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Forbes Africa

June - July 2021
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Forbes Africa is the drama critic to business in Africa. The magazine helps readers connect the dots, form patterns and see beyond the obvious, giving them a completely different perspective. In doing this, it delivers sharp, in-depth and engaging stories by looking at global and domestic issues from an African prism.

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South Africa
ABN Publishing Pty Ltd (trading as Forbes Africa)
6 Issues

in this issue

3 min.
the continent’s talent pipeline

I WAS IN MY IMPRESSIONABLE TWENTIES WHEN I first watched James Cameron’s magnum opus Titanic. Among the many clever quotable quotes sprinkled throughout the film that made it iconic, there was one particular line by Leonardo DiCaprio’s character Jack Dawson that I found particularly powerful. I scribbled it down in my notepad and made it my everyday mantra as a young reporter working for a big Indian news daily at the time. And I have carried it to this day. The lines go: “I got everything I need right here with me. I got air in my lungs, a few blank sheets of paper. I mean, I love waking up in the morning not knowing what’s gonna happen or, who I’m gonna meet, where I’m gonna wind up…” Besides applying it…

6 min.
lessons from india’s covid carnage and need for preemptive action

WE ALL BECOME PHILOSOPHICAL at some point in our lives; every time we go through a crisis, some aspect of philosophy becomes my default setting. I look at purpose, reason, truth and all the fine things that are the critical ingredients of our lives. Introspection leads to finding reason for all the blunders that could have been overridden by common sense. Every time disaster has struck, we know that there was something we could have done to prevent it. The logic of it all is so elementary, but in reality, we know that common sense is not so common. Although Mel Brooks was belittled as a ‘stand-up philosopher’ in the 1981 film History of the World, Part 1 and called a ‘bullshit artist’, I do believe there is merit in…

2 min.
on afrobeats, davido and beer

“FOR ME, CHALLENGES ARE LIKE THE work itself,” says 28-year-old Nigerian recording producer, songwriter and artist, Ayoola Oladapo Agboola. “So I don’t really see them as challenges, I just ask myself ‘ok what’s next?’ So, when I have situations where things are a little bit complicated or complex, I always find my way around it.” The Lagos-born artist, also known as KDDO or Kiddominant, recently made headlines with his new single Beamer Body, featuring Davido. The release of this new banger became highly anticipated after the success of his recent and critically-acclaimed hit, eWallet, that featured South African artist, Cassper Nyovest. “I had already started working on the single back in Los Angeles. Davido and I were playing music back at the hotel in Vegas, then the beat came on and we were…

1 min.
a trip to the moon next year?

South African-born tech billionaire Elon Musk’s SpaceX is planning to launch a mission to the moon in the first quarter of next year. According to Forbes, this mission, known as DOGE-1, is being entirely paid for with the cryptocurrency Dogecoin. In a press brief released on May 9, the mission in 2022 will commence from Canada’s Geometric Energy Corporation (GEC) and will see a 40-kilogram CubeSat launch on a rideshare Falcon 9 rocket to the moon. “Having officially transacted with Doge for a deal of this magnitude, Geometric Energy Corporation and SpaceX have solidified Doge as a unit of account for lunar business in the space sector,” Geometric Energy's Chief Executive Officer Samuel Reid said, according to Forbes.…

1 min.
south africa takes home gold

In a spectacular performance by South African relay runners on May 2, it was 27-year-old Akani Simbine who led the country to victory. South Africa won gold in the Men’s 4x100m relay at the World Athletics Relays in Silesia, Poland. According to SuperSport, Simbine's time and dramatic victory were spectacular especially as he took over the baton three meters down on Brazil's Paulo Andre Camilo de Oliveira. Simbine snatched the victory on the line by a hundredth of a second in a time of 38.71sec.…

1 min.
burna boy goes gold

Grammy award-winning African singer, Burna Boy’s single Ye has been certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. The certification was announced on May 3 by the Nigerian artist on Twitter with the caption “still striving”. According to the Guardian, the song earned over 11 million streams over seven months across major United States streaming platforms after its release. “The official music video, which Burna says ‘essentially shows the unrelenting nature of Nigerians’, is currently sitting on 137 million views on YouTube, one of his highest streamed songs on the platform,” the article read.…