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  • 6 trends that will help accelerate Nigeria’s tech revolution #MWA2015

    On Day One of Mobile West Africa in Lagos, Nigeria, a panel of five experts predicted what they believe are the next things that would happen to accelerate the evolution of the tech industry in Nigeria. Members of the panel were James McNab who's Africa's MD of Basebone, Toyosi Akerele, founder and CEO of RISE Group, Omatsola Osawaru Barrow sales executive at MTN Nigeria, Valentine Obi who's CEO of eTranzact International, and Emmanuel Revmatas -- a director at Samsung Electronics West Africa. 1. Relevant and engaging apps Barrow believes in the next few years we will witness the release of more applications...

  • Facebook’s Internet.org is coming to Nigeria #MWA2015

    Facebook on Wednesday announced plans to launch Internet.org app next month in Nigeria. The Internet.org app encourages telecoms to provide free and affordable access to certain web services like Facebook and Wikipedia. Announcing the plan for Nigeria, head of public policy for Facebook Africa Ebele Okobi, told participants at the Mobile West Africa 2015 conference, that the imminent launch in Nigeria follows similar ones in other African countries including Ghana, Zambia, Tanzania and Kenya. Speaking to Memeburn on the sidelines of the conference, she added that the app could be launched on more than one telecoms network in Nigeria, making the...

  • Why Africa’s mobile games should become powerful marketing tools #MWA2015

    Even though the opportunities for them are quite vast and numerous, mobile game companies in most parts of Africa are still trying to crack the market with varying degrees of success. In a fireside chat at Mobile West Africa 2015 with Zubair Abubakar, the Nigerian game developer and co-founder of ChopUp admitted that no game company in Africa is at the same level of monetisation as their counterparts such as King's Candy Crush which makes more than US$1-million weekly from in-app sales alone. This is while the local industry continues to grow in terms of number of companies, games and...

  • African women in tech: Nkem Begho on being geeky and manly in the tech space

    "Women in tech are thought to be geeky and manly. They are thought to have no fashion sense and probably all wear nerd glasses. I find that women in tech are perceived as unsexy, however I believe that your profession has nothing to do with how you look or who you are as a person." -- Nkem Begho Where are the women in tech? Who are the women building technology or working in technology in Africa? These questions and many more are asked on a daily basis. When it comes to technology in Africa, the general consensus is that...

  • How is the internet improving people’s lives in Africa? [T4A]

    There are five key characteristics reflecting how the internet has "greatly improved" people's lives in Africa, so says research conducted by On Device Research. The company, which presented its findings of a survey conducted recently, addressed some key consumption patterns for audiences in Africa and how the internet has changed their lives and the ways they consume content. "The data is representative of mobile internet users. That means that in the UK it is all smartphones whereas in the African markets the vast majority are feature phone users," said Alistair Hill of On Device told the audiences at the Tech4Africa conference,...

  • Screw the robot apocalypse, our tech future is all about doing good

    After a 20-something-hour flight, I am about to face an immigration officer in the United States – not always the best experience. It's my turn and I edge forward. "What is the purpose of your visit?" he asks me. "I am here for Microsoft's Imagine Cup," I respond. "That's great," he exclaims (surprising). "Are you one of the students? What have you built? Will it change the world?" Unfortunately I had to inform him that I am not a developer genius about to change the world, but he's right, there are students from 34 countries here that are about to. Microsoft created the...

  • Tracking ebola: 8 internet resources to help keep abreast of the epidemic

    Ebola is fast becoming Africa's (and indeed, the world's) biggest contemporary health problem. The latest outbreak, originating in Guinea, is now the largest in recorded history with most of West Africa in the midst of the suffering. Since February, there have been over 1 200 reported cases and around 700 reported deaths, with this number continuing to climb as the epidemic balloons. Recently two American nationals were diagnosed with ebola disease, which has sparked fears of the virus piggybacking on international aircraft and spreading across the world. This may sound incredibly unlikely, but is theoretically possible. Although the internet cannot cure...

  • New Samsung Android handsets in Nigeria to feature Celltick Start-based UI

    Celltick, creator of the Android lockscreen replacement app Start, has announced a new partnership with Samsung West Africa that will see it develop a custom Start-based Galaxy 11 interface for all Android-based Samsung smartphones in the region. Additionally, Start will be the launcher of choice, trumping Samsung's and Android's native offerings. Founded in 2000, Celltick has endeavored to morph the smartphone's usually barren lockscreen into an "interactive personalized billboard." Start comes pretty close to this. If the app's appearance is anything to go by, the UI should be particularly spiffy, clean and user friendly. Available for other Android devices via Google's...

  • Nigerian graphic novel ‘Akaraka’ puts Africa’s artists online

    Akaraka: The Call of Destiny is an online graphic novel that shares the fantasy tale of Nigerian demigods, curses and tempting fate. The graphic novel is made available online in efforts to create digital platforms around the youth that will enable brands to reach and engage them. Akaraka comes from the West African Igbo language which basically means "Destiny is in our hands". It connotes personal ownership and is also a play on "hand-in-hand" and refers to the "connectedness" of our individual and collective destinies, that everyone needs a helping hand in their journey. The graphic novel is written by Okoroafor...

  • Africa’s mobile ways fit in well with us, says Twitter

    Twitter seems hell-bent on pushing its business solutions for small- to medium-sized businesses, and like many big tech companies, Africa has entered its sphere of thought. Last week, the social media platform officially launched in Africa via a partnership with contextual ad network, Ad Dynamo. It was announced a month ago that Ad Dynamo had partnered with Twitter to become its exclusive advertising partner in South Africa. Highlighted as one of Twitter’s fastest-growing markets when the company went public, South Africa has an estimated 5.5-million Twitter users (a 129% increase in just a year). We caught up with Ali Jafari, Twitter's head of Europe,...

  • Going for broke: the Brideprice app just won’t quit it seems

    Last week I wrote a piece about a cheeky Nigerian app that allows you or your significant other to calculate your Brideprice value. In the week since I discussed the app's questionable motives and commentary on society it seems to have gone viral. Here is a quick refresher for those who haven't heard about the app yet. Created by Nigerian digital agency Anakle: The app takes the user through a series of questions about yourself (if you are a curious female) or your potential mate, or friend, or whoever. Once you have gone through the many questions provided,...

  • #BringBackOurGirls: Nigerians use social media to highlight terror problem

    Nigeria is currently on red alert. More than two weeks ago over 200 young school girls were kidnapped by Islamic extremists in the country. The kidnapping has received very little attention by way of international media coverage. To change this, Nigerians have taken to social media to bring the issue to the world stage. Nigerian citizens are also using social media to air their unhappiness at the government's efforts to secure a safe return for the hostages. According to various media reports, the girls could have been taken as brides for terror leaders and will be part of a mass wedding...

  • Nigerians are big on change through social media but not so much Facebook

    Social media has become a big deal in Africa and the more Africans get online, the louder their collective online voice gets. It seems Africa's most populous country is getting louder and louder. With an estimated population of just over 170-million, and an internet audience of more than 55-million, its 33% internet penetration means a lot of Nigerians are online. Social media is has become less incongruous in the country. A recent report by africapractice, a PR firm based in South Africa with operations on the continent, examines Nigeria's social media landscape. According to the company, the report is the...

  • #100knaija: Google is documenting Nigeria’s history through photographs

    This is pretty cool. As Nigeria’s centenary anniversary approaches, Google Nigeria has kicked off an initiative called 100k Naija, a project that hopes to document Nigeria’s history in the last one hundred years, through iconic pictures. The initiative was launched on October 25, with a Photo Day event attended by a group of professional photographers from Lagos Photo Walk, where they were encouraged by Google to harness the power of the web to tell Nigeria’s story through iconic photographs. According to Google’s Communications and Public Affairs Manager for Anglophone West Africa, Taiwo Kola-Ogunlade, the 100k Naija project...

  • Could MOOCs help democratise education in emerging markets?

    There is no doubt that information is the power of a progressive society. Access to knowledge is the first step in a society’s journey towards becoming empowered. The status quo According to the 2013 INSEAD Global Innovation Index, approximately 14 million people in emerging market country like South Africa have access to the internet. That's still a relatively small portion of the population, although it's a much bigger proportion than the 100 or so million internet users India currently has. But while numbers may fluctuate from country to country, there can be no doubting that the internet presents the greatest opportunity...