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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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Olamide Will 'Rock' Your World with His New Single & Music Video

Olamide's latest single 'Rock' is the first single from his upcoming album 'UY Scuti' which is set to drop this June.

Nigerian artist Olamide has released his latest single "Rock" with the accompanying music video. The track is the first to be featured on his upcoming album which is due to be released on June 14. The 10-track project, titled UY Scuti after one of the largest known red stars, is the follow-up to his 2020 album Carpe Diem which included the smash hit, "Infinity" featuring Omah Lay, as well as several other notable artists including Bella Shmurda, Phyno, Bad Boy Timz, Peruzzi and Fireboy DML.

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Kenyans & South Africans Protest Israeli Bombing of Palestinians

The streets of Cape Town and Nairobi have been flooded with pro-Palestine protests in light of the recent bombing of Palestinians in Gaza by Israelis.

Protests have been taking place in two Southern African countries, namely Kenya and South Africa, since the tragic Israeli attacks on Palestinians this week. This past Monday, Israeli police stormed the al-Aqsa Mosque where thousands of Palestinian worshippers had gathered seeking protection. However, 300 Palestinians and two Israeli officers were subsequently wounded, according to reports. Currently, there are back-and-forth attacks between Israeli troops and Hamas, a Palestinian militant group in Gaza, which have resulted in the death of at least 300 people and counting.
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Nkuli Mlangeni-Berg is Delicately Weaving Her Name into the International Textiles Space

Recently awarded 'Best New Talent' by Monocle, Sweden-based South African textiles designer Nkuli Mlangeni-Berg talks about her unique ongoing collaborations with African designers and her tremendous love for weaving.

Weaving is one of the oldest practices in textile production. Expertly interlacing yarns over a loom to produce a variety of fabrics is something South African designer Nkuli Mlangeni-Berg knows all too well. The recent recipient of Monocle's "Best New Talent" award, Mlangeni-Berg's love for the African continent, its burgeoning textiles industry and the empowerment of its artisans is at the fore. Succinctly put, she's putting African designers in the textiles space on the map.

Born and bred in Kagiso, Krguersdorp — and having established herself in one of the world's elite design hubs, Sweden — Mlangeni-Berg is currently on a mission to channel back the resources, now, at her disposal to fellow designers across the African continent. Collaboration is at the heart of her craft, one she takes very seriously.

The beauty of her childhood experiences, her Zulu-Ndebele roots and love for South Africa guides Mlangeni-Berg's unique creations that often leave her audience struck by their distinct beauty. In 2017, the designer's Sankara Rug, which referenced the now popular Ndebele patterns and traditional reed dance, was named the "Most Beautiful Object in South Africa" by Design Indaba – a remarkable accomplishment for the then upcoming designer.

Mlangeni-Berg is a huge advocate of weaving the past and the future together, as well as connecting the old with the contemporary. We caught up with her to discuss being a multi award-winning designer, her current projects and her grand hopes for Africa's textiles design space.

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Mozambique Political Unrest: Report Reveals Racist Rescue Efforts

An Amnesty International Report has revealed that the safety of White people and dogs was prioritised, before Black Mozambicans, during rescue efforts in the aftermath of the Jihadist attacks in March 2021.