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Multi-Billion Dollar Tech Company GitHub, Gives Ghanaian Developers Grand Prize of $500

People are questioning why a company valued at 7.5 billion, couldn't put more monetary support behind the young developers.

GitHub—the multi-billion dollar software development company and hosting service—has come under scrutiny after a photo surfaced, showing that the winners of their recent Hackathon in Accra had received a prize of only $500.

The company hosts "Hackathons" in major cities across Africa, including Lagos and Accra and Cape Town. According to their website, the event is a 2-day event that combines using design and engineering to solve big problems in a short time."

Given that GitHub is a company valued at 7.5 billion, the grand prize of $500 felt insubstantial, and led some, such as OkayAfrica CEO Abiola Oke to question the company's support for African developers. He took to Instagram to share the photo of the winners holding a large check for a total of $500 alongside the news of Microsoft's recent 7.5 billion acquisition of the company.



Several people commented that the check appeared to "be missing zeros," and didn't seem sufficient enough for the grand prize. Surely, a tech company as valuable and influential as GitHub could put more funds towards supporting African talent.

GitHub sent over a response on Monday in an attempt to clarify its work on the continent. "GitHub has been investing in the region over the past 2+ years with key partners like Ingressive and Andela, among others. Our work and support across the continent is wide ranging," a representative from GitHub told OkayAfrica. "The recent hackathon with Figma and Ingressive is not reflective of our ongoing investments in and support for developer communities across Africa."

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Thousands Left Homeless After Tropical Cyclone Eloise Hits Mozambique

Cyclone Eloise has thus far displaced close to 7000 people and destroyed houses, crops, schools and hospitals.

Mozambique has been hit by Cyclone Eloise which made landfall this past Saturday. The cyclone has since caused immense flooding and infrastructure damage. Close to 7000 people in the coastal province of Mozambique have reportedly been displaced after more than 5000 houses were destroyed. Furthermore, over 100 000 hectares of viable crops have been destroyed along with 9 schools and 11 hospitals.

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Peep MTV Base’s Hottest MCs New Wave 2021 List

Here's the full list of MTV Base's annual list of the hottest South African new wave MCs.

In recognition of the new wave, MTV Base, since last year, follows up their main Hottest SA MCs List with Hottest MCs New Wave.

As is always the case every year, the list was decided upon by a panel of insiders who are clued up on South African hip-hop.

This year's panel members were: DJ Nikki Newlands, music curator Kabelo Makhudu, DJ Zan D, writer Misa Narrates, event MC and presenter Uncle Vinny and journalist Jade Kelly. The panel was hosted by MTV Base presenter and rapper Tshego Koke.

Below is the final list:

MTV Base’s Hottest MCs New Wave 2021 List

1. Blaq Diamond

2. Touchline

3. Lucasraps

4. Dee Koala

5. 25K

6. Indigo Stella

7. Maglera Doe Boy

8. Tumi Tladi

9. Hanna

10. Benny Chill

Photo by Veli Nhlapo/Sowetan/Gallo Images/Getty Images

South Africa Mourns Passing of Jazz Legend Jonas Gwangwa

South Africans are paying tribute to Oscar-nominated Jonas Gwangwa following the jazz artist's passing this past weekend.

Tributes have been pouring in for jazz musician Jonas Gwangwa after he passed away this past Saturday. South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa, paid tribute to Gwangwa via the presidential Twitter account. The passing of the 83-year-old jazz veteran has led to a flurry of tributes from South Africans. Gwangwa was a legendary trombonist and anti-Apartheid icon known for hit songs "Morwa" which was a staple played at many a social event. The musician was Oscar-nominated, together with George Fenton, for their composition of the original score and theme song for the internationally recognised South African film Cry Freedom.

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