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Find out how to build a digital presence, sell to customers online, and stay safe from hackers.

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Start out free course to discover what it takes to start and run a successful business online. You’ll also learn how to build a digital presence, use e-commerce, keep a business safe from hackers, and get noticed locally.

Learn how to define and track clear goals, segment audiences and analyse data to help improve your online marketing efforts.



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STEM maths science simulations

The success of African nations as we move through the 21st century continues to depend on ideas and skills. Increasingly, the influence of technology and the availability of information will shape those ideas and skills, resting in large part on how well we address science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in our education.

Business leaders look for employees who not only possess knowledge and skills in STEM fields, but also can work together to find creative solutions to complex problems. Information in numerical and statistical forms inundate us in print and online media, and the issues that voters increasingly face address such complex matters as the economy and taxation, health care and the spread of disease, the stock market and international behavior, and gerrymandering and election outcomes.

Although the need for mathematics education has traditionally been cast in terms of economic need and national defense, mathematics is increasingly needed to understand the world today and fully engage in democratic society. All members of society, if they are to make informed choices for themselves, their families, and their communities, need to be quantitatively literate and to have an understanding of quantitative, scientific, and technological issues far beyond what was once adequate.

Below are some simulations to effectively learn maths and science interactively.


Subtraction Speed Game

Mixed Fractions Simulator

Arithmetic Simulations

Fraction Simulator

Introduction to Fractions

Basic Equality Simulation

Equivalent Fraction Simulator

Fraction Equality Simulator

Addition Speed Game

Place Value Simulator

Area & Multiplication

Area & Decimals

Try this easy maths quiz


Its one those days when I ask you to try a random maths quiz and see if your skills are still up to scratch 🙂

Google joins Africa 4IR Skills Race


It is no secret that Africa is the “virgin continent” with the lowest technology penetration. There is a fierce battle amon the leading technology companies to capture the heart of Africa.

The youth are Africa’s heart. Futurists and development experts predict the explosion of Africa’s youth numbers in the next 20 – 30 years. Given this dynamic and the lack of development on the continent, technology companies are rushing in to train youths how to use their product offerings.

Some radicals have called this, “the recolonisation” of Africa whilst some optimists have branded it a “win-win” situatuion where the companies push for product adoption and the youths get 4IR skills that they would never have got anyway.

It is an interesting race and most companies are offering their training for free.

Google has left no stone unturned in its quest to have as many African youths proficient in Google CLoud Platform (GCP) skills. Once the youths are addicted to the GCP then the company will benefit in the long-run.

I think this is a noble gesture from Google and African youths should use this opportunity to learn as much as possible and hope one day we will use that knowledge to create an African Google.

For Africa to win the technology war we have to collaborate with the incumbents as much as possible with a single view of extracting knowledge so we can reverse engineer their systems and/or create our own authentically African technologies.

Until African banks, insurance companies, factories are using African technologies to power ther ther tech stacks we have not won the war against colonialism. We have to work with the big boys and have a plan to beat them.

Below are some of the courses being offered by Google that you and I can take advantage of.

Fundamentals of Digital Marketing

Get a business online

Make sure customers find you online

Promote a business with online advertising

Expand a business to other countries

Connect with customers over mobile

Promote a business with content

Understand customers needs and online behaviours

Build confidence with self-promotion

How to enhance and protect your online campaign

Land your next job

Understand the basics of code

How to increase productivity at work

Understand the basics of machine learning

Improve your online business security

Intro to digital wellbeing

Effective networking

Business communication

Communicate your ideas through storytelling and design

Speaking in public

Organisational design: Know your organisation

Strategic Innovation: Building and Sustaining Innovative Organizations

The Science of Well-Being

Social Psychology

Think Again III: How to Reason Inductively

Google Cloud Platform Fundamentals: Core Infrastructure

Google Cloud Platform Big Data and Machine Learning Fundamentals

Machine Learning Crash Course

Elements of AI

Technical Support Fundamentals

Customer Segmentation and Prospecting

Fundamentals of Graphic Design

Conflict Transformation

Inspiring Leadership through Emotional Intelligence

Foundations of Everyday Leadership

Securing Digital Democracy

English for Career Development

Computational Thinking for Problem Solving

Preparing to Manage Human Resources

Influencing People

Programming for Everybody (Getting Started with Python)

Model Thinking

Business Writing

Front-End Web UI Frameworks and Tools: Bootstrap 4

Organizational Design and Management

Search Engine Optimization Fundamentals

Research Proposal: Initiating Research

Introduction to Cybersecurity for Business

Python Basics

Think Again I: How to Understand Arguments

Content, Advertising & Social IMC

High Performance Collaboration: Leadership, Teamwork, and Negotiation

Exploring and Preparing your Data with BigQuery

Think Again II: How to Reason Deductively

Basics of Inclusive Design for Online Education

Enterprise System Management and Security

Successful Negotiation: Essential Strategies and Skills

Software Development Processes and Methodologies

Improving Communication Skills

Design Thinking for Innovation

Design Thinking for the Greater Good: Innovation in the Social Sector

Marketing in a Digital World

Cloud Computing Concepts, Part 1

What is Social?

Kotlin for Java Developers

Initiating and Planning Projects

SQL for Data Science

Work Smarter, Not Harder: Time Management for Personal & Professional Productivity

Giving Helpful Feedback

Fundamentals of Network Communication

Database Management Essentials

Instructional Design Foundations and Applications

What is Data Science?

YouTube Certification

Decision Making in a Complex and Uncertain World

Intro to TensorFlow for Deep Learning

Using Creative Problem Solving

Team Coaching

Introduction to Python Programming

Version Control with Git

Object-Oriented JavaScript

Introduction to Cybersecurity

SQL for Data Analysis

Intro to JavaScript

Build Native Mobile Apps with Flutter

Kotlin Bootcamp for Programmers

Developing Android Apps with Kotlin

Android developer

Junior web developer

Salesforce developer

Front-end developer

Learn how to learn

Understanding the web

Think like a computer: the logic of programming

Which digital job is made for you?

Develop your career plan

Build a sales strategy for your freelance business

Host a design thinking workshop

Learn about Agile project management and SCRUM

Build your first web pages with HTML and CSS

Learn programming with JavaScript

Learn Python basics for data analysis

Improve your soft skills

Google Course – Become confident with self-promotion

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One of the major skills of the 21st century is selling your profile on the various online and offline platforms.

Like me, most of you grew up being told that meekness is a desirable characteristic and it is an abomination to blow your own trumpet. Unfortunately, social media platforms have given rise to self-promotion and it is vital that you master this art if you are to stand-out  and compete with the very best.

There is a lot of noise and we all have to compete for eyeballs and attention from an audience that is already being over-fed with information.

Google through its flagship Digital Skills Africa has come up with an exciting and free course called, Build confidence with self-promotion“.

The aim of the course is to help you discover how speaking about your achievements can boost your confidence and powers of persuasion.

Learning to speak openly about your achievements will help others understand your strengths and skills. In these course videos, you will discuss self-promotion and why it can be so difficult, and also share practical tips on boosting your confidence and self-worth to enable you to progress further in your career.


Youth as a driving force for good governance in Africa

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It is no secret that positions of power in Africa are held by the old men. The older generation is at the decision-making table and is reluctant to let go of the associated power and prestige. The young people and women of Africa are generally on the sidelines of mainstream politics or act as runners for the old leaders.

The above scenario has been persistent on the continent for a long time but it is changing. The momentum towards inclusion of young people and women in positions of responsibility is increasing. There is pressure from all quarters for the formation of holistic governance teams as exemplified by Rwanda, South Africa and Ethiopia who have achieved a 50-50 gender equality in cabinet positions.

These are signs of a positive wave sweeping across the continent and this change should be encouraged. Countries that are lagging behind in this respect should be named and shamed.

The other seldom celebrated perspective of African progress is the role that African multi-lateral institutions such as the African Union, NEPAD, APRM and AfDB play in influencing development across the continent. These institutions are doing a lot of good work in the background from policy to project implementation across the region. The only problem I have with these multi-lateral institutions is their failure to sell themselves enough to the ordinary man and woman on the street, so that everyone knows what their role is and how they are working to achieving the SDGs and Agenda 2063. I believe member countries should be doing more to sensitise their citizens on how the AU and its various organs operate and what their mandate is.

It is not all gloom and doom because the multi-lateral institutions are coming out of their shells and roping in young people and women to be at the fore-front of African development and decision-making.

The African Union has appointed the young activist, Aya Chebbi as the Youth Envoy who reports directly to the Chairperson of the AU.

NEPAD has appointed five young leaders as Youth Champions for Agenda 2063. The five are Edzai Conilias Zvobwo, Ndeu Stefan Naukushu, Mogau Seshoene, Silas Adekunle and Angele Messa

The APRM has given young employees like Lennon Monyae the permission to shape the organisation’s youth policy and activities, thus it has gone all out and is hosting their inaugural International African Youth Symposium in Chad just after hosting the South African Youth Symposium in Cape Town, South Africa. The theme of the symposium is “Youth as a driving force for good governance in Africa”

The APRM will use this symposium to officially launch The 2019 African Governance Report under the theme “Promoting African Shared Values”. It is vitally important that youths should immerse themselves in the governance issues of their countries and play a bigger role in developing the continent.

We look forward to the APRM event in Chad and our fingers are crossed that it will spark positive change in Africa.

N’Djamena to host Inaugural APRM Youth Symposium

N'Djamena to host Inaugural APRM Youth Symposium

Bill Gates, the billionaire founder of Microsoft always says, “If you do not measure it, you can never know if you are progressing. The world needs to measure SDG progress continuously to appreciate the advances we have made as a species”.

Africa, a continent that is seeking its self-expression in the global village is coming up with novel ways of measuring its progress. Its quest to be the beacon of human development and progress is not an easy task but its something that has to be achieved.

The African Union (AU) has established the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) after the realisation that Africa will only move forward with the full actualisation of transformative leadership and practice on the continent. The APRM is a mutually agreed instrument voluntarily acceded to by AU member States as an African self-monitoring mechanism. It is often described as “Africa’s unique and innovative approach to governance” with the objective of improving governance dynamics at the local, national and continental levels.

The APRM is on a mission to promote the African Union’s ideals and shared values of democratic governance and inclusive development by encouraging all member states of the AU to collaborate and voluntarily participate in the home grown, credible, rigorous, independent and self driven peer review process and the implementation of its recommendations.

At the centre of the African Renaissance is the youth. The continent has the youngest population in the world and a lot has to be done in preparing the young men and women to create the Africa of their dreams. Given this background, the APRM is intentionally putting youths at the core of their business. This is clearly illustated by their youth-focused initiatives being run across Africa.

Hot off the heels of a successful Africa Month Youth Symposium held at the University Of Cape Town (UCT), the APRM will host their inaugural International Youth Symposium from the 1st to the 2nd of July 2019 in N’djamena, Chad. The symposium will be under the patronage of His Excellency Idriss Deby Itno.

In June 2018, Chadian President H.E. Idriss Déby Itno officially launched the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) Country Review Report (CRR) for Chad in N’djamena.

Like all other reports, the Chad CRR identifies a number of governance areas in which the Government is doing well and a number of other areas in which there is room for improvement.

A good example of good practice that easily stands out is the establishment of a National Political Dialogue Framework (CNDP) under which the ruling and opposition political parties come together to resolve major problems facing the country through peaceful dialogue.

At the same time, among a number of areas identified for improvement are the weakness of the electoral process and its management bodies, imbalance in the powers of the different branches of the state with the pre-eminence of the Presidency, and prevalence of corruption.

The Country review report is prepared on the basis of the self-assessment report and in-country interactions by a country review team with official and unofficial sources.


1. CONSULTATION The APR Secretariat and the Country under review consult on the process overview and terms of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The Country under review creates a Focal Point to liaise with the Secretariat and provide it with relevant laws, treaty ratifications, budgets and development plans. The Secretariat prepares a background assessment document. At the same time, the Country under review independently completes the APR Self-Assessment Questionnaire, gathers inputs from civil society and drafts a paper outlining the nation’s issues and a National Programme of Action (NPoA) with clear steps and deadlines on how it plans to conform to APRM codes and standards, the African Union Charter, and UN obligations. The Country Review Team that is set up writes a report outlining issues to be focused on during the review mission.

2. THE REVIEW MISSION visits the Country under review and conducts broad-based consultations with government, officials, political parties, parliamentarians, and representatives of civil society organisations (e.g. media, academia, trade unions, professional bodies), and the private sector. The mission typically lasts two-and-a-half to three weeks.

3. DRAFT REPORT: The APR Country Review Team drafts a report on the Country under review.

4. THE PEER REVIEW takes place at the level of the APR Forum, using the APR Panel’s report on the team’s findings as a basis. The APR Forum discusses these recommendations with the Reviewed Country’s leadership.

5. FINAL REPORT Within six months, after the peer review, the published Country Review Report must be tabled in sub-regional institutions (Pan-African Parliament, African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, AU Peace and Security Council, Economic, Social and Cultural Council of the African Union [ECOSOCC AU]). The report is then made publicly available.

6. THE SECOND-GENERATION REVIEW: The objective of the APRM Second Generation Review is to assess progress made in Governance and Socio-economic Development in Member States in the period since the Base Review.