Paul Adepoju

  • Nigerian E-Commerce Sites Wean Local Online Shoppers To Foreign Holidays

    By Paul Adepoju, 5:40 am AFKI Original

    Thanksgiving on the streets of Lagos and other parts of Nigeria is just an act and attitude mainly associated with politicians that have won elections and not a public holiday. But local online shopping platforms such as Konga and Jumia are giving a different meaning to the American holiday by offering amazing discounts

  • Q&A: Social Media Week Lagos Bigger And Better In 2015

    By Paul Adepoju, 12:56 pm AFKI Original

    Social media is a big deal in Nigeria which has some of the world’s highest mobile penetration rates. Several issues that started in Nigeria as mere conversations on social media went viral to become global trending topics. In 2014, Johannesburg was the second African city to host the event. In February, Social Media Week returns to Lagos at a new venue on the island.

  • Mozambique Techpreneurs Work To Build A Startup Culture

    By Paul Adepoju, 2:47 am AFKI Original

    Little is known about the startup community and ecosystem in Mozambique although developers and tech entrepreneurs such as Erick Kande, CEO and co-Founder of Escola Online, are developing solutions for specific challenges in various sectors. According to Kande, things are changing for better in Mozambique’s startup community and flourishing startup ecosystems in Nigeria, South Africa and Kenya should watch out.

  • How Mobile Phones Have Changed Photography Business In Nigeria

    By Paul Adepoju, 7:01 am AFKI Original

    While there is uncertainty about the future, the competition in the present day is fierce and some Nigerian photographers are already positioning themselves to remain relevant in the mobile-focused future. They are doing this by venturing into other aspects of production such motion and still.

  • Profile: How ICE3X Is Building A Bitcoin Exchange In Africa

    By Paul Adepoju, 1:08 pm AFKI Original

    Founded by Gareth Grobler, ICE3X is partnering with Nigerian payment processor VoguePay to open up Africa’s biggest market. Up until now, bitcoin was largely discussed by tech enthusiasts and financial market aficionados.

  • Selling Your Startup For Food: Investor-Founder Relationships In Africa

    M&A Africa By Paul Adepoju, 6:25 am AFKI Original

    The inability of tech entrepreneurs to access funds and other forms of support has been a great threat to the survival of startups forcing the founders to take any offer from any investor. “My investor owns 70 percent and I own 30 percent. It was a tough battle. Investor told us what he wanted and we had no choice. We needed the money more,”

  • Who Is Sponsoring Boko Haram In Nigeria?

    By Paul Adepoju, 5:39 am AFKI Original

    When the Boko Haram insurgency broke out in northern Nigeria, specifically Borno state, it was targeting police stations and other places of work and abode of law enforcement officers following the killing in police custody of the group’s founder. But gradually, activities of the group has expanded to taking control of cities, kidnapping hundreds of girls at a time, organizing prison breaks, targeting churches and mosques and most recently deploying female teenage suicide bombers. Boko Haram continues to have access to state-of-the-art weapons, surface-to-air missiles, armoured personnel carriers and other equipment that are only sold to sovereign states. Political commenters also raised questions about how the terrorist group is transporting heavy machineries if it had not received support from anyone.

  • Insecurity A Major Threat To Nigerian President’s Second Term Ambition

    By Paul Adepoju, 2:43 pm AFKI Original

    November 11 at The Eagle Square in Nigeria’s capital city of Abuja, Nigeria’s President Dr. Goodluck Jonathan formally declared his intention to run for a second term in next year’s general elections, putting an end to controversies and rumors over whether he could, should or would run, or not.

  • Q&A: West African Bitcoin Transfer Firm Joins Fight Against Ebola

    By Paul Adepoju, 1:43 am AFKI Original

    Although Bitcoin is popular in developed countries, it is still comparatively lesser known in Africa. Nikunj Handa and his team at BeamRemit.com however believe the market for Bitcoin is evolving in Africa based on the advantages the virtual currency has over other remittance services.

  • The Booming Business Of Ebola In West Africa

    By Paul Adepoju, 3:10 pm AFKI Original

    Blue String Ventures is known for squatting on domain names and selling them to the highest bidder. Last week it sold Ebola.com for US$200,000 to Weed Growth Fund. This is one of the numerous ways in which some companies and individuals are making returns from the Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa and some other parts of the world. From the 15th to 17th of October 2014, Medic West Africa, the largest medical exhibition event in West Africa was held at Eko Hotels and Towers in Lagos, Nigeria