Ivory Coast to resume diamond trade

17 Dec

After 11 years of UN sanctions, Ivory Coast will resume diamond trade as political calm has returned to the country. Continue reading

Story, story…coming to your phone

17 Dec

Indian mobile Internet provider One97 has taken another step into West Africa’s value added service market with a new audio storytelling portal partnership with Nigeria-based mobile operator Glo. The deal will enable Glo’s users in Benin, and later Nigeria, Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana, listen to favorite stories via their phones on-demand. Continue reading

Why you should watch out for Nigeria’s tech sector

16 Dec

Three years ago, ICT contributed only 5.46 percent of Nigeria’s GDP. This year the sector is on track to generate about $50 billion…

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UN wants debt relief for Ebola hard-hit countries

15 Dec

The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) today recommended that creditors should seriously consider debt cancellation for the countries worst-hit by the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. Continue reading

West Africa: Ebola now, integration later (2)

13 Dec

“Did they hate Nigerians that much? How could someone have brought the disease to Nigeria to inflict us?” “Foolish Nigerians! Did Liberians create the disease?” “Whoever is caught entering Nigeria with the disease should be injected to die instantly…”

Continued from http://oluseguntoday.wordpress.com/2014/11/03/west-africa-ebola-now-integration-later-1-2/) Since all regional flights to and from Sierra Leone serving other West African states had been suspended, my only option would have been to fly SN Brussels from Sierra Leone to Belgium then back to Cote d’Ivoire. Insane, isn’t it? Continue reading

Nigeria: Wonder why NTA did not cover APC primary election? My take.

13 Dec

Yesterday, a friend was curious to know why the Nigerian Television Authority did not run a live transmission of Nigeria’s main opposition party, All Progressives Congress APC, primary election in which Gen. Muhammad Buhari (rtd) emerged the flagbearer. Continue reading

Americans congratulate Burkinabes

12 Dec

On behalf of the American people and President Obama, I congratulate the people of Burkina Faso on Continue reading

Ghana’s planned removal of import taxes on smartphones not just good but…

11 Dec

Contrary to what you might think, Ghana’s planned removal of import taxes on smartphones next year may not hurt local production of mobile phones by RLG, the first and only phone assembly in West Africa with operations in Continue reading

E-commerce becomes a force in African retail market

4 Dec

E-commerce is poised to dominate African retail markets over the next five years, says the Africa CEO of Kaymu.com, one of the more successful online commerce sites in the region. While market watchers may not be quite as optimistic in their forecasts, no one disputes that e-commerce on the continent is starting to take root. Continue reading

Ebola speeds up educators’ embrace of tech in Sierra Leone, Liberia

26 Nov

The deadly Ebola outbreak has sparked some creative thinking among academic institutions and private education initiatives determined to reach out to students who have been hunkering down for months in Sierra Leone and Liberia.
Faced with a raging epidemic, the University of Sierra Leone plans to upload lecture notes on its website, send learning material through e-mail and engage students through social media platforms like Whatsapp and Facebook. The 2014/2015 session, which should have begun Oct. 1, was postponed due to the Ebola outbreak. Continue reading

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