Nigeria: Latest News
Peter Pedroncelli, 6:56 am AFKI Original
The Africa Internet Group became the first startup unicorn from Africa when the leading e-commerce group in the continent was valued at more than $1 billion last year, becoming a pioneer among African startups. There are a few startups that are approaching that milestone, and they have the potential to become members within a group of global unicorns that only number around 150 or so in total.
Peter Pedroncelli, 3:49 am
Malaysian bitcoin technology provider Belfrics Global is launching a bitcoin exchange in Kenya, allowing users and traders of the cryptocurrency to transact through additional services. The Kenyan arm of Belfrics will offer a number of digital services revolving around the Blockchain, as well as a payment gateway for merchants to accept bitcoin as payment for products and services. They will then expand to Nigeria, Ghana and Botswana.
Peter Pedroncelli, 6:08 am
At a Google for Nigeria event that was held last week, the American mega-company revealed that it would be working with Japanese mobile manufacturer Freetel to provide $40 smartphones for Nigerians. Google will look to launch the affordable Ice 2 smartphone in September, with their Android operating system embedded in order to provide them with an advantage in the fast-growing Nigerian mobile market.
Kurt Davis Jr., 5:25 am AFKI Original
There are currently 300 tech hubs in 93 cities across 42 countries on the African continent. The growing number of tech hubs and developers is drawing significant investment, with more than $366 million invested in startups across Africa in 2016. Despite these positive numbers, a few tweaks could help in boosting the African tech scene and increasing the likelihood of success for African startups.
Peter Pedroncelli, 5:20 am
Google chief executive Sundar Pichai and his team visited Nigeria to unveil a selection of products designed specifically for people in the West African nation, including a YouTube version built for Nigerians with slow internet speeds. Google Street View will also be coming to Lagos, while the company has committed to extending their training to five million young Africans over the next five years, including 100,000 app developers.
Staff, 1:53 pm
Google Chief Executive Officer Sundar Pichai visited Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial capital. During his visit, Pichai announced at a conference, plans by the Internet giant to provide more than $3 million in equity-free funding and mentorship to more than 60 African start-ups over the next three years. Earlier in July, Jack Ma, the CEO and founder of e-commerce company Ali Baba toured east Africa (Kenya and Rwanda) in what his close aides described as a mission to inspire African IT entrepreneurs.
Peter Pedroncelli, 12:40 pm AFKI Original
Online shopping is a growing trend on the continent, with numerous African e-commerce companies providing local and international buyers with a way to give gifts to friends, family and loved ones. Whether purchasing gifts for birthdays or other special occasions such as Christmas or to celebrate a personal milestone, online shopping sites are making the most of growing internet penetration in Africa. Here’s a list of e-commerce companies that enable gift-giving across the continent.
Tom Jackson, 1:36 pm AFKI Original
Initial coin offerings are when a creator of a digital currency makes coins available for public purchase to raise money for a project. This is what South African Vinny Lingham recently did, raising $33 million in an initial coin offering run by his U.S.-based company Civic, which is building a digital identity verification platform. There are opportunities for investors in this space, but perils remain.
Peter Pedroncelli, 6:07 pm AFKI Original
The internet continues to be a driver of business and economies the world over, and the internet contribution to GDP is an interesting barometer of growth. Africa’s average internet contribution to GDP was only 1.1 percent in 2012, or about half the level seen in other emerging economies. This has positive implications for the potential growth of e-commerce and internet-based businesses on the continent.
amcdermott, 12:22 pm AFKI Original
Hailing from Jamaica, but American by way of higher education and culture, I’ve spent much of the last three years in countries around Africa, and I am excited by the potential for design and innovation there. I’ll go to a restaurant with friends in Maputo and fumble around for my credit card to cover the bill. By the time I look up, someone’s laughing at me because they already paid the bill in 10 seconds from their phone with M-Pesa. From Asia and Central America came tailors and tactile labor, from India came software engineers, and soon, from Africa, will come creatives.
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