Monthly Archives: February 2013


The Only Thing Dark about Africa is Your ignorance: Best TED Talks on Africa

ngonziStarted in 1984 as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design (TED), TED hosts the most popular conferences devoted to ?Ideas Worth Spreading?. In this post I?ve collected the best TED  talks on Africa (+ few from other sources) for those hungry to know more about Africa and read more

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About Mawuna KOUTONIN

Mawuna Koutonin is a world peace activist who relentlessly works to empower people to express their full potential and pursue their dreams, regardless of their background. He is the Editior of SiliconAfrica.com, Founder of Goodbuzz.net, and Social activist for Africa Renaissance. Koutonin’s ultimate dream is to open a world-class human potential development school in Africa in 2017. If you are interested in learning more about this venture or Koutonin’s other projects, you can reach him directly by emailing at mk@linkcrafter.com.

We Need More Makers, Not More Pitchers

Lion's LightMy call to “Close the Incubators and Accelerators, and Open FabLabs and MakerSpaces instead” is based on my deep belief that in the current stage of its development “Africa needs more people with the skills to fabricate something than additional people with oratory prowess.”

In that regard, a story is now trending all read more

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About Mawuna KOUTONIN

Mawuna Koutonin is a world peace activist who relentlessly works to empower people to express their full potential and pursue their dreams, regardless of their background. He is the Editior of SiliconAfrica.com, Founder of Goodbuzz.net, and Social activist for Africa Renaissance. Koutonin’s ultimate dream is to open a world-class human potential development school in Africa in 2017. If you are interested in learning more about this venture or Koutonin’s other projects, you can reach him directly by emailing at mk@linkcrafter.com.

In God We Trust, All Others Bring Data

1103-marissa-mayer_atMarissa Mayer, the current CEO of Yahoo! has been quoted saying to people who report to her “If all you have is an opinion, take mine”.  This statement goes in hand with the title of this post “In God We Trust, All Others Bring Data”.

Personally, I have hard time listening to people who state things they can?t prove read more

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About Mawuna KOUTONIN

Mawuna Koutonin is a world peace activist who relentlessly works to empower people to express their full potential and pursue their dreams, regardless of their background. He is the Editior of SiliconAfrica.com, Founder of Goodbuzz.net, and Social activist for Africa Renaissance. Koutonin’s ultimate dream is to open a world-class human potential development school in Africa in 2017. If you are interested in learning more about this venture or Koutonin’s other projects, you can reach him directly by emailing at mk@linkcrafter.com.

Africa e-commerce: Beyond the Hype

ecommerce(Electronic commerce or “e-commerce” is the buying and selling of information, products and services via the Internet.)

Now, if you have plans to start an e-commerce in Africa, or you have already invested in any e-commerce project in Africa, this article is for you.

A better title for this post would be: “Why you should not invest in eCommerce in Africa before 2020?” or “Africa is not ready for eCommerce … Wait”.

What is the status of e-commerce in Africa?

eShopAfrica.comThe oldest and most successful African eCommerce company is eShopAfrica.com, from Ghana, started in 2001, selling arts and crafts from Ghana, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe and Mali to consumers in USA, and UK. Products are made in Africa, and sold to fat-wallet middle class consumers in developed world, who can pay with credit card, Paypal and can access Internet at any time.

The second most successful African eCommerce company is Skinny laMinx, from South Africa, which sells highly designed crafts to consumers abroad. 80% of  “Skinny laMinx” sales comes from USA and Australia. To accelerate their growth, they moved their shop to etsy.com, and recently opened an offline boutique in in central Cape Town, at 201 Bree Street.

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About Mawuna KOUTONIN

Mawuna Koutonin is a world peace activist who relentlessly works to empower people to express their full potential and pursue their dreams, regardless of their background. He is the Editior of SiliconAfrica.com, Founder of Goodbuzz.net, and Social activist for Africa Renaissance. Koutonin’s ultimate dream is to open a world-class human potential development school in Africa in 2017. If you are interested in learning more about this venture or Koutonin’s other projects, you can reach him directly by emailing at mk@linkcrafter.com.

The Best Quora Questions & Answers for Entrepreneurs

Quora-best-questions-answersQuora is a peer-to-peer “Questions and Answers” website focused on startups, entrepreneurship and self development.

It’s a fantastic and free resource for entrepreneurs. Anyone could ask a question or contribute answers. Here is a collection of the best questions and answer for entrepreneurs.

1. What should I do if I have 2–3 startups ideas worth launching?

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About Mawuna KOUTONIN

Mawuna Koutonin is a world peace activist who relentlessly works to empower people to express their full potential and pursue their dreams, regardless of their background. He is the Editior of SiliconAfrica.com, Founder of Goodbuzz.net, and Social activist for Africa Renaissance. Koutonin’s ultimate dream is to open a world-class human potential development school in Africa in 2017. If you are interested in learning more about this venture or Koutonin’s other projects, you can reach him directly by emailing at mk@linkcrafter.com.

The Danger of Silicon-Valley Driven Startup Mania in Africa

Africa-rising-Time-magazineAfrica is slowly driven into the worldwide Startup mania. The new way to be cool for young people and graduates is to start or join a startup. Accelerators read more

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About Mawuna KOUTONIN

Mawuna Koutonin is a world peace activist who relentlessly works to empower people to express their full potential and pursue their dreams, regardless of their background. He is the Editior of SiliconAfrica.com, Founder of Goodbuzz.net, and Social activist for Africa Renaissance. Koutonin’s ultimate dream is to open a world-class human potential development school in Africa in 2017. If you are interested in learning more about this venture or Koutonin’s other projects, you can reach him directly by emailing at mk@linkcrafter.com.

No Noise … 5 billions in Exit Last year

Screen Shot 2013-01-14 at 11.26.50 PMLast year Israel’s startups were bought out for a record total of $5.5 billion, a 134% increase from 2011. How many Kenyan Startups (considered to be the Silicon Valley of Africa) have been bought out?

Israel Tech scene is very active, well supported by a healthy ecosystem, and also a sharp focus on area where they could make big impact read more

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About Mawuna KOUTONIN

Mawuna Koutonin is a world peace activist who relentlessly works to empower people to express their full potential and pursue their dreams, regardless of their background. He is the Editior of SiliconAfrica.com, Founder of Goodbuzz.net, and Social activist for Africa Renaissance. Koutonin’s ultimate dream is to open a world-class human potential development school in Africa in 2017. If you are interested in learning more about this venture or Koutonin’s other projects, you can reach him directly by emailing at mk@linkcrafter.com.

Africa Drama: The Working Poor and The Rich Subalterns

selected-subalternThere are two kinds of people in Africa, those who can’t make a living regardless of how much they put in, and those with lavish lifestyle and privileges regardless of how little they contribute.

The first group is made of those who has not contact with ?white? people, and the second is made of people who has contact with ?white? read more

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About Mawuna KOUTONIN

Mawuna Koutonin is a world peace activist who relentlessly works to empower people to express their full potential and pursue their dreams, regardless of their background. He is the Editior of SiliconAfrica.com, Founder of Goodbuzz.net, and Social activist for Africa Renaissance. Koutonin’s ultimate dream is to open a world-class human potential development school in Africa in 2017. If you are interested in learning more about this venture or Koutonin’s other projects, you can reach him directly by emailing at mk@linkcrafter.com.

Close the Incubators and Accelerators, Open FabLabs and MakerSpaces instead

Future-of-Colleges-and-Universities-542Africa needs more people with the skills to fabricate something than additional people with oratory prowess.

Our continent has missed the industrial revolution and mass production manufacturing, but there is a new upcoming revolution based on digital manufacturing and 3D printing. It?ll be something so transformational that we can?t read more

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About Mawuna KOUTONIN

Mawuna Koutonin is a world peace activist who relentlessly works to empower people to express their full potential and pursue their dreams, regardless of their background. He is the Editior of SiliconAfrica.com, Founder of Goodbuzz.net, and Social activist for Africa Renaissance. Koutonin’s ultimate dream is to open a world-class human potential development school in Africa in 2017. If you are interested in learning more about this venture or Koutonin’s other projects, you can reach him directly by emailing at mk@linkcrafter.com.

The Best & Free 3D Design Apps for Games and 3D Printing

3DTwo years year ago I’ve bought a 50 hectares of land for my dream project to open a world-class human potential development school in Africa in 2017.

The school is planned to open in 2017 or earlier, and I’ll spend the rest of my life caring about the place and the people. I can’t wait for that moment to happen!

Recently I have read more

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About Mawuna KOUTONIN

Mawuna Koutonin is a world peace activist who relentlessly works to empower people to express their full potential and pursue their dreams, regardless of their background. He is the Editior of SiliconAfrica.com, Founder of Goodbuzz.net, and Social activist for Africa Renaissance. Koutonin’s ultimate dream is to open a world-class human potential development school in Africa in 2017. If you are interested in learning more about this venture or Koutonin’s other projects, you can reach him directly by emailing at mk@linkcrafter.com.