Nigeria

Africa’s final hope at the World Cup is probably its least fancied side

3 weeks ago admin2 Comments Off on Africa’s final hope at the World Cup is probably its least fancied side
Africa’s hope of making it to the next round of the World Cup firmly rests on Senegal. The Teranga Lions, as the national team is known, take on Colombia in a crunch make or break fixture for a place in the round of 16 today (June 28). Africa’s four other representatives at the competition—Nigeria, Egypt, Read More

African governments are withholding millions of dollars meant to increase internet access

4 months ago admin2 Comments Off on African governments are withholding millions of dollars meant to increase internet access
At just 22%, Africa is the region with the lowest levels of internet use in the world. But as a new research shows, countries continue to fall short of financing projects aimed at removing barriers to internet access in rural, remote, and poor urban areas—even when they have those funds. The joint report, from the Read More

In Nigeria you need cash for everything, the problem is actually getting hold of it

5 months ago admin2 Comments Off on In Nigeria you need cash for everything, the problem is actually getting hold of it
Anytime Oghenefega Otitifore, an engineer living in Okearo, needs to withdraw cash, she does not bother going to the ATM. In all of Okearo, a suburb just a few kilometers outside Lagos, there are only two ATMs—one is plagued with long queues and the ever present “unable to dispense cash” message on the screens while Read More

A nineties Japanese mini car is the unlikely taxi of choice in one of Nigeria’s biggest cities

5 months ago admin2 Comments Off on A nineties Japanese mini car is the unlikely taxi of choice in one of Nigeria’s biggest cities
Ibadan, Nigeria In Lagos and Abuja, Uber and Taxify are competing in Nigeria’s still relatively new e-hailing taxi space. But in Ibadan, Nigeria’s largest city by geographical area and the country’s third most populous city with three million people, an informal commuter ecosystem has been built around a tiny 1990s Japanese supermini car, the Nissan Read More

Senate of Nigeria Launches Probe of Bitcoin Trading in the Country

6 months ago admin2 Comments Off on Senate of Nigeria Launches Probe of Bitcoin Trading in the Country
Regulation Nigeria is known to have one of the biggest and fastest growing bitcoin markets in the whole of Africa. The authorities in the country have apparently caught wind of this and now want to examine the phenomena and decide what they can try and do about it. Also Read: Bitcoin Tax Reporting Software Developer Read More

This is how we should honor Calestous Juma’s vision for an Africa of innovation

6 months ago admin2 Comments Off on This is how we should honor Calestous Juma’s vision for an Africa of innovation
No discussion about the history of science, technology and innovation policy in Africa is complete without mentioning Calestous Juma. Juma, professor of International Development at Harvard University, passed away late last year after a long battle with cancer. Juma championed the use of technological innovation to tackle sustainable development challenges like food insecurity, climate change, Read More

This photo collection visualizes everyday Egypt in outer space

8 months ago admin2 Comments Off on This photo collection visualizes everyday Egypt in outer space
In a popular 1988 song, the Egyptian actor and singer Medhat Salah sang about the desire to live in Kawkab Tani—or another planet. In the track, Salah spoke of wanting to put (in Arabic) an “impervious, tall, and abominable barrier between him and his self, between his body and soul, between day and night.” Almost Read More

ICOs Opening Doors to Blockchain, Investment in Africa

8 months ago admin2 Comments Off on ICOs Opening Doors to Blockchain, Investment in Africa
The price of the top digital currency is well above the means of many, especially in Africa. A Bitcoin in Nigeria, for example, is now worth over N3 mln. This is a far reach in a country where half of its approximately 200 million people live on less than N800 (about $2) a day. UNDP Read More

Nigeria’s next generation of startups are being redefined in the southeast, not just in Lagos

8 months ago admin2 Comments Off on Nigeria’s next generation of startups are being redefined in the southeast, not just in Lagos
Nigeria’s startup ecosystem continues to be dominated by developments in Lagos, Africa’s largest city and the country’s commercial hub. But developers and stakeholders in the oil-rich southern part of the country are gradually building an ecosystem backed by local tradition, patient founders, supportive mentors and potentially easier access to funds from the money-spinning oil and Read More

Black Friday started online in Nigeria, but now shoppers get the best deals in stores

8 months ago admin2 Comments Off on Black Friday started online in Nigeria, but now shoppers get the best deals in stores
Ibadan, Nigeria While being one of the numerous skeptics about Black Friday in Nigeria, new mom, Victoria Feyikemi, kept refreshing the pages of leading e-commerce sites, Jumia and Konga, in search of the best offers for baby monitors. Eventually she gave up when she couldn’t find any and went on Twitter to join those that Read More