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Samsung’s first Africa Young Leaders Get down to Business

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In 2012, Samsung invited 12 African youths from across the continent to participate in the very first Africa Young Leaders Program.

Through this initiative, Samsung aims to improve the lives of 100 African youths by 2015.

This first group has returned from their trip to Samsung Global Headquarters in Korea, having gained working experience of every aspect of the global IT giant’s business, and will now spend one year working for Samsung in their home country, to augment their global business understanding with practical local experience.

“At Samsung, we have a particular focus on developing people and ICT competence in Africa,” said Ntutule Tshenye, Business-to-Government and Corporate Citizenship Lead for Samsung Africa.

“There is a shortfall in maths and science education on the continent, and as a result a dearth of ICT skills at a higher level as well. Because of this, we believe that our business goals are inalienable from our CSR and development goals – Africa needs ICT to develop, and to grow our market in Africa, we need a healthy base of users.”

It is for this reason that Samsung carries out projects supporting maths and science education across Africa, and the Africa Young Leaders forms a part of this.

“The Africa Young Leaders Program contributes in its own small way to Samsung’s stated goal of positively impacting five million lives in Africa by 2015,” said Tshenye.

The youths are identified through broad selection processes to identify those with the qualifications, background and ambition to derive true value from the program.

Samsung sought to identify young, responsible people of good standing with a university qualification.

The program received recommendations from participating universities, but the company was also looking out for youths who were active in their communities. In this particular initiative, the selected participants were not necessarily from a disadvantaged background.

The participants then spent six months at the Samsung Global HQ in Korea, during which they got to ‘work’ and experience every aspect of the company before deciding which department or area they would like to be involved in. While in Korea, the participants receive a salary and a housing allowance. Upon their return, they are hired to work at Samsung for a minimum of one year.

“Samsung wants to advance electronics engineering in Africa,” said Tshenye. “We believe that by supporting the development of thought leadership and the advancement of electronics engineering, we will be laying the foundations for sustainability on the continent. We ultimately want to get to a point where our products are not only built for Africa, but are also built by Africa, in Africa.”

Sphiwe Fezile Mabena is a South African graduate who was approached by Samsung to participate in the program. He says it has changed the way he views the world, teaching him about Samsung’s business, and about how different races and cultures approach business. “Professionally, I now pay more attention to detail and I am more advanced in the way I do business and view business,” he said.

He has returned to South Africa to work in Samsung’s Hospitality Display Solutions division.

Another of the African Youth Leaders, Taiwo Buja from Nigeria, said she can summarise her lessons and experiences as: “Globally thinking, looking on to the innovative future”. She says that one of the most important skills she took away from her time there was learning how to work across international borders as her job involved managing the international market.

“Very few graduates at my level have had the chance to work in the headquarters of a global company like Samsung,” she says. “Every day was exciting and challenging.”

She added, “Using the Africa Young Leaders initiative as a platform to develop young graduates like myself is rewarding not just for me, but for the people around me, my community, the country and Africa as a whole.”

It is exactly this kind of impact that Samsung aims to make with the Africa Young Leaders program. “We are delighted with the success of the first group on a professional and personal level,” says Tshenye. “We look forward to watching their successful careers unfold, and we also look forward to welcoming the next group into the program.”


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Konga, CeraVe Ink MoU for Exclusive Launch of L’Oreal Product in Nigeria

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At long last, relief is here for the skincare enthusiasts in Nigeria! Konga Health, Nigeria’s premier digital healthcare distribution company, has sealed an exclusive partnership with CeraVe, a leading global skincare brand under the L’Oréal umbrella, to launch its product in the country. L’Oréal is the world leader in beauty: makeup, cosmetics, haircare and perfume in terms of quality, efficacy and safety.

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Through Konga Health, a technology-driven healthcare solutions company focused on revolutionizing the healthcare value chain and a member of the Konga Group, this exclusive collaboration will debut with the renowned CeraVe line, offering unbeatable prices and free delivery to some locations Nationwide.

This enhanced partnership empowers Konga Health to onboard pharmacists, physicians, and other healthcare providers Nationwide to support the distribution of CeraVe’s product line. This initiative includes opportunities for recruitment, partnerships, and collaboration to ensure that high-quality skincare solutions are accessible to all nationwide.

This strategic alliance ensures that genuine CeraVe products reach Nigerian consumers swiftly and conveniently, leveraging Konga’s extensive e-commerce infrastructure. Concerns about counterfeit items that often plague the beauty and skincare market are now a thing of the past, as Konga becomes CeraVe’s official distributor in Nigeria.

CeraVe now boasts a dedicated official shop-in-shop (SIS) on Konga.com, serving as a one-stop destination for all authentic CeraVe products. Shoppers can directly access top-tier skincare solutions identical to those available globally.

Starting Monday, July 15th, CeraVe’s flagship products, such as the Cerave’s Hydrating Cleanser, Foaming Cleanser, SA Smoothing Cleanser, Fragrance-Free Moisturizer with 3 Essential Ceramides & Hyaluronic Acid, Barrier-Reinforcing Moisturizing Cream, Night Cream with Niacinamide, Exfoliating Salicylic Acid Foot Cream, Retinol Serum, Eye Repair Cream, Facial Moisturizers, Hyaluronic, and Vitamin C Serums, will be readily available on the Konga Health and Konga.com platforms, offering customers a seamless and convenient shopping experience.

Nnenna Emenyonu, Senior Vice President of Konga Health, expressed her excitement about the partnership, stating, “We are thrilled to partner with CeraVe, a brand synonymous with quality and scientific excellence in skincare. This collaboration allows our customers access to top-tier skincare products that are dermatologically tested and proven effective.”

Rabah Deroueche, LID LDB SSA and Business Development Director at L’Oreal, shared similar sentiments, noting, “Our partnership with Konga marks a significant milestone for CeraVe in Nigeria. By leveraging our commitment to quality skincare products and Konga’s platform, CeraVe can reach a wider audience and address the skincare needs of Nigerian consumers. This collaboration ensures Nigerian consumers can easily access our products and experience the benefits of our dermatologist-developed formulations.”

CeraVe has earned its stellar reputation globally through scientifically backed formulations. Developed in close collaboration with dermatologists, CeraVe products meet the highest standards of skincare and are celebrated for using essential ingredients that ensure optimal skin health.

The partnership between Konga and L’Oreal establishes Konga’s standing as a trusted e-commerce platform offering only high-quality products. As the official distributor of CeraVe, Konga is dedicated to maintaining the brand’s integrity by providing shoppers with authentic products that meet their skincare needs.


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TD Africa Partners CISCO on Tech-Skills Development in Africa

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In its continuous drive to bridge the widening skills gap in Africa’s technology sector, TD Africa, Africa’s largest technology distribution company, has partnered with Cisco on its month-long inaugural training program.

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The program, the first of its kind in the TD Academy training series, was aimed at empowering young minds with technical skills and professional exposure.

The initiative, titled “Introduction to Cisco Networking Solutions and Workplace Professional Skills,” exemplifies TD Africa’s comprehensive and futuristic approach to technology education and professional development, empowering individuals and businesses to thrive in the digital age.

This innovative series of pooled training aims to equip the participants with the foundational knowledge of Cisco networking solutions, which is critical for building and managing robust IT infrastructure and workplace professional skills, recognizing the importance of soft skills in today’s dynamic work environment.

This combined focus on technical competence and professional development aligns with TD Africa’s robust approach towards impacting appropriate skills set into young people.

Cisco’s extensive portfolio for this first leg of TD Academy encompasses carefully curated programs in cybersecurity, data analysis, and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to address the most sought-after skills in the African technology market.

For Mrs. Chioma Ekeh, CEO of TD Africa, the company’s dedication to bridging the skills gap is not a one-off training program nor limited to knowledge transfer.

Her words: “We understand the critical need for a skilled workforce to propel Africa’s digital transformation. Through our collaborative training programs with industry leaders like Cisco, we are committed to equipping individuals with the right tools and knowledge to succeed in this exciting field.”

Amblessed Ubong, one of the beneficiaries of the training program, said, “I recently completed a four-week training at the TD Academy; it was enriching and transformative.

“The sessions were thought-provoking, the trainers were passionate, and the environment was highly supportive. Collaborative projects enhanced my teamwork skills and made learning enjoyable.

“I left the TD Academy with a wealth of knowledge and a renewed enthusiasm for my career.”

Impressed by the exceptional talent emerging from the program, Africa’s number one tech distribution company immediately recruited some of the top graduates who participated in the training program.

This commitment to recognizing and nurturing talent further strengthens the technology ecosystem in Africa, creating a pipeline of skilled professionals for the future.

By empowering individuals and businesses with the necessary skills and knowledge, TD Africa is further stamping its foot in the sand of time, playing a pivotal role in Africa’s digital renaissance.


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Davido Launches Chatter, Own Social Media App

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David Adeleke, Nigerian musician well known as Davido, has launched Chatter, a new social media application.

Davido Launches Chatter, Own Social Media App

Chatter is a social audiovisual utility platform designed to help amplify the voice of content creators and connect them with a vibrant community.

However, the app’s usage goes beyond content creators; business-minded individuals, as well as people looking to connect, have a place on it.

The musician used his social media accounts to announce the app’s release.

He gave a brief history of the development of the software and its features with his friend.

The well-known musician from Nigeria stated that he and Sir Banko, his close friend  are the owners of the app.

The music icon posted information about Chatter, a social audiovisual utility platform that connects content creators to a lively community and helps them magnify their voices.

In the past eight months, Davido has undertaken three internet projects.

Recall that the musician introduced his cryptocurrency.

However, the $DAVIDO coin fell a few days after it launched, prompting some cryptocurrency fans to call it a scam and a rug-pull.

 

 


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