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Idea Exchange: Bank, Literature, Journalism, Opportunities, and Win a Free Phone

The Africa AgriBusiness Challenge from Enactus Kenya and Syngenta seeks out youth to generate creative business ideas to improve the agricultural productivity of certain crop value chains. Deadline is June 10.

The 2014 Africa Awards for Entrepreneurship will have five awards to celebrate entrepreneurs at different stages of the entrepreneurial life cycle; lifetime achievement, transformational business, outstanding mature business, outstanding growing business and outstanding social entrepreneur.

The Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation. Details here .. via @calestous.

@AfriCOG Investigative Journalism Fellowship Programme 2014. Deadline is 30 May. 

Anthemis Fellowship seeks out entrepreneurs, executives and thought leaders who are passionate about building an improved financial services industry fit for the digital age. The Anthemis Fellowship program includes 4 months at the Anthemis London office, 4 months with one of their portfolio companies and 4 months with a major financial services firm. It also comes with a monthly stipend of EUR2000 and an invitation to attend the Anthemis #HackingFinance Retreat from July 10-13, 2014 in Meribel, France. Deadline is June 1. 

@APO_Source has had a scholarship for an African journalist to to attend the 2014 annual meetings of the African Development Bank.

Bloomberg Africa ‏@BBGAfrica – seeks Swaziland, Eritrea, Djibouti, G.Bissau, Cape Verde, Eq. Guinea, Sao Tome stringers – Please e-mail

Citi Africa Management Associate Programme Citi in Africa is  looking for ambitious graduates with strong academic backgrounds, maximum of two years’ work experience, leadership, teamwork, and excellent communication skills.

The 2014 CNN/MultiChoice African Journalist Awards will recognise excellence in culture, economics & business (NEW), energy & infrastructure (NEW), environment, health & medical, news impact (NEW), photography, press freedom, sports, language general news, Francophone news and also Portuguese news. Details here and the deadline is 30 May.

EABL Foundation scholarships for needy students who have gained admission to Kenya public universities. Deadline is June 6. 

Etisalat Prize 2014 for African literature is now open with a top prize of £15,000 and a fellowship at the University of East Anglia, while winner and shortlisted writers also receive a sponsored two city tour promoting their books. Details here and the deadline is 8 August.

The Golden Baobab Prizes for Literature include awards for a picture Book (targeting readers aged 6 – 8 years), early chapter (targeting readers aged 9 -11) and rising writers (for a young African author under the age of 18 who demonstrates the talent and drive to become the next great African author for children). Details here and the deadline is June 29.

Jalada / @KwaniTrust seek 3 best Afrofuture submissions for a second anthology. Deadline is D/L 15

Japan Government scholarships  in research, teacher training, technology, and specialized training .. via @njathika

Want to be a Jameson brand ambassador? Here’s how to apply (via @uqweli ) oops – deadline also passed.

KCB: The region’s largest bank has ongoing internships, management trainee and management exchange programs. Sourced from @RookieKE blog.
Kenya Revenue Authority –  KRA graduate trainee program 2014

The Kenya StartUp Cup is open to all Kenyan youth entrepreneurs who can apply to win Kshs 1 million (~$11,500). Details from the @prepaid_africa blog and the deadline is May 20.

KenyaTop100 seeks successful companies with turnover of Kshs 70 million to Kshs 1 billion (~$12,000)  with 3 years audited accounts to compete and be among @kenyastop100 

Kijabe Forest Trust @KijabeForest  is seeking a new logo design.

Kuona Trust has internship opportunities for students at their offices in Hurlingham, Nairobi. 

The Kwani Trust 2014 fiction workshop seeks to develop new contemporary fiction writers between the ages of 18 and 24 and from outside of Nairobi. To apply, check the website, and send email to by May 26.

Orange  has launched the 4th edition of the Orange African Social Venture Prize which will award prizes to four projects; three with grants of 10,000 EUR, 15,000 EUR and 25,000 EUR, and a new special prize of 10,000 EUR. It’s open to all entrepreneurs or legal entities that has been in existence for fewer than three years at the time of the competition and the deadline is 19 September.

Power Africa Off Grid Energy Challenge from @USADF and @GeneralElectric Africa offers up to $100,000 to 100% African owned and African managed firms that seek to power up under-served parts of rural Kenya. Deadline is June 20.  

School of Data: Become a School of Data Fellow as they are currently broadening their efforts to spread data skills around the world, and are seeking people who are data savvy, understand the role of NGO’s, are interested or experienced in working with journalism and/or civil society, or enjoy community-building.  Deadline is 1 June.

Standard Chartered Bank Fast Track Program: The bank is looking for young graduates to join their management trainee program in several African countries, including Kenya, Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Uganda, and several international locations. Sourced from @RookieKE blog

The Stanford University Africa MBA Fellowship Program pays for tuition and associated fees (approximately US $145,000) for citizens of African countries with financial need who wish to obtain an MBA at Stanford GSB. Stanford will award up to eight Stanford Africa MBA Fellowships annually. Details here and the deadline is 13 June.

Strathmore University @StrathU scholarships from @imbankke for 10 needy students pursuing various Finance related degree programmes.

Swedish Institute Management Programme‏ The Swedish Institute is launching a new leadership programme for progressive leaders from Kenya,Tanzania, Rwanda, Ethiopia and Zambia – offering a combination of theory and practice in the area of responsible leadership and sustainable business.  Details here and the deadline is June 6.

Total Kenya Graduate Management Trainee Program. The company was is looking for young dynamic graduates.  Also sourced from @RookieKE blog but the deadline was 7 May  
The Wall Street Journal @WSJ looking for entrepreneurial reporter to cover the most entrepreneurial of Africa beats–business, from Nairobi. Apply to @pwonacott

Submit your wikimedia proposals to be included at Wiki Indaba 2014 in Johannesburg. Details here and the deadline is 15 May.
The World Bank Young Professionals Program 2014 seeks highly qualified and motivated individuals skilled in areas relevant to the World Bank’s operations such as, economics, finance, education, public health, social sciences, engineering, urban planning, and natural resource management. Details here and the deadline is 30 June.
Win a Nokia Lumia 1320: There are very few comments on the blog here despite the number of daily readers, and many of the comments are from spammers promoting products from far off countries. To stimulate comments, I’m giving away a brand new Nokia Lumia 1320 phone (worth about $400/Kshs 35,000) to the person who engages the most on the site. The phone was an excellent, but unexpected, prize awarded to the winner of the best business blog at the recent 2014 Kenya Blog Awards ceremony. During the month of May, readers to the blog and it’s archives, can make as many comments as they want, and I’ll respond on some. 
1. There are no rules about winning.
2. It’s about serious comments, not volume – and blog comments only, not tweets/tags
3. This is personal, and the promo has nothing to do with Nokia  or Nokia East Africa.
4. @Coldtusker is excluded 🙁
An announcement will be made on June 14, and there may not be a winner  if no one is deemed to be worthy.

Award Season: Graduates, Mashujaa, Networks, Nature

African Union Kwame Nkrumah Scientific awards. D/L 15 September.

Arthur B. Schultz Foundation grants aimed at non-profit groups involved in women’s empowerment and disabled mobility solutions.

Changemakers.Org Details here on awards for citizen media ($5,000) and health, excellence, opportunities, other.

DStv: Eutelsat Star Awards are open to 14-19 year-old students in 42 countries to write an essay or design a poster on satellite technology and how it can assist further development of their communities, country or the African continent. D/L 26 August.

Infodev: Piloting virtual incubation seeks organizations in East Africa ad. D/L is August 15

National Museums of Kenya: For design of a Mashujaa national monument. D/L is 9 September and prizes are of Kshs. 300,000, 200k and 100k.

Orange: African Social Venture with prizes for digital projects in e-health, mobile banking, digital /mobile applications for education or agriculture that address needs of the ‘bottom of pyramid’. 3 winners will receive financial grants (25K€, 15K€, 10K€) and a 6-month mentoring program. D/L September 15

Pan-African Awards for Entrepreneurship in Education. Details here and has prizes of $10,000, $5K and $2K.. D/L is 10 October.

Standard Bank / Stanbic: graduate management program – D/L is August 15.

UN Awards for Young Innovators (aged 18 – 25) and digital innovators (non profits). D/L is September 15

Western Union is on the hunt to find the most globally networked individual. It is open to anyone with a facebook account and the site also lists some entering remittance figures for the 200 countries where Western Union is represented.

WWF KENYA / NETFUND Nature Challenge Africa from the Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) Kenya and the National Environmental Trust Fund (NETFUND) is a green business competition for entrepreneurs and targets businesses engaged in conservation, biodiversity and livelihood programs, that are seeking finance in the range of US$10,000 – 1 million.


More found at Savvy Kenya blog

Tandaa Digital Content Grant: The Tandaa Local Digital Content Grant is a grant to support ICT in Kenya. It is like seed funding for companies entering new media and ICT. In particular, the grant seeks to support products and services developed for the Internet and mobile phone. D/L 22 August

Nokia Create For Millions App Competition: Submit your best Series 40 Java or web apps in Nokia’s ‘Create for Millions’ contest to win your share of cash and prizes, worth 1 million euros. D/L September 1

Award Season Part Trois

Following on part II

The Anzisha Prize for young Africans (15-20 yrs) who have solved a problem /challenges in their community (via @kenyanpundit)

The Android App competition. in the dev. challenge participants can win prizes of up to $25,000. D/L is 14 May.

The 2nd eLearning Africa Photo Competition runs through April 21.

Facebook’s first hire in Africa – will be a growth manager in Nigeria (via @bellanaija)

The 2011 Freedom to Create Prize main prize and imprisoned artist prize is open to 15 July (via @Kwani)

Various jobs at Google East Africa .

iHub Mentorship program. D/L is 6 April.

Partial scholarships available to attend the 4th Global Forum on Innovation & Entrepreneurship. D/L is April 1

Kenya Government Science & Technology scholarships (29) to study in China, for undergraduates and postgraduates in engineering, medicine, computer science, and pharmacy. D/L April 7.

Connected Kenya Vision 2030 ICT awards from the Kenya ICT Board.

Maisha Filmlab with free screenwriting directing camera sound and production workshops in East Africa. (via @mkaigwa)

Mass Challenge a $1 million start up competition (via @egm_photo)

Panos Eastern Africa media fellowships. D/ L April 6.

Strathmore University’s Mobile Academy . D/L 31 March

Winners of the Nokia Idea storm will have their ideas developed into phone apps. D/L is April 14.

TEDGlobal 2011 takes place in Edinburgh, Scotland in July 2011. It moves from traditional Oxford this and 75 places available, and D/L is April 4.

Africa Youth Trust Young Women Leaders funded by the UN Women Governance and Gender Programme. D/L April 15.

Modern careers: Someone got hired via twitter

Sports: The Watamu Triathlon takes place April 9 & 10 at the Kenya coast. D/L April 4.

Photo is from a blog tracking a Cairo to Cape 12,000 kilometre bicycle expedition (equivalent to 4 Tour de Frances in 4 months). It’s now complete after a tough stint in Kenya.

Idea Exchange: App Opportunities

Bankelele app: From this week, the blog is now available as a Nokia app that can be downloaded from the Nokia Ovi store. This is because, one problem with being on the blogger platform, is that it is quite difficult to read, and bulky to download, via mobile phone; this is now fixed, with this simple app, created using the Ovi Store appwizard, making it very simple (and small) for (Nokia) phone users to read the blog content. (Edit – thanks to Mwirigi of the E63 Club)

Nokia remains the premier phone used to access the net in Kenya, as confirmed in the latest state of mobile web report which had Nokia phones occupying 8 of the top 10 positions in this region.

Samsung app: The other two phones on the same list are from Samsung who are also emerging in the region with space for local developers, with a store for Samsung apps, and which will be explained further at the next Mobile Monday at the iHub on developer opportunities for monetization with Samsung.

Other opportunities

Women Developer Opportunity: There is an mWomen App challenge for women developers from Vodafone to build apps for basic phones and for smart phones.
Echoing Green: Their fellowship program is now accepting applications with a top prize of $60,000 for individual start-ups that will win capital and technical assistance.
Tandaa Funding The Kenya ICT Board has a Tandaa funding challenge in which six companies will pitch ideas to venture capitalists in Nairobi.
EDIT: Apps for Development Challenge from the World Bank, with a first prize of $15,000
Finally, the US Embassy in Nairobi has launched the annual diversity visa lottery for anyone without an app; 3,000 Kenyans expected to win green cards.

Idea Exchange: Nokia C3

I’ve been fortunate to be a tester for Nokia C3 in Kenya. It’s a phone I’ve been waiting to buy for almost three months, and while waiting, the local Nokia team lent me one to try out before the market launch. Prior to that, I had an Nokia E72 loaner, which highlighted the shortcomings of the C3 in a roundabout way, and these include:

– Not 3G enabled, so E72 functions like watching YouTube videos are out.
– Not a true smart phone, no multi-tasking like with the E72.

Also at the Tuesday media launch, one reporter pointed out that the camera was 2 mega- pixels only, but the Nokia Manager pointed out that their research showed that people wanted to take camera phone pics that they could easily share, but that large high-res photos takes a long time to upload and have to reduce the size to share across platforms.

The phone is a compromise of sorts, an affordable smartphone, with office tools. heavy on social media, connectivity, networking, and data features.

Features I like (so far)

– WLAN so can browse on Wi-Fi at coffee shops or office hotspots
– You can set up up to 10 mail accounts, with new e-mails push updates right on the home screen, for response/action (can also sync with office e-mail Nokia and Safaricom)
– It also has a community page for Facebook, Twitter updates appear on the home screen
– Pictures taken on the camera, upload to Facebook in a snap. Also unlike with E72 which had too many folders, picture are easier to find and organize, and because of their size, easier to e-mail
– The home screen with all these updates (e-mail, twitter) shuts down at night so brings no midnight disturbances
– Expandable memory (yet to try it out)
– More C3 features

C3 smash: The phone was officially unveiled on Wednesday in Kenya by Nokia and Safaricom, who are both market leaders in Kenya. As promised, it’s a sleek nifty smartphone, with its QWERTY keyboard which makes it look like a much more expensive phone (E72) or a blackberry, but costs Kshs 10,000 ($123)! It is being sold in Kenya exclusively at Safaricom stores and comes with 40MB free data from Safaricom with every C3 purchase.

This morning there were brochures being handed out on the street and promotions on the KISS FM Group for a happy hour during which the phone would be sold for one hour at a price of just Kshs 5,000. This brought out crowds of people seeking the Nokia C3, with some unfortunate effects, as captured by @wanjiku on twitter.

– Huge crowd gathered @safaricomltd sarit for #NokiaC3 looks like a political rally via
– It’s wrong; 4 @safaricomltd @dorothyooko you should see the fight at Sarit 4 #NokiaC3 its bad; looks like people fighting for food; extend offer about 4 hours
-How about extending this offer 4 #NokiaC3? It’s wrong to advertize so much if u can’t meet demand @dorothyooko did u expect it to b this much?
-@Ngendo87 u should see the way men & women are squeezing on the queue @sarit its chaos, guards throwing their weight… #ThatIsAll
-Sarit management has complained that the crowd @safaricomltd is intimidating the precious clients who spend lots of money; PA system; offer over
– Scenes from sarit with buyers and guards fighting over #nokiac3
– Angry buyers storm Safcom entrance. The shop was forced 2 close doors, switch off lights
– Police called to calm crowd: sarit manager was there asking if crowd is gone.

– some sarit pictures
EDIT: – Video from the C3 launch in Indonesia (June 2010) with round the block queues