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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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#StopRobbingUs: Nigerian Techies Are Getting Arrested on Their Way to Work and They’re Pissed

We talked to Bosun Tijani, part of a movement in Nigerian tech fighting back against police extortion.

While young, hardworking Nigerians entering the tech industry may dream of the riches and high regard given to their counterparts in Silicon Valley, the reality is much grimmer. In addition to the hassle of learning code, workers are being harassed and extorted by Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) police for simply looking like techies, which in Nigeria comes with a whole set of different assumptions. The police assume young Nigerians with laptops and smartphones are involved with internet fraud, not software development, and believe they have excess funds. It's confusing as the "Giant of Africa" is seen as a leading force on the continent for digital and technological progress.

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Bozoma Saint John Is Getting Her Own Docuseries

The series will premiere on Starz and cover a range of topics related to her personal and professional life.

Star business executive Bozoma Saint John will get her own docuseries coming to Starz in 2019, Fast Company reports.

The Chief Marketing Officer at Endeavor will host and produce Bozoma: Being Badass, a series that will cover various topics related to the executive's passions, professional endeavors and personal life, such as of the loss of her husband to cancer and navigating the subsequent grief that comes from losing a loved one. The exec told Fast Company that the show will aim to inspire others "to show up wholly as ourselves."

"The multi-hyphenate that I am. Being black, being the child of immigrants...being a widow, a mother. All of those things that make up who I am. That's what's so beautiful about the human experience. None of us are one-dimensional," she added.

She'll also interview others in relation to each topic. Saint John described the series as "a cross between Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, Mister Rogers, and The Oprah Winfrey Show." The show will be executive produced by Parts Unknown producer Alex Lowry along with Saint John herself and Anjula Acharia.

The show is set to begin production early next year, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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The 20 Best Nigerian Songs of 2019

Featuring Burna Boy, Rema, Tiwa Savage, Zlatan, Mr Eazi, Wizkid, Teni, Davido, Lady Donli and many more.

2019 was another huge year for Nigerian music.

Zlatan's presence was ubiquitous and powered by the zeal for zanku, a dance which is now de rigueur. Rema led the charge for a group of young breakthrough artists that include Fireboy DML and Joeboy. They all represent an exciting crop of talents that point the way forward for Nigerian pop.

Burna Boy's new dominance, built around his excellent African Giant album, delivered on his rare talents, while the long wait for Davido's sophomore album, A Good Time, paid off in satisfying fashion. Simi's Omo Charlie Champagne Vol. 1 announced her departure from her longterm label. Tiwa Savage also made a highly-discussed move from Mavin Records to Universal Music Group. Meanwhile, Yemi Alade exuded female strength with her latest record, Woman of Steel.

Not to be left out, Wizkid sated demands for his fourth album with a new collaborative EP following a year of stellar features that included his presence on Beyoncé's Lion King: The Gift, an album which also boasts Tekno, Mr Eazi and Tiwa Savage. Mr Eazi also notably launched his emPawa initiative to help fund Africa's promising up-and-coming artists.

Asa returned in a formidable form with Lucid, while buzzing artists like Tay Iwar, Santi, and Lady Donli all shared notable releases. Lastly, the beef between Vector and M.I climaxed and sparked a resurgence of Nigerian rap releases from Phyno to Ycee, PsychoYP and more.

Read on for the best Nigerian songs of 2019. Listed in no particular order. —Sabo Kpade

Follow our NAIJA HITS playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.

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OkayAfrica Presents: 'The Adinkra Oracle' December Reading with Simone Bresi-Ando

We're back with another Adinkra reading from Simone Bresi-Ando to help guide you through the end of the year—and the end of the decade.

It's the a new month and that means we're ready for a new Adinkra reading from Simone Bresi-Ando to help you navigate your December.

After cleansing the space, Simone will pull five Adinkra Ancestral Guidance Cards from a deck of 44 Adinkra symbols—these cards help to channel information, messages and direction from your ancestors using Adinkra symbols when read correctly. Remember, as Simone says, "these readings tell you what you need to know and not necessarily what you want to know—our ancestors are emotionally pure."

Simone gives a general reading of what December has in store to help you know what actions and thoughts are necessary to get the best out of the month. This is a special installment as it also guides you through the end of the year—and the end of the decade.

Watch below.

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