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Oscars in Africa

Superbrands organization, the world's largest independent rater of brands, will start ranking leading East African brands at an "Oscar for Brands" ceremony later this year. Top brands in Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda and Burundi will be assessed by a panel of media, branding and marketing, retail and business communications experts, reported the Uganda Monitor.

Consumer credit coming to Nigeria?

Came across this encouraging article from Nigeria's Vanguard newspaper. Using credit cards to buy goods is still uncommon in Nigeria, but the National Economic Empowerment and Development Strategy (NEEDS) seems to be making progress.

It is envisaged that the consumer credit system would commence with the development of registration procedures, registration and licensing of consumer credit operators and be completed before the end of this administration's tenure in May.

Multimedia fun: 5 infotainment options

Podcasts. Amplitude is a new podcast series on marketing in South Africa. Great idea. (via Digital Africa)

Video. A promo piece from the Center for Global Development, this 15 minute video starts with a nice segment on advance market commitments for vaccines.

2007 Index of Economic Freedom - few surprises

The Heritage Foundation/WSJ 2007 Index of Economic Freedom is out. You'll see familiar faces on the rankings - both at the top (Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia) and at the bottom (North Korea, Cuba, Libya). You might notice the new methodology, which they've helpfully applied to prior year data as well.

Feel-good T-shirts for college students

Enthusiasm for social entrepreneurship has trickled from business schools down to the undergraduate level. BusinessWeek tells the story of T-shirt company Edun and Miami University of Ohio.

The idea: create sustainable employment in sub-Saharan Africa, get college students interested in social entrepreneurship, and keep making lots of fraternity and sorority T-shirts. Oh, and there's a Bono connection, of course.