Like all the other Band Aid projects, the popularity of Band Aid 30 will be ephemeral. However, investment opportunities now available through crowdfunding platforms have the potential to forever change market access for retail investors by offering more investment choices and opening up avenues that enable such investors to contribute to sustainable growth in markets that badly need it.
The well of pain runs deep in many parts of Africa, and yet it is young people who offer the best chance for true conflict resolution, and lasting peace. Conflict-affected youth are often the most ambitious, the hardest workers. They want back what was taken from them: opportunity. They want an education and they want to earn a livable wage.
I glean some insights from this year's speakers regarding their take on 'moving home', particularly for those who have spent most of their lives outside of the continent. On balance, they identify the availability of skilled human capital as a crucial element to fuel development although highlight a few things to consider before heading back.
Our remaining closest cousins are having enough difficulty coping with the damaging impacts people are having on their habitats. They can't afford any more losses through the greedy actions of a few people who only see their value in terms of what a foreign zoo or private individual will pay for them.
In my opinion moral indignation shouldn't be reserved for sporting events solely participated in by western countries. A cynic may then come to the conclusion that voicing outrage at a particular host country is done with the intended consequence of not wishing to be seen legitmising that countries modus operandi, rather than an aim to genuinely enact change.
Anything that raises money for charity is great, and I am fully behind sending relief money to help the Ebola crisis that is happening in West Africa. Nevertheless, like many others, aspects of the new Band Aid 30 single make me feel uncomfortable with regards to its portrayal of West Africa and West Africans.
Adele was brought up by a single mum who struggled for money but provided her daughter with a stable and loving home. That Adele is now wanting to do the same should be supported and applauded, not attacked as a sign of selfishness. It is the egotistical rock star who wants to play God that is selfish.
Band Aid reinforces negative stereotypes of Africa and Africans. It reflects a colonial mindset that is so deeply entrenched in Western culture that we aren't even aware it exists. The sight of a bunch of rich pop stars parading themselves as paragons of virtue and heroes is crass and eminently offensive. While it may allow them to wallow in self congratulation and positive PR, it is paternalism of the most grievous kind.... Ultimately, it is not Africa that needs to be saved, it is us. Only when we are saved from the greed and paternalism that distorts our understanding will Africa and the rest of the developing world finally begin to emerge from under the iron heel of Western hegemony.
Okunoren, the brothers well recognised brand, has since set high standards on the direction menswear should take by providing supreme quality in presentation and product. Over 12 years later, the brand continues to hold the number 1 spot as the top menswear brand in Africa with a clientele base of celebrities and business magnates.
Ten years ago, in October 2004, there were 812m internet users worldwide - 12.7 per cent of the global population. The web had 50m sites; a Harvard student, Mark Zuckerberg, had just started Facebook, and Flickr had just been launched as a chat room for an online multiplayer game with real-time photo sharing.
The world of IT is the fast growing one with new gadgets making way into the market every day, be it laptops, phones or personal computers. Rapid development in technology is encouraging equally rapid abandonment of old models of gadgets of personal use. All that's recyclable and considered a 'waste' is landing in Asia's or Africa's backyard.
Newspapers and broadcasters already self-censor when reporting suicides. That is because studies have shown that detailed reports of suicide lead to copycat cases. Perhaps it is time, then, for the media to help reduce the impact of Ebola by showing a little restraint. Tales of desperate, gruesome deaths make better newspaper copy than tales of survival, but they also fuel the hopelessness that can kill those unlucky enough to contract the virus.
Ideological positions and poor understandings have created a set of assumptions about development that are fundamentally challenged by the Ebola experience. Can this terrible crisis provide a moment for reframing development? Surely now is the time for a fundamental rethink of development approaches.