The COVID-19 worldwide pandemic has had and could continue to have long-lasting devastating effects on all social and economic sectors. For Nigeria, the pandemic can be seen as an eye-opener and a rude awakening to a new normal-knowledge economy. Apart from certain ingenious initiatives in Lagos and a few other states, Nigeria’s overall response to […]

Continue Reading How Telecoms Can Rebuild Nigeria in the Wake of COVID-19

How Telecoms Can Rebuild Nigeria in the Wake of COVID-19

Nigeria’s lockdown triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic has increased the usage of SMSs – the quintessential short message service used all across the world – as subscribers were discovered to have sent over 1-billion messages within the last month. Though this mass of messages was largely free, checks on some operators revealed the rate of […]

Continue Reading Over 1 Billion SMSs Sent since the Beginning of Lockdown in Nigeria

Over 1 Billion SMSs Sent since the Beginning of Lockdown in Nigeria

In the second quarter of 2018, youth unemployment peaked at 38% in Nigeria. Although there are no recent statistics, experts in the labour sector say the figure has surged year-on-year. Now with the worldwide reaching effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the situation has become direr as various sectors of the economy and industries stand greatly […]

Continue Reading How Technology Can Help Youth Unemployment in Nigeria

How Technology Can Help Youth Unemployment in Nigeria

Microsoft 4Afrika and Andela have partnered to implement the ALCwithMicrosoft Azure Training 2020 to up-skill developers in Kenya and Nigeria through an immersive program where selected developers will work to learn basic skills in Azure, via the LinkedIn Learning platform. The program is focused on training software engineers in learning the basics of Azure, a […]

Continue Reading Andela Partners with Microsoft to Launch Azure Training Program

Andela Partners with Microsoft to Launch Azure Training Program

Beating Corona Nigeria, the country’s leading virtual intervention database has restructured its model to help disadvantaged Nigerians in need of interventions connect with the relevant non-profits. The platform itself kicked off last month, 9 April, and has recorded a massive amount of data. It continues to actively connect interveners to the people who need access […]

Continue Reading Platform Simplifies Access to COVID-19 Interventions in Nigeria

Platform Simplifies Access to COVID-19 Interventions in Nigeria

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the fragile state of Nigeria’s education system. A system which the Guardian Nigeria describes as “messy,” one that “lacks information and communications technology (ICT) ingredients, leaving the system to churn out half-baked graduates.” They write that with the continued closure of schools in an attempt to contain the spread of […]

Continue Reading COVID-19 Exposes Lack of ICT Policy in Nigeria’s Education System

COVID-19 Exposes Lack of ICT Policy in Nigeria’s Education System

Opera’s African fintech startup OPay remains committed to building a multi-service super app in Nigeria as the foundation to expand on the continent. OPay will also continue to operate ORide for limited passenger service — though the company is shifting the motorcycle ride-hail operation toward logistics businesses. These updates were offered by Opera’s VP of […]

Continue Reading Opera’s OPay Still Planning African Expansion via Nigerian “Super App”

Opera’s OPay Still Planning African Expansion via Nigerian “Super App”

Nigerian firms that offer extensive customer support on their platforms are eagerly snapping up chatbot solutions to improve Customer Experience (CX) and drive down costs. This technology is becoming simpler, cheaper to deploy, and can be integrated across various chat channels. Chatbots are rapidly changing the game for many businesses, as AI-driven bots start to […]

Continue Reading Chatbot Uptake to Remain Robust in Nigeria

Chatbot Uptake to Remain Robust in Nigeria

Engineers in the field of electronics have thrown their weight behind the need for Nigeria to deploy 5G technology. This comes after the country’s communication commission announced that, despite news on social media, it had not given out any licenses for network operators to begin to deploy 5G technologies. These engineers, under the umbrella of […]

Continue Reading 5G Critical to Nigeria’s Development, Claim Engineers

5G Critical to Nigeria’s Development, Claim Engineers

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) is adamant that it has not yet issued 5G licenses to any of the countries operators – despite rumours spread via social media platforms that claim the local telecoms industry would switch on 5G networks in Lagos this week. In an official statement, the NCC says that these rumours couldn’t […]

Continue Reading NCC says No 5G Licenses have been Issued to Network Operators in Nigeria

NCC says No 5G Licenses have been Issued to Network Operators in Nigeria

Ghanaian telecom operator, AirtelTigo has announced its partnership with popular mobile web browser Opera Mini to offer free data and browsing on the Opera Mini browser and Opera News App for three months. Through the partnership, both new and existing AirtelTigo customers will automatically receive free 50MB data every day to access the latest local […]

Continue Reading AirtelTigo and Opera Offer Free Data and Browsing in Ghana

AirtelTigo and Opera Offer Free Data and Browsing in Ghana

A man in Nigeria was sentenced to death via the popular video conferencing app Zoom this week – this after courts in Nigeria turn to video-conferencing platforms as the country struggles under nationwide lockdown due to COVID-19. CNN reports that in a virtual court hearing on Monday, Olalekan Hameed was found guilty of murdering his […]

Continue Reading Nigerian Man Receives Death Sentence via Zoom – A Look at the Future of Correctional Systems?

Nigerian Man Receives Death Sentence via Zoom – A Look at the Future of Correctional Systems?

Many organisations across Africa are finding themselves transitioning their workforce to remote work at home as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. IT departments are re-architecting their environments on the fly to allow for remote access. Now, according to a report by Serianu, Pan-African based Cybersecurity and Business consulting firm, “in Nigeria, remote connections have […]

Continue Reading Remote Connections Up 44% During Lockdown in Nigeria

Remote Connections Up 44% During Lockdown in Nigeria

Gozem has officially integrated Etisalat Benin’s mobile money capabilities to its app.  Essentially, the integration means that Gozem customers can now use Moov Money to safely top up their Gozem wallets and take trips without cash. This move could see hundreds of Gozem users in Benin benefiting from the simplicity and security of Moov Money […]

Continue Reading Gozem Benin Integrates Etisalat Moov Money into App

Gozem Benin Integrates Etisalat Moov Money into App

Biotech company 54Gene has increased Nigeria’s laboratory testing capacity for COVID-19 with a mobile laboratory in Ogun, a state in the South-West of the country. In addition to its DNA biobank lab in Lagos, the number of molecular laboratories in the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC)’s network of coronavirus test centres rises to 17 […]

Continue Reading Biotech Startup Rolls Out Mobile Lab to Boost COVID-19 Testing in Nigeria

Biotech Startup Rolls Out Mobile Lab to Boost COVID-19 Testing in Nigeria

Multichoice Nigeria has announced that it will give DStv and GOtv customers massive discounts – of up to 44 per cent and 74 per cent respectively – in a bid to ease the impact of the ongoing socio-economic crisis in the country. Martin Mabutho, CCO of MultiChoice Nigeria, told The Eagle that these discounts are […]

Continue Reading MultiChoice Offers Discounts to DStv and GOtv Customers in Nigeria

MultiChoice Offers Discounts to DStv and GOtv Customers in Nigeria

Africa focused payment startup PalmPay has waived transfer fees in Nigeria and is offering direct payouts to customers who have contracted COVID-19 in the country, according to Tech Crunch. Launched in 2019, and backed by Chinese mobile-phone manufacturer Transsion, PalmPay has created the PalmPay Support Fund. The initiative will start with around $300-thousand (100-million Naira) […]

Continue Reading Nigerian Startup Creates 100-Million Naira COVID-19 Payout Fund

Nigerian Startup Creates 100-Million Naira COVID-19 Payout Fund

A group of tech innovators have created a crowdfunding platform to receive and distribute relief funds to financially distressed Nigerians. We Are Together is a crowdfunded COVID-19 relief fund for the country. The website was set up in response to the socio-economic distress many Nigerians face as a result of the global pandemic and the […]

Continue Reading Nigerian Tech Innovators Establish COVID-19 Crowdfunded Donation Platform

Nigerian Tech Innovators Establish COVID-19 Crowdfunded Donation Platform

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) will begin repurposing equipment designed for HIV and tuberculosis tests to accelerate COVID-19 testing, reports Tech Cabal. This is according to Chikwe Ihekweazu, director-general of the NCDC, who relayed the information on an audience participation video session on Thursday last week – live-streamed on Facebook and Twitter. NCDC […]

Continue Reading Nigeria to Use HIV Test Equipment to Accelerate COVID-19 Testing

Nigeria to Use HIV Test Equipment to Accelerate COVID-19 Testing

MTN Ghana, as part of its Y’ello Hope package to support the government’s efforts to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19, is providing free Internet connectivity to over 100 educational sites for private and public school students across the country, according to News Ghana. The package which seeks to promote e-learning will enable students and teachers […]

Continue Reading Over 245,000 Ghanaians Benefit from MTN’s Free Education Websites

Over 245,000 Ghanaians Benefit from MTN’s Free Education Websites

Nigeria, and indeed the world, faces an unprecedented crisis in the form of COVID-19, and the country’s lack of preparedness is glaring. However, The Guardian Nigeria reports that – having tried everything and failed – investment in innovation and knowledge economy can help the country navigate its way out of this recession. The Guardian notes […]

Continue Reading The Key to Nigeria’s Economic Regeneration is in Indigenous Software, say Experts

The Key to Nigeria’s Economic Regeneration is in Indigenous Software, say Experts

Facebook is expanding its Coronavirus Information Centre to Ghana, following its launch across 17 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa last week. Created as part of Facebook’s efforts to help the global fight against COVID-19, users in Ghana will now be able to access the latest news and information from trusted health authorities as well as resources […]

Continue Reading Facebook Launches COVID-19 Info Centre in Ghana

Facebook Launches COVID-19 Info Centre in Ghana

A joint venture fund aimed at growing women-led businesses in Africa has reached its second close at $75-million and will announce its first investment soon, reports Tech Cabal. Known as Alitheia IDF, the fund focuses on investments for SMEs with high-growth potential in Africa. The fund invests in businesses that are majority-owned, majority-run or mainly […]

Continue Reading Fund for Women-Led African Enterprises Reaches $75-Million

Fund for Women-Led African Enterprises Reaches $75-Million

Telecommunications service provider Airtel Nigeria has announced a commitment of over $4.9-million towards the fight against COVID-19 in Nigeria, reports The Guardian Nigeria. In a breakdown of the pledged sum, Airtel says that about $500-thousand will go towards the provision of an isolation centre or any required medical facility as deemed appropriate with the health […]

Continue Reading Airtel Nigeria Commits $4.9-million to Curb Virus Spread

Airtel Nigeria Commits $4.9-million to Curb Virus Spread

Google provides a unique insight into the major moments and top trends of the week based on the most popular searches conducted in Nigeria. Search trends information is gleaned from data collated by Google based on what Nigerians have been searching for and asking Google. The information goliath processes more than 40 000 search queries […]

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Nigeria’s Top 10 Google Searches this Week

Last week, LifeBank announced via Instagram that it was building a national register of ventilators, respirators and ICU beds in Nigeria – reports Tech Cabal. LifeBank founder, Temie Giwa-Tubosun says that they had found 126 units, possibly comprising all three equipment categories as the company had reached 200 hospitals across the country. Now, two days […]

Continue Reading COVID-19 News: Tech Companies Work to Solve the Ventilator Shortage in Nigeria

COVID-19 News: Tech Companies Work to Solve the Ventilator Shortage in Nigeria

The world is reeling from the impact of the novel coronavirus, companies are suffering from cuts in profits and thousands of employees are forced home. However, what seems like a desperate moment in history can actually be turned into a great opportunity. Why, you might ask? The answer is simple, necessity is the mother of […]

Continue Reading 3 Innovative Opportunities COVID-19 has Created for Tech Companies

3 Innovative Opportunities COVID-19 has Created for Tech Companies

Medical diagnostics distributor, Redbird has launched a COVID-19 Daily Check-in App and Symptom Tracker in its bid to counter the spread of Coronavirus across the African continent. Accessible as a browser-based app via covid19.redbird.co, Redbird’s COVID-19 check-in app is a way for every person to self-report symptoms without needing to visit a healthcare facility and […]

Continue Reading Ghanaian Startup Launches COVID-19 Symptom Tracker App

Ghanaian Startup Launches COVID-19 Symptom Tracker App

Nigerian health and biotech startup 54Gene has raised $500,000 for a fund aimed at improving Nigeria’s capacity to carry out tests fro COVID-19. Known as the Nigeria COVID-19 Testing Support Fund – this fund will enable the ramping up of for the testing of the virus by up to 1000 additional tests a day, says […]

Continue Reading Nigerian Biotech Startup Raises $500,000 to Boost COVID-19 Testing

Nigerian Biotech Startup Raises $500,000 to Boost COVID-19 Testing

The COVID-19 pandemic has been cause for alarm across the world in recent months – from disrupting global economies and international trade relations to perpetuating the largest work-from-home migration. In the wake of this outbreak, fake news has wreaked havoc as people try to decipher what’s real and what’s fiction. Unsurprisingly, a number of fraudsters […]

Continue Reading NITDA is Shutting Down Fake COVID-19 Websites in Nigeria

NITDA is Shutting Down Fake COVID-19 Websites in Nigeria

Fiam Wifi, a new telecommunication company has launched its services in Nigeria to provide affordable and reliable Internet connectivity to people, especially in high-demand, low-income and rural communities, says Vanguard. Fiam Wifi, a new telecommunication company has launched its services in Nigeria to provide affordable and reliable internet connectivity to people especially in high-demand, low-income […]

Continue Reading Fiam WiFi Plans to Bring Affordable, Reliable Internet to Lagos

Fiam WiFi Plans to Bring Affordable, Reliable Internet to Lagos

New guidebooks are being released this year that profile some of Africa’s most innovative and impactful startups. Covering start-ups in Nigeria, Ghana, Rwanda, South Africa, Egypt, and Kenya. These startup guide books shine a spotlight on companies tackling overarching socio-economic issues, the people behind them and the communities backing them, via TechCabal. 30 of these […]

Continue Reading These Guidebooks Profile Africa’s Most Important Startups

These Guidebooks Profile Africa’s Most Important Startups

Facebook has announced the launch of the Community Accelerator programme, available in Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa. The Accelerator will be a six-month programme that aims to provide training, mentorship and funding to help community leaders grow their communities. Selected leaders will spend up to three months learning from experts, coaches and working within a […]

Continue Reading Facebook Launches Community Accelerator Initiative in Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa

Facebook Launches Community Accelerator Initiative in Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa

According to Mastercard, giving people the ability to pay only for what they use, as they need it, can lift millions of people across Africa out of poverty and make prosperity possible. A new white paper titled Pay on Demand: The Digital Path to Financial Inclusion, from Mastercard, explores how digital inclusion has been proven […]

Continue Reading Pay on Demand is Vital for Financial Inclusion in Africa, reports Mastercard

Pay on Demand is Vital for Financial Inclusion in Africa, reports Mastercard

MTN Zambia is set to introduce a new range of digital products and services for 2020. This “exciting” new product range stems from an effort to “bring the benefits of modern connected life to its customers,” writes Lisa Mulozi, manager of communications at MTN Zambia. These new products are expected to enhance customer experience and […]

Continue Reading MTN Zambia Introducing New Range of Digital Products for 2020

MTN Zambia Introducing New Range of Digital Products for 2020

MTN Nigeria has released its audited results for the year ended 31 December 2019. Despite a challenging operating environment, the company continued to deliver double-digit growth in service revenue in line with its medium-term guidance. Voice revenue growth remained healthy, and data revenue continued to accelerate, supporting a 12.6% increase in service revenue with an […]

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MTN Nigeria reports double-digit growth in 2019

MTN Benin and Gozem have teamed up to give MTN subscribers the chance to order motorcycle taxis, tricycles and car taxis via Gozem’s Android & iOS applications without consuming their internet data package. This strategic ‘Zero-Rating’ partnership between Gozem and MTN Benin creates mutual value by facilitating access to affordable transport for MTN Benin subscribers […]

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MTN will no longer use Consumer’s Internet Data when Hailing Rides in Benin

2019 marked the ‘year of the customer’ for MTN Ghana as it saw an overall 12.3% increase in subscribers reaching to 22.6 million. The telecoms provider maintained market leadership with 55.21% market share. Service revenue increased by 22.8% year-on-year (YoY), underpinned by growth in revenue from data and Mobile Money (MoMo). Despite double-digit growth in […]

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Continue Reading MTN Ghana reports 12.3% Increase in Subscribers, tightening Grip on Market Share

MTN Ghana reports 12.3% Increase in Subscribers, tightening Grip on Market Share

Africa stands on the precipice of emerging technologies and innovation in response to decades of hardship and frustration. Amongst those innovations are those in the AI sphere, with African developers and innovators finding unique and lucrative ways to make the lives of clients and customers easier. Here are 5 ways AI is being used from […]

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5 Ways Artificial Intelligence is Being Used in Africa

Smartphone giant, Samsung has officially unveiled its latest devices at the Unpacked event in San Francisco earlier this week. A major highlight included the launch of three new 5G smartphones as part of the Galaxy S20 series; Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+ and Galaxy S20 Ultra. Samsung President and Head of Mobile Communications Business, Dr TM Roh […]

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Continue Reading Samsung unveils the Galaxy S20 flagship series – Pricing across Africa

Samsung unveils the Galaxy S20 flagship series – Pricing across Africa

Samsung Nigeria has launched three new devices – the Galaxy A71 and Galaxy A51 (the latest additions to the A-Series), as well as the Galaxy Note10 Lite. With the introduction of these smartphones, Samsung hopes to bring pioneering technology to all Nigerians by ushering in a new decade of innovation. “We are committed to bridging [&hellip

Continue Reading Samsung launches three new smartphones in Nigeria

Samsung launches three new smartphones in Nigeria

Google has launched its first Google Developers Space in Lagos, Nigeria. Previously referred to as the Google Launchpad Space, the Google Developers Space is a hub for African developers, entrepreneurs and startups. Google CEO Sundar Pichai made a commitment to African entrepreneurs, in July 2017, to start the Launchpad Accelerator Africa program and launch a [&hellip

Continue Reading Google launches it’s first Developers Space in Lagos

Google launches it’s first Developers Space in Lagos

Yuichi Ishizuka, President and CEO of Canon Europe Middle East and Africa (EMEA) continues his regional tour in Africa and travels to Nigeria after visiting Kenya, Egypt and Morocco earlier this year.

Continue Reading Canon Europe EMEA President visits Nigeria, reaffirms group desire for West Africa development

Canon Europe EMEA President visits Nigeria, reaffirms group desire for West Africa development

Publiseer, an African-focused digital content distribution platform, was recently announced as the provisional winner for the ITU Innovation Challenges in Busan, South Korea. As a result of this victory, Publiseer has been invited to attend the 2019 Young ICT Leaders’ Forum (YILF), which will take place in Busan, Republic of South Korea, from 3 to [&hellip

Continue Reading Publiseer wins ITU Innovations Challenges 2019 in South Korea

Publiseer wins ITU Innovations Challenges 2019 in South Korea

Siemens launched an extraordinary data visualization project called FABRIC at the German Africa Business Summit in Accra, demonstrating how crucial data is in transforming Africa’s urban centres into smart cities of the future. This interactive initiative previously launched in South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya showcases African ecosystems and how by understanding data patterns, we can [&hellip

Continue Reading Turning urban data into dynamic visualisation with FABRIC

Turning urban data into dynamic visualisation with FABRIC