Meet Africa’s greatest entrepreneurs

first_imgWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Who are the real power brokers in Africa? Who are the dynamic entrepreneurs making things happen on the continent? How did they do it and what are their personal stories? Africa’s Greatest Entrepreneurs is a unique collection of stories about 16 of the most successful entrepreneurs and business visionaries currently operating in Africa. Each chapter is dedicated to a single entrepreneur and focuses on a sometimes tumultuous but mostly exciting journey to success. Makura was born in Nigeria, educated in England and now lives in Johannesburg, South Africa. A TV presenter, producer, writer, actress and successful businesswoman in her own right, Makura holds an honours degree in politics, economics and law from Buckingham University in the UK. Each story is inspiring and informative in its own unique way. Author Moky Makura sheds light on the different historical, political and economic power structures that helped create – and in some cases frustrate – these business heroes. Published in November, this well-researched book examines the life of each entrepreneur and maps out the path each chose to follow in tackling the obstacles that stood in their way. After a career in public relations in both the UK and South Africa, Moky started her own consultancy in 1999, which she subsequently sold to one of the largest advertising communication groups in South Africa.center_img Richard Branson comments: “I truly hope that this book inspires many more people to use their entrepreneurial energy to change the world through creating opportunities for others.”SAinfo reporter Moky Makura, author of Africa’s Greatest Entrepreneurs, shares her findings with Zoopy TV. Click arrow to play interview. Since then she has worked as the African anchor for South Africa’s award-winning news and actuality show Carte Blanche, and recently produced a television series called “Living It” on the lifestyles of Africa’s wealthy elite. Meet Kagiso Mmusi, the Motswana transport millionaire; Richard Maponya, the South African behind Soweto’s Maponya Mall; Kwabena Adjei, the rags-to-riches Ghanaian millionaire; Wale Tinubu, the Nigerian head of the Oando oil and gas giant; Ndaba Ntsele, the South African king of high finance; Mo Ibrahim, the Sudanese-born telecoms millionaire; and more. 18 February 2009last_img read more

NPPC speaks out on NAFTA

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Following notification by the Trump administration that it will renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the National Pork Producers Council released a white paper on the benefits of the trade deal among the United States, Canada and Mexico.The paper, which focuses primarily on trade with Mexico, makes the case for not abandoning the 23-year-old pact and for not disrupting trade in sectors for which the agreement has worked well, including U.S. pork. Mexico is the No. 2 export market for U.S. pork, and Canada is No. 4. For all U.S. goods and services, Canada and Mexico are the top two destinations, accounting for more than one-third of total U.S. exports, adding $80 billion to the U.S. economy and supporting more than 14 million American jobs, according to U.S. government data.While considerable attention has been given to the $63 billion trade deficit the United States has with Mexico, NPPC’s paper highlights two key facts: When NAFTA took effect Jan. 1, 1994, trade between the United States and Mexico was only $50 billion each way. Last year, U.S. exports to Mexico were nearly quintuple that amount at $231 billion, and those exports supported 5 million U.S. jobs. And while imports to the United States from Mexico were $294 billion, those, too, supported millions of U.S. jobs (nearly 40 percent of Mexican imports include U.S. content).For U.S. agriculture, Canada and Mexico are the second and third largest foreign markets. They imported more than $38 billion of U.S. products in 2016, or 28% of all U.S. agricultural exports. Those exports generated more than $48 billion in additional business activity throughout the economy and supported nearly 287,000 jobs.Disrupting U.S. agricultural exports to Mexico and Canada, the NPPC paper points out, would have devastating consequences for America’s farmers and for the U.S. processing and transportation industries. U.S. pork producers would be particularly hard hit.Iowa State University economist Dermot Hayes calculated that if Mexico placed a 20% duty on U.S. pork — a likely response to a U.S. withdraw from NAFTA — and allowed other countries duty-free access, the U.S. pork industry eventually would lose the entire Mexican market. That equates to a loss of 5% of U.S. pork production, which would reduce the U.S. live hog market by 10% at a cost of $14 per hog, or a nearly $1.7 billion aggregate loss to the industry.“A loss in exports to Mexico of that magnitude would be cataclysmic for the U.S. pork industry,” said Nick Giordano, NPPC’s vice president for global government affairs. “Pork producers will support updating and improving NAFTA but only if duties on U.S. pork remain at zero and pork exports are not disrupted.”The NPPC paper also notes that NAFTA has provided benefits beyond trade, including improved relations with Canada and Mexico, better regional investment and supply chains, increased cooperation with Mexico in fighting drug trafficking and terrorism and greater political stability in that country. [Click here to read the white paper.]last_img read more

How Real Time Editing Apps Are Changing Video Journalism

first_imgTricks to Boost Audio RecordingImage via chombosan.As I mentioned, audio concerns were rampant. Which is understandable, since most smartphones do a good enough job for a call (or Snapchat), but when it comes to recording diverse sounds and quality, uninterrupted narration, they quickly fall short. It also didn’t help that many of the students chose subjects outside, which meant lots of wind issues and background noise that threw off their levels.While there are some tips and tricks for recording better audio, the biggest thing any video journalist needs out in the real world is a quality microphone — and knowing how to use it. I suggested attachable boom mics for the phones when recording B-roll, and lapel mics for their narration shots, but you can use a lot of different options. Companies like RØDE and other audio experts have anticipated the need for smartphone-minded gear for years, so they have some great products already on the market for exactly this type of work.Similar Apps and TechnologiesImage via Stas Walenga.Like I said earlier, Videolicious was not the only app the students were using. It was the most dominant, but many of the other students either made conscious decisions to look around or chose something similar by brands they already trusted. iMovie and Adobe Clip seemed to show some promising returns with their greater NLE-inspired editing options (but they still offered intuitive smartphone-editing workflows). A few others I saw were Splice, Videolab, and WeVideo, and after a bit more research, I found several other players in this growing field as well.Looking for more information on smartphone filmmaking? Check out these articles.What’s the Difference Between a Cheap Microphone and an Expensive One?Cinematography Tips: Using Your iPhone As a Light and Color MeterWorking With Vertical Phone Footage in Post-ProductionRode Announces the VideoMic Pro Plus Shotgun MicrophoneSmartphone Filmmaking: Pro iPhone Videographer Equipment Explore the next stage in DIY video journalism with these user-friendly tools — plus some tips to maximize your smartphone videos.Cover image via Yulia Grigoryeva.Having spent several years building a career as a video journalist, I was lucky enough recently to have the opportunity to speak to a class of journalism undergrads about the state of digital reporting. However, while I showed up with my DSLR and audio recording setup, the students actually showed me a thing or two about how quickly technology is shaping digital content creation.That day, I discovered a smartphone app called Videolicious, which looks like a fully inclusive, one-stop production shop — you can shoot, record, and edit digital packages in real time. I’ll admit I was skeptical about how professional it would look — as well as how intuitive it would be for someone without an actual production background.Yet, to watch the students work with it (most of whom were still in their teens), I was amazed by how aptly they handled all the intrinsic difficulties of shooting, talking, and recording in real time. So, for those curious about what the future may hold for the industry, I did some research into the technology and tried it out over a weekend. Based on my study, here are some insights into how we all may be able to keep up.Introducing the AppImage via Videolicious.On its website, Videolicious bills itself as “automatic video creation for today’s digital business.” Which is a bit of a misnomer, since it’s not necessarily automatic — it requires several steps to use — but it is definitely intuitive and inclusive, encouraging you record all your audio and video natively and put it together in real time. Based on the students’ workflows, it seemed best to shoot B-roll shots with your smartphone for only a few seconds at a time. (The app encourages you to only use horizontal video recording). From there, you upload your shots, then flip the camera around (selfie-style) and record yourself in a news-package type of narration. From there, as you record your story, you can click on the B-roll shots you’ve already uploaded to signal when you want to cut to them, and for how long.Once you’re done recording (and happy with your take), your video has already been edited together. It may look a little janky at first (as it did when I tried it out), but you can do several quick takes in a row and iron it out. You can also go in and tweak the edits as you see fit, changing everything from transitions to audio levels — you can even add background music and intro/outro logos.The app is free to download as a light-version; however, to get full HD exporting and many of the better editing options, you have to upgrade to some sort of business account. Ideally, if you are a reporter, your station or organization will get an enterprise-level account.Smartphone Video TipsImage via jaboo2foto.So, after watching student after student show how they organically problem-solved their way through this app (and several similar ones — more on that below), it was interesting to see what creative solutions they came up with — things film and video professionals would take for granted. One girl even used a selfie stick to record her narration, which didn’t look half bad. However, there were several challenges the students came up against. (I tried my best to offer some insights and offer some helpful resources.)With smartphone filmmaking, the biggest concerns always seem to be stability, lighting, and audio. General misconceptions about what makes an interesting shot or a good composition seem to go unnoticed when you’re simply pointing and shooting. A lot of the feedback was on intentionality and finding a creative way to frame a shot to capture any necessary information yet look interesting while doing so. Concepts like the rule of thirds, depth of field, and general information on how camera movement can add elements of energy and space also seemed to be helpful.For those looking for best practices for smartphone filmmaking, here are some resources I shared that the students found helpful:Smartphone Filmmaking: Pro iPhone Videographer Equipment7 Essential Smartphone Filmmaking AccessoriesSmartphone Filmmaking: Saving Battery Life and Storage Spacelast_img read more