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GTBank, Etisalat Offer New Retail Banking Service

May 27, 2015 • Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Guaranty Trust Bank plc, a leading financial institution in Africa and Etisalat, a Nigerian telecommunications company have partnered to introduce GTEasySavers, a savings account that is easy to open and easy to save; designed to enable under-banked and unbanked individuals achieve their financial goals while operating a regular bank account via their...

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Benin: Telecom operators must repay overbilled customers

May 27, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Benin telecommunications operators Spacetel, Etisalat and Glo have all been ordered by telecom regulator Arcep to pay back customers for overbilled telecom services. The move comes after users had complained about overbilling. The authority said that due...

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MTN Nigeria asked to shelve new tariff plan

May 27, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

MTN Nigeria is feeling the heat from the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and is not permitted to implement a new price plan for users. The NCC has warned MTN Nigeria that if it moves forward with the new pricing, it could face “serious...

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Nigeria’s raises $1.2M for African expansion

May 27, 2015 • Online, Startups, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

The largest hotel bookings website in Nigeria,, has raised $1.2 million to expand across Africa from a number of investors including EchoVC Pan-Africa Fund and Omidyar Network, a venture capital firm launched by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar. Founded...

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Nigerian fuel crisis sets social media ablaze

May 25, 2015 • Online, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

According to a report via the BBC, banks in Nigeria have cut opening times, flights have been cancelled, and telecom operators are now looking at restricting services as Nigeria faces a fuel crisis. According to the report, the party of President-elect...

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Nigeria: Top 10 most viewed YouTube music videos of all time

May 25, 2015 • Lists, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

According to the latest figures from the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), the number of internet users in Nigeria increased to 83.4 million in February 2015. According to the NCC there was an increase of 1.32 million internet users on GSM and CDMA...

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E-waste collection drive concludes in Benin

May 21, 2015 • Company News, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

MTN and Ericsson’s electrical and electronic equipment waste (e-waste) collection and awareness drive in Benin has ended. According to both companies more than 20 tons of e-waste was collected. The campaign was geared towards creating awareness about the...


Nigeria: RLG inks manufacturing deal with Airtel

May 19, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

According to a report via, Airtel Nigeria has inked an agreement with device manufacturing firm, RLG. The deal will see RLG produce handsets for potential Airtel subscribers. The regional director of RLG in West and Central Africa, Tosin...

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Glo Nigeria relaunches youth package

May 12, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

With youth on the minds of telecommunications companies across Africa, Nigerian mobile operator Globacom announced it had relaunched Glo Bounce, a special rate package aimed at youth and “the young-at-heart.” It comes on the heels of numerous operators...

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Local apps get free download from MTN Nigeria

May 12, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

MTN Nigeria has announced a month of free downloads for all Nigerian applications that fall under the APPtitude promotion from the leading telecommunications operator. The goal is to continue to increase the number of local apps on the market as an effort to...

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Microsoft appoints new Ghana country manager

May 12, 2015 • People, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Microsoft is moving forward on its promises of putting local candidates forward for management positions by appointing Derek Appiah as country manager for Ghana. The move comes as Microsoft Ghana has seen its staff become 100 percent Ghanaian and hope to...

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MTN Ghana offers add-ons for recharging customers

May 11, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

With the goal of maintaining current subscription levels and to entice new users to join the ranks of MTN Ghana, the company announced that it has begun selling the new Samsung S6 mobile phone and is offering customers 2.5 GB of free data for six months and a...

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Vodafone Ghana to invest USD 700 mln in network

May 7, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

As part of Vodafone Ghana’s overall push to increase its services and connectivity in the West African country, it has announced an investment of around USD 700 million to improve its network capacity and lines across Ghana. Vodafone subsidiaries across...


Airtel Nigeria partners with Oando Marketing

May 7, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Oando Marketing and Airtel Nigeria have announced a strategic retail partnership. The aim of the new partnership is to deliver Airtel products to customers, across Nigeria, using the expertise and knowledge that Oando already has in understanding multiple...

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What if African nations operated as one big innovation ecosystem?

May 6, 2015 • East Africa, Features, North Africa, Opinion, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

With the fourth edition of the Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) around the corner, I am eagerly waiting to meet the creators of the latest innovations that were shortlisted for the Award. I find myself preoccupied with a subject that both excites me and...

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Etisalat Nigeria partnering with taxi service Uber

May 5, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Etisalat Nigeria has announced a new partnership with taxi sharing service provider, Uber, in an effort to boost the San Francisco-based ride-sharing company’s access to Etisalat customers in the West African country. According to the company, Etisalat...