The Struggles of Diane Rwigara: Rwanda’s Female Presidential Candidate

Earlier this year a young, single, attractive, and progressive businesswoman shocked the political status quo of the Rwandan Republic by throwing her hat in the ring of the presidential election. Rwanda is no stranger to women participating in politics; in fact, this democratic nation has the highest level of legislative female representation in the world,…

Zimba Women: Building Opportunities and Careers for Women through Tech

“I love betting on women,” says Sherifah Tumusiime. This incredible Ugandan entrepreneur has a long list of accomplishments. Among them, she earned computer science degree from Makerere University, she was inaugurated as a Mandela Washington Fellow within a leadership program initiated by former US President Barack Obama, and she founded Uganda’s first online baby store.…

Rwanda’s Electoral Commission Recalls Decision to Screen Candidates’ Social Media Messages

On May 29th, the Rwandan National Electoral Commission (NEC) made the unsettling announcement that it would oversee social media use by candidates in the upcoming election. This was widely perceived as a means of handicapping the opposition candidates. President Paul Kagame has handily won two prior elections, and analysts are giving him very high odds of…

Paradigm Initiative Nigeria Promotes Digital Literacy to Youth

In June of 2014, the tech climate in Nigeria shifted dramatically when The Rockefeller Foundation announced a $500,000 grant in favor of Paradigm Initiative Nigeria (PIN). PIN is an ongoing project headed by social entrepreneur Gbenga Sesan that strives to familiarize underprivileged Nigerian youth with future careers in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). PIN’s Life…