The Spectrum Of Business In Africa Through E-Commerce

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Small scale and large scale entrepreneurs have taken the advantage of the effectiveness of the media and technology, including e-commerce to promote and market products, reaching every corner of the globe without fatigue. What is e-commerce and how has it been beneficial to entrepreneurs?

Assuming you live in Asia, Europe or America, would you like to travel thousands of kilometers for a product you want desperately in South Africa? Taking such a journey is not only waste of time but also money. Remember time is money. Through the birth of modern technology, e-commerce acts as a facilitator in getting your message to the manufacturer to send the consumer whatever he is looking for online.

Thus; E-commerce is online shopping making it easier for consumers to purchase products via the internet from manufacturers. E-commence enhances business to reach beyond consumer base and access global markets like never before. Last year, November 18, delegates at the ‘Sixth Annual European Conference highlighted on the effect and impact of in E-commerce generally in Europe.

The European E-Commerce sector is said to worth an estimated 350 billion Euros and it is predicted to create 1.5 million jobs in Europe by 2018.  The writer takes a look at the impact and benefit of e-commerce in Africa’s business. The effect of E-commerce business in the African continent is enormous, changing the face of the traditional consumer.

Internet trade has made it easier for African entrepreneurs to search for quality products online, compare prices and purchased products. According to research by Google South Africa, there was an increase of 49% in query volumes in Nigeria, 37% in South Africa and 33% in Kenya, during 2014.  E-commerce hasn’t been beneficial only to African entrepreneurs, consumers and manufacturers, but also attracted widely investment opportunities alike.

Some of the African countries with booming E-commerce markets, transforming the economic landscape are Senegal, Morocco, Mozambique, Ghana, South Africa, Nigeria, Egypt, Tanzania, Cameroun, and Kenya. At the epicenter of Africa’s thriving economy and business, E-commerce has driven hundreds of businessmen to success, in different fields, especially the mobile telephone industry.   In the year 2010 alone, the Ghanaian government made GHC598 million in taxes and levies, representing 10% of government income for that year.

The secret to every successful business depends on the variety and quality of the products. E-commerce holds a ray of hope for African entrepreneurs and small scale business. It seems after gaining the political independence; Africa folded its arms, waiting for a miracle to come from heaven. God helps those who help themselves, now Africa is gradually emerging from the realms of poverty through the eye of E-commerce.

Quotes Of Some Of Africa’s Great Writers

Africa is a continent of rich culture, tradition, heritage and customs, producing great writers from different backgrounds. Some of the writers’ books have played significant role in Africa’s education for ages. Below are quotes of some of Africa’s great writers.

Chinua Achebe

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“When suffering knocks at your door and you say there is no seat for him, he tells you not to worry because he has brought his own stool.” – Chinua Achebe.

Wole Soyinka

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“My horizon on humanity is enlarged by reading the writers of poems, seeing a painting, listening to some music, some opera, which has nothing at all to do with a volatile human condition or struggle or whatever. It enriches me as a human being.” – Wole Soyinka.

Nawal El Saadawi

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“Life is very hard. The only people who really live are those who are harder than life itself.”
Nawal El Saadawi.

Nadine Gordimer

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“Writing is making sense of life. You work your whole life and perhaps you’ve made sense of one small area.”- Nadine Gordimer.
Nelson Mandela

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“Education is the most powerful weapon which can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela.

Kwame Nkrumah

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“The forces that unite us are intrinsic and greater than the superimposed influences that keep us apart.” ― Kwame Nkrumah

http://www.amazon.com/Opening-Spaces-Anthology-Contemporary-African/dp/0435910108/

 

 

 

Blood Street – An Urban Fantasy Novel By Carl Alves

“I like to describe Blood Street as True Blood meets The Sopranos, taking place in the streets of Philadelphia.” – Carl Alves
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To my knowledge, vampires and mobsters have never been combined in this manner in literature (or any other form of media) before.  So, I think this makes Blood Street a fairly unique book. I’ve certainly never read a novel quite like this one before.  It was also a helluva lot of fun to right.  What I most enjoy to write (and I what I think do a really job with) are fight scenes.  This novel is chocked full of them.  Having fight scenes that involve vampires gave me quite a bit of freedom in writing them, since I didn’t have to stick to the boundaries of things that would be physically impossible for humans.  Vampires don’t have such limitations, so I was able to do quite a bit more with them.

Blood Street is a fast paced thriller. The action, the drama, and the intrigue never relent.  I wanted to write a novel that the reader would have a hard time putting down, and I hope I have achieved that with this novel.

Setting is also very important to the story.  My native Philadelphia is almost like a character in the story, and if you have ever spent any time in the city, I think you will get a kick out of it.  However, the book spans far and wide in a series of flashbacks, taking place in Spain, Norway, Brazil, Egypt, Germany and Newfoundland.    Get your passport ready and be prepared to take a trip around the globe.

Finally, the vampires that you will encounter in Blood Street are not the sparkly kind featured in Twilight.  These are real, honest to goodness nasty vampires, and the mobsters they encounter are just as mean and nasty. Get ready for an old fashioned street fight and find out who will survive on Blood Street.

The Author 
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Carl Alves went to Boston University majoring in Biomedical Engineering.  Carl graduated with a BS degree, and has since worked in the pharmaceutical and medical devices industries.  He later graduated from Lehigh University with an MBA degree.  His debut novel Two For Eternity was released in 2011 by Weaving Dreams Publishing.
           His novel Blood Street was released in 2012 by True Grit Publishing.  His novel Reconquest: Mother Earth is scheduled to be released in 2014 by Montag Press.  His short fiction has appeared in various publications such as Blood Reign Lit, Alien Skin, and Dark Eclipse.  He is a member of the Horror Writers Association and has attended the Penn Writers Conference.
You can visit his website at www.carlalves.com.

World Of Horror: Why Do You Throw Acid On My Face If I don’t Love You?

“A woman is a flower in the middle of the garden and the man is the fence around it.” This is one of the thousands of proverbs used daily in my native country Ghana. It’s a saying which reminds everyone the importance of woman in the society from Biblical to our present day abode. They build a nation, they are therefore creatures to adore, cherish, support, protect and love.

Unfortunately, in many parts of the world women are far from freedom. Some are fighting for education, to work like everyone, to drive and to participate in public functions. Religion is used as a stumbling block to dominate and deny women of their rights.  Under the bondage of religion a woman becomes a subject to cruelty, slavery and violence.

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Religion calls for the stoning to death of a woman when she commits adultery, but the same religion permits a man to marry more than one woman and continues enjoying life after committing adultery himself, behind his chains of married women. There is something wrong here and I think heaven must be missing an angel who delivers justice to the bad ones. Many religions speak about God, but the cruelty and violence nature demand ‘What kind of God are they really worshiping?

From generation to generation women have suffered violence of every nature, including sexual harassment, domestic violence and rape. The latest is acid attack. In Asia a woman who isn’t interested in marriage proposals often end up disfigured with acid. Here comes a man of 40, he wants to marry girl of 14. A fourteen year old child could be your daughter. Due to her age when she rejects her suitor’s proposal, her punishment is to be disfigured by acid. Shockingly many involved in such crimes walk on the street without punishment.

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In Bangalore, India, a former school teacher and mother of two received extensive surgery on her neck, face and hand, after acid attack. What’s her crime? She was beautiful and he resented the admiring glances she got. I will ask again, what kind of God do these people worship? Corruption rules many parts of Asia; thus; many commit heinous crime with impunity. This is the reason acid attack on women is very high in Asia and Middle-East without ceasing.

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Images of cruelty of men that claim they worship ‘Allah.’

Victims of acid attack are completely cut from society, because they don’t look like normal human beings again. Their injuries are horrible to the extent that they prefer to be isolated. World leaders turn blind on important issues and waste their time on things less important. How can women continue to suffer in this way? Yet they feel so proud and strong to tell countries that don’t support homosexuality to accept same sex marriage. That is all what they can do.  This is disgraceful; something must be done to stop this madness.

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Anyone who throws an acid on someone intention is to destroy or kill, because not all victims are fortunate to survive such attacks. The punishment for such perpetrators should therefore be life imprisonment. There is international court of justice in The Hague, Holland, putting those who have committed political crimes behind bars, but those involved in this grave crime against humanity are walking free, enjoying daily life with impunity.

Memona, acid burn victim.

A true Muslim can never do this to a woman.

What is justice and where can these women find one? Who can help, save and protect women from this menace and violence society? Acid attacks on women should be taken as a serious crime and those responsible be caged for the rest of their lives, this will serve as a deterrent to others, because they are not human beings.

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