Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Chickpea salad (on toast, cause, we don't go nowhere without toast)

I woke up this morning craving it, asked Katie P for the recipe, and voile:

What you need:
1 can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed (obviously)
1 tablespoon very thinly sliced black olives (chopped even)
1 tablespoon finely chopped red onion
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
1 tablespoon finely chopped Thai green chilis or jalapeno peppers (optional but c'mon we all crave the kick!)
Zest and juice from half a lemon (if you’ve got one of those sad, juice-less lemons, that sucks for you)
Couple of good pinches of salt (I like a nice sea salt or kosher salt)
A few grinds of black pepper
A dash of cumin (optional)
A few glugs of olive oil (you know what I mean)

Mix everything but the olive oil in a bowl. Very lightly smash the chickpea mixture with the back of a fork. You’re not looking for a hummus-like consistency but something closer to a coarse chop with a few smaller bits to hold it together. Add the glugs of olive oil, mix it lightly and you're done!

This is awesome as a sandwich on toasted bread, and it needs nothing else on it, but, if you want to live on the edge, throw in some harissa, I bet that would also be delicious.

Courtesy of Katie (via ‘wichcraft).  

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

What’s so special about Kenya’s Generation BUMP?

The young African consumer class is a highly prized demographic. Yet finding them can be tricky. Fraym recently used geospatial data to identify and locate Nigerians who are 18-34 years old, educated, and have money to spend. We found 29 million of them and dubbed this valuable demographic slice, Generation BUMP.

What about Kenya?  The Kenyan economy is growing rapidly, while its capital Nairobi is a stand-out performer on the Fraym Urban Markets Index, ranking 10th on the continent for metropolitan economic activity, consumer power, and trade and travel connections. Using neighborhood-level data across the country, Fraym identified Kenya’s Generation BUMP.

Kenya’s Generation BUMP is estimated at roughly 4.5 million strong, with just over 1 million living in Nairobi. But more than just sizable, this group is:

Banked. More than twice as likely to have a bank account (83 vs. 39 percent)
Urban. Three times as likely to live in an urban setting (65 vs. 22 percent)
Mobile. Phone ownership is nearly universal among Kenyan BUMPers at 98 percent (vs. 83 percent for non-BUMPers).
Plugged-in. Media consumption is starkly higher. They are more than twice as likely to regularly watch television (76 vs. 34 percent) or read newspapers (45 vs 18 percent).

Watch this space for more geospatial demographic and consumer analysis in other markets.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Impact of Boko Haram on Urbanization

Much attention has been placed on the rapid population growth in metropolitan Lagos. As one of Africa’s megacities and the growth engine for much of western Africa, that focus makes sense. However, the rate of urbanization actually has been much faster in historically less urban states, particularly due to the Boko Haram conflict.

As countries in the Lake Chad Basin continue to defend and rebuild areas affected by the Boko Haram insurgency, food insecurity is swelling across Cameroon, Chad, Niger, and Nigeria. The terrorist organization has caused over 20,000 deaths and displaced 2 million people since 2009 due to both violence and the inability of communities to maintain their farming-based livelihoods.

Where are these dislocated populations going?

See the Story map at

Monday, August 14, 2017

The Great Scooter Convergence in Nigeria

Nigeria has been in the press lately as a poster child for inequality as the income gap between the wealthy and the poor is, by some measures, widening. The World Bank estimates that 86 million Nigerians, almost half the population, live in extreme poverty.

Another way to think about inequality is to look at differences in asset ownership: do the poor possess assets that are associated with middle and upper-class standards of living?

We compared a decade’s worth of asset ownership data from household surveys and discovered an unexpected finding: ownership of scooters and motorcycles across different socioeconomic classes have converged.

Read more here.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Corridors Are the Key

Today at Youth Connekt Africa ECA's Executive Secretary Vera Songwe noted the need to focus on cities and corridors for greater impact in job creation with data and analysis from Fraym.