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FEATURE: Living the African Dream

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We often hear stories of the American Dream. From the time of Ellis Island until this very day, we are used to hearing stories of foreigners from all around the world moving to America in search for a better life. However, little is spoken about the African Dream. The dream that many sons and daughters of the African Diaspora possess. A yearning, a calling to return home to the motherland. Some wanting to explore their African roots, some looking to escape systematic oppression, while others looking to explore nature and embrace Africa’s natural resources.

My name is Rashad McCrorey I am the owner of Africa Cross-Culture my Black owned tourism company which escorts guest to the African countries of Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria and Rwanda. While visiting the West Africa country of Ghana on a business trip cut short by the COVID-19 pandemic, I made the unexpected decision to stay in Ghana indefinitely rather than return home to New York City. For the last 66 days, I have been living the African Dream.

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Hygiene and Sustainability

I wake up every morning and prepare my morning bath. I draw 2 to 3 full buckets of water from the bins located outside my home, take half the water and boil it in a pot. Once boiled, I pour and mix the hot water with the cold, and that is how I enjoy a nice warm bathing session twice a day. I was born and raised in Harlem, New York. For the first time in my life I am regularly visiting a farm, picking fresh vegetables such as cocoa yam from the ground and fresh fruits like cocoa, plantain, and papaya off trees. At the town markets, I purchase all kinds of fruits and vegetables. Many of them much sweeter and in some cases larger than in America especially the mangoes. If the natural fruits are not bigger, as in the case of bananas, which are significantly smaller, all the fruits have seeds in them. I remember as a child introduced to seedless grapes and watermelon. Little did I know fruits with seeds in them would become a missed rarity in the United States.

When I do eat meat (veggies and vegans do not kill me) seeing the chickens that I will be eating has brought my awareness to how we eat in America. I witness the chicken actually eating real worms from the ground. The chickens are fed natural rice and corn, not enhanced steroid filled corn. I have learned to cook a handful of Ghanaian dishes and snacks. I have cooked Banku my favorite Ghanaian dish from scratch, Banku is a mixture of cassava, and corn dough with a sprinkle of salt. I have made plantain chips and peanuts for snacks, by frying and baking them outside using coal, oil and a steal pan. I have prepared guacamole, black pepe aka shito (from the name alone I used to not like shito, I hope you get it), and tomato sauce from only the help of a blender. Eating natural and healthy is something I have never done consistently in my life. It is amazing how much weight I have lost, and how well I am toning up even though I been eating very hearty every day.

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Health
This has been a blessing beyond my wildest imagination as far as social distancing. I am staying is spacious, sunny and safe location. Since 2 years old I have suffered from chronic asthma, as much as I would like to share I found a natural remedy, as of now I have not. However, all the pharmacies in my immediate area and from previous experience throughout the country as a whole has always had my asthma medication at a significantly reduced price. For those who are aware of asthma medication. You can purchase 5 days worth of prednisone (a medication used to treat someone who has already had an asthma attack), an asthma controller inhaler, and a relief inhaler both which last for a month all for around $12 a month.

What’s Next
No guest, no events, no meetings, just life. How long will I be here? As of now, the plan is indefinitely. I experience homesickness; I miss my children, mom, friends. I worry about my apartment; I still don’t know how I will make rent long term. On the bright side, I will not garner heavy electricity and gas bills and with the exception of my gym membership, I have been able to cancel all my monthly subscriptions without hassle. A flight is said to be helping U.S citizens in Ghana to return home mid-May, I will consider taking that flight, but I am still comfortable here. My father who passed away last August, used to say never where out your welcome, so I am mindful that during this time it is possible for me to stay to long as the virus is just hitting Africa. I’ve notice the virus hitting Algeria, Morocco, Egypt (Arabic Africa) and South Africa which has a heavy European population. But and a big but, I am one of the people who was late to realize that black Americans were being infected in the United States and now due to health and environmental injustice we have the highest death rate of the virus. I do not want to make the same mistake twice. If I have to leave, I would prefer to leave too early than too late. Nevertheless, the reality is, now I still feel safer and healthier here in Ghana than I would currently be in New York City. My home New York is still facing over 200,000 cases of the virus, and I have yet to see compelling evidence that things are getting better enough for me to leave this remote mountain location for New York City out of all locations.

Another timeline I have decided to go by is my business schedule. We currently have a group trip planned to Egypt for the week of August 7 to August 13. Which at this point I’m almost sure will be postponed. I speak to my Egypt staff weekly to keep me abreast, as Egypt was actually one of the first major world tourism focused countries to close. I am open to staying on the continent until that trip is completed. It is a realistic possibility for me to go straight to Egypt from Ghana then to return home to America, after Egypt in August. Then of course, when things come closer to returning to normal back home that will also be an opportunity for me to come home. I can’t just abandon my home, It’s easy for people to say I should stay forever, but I still have to settle my affairs at home before I can ever truly consider relocating.

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Conclusion

Sometimes I wonder why Rashad McCrorey have been chosen to experience the African dream during what I believe is the greatest would crisis since WWII. I am happy, healthy and prospering during a world pandemic and recession. A black American, chronic asthmatic, has been relocated to the Mountains of West Africa, inside of a 160-acre garden, in the middle of the woods during the spread of a highly contagious virus. Black Americans have suffered extreme casualties due to decades of environmentally injustice. As my story continues to develop before his passing, my dad shared me that a written record is better than a mental memory so I will continue to share my story. I ask you all to please keep my in your prayers, meditations, and positive thoughts. Just like the American Dream, the African Dream isn’t perfect but it is where the ancestors want me to be during this critical point in history. When we are passed this, my goal is to be in position to help you live your African Dream also.

By Rashad McCrorey

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Trippie Redd’s Mansion Musik Mixtape Debuts At #1 On Billboard’s Rap Albums Chart

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Trippie Redd’s Mansion Musik Mixtape Debuts At #1 On Billboard’s Rap Albums Chart

Multi-platinum hip-hop heavyweight, Trippie Redd, continues his reign with the first week debut of his mixtape Mansion Musik. The fan-focused surprise drop made a statement, coming in at #1 on Billboard’s Rap Albums Chart and #2 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart. It also debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200 Chart marking Trippie’s seventh consecutive Top 5 debut on the list. Additionally, the project saw 7 songs debut on the US Spotify Chart bringing Trippie’s total career entries to 143 songs – the 6th most of any artist.

 

At 25 tracks, Mansion Musik arrived as a gift to fans while Trippie finishes up A Love Letter To You 5. Upon its surprise announcement, the anticipation for its arrival exploded with fans expressing their excitement – many commenting on Trippie’s ability to corral some of hip-hop’s biggest players. When the mixtape dropped only days later, it landed the #1 spot on Spotify’s coveted New Music Friday playlist, zoomed to #1 on the iTunes and Apple Music Albums Charts and was hailed by the likes of Billboard, Rolling Stone, Complex and XXL.

 

An ode to Chief Keef’s 2018 Mansion Musick mixtape, the project features Keef as executive producer, as well as a featured artist on tracks “ATLANTIS” and “ROCK OUT.” Beyond that, Trippie Redd continues to push the boundaries on Mansion Musik, bringing together a collection of artists like never before from hard hitting collaborations like “FULLY LOADED” feat. FUTURE & Lil Baby to teaming up with longtime collaborator and friend JuiceWRLD on “KNIGHT CRAWLER.” See the full tracklisting below.

 

MANSION MUSIK TRACKLIST

  1. MANSION MUSIK
  2. ATLANTIS (feat. Chief Keef)
  3. PSYCHO (feat. Future)
  4. FULLY LOADED (feat. Future & Lil Baby)
  5. KNIGHT CRAWLER (feat. JuiceWRLD)
  6. VAN HELSING
  7. DARK BROTHERHOOD (feat. Lil Baby)
  8. FREE RIO
  9. KRZY TRAIN (feat. Travis Scott)
  10. MUSCLES (feat. Lil Durk)
  11. GOODFELLAS (feat. Nardo Wick)
  12. KILLIONAIRE
  13. HIGH HOPES (feat. BIG30)
  14. DIE DIE (feat. LUCKI)
  15. WHO ELSE! (feat. Rich The Kid)
  16. BIGGEST BIRD (feat. Summrs)
  17. HIDEOUT (feat. Fijimacintosh)
  18. WITCHCRAFT (feat. Rylo Rodriguez)
  19. TOILET WATER (feat. Ski Mask The Slump God)
  20. PURE (feat. G Herbo)
  21. ROCK OUT (feat. Chief Keef)
  22. ARMAGEDDON (feat. Rob 49)
  23. NUN (feat. DaBaby)
  24. SWAG LIKE OHIO PT. 2 (feat. Lil B)
  25. COLORS (feat. Kodak Black)
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Maximizing Profits From Playing Crash Games in Crypto Casinos

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The idea of playing any casino game is for fun and to make money while at it. When it comes to casino games, there are many games you can play; some are pure games of chance, while others require certain skills. Whichever type of game you choose, you can make a lot of profit.

Our attention today was drawn to crash games for their insane profitability. In a crash game, you can bag a massive profit as it comes with several multipliers that can boost your profit. A crash casino doesn’t even have a limit on how high these multipliers can go, which allows you to win big. Keep reading to learn more about how to be profitable by playing crash games.

What is crash gambling?

When you think about crash gambling, what first comes to mind is forex trading, where you buy and sell stock. However, the crash game is quite different but fast-paced. The gameplay of the crash game is quite straightforward and very engaging.

The game’s concept is such that a crash casino gives punters a period to place bets. After the betting period has elapsed, the odds start to grow till the growth vector randomly crashes. As such, players must cash out before the multiplier stops if they want to win.

How to maximize profit by playing crash games?

Whether you’re a new punter to the crash casino game or an enthusiast player, making a profit is the ultimate goal. Unlike other casino games, a crash game is purely a game of luck. As such, there’s no skill needed to predict when the game will “crash.” While the crash games are completely random, that doesn’t mean there aren’t strategies you can use to make them profitable. Below are a few strategies you can use at a crash casino to be profitable in the game.

●     Start with small bets

The first trick you can use to profit in a crash casino is to start with small bets. Since you don’t have an endless bankroll, starting with small bets is important. Placing small bets at the beginning of the game gives you a feel of how the game performs. After a series of sessions, you can tell an average number of the game often crashes above. So, even if you may lose at the beginning because you’re still trying to get acquitted with the game, you will win more in the long run, especially if you increase your bet size later on in the game.

●     Automate your bets

Another thing you can do to make more profit in a crash casino is to use the automated betting option. Most crash games come with this option which allows you to place a set amount of bet and cash out at a set value every time. This option will continually place bets for you if you have funds in your account. So all you have to do is sit tight and watch the gameplay while you count the profits. But one thing you should remember when using this automated betting option is to keep your bet amount small.

●     Use a licensed casino

Any crash casino you use must be licensed. Nothing is as frustrating as playing with real money at a casino and winning big but being unable to withdraw your funds or the winnings. This problem is very common with unlicensed casinos. Casinos that aren’t licensed are often shady and tweak their games, so players lose often. As such, you must do due diligence to research the casino’s license where you decide to play the crash game. Ensure the casino is licensed by a reputable licensing body and audited for fairness by independent bodies.

●     Use professional strategies

Finally, there are professional playing strategies you can apply in crash games that will give you an edge to make a profit. Especially if you’re a high roller, you must familiarize yourself with these playing strategies to help improve your chance of success. These strategies include the likes of Labouchere, D’Alembert, Fibonacci, and Martingale, amongst others. These strategies work by varying your bet amount based on the outcome of each game session such that you make the most profit.

Playing at a crypto crash casino is a great way to save time, have fun, and make some money. Even though it’s an exhilarating game of chance, you can still make it profitable. By using the strategies in this guide, you will improve your chance of making a profit.

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The Original UnBraider Is Making Trends And Is Set For Release February 1st

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The Original UnBraider Is Making Trends And Is Set For Release February 1st

The Original UnBraider is the culmination of innovation and “black girl magic” spearheaded by the minds of Natasha Anderson and Khadija Imara. With a growing social media presence and multiple notable celebrities co-signing that include the likes of entertainment personality Tamar Braxton, the product is building into a staple of regular life in the daily lives of society.

 

However, what does it do, and what makes the product special? The Original UnBraider is an artistically and durably designed innovative product used to unbraid hair. The comb has been engineered to take down 6 to 8 braids simultaneously. It serves two purposes, one to take down braids and two to comb out the unbraided hair simultaneously.

 

The mission of the product and brand is to revolutionize the beauty industry by designing black-owned hair care products for black people in a field where black women are the majority consumers but have minority ownership. Also, to Empower young women to be entrepreneurs. Teens and young adults can start their own take-down business, using The Original UnBraider, an affordable cornerstone of their business, finally to provide products and services curated explicitly for protective styles that hydrate and strengthen hair.

 

The overall mission and application of The Original UnBraider are second to none. The story of the two brilliant people behind it also makes the invention special. Natasha Anderson, Co-Owner and Founder, has a unique motivation behind the brand. Being a mother to five children and a Cal State Long Beach graduate, she had a vision In 2004, which was changing how beauticians, parents, and kids take down braids. The idea was to revolutionize the beauty industry by changing how we take down braids and provide opportunities for young women and empower the black community.

 

The beauty industry lacks black ownership, and The Original UnBriader is to show black people, specifically young black women, that we can be innovators and solve our communities’ problems through our creativity. Natasha and her family sold the product locally from mall kiosks and beauty salons in California. Unfortunately, the business initially slowed when Anderson’s mother was diagnosed with breast cancer and subsequently passed. Khadija Imara stepped up as CEO after their grandmother’s passing and focused on her passion for black women’s entrepreneurship.

 

Not only having an impressive educational background, University of California, Davis B.A. class of 2018, and a Master of Educational Technology from Boise State University in 2020, Khadija has a natural affinity for procuring an efficient business that helps transcend boundaries. Imara’s goal was to fulfill her mother’s original mission to change how people unbraid their hair. Khadija is focused on bringing The Original UnBraider to black homes and black-owned businesses around the globe and has become a staple in black homes, next to the hot comb and the bonnet.

 

Overall, the vision of Natasha and Khadija is to provide a product that will reduce the take-down time for braids and use the business to uplift and empower the black community. With a multitude of successful preorders and an upcoming release via Amazon.

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First Locally Assembled Suzuki Swift Commissioned in Ghana

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First Locally Assembled Suzuki Swift Commissioned in Ghana

TOYOTA TSUSHO MANUFACTURING GHANA CO. LIMITED commissioned the first locally assembled Suzuki Swift in Ghana. TOYOTA TSUSHO MANUFACTURING GHANA CO. LIMITED (“TTMG”), Toyota Tsusho Corporation (“Toyota Tsusho”)’s vehicle assembly company in the Republic of Ghana, began SKD* production of Suzuki Motor Corporation (“Suzuki”)’s Swift compact car in Ghana in September 2022.

This is one of the initiatives based on the MOU on Cooperation in Developing Automotive Industry signed between Toyota Tsusho and the Government of Ghana at the Seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD7) held in Yokohama, Japan in August 2019. TTMG began SKD production of Toyota Motor Corporation’s (“Toyota”) pickup truck “Hilux” in June 2021. This is the first time that Toyota Tsusho produce Suzuki vehicles in Africa as well as mixed production of the two brands.

To mark the start of production, a ceremony was held in Ghana on January 30th. In attendance of the event was the Minister of Trade and Industry Samuel Abu Jinapor, Japanese Ambassador to the Republic of Ghana Hisanobu Mochizuki, and Suzuki Managing Officer Koichi Suzuki. Suzuki Managing Officer Suzuki, who attended the ceremony, said: “We would like to expand Suzuki’s presence in Ghana. We hope that the people of Ghana will grow fond to our products, including the Swift.” In addition, Toyota Tsusho COO for Africa Division Shinichiro Otsuka spoke about his hopes, stating that: “I would like to thank the Government of Ghana for their cooperation and ask for their continued support for the development of the automobile industry. Toyota Tsusho will make efforts with the spirit “With Ghana, For Ghana”.”

The Managing Officer for Middle East and Africa Division of Suzuki Motor Corporation Mr. Koichi Suzuki, in his address elaborated on the fact that the business had increased sales in Africa by 60% to 116 thousand units and in Ghana increased by 63% to over 1 thousand units in the year 2022 hence their decision to open an assembling plant in Ghana. This will also go a long way to continue to strengthen it to enhance Suzuki’s presence in Africa, especially in Ghana. He also

Suzuki was founded in 1909 as Suzuki Loom Works and has developed a wide range of products under the Suzuki brand, including motorcycles, automobiles and outboard motors. Suzuki is recognized worldwide as a brand of high-quality products that combine reliability and originality. Our mission is to develop high-value products that always prioritizes customers around the world.

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Elements Music & Arts Festival Announces Skrillex, Porter Robinson, Chris Lake, TOKiMONSTA, John Summit, Subtronics, LP Giobbi + More for 2023 Edition

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Today, Elements Music & Arts Festival, the Northeast’s premier boutique festival experience, has announced the phase one lineup for its 2023 edition. Best described as an escape unlike any other, Elements is co-created by all those who embark on the journey, fostering a creative getaway aimed to inspire and offer a break from the stresses of everyday life. It’s the ultimate carefree weekender where music, community, art, camping, and adventure join together in perfect unison, taking over Long Pond, Pennsylvania from August 10th-14th.

Long Pond proved to be the perfect new home for the revered Elements community in 2022, welcoming revelers to its magical fields and immersive forest landscapes. Quickly becoming a celebrated prodigal home for the long-running event, the location is one of the Northeast’s most unique venues, a clear capitulation of the imaginative feeling Elements has become known for amidst its dedicated community.

With the phase one lineup, Elements has delivered its most ambitious billing to date while providing something for fans of all styles of electronic music and jam. This is only an initial taste of the full musical offering this year, which will be twice the size of previous lineups at Elements with over 100 artists across 10 unique stages.

Headliners on the phase one lineup include some of the most in-demand tastemakers and creators in the scene. Attendees can look forward to a performance from the one-and-only Skrillex, along with the mesmerizing sounds of Porter Robinson (DJ Set), house music heavyweight founder Chris Lake who will be hosting a Black Book Records stage takeover, crowd-favorite John Summit, the potent musical stylings of the Pennsylvania kid Subtronics, and Belgian bass duo Ganja White Night.

Lovers of live electronic music will feel right at home with performances on deck from the classically-trained English vocalist Elderbrook and East Coast funk-jam icons Pigeons Playing Ping Pong. Those seeking out heavier electronic strains of dance are in for a treat with appearances by trippy low-end producer LSDREAM, the esoteric frequencies of globally revered beatsmith TOKiMONSTA, and the dark styles of Mersiv, Peekaboo, and Of The Trees. Level Up will offer her femme touch on the bass music sound, while Zingarareimagines the genre with her super-producer sensibilities.

House heads can rejoice as Elements has gathered some of the genre’s foremost modern flag bearers to soundtrack its return to Long Pond. LP Giobbi’s piano-weapon gold will be on full display with a FEMME HOUSE stake takeover along with French icon Tchami, followed up by the meteoric momentum of HoneyLuv, Dirtybird innovator Nala, and bass house superstar Noizu. Dutch duo Tinlicker bring an underground European flavor to the lineup alongside chart topper Westend and the laidback stylings of SNBRN. Electronic funk duo The Sponges will showcase their larger than life performances, while Kaleena Zanders sets forth a soulful, live vocal journey into the new-age corners of house music. The more melodic end of the 4/4 spectrum is represented by Anjuna’s own Qrion and All Day I Dream upstart David Hohme.

The four primary stages of the festival are aptly named to each represent one of the key elements that define not only the event’s experience, but the very fabric of the natural world it celebrates. Fire is the home for thrill-seekers who thrive off moments of spontaneous fun, while Earth presents a psychedelic paradise of neon trees, galactic mushrooms, and airborne jellyfish. Air offers a temple of melodies tucked deep in the forest, while the sunshine playground known as Water is where acrobats, pirates, and clowns are ever abounding and swimsuits are heavily encouraged.

Beyond the music, festival goers can explore a magical playground that includes Burning Man style art cars that are quickly becoming a staple of the Elements experience, 3D video projection mapping, large-scale art installations, and interactive performances in every direction, plus a Health & Wellness lineup featuring yoga, aromatherapy, dance, comedy, sound baths, and multidisciplinary workshops. Attendees can also stop by the vendor village for unique jewelry, creative art, and festival attire, or refuel from the dance floor at a 24-hour food court with an array of healthy and organic local food provided by Pocono Organics, one of North America’s largest regenerative organic certified farms.

The concept of co-creation remains pivotal to the Elements experience. A row of sanctioned theme camps bring their own renegade feel to the event’s programming, offering spontaneous spaces to explore through all hours of the day and night. Elements also relies on the feedback and polling of its community in order to shape the edition to come. When their dedicated attendees talk they listen, act, and evolve – molding the event’s lineup and production to mirror its ever-changing fanbase of music lovers and party people.

What started from humble roots has continued to evolve with Elements Festival now looking towards its 6th edition, yet still remaining purely independent in the process. Founded by Timothy Monkiewicz and Brett Herman in 2013, Elements has grown rapidly from a one-day event on the Brooklyn waterfront to an immersive camping experience that has quickly become a staple of the festival circuit. The move to Long Pond has aided in this growth, with Elements now hosted in the woodlands adjacent to the raceway. The venue is powered by an onsite solar farm, further assisting Elements in its long-term sustainability goals.

According to the founders, this venue was always part of the plan for Elements, noting “We first saw our new home outside of Pocono Raceway in 2016 when we were scoping the location for our first Elements campout. We instantly fell in love with the site, but it was way too big for a first year festival on a shoestring budget. Out of the 40+ locations we visited, it was by far the best, and we always knew that this would be the perfect home for Elements. We are beyond grateful that 6 years later we were able to move here.”

The venue is less than 2 hours from New York City and Philadelphia, making for an easy drive from a variety of locations throughout the Northeast. Shuttle passes will also be available for those looking to avoid driving, which provide rides from New York City, Philadelphia, Boston, and D.C. to and from the festival.

Tier One GA and VIP passes are currently on sale through the official Elements Festival website, with a price increase coming soon for Tier Two tickets. Both ticket types are moving quickly and are on track to sell out. Fans can also purchase passes with an initial deposit and pay the rest after, which is $47 for GA passes and $62 for VIP. Thursday early arrival passes can also be purchased, which allows attendees to beat the rush and celebrate the beginning of the festival with an exclusive pre-party with secret headliners. Elements also offers a variety of options related to accommodations, which range from car camping to on-site glamping, nearby hotels, and preset RVs and tents for those seeking an elevated experience.

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‘I AM INVESTIBLE’ project Officially launched

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The ‘I AM INVESTIBLE’ PROJECT which is headed by Samaritan Angels Limited has been officially launched.

The theme for the IAI project is ‘‘Accelerating the growth of entrepreneurs in Ghana and creating jobs.

Samaritan Angels Limited is a social Enterprise focused on accelerating the growth of local Ghanaian entrepreneurs and creating employment by providing access to development and growth.

The IAI initiative helps individuals who have already started business and give it a boost and also plan to focus on the informal sector and help local individual entrepreneurs.

The project seeks to create and employ 20,000 individuals in three years’ time and also deliver technical support and give grants to individuals who need money to push their businesses.

The main aim and objective of the IAI project is to enhance the capabilities of entrepreneurs.

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