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#AfricaNext: Jessica O. Matthews Is Bringing Energy to Communities  Worldwide With 'Uncharted Power'

Award-winning tech entrepreneur Jessica O. Matthews talks renewable energy and being a millennial in the business space in the latest video for our Africa Next series brought to you by Samsung Next.

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When she was just 22 years old, Nigerian tech entrepreneur Jessica O. Matthews founded Uncharted Power, and award-winning renewable energy company that harnesses kinetic energy, created from the motion of everyday objects into ecosystems that can power everyday devices. Her creation has helped bring power to communities across African and the diaspora.

Matthews, who has been featured in Forbes and was named one of OkayAfrica's 100 Women in 2017, is the latest tech entrepreneur to be featured in Samsung Next's "African Next" series. In a short video, she discusses her journey into becoming an African leader in the tech world, and what it's like being a millennial in that space.


"I feel so confident about what we're building at Uncharted Power," says Matthews. "I know that it is going to change the way we think about energy, and in particular the way we consume energy."

Watch the video below, and revisit the previous African Next feature with Kela Ivonye and his innovative app that's helping ensure that our mail doesn't go missing.

Africa Next' is a video series profiling young tech entrepreneurs throughout the African diaspora who are innovators in their fields. These young pioneers are achieving excellence through their work and are NEXT in line to change their communities and the world for the better.

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Cameroon Holds Vigil to Remember Children Killed in School Attack

Residents in Kumba paid their respects to the seven lives lost, and those injured during the attack over the weekend.

In the latest tragedy to come from Cameroon's historically violent clash between Anglo and Francophone citizens, seven children were murdered after attackers stormed a school with guns and machetes over the weekend.

In what has been deemed as the "darkest and saddest day," by Bishop Agapitus Nfon of Kumba, armed attackers stormed the Mother Francisca International Bilingual Academy, targeting students aged 9 to 12. The tragic event saw dozens of children injured, some critically.

The attack has shocked the nation, with both local and international agencies condemning the horrible offense. On Monday, Cameroonian President Paul Biya denounced the "horrific murder" of the school children, and alluded to the "appropriate measures" being taken in order to bring justice to the families of the victims. Prime Minister Dion Ngute Joseph shared his condolences via a tweet saying, "I bow before the memory of these innocent kids."

The Cameroonian presidency and governing body have blamed Anglophone 'separatists' for the attack, though the group claims no part in the attack.

Human rights groups, however, have blamed both opposing parties, as the conflict has led to the death of over 3,000 deaths and resulted in more than 700,000 Cameroonians fleeing their homes and the country.

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Interview: Meet Velemseni, Eswatini’s Queen of Soul

Soul artist Velemseni's music reflects Eswatini culture and aesthetics. "The Kingdom of Eswatini is a magical and mysterious place, and my music aims to interpret and document that mystique, drawing from genres like Swazi gospel, soul, African soul, cinematic and traditional music," says the artist.