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The Economic Impact Of Recent Internet Shutdowns In Africa

Internet shutdowns in Africa are becoming a source of concern for those passionate about the continent’s digital economy. The latest of such shutdowns is Ethiopia where authorities have blocked access in the eastern part of the country. Keep It On, an alliance of organizations working to ensure the internet stays on, in a letter to […]

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Telco Customer Care Agents in Nigeria Are Underpaid With ‘Okay’ Benefits

As the first point of ‘direct’ contact for telco customers, customer care agents are very important to customer acquisition and retention and conflict resolution. The efficiency (or inefficiency) of a telcos’ customer care force can directly impact how quickly, or slowly, a telco grows its subscriber base. Bottomline: Customer care agents are important. In Nigeria, […]

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Wallet.ng: The Fintech Startup Building Mobile Payment Solutions for Nigerian Millennials

It was at an Omidyar-organised “Market Makers” event in Lagos that I’d first met Wallet.ng founder/CEO, John Oke. The event was fintech-focused and the room was filled with several interesting people including Paga CEO Tayo Oviosu, Flutterwave CEO Iyinoluwa Aboyeji, MEST Lagos GM Neku Atawodi-Edun, Microtration Founder Yele Bademosi and Lidya Co-founder Tunde Kehinde. Yele […]

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Cameroon’s Silicon Mountain: Its History, Resilience and Future

Buea, a town on the slopes of Mountain Cameroon, about an hour from Douala (the economic capital of Cameroon) has become known as Cameroon’s startup capital, called Silicon Mountain. The town located in the South West Region is home to the first anglophone university in Cameroon, the University of Buea. The university is a central […]

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Can An Uptick In M&A Activity Affect The African Tech Ecosystem?

In the myriad of conversations about African tech, mergers and acquisitions aren’t usually leading topics – and understandably so too. The ecosystem is still in its early stages, startups aren’t attractive value-wise as standalone entities and funding is still very small compared to other markets (African tech startups raised $560 million in 2017 compared to […]

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Blogs, Websites and Social Media Posts; A legal Perspective

This is the digital age and there’s no escaping it. You either own a business website, run a blog as a hobby, have multiple social media accounts or in the very least, have apps downloaded on your mobile phone. Some of us fit into several if not all of these categories. One way or the […]

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Tecno Mobile Is Set To Thrill Fans with A Mega Spark Party

After an amazing first edition, TECNO Mobile in partnership with Google is set to host fun loving Lagosians to another edition of the TECNO Spark Party-an event which is simply aimed at entertaining and celebrating smartphone but most especially TECNO fans. The Spark party, which is a free event, comes just weeks after the leading […]

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What You Should Know About Building An Edtech Startup In Nigeria

Five years ago, I co-founded an edtech startup with a friend, although I no longer work with the team, I learnt some very valuable lessons. For one, edtech is not a quick money play and founders will need to think long term. It can take a while to fine tune your business model and to […]

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Artificial Intelligence In Nigeria Is An Infant Space With Huge Potential

Since the 1950s when MIT computer scientist John McCarthy first coined the term “artificial intelligence”, the technology has grown in leaps and bounds across the globe. Today, AI permeates several strata of the digital experience – from web crawlers on websites to humanoid robots that can mimic human expression and speech. In Nigeria (and Africa), […]

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Back to the Future … The Future of Work

When we think about job displacement our minds often go to factory workers and calls centers, but as leading artificial Intelligence expert Dr. Vivienne Ming points out in a recent interview with the Financial Times, the middle class in professional services may be the most challenged in this computed future.  Ming cites a recent competition […]