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Digital trading platform unlocks investment opportunities for Nigerians

October 17, 2019 • Finance, Online & Social, West AfricaComments (0)

Earlier this week, global trading platform, Chaka launched in Nigeria. The technology-enabled platform intends to give Nigerian users the opportunity to invest in stocks listed on NASDAQ, the New York Stock Exchange and the Nigerian Stock Exchange, offering over 4000 assets and indexes from companies such as Apple, Alibaba, Google and the S&P 500 index....

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3 things you should know about the new CEO of MTN Ivory Coast

October 14, 2019 • Careers, Mobile and Telecoms, West AfricaComments (0)

African network provider, MTN announced earlier this month that Djibril Ouattara has been appointed to the position of MTN Ivory Coast CEO, effective 1 November 2019. The appointment follows the departure of former CEO, Freddy Tchala in September. “In...

MainOne expands data centre into Accra

MainOne expands data centre into Accra

September 26, 2019 • Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on MainOne expands data centre into Accra

MainOne has announced that it will be expanding its data centre brand, MDXi into Ghana. The new data centre facility which will be based in Appolonia City, is expected to be ready for service in the fourth quarter of 2020. The data centre is expected to cater...

New HP partnership expands digital learning opportunities for women and girls in Africa

New HP partnership expands digital learning opportunities for women and girls in Africa

September 25, 2019 • Education, North Africa, Southern Africa, West AfricaComments Off on New HP partnership expands digital learning opportunities for women and girls in Africa

UN Women and HP have entered into a partnership in a bid to expand digital learning opportunities for women and girls in Senegal, South Africa, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Morocco. The collaboration will leverage UN Women’s African Girls...

FinTech startup on track to reshape mobile banking in Nigeria

FinTech startup on track to reshape mobile banking in Nigeria

September 16, 2019 • Finance, Startups, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on FinTech startup on track to reshape mobile banking in Nigeria

Paris-based fintech startup, FairMoney announced on Monday, 16 September 2019, that it has introduced an in-app payment function to its users, which allows them to top up their phone subscriptions, buy mobile data, pay electricity or internet bills. Other...

Nigerian entrepreneur wins first prize at the Africa 35.35 Awards

Nigerian entrepreneur wins first prize at the Africa 35.35 Awards

September 16, 2019 • People, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Nigerian entrepreneur wins first prize at the Africa 35.35 Awards

Nigerian Internet Entrepreneur Chidi Nwaogu has won the first prize in the ‘Entrepreneurship’ category at the 2019 Africa 35.35 Awards. The Awards aim to recognize 35 people under 35 from Africa or the African diaspora who have made outstanding...

Strategic alliance set to optimise HR in Ghana

Strategic alliance set to leverage AI-powered HR management system

September 16, 2019 • Company News, West AfricaComments Off on Strategic alliance set to leverage AI-powered HR management system

“This alliance is a perfect win-win for both BizMerlinHR and StratAfrique as we work toward a common goal to provide an integrated approach to empower organisations and their employees to drive productivity effectively,” says Franklin Ansah-Antwi,...

Launchpad Accelerator Africa Class 4 kicking off in Nigeria

Launchpad Accelerator Africa Class 4 kicks off in Nigeria

September 13, 2019 • East Africa, Southern Africa, Startups, West AfricaComments Off on Launchpad Accelerator Africa Class 4 kicks off in Nigeria

Google’s first regionally-based startup accelerator program, Google Launchpad Accelerator Africa announced that Class 4 kicked off in Nigeria on Thursday, 12 September. 12 startups from six countries form part of Class 4. All the selected startups...

New study highlights opportunities to optimize digital evolution in Africa

New study highlights opportunities to optimize digital evolution in Africa

September 10, 2019 • East Africa, General, North Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on New study highlights opportunities to optimize digital evolution in Africa

A recent research collaboration between the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth and The Fletcher School at Tufts University highlights the strengths and opportunities of six major countries in Africa for harnessing the true potential of technology to drive...

AirtelTigo female CEO resigns

AirtelTigo female CEO resigns

September 9, 2019 • People, West AfricaComments Off on AirtelTigo female CEO resigns

West African telecom operator, AirtelTigo announced on Monday, 9 September 2019 that CEO, Mitwa Kaemba Ng’ambi, will be leaving the company on Wednesday, 13 September 2019 for personal reasons. In the interim, Murthy Changanti, AirtelTigo COO, will take on...

African music streaming platform achieves record 1 million streams

African music streaming platform achieves record 1 million streams

September 6, 2019 • Startups, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on African music streaming platform achieves record 1 million streams

Just two weeks after launching, Playfre – Africa’s first music streaming platform – amassed a record 100,00 unique streams. The platform – created by Nigerian entrepreneur Chika Nwaogu – is looking to become the biggest music...

Solar panels being installed in West Africa by PEG Africa

PEG Africa raises $5 million for expansion in West Africa

September 4, 2019 • Mining & Energy, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on PEG Africa raises $5 million for expansion in West Africa

PEG Africa, a pay-as-you-go solar company based in West Africa, has recently raised $5 million from ElectriFI in order to continue its expansion in existing markets. PEG Africa finances and deploys solar energy to SMEs and households in West Africa. PEG...

Mastercard Foundation to bring 3 million employment opportunities to Ghana

Mastercard Foundation to bring 3 million employment opportunities to Ghana

September 2, 2019 • Education, People, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Mastercard Foundation to bring 3 million employment opportunities to Ghana

The Mastercard Foundation – founded in 2006 by global financial services company, Mastercard – announced the launch of a new initiative set to begin in Ghana aims to enable three million young people to access ‘dignified and...

Japan and the African Development Bank have announced a joint target of $3.5 billion to help Africa's private development sector. Health, electricity and transport have been identified as key priorities. Image sourced from the African Development Bank Group.

Japan and African Development Bank announce $3.5 billion to support Africa’s private sector development

September 1, 2019 • Features, Finance, Southern Africa, West AfricaComments Off on Japan and African Development Bank announce $3.5 billion to support Africa’s private sector development

On 30 August 2019, Japan and the African Development Bank announced a joint target of $3.5 billion under the Enhanced Private Sector Assistance for Africa initiative (EPSA4). The announcement was made at the 7th Tokyo International Conference on African...

Nigerian hospital becomes the first to invest in innovative MRI system

August 30, 2019 • Healthcare, West AfricaComments Off on Nigerian hospital becomes the first to invest in innovative MRI system

Medical equipment manufacturer, GE Healthcare announced on Thursday, 29 August 2019, that it has partnered with Memfys Hospital. The partnership will see Memfys become the first hospital in the South of Nigeria to install the GE Healthcare MRI systems. “As...

9mobile approved by AFC for $230 million loan. Image sourced from 9mobile.

9mobile receives $230 million loan

August 27, 2019 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on 9mobile receives $230 million loan

Nigerian telecommunications company, 9mobile, has recently been approved for a $230 million loan by the Africa Finance Corporation (AFC). The AFC is a pan-African multilateral development financial institution that was created with the goal of minimizing...