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  • Sci-Tech Could Nigeria Make 9th Largest Economy In The World Declared Minister Of Science and Technology

    Science and Technology By Staff, 9:15 am

    Nigeria’s Minister of Science and Technology has said if science and technology is exploited and harnessed, could result to Nigeria becoming the 9th largest economy in the world. The Minister stated this after his Ministry had presented the 2017 to 2030 Science and Technology Roadmap to a sitting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC). The Science and Technology Minister said the roadmap is aimed at projecting Nigeria to occupy the position of the 9th largest economy in the world by 2050.

  • Pan-African Tech Network Expands To Chad And DR Congo With 11 New Tech Hubs

    AfriLabs holds international gatherings annually to foster links between tech hubs. Photo: AfriLabs By Peter Pedroncelli, 4:51 am

    AfriLabs has further expanded its network of over 50 technology and innovation hubs across 20 African countries with the addition of 11 new hubs as members of the network. The new development sees the pan-African network of technology innovation hubs increase its membership base to Chad and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Other nations that increased their representation within the network supporting innovation infrastructure include Malawi, Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.

  • 12 Things That Need To Be Addressed To Help Struggling African Tech Startups

    African Tech Start-Ups By Peter Pedroncelli, 5:40 am AFKI Original

    Africa is the new tech frontier, with a great deal of potential and passion for technology that should translate into the right environment to nurture and grow successful African tech startups, but obstacles and struggles remain. These issues scupper the necessary investment and growth that these startups require so that they can become sustainable and successful on a continental and global scale. We take a look at 12 things that need to be addressed in order to help struggling African tech startups.

  • 4 Competitors That Want To Disrupt The Johannesburg Stock Exchange Monopoly

    By Dana Sanchez, 1:38 pm

    The JSE plans to open a second office in Cape Town — its first outside Johannesburg — a move that ‘s likely an attempt to defend its territory from new players who want competing stock markets. One of the competitors is the 4 Africa Exchange. Chichi Maponya will represent black economic empowerment partner, the Maponya Group, on the 4AX board. Check out 4 competitors that want to disrupt the Johannesburg Stock Exchange monopoly.

  • Recruiting Americans ‘Who Have Bled’ To Work For African Financial Tech Firms

    By Dana Sanchez, 1:33 pm

    Cape Town-based fintech startup Jumo says it wants to hire locals, so why did it just hire an American veteran of Silicon Valley startups that became mega companies? “You want senior engineers who have lots of scars, because you can’t pay for that,” said the company founder. “It’s what helps you take shortcuts and avoid things from falling over.” On the Jumo homepage, watch the firm’s online mobile money transactions in the last minute. It’s mind-boggling, assuming they’re in real time. Cha-ching.

  • 10 Surprising Things About Tech And Tourism In Africa

    By Peter Pedroncelli, 4:10 am AFKI Original

    Tourism is an important industry within many African countries, and technology is helping to contribute positively to the growth and sustainability of tourism across the continent. Despite challenges, tourism is booming and growing in Africa, thanks to a resurgent economy and a more digitally connected world, along with the opportunities that this world now provides.

  • New Technology For Beaches Includes Shark Shields And Clever Bouys

    selfie with shark By Dana Sanchez, 10:00 pm

    Selfies may be deadlier than shark attacks, but Africa is home to some terrifying shark species and tourism officials want to keep them away from visitors. New technology that protects people from sharks and vice versa is a surprisingly robust area of research. South Africa had 20 fatal shark attacks from 2004 through 2014. The U.S. had 11 — plus more than 500 non-fatal attacks.

  • Did Shakespeare Smoke Weed? South African Scientists Shed New Light On Old Pipes

    450th birthday of William Shakespeare By Staff, 11:12 pm

    In Sonnet 76, Shakespeare writes about “invention in a noted weed.” South African scientists shed new light on old pipes found buried in the bard’s garden using state-of-the-art forensic technology. Chemical analysis of residues in early 17th-century clay “tobacco pipes” confirm that a diversity of plants was smoked in Europe. This begs the question whether Shakespeare’s plays were performed in Elizabethan England in a smoke-filled haze.

  • Before Loadshedding: Technology In Pre-Colonial Africa

    By Dana Sanchez, 5:38 pm

    The technology that produced the spears used by Shaka Zulu and his warriors was an important component of precolonial African economies, says TEDx speaker Shadreck Chirikure. Long before mining giants like Rio Tinto and Vale and BHP Billiton started extracting African resources and shipping them overseas, Africans were doing indigenous mining and metalworking. African don’t talk about it much, Chirikure says.

  • M&A Africa: Telecom, Media and Technology Sectors Hot For Deals

    By Kevin Mwanza, 9:47 am

    Africa’s telecom, media and technology sectors are expected to see more deals in coming years as an increasing number of private equity firms seek investment opportunities on the continent. companies such as the Carlyle Group, KKR, The Abraaj Group and Helios Investment Partners, have all setup up to $1 billion dedicated funds to invest in African companies, which is likely to help increase deal activity.

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