More than 10 Years of Depression & Debt

Posted by Ira Sharma . Posted on: May 25, 2020 at 10:51 AM . Leading global economists have warned of a looming crisis and prolonged…

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How to Get Rid of Pop-ups and Adware on Your Mac

If your Mac shows too many ads and pop-ups, it is likely to be affected by a virus. The software that bombards you with unwanted…

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Women-focused fintech startups can now apply for World’s Women Banking challenge

World’s Women Banking (WWB), US-based gender inclusiveness investment firm in partnership with Singapore Fintech Festival, recently opened applications for fintech startups focused on women in…

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Ghanaian healthtech startup, mPharma, raises $17m in new funding round

mPharma, a Ghanaian startup that streamlines last-mile delivery of prescription drugs and makes them affordable, in under-served markets, has reportedly raised $17 million. The healthtech…

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12 pressing questions on data bundles and why they get exhausted quickly

The rise of smartphones and several Internet-enabled devices have made data an important part of daily life. As some conversations online would suggest, data usage…

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5 Signs Your Computer Has Been Hacked

Posted by Ira Sharma . Posted on: May 25, 2020 at 9:14 PM . Ever since computers became mainstream in the mid-’80s, hackers have been…

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Forbes8 launches digital startup accelerator, calls for applications

Forbes recently launched its digital startup accelerator. According to the company, it is a Netflix for entrepreneurs community platform that provides access to its top…

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African startups have had a good Q1 2020; except those led by women

African startups did well in Q1 2020. Considering the current global health and economic crisis, this feat is commendable and testament to the impact and…

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Emmanuel Nkenwokeneme, CTO Union Systems Limited

Emmanuel Nkenwokeneme is a systems architect with over a decade’s experience in financial technology. He has developed several software solutions for banks across Nigeria and…

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Fraud or volatile market fault?

For most companies, there are a handful of ways to raise funds when considering growth and expansion. Some wait for revenues or profits to accumulate…

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Why founders consider side hustles despite startup stress

Globally, being an entrepreneur is sometimes considered an extreme sport, especially in Africa. It is affected by issues with addressable market, social-cultural biases, funding, Internet…

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Coronavirus Weekly Update: Fintech Wins

A TechCabal roundup about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on Africa’s tech industry MAY 24, 2020 This newsletter is a weekly special focused on…

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South African SMEs begin road to economic recovery, led by retail and food delivery

Small businesses in South Africa were at a low point on April 10. Cracking under the weight of a nationwide COVID-19 burden, turnover was down…

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Digital Nomads: Studying in Famagusta, the smart city without Uber

Last week, Uche, a Nigerian studying in Ukraine shared his story. He answered the question of what to consider when deciding what country to study. …

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Nigerian telcos might develop state-specific call and data tariffs

Be it a reluctance in enacting enabling policies or disparities in the implementation of available ones, Nigerian telecommunications companies (telcos) and Internet service providers (ISPs)…

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WhatsApp wants to change how you manage contacts with new QR code feature

On Thursday, WhatsApp rolled out its latest beta version which includes a feature that allows users to add contacts by scanning QR codes and it…

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Factsheet: How to get your African movie on Netflix

At a spacious car park within Abuja’s Transcorp Hilton premises, Charles Okpaleke, the producer of Living in Bondage: Breaking Free screened his movie on Wednesday…

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Parallel Wireless’ OpenRAN is helping African telcos save money

Parallel Wireless, an eight-year-old company, has developed a new way to help African telecom companies reduce the cost of developing broadband infrastructure. The telecom industry…

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3 traits helping millennials to adapt during the pandemic

Terms like millennial or Gen Y, Gen Z, and Gen Alpha are no longer buzzwords. And neither should older ones like Gen X, boomers, and…

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Mozilla, via its incubator, wants to invest up to $75k in African early-stage startups

US-based Internet company, Mozilla, known for its Firefox browser, is also known for its mantra of placing people and their privacy over profit. In March,…

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The secret life of a social distancing advocate

Truly, loneliness can be depressing; but so also is living differently from the perfect life you portray on social media. With a relatively moderate following…

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Burundi shuts down social media amidst tense presidential elections

The East African nation of Burundi has blocked social media platforms like WhatsApp, Twitter, and Facebook during the country’s presidential elections. According to the BBC,…

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Online dating platforms are trying to keep their users in-app longer with new features

Flora* met Dan* mid last year on Instagram and they both kicked it off responding to each other’s stories and sending occasional chats. A three-week…

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These African countries have various forms of Internet censorship

The Internet and social media have made the world a global village. As a result of these technologies,  various people from different places can make…

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My Life in Tech: Boye Oshinaga’s journey to building an investable edtech startup

For Boye Oshinaga, the ability to create and hold alternate realities not just in the novels he read extensively or the ones he wrote but…

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Bullish On Africa: The case for a long-term view

“Unprecedented” might go down in history as the most used word in Q1 2020 but since, we brought together some of the best minds in…

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Nigerian agric company, Tomato Jos raises €3.9 million for irrigation and processing plant

Tomato Jos, a Nigerian agric company, has closed a Series A round of  €3.9 million. The funding will be deployed into the processing and distribution…

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NITDA wants all public data digitised within 60 days; what are the odds?

Surrounding data-handling concerns raised following the pandemic, the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has directed public institutions handling public data to secure them in…

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Airtel Africa’s revenue is benefitting from a surge in data traffic

The logo of telecommunications company Airtel is pictured on an umbrella and chairs set up by vendors in Abuja, Nigeria July 9, 2019. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde….

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Snapchat in the age of the coronavirus

Every social media platform is known for something. Facebook is where you’d normally go to connect with old school friends, find out whose birthday is…

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5 Best Free Single Player Games For Your Android Device

Posted by Abel Babalola . Posted on: May 19, 2020 at 11:28 AM . Having free single-player games for your android device has become the…

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Why remote, virtual court hearings in Nigeria are constitutional

In the words of Machiavelli in the book, The Prince, “there is nothing more difficult to do or more doubtful of success than to initiate…

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The pandemic is making digital rights violation in Africa the new norm

For a continent with a long history of dictatorship and control, the massive freedom afforded by the Internet seems to be irksome for most African…

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Gokada finds new growth in logistics thanks to a previous success story in Bangladesh

Gokada’s CEO, Fahim Saleh thinks his collapsed bike hailing operation is perfect for the logistics industry. Gokada was badly affected when the Lagos government implemented…

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For parents, helping with children’s eLearning has its strains

Student in Jibowu High School taking a maths lesson with Virtual Reality technology. Source: Imisi 3D Justina Dika-Oha has written off the current school term….

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6 things you need to know, including Reno 3 comparison

Following OPPO’s official entry into Nigeria in 2019, the Chinese-based smartphone maker has introduced at least one new device every three months since May 2019. In…

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Eyitayo Ogunmola, Utiva Chief Executive Officer

As the world changes and evolves, so do the way we work. Many businesses have either partly or entirely moved online. And due to the…

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Coronavirus Weekly Update: A Shining Light

A TechCabal roundup about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on Africa’s tech industry MAY 17, 2020 This newsletter is a weekly special focused on…

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How Quizac is using gamification to motivate learning in pre-university students

Education and learning in Nigeria have stalled to a large extent. What we have now, in most parts, involves standardised curriculums, students cramming, and a…

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How Is Technology Improving Education?

Posted by Ira Sharma . Posted on: May 16, 2020 at 9:08 AM . The first revolution in education took place when humanity invented printing….

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Facebook to build $1 billion undersea Internet cable for faster Internet in Africa

Facebook, through its ‘2Africa’ project is building a 37,000-kilometer undersea internet cable, to connect 23 countries in Africa, Europe and the Middle East. With the…

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Digital Nomads: Living in Lviv, Ukraine’s seventh largest city

Last week, we talked to Tony, an engineer at Andela. He shared his experience living in Kigali, the Rwandan capital that receives a lot of…

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Inside the new FlexiSAF HQ in Abuja, where elegance meets passion

At the turn of the new year, the FlexiSAF corporate office moved headquarters (HQ) from Ibadan Street, Area 3 Abuja to the more centrally positioned…

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Uganda wants to regulate boda bodas by making them go digital

Uganda’s 45-day lockdown was extended for another 14 days on May 5, but one post-lockdown conversation that is already shaping up is a plan to…

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Ventures Platform Fund invests in three African startups as portfolio passes 30

Abuja-based early-stage venture capital fund, Ventures Platform Fund, has announced its investments in three African startups. Launched in 2016, Ventures Platform Fund is the venture…

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Here’s The Secrets To A Successful Home Business

Posted by Ira Sharma . Posted on: May 14, 2020 at 3:56 PM . Are you looking for ways to ensure that your home business…

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Ekiti crashes RoW charges by 96% to improve broadband penetration in the state

Following the signing of an executive order, the Ekiti state governor, Kayode Fayemi, has set in motion the reduction of RoW charges related to laying…

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Novastar closes $108 million fund to invest in Anglophone Africa

Novastar Ventures invested in MAX, the Nigerian on-demand motorcycle ride sharing and logistics business. African venture firm, Novastar Ventures has made the final close for…

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ORide confirms it is selling some of its bikes as it pivots to deliveries

ORide, the bike hailing service operated by OPay, has confirmed it is selling off some of its 200cc motorbikes. The move was expected following the…

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How Voyance wants to tackle the menace of fintech fraud in Nigeria

The activities of fraudsters in any society have always been a thorn in the sides of its financial sector. As financial companies went digital, so…

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Despite a pandemic, Jumia’s losses drop for the first time in two years

Jumia pulls off a decent first quarter despite challenges from COVID-19 pandemic. Jumia, the Africa focused ecommerce company has announced its first quarterly report [PDF]…

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My Life in Tech: After NASA, Faith History wants every Nigerian to develop digital skills

My Life In Tech is putting human faces to some of the innovative startups, investments and policy formations driving the technology sector across Africa. Faith History…

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