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24-Year-Old Ugandan Inventor Wins Africa Prize for Engineering After Creating Bloodless Malaria Test

He is the first Ugandan to win the prize, and the youngest winner to date.

The Royal Academy for Engineering's Africa Prize awards young African innovators, using their skills to find solutions to the challenges facing their communities, with a cash prize to support their work.

This year's award has gone to 24-year-old Ugandan inventor Brian Gitta, who created a device Matibabu which detects malaria without drawing blood. Instead, the device shines a red beam on a patient's finger which identifies malaria symptoms and sends the results of the patient's test straight to their cell phone.

"Matibabu," which means "treatment" in Swahili, works by examining red blood cells when clipped to a patient's finger and does not require a specialist to operate.


Gitta developed the device after realizing the limitations of blood-based tests. He suffered from malaria himself, which went undiagnosed even after several blood tests.

"Matibabu is simply a game-changer," said Africa Prize for Engineering Judge Rebecca Enonchong in a statement.

"It's a perfect example of how engineering can unlock development—in this case by improving healthcare."

The inventor will receive a $33,000 prize as well as support, funding and mentorship for him to continue his work with Matibabu.

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Sarkodie Is Not Feeling Any Pressure

The elite Ghanaian rapper affirms his king status with this seventh studio album, No Pressure.

Sarkodie is one of the most successful African rappers of all time. With over ten years of industry presence under his belt, there's no question about his prowess or skin in the game. Not only is he a pioneer of African hip-hop, he's also the most decorated African rapper, having received over 100 awards from close to 200 nominations over the span of his career.

What else does Sarkodie have to prove? For someone who has reached and stayed at the pinnacle of hip-hop for more than a decade, he's done it all. But despite that, he's still embracing new growth. One can tell just by listening to his latest album, No Pressure, Sarkodie's seventh studio album, and the follow-up to 2019's Black Love which brought us some of the Ghanaian star's best music so far. King Sark may be as big as it gets, but the scope of his music is still evolving.

Sonically, No Pressure is predominantly hip-hop, with the first ten tracks offering different blends of rap topped off with a handful of afrobeats and, finally, being crowned at the end with a gospel hip-hop cut featuring Ghanaian singer MOG. As far as the features go, Sark is known for collaborating mostly with his African peers but this time around he branches out further to feature a number of guests from around the world. Wale, Vic Mensa, and Giggs, the crème de la crème of rap in America and the UK respectively all make appearances, as well as Nigeria's Oxlade, South Africa's Cassper Nyovest, and his fellow Ghanaian artists Darkovibes and Kwesi Arthur.

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The 7 Best Nigerian Songs of the Month (July)

Featuring Olamide, Lady Donli, Omah Lay, Adekunle Gold, Falz and more.

Here are the best and most noteworthy Nigerian tracks we had on repeat this month.

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The 10 Best Ghanaian Songs of the Month (July)

Featuring Black Sherif, Sarkodie, Stonebwoy, M3NSA x M.anifest, and more.

As the summer winds down releases have slowed down just a tad, but it's nothing to fear because a number of our Ghanaian music faves are in album mode, and it's only a matter of time before they let loose! In the meantime the rest of our faves have been steady dishing out that fire, making for another month of dope releases. Want the scoop? Check out the best Ghanaian songs of the month below!

Follow our GHANA WAVE playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.

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The 7 Best East African Songs of the Month (July)

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