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AGANG DITLHOGO

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In a world gone digital, personal and professional lives are increasingly shaped by access to technology. For Botswana, one of the most unequal countries in the world, digital literacy is critical to development.




Before her senior year in high school, Agang Ditlhogo, like most Batswana youth, had never used a computer. After studying computer science at the University of Botswana, Ditlhogo began to wonder how her life might have been shaped by earlier access to technology. With the help of co-founder Tsaone Gaborone, Ditlhogo created The Clicking Generation, a social enterprise teaching ICT skills to underprivileged children in urban and rural Botswana.



Although Botswana has long enjoyed a reputation for its stable democracy, the country lags behind its neighbor South Africa, the continent’s leading economy, in Internet penetration. While over 50 percent of the rainbow nation can be found online, just over a quarter of Batswana regularly use the Internet—a figure that becomes more abysmal in the country’s sprawling, sparsely populated rural areas.



With limited access to funding, Ditlhogo and Gaborone launched The Clicking Generation in 2011 after winning a local entrepreneurship competition. The seed grant prize provided enough funding to purchase computers, software, and licenses, and get the program on its feet. Local interest was swift: their first class attracted 30 students. As numbers swelled, they divided training sessions into three levels.



The Clicking Generation provides free services to SOS schools serving orphaned children, but also teaches young girls at the end of their high school years in an effort to encourage them to pursue STEM at university. While Ditlhogo continues to be based in Gaborone, the country’s capital, her co-founder moved to Maun, Botswana’s tourism capital, to teach paying students. A portion of the Maun proceeds helps the company pay for its free services for underprivileged children. In addition to basic digital literacy, children also have the opportunity to learn chess, mathematics and science.



In the early days, the students weren’t the only ones learning. The two co-founders also confronted a tough learning curve. Despite their degrees in computer science, the financial aspects of running of a social enterprise were daunting. Forget Java and Python—bookkeeping was the newest language they had to conquer. But with the help of a foundation course, both women quickly mastered the basics of keeping a budding business afloat.



Ditlhogo’s commitment to her community has garnered the tech entrepreneur numerous accolades and opportunities. Botswana’s Ministry of Youth, Sport and Culture has invited her to participate in national forums and act as a local ambassador for innovation. Through her work with Gaborone’s Google Developer Group, The Clicking Generation has received micro-grants that have enabled the young company to rapidly expand its services.



Most recently, Ditlhogo has been recognized by prestigious leadership programs like the Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI) and Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Program. In spite of her success, the young founder is not content to rest on her laurels. She is now working to refine the company’s model to improve curriculum content and expand access to disabled children.



Through The Clicking Generation, Ditlhogo is transforming the next generation of Batswana by polishing them, like the country’s famous diamonds, into a sparkling, tech-savvy success.



-Akinyi O.

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OkayAfrica and B4Bonah Share New 'B4Beginning' Capsule Collection

We've teamed up with the Ghanaian artist ahead of the release of his debut project for some colorful new merch.

Rising Ghanaian star B4Bonah, premieres his catchy debut track "See Body," and to mark the song's release, OkayAfrica has teamed up with the artist to share a new collection of tees, that'll fit nicely into your summer wardrobe.

The artist's latest track is a party jam, that sees him flowing "over an earworm flute melody and afrobeats percussion," using "his rasping flow to celebrate the girl of his dreams." The track was produced by J.Rocs.

B4Bonah - See Body www.youtube.com

In conjunction with the song's release, two new shirt designs are available for preorder at our Okayshop. The vibrant shirts feature the artist's image on colorful blue and green colored blocks, with the words "B4BONAH B4BEGINNING," on the back—referencing the artist's debut mixtape, which is slated for release in late July. The project features Medikal, Mugeez (R2Bees), Amaarae & Ivy Sole.


B4Bonah is an artist to watch, as he continues to make his presence known in the Ghanaian music scene.

Watch the music video for "See Body" above, and head to shop.okayplayer.com now to pick up to pre-order a shirt (or two). You can also preorder B4Bonah's B4beginning mixtape here.

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Watch EL, Joey B and Falz' New Video for 'Ehua'

Ghana meets Nigeria in this hilarious new clip.

Ghanaian rappers EL and Joey B connect with Nigeria's Falz for this addictive new collaboration and music video for "Ehua."

"Ehua" is built on energetic afro-electronic beat work produced by EL himself. Joey B handles the hook while Falz kicks things off early with a solid verse.

The eye-catching and hilarious music video for the single, directed by Yaw Skyface, features EL as a policeman, Falz as the 'oga' bossman, and Joey B as a worker for the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG).

Falz takes Joey B's woman by showing off his money and status, so Joey B enlists policeman EL to get back at Falz. The plan backfires however as the officer decides to stick around and party with the rich instead of helping the everyday worker out.

For more GH hits check out our Best Ghanaian Songs of the Month roundups and follow our GHANA WAVE playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.

Watch the new music video for EL, Joey B and Falz' "Ehua" below.

EL ft Joey B & Falz - Ehua (Official Video) youtu.be


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Nigeria's Super Falcons Were Forced To Threaten a Sit-In Protest Over Unpaid Bonuses After Women's World Cup

After negotiations, the Nigerian Football Federation have agreed to run the players their money.

Nigeria's own Super Falcons had a great run during the Women's World Cup. But instead of the players heading back home or to their respective professional clubs after losing to Germany 3-0, they were forced to strong-arm the Nigerian Football Federation to pay what they're owed.

According to ESPN's initial report over the weekend, the Super Falcons threatened to stage a sit-in protest at their hotel in France until all of their unpaid bonuses dating back to two years ago were paid, along with their World Cup allowances and bonuses.

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