Tech

Releaf secures $120,000 investment from Y Combinator for Expansion

Releaf, a Nigerian Agro-startup has raised $120,000 from YCombinator, an early stage startup investor, to expand its business in Nigeria.  Launched by Ikenna Nzewi, Uzoma Ayogu, and Isaiah Udotong, the three founders spent the past several months, working to understand the challenges for businesses in Nigerian agriculture. Through hundreds of calls and several trips on-ground, the group continued to hear that one of the largest challenges these businesses face is obtaining buyers for their products.Co-founder Ikenna says, “Existing portals with thousands of random businesses do not facilitate many true business connections because most business primarily originates through word of mouth. ...

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NCS: IT experts to re-position Nigeria for sustainable development

IT: The 13th edition of the annual conference of the Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) has come and gone, but it left echoes of a well organised event which drew participants from all walks of life to the Chida International Hotel, Abuja. The 2017 edition was theme ‘Information Technology Innovation for Sustainable Development’. ICT industry players, academics, researchers and thought leaders spoke and proffered solutions to challenges facing Nigeria and Nigerians; particularly as it affects the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and how far it could go to advance the course of the country, especially in the onerous task of diversifying ...

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Spectranet develops new Mi-Fi

Internet service provider, Spectranet, has developed a Freedom Mi-fi with 15GB free of Internet. The company said the new Mi-Fi was part of its product development strategy to improve the consumers’ Internet service experience. According to the firm, the ‘Freedom Mi-fi connect now’ promo offers consumers the opportunity to purchase the product, which comes with free 15GB of superfast Internet, thereby giving consumers immediate access to the Internet. The Head of Marketing, Spectranet, Mike Ogor, said, “Spectranet is a caring brand and has taken cognisance of the challenges faced by many today and have, therefore, reshaped how best they can ...

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Making the internet work better for everyone in Africa

By 2034 Africa is expected to have the world’s largest working-age population of 1.1 billion—yet only 3 to 4 million jobs are created annually. That means there’s an urgent need to create opportunities for the millions of people on the continent who are creative, smart and driven to succeed. The internet, and technology as a whole, offer great opportunities for creating jobs, growing businesses and boosting economies. But people need the right skills, tools and products to navigate the digital world and to make it work for them, their businesses and their communities. At Google for Nigeria event in Lagos, ...

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Uber Is Targeting Titans of Industry in Its CEO Search

GE’s Immelt joins CEO shortlist as HPE’s Whitman withdraws Ex-CEO Travis Kalanick continues to exert influence at startup Uber Technologies Inc. has set its sights on the business world’s most seasoned chief executives to fill the leadership vacuum left by the departure of co-founder Travis Kalanick. Candidates for Uber CEO, including Jeffrey Immelt, must be capable of restoring confidence in the ride-hailing company after months of controversy. Immelt, the outgoing CEO of General Electric Co., is on a shortlist of fewer than six candidates to run Uber and prepare the business for an initial public offering, people familiar with the matter said. The company has ...

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Glo, Etisalat lose internet users, MTN, Airtel gain

The internet users and data subscribers in Nigeria’s telecommunications networks marginally increased to 91.6 million in June. According to data published by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Airtel and MTN gained more internet subscribers during the month, while Glo and Etisalat were the big losers. Overall, internet  users increased by 33,747 to 91, 598,757 from 91,565,010 in May, the  June NCC  Monthly Internet Subscribers Data showed. MTN accounted for 284, 629  new users, increasing its subscription to 31,691,070 from 31,406,441 in  May. Globacom lost 218,482 internet users and had 27,184,002 data subscribers left on its network in June. In May, Nigeria’s ...

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Google hopes to train 10 million people in Africa in online skills: CEO, Sundar Pichai

Alphabet Inc’s Google aims to train 10 million people in Africa in online skills over the next five years in an effort to make them more employable, its chief executive said on Thursday. The U.S. technology giant also hopes to train 100,000 software developers in Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa, a company spokeswoman said. Google’s pledge marked an expansion of an initiative it launched in April 2016 to train young Africans in digital skills. It announced in March it had reached its initial target of training one million people. The company is “committing to prepare another 10 million people for ...

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‘Nigeria’s Broadband Penetration Hinged on Mobile Broadband’

Paradigm Initiative, a leading outfit on digital rights and inclusion, has said that the widely publicised growth of broadband penetration is not a true reflection of the actual broadband penetration in the country, since the growth is mainly driven by mobile broadband, occasioned by the rising demand for smartphones across the country. The Chief Executive of Paradigm Initiative, Mr. Gbenga Sesan, who made the remark in Lagos recently, stated that the federal government would need to step up efforts in making broadband access a priority among Nigerians. This he said could be achieved by making broadband available at reduced cost ...

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Stakeholders Call on Government Agencies to Embrace Digital Engagement

Stakeholders at a one-day roundtable talk on digital rights and engagement have called on government agencies to fully embrace digital tools in their engagement with the public. The roundtable, themed “Improving Government’s Approach to Digital Engagement & Rights”, held on Thursday, July 20, 2017, at the New State House Auditorium, Abuja. The event was a product of a partnership between Paradigm Initiative and the Presidency Office of Digital Engagement (PODE). In his opening keynote, the Executive Director of Paradigm Initiative, Mr. ‘Gbenga Sesan emphasised the need for government agencies to fully adopt digital engagement in their communication, while also recognising ...

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Partner Mobile releases PS 3 cell phone into Nigerian market

Partner Mobile, one of the Nigeria’s quickest developing cell phone brands has propelled PS 3 cell phone into the market to praise its one year commemoration in the Nigerian market. PS 3 is coming into the market to combine on the imaginative resourcefulness of the brand following the accomplishment of PS1 PS2 and PS Power. The Partner PS3 is an android OS 7.1 cell phone that accompanies deca-center 2.6GHz processor. With a 5.5inch FHD IPS LCD, the telephone accompanies an inventive double 13MP back camera and a 8MP front camera. It has a 3350Mah battery and comes with a RAM ...

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