Staff, 3:06 pm
By 2020, Africa is likely to be the fastest urbanizing continent in the world. It is currently the most rural — 40% of sub-Saharan Africa’s population live in cities. Even the sprawling heartlands of Lagos, Kinshasa and Cairo are in their relative infancy and destined for a growth spurt. One idea gaining traction is newly developed satellite “smart cities:” ambitious multi-billion dollar, hyper-livable tech cities populated with bustling, beautified boulevards, private condos and luxury cars.
Staff, 4:10 pm
The youth demographic in sub-Saharan Africa encounter digital advertisements more frequently on a daily basis than any other form of advertisement; Coca – Cola advertisements are the most memorable due to their creativity, this is according to a recent GeoPoll Straw Poll. In June 2017, GeoPoll engaged 3,710 youth respondents aged between 15-35 years old in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ghana, Nigeria and South Africa.
Staff, 1:31 pm
In Kenya, youth under 25 years old make up the largest number of people unemployed in the country.Audrey Cheng, 24, is trying to change that.Raised in Maryland, Cheng moved to Nairobi three years ago to work for a global fund. She realized that entrepreneurs in Kenya were struggling to find talent to fill jobs in their company. That led her to co-found the Moringa School, Students are between the ages of 18 and 25 and have the option to join a variety of programs that range from five to 15 weeks
Staff, 1:15 pm
The University of Abuja says it is set to partner with South Korea in research and technology, including an exchange of students and members of taff. The Acting Director, University of Abuja Centre for Asian Studies, Dr. Amos Dlibugunaya, stated this at a Korean Supporters’ and Alumni Inauguration Day in Abuja. Dlibugunaya said the Asian country had sponsored some of the university lecturers to study in its universities, adding that such partnership would engender mutual growth and development.
Staff, 8:35 pm
The Kenyan government in collaboration with the government of Japan has launched a health development program that seeks to integrate technology in the provision of healthcare as it strives to realize universal health care.The project spearheaded by the Japan Policy and Human Resources Development (PHRD) will see medical data collected through a technologically aided platform to allow for early warnings and risk management across the country.It has been a long journey towards healthcare reforms.
Staff, 7:22 pm
Twitter has announced the release of Twitter Lite to 24 new countries including 6 African countries. South Africa, Nigeria, Algeria, Egypt, Tunisia, and Tanzania were the African countries selected as a part of the expansion. The announcement was made by Jesar Shah, the product manager at Twitter, via the company’s blog. Twitter Lite offer users a new mobile web experience that minimises data usage, loads quicker on slower connections, and is more resilient on unreliable mobile networks.
Staff, 4:25 am
The telecom operators with the most active customers are MTN in Ghana and Nigeria, Safaricom and Vodacom in Kenya and South Africa respectively and Airtel in Uganda, according to a recent GeoPoll straw poll, which sought to determine the level of customer service and service delivery among telecommunications operators Sub-Saharan Africa. The rate of mobile phone and internet penetration in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) continues to grow.
Staff, 5:59 am
The largest airport in Senegal will open its doors on December 7, after more than a decade of development and delays. Blaise Diagne International will have initial capacity for three million passengers per year, rising to 10 million per year, making it one of the highest-capacity airports in Africa.Blaise Diagne will take over services from Léopold Sédar Senghor Internationa, which will cease operations. The $575 million megaproject is envisioned as the centerpiece of a new development program.
Staff, 7:25 am
Facebook will open a “community hub space” in Nigeria next year to encourage software developers and technology entrepreneurs and become the latest tech giant to pursue a training program in Africa.The U.S. social media company said the center would host an “incubator program” to help develop technology start-ups, while it will train 50,000 Nigerians in digital skills.Africa’s rapid population growth falling data costs and heavy adoption of mobile phones rather than PCs is attracting tech firms.
Staff, 11:13 am
A team of Kenyan and foreign scientists has successfully tested what they describe as an effective ovary transplant technology in Nairobi. This is described as the first ovarian tissue transplant in the world without using the normally highly toxic anti-organ rejection drugs. “We are excited about this technology which will assist millions of young women who can’t get children due to premature ovary failure,” says Dr Atunga Nyachieo of the Institute of Primate Researchsenior party in the study.