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Interswitch completes VANSO acquisition

Interswitch has completed the acquisition of Value Added Network Solutions (VANSO) Limited following approval from the relevant quarters – regulators, shareholders and the Securities and Exchange Commission. News of the acquisition first surfaced in February 2016 with reports stating Interswitch is paying a whooping ₦15 billion for the market leading mobile and security-focused financial technology

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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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Lifestage Is Facebook’s Social Network For Teens

Facebook recently launched just another software to lure teenagers into thinking its products are cooler than SnapChat. The new iOS app which is soon to be rolled out on Android, called Lifestage, is a kind of video diary where you answer biographical questions about yourself. Instead of filling in answers with text, you record a

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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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Entertainment

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10 unmissable (and hilarious) tweets on Paul Pogba’s first Man Utd goal

Since arriving Manchester United in the summer for a world record transfer fee of €105 million (£89.3 million), Paul Pogba hasn’t had it good on the pitch, which has led to criticism from some quarters. Today against reigning champions, Leicester City FC, the French professional footballer scored his first goal for the club, and it was

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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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11 year-old Tayo builds game Mark Zuckerberg is excited about

The lad pictured above is Olatayo Sobomehin, an 11 years old who built Spike Rush, an infinite, side-scrolling game. Named after needle spikerush (a plant), the game is set in a magical forest where spikes are everywhere. Players have super powers to help them learn to survive in the forest. At random times, the gravity

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On September 29, ROK Studios will launch a channel on Sky

Jason Njoku, Founder and CEO of iROKO, one of Africa’s most successful Internet startup, has announced ROK Studios will launch a channel on Sky in the UK on September 29, 2016. Officially launched some time in 2014, ROK Studios is a leading African film and television studio and production house based in Lagos, Nigeria. ROK owns

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Mavin’s Chief Digital Officer has launched a song-looping app

Tunji Afonja, Chief Digital Officer at Mavin Records, Don Jazzy‘s record label, has launched a music app for bookmarking and looping/repeating your favorite verses and choruses of songs. New app alert!!! #SMD Chief Digital Officer theafricannerd has released playmarksapp, a brand… https://t.co/XMo94YYwhD — DON JAZZY (@DONJAZZY) September 23, 2016 Known as PlayMarks, the app lets

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10 unmissable (and hilarious) tweets on Paul Pogba’s first Man Utd goal

Since arriving Manchester United in the summer for a world record transfer fee of €105 million (£89.3 million), Paul Pogba hasn’t had it good on the pitch, which has led to criticism from some quarters. Today against reigning champions, Leicester City FC, the French professional footballer scored his first goal for the club, and it was

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Afrostream is now available on Orange TV

Afrostream, a subscription video on demand (SVOD) service, is now available on Orange TV, an on-demand video service owned by telecommunication giant, Orange. Available on Orange TV in the Pass Vidéo section, Orange TV customers in mainland France with Livebox 4 or Livebox Play and their respective decoders will be able to enjoy Afrostream for

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UberEATS now available in South Africa

UberEATS, an on-demand food delivery service run by Uber, the world’s popular ride hailing service, is now available in South Africa, the first country in Africa. Uber first announced it will launch the service in Africa (and South Africa) back in June 2016 before recently announcing applications for certain UberEATS roles in Cape Town and Johannesburg. The service

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PwC Nigeria launches tax app for quick access to tax information

PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Nigeria, a multinational professional services network, has announced the launch of a tax app for easy access to all relevant tax and related laws in the country. Called Tax247, the app enables Nigerians keep abreast developments in the economy especially as it relates to their tax obligations, government policies and the implications on

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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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Web4Africa launches free & open-source software mirror in Nigeria

Leading web hosting company, Web4Africa has announced the launch of a free and open-source software (FOSS) mirror in Nigeria. Called The Nigerian Mirror Project, and described as the first of its kind in the West African region, the mirror aims to drastically improve the download and availability of free & open-source software in Nigeria. This project

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Mavin’s Chief Digital Officer has launched a song-looping app

Tunji Afonja, Chief Digital Officer at Mavin Records, Don Jazzy‘s record label, has launched a music app for bookmarking and looping/repeating your favorite verses and choruses of songs. New app alert!!! #SMD Chief Digital Officer theafricannerd has released playmarksapp, a brand… https://t.co/XMo94YYwhD — DON JAZZY (@DONJAZZY) September 23, 2016 Known as PlayMarks, the app lets

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LinkedIn launches online learning platform to help you develop your skills

LinkedIn, a professional networking site, has announced the launch of an online learning platform to help individuals develop their skills and talents. Aptly called LinkedIn Learning, the platform houses contents from Lynda.com, an online education company, and LinkedIn’s professional data and network. Through artificial intelligence and personalized recommendations, learners are able to discover the courses

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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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Interswitch completes VANSO acquisition

Interswitch has completed the acquisition of Value Added Network Solutions (VANSO) Limited following approval from the relevant quarters – regulators, shareholders and the Securities and Exchange Commission. News of the acquisition first surfaced in February 2016 with reports stating Interswitch is paying a whooping ₦15 billion for the market leading mobile and security-focused financial technology

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Interswitch completes VANSO acquisition

Interswitch has completed the acquisition of Value Added Network Solutions (VANSO) Limited following approval from the relevant quarters – regulators, shareholders and the Securities and Exchange Commission. News of the acquisition first surfaced in February 2016 with reports stating Interswitch is paying a whooping ₦15 billion for the market leading mobile and security-focused financial technology

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d.light raises US$22.5 million to expand PayGo Business into new markets

d.light, a for-profit social enterprise that manufactures and distributes solar lighting and power products, has secured US$22.5 million to expand its PayGo Business into new off-grid solar markets. The funds will be used to ramp up sales for its D30 solar home system, and launch new products to market that can power other appliances, like TVs

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MTN Nigeria targets $1 billion in its IPO

Africa’s largest operator by sales, MTN is seeking to raise about $1 billion in an initial public offering, a condition tied to the settlement of a record fine imposed by Nigeria’s telecom regulator, reports Fin24, citing people familiar with the matter.

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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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