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About Mike
Mike Hove is a journalist based in Washington, United States of America.
English Ndebele Shona
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Afrobeats Musicians Rise to Superstardom

28 Feb 2024  |  www.voaafrica.com
Afrobeats has achieved mainstream success, transitioning from rejection by major U.S. outlets to global popularity. VOA's Mike Hove interviewed Osita 'Duke' Ugeh of Duke Concepts, who has promoted tours for African artists like Burna Boy, Davido, Wizkid, and Adekunle Gold. Ugeh discussed the challenges of promoting African music and highlighted Burna Boy's sold-out performance at Madison Square Garden.

US State Department, International Partners Invest in African Climate Entrepreneurs

18 Nov 2023  |  voaafrica.com
The Coalition for Climate Entrepreneurship hub in Nairobi, supported by the US State Department and international partners, aims to foster climate solutions by African entrepreneurs. The Nairobi hub is the second opened in Africa this year, with previous launches in Ghana and Vietnam. Partnerships with local institutions and companies like Halcyon are crucial to the initiative's success. The program highlights the importance of idea exchange and local empowerment in addressing climate challenges and is set to support entrepreneurs for the next 24 months, with plans to open another hub in North Africa.

Nigeria Youth Capitalize on Empowerment Bill

30 Oct 2023  |  www.voaafrica.com
Abdullahi Idris Turaki, a young candidate running for the house of representative seat in Lokoja/Kogi Federal Constituency under the New Nigeria People’s Party, discusses his motivations and strategies for entering politics. Inspired by the Not Too Young to Run bill, Turaki aims to address youth and women's issues through education, economic growth, and leadership development. He emphasizes the importance of youth supporting each other across political affiliations and aims to avoid traditional political challenges such as 'Godfatherism' and money politics.

South Africa's Springboks Advance to World Cup Finals

21 Oct 2023  |  www.voaafrica.com
The South African Springboks defeated England to secure a place in the 2023 World Cup Finals. Mike Hove from VOA Africa discussed the victory and its implications with Vaylen Kirtley, a sports reporter at Newzroom Afrika.

'#EndSars Motivation for 2023'- Nigerian Youth

01 Oct 2023  |  www.voaafrica.com
Nigerian youth are heavily invested in the 2023 elections, driven by the momentum from the #EndSars movement against police brutality. Ojooluwa Ibiloye, founder of RuralPro Nigeria, emphasizes the importance of youth participation and the impact of the 'Not Too Young to Run' bill signed by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2018. Despite challenges in political representation, the youth aim to leverage their numbers and the success of independent candidates to influence the upcoming elections.

VOA, Heart and Soul Broadcasting Service Unpacks Zimbabwe’s Elections

20 Aug 2023  |  www.voaafrica.com
Over six million Zimbabweans, the majority of whom are under the age of 34, are prepared to vote in the nation's general elections on August 23. VOA Africa and Heart and Soul Broadcasting Service are hosting a special program to discuss the impact of youth participation in the 2023 Zimbabwe elections.

US Fashion Entrepreneur Collaborates with African Artisans

27 May 2023  |  voaafrica.com
LaShawn Kenley, founder of the U.S.-based fashion company Sun Gods, is collaborating with African artisans to create products that support mutual income generation and promote African culture. Kenley discussed the work of Sun Gods and her collaborations during a visit to Voice of America, where she was interviewed by Mike Hove.

AU Africa Day Highlights Continent's Intra-Trade Potential

25 May 2023  |  www.voaafrica.com
The African Union's AfCFTA agreement, signed by 54 African nations, aims to enhance intra-continental trade and economic growth. The agreement is projected to create a $3.4 trillion free trade bloc and lift 30 million people out of extreme poverty by 2035. However, experts highlight challenges such as corruption and poor infrastructure that need to be addressed for the agreement to succeed. Advocates like Achaleke Christian Leke and Tanatsiwa Dambuza stress the importance of political will and collaboration among African leaders. The IMF supports the agreement, citing its potential to boost Africa's economic output and tackle climate change. Entrepreneurs are encouraged to prepare for the changes the AfCFTA will bring to the market.

US Invests in Africa's Fintech Sector

15 Apr 2023  |  www.voaafrica.com
U.S. officials, including Ramin Toloui from the Department of State, engaged with African innovators and bankers at the Africa Fintech Summit to discuss boosting the continent's financial technology sector through the Digital Transformation in Africa Initiative. This initiative aims to increase online transactions and connectivity, thereby unleashing economic potential and addressing challenges such as food insecurity and economic development. Representatives from African fintech companies like OmniBiz Africa and NALA highlighted the growth of the sector and its foundational role in improving economies, healthcare, and education. The summit featured over 46 delegates, including U.S. officials and banking representatives.

Ghanaian Musician Talks US Tour, New Music & Politics

08 Apr 2023  |  Voice of America
Ghanaian artist Edem has embarked on a U.S. tour with performances in Washington D.C. and has networked with entertainers such as Swizz Beats and Jim Jones. During his visit to VOA, he discussed his U.S. trip, Grammy appearance, potential collaborations with American artists, and his involvement in a 'social experiment' where he announced a run for public office.

Nigerian Youth Maximize on Buhari’s Empowerment Policy

10 Jan 2023  |  www.voaafrica.com
Ayomide Benjamin Feyijimi, a 25-year-old Labor Party candidate, discusses his campaign for a House of Assembly seat in Oyo State, Nigeria. He outlines his priorities, including food security, education, and local security forces. Feyijimi emphasizes the importance of youth participation in politics and voter awareness, urging young people not to sell their votes and to work together for positive change.

Promote Disabled Rights – Nigeria Youth to INEC

09 Jan 2023  |  voaafrica.com
Racheal Inegbedion, a disability rights advocate, discussed the Nigerian youth's desire for change in the upcoming elections, emphasizing improved infrastructure and job creation. She highlighted the progress made in including the disabled community in the election process, such as their participation as observers in state governor races. However, Inegbedion pointed out that more needs to be done to implement the electoral act and the Africa disability protocol to ensure full political participation of persons with disabilities. She suggested that INEC conduct a survey to identify and improve accessibility at polling stations.

Nigeria Youth Call for INEC Reforms

05 Jan 2023  |  www.voaafrica.com
As Nigeria's February 25 elections approach, Nigerian youth are urging the Independent National Electoral Commission to facilitate easier voting access for all citizens, particularly those with disabilities. Disability rights advocate Rachel Inegbedion emphasizes the need for inclusive electoral processes.

Cameroon Avoids World Cup Exit

28 Nov 2022  |  www.voaafrica.com
Vincent Aboubakar played a pivotal role in preventing Cameroon's World Cup exit by contributing to a draw against Serbia. Coming off the bench, Aboubakar scored and shifted the momentum for Cameroon, who were trailing 2-1. Despite some first-half mistakes, Cameroon managed to secure a 3-3 draw, with goals from Jean-Charles Castelletto, Aboubakar, and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting. Serbia's goals came from Strahinja Pavlović, Sergej Milinković-Savić, and Aleksandar Mitrović. Cameroon's chances of advancing from Group G are slim, as they must defeat Brazil in their final Group H match.

Ghana’s Black Stars Shine Against South Korea

28 Nov 2022  |  www.voaafrica.com
Ghana's Black Stars revived their chances of advancing to the round of 16 at the 2022 FIFA World Cup with a 3-2 victory over South Korea. Mohammed Kudus was the standout player, scoring twice. Despite South Korea's dominance in possession and attempts, Ghana secured the win with contributions from Mohammed Salisu and Jordan Ayew. Head coach Otto Addo praised the team's performance but acknowledged their luck. The Black Stars are now second in Group H, with their fate dependent on the upcoming match against Uruguay.

CR7 Makes World Cup History

24 Nov 2022  |  voaafrica.com
Cristiano Ronaldo scored a penalty in Portugal's World Cup match against Ghana, becoming the first player to score in five World Cup editions. Ghana's coach Otto Addo criticized the penalty decision. André Ayew equalized for Ghana, but Portugal won 3-2 with goals from João Félix and Rafael Leão. Ghana's Osman Bukari also scored, and the team is set to play South Korea and Uruguay next.

Tanzania's 'King Kiba' Talks US Tour, New Music

11 Nov 2022  |  Voice of America
Tanzanian artist Alikiba, known as 'King Kiba,' embarks on a tour across Europe and the US, with discussions on potential collaborations with US artists and his recent album 'Only One King'.

Ghana Startup Vows to Change Global Cancer Research

25 May 2022  |  www.voaafrica.com
Yemaachi Biotech, a Ghanaian health startup, is pioneering cancer research by creating a genomic archive of cancers in black people globally, addressing the lack of African representation in genomic studies. The startup, led by CEO Yaw Bediako and supported by pathologist Kafui Akakpo, aims to shift Africa's healthcare focus from infectious diseases to cancer. Yemaachi has developed Ghana's first home testing kit for Human Papillomavirus and secured over $4 million in funding, including from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, to develop Africa's first cancer cure.

Zimbabwe's ZimTaxi App Attempting to Fix 'Disjointed' Public Transport Sector

08 Oct 2018  |  Voice of America
Tafara Makaza, a Zimbabwean entrepreneur based in Massachusetts, USA, has launched ZimTaxi, a carpooling mobile application aimed at improving Zimbabwe's public transport system. ZimTaxi, which operates similarly to Uber and Lyft, offers affordable and reliable taxi services with a fixed price confirmed with the company and driver. It features a driver rating system and uses less data than other apps, providing an alternative for users with limited data access. Makaza hopes ZimTaxi will attract international investment to Zimbabwe and plans to leverage his background in Physics and Computer Science to further develop the app. ZimTaxi is available for download on Google Play and has a Twitter page for updates.

Gay Zimbabweans Fight Stigma, Harsh Laws

12 Jan 2017  |  voanews.com
Trymore 'Tiara' Gendi, a Zimbabwean who identifies as female, faced severe societal backlash after being outed as gay. Despite initial family rejection and neighborhood violence, she found acceptance and safety through local LGBT activists. Zimbabwe's laws criminalize homosexual acts rather than homosexuality itself, creating a precarious situation for the LGBT community. President Robert Mugabe has publicly denounced gay rights, contributing to a hostile environment. However, activists like Mojalifa Mokwele see hope in the younger generation's more accepting attitudes. Gendi now resides in the U.S., working with the Transgender Research Education, Advocacy and Training (TREAT) and was a Mandela Washington Fellow. The LGBT community in Zimbabwe remains resilient, finding solace in solidarity despite ongoing challenges.

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