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African fintech startup Jumo raises $12.5M more to fund Asia expansion – TechCrunch


Months after a big round, African fintech startup Jumo has pulled in a fresh $12.5 million to add more fuel for its expansion into Asia Pacific.

The new investment comes from London-based investment fund Odey Asset Management, and it is an extension to a $52 million round that closed back in September. The deal takes Jumo, which recently moved its headquarters to Singapore, to $103 million raised from investors. Its backers include Goldman Sachs, Proparco — which is attached to the French Development Agency — and Finnfund, and it was part of Google’s Launchpad accelerator last year.

Founded in 2014, Jumo specializes in social impact financial products, such as microloans, savings and insurance. It started in Tanzania, and today claims to have originated more than $1 billion in…

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Stop Female Genital Mutilation

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Female Genital Mutilation on Wikipedia

Stop Female genital mutilation (FGM). It is a painful, barbaric, and unhealthy tradition that cannot and will never stop the impulse of men and women to fulfill their sexual desires in nefarious ways because FGM is based on unconscious religious philosophy.

Female genital mutilation is a traditional practice within many Muslim influenced cultures where the genitals of young girls are cut off to limit vaginal use. Such mutilations can range from the cutting off of the clitoris to the removal of the entire external genitalia. Once healed, this non-medical procedure dramatically reduces the vaginal opening leaving only a small opening for urinating. FGM is not only barbaric, it is an extremely painful practice that often results in death or life-long pain, discomfort, and infections for girls who undergo it.

Female genital mutilation has been outlawed by the world health organization for many decades however, it is still being practiced by many cultures in Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. The main reason for the persistence of FGM is that it is being used as a tool to reduce or eliminate Sexual Desire in women and girls. FGM developed in ancient times as religious philosophers across many faiths searched for ways to control human nature. But while some faiths stopped at shackling women in Chastity Belts, others went on to altering the genitals believing it would thwart a woman’s obvious susceptibility to being used by the Devil.

The superstitious belief that gods and devils manipulate human nature is the same reason why some faiths still demand that women cover themselves in public. They believe that if any part of a woman is seen by any man other than their husbands, unwanted desire would rise in the man (temptation) therefore all such temptations must be eliminated from society. If this is so, why are there still tribes of people in some regions of Africa, Asia, and South America walking around naked and there is no problem with sexual perversion?

Blinded by religious philosophy many cultures still believe that sexual promiscuity, such as adultery and prostitution is the result of women not being able to control their sexual desires. Husbands therefore, fear leaving their homes for extended periods of time because their wives will seek to fulfill their sexual desires with other men. Having circumcised wives makes men feel better knowing that their wives will not fall victim to this tool of the devil. There is also the added bonus of knowing that most other men will have little desire to seduce a circumcised woman.

Corrupt sexual desire is a problem that many societies worldwide have been struggling to manage ever since humans began to develop social morality. What people overlook or don’t know is that sexual desire is a natural instinct in humans. To control sexual desire by physical means betrays true understanding of human behavior. That is unless we persist in our power-loving tendencies to control others by force. The real truth is is that Sexual Desire can be controlled by nonphysical means and is the responsibility of both genders, not just women.

FGM is pervasive in many African cultures because it is ingrained in our traditions. Cultural tradition is a coalescing force that gives individuals within a society a sense of belonging. Humans are social creatures, meaning we generally hate to exist in isolation from other humans. We find comfort in family and friends and socialize with others who share common ways of life and spiritual beliefs. We learn by mimicking and gain acceptance through adaptation. Once adaptations are practiced over several generations, they become ingrained in the psychology of people and become traditions.

It is no wonder therefore, that FGM is most often executed by women; the same women who once kicked and screamed when it was being done to them. Women have become so brain washed by the tradition that they see FGM as a rite of passage that signals a young girl’s worthiness for marriage at only 9 and 10 years old. In essence, women in such societies have become no more than property of the men, like goats and donkeys. They see nothing wrong with it because they are thought that a woman’s place is to serve a man.

Stopping female genital mutilation is not an easy task. It requires changing cultural beliefs, which unfortunately are also interwoven with religious ideology. A better solution is to increase the awareness of people through education. Eventually people will learn that sexual desire is a natural human instinct that can be controlled by their minds. The key to developing a strong mind is to develop strong conscience and self-discipline by improving our connection to the Spiritual force of the universe.

Most religions are good self-discipline builders that can help people blow themselves up in crowds or encourage ideas of racial superiority that lead to racism and genocide but they are weak conscience builders because they rely on corrupt ideology to thrive. That is why you see pastors sexual abusing children and taking advantage of their followers financially and sexually. That is why you see men seeking to marry children or animals to have sex with. They don’t know how to use their conscience to build and regulate their morals so they make excuses saying a devil is responsible for temptation.

Unconscious people have traditionally attempted to control their sexual desires by putting the responsibility of sexual weakness on women. They have thwarted the development of female sexuality within their societies by mutilating the genitals of young girls. Black consciousness calls on all cultures that still practice female genital mutilation to listen to your conscience and the cries of every young girl that you “Cut” to stop this unconscious, unnatural, and unnecessary tradition because sexual desire can be controlled by developing strong consciences.

#AFI designs to embody Africa and Asia fusion


All things fashion will be in the spotlight as the Joburg season of fabrics takes over from tonight.

Thursday evening’s show, taking place at Melrose Arch, will feature Nao Serati, Sibusiso Mahone, Matte Nolim, Rich Factory, Khosi Nkosi and Sheria Ngowi among other talented creatives. 

An African extravaganza, with designs from artists based in Tanzania and Rwanda, and looks from AntiArch based in China, will kick start the four-day experience.

Nao Serati is a South African athleisure brand based in Johannesburg. Founded by designer Neo Serati Mofammere in 2014, the brand specialises in unisex garments while Mahone’s looks explore a more street style feel of experiences in the concrete jungle through his looks.

Haute Baso is described as an ethical fashion brand for the modern…

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Global Ports Holding PLC keen to expand in Caribbean and Asia as cruise market booms



() is tapping into a market that will grow 50% over the next five years, says Emre Sayin, chief executive.


“Cruise ports are where airports were thirty years ago,” he told Proactive.


WATCH: Global Ports Holding has key position in booming cruise market


Many are state-owned and governments see them as a utility.


As the size of the ships grows and more passenger services are required, it needs professional excellence, marketing and investment to improve the passenger experience.


The cruise market is growing at 5-6% per year but ports cannot keep up and that’s where GPH comes in.


“Governments like what we do, as we invest in the infrastructure and operate the port more efficiently.


The cruise lines, too, are happy and the number of tourists…

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East African diploid and triploid bananas: a genetic complex transported from South-East Asia | Annals of Botany


Abstract

Background and Aims

Besides bananas belonging to the AAA triploid Mutika subgroup, which predominates in the Great Lakes countries, other AAA triploids as well as edible AA diploids, locally of considerable cultural weight, are cultivated in East Africa and in the nearby Indian Ocean islands as far as Madagascar. All these varieties call for the genetic identification and characterization of their interrelations on account of their regional socio-economic significance and their potential for banana breeding strategies.

Methods

An extensive sampling of all traditional bananas in East Africa and near Indian Ocean islands was genotyped with simple sequence repeat (SSR) markers, with particular emphasis on the diploid forms and on the bananas of the Indian…

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Chinese and Africans discuss business opportunities at two-day forum, Asia News & Top Stories


CHANGSHA – Early last week, Beijing held a cooperation summit with 53 African countries against the backdrop of criticism, mainly in Western media, that it was practising new colonialism and “debt trap” diplomacy.

Yet, two days after the summit, the Western-led World Bank together with the Chinese Finance Ministry and Chinese Development Bank held a two-day forum in Changsha, Hunan province, to encourage more Chinese firms to invest in Africa.

The Investing in Africa Forum (IAF), which is in its fourth year, was established as a platform to promote multilateral cooperation and investment opportunities in Africa. It brings together private and public sector representatives from China and Africa, international and regional institutions, development partners and think-tanks to deepen policy…

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