Nigeria: Latest News
Peter Pedroncelli, 6:01 am
E-health startups across the African continent have shown impressive growth in recent years, allowing them to raise over $19 million in investments. While the e-health startups present on the continent continue to gain traction, the industry as a whole is experiencing strong growth, and between the 115 medical-related startups operating in 20 countries, over $19 million worth of investment has been attracted.
Peter Pedroncelli, 7:50 am
Taxi-hailing startup Uber has appointed a new West Africa general manager, with Nigerian-Canadian Lola Kassim now heading up operations in the region. The announcement sees the former management consultant at McKinsey and Company take on the West African leadership role at the California-based firm. Uber currently operate in 15 cities across eight African countries, including Kumasi, Accra, Abuja and Lagos.
Staff, 9:37 am
When Tolulope Komolafe first heard the pitch, she was skeptical. A fledgling company in Lagos, Nigeria, would pay her to learn how to write modern computer code and then offer her a good job in the high-tech economy. After inquiring, Komolafe found the offer was real. Today, she is a software developer and she dreams of starting her own tech company someday. Komolafe, a 27-year-old Nigerian, is one of hundreds of young Africans who have joined Andela, a fast-growing start-up based in New York.
Staff, 8:47 am
Africa is on fire. That has nothing to do with climate change, but with investor interest and technology momentum. Life expectancy in Africa increased eight years and this burst of life is being replicated in its tech ecosystems.From Cairo to Kigali, Cape Town to Lagos, Nairobi to Accra and Kampala to Dakar, tech hubs are rising faster than the cities that contain them. African software company Andela raised $40 million to connect Africa’s engineering talent into the global technology ecosystem.
Peter Pedroncelli, 4:50 am
Airbnb has made a commitment to invest $1 million in community-led tourism projects across the African continent over the course of the next few years. Airbnb, the mobile app-based hospitality booking site which allows people to make their homes or spare rooms available to visiting guests for a fee, will invest $1 million in community-based African tourism projects between 2018 and 2020.
Peter Pedroncelli, 5:41 am
E-commerce giant Jumia have expanded their online small business loans program to more markets across the African continent. Jumia, Africa’s first startup unicorn, has extended the program they launched in May, providing the small scale loans to merchants in all of the African countries in which it operates. Jumia has partnered with San Francisco-based mobile lender Branch to provide the loans to vendors, with the program proving successful in Kenya since May.
Peter Pedroncelli, 8:23 am AFKI Original
Africa is fast becoming a key global tech market, and many of the tech leaders of tomorrow are emerging from the continent. Well-educated, innovative and with leadership qualities that make them stand out among their peers, Africa’s current crop of young tech influencers are impressive. From techpreneurs to investors, business leaders to top innovators, this list of African tech personalities who are under 40 years of age is testament to the growing influence that Africa has in a global context.
Peter Pedroncelli, 7:12 am
Truecaller, a mobile app that provides the identity of unknown callers, has announced an expansion plan for Africa that will see it become a priority region for the Swedish company. The Scandinavian firm will be hiring key African personnel, and it will also decide on a location, either in South Africa or Nigeria, where its African headquarters will be set up. Truecaller is the world’s largest verified mobile phone community dedicated to helping users to avoid and block spam calls.
Kurt Davis Jr., 6:04 am AFKI Original
Today the airline industry in Africa is drastically different from a decade ago. The economic growth in the region and improved political stability underpin increased international traffic on the African continent, and perhaps it is time for Africa to have its own global private airline. Estimates place Africa as the third fastest growing region in this category, trailing only the Middle East and Asia Pacific.
Peter Pedroncelli, 1:15 am AFKI Original
The shortlist of finalists for the Appsafrica.com Innovation Awards 2017 was recently announced, with a number of apps considered in the fintech and m-commerce categories. The awards celebrate the best in mobile and tech ventures from across Africa, with various categories included to recognize mobile apps that impact numerous industries and sectors. The annual awards attracted over 300 submissions from across 31 countries, with the winners announced at the awards party in Cape Town on Nov. 6.
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