Never on the slippery slopes of Naguru Hill

It is about 6.30pm and I am waiting for Daudi Karungi outside his gallery Afriart. Afriart is located near Kira Rd Police Station at the bottom of Naguru Hill. According to the gossip in town, in the late 90s – early 2000s Naguru Hill used to be a site frequently toured by top politicians in … Continue reading

UG scores top in entrepreneurial start-ups – and failures

Kampala day 4. In the annual Global Entrepreneurship Monitor, GEM reports, measuring entrepreneurship in 59 countries, Uganda is consistently among the top three countries in the Total Early-Stage Entrepreneurship TEA index. Paradoxically the GEM report also indicates that Uganda has the highest score in the Discontinuation of Businesses rankings. The GEM reports, are made by … Continue reading

If we don’t tell our own stories nobody will

Kampala day 2. If we don’t tell our own stories nobody will. The slogan of Maisha Film Lab  says it all. Here is a group of people who know what they want, tell their own stories and create their own unique image. I feel we as Ugandans and Africans are being judged. There are so … Continue reading

45km from Kigali and the pigs listen to music

Kigali day 4: I am at Urwibutso Enterprise in Nyirangiarama 45 km from Kigali and roughly 100 km from Gisenyi, which lies on the way to Goma, Congo. Its early morning and travellers are queuing up in the boutique. They have stopped to buy strawberry or passion juice, bread, muffins and some small doughnuts called Urwibutso. … Continue reading

Local solutions to local challenges

Nairobi day 3: In 1996 Charles Onyango-Obbo wrote a sharp profile of former Danish Prime Minster Mr. Poul Nyrup Rasmussen. Charles was in Copenhagen to participate in the Images of Africa festival and the profile was for Jyllands-Posten. I did PR for the festival – and after reading his profile I became an instant admirer … Continue reading

Whizzing around Nairobi with Roselyne

Nairobi day 1: Bad choice to exchange to USD, should have been Euros. The immigration officers accepts the USD for the visa (of course) but he would definitely have preferred the more stable Euros. Silly of me to even consider these American Dollars. Each time I have been in Nairobi during the past five years … Continue reading

Fra bonde til marked: kenyanske IT-kvinder skaber forbindelsen

U-landsnyt.dk 13. juni 2011. Stribevis af mellemhandlere og gate-keepers er medvirkende til at kenyanske småbønder har svært ved at afsætte deres afgrøder til en rimelig pris. Derfor har tre kvindelige nørder udviklet M-Farm, som skaber direkte forbindelse mellem bønderne og deres marked. “Hvis danskerne gerne vil støtte Afrika, så behøver de altså ikke give os … Continue reading

Det digitale Afrika rykker

Kronik i Politiken 31. maj 2011 Fattigdomstallene falder, og Afrika viser tydelige tegn på at tage hånd om sin egen skæbne. Af Vibeke Quaade Det er begyndt at gå rigtig stærkt i Afrika, især på det digitale område. Udviklingsindustrien gør klogt i at hoppe på vognen nu, hvis ikke den vil risikere at miste sin … Continue reading

Kreativt netværkssamarbejde blandt IT-folk i Østafrika booster talenterne

De vil ikke kun tjene penge. Østafrikas kreative IT folk er gået sammen i  kreative netværk – lokalt og på tværs af regionen – for at booste den lokale talentmasse og tage førerskab i IT udviklingen. Da det undersøiske internetkabel som forbinder Øst- og Sydafrika var en realitet i juli 2009 kom der for alvor … Continue reading

Østafrikas kvinder står bag kameraet

Pumzi PR foto

              De sidste par år er Østafrikas mest banebrydende nye filmproduktioner blevet lavet af kvinder. Og kvinderne nøjes ikke med at lave filmene, de åbner også deres egne filmstudier og producerer i eget navn. Anledningen er lanceringen af filmen Imani og stedet er restauranten Boda-Boda, som henvender sig til … Continue reading