Uganda may face a surge in population as a result of increasing teen pregnancy + other best reads of the week

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The comical response the Ugandan people are accustomed to giving towards sensitive issues just won’t cut it when it comes to the problem of teen pregnancy. This preexisting problem has seen a huge surge lately owing to the pandemic, a lot of teenage pregnancies are being reported, and what’s worse, speculations suggest that most of these teenage pregnancies may have been as a result of incestuous intercourse.

Another young African female breaking new grounds

It’s one thing to be young and accomplished, but when one is young and accomplished, recognised through numerous accolades, a CEO of their own company, and the said person happens to be a 26-year-old lady in Africa, it may be time to truly pay attention. Charlette N’Guessan, A 26-year-old Ivorien won the 2020 Royal Academy of Engineering’s Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation.

It’s also interesting to note that she is the first woman to accomplish this feat. Her tech solution which won her the prize offers a tool to help Africans fight identity fraud. She won a cash prize of $33,000 for her digital verification system.

From sweet seller to decorated entrepreneur

To say that Zibusiso Mkhwanazi started from humble beginnings would be putting it mildly. The self-made business tycoon describes how he would sell candies to turn a small profit, back when he was a child. This would evidently make him business savvy, and give him the skills needed to eventually recognise the gap in website designs in South Africa as far back as 2001. Basically he sold beautiful websites to big corporations. Even till date, his business continues to pivot and focus on providing solutions.

South Africa paused Covid-19 vaccine trail

It was reported that South Africa’s University of Witwatersrand, in collaboration with UK’s Oxford university, suspended their COVID-19 vaccine trials after one volunteer developed an unspecified reaction to the drug. Ironically, it is argued that this hiccup is no cause for alarm, but rather the opposite. As stated by one Professor Shabir Madhi: “Pausing the trials is application of sound clinical practice and demonstrates the rigour of the independent oversight process.”

Africa may be giving away its most valuable resource

More than any other economic resource in the world, human resource is by far the most essential. Unfortunately, Africa has a habit of neglecting and undermining this particular assets. Using Nigeria as a prime example, the country has the most educated migrants in the US. Whereas, right here in the mother land, Nigeria comes in at 152 out of 157 countries in the World Bank’s Human Capital Index (HCI), indicating that we are unaware the level of human driven solutions we are missing out on.

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