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Date Archives for September 2017

  • New Program Aimed At Boosting Egyptian Women In Tech

    women in tech By Staff, 8:32 am

    An Egyptian tech school is shattering stereotyping in tech by enabling more women to learn programming, coding, and elements of building websites. AlMakinah initiated a program for women, “The Women in Tech Track,” with the aim of addressing the imbalances in gender. “The program includes sessions on front-end web development, data visualization, digital marketing and workshops on confidence and resilience and talks by industry experts about the tech field,” Hoda Hamad, program manager, said

  • A Look At The Future Of Online Shopping In South Africa

    online shopping By Staff, 8:02 am

    Mastercard released its first South African SpendingPulse report. The report, published worldwide, is based on transactions across every payment medium – including cash, wire transfers, and credit cards. This equates to over 80 billion transactions processed annually in 210 countries, and provides an accurate representation of consumer spending habits. Sarah Quinlan, senior vice president for Mastercard, indicated that one of the biggest changes in shopping trends came after the 2008 recession.

  • New Report Looks At African Tech Ecosystems

    tech ecosystems By Staff, 7:50 am

    Silicon Valley based African Technology Foundation and Managing Partner of the Liberalizing Innovation Opportunity Nations partnership, announced the launch of the State of Play report. The report provides a continental, regional, and industry look at the evolution of technology ecosystems on the African continent. The report highlights the youthful population and the bias towards innovation and entrepreneurship, and sets the stage for a deep-dive into technology and innovation activities.

  • How Technology Can Help Predict Floods In Nigeria

    floods By Staff, 3:04 pm

    Two weeks after the deadly floods that ravaged Benue State, the number of displaced people is still on the rise. An estimated 110,000 people were displaced by the floods. Relief materials have poured in since the floods abated. But maybe there is one or two –or three– ways we can use tech to help. Africa’s richest man Aliko Dangote donated to the victims.Nigerian-Ghanaian rapper Mr. Eazi pledged to donate 10% of proceeds from his ‘Life is Eazi Culture’ festival in London to victims of the flood.

  • South Africa’s Real Estate Sector ‘Slow To Embrace Technology’

    real estate By Staff, 2:46 pm

    SA property companies should use tough economic times to strengthen themselves for the future, says research and advisory group, Grant Thornton.Real estate firms are no strangers to cyclical disruption, especially the likes of which the local market is experiencing at the moment; but to prosper in the future, the industry must enhance its capabilities to manage new types of disruptions. Lee-Anne Bac, Grant Thornton, believes SA property firms cannot rest on their laurels in difficult conditions.

  • Luanda Celebrates Its Advances In Technology

    advances By Staff, 8:59 am

    Angola is taking the world by surprise. With the recent explosion of advancements in healthcare, technology, and transportation the continent is seeing a major shift in the way of life. Luanda even now takes the number one spot for the most expensive city in the world for expats. Becoming one of the world’s most expensive cities isn’t always perceived as a positive. This is especially true for the native people of Luanda who are also affected and not yet adjusted to the big change in economy.

  • 10 Tech Startup Finalists In The Seedstars Lagos Competition

    Medsaf won the 2017 Seedstars Lagos competition. Photo - VC4A By Peter Pedroncelli, 3:49 am AFKI Original

    The Seedstars Lagos Competition served as the Nigerian leg of the global early-stage startups competition for emerging markets took place at the end of August, with 10 of the best startups vying to be the representative from Nigeria for the global final event next year. Here are the 10 tech startup finalists that were in consideration for the Seedstars Lagos Competition.

  • Aliko Dangote Wants Oil Price To Remain Low For The Sake Of Oil-Rich Nigeria

    Aliko Dangote Wants Oil Price To Remain Low - revenues of more than $1 billion By Peter Pedroncelli, 7:13 pm

    It may seem counter-intuitive, but Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote has been quoted as saying that he wishes for the oil price to remain low, with his oil-rich Nigerian homeland in mind. Speaking at the United Nations general assembly in New York, the business leader told investors about Nigeria’s potential as an agricultural powerhouse, as well as his prayers with regards to the oil price

  • Business Opportunity: Backing Oil And Gas Pipelines In East Africa And Beyond

    Oil and gas remains an investment opportunity in Africa. Photo - HowWeMadeItInAfrica By Kurt Davis Jr., 4:31 pm AFKI Original

    Betting on oil and gas prices these days is part-art and part-fun for bankers and investors, but major oil giants Total seem to be backing East Africa. Numerous pipelines for oil and gas are under construction across the African continent, and may be something for investors to monitor closely. Gas is the third largest fuel source in the global primary energy mix and the second largest source in power generation, contributing 24 percent and 22 percent to each market respectively

  • 10 Popular Instant Messaging Apps That Connect Users In Africa

    Instant messaging apps have become very popular in Africa. By Peter Pedroncelli, 5:50 am AFKI Original

    Instant messaging apps have become indispensable for most modern smartphone users, and Africa is no different, with a number of popular mobile applications being used around the continent. Engaging with friends and family has never been easier, with mobile phones equipped to facilitate messaging via these apps, making communication affordable and more accessible than ever before for African users.

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