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Sir Tim Berners-Lee celebrates 30th anniversary of the web in Nigeria

Sir Tim Berners-Lee celebrates 30th anniversary of the web in Nigeria

March 15, 2019 • General, West AfricaComments Off on Sir Tim Berners-Lee celebrates 30th anniversary of the web in Nigeria

Africa-focussed venture capital firm, TLcom hosted Internet founder and pioneer, Sir Tim Berners-Lee at Westwood Hotel, Ikoyi, Lagos. The VC firm welcomed Sir Tim to an intimate tech industry reception, with key figures from Africa’s tech community in attendance, including Elo Umeh, CEO of Terragon and Etop Ikpe, CEO of Cars45. Hosted in partnership...

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Yodiwo partnership to transform smart retail sector in Africa

Konga migrates to Intel Retail Accelerator Programme

March 15, 2019 • Retail, West AfricaComments Off on Konga migrates to Intel Retail Accelerator Programme

Nigerian e-commerce site, Konga has announced that it has migrated to the Retail Accelerator Program of global technology company Intel, thereby becoming the first e-commerce company in sub-Saharan Africa to achieve the feat. Konga’s elevation to the...

Vodafone Institute launches the next round of F-LANE

Vodafone Ghana to rollout 4G network on March 19

March 14, 2019 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Vodafone Ghana to rollout 4G network on March 19

Vodafone Ghana has announced that it will launch its 4G network service across major cities in Ghana on Tuesday, 19 March 2019. The Chief Executive Officer of Vodafone Ghana, Yolanda Cuba, revealed at the pre-launch that the technical team of the company have...

20 African start ups enter World Bank Group tech acceleration program

20 African startups enter World Bank Group tech acceleration program

March 12, 2019 • Finance, Startups, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on 20 African startups enter World Bank Group tech acceleration program

Twenty Francophone African tech startups will participate in the L’Afrique Excelle residency in Mali, a full-week boot camp set to kick off the Francophone edition of the World Bank Group’s XL Africa, tech start-up accelerator. From 24 to 30 March,...

Nigerian and Tanzanian students lead Huawei's ICT competition

Nigerian and Tanzanian students lead Huawei’s ICT competition

March 12, 2019 • East Africa, General, West AfricaComments Off on Nigerian and Tanzanian students lead Huawei’s ICT competition

Students from Nigeria and Tanzania were the overall joint winners of this year’s Sub Saharan regional finals of Huawei’s global ICT Competition. The winners were announced at the Huawei regional headquarter in Woodmead, Johannesburg. Together with...

Winch Energy lights up 24 Villages in Sierra Leone

Winch Energy lights up 24 villages in Sierra Leone

March 12, 2019 • Mining & Energy, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Winch Energy lights up 24 villages in Sierra Leone

Winch Energy has announced that it has signed a contract with the Ministry of Energy in Sierra Leone; to provide electricity to 24 towns and villages in northern Sierra Leone through solar mini-grids as part of a public-private partnership project. The Rural...

MTN Nigeria

MTN Nigeria rolls out smart feature phone running on KaiOS

March 11, 2019 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on MTN Nigeria rolls out smart feature phone running on KaiOS

MTN has started to roll out its new Smart S 3G phone across all of its African markets. The telco launched MTN Smart, a smart feature phone running on Kai Operating System (KaiOS) in Nigeria. MTN Smart comes with two cameras, a 2-day battery life with...

Nigeria: OneFi secures $5 mln debt facility

Nigeria: OneFi secures $5 mln debt facility

March 9, 2019 • Finance, Startups, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Nigeria: OneFi secures $5 mln debt facility

One Finance Limited has announced that it has secured a $5 million debt facility for its consumer-facing platform, Paylater. The facility comes from New York and Nairobi-based Lendable, a technology-enabled funding provider to African consumer and SME...

Pan African Towers signs $20 million infrastructural investment deal

Nigeria: Pan African Towers signs $20 million infrastructural investment deal

March 7, 2019 • Mining & Energy, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Nigeria: Pan African Towers signs $20 million infrastructural investment deal

Pan African Towers (PAT) Limited, a Nigerian firm has signed a $20 million infrastructure investment deal with Canadian firm, Watt Renewable Corporation. The partnership will see Watt Renewable provide alternative energy solutions like solar and other...

African Development bank equips Nigerians with coding and digital skills

African Development bank equips Nigerians with coding and digital skills

March 6, 2019 • Education, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on African Development bank equips Nigerians with coding and digital skills

The African Development Bank through its “Coding for Employment” initiative, seeks to create 25 million jobs across the continent, developing and launching Africa’s next generation of digitally enabled youthful workforce. In February 2018, the...

Jumia pens deal with smartphone maker Xiaomi

Jumia pens deal with smartphone maker Xiaomi

March 6, 2019 • East Africa, Online & Social, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Jumia pens deal with smartphone maker Xiaomi

Nigerian e-commerce platform, Jumia has announced a partnership with Chinese smartphone maker, Xiaomi. With this partnership, Jumia will open the Mi, Xiaomi’s flagship phone brand, official store on its platform giving access to customers across 14...

Mastercard Foundation Fund selects 5 African countries for Rural Prosperity

Mastercard Foundation Fund selects 5 African firms for Rural Prosperity

March 5, 2019 • East Africa, Finance, Southern Africa, West AfricaComments Off on Mastercard Foundation Fund selects 5 African firms for Rural Prosperity

The Mastercard Foundation Fund for Rural Prosperity (FRP) has announced that five companies will receive a total of US$4,438,551 to support its financial inclusion agenda in Africa. The five companies, with projects in Burundi, Ghana, Mali, Tanzania, and...

Nigerian fintech startup closes $5.5 mln Series A Round

Nigerian fintech startup closes $5.5 mln Series A Round

March 1, 2019 • Startups, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Nigerian fintech startup closes $5.5 mln Series A Round

Nigerian fintech company, TeamApt has closed on a $5.5M Series A round, led by Quantum Capital Partners. The Lagos-based company is a leader in the development of Digital Banking, Digital Business solutions and running Payment Infrastructure for Africa....

Ghana: NCA revokes Expresso telecom's licence

Ghana: NCA revokes Expresso telecom’s licence

February 28, 2019 • Mobile and Telecoms, West AfricaComments Off on Ghana: NCA revokes Expresso telecom’s licence

The license of Kasapa Telecoms Limited, operators of 028 numbers under the Expresso telecom brand, has been revoked revealed the National Communications Authority (NCA). Kasapa Telecom Limited is not licensed to provide any telecommunication services in...

Orange launches a new smart feature phone powered by KaiOS

February 26, 2019 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Orange launches a new smart feature phone powered by KaiOS

Orange has partnered with KaiOS Technologies and UNISOC to launch a phone with voice recognition at $US 20 in 16 countries in Africa and the Middle-East : Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central Africa Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Côte...

MainOne, Facebook roll out open-access fibre network in Nigeria

MainOne, Facebook roll out open-access fibre network in Nigeria

February 26, 2019 • Online & Social, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on MainOne, Facebook roll out open-access fibre network in Nigeria

MainOne has announced a partnership with Facebook to roll out a metro fibre infrastructure project in two states of Nigeria. The infrastructure collaboration is part of Facebook’s efforts to connect more people to broadband internet. As part of this...