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Someone is Notably Absent From This Year’s Alibaba-Backed Africa’s Business Heroes Awards

Organizers of the annual Africa's Business Heroes prize sent out an announcement on Wednesday that the online portal to apply for the competition will open on Monday.  In the past, just last year in fact, this same announcement had Jack Ma all over it. But not this ...

What’s Next For Jack Ma’s Philanthropy in Africa Now That He’s in Real Trouble Back Home?

Jack Ma, the founder and former CEO of Alibaba, is in trouble with the government at home. Big trouble. Last week, Chinese regulators pulled the plug at the very last minute on Alibaba's blockbuster $34 billion IPO of its financial unit Ant Group after Ma ...

Jack Ma Foundation Selects the Top 50 Finalists For This Year’s African Business Heroes Award

African tech Twitter exploded with excitement yesterday when the top 50 finalists for the immensely popular African Business Heroes (ABH) award was announced. 22,000 people from every country across the continent registered for this year's competition, according to event organizers.

Joy and Relief as Jack Ma’s Donated Masks and COVID-19 Test Kits Make Their Way to Countries Across Africa

Ethiopian Airlines jets packed with medical supplies donated by Chinese billionaire and philanthropist Jack Ma landed at airports across Africa yesterday. Each country is to receive an equal allocation of masks, COVID-19 testing kits and protective wear for medical personnel. ...

Millions of Masks and COVID-19 Test Kits Donated by Alibaba’s Jack Ma Arrive in Africa

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said the distribution of the millions of masks, testing kits and other medical supplies donated by Chinese billionaire Jack Ma will begin as early as today. The Boeing 777 Ethiopian Airlines cargo plane full of supplies ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Misadventures in the Skin Trade

This week I spent a few days in Cape Town, in time for a minor, if telling, crisis in international agricultural trade. A ship crammed with 19,000 (mostly still living) cows was stuck in Cape Town harbor, en route from Brazil to the Middle East.
As South African animal welfare authorities scrambled to inspect the horrors on board, the city was enveloped in a powerful farmyard funk. The entire episode can ...

While Jack Ma’s Newfound Interest in Africa is Widely Celebrated, Howard French Isn’t So Thrilled

Former Alibaba CEO Jack Ma has been the rage recently for his recent Netpreneur Competition that took place two weeks ago in Ghana and more broadly for his declared commitment to supporting African technology entrepreneurs. Ma has been universally praised for his philanthropic venture in Africa. 

Chinese Investors Have a Palpable Sense of Optimism About the African Market That Most Others Just Don’t Seem to Share

Atlantic Council Senior Fellow Aubrey Hruby shared her views about this weekend's "Netpreneur" competition organized by the Jack Ma Foundation in Accra, Ghana where she picked up on the same sense of optimism and excitement about the African market that Chinese investors seem ...

Jack Ma 2.0 Officially Launched This Weekend in Ghana

Jack Ma capped a week-long tour in Africa with the awarding of the inaugural African Netpreneur Prize at a Shark Tank-like competition in Accra.  Nigerian Temie Giwa-Tubosun won the top prize and $250,000 but there's no doubt that the big winner from all this was Jack Ma ...

Retired from Alibaba, Jack Ma Says He Now Wants to Develop Entrepreneurial Talent in Africa

Jack Ma, the founder of e-commerce giant Alibaba, is looking to empower entrepreneurs in Africa so that they can help drive change. “Entrepreneurs are the most important element to promote society,” said Ma, who spoke in public for the first time ...