African Innovators Shine during Zayed Sustainability Prize’s 2019 Awards Ceremony

African innovators excelled at this year’s Zayed Sustainability Prize annual awards ceremony on January 14 2019, winning in three out of five categories including Energy, Food and Global High Schools. The 2019 Zayed Sustainability Prize, which is the UAE’s pioneering global award in sustainability, honoured leaders whose work and spirit of enterprise has resulted in […]

[Nigeria] CDC announces new investment to support high-growth SMEs

CDC, the UK’s development finance institution, has announced a new investment designed to support high-growth SMEs in Nigeria. CDC has made a US$15 million commitment to CardinalStone Capital Advisors Growth Fund (“CCA”). CCA is a first-time, Nigeria-focused fund that targets SMEs across six sectors: agriculture, industrials, FMCG, healthcare, education and financial services. CCA will use […]

Young Nigerian, Chimdindu Aneke Joins Facebook As Head Of Startups, Developers

Facebook (FB) has snatched a young Nigerian by name Chimdindu Aneke as Developer and Startup Programs Manager for Sub-Saharan Africa. Though no official statement has been released by Facebook, however, the excited Aneke took to his page to announce the development, adding that Africa’s journey is just 1% finished. His post: “I am highly adrenalized […]

Piggybank.ng Secures $1.1M Seed Funding

Founded in 2016 by Somto Ifezue, Odunayo Eweniyi and Joshua Chibueze, graduates of Covenant University, Nigeria, Piggybank.ng is positioned to fill a void for tens of millions of Nigerians, who have no access to credit, in a country where up to two years’ rent is often required upfront to secure a home. Targeting low-middle income savers in Nigeria, of which there are 26.5M with a market size of $2.2Bn, the fintech start-up is an automated savings platform where savers manage their finances by depositing small amounts of money [starting from as little as USD$1/day] on a daily, weekly or monthly basis, depending on their saving target, free of charge. Savers can expect to earn on average 6% per annum on automated savings or 10.95% per annum on the fixed deposit product, Safelock and can withdraw funds once per quarter. Piggybank.ng generates its revenues through asset management, which currently stands at 5 – 7%.  

Google’s Loon brings internet-by-balloon to Kenya

A network of giant balloons will soon bring internet access to remote regions of rural Kenya. Google’s sister-company Loon has announced its first commercial deal: partnering with Telkom Kenya to deliver connectivity to the region. The firm’s antennae-dangling fleet will ride the wind high above parts of the African country. But experts have warned that […]

NIGERIA TO HOST FIRST GOOGLE IMPACT CHALLENGE IN AFRICA

Technology giant, Google has launched a challenge for NGOs called “Google Impact Challenge.” This Initiative is the first of its kind in Africa, as stated by the Google Country Marketing Manager, Affiong Osuchukwu in Lagos, Nigeria. Osuchukwu said that the rationale behind the challenge was to solve Africa’s pressing challenges, maintaining that the tech company […]

Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [14/05/2018]

Looking to get into the South African startup scene or brush up on some of your skills? Well, you’ve come to the right place. This article is part of a weekly series that highlights all the top startup competitions, networking sessions, workshops and conferences around South Africa, and the greater region. If you have any event […]

Nigeria’s CcHub selects 4 startups for 2018 incubation programme

The Lagos-based Co-Creation Hub (CcHub) has selected four startups to take part in its 2018 incubation programme, providing them with US$25,000 in funding, free workspace and various types of support. CcHub opened the call for applications for its revamped incubation programme earlier this year, looking for teams with technology solutions that had gained some traction, were generating revenue, […]

Jos-based nHub launches developer outsourcing service

Jos-based innovation space nHub Nigeria has launched an outsourcing service to place upskilled young people remote placements with companies and other organisations. Launched in September 2015, nHub Nigeria aims to create a vibrant tech ecosystem in Jos. It secured angel investment in January 2017 to scale its operations. nHub Nigeria co-founder and chief executive officer (CEO) Daser David said the […]

Ghana’s PlaySafe making feminine hygiene products more accessible

Ghanaian startup PlaySafe is aiming to make feminine hygiene products more accessible across Africa, and has just launched its first product – a online period starter kit subscription service. The startup has just rolled out Pinkibox, an online period subscription kit service currently available in Accra and Tema. “The whole idea started in my final year […]

Are Nigerian telecoms subscribers happier in 2018?

The number of complaints by Nigerian telecoms subscribers in Q4 2017 decreased slightly according to the newly-summarised quarterly complaints report released by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC). The regulator said as, at the end of last year, it received a total of 17,247 complaints – representing a minor decrease from the Q3’s record of 18,711 […]

MTN picks Chapel Hill, RMB, others for planned IPO

Stakeholders expect biggest offer in market South African telecoms firm, MTN, has appointed a Nigerian investment firm, Chapel Hill Denham, as lead manager for the planned sale of $500 million shares in its Nigerian business during the first half of this year. A source said South Africa’s Rand Merchant Bank, Renaissance Capital and Vetiva Capital […]

Abuja hosts Africa at the 2018 Internet Freedom Forum

From April 24 to April 26, 2018, the city of Abuja will play host to the annual Internet Freedom Forum organized by Paradigm Initiative. The forum comes at an important time when many Africans fear for their freedom online. According to Paradigm Initiative, the Lagos-based organizers of the Forum, “the Forum helps bring attention to […]

Lagos begins removal of dangerous communication masts

The Lagos State Government said it had begun dismantling and removing abandoned and substandard communication masts compromising the safety of residents across the state. Mrs Olayemi Oni, general manager, Lagos State Infrastructure Maintenance and Regulatory Agency (LASIMRA), said the measure was to ensure safety and remove environmental hazards. She said the agency was reaching out […]

Nigeria’s DomainKing.NG announces Crazy Discounts on .NG domains

Nigeria’s leading accredited domain registrar DomainKing.NG has announced big discounts on new registrations of .ng domains till 30, April 2018. The company’s initiative is called the ‘Crazy NG Sale’. During the sale period from April 5 till 30th April 2018, Nigerian SMEs and individuals can register .ng domains at almost 70% reduction on normal .ng registration cost. The 3rd level .ng i.e. […]

Nigeria’s ChopUp secures worldwide distribution deal

Nigerian gaming startup ChopUp has secured a partnership with US-based mobile game publisher GameMine, for its Africa-themed games to be distributed worldwide. Launched in 2012 in Nigeria, ChopUp is a mobile gaming company developing locally relevant games with an African narrative, with the games allowing users to interact based on in-game achievements. The partnership announced last week […]

Finde, an exciting new App that finds tourist sites, announces events, describes businesses

There are many beautiful tourists sites in Ghana hidden but begging to be found and patronized. There are many businesses, small-scale enterprises operating in the dark waiting for cheaper, a better place to announce their presence and their services. If you are neither a tourist nor a business owner, you, at least, must have organized […]

BitPesa plotting continued African expansion

Kenya-based payments startup BitPesa is planning further expansion across Africa after making Ghana its latest market, but is focused on strategic partnerships rather than further funding at this point. Disrupt Africa reported last week BitPesa, a digital foreign exchange and payments platform that leverages blockchain settlement to lower the cost and increase the speed of business payments […]

Nigeria’s greatness will be anchored on science and technology, says Onu

*Chemistry pavilion building inaugurated at ASCO in Imo, to be replicated in six -geo-political zones  The Federal Government has declared that its greatness would be anchored by its attachment to Science and Technology. It also said the collaboration with the Vatican City of Catholic community would be sustained. Minister of Science and Technology,  Dr. Ogbonnaya […]

Transportation

  The provision of infrastructure and operations in all modes of transport in Ghana are dominated by the state. Except in the case of road transport, the public sector has been heavily involved in operations in all modes and has monopoly over rail and inland water transport. Road: Road transport is very important to the […]

Airtel Tigo integrates money transfer platforms

Customers of Airtel Money and Tigo Cash will by the end of April 2018, be integrated into a single platform to allow for mobile money transactions. This is according to the CEO of Airtel Tigo, Roshi Motman. The move which will make them the second biggest mobile money operator in the country also forms part […]

Airtel Tigo joins calls for 5G network in Ghana

The Chief Executive Officer of Airtel Tigo, Roshi Motman has called on the National Communications Authority (NCA) to work towards the acquisition of a 5G Spectrum in the country to reflect the evolving communication space in the world. According to her, the NCA has not been clear on its policy direction towards improved internet coverage […]

Operator brings 10,000 wi-fi hotspots to Lagos for broadband

Facilities-based telecommunications firm, Swift Networks, will bring 10, 000 wi-fi hotspots to Lagos between now and the next six months. To achieve this, Swift Network will partner with leading global brands to offer the service, which is going to be free, at designated places in the state. With 500 hotspots already activated, the Chief Executive […]

Tecno Camon CM debuts for professionals

For professionals, who are tech savvy, one gadget that promises to enhance their professionalism is Camon CM. Camon CM is the latest smartphone from the stable of Tecno, a leading Chinese original equipment manufacturer (OEM). The firm revealed that it took the research and development team over 15 months to come out with such a […]

Samsung stretches competition with Galaxy S9 series

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. introduces the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+, the smartphones that reimagine the way people communicate, share and experience the world. Made for an age in which consumers increasingly communicate and express themselves more with images, videos and emojis, the Galaxy S9 and S9+ drive innovation with Samsung’s advanced camera. Redesigned with […]

Facebook targets female entrepreneurs in Nigeria with new initiative

social media platform, Facebook has unveiled an initiative, #SheMeansBusiness, designed to inspire and train female entrepreneurs across the country to build, grow and start their own businesses. Facebook noted that in a recent study conducted by Development Economics on behalf of the platform, it is estimated that businesses set up by women in Nigeria over […]

NITA gets new Director-General Ministry of Communications

Mr. David K. Gyewu has been appointed Acting Director-General of the National Information Technology Agency (NITA) with immediate effect. A statement issued by the Ministry of Communications holds that Mr. Gyewu is an experienced business operations strategist and technology specialist with experience at a high and senior level in both the private sector and governmental […]

Ghana’s National Communications Authority (NCA) is expected to issue a second 4G spectrum in June

Ghana’s National Communications Authority (NCA) is expected to issue a second 4G spectrum in June this year, according to the country’s communications minister Ursula Owusu Ekuful. The Minister said the license would be issued via auction, which places pressure on Ghana’s second largest operator Vodafone to secure the license after MTN secured the first one […]

Africa’s newest startup hubs are expanding beyond its legacy tech markets

Almost 130 tech hubs have opened across Africa in under two years, showcasing a maturing entrepreneurial ecosystem and a rising interest in the potential of local markets. A total of 442 active incubators, accelerators, and co-working spaces were recorded on the continent as of early March by the global telecoms industry body GSM Association. That’s a jump from 2016 […]

TECH: See Full List Of 9mobileNG Data Plans Subscription Codes & Prices

Wonderful 9mobile data plans Nobody will have to tell you that 9mobile is one among the fastest network. 9mobile has all types of data plans that will suite your needs like daily, weekly, monthly plans, night and weekend plans. In any case, it can be used on Modem, gameconsole, PC, windows, iPOD, smartphones iPAD iOS, […]

MTN wants to be Africa’s biggest bank

MTN, Africa’s biggest mobile operator, is gunning to become Africa’s biggest bank. The ambitious business strategy was revealed by MTN CEO Rob Shuter yesterday during the Deloitte Africa in 2018 Outlook conference in Woodmead. “The core digital service that we have decided to put our money on is Mobile Money,” said Shuter. “Mobile Money is […]

NCC Orders MTN, Glo, Airtel & Others To Extend 30-day Data Expiry Period

Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has directed all Telecoms Operators to give 14 -days grace for subscribers to exhaust their remaining data after the 30 days expiration period. ThisDay newspaper reports Ms. Hellen Obi, who represented the Executive Vice Chairman NCC, Professor Umar Danbata, stated this yesterday, in Minna, the Niger State capital, at the Consumers Conversation […]

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