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Nigeria’s DropBuddies, VeriCampus, Nurlux, others secure investments from SpeedUPAfrica

Three Nigerian startups have secured investments from SpeedUPAfrica, an event seeking to transform African startups to “SpeedUPs” through mentorship, workshops and of course, money. The startups are DropBuddies, a crowdsourced errand running & on-demand delivery service; VeriCampus, which helps schools deliver timely & innovative services via mobile devices, and Nurlux, a WiFi company that runs

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CcHUB launches new EdTech programme, expands operations to Abuja

Co-Creation Hub (CcHUB), a leading Lagos-based incubator and accelerator, has announced the consolidation of its education programme into re:learn, an open living lab focused on learning and the smart application of technology in schools. re:learn will now serve as the new umbrella for all education initiatives at CcHUB, which has been operating in the Education

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In Nigeria, Small-Scale Solar Plants Are Letting The Sunshine In

Until recently, small-scale rooftop solar projects have been under-utilised in the country, with diesel generators a far more common source of primary energy supply to these locations. Now, advances in solar technology are making this clean energy more affordable.

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British Airways, Safaricom Launch Emerging Enterprise Initiative For Kenyan SMEs

British Airways, the UK’s largest international airline and Safaricom, a leading mobile network operator in Kenya have announced the Emerging Enterprise Initiative aimed at providing international exposure for business owners in Kenya’s Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) sector. Through the initiative, five business owners in the SME sector will be provided with access to international

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700 MHz Spectrum: A Sale That Went Awry

A deal that was initially explained as a means to raise cash to enable Nigeria meet the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) deadline for the Digital Switchover (DSO) is beginning to go awry.

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Africans Talked More Of Politics On Twitter In 2015

According to a report by Portland, a London-based integrated communications agency, Africans talked (or tweeted) more of politics on Twitter in 2015. Portland analysed 1.6 billion geo-located tweets and the top 5,000 hashtags¹ on the continent as part of its third “How Africa Tweets” report. The report showed that almost 1 in 10 of the

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SA VOD service, ShowMax reaches 10 million views

ShowMax, a South African subscription-based video-on-demand service, has announced that its TV shows and movies have been viewed by its customers over 10 million times. In total, more than five million hours of content have been viewed on the platform, the equivalent of more than 500 years if played back-to-back. “We knew we had a

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Orange is the New Black to have three additional seasons on Netflix

Netflix, the world’s leading Internet television network with over 75 million members in over 190 countries and Lionsgate, a premier next generation film production/distribution studio, have announced that the original series, Orange is the New Black has been renewed for three additional seasons on Netflix. Season four of the series will premiere on June 17,

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ShowMax now available in 36 countries across sub-Saharan Africa

South African subscription-based video-on-demand service, ShowMax is now available in 36 countries across sub-Saharan Africa. Launched in 2015, Naspers-owned ShowMax has the largest video entertainment catalogue in Africa with over 20,000 episodes of hit TV shows and movies. These countries can now access this humongous catalogue – which includes approximately fifteen thousand TV show episodes and

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Four of the world’s youngest football talents compete for FIFA 17 cover

After four consecutive years of featuring Lionel Messi on the global cover of the popular FIFA video game series from EA Sports, the company is now inviting football lovers around the world to choose one of the four young best talents in world football to become the FIFA 17 cover star.

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SA VOD service, ShowMax reaches 10 million views

ShowMax, a South African subscription-based video-on-demand service, has announced that its TV shows and movies have been viewed by its customers over 10 million times. In total, more than five million hours of content have been viewed on the platform, the equivalent of more than 500 years if played back-to-back. “We knew we had a

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SA VOD service, ShowMax reaches 10 million views

ShowMax, a South African subscription-based video-on-demand service, has announced that its TV shows and movies have been viewed by its customers over 10 million times. In total, more than five million hours of content have been viewed on the platform, the equivalent of more than 500 years if played back-to-back. “We knew we had a

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BlackBerry Ask Users To “let them know how you feel” Using #ILoveBB10Apps

I know you must wondering who the “them” are! A couple of weeks back, WhatsApp Inc announced that WhatsApp Messenger will no longer work on BlackBerry – including BlackBerry 10 and BBOS– by the end of 2016. As if that wasn’t a big enough blow, Facebook has also announced it will discontinue support of its essential APIs

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SA on-demand cleaning app, Domestly launches in Johanesburg

Domestly, an on-demand cleaning app, has announced the launch of its service in Johannesburg. The service will be available in Rosebank, Fourways & Sandton. Claimed to be South Africa’s first and only on-demand cleaning app, Domestly has revolutionized the cleaning industry in the country. The app connects busy people (homeowners precisely) to trusted and certified

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SA on-demand cleaning app, Domestly launches in Johanesburg

Domestly, an on-demand cleaning app, has announced the launch of its service in Johannesburg. The service will be available in Rosebank, Fourways & Sandton. Claimed to be South Africa’s first and only on-demand cleaning app, Domestly has revolutionized the cleaning industry in the country. The app connects busy people (homeowners precisely) to trusted and certified

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eTransact introduces BankIT to make payments from your bank account as easy as ABC

eTranzact, a leading provider of mobile banking and payments services in Africa, has announced the official introduction of a BankIT, a solution designed to make payments from your bank account as easy as ABC. Why BankIT? You know how difficult (if not impossible) it is to complete an online transaction if you forgot your bank

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Safaricom finally launches Little Cab to rival Uber in Kenya

Some few weeks back, there were reports that Safaricom, the largest integrated telecommunication service provider in Kenya, plans to launch a taxi hailing service to rival Uber, a renowned taxi hailing service. According to reports, the telco has launched the service yesterday in Nairobi, Kenya. Known as Little Cab, the service aims to stamp its

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Nigeria’s DropBuddies, VeriCampus, Nurlux, others secure investments from SpeedUPAfrica

Three Nigerian startups have secured investments from SpeedUPAfrica, an event seeking to transform African startups to “SpeedUPs” through mentorship, workshops and of course, money. The startups are DropBuddies, a crowdsourced errand running & on-demand delivery service; VeriCampus, which helps schools deliver timely & innovative services via mobile devices, and Nurlux, a WiFi company that runs

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MTN to sell-off controlling stake in Afrihost

MTN, Africa’s leading telecommunications company, has announced its intention to sell-off its controlling stake of 50.02% in Afrihost, a South African Internet services provider. The sale is planned so as to enable the telco focus on core business, and pursue opportunities in relevant adjacent businesses. “The deal is in line with MTN’s strategy of focusing on core business

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Duet Private Equity partners AMCON to launch US$600 million FMCG Investment Fund

Duet Private Equity, a global alternative asset manager, has announced a partnership with Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) to set up a US$600 million investment fund focused on Nigeria’s Fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) sector. The fund will launch with an initial target size of US$400 million with AMCON contributing six portfolio companies currently under its control.

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Africa Internet Group, Alongside Its Subsidiaries, Rebrands To Jumia

In a move that can best be described as unexpected, Africa Internet Group, a leading Internet platform in Africa, together with its other subsidiaries, has been rebranded to Jumia. The rebrand, which will leverage Jumia’s massive success on the continent, will ensure the group operates under the same brand name that will be trusted and

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