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As far as tech and innovation news goes, the past ten days have been pretty eventful-- what with the George Soros-backed Leapfrog raising $800 million to invest in Africa, Yahoo admitting to yet another massive data breach, and the Egyptian VC, Algebra Capital, launching a $50 million fund.

However, the team at the African Tech Round-up is technically on break, so we've had to reign in the desire to cover the week’s headlines. We reckon that there'll be plenty of time to get into of all that in 2017, and we hope you’ll stay listening because while we’re away over the next four weeks, the show will go on!

In place of our regular programming, we’ll share sneak-previews of episodes from the brand-spanking new season of the African Tech Conversations series which starts on Friday, December 16th 2016. The series features the likes of Eline Blauboer, Managing Partner at TBL Mirror Fund and Safaricom Spark Venture Fund, Chad Larson, Co-founder and Chief Credit Officer at M-KOPA, Simon Carpenter, Chief Technology Advisor at SAP Africa, and more.

This week, though, we’re ringing in the Festive Season by sharing moments from Andile Masuku's in-depth conversation with the Ethiopian-born, Solomon Assefa-- an MIT PhD who is the Director of IBM Research in Africa.