier, I use social media to my advantage. I’m constantly spreading the word on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. 

How are people aware of your business? Majority of my customers are aware of my business through my active use of the social media and my business cards.

Please explain what ways do you give back to the community, how & why you choose this particular method? I give back to the community by involving myself in programs that enables me to share my experience in the retail world. I’m constantly encouraging people to think beyond their 9-5’s. I choose this method because it is important to show people how to invest instead of spending.

Where do you see your business in the next year? God willing, I see my business tripling. 

In the next five years? The next ten years?… In the next five to ten years.. Oh my! I’ll let God handle that one.

How has technology, such as computers and the internet, impacted on how you conduct business? I operate an e-boutique business so the internet is where I spend most of my time.I use the internet to run my business, advertise and to constantly promote my store website in whichever way I can.

Why is your business located at this site? I run my business online because operating a brick and mortar store is far more expensive.

Whom do you seek advice from for your business? God, no seriously.

What do you do with your profits? I put all my profits back into the business.

Does your business have a stated mission statement, the reason that this business exists? I’m still working on that.

Can you describe your customers? My customers are people who love to look unique. They are excited about new pieces and love to show them off. My customers are awesome!

Why do your customers select you over your competitors? I believe they select my store because my pricing is lower than some of my competitors and also because I always deliver on time.

What is your management style? I’m hard on myself. I don’t do things any way because I no one to report to. Things have to get done regardless of what is going on in my personal life because there are people out there counting on me to deliver.

What are the biggest issues for running this business? There are fast and slow days in running a business and these are issues one has to familiarize themselves with. The biggest issues for me are slow days and making sure tomorrow is not slower.

If something happens to you, what will happen to your business? The business will most likely die seeing that I am the only one running it, unless someone decides to pick it up, but I am working on that.

What did you learn from this interview? I learned to reinforce my future goals.

Order your Dashiki for, ‘National Dashiki Day’, October 30th, 2015 from KemiPosh.  Use Code #BBE during your purchase.



Black Business Spotlight is where we showcase black businesses who stand out in the crowd! To find out more or to be featured, follow: @lynnbbnomics .

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Posted on October 25, 2015 By Staff


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Posted on May 20, 2014 By Staff