AFRICA NOW: West African Health Beverage Makes a Splash

Natural ginger beverage Ginjan (Courtesy of
Natural ginger beverage Ginjan (Courtesy of

Crafted out of a West African tradition, a new beverage is making its way across the United States.

Headquartered in Harlem, New York, due to its major African community, Ginjan is a wildly popular West African beverage comprised of fresh ginger, cold-pressed pineapples, fresh squeezed lemons, vanilla, anise, and cane sugar.

Purposed as an organic non-gmo, its founders, Mohammed and Ibrahima Diallo, are establishing Ginjan as the premier drink of their company Ginjan Bros, LLC, that looks to develop and market traditional African beverages.

“Our beverages are very good,” Mohammed said. “Not only that, but they are also very healthy for you too. Ginger is a root that has so many health benefits for the human body. It is good for so many things and we want to bring the flavors of West Africa to the United States, while also creating something healthy.”

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Harvard Launches Post-Grad Africa Fellowship

Harvard Business School will soon offer a Global Opportunity fellowship for MBA graduates who go on to work in Africa.

Beginning with the class of 2018, the GO: Africa fellowship will be used to bridge the gap between a recipient’s annual salary and $100,000.

Students awarded will be eligible for the fellowship for up to five years after graduation, with a maximum award of $50,000 per year and cumulative support of $150,000.

“The GO fellowship is another example of Harvard Business School’s commitment to developing and strengthening its relationships with business and other leaders across Africa,” said Pippa Tubman Armerding, director of the business school’s Africa Research Office. “Providing students with this financial support will not only enable them to develop their careers in Africa but also allow many more African businesses to attract the vital management and leadership talent they need to drive growth and economic development across the continent.”

Internet App Explodes Throughout Africa

WhatsApp, one of the fastest-growing media platforms in Africa, is launching a new standalone application for small businesses.

Despite backlash from mobile network operators due to its low voice and text data costs, the company is pushing forward with its latest venture, WhatsApp Business.

The app will include features such as business profiles, messaging tools, metrics and a verified business account listing.

“Our new app will make it easier for companies to connect with customers, and more convenient for our 1.3 billion users to chat with businesses that matter to them,” WhatsApp said in a statement.


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