Nigeria: Latest News
Staff, 8:57 am
The latest high-profile scandals in Silicon Valley highlight that the battle for gender equity in the United States is far from won. Despite the tech industry’s progressive reputation, its track record for hiring, promoting and funding women is bleak: Only 17 % of American startups have female founders. But, halfway across the globe in tech hubs like Lagos, Nigeria, and Nairobi, Kenya, 46 percent of African ventures have a female founder and prospects for closing the gender gap there are high.
Staff, 8:31 am
eBay opened up its U.S. platform to Africa through its partnership with MallforAfrica.com. Americans can now buy products on eBay from select vendors in six African countries, starting with merchandise in fashion, art, jewelry, and clothing. MallforAfrica selects the sellers and handles payments. DHL is the shipping. Online shoppers can browse the entire collection on eBay’s Mall for Africa Store. The new online channel expands an existing relationship between the two e-commerce companies.
Peter Pedroncelli, 7:05 am
Facebook plans to roll out its Developer Circles initiative in four cities across South Africa, which serves to allow members to interact and learn about developing on the social media platform. The free community-driven initiative will now be available to developers in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban and Pretoria. Developer Circles members meet up on a regular basis to discuss projects that they are working on and assist each other in solving problems.
Peter Pedroncelli, 6:02 am
Google’s emerging markets startup accelerator, Launchpad, has expanded to seven additional African countries from the original three eligible for the program since May of this year. This means that growth stage startups in Algeria, Egypt, Ghana, Morocco, Tanzania, Tunisia, and Uganda can now apply to be part of the accelerator program. Previously the only three African countries considered for applications were South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria.
Peter Pedroncelli, 8:25 am AFKI Original
There are a number of ways in which drone technology is positively impacting industries in Africa, with numerous sectors benefiting from the advantages that drone tech provides. Previously associated with warfare and destruction, drones of all shapes and sizes are now being developed to tackle everyday issues and empower communities across the continent. From agriculture to safety in shark-infested waters, drones have found their place in a modern African context.
Peter Pedroncelli, 4:33 am
A Kenyan taxi-hailing app called Little Cab is set to take on the Nigerian market from October, moving on to turf currently dominated by more established players in Uber and Taxify. Kenyan tech firm Craft Silicon’s on-demand ride service, which is backed by leading East African mobile operator Safaricom, will launch operations in the Nigerian city of Lagos from October 8.
Peter Pedroncelli, 1:03 pm AFKI Original
Mobile operators in sub-Saharan Africa have a unique set of challenges that they face in the region, but if they manage to overcome these obstacles, success awaits. Sub-Saharan Africa is home to many mobile operators who have dominated their markets, from Vodacom in South Africa to Safaricom in Kenya, but that dominance has not come easy. Now a fresh set of issues stand in the way of further success on the continent.
Staff, 7:26 am
Forbes magazine lists 600 young people it describes as today’s leading change-makers. Two are Nigerians – Nasir Yammama and Bukola Bolarinwa. All under 30 years, Forbes describes them as young people who “are challenging the conventional wisdom and rewriting the rules for the next generation of entrepreneurs, entertainers, educators, and more.” Yammama and Bolarinwa were among 60 young people recently conferred with the Queen of England’s Young Leaders Medal 2017 at the Buckingham Palace.
Peter Pedroncelli, 7:10 am
Nigerian inventor Oshiorenoya Agabi has designed and developed a computer device that can identify the smell of explosives and cancer cells through a combination of neurons and silicon. The Nigerian neuroscientist and entrepreneur, whose startup is based in Silicon Valley, unveiled his incredible invention at the TEDGlobal conference in Tanzania this week, revealing the tech that will allow it to identify through smell.
Peter Pedroncelli, 5:01 am
Safaricom, the world’s biggest mobile money operator, is set to launch an e-commerce platform in October that will be focused on supporting and enabling small businesses to sell their products online. The aim of Masoko, as the e-commerce platform will be called, will be to give small and micro businesses access to markets that they would otherwise be unable to reach with their products.
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