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Mich Atagana
Mich started out life wanting to be a theoretical physicist but soon realized that mathematics was required. So, she promptly let go of that dream. She then decided that law might be the best place for her talents, but with too many litigation classes missed in favour of feminist prose, that too had to end. Like all true dreamers, writing was the backup plan. Today she lives out her backup like a it was the only plan. She is likely to be found in front of a startup asking them what their business plan is. She has been attempting a PhD for a while now...
  • Why does the ‘oversharing generation’ have an intimacy problem?

    I come from a generation that would delete the phone dialing app if they could. My generation doesn’t make phone calls. When I call my friends, they ask me who died. When my father calls me I assume something disastrous has happened -- we are also very paranoid. We are the generation of Facebook likes, comments, Gplus photo stories, retweets, @replies and Instagrammable moments. We are the generation of memories in motion, constantly. We live our lives plainly for society to witness, the internet is our home. The internet is the place we come to at the end of...

  • #Fuelpocalypse: 10 tweets that sum up Nigeria’s crazy fuel crisis

    Nigerians are not having fun right now. The current fuel crisis has left many in the country stranded as most domestic flights have been cancelled. The situation is rather ironic, when you consider that Nigeria is one of the largest oil producers in Africa. The heightened fuel scarcity comes days before the current government exits office, which has caused some speculation as to its response to the issue. Nigeria is a country riddled with major power issues leaving the bulk of the population to rely on generators to not only power their businesses, but their lives as well. Now, the...

  • How do you infiltrate the startup ecosystem in Africa?

    The question posed by the headline makes Africa's VC ecosystem seem like the mafia, where your cousin Vinny has to introduce you to the godfather and you have to get through a series of tests to get into the inner circle of this elite group. In some ways, it pretty much is like that, or at least that's what it will have you believe. I have been asked this question many times and it wasn't until I took a small hiatus from the ecosystem that I realised the answer wasn't so easy. When I used to get asked this...

  • 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...

  • Exit stage left: lessons from reporting Africa’s tech scene

    In the last four years I have learnt a lot about technology, innovation and entrepreneurship in Africa. I have met Africa’s brightest and its bravest. I have walked the path of its past and seen the clearly marked walkways of its future. Erik Hersman from the iHub once told me that once you have been to deepest darkest Africa, it’s hard to ignore the opportunities for innovation. He was right, and you don’t have to search to far to find the opportunities. From Madagascar to the beautiful red sunsets of Tunisia, the opportunities lindy hop for anyone who will see...

  • African women in tech: Emma Kaye on changing the conversation around women

    "In my experience, women tend to create a collective around them and then it is 'lets go into battle together'. For me, it is this type of approach, collaboration, collective thinking that is useful in this industry, an industry full of innovation." -- Emma Kaye. 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 women are not present. We beg to differ. Africa has a range of women working...

  • BBC uses Doctor Who game to teach kids how to code

    This is really cool, especially if you're a Doctor Who fan. Linking up its longest running show with its new coding initiative, the BBC announced a new Doctor Who-themed game designed to teach the basics of coding to kids. "The BBC has unveiled a computer game called The Doctor and the Dalek, as part of the Make it Digital initiative to get more young people into computer coding," the broadcaster said on its site. The new online game is voiced by current Doctor Peter Capaldi, is a standalone story in the Doctor Who universe written by show veteran Phil Ford and...

  • Wikimedia announces winners for Wiki loves Monuments South Africa

    What better way to document all of South Africa's great monuments in one library than through Wikipedia. Wiki Loves Monuments is an initiative by the Wikimedia foundation to documents all of the world's heritage. The South African version of the initiative encourages people to participate and celebrate South Africa’s living heritage by taking photographs of heritage sites and uploading them either via mobile or their computers to the competition website. The winners for this year have been picked. "We would like to commend this year’s participants for the high quality of their photographs. The quality of photographs submitted has been...

  • WeChat cannot succeed in Africa if it holds tight to its Chinese legacy

    WeChat is blazing around the globe caring very little of what is in its path. In the last year, the platform's global launch has seen it begin to weave itself into the fabric of Africa's tech ecosystem and platforms of choice. I recently started using the platform. Before now, it held no real appeal for me -- none of the people I would ordinarily IM with are on the platform and sharing seemed futile if my crowd wasn't there to share with. That said, the platform has managed to attract a fair number of users, but what are they doing...

  • Yes, please freeze my eggs: Apple and Facebook’s new game-changing benefit

    In a very cool move, Facebook and Apple have decided to pay for female employees to freeze their eggs as a benefit, reports NBC News. Facebook started doing this recently and Apple will apparently begin in 2015. Apple has said that it will pay its full and part-time employees US$20 000 for the procedure and the storage of the frozen eggs. The procedure usually costs around US$10 000 in the United States, with annual storage costs running to around US$500. African companies take note. The procedure, medically known as Human oocyte cryopreservation (egg freezing), allows a woman's eggs (oocytes) to be extracted, frozen...

  • African women in tech: Ethel Cofie on why men are seen as ambitious and women bitchy

    "I spent years not speaking up because my career was just starting and I didn’t have anything of consequence to say, I remember going to a meeting once and being mistaken for my bosses PA/Assistant." -- Ethel Cofie 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 women are not present. We beg to differ. Africa has a range of women working and building cool technology for the continent...

  • How do you begin autocorrecting humanity? [Video]

    It is unlikely that you ever see a table of people having dinner where one of them is not on their mobile device, if not all of them. We have become slaves to their devices and we have become overstimulated by content and consumption on mobile devices and desktops. This video by Prince Ea, otherwise known as Richard Williams, challenges how we live our lives inside of technology. He argues that our connections have become more widened and instead of bringing us closer together, technology has allowed us to drift apart. Williams is an American rapper, music video director...

  • 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,...

  • Kenyan Twitter from A to Z: everything you need to know about ‘Kitter’

    Last year the newly launched Nendo Ventures release its report on the Kenyan social media landscape. The report highlighted 15 key trends that is shaping and informing the Kenyan social media landscape. It also provided some insights into how Kenyans behave on social and their consumption patterns. The team is now taking a step further with its latest report unpacking Kenyan Twitter (Kitter) by alphabetising it. The report -- which has just been released -- is part of a series the company is releasing on the African Twitter landscape. Kenyan Twitter A to Z is the first of four,...

  • African women in tech: Rebecca Enonchong on concealing her role as founder

    "For a long time, to obtain enterprise customers, I concealed the fact that I owned the company. I never lied about it, but I never volunteered that information. My business card didn't even have a title" -- Rebecca Enonchong. 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 women are not present. We beg to differ. Africa has a range of women working and building cool technology for...