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ECONOMIC POTENTIAL OF COCONUT OIL

The coconut oil production business is largely promoted as one of the most profitable small-scale production businesses any entrepreneur can venture into in Africa since the producer doesn’t undergo the common risks and the high cost of production associated with other types of businesses. Coconut oil is majorly produced in countries like India, Indonesia, and the Philippines. But in some African countries, the coconut oil market is still in its infancy but experiencing a steady growth. Coconut oil offers a variety of health benefits and can be used for cooking as well as skin and hair care.

According to a Statista report, in 2015/16 the global export volume of coconut oil amounted to 3.32 million metric tons, while in 2017/18 the global production volume of coconut oil was forecasted to amount to about 3.44 million metric tons. This figure shows that the production in line with the demand for coconut oil has grown steadily over the years, because of its widespread health benefits.

Coconut oil is one of the richest sources of saturated fat, with 90% of its calories as saturated fat. It contains a unique composition of fatty acids and is highly resistant to oxidation at high heat, making it an ideal oil for high-heat cooking such as frying. It also contains medium chain triglycerides that are transported directly from the digestive tract to the liver and provide a quick source of energy.

Some Business Opportunities in Coconut Oil Production around the World

Coconut oil has high world demand as an ingredient in cosmetics, soaps, hair oils, body oils and in food products and has surged in popularity because of its health benefits.

Hair care Manufacturing:

Coconut oil is rich in antioxidants and has antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial properties. When used on human hair, it improves the scalp health, fights various infections and fungus, and supports general hair growth, all while adding a beautiful shine without the common harmful chemicals. It is useful to the hair for treating dandruff, hair growth, hair styling, and also for lice prevention and treatment. High-quality hair creams made with coconut oil are always in high demand and you can take advantage of the market.

Soap Manufacturing:

Coconut oil can be an important base ingredient for the manufacture of soap. It is more soluble in hard water and salt water than other soaps allowing it to lather more easily. Coconut oil is important for the skin, it’s great for soothing dryness and evening irritation from rashes. It is also good for fighting wrinkles and signs of ageing. Some skin ailments like psoriasis and eczema can be taken treated with coconut oil, along with simple activities like removing makeup in the eye without the use of chemicals.

Challenges Faced in Coconut Oil Production

The challenges of coconut oil production range between these listed below:

1). Lack of experience.

2). High cost of production.

3). Low consumer purchasing power.

4). Lack of finance

5). Poorly managed supply chain.

Facts and Benefits of Coconut Oil

  • Coconut oil is easy to digest and protects the body from insulin resistance.
  • Coconut oil is a great skin softener and helps you do away with dry and hard skin conditions.
  • Coconut oil can also be used as a makeup remover.
  • When applied to infected areas, coconut oil forms a chemical layer that protects the infected body part from external dust, air, fungi, bacteria, and viruses.
  • It contains antifungal, antiviral, and antibacterial properties. It protects scrapes and cuts from dirt and speeds up the healing process.

Coconut facts and figures

  1. Demand for coconuts worldwide has grown by more than 500 percent in the past decade.
  2. Coconut water is now a $300 million-plus global industry.
  3. World prices for coconut oil have more than doubled in the past five years
  4. 90 percent of global coconut supply comes from Asia.

Top Coconut Oil Producing countries globally

Source: Index Mundi

You can search the web for other methods, watch videos on YouTube, and learn more about the health and economic benefits. As an entrepreneur seeking out a business to venture in Africa, the coconut business is one of those business you’d like to consider.

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Education meets Innovation

Some time ago, we interviewed two energetic set of twins using media, education, and journalism to empower and influence youths in Africa positively – Taiwo and Kehinde Ogunde – founders of Campus Torch Magazine.

 As part of their recent innovation, they have developed a very interactive App for youths and students available for free download on Google Play.

Life on campus can be hard, that’s why it is essential to grow and develop a new generation of Youth and Students with zeal to be productive in their day-to-day activities. With this in mind, the benefit of this App are;

1. A platform for Exceptionalities: Campus Torch App is a platform where skilled and brilliant students, explore their ideas and consequently find opportunities. What is the essence of being exceptional if there are no opportunities?

2. Jobs and other opportunities as it unfolds: Campus Torch partners with 80% of youth organizations especially job givers to get first-hand updates on job opportunities, this inevitably reduce the rate of unemployment and youth engaging in social vices.

3. Connecting with youth and students with same passion has just gotten easier: With Campus Torch App, Youth and Students with similar interests can easily connect, share ideas and opportunities.

4. Forum for Discussion: Youth and Students in Africa utilize the platform of contributing their quote to the daily blogs and posts shared by Campus Torch and other exceptional personalities.

5. Global Contest: Competitions around the world are shared daily on Campus Torch App this allows our users access to partake and win awesome rewards.

6. Connect with Investors: Ideas are not good when they are indoor, explore your ideas and have our group of investors fund your business.

Just like having the Campus Torch Magazine in your hand, Campus Torch App aims to inspire and grow new generation of extraordinary students across Africa continent.

To download App, click here.

 

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THE LAST PAN AFRICANIST STANDING – Robert Mugabe

Contrary to the stiff opposition to his ideas and autocratic ways of ruling, Robert Mugabe is a true example of leaders we need in Africa. Born on the 21st February 1924, Robert Gabriel Mugabe is a Zimbabwean revolutionary and politician. He was the leader of Zimbabwe from 1980 to 2017. 

Amidst various international sanction, Robert Mugabe has proven that beyond all reasonable doubt the Blackman as said by Dr.  Kwame Nkrumah is capable of managing his own affairs.
As radical as this may sound; the average African has proven that the only way to move our continent forward is through autocratic rule and dictatorship. If not, why do people still today chastise Nkrumah for having rushed our “Independence”.

So the question is, what do Africans want?
Democracy for corruption? Or Autocracy sanity and equity in governance?
It is sad to see African leaders having misconstrued democracy for corruption and autocracy for oppression.

I know only few will side with me on my disposition yet as bitter as it may sound it the panacea for our Africa today which has been infiltrated by imperialism leaving the average African government a puppet from the west.

For how long are we going to depend on the west? For how long will we continue to lick our wounds of poverty, disease, civil war? Perhaps, the Blackman has short-term memory.

The remnants of Libya is evident of Western infiltration and it’s advert effects. Libya has never been the same. Who said the white man is a god to the black?

It is high time we took the blindfold off and see what imperialism is doing to our continent.

(By Awedogba David from Ghana.)

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AFRICAN IDENTITY

I am someone who believes in Africa. I also believe that Africans have their destiny in their hands.

We have what it takes to be a great continent, to create our own industries, our own technology, and innovation. We do not have to wait for someone from another planet to come and solve our problems.

There are however a lot of things hindering the progress of Africans. One of such is identity.

Identity according to dictionary.com is condition or character as to who a person or what a thing is; the qualities, beliefs, etc., that distinguish or identify a person or thing:

Identity is the key to Greatness and Africans have run away from this fundamental key to greatness.

We need Africans to identify themselves as Africans.  Being African is not only being born in this lovely continent but also identifying the problems in Africa and contributing your quota to solving these problems.

Identifying yourself as an African also involves unlocking potentials, being proud of your environment, appreciating your skin colour, your dialects, accents, and culture, and promoting your African content.

I belong to a generation who think they are cursed because they are Africans. They bleach their skin, copy foreign culture and style and promote foreign content. They seek to do everything possible to be foreign.

We suffer an identity crisis when we think that the Western or foreign culture is better than ours, but the truth is that the more we try to do so the more we make them superior and the more the gap between us and them is widened and the more we suffer from inferiority complex.

The gap is only narrowed by coming down to self-reflections, looking at your lineage, personal life, family, society, country, and continent. This will open a new understanding of our identity and you will realise that you have more to solve, endowed with resources, full of potential and that you can make this continent great. You too can leave a mark on this continent, you have the new technology Africa has been longing for to solve droughts, water problems, electricity, peace, health and etc but it is only when you are a proudly African.

I strongly advise that you listen to African music, watch African content, promote African celebs and support anything African because these speak your language, your struggles, your hope and celebrate your success. With

When we are proud of our identity, we can make our continent great.

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Can There Be an End to Human Trafficking in Africa?

 

The World Day Against Trafficking in Persons was celebrated not so long ago in a bid to raise awareness on the situation of human trafficking victims as well as the promotion and protection of their rights.

According to the United Nations, human trafficking is a crime that exploits women, children and men for numerous purposes including forced labour and sex. The International Labour Organization estimates that 21 million people are victims of forced labour globally and this estimate includes victims of human trafficking for labour and sexual exploitation.

Every country in the world is affected by human trafficking, whether as a country of origin, transit, or destination for victims. According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Global Report on Trafficking in Persons, children make up almost a third of all human trafficking victims worldwide. The report also adds that women and girls comprise 71 per cent of human trafficking victims.

Human traffickers prey on the most desperate and vulnerable. To end this inhumane practice, we must do more to shield migrants and refugees — and particularly young people, women and children — from those who would exploit their yearnings for a better, safer and more dignified future.

Another report by the International Labour Organization estimates that 21 million people are victims of forced labour globally.

According to a 2017 report released by the United States on Trafficking in Persons – released in June. The report listed 13 African countries as among the 23 worst offenders for human trafficking.  Among the worst African offenders were Burundi, Central African Republic, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Mauritania, South Sudan and Sudan.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) recently warned that the sexual exploitation of African migrants in Europe has reached disturbing levels.

“Over the past three years, IOM Italy has seen an almost 600 per cent increase in the number of potential sex trafficking victims arriving in Italy by sea. This upward trend has continued during the first six months of 2017, with most victims arriving from Nigeria,” the report said.

Sadly, children make up almost a third of all human trafficking victims worldwide, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Global Report on Trafficking in Persons with women and girls comprising 71 per cent of human trafficking victims in multi-billion dollar global enterprise.

It is important therefore that we combat human trafficking by not only improving the state of our economies which have given rise to this ill but also making efforts to bring culprits to book. We also need to  empower women and girls to be able to tell the difference between genuine opportunities and traffickers as there is a very thin line between these two.

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A Mobile App for African Students

Africans are making a huge difference. Today we celebrate Joseph Jawah Kebbie from Sierra Leone.

He built a new mobile app that is making headlines, his app is created to help the education system in West Africa. Joseph is among Africans making positive impact in his community.

Joseph Kebbie innovative app, is created to help improve the education of students in West Africa study for a pre-university exam called the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).

‘Last year when I returned home from my exchange year in the U.S., I had a few conversations with my friends. I shared stories with them about my experiences in the U.S. and the things I missed while I was away. Some of my friends, who I knew had the potential to go to college, did not have any plans to pursue higher education. Why? Because they couldn’t pass the regional pre-university exam, called the WASSCE. This is an exam taken by students in Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Ghana, Gambia, and Liberia before entering college or a university in any of these countries. Through research, I discovered that the high rate of WASSCE failures could be attributed to students’ inability to finish the syllabus before the allotted time,’ Joseph said.

 With this new development, students in West Africa can have access to this new app via this link below:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.josephjawahkebbie.wasscesyllabus&hl=en

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