Sunday, February 25, 2018

African Philanthropy News

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf emerges winner of the Mo Ibrahim African leadership prize

Ex-president Ellen Johnson of Liberia has won the coveted Ibrahim African Leadership prize. The prize carries an award of $5,000,000 paid out over 10 years and then $200,000 each year for the rest of the winner’s life. Sirleaf won because she led Liberia from a post-civil war era through a process of reconciliation, nation building and strengthened democratic institutions. She left office last month after handing over to George Weah.

Cyril Ramaphosa sworn in as President of South Africa

Founder of the Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation has become the president of South Africa. He took over from Jacob Zuma who was compelled to resign on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 after a nine-year reign dominated by corruption scandals and economic slowdown.


NGO Inaugurates Mobil Cancer Screening and Treatment Centers in Lagos, Nigeria

A non-governmental organization known as Mass Medical Mission inaugurated 4 Mobile Cancer Centers (MCC) to reduce incidence of cancer and cancer-related diseases. This was done on the 3rd of February in Lagos to commemorate the annual February 4 World Cancer Day.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) partners with the Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF) to empower Nigeria’s North East and Niger Delta regions

The ICRC and TEF desire to restore livelihoods affected by violent conflicts and have decided to select entrepreneurs from the North East and the Niger Delta regions of Nigeria who will each receive funding of up to $5000 from a separate endowment of $1,000,000, as non-returnable seed capital to implement their business ideas.

Notable Kenyan Philanthropist, others, wins at African Leadership Magazine (ALM) Persons of the Year Awards
Through a public voting system, Manu Chandaria of Kenya emerged the ALM Person of the Year 2017 for Philanthropy & Charitable Contributions to Society. Zimbabwean Philanthropist, Strive Masiyiwa was awarded ALM Person of the Year 2017 for Educational Development and Rwanda’s President, Mr Paul Kagame, won the African of the Year 2017 award. They would be decorated on February 24, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Zimbabwean School spearheads positive changes in attitude and social norms

A school located in a village in the east of Zimbabwe has incorporated initiatives that address gender-based violence, HIV and adolescent sexual and reproductive into their curriculum thereby keeping their children healthy and safe.


South African Crowd-funding Platform BackaBuddy Hits R50 Million Milestone

South African crowdfunding platform Backabuddy recently announced its campaign has successfully raised a total of R50 million since its launch in 2007 from more than 70,000 donors. Its online fundraising functionality is designed to help individuals raise funds for causes they care about through individual sponsorships.


How one of Africa’s richest men is trying to stem the migrant crisis

He is arguably one of the most successful businessmen in Africa and Strive Masiyiwa has an urgent message for young Africans: “You don’t have to cross the Sahara. We can create solutions.”



Malawi Accelerating Progress against HIV, TB and Malaria

Malawi and the Global fund have signed four grants worth a total of $460 million to expand interventions for HIV, Tuberculosis and Malaria, as well as increase efforts to reach more than 800,000 people in Malawi with treatment for HIV by 2020.


Rwanda Reacts to Slave Auctions by Opening Its Door to African Migrants.

After the broadcast of a footage by CNN showing African migrants being sold at a slave auction, the Rwandan government announces that it is willing to give shelter to about 30,000 African migrants suffering abuse in Libya.


CKF Unlocks Female Students’ Potential In STEM

The Christopher Kolade’s Foundation through its Stemma Handson Empowerment (SHE) inititative has taken steps to rekindle the interests of girls in lagos state public secondary schools in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields, using various activities.


Hackathon seeks solution to human trafficking

Some 70 application developers gathered at a first hackathon in Lagos, in search of future technological solutions to the growing trends of human trafficking and related vices in Africa. The Hackathon was convened by, and Chowberry Inc and also aimed to empower participants with opportunities and reduce the risk of them been trafficked.

OXFAM calls FG’s attention over plight of 515,000 children in Chad Basin

The Federal Government of Nigeria have been called by OXFAM, a humanitarian organization, to the plights of 515,000 children in the Lake Chad basin who are suffering from acute malnutrition.


SERAS nominates Zuriels Foundation, Chevron, GT Bank, Multichoice, 9 Mobile, others for 2017 CSR Awards

The organizers of the Sustainability, Enterprise, and Responsibility Awards, SERAS, announced it’s 2017 CSR nominees, with Zuriel Foundation mentioned as one the nominees amongst other widely recognized brands.


Obafemi Martins donates hospital equipment, mobility aids to Lagos Government

Shanghai Greenland Shenhua FC striker, Obafemi Martins, on Thursday donated hospital equipment and mobility aids worth millions of Naira to the Lagos State Government. Presenting the equipment to Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode at the State House in Alausa, Ikeja, Martins said that the gesture was part of the mission of his foundation – Obafemi Martins Foundation.

Dangote donates N500m to victims of Kano markets fire disaster

Succour came the way of over a thousand traders affected by the Kano Market fire disasters, as Dangote Group’s President, Aliko Dangote, made good his promise to donate N500 million to rehabilitate the them.


Malawi’s ‘Pizza With A Purpose’ Delivers 1 Million Meals To Africa, Announces National Expansion

Malawi’s Pizza, the nation’s only gourmet pizza franchise that pairs good food with doing good, today announced it has delivered 1 million meals to children in the impoverished nation of Malawi, a milestone it is celebrating with plans for a national expansion & the launch of a journey to deliver millions more under its founding commitment to donate one meal for every meal sold.

Aliko Dangote Foundation Joins Global Leaders to Fight Malnutrition – Pledges US$100 Million for Nigeria

A major highlight of the Summit was the pledge by the Aliko Dangote Foundation to invest US$100 Million over five years to tackle malnutrition in the worst-affected parts of Nigeria. The Aliko Dangote Foundation is the philanthropic organization of Aliko Dangote, founder and Executive Chairman of the Dangote Group (, Africa’s largest homegrown conglomerate.