France – L’Education et les années Hollande : nivellement par le bas?

DroitAuRetour1200x600_424367.89Nous sommes le 27 avril 2017, une circulaire s’efforce de sécuriser juridiquement la pratique du recours au tirage au sort afin de départager les futurs bacheliers désireux de s’inscrire dans des filières universitaires en tension : psychologie, droit, santé, sport. Comment peut-on préconiser l’accès à l’université par tirage au sort ? Continue reading

6 Start-Up Tips from the Harvard Africa Business Conference – The Art of the Side Hustle

For those old enough to recall the film ‘Trading Places’ (one of my favourites), you’ll indulge me as I reflect on how a quest for speaking at Harvard started in the 80’s after watching Louis Winthorpe III (Dan Aykroyd) and Billy Ray Valentine (Eddie Murphy) exchange lives in an involuntary social experiment, with Winthorpe at one stage cursing “he was wearing my Harvard tie, as if he went to Harvard”.

The idea of ‘Trading Places’ was apt as we launched into our panel on ‘The Art of the Side Hustle’ at Harvard Business School’s Africa Business Conference 2016, with panellists who trade places every night between being Corporate superstars to Hustlerpreneurs. Accompanied by five of these ‘Nocturnal Superheroes’ (Nmachi Jidenma (CP Africa), Nadia Shash (Made in), Okechukwu Ofili (, Kwame Andah (Coders4Africa) and ‘say Chale, and you’ll miss a verse’ Ghanaian rapper Sarkodie), we hustled our way through a packed agenda of topics to the energetic reception of a sell-out crowd. MORE

10th Africa Business Forum at Stanford

The Africa Business Forum at Stanford is the premier event in the Bay Area for those curious and excited about business in Africa. It is an excellent opportunity to learn about various business opportunities you might want to explore. Come listen to distinguished speakers who are shaping the future of some of the world’s fastest growing countries.

As we enter the second decade of the forum, we will explore the theme of Shifting Tides: Diversifying Economies and Creating Quality Growth. We will hear from leaders in agriculture, e-commerce, education, energy, finance, healthcare, manufacturing and technology. All are welcome to attend. Whether you speak one of the 2000+ languages of Africa or cannot tell the difference between Guinea and Guinea-Bissau, we invite you to come and engage in discussion with thought leaders and entrepreneurs. The theme Shifting Tides: Diversifying Economies and Creating Quality Growth captures the rise of a new type of growth in Africa and one that is not driven by resource extraction and that can be sustained for the long run. The forum will showcase how enterprising individuals and organizations across Africa are delivering the services that Africans are demanding. MORE

Women interested in finding your place at McKinsey

Since Ntokozo, a Johannesburg associate, joined the firm in September 2013, she has worked in the electric power/natural gas, banking and social sector industries. McKinsey is the place for her because “I can bring my whole self to McKinsey while being encouraged to aspire to more.” Women interested in finding your place at McKinsey, apply for an internship or full-time position via before 28 May, 2017.

MA THÈSE EN 180 SECONDES – Attend the international contest “My Thesis in 180 Seconds”!

May 13th, 2017 at 2:30PM
MIT Bldg 34-101
50 Vassar Street, Cambridge, MA

Sign up to watch MT180! MT180 is an international competition of scientific eloquence for PhD students. They present their research in 180 seconds, in French, showing their passion in an elegant and concise way. The U.S. is participating for the first time this year thanks to the Francophone Club at MIT and the Consulate General of France in Boston: you have the chance to be a part of the audience, and to vote on who you think is best!
To register, click HERE.

Technology: African developers celebrated at Facebook’s annual F8 conference

African developers shared the stage with Facebook and developers from around the world, showcasing innovative products and services they have created for their local communities and the global market
Facebook ( celebrated the achievements and products of its growing African developer and partner ecosystem at its annual F8 developer conference (, held in San Jose, California, on 18 and 19 April. African developers shared the stage with Facebook and developers from around the world, showcasing innovative products and services they have created for their local communities and the global market.

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A 26-year-old African just became the First Black Female Neurosurgery Resident at Johns Hopkins

Nancy Abu-Bonsrah shares how she feels about being the first black female neurosurgery resident at Johns Hopkins, and what she plans to do in the future.

Last week, Nancy Abu-Bonsrah got some really good news: She was accepted into the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine’s neurosurgery residency program — the first black woman to do so in the 30-year history of the program.

“There was a rush of emotions,” Nancy tells Teen Vogue about her initial reaction to the news. She found out on “Match Day,” when medical students nationwide learn if and where they “match” for postgraduate residency programs, which they must complete before practicing medicine in the United States. A representative from Johns Hopkins tells Teen Vogue the school accepts three to five neurosurgery residents into its program each year. Continue reading

NYC Ideathon with Ford Foundation and 1776 (June 15 – June 16, 2017)

One third of the world’s 1.8 billion young people are currently neither in education nor employment. Yet, only 30% of youth employment programs are successful – according to the World Bank (here and here).  In the face of a global youth employment crisis there is a dearth of effective solutions.

The Global Center for Youth Employment, in partnership with the Ford Foundation and 1776 will host a 2-day Ideathon to source, co-design, and invest in innovative collective impact solutions to youth employment.  While breakthrough ideas are expected, we also value the ability to build on existing opportunities and proven strategies. $250,000 in funding and the collective power of the Center’s members is up for grabs.

  • Submit an expression of interest by April 25 to be selected to pitch an idea. Submission instructions and selection criteria can be found here.

MIT Sloan Africa Innovate Conference: Ideas to Impact | April 7-8, 2017 at MIT Media Lab

The MIT Sloan Africa Business Club is pleased to announce the 7th Annual Africa Business Conference on April 7-8th at the Media Lab. The theme of this year’s conference is Ideas to Impact! Join us for an eventful two-days as we explore the entrepreneurship cycle from ideas generation to building sustainable businesses in Africa. The goal of this conference is discuss the opportunities for development in Africa and specifically how entrepreneurship can lead to sustainable businesses. We will host several accomplished and inspirational keynote speakers including Her Excellency Ameenah Gurib; President of the republic of Mauritius and Iyinoluwa Aboyeji, CEO of Flutterwave and founder of Andela (first Africa startup to be backed by Mark Zuckerberg).  

For more information about the conference, including speakers, panels, and logistics, please visit our website:

African Immigration to US Keeps Rising

The United States remains a popular destination for immigrants from Africa, according to the U.S.-based Pew Research Center.

The number of African immigrants coming to the U.S. has more than doubled since 2000, Pew said in a new report.

The organization said that as of 2015, 2.1 million African-born people were living in the United States. That number is up from 880,000 in 2000. Back in 1970, there were just 80,000.

Monica Anderson is a research associate at Pew and the author of the study. She said one reason for the large increase is that many immigrants are refugees from Africa.

She noted that in 1980, only 1 percent of refugees admitted to the United States were from Africa. Today, that share is about 37 percent…MORE