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Valued at over $5.4bn MTN is the only African brand valued over a billion dollars. Apple, at $105bn replaced Samsung as the most valuable non-African brand, while Coca Cola retained its position as the most admired non-African brand in Africa. Coca-Cola toppled MTN as the overall most admired brand in Africa.
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Another one who makes the list is Lupita Nyong'o, who set fashion blogs on fire and left film critics in awe, as she gracefully carried the beauty of Africa to the global stage. Celebrated by New African for winning an Oscar for her role in '12 Years a Slave', the academy award winning actress was also appointed ambassador for Lancôme cosmetics and named as Glamour's woman of the year.
Afro-IP is going to be involved in promoting a seminar in the new year (probably February) on the protection African legacies using IP. We will look at structuring, protection, nurturing and licensing models unique to African personalities. If you are interested in attending or speaking or knowing more, please let me know here.
Cochrane Steel appeals keyword decision
Finally, if you have been following Africa's first keyword decision, Cochrane Steel have now sought leave to appeal to the SCA. Further information on this case to follow.