President Obama’s Message to Nigerians

26 Mar
Hello.  Today, I want to speak directly to you—the people of Nigeria. Nigeria is a great nation and you can be proud of the progress you’ve made.  Together, you won your independence, emerged from military rule, and strengthened democratic institutions.  You’ve strived to overcome division and to turn Nigeria’s diversity into a source of strength.  You’ve worked hard to improve the lives of your families and to build the largest economy in Africa.

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Self-driving Audi to drive from California to New York

19 Mar

By Lucas Mearian – Automotive component-supplier Delphi is about to launch a self-driving Audi SUV on a 3,500-mile journey from San Francisco to New York. The trip, which will begin March 22 near the Golden Gate Bridge, will end in New York City. It is the first cross-country trip by a fully autonomous vehicle, and arguably the longest anyone has made. Continue reading

Steve Jobs biography describes his disdain for TVs

14 Mar

By Tim Hornyak IDG News Service – The latest book about Steve Jobs suggests the late Apple cofounder’s dislike of TV was one reason he terminated a 1990s personal computer called the Twentieth Anniversary Macintosh (TAM). The expensive, short-lived machine was launched in March 1997, months before Jobs resumed leadership of the firm as part of its purchase of NeXT. It had a tuner that would have allowed it to double as a TV set, and that didn’t sit well with Jobs. Continue reading

ISS Feature: Business as unusual: Goodluck Jonathan privatises Nigerian relations with South Africa

5 Mar

It was ironic, to say the least, that Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan’s government turned down President Jacob Zuma’s proposal for a South Africa-inspired African Union (AU) rapid response to combat the barbaric Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram – yet apparently hired ex-South African Defence Force (SADF) soldiers to train the Nigerian Defence Force (NDF) to do so. Continue reading

With expansion into West Africa, VMK ignites Africa-designed brands competition

1 Mar
By Olusegun Ogundeji – By opening its first store in the Ivory Coast, VMK, based in the Republic of the Congo, is taking a big step in its expansion plans and potentially setting up a designed-in-Africa brand competition with RLG.

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Mali offers free .ml domain names in Malaysia, hoping for a global presence

21 Feb

Olusegun Ogundeji – Mali is offering its country code top level domain (ccTLD), .ml, to the 20 million Internet users in Malaysia, capitalizing on the popular use of “ML” as an abbreviation for the Southeast Asian nation.
Internet use in French-speaking Mali, in West Africa, has been low. It is one of the world’s poorest countries, and has a high level of illiteracy.  Continue reading

Competition, new rules to spur West African electronic financial services

18 Feb

Olusegun Ogundeji – New regulations, competition and product diversity are likely to help boost digital financial services across the eight West African Economic and Monetary Union countries. Making financial services available and affordable to all segments of the population, especially those excluded by income level, political instability, gender, location, or education, has been a major topic over the past few years in Africa. Continue reading

WPI fellowship for journalists still on

8 Feb

The application period for the 2015 WPI Fellowships is now open. The deadline is February 15, 2015. Selection announcements will be made in May 2015. Please read the information below. The link to the actual application can be found at the bottom of this page. Continue reading

Africa’s first commercial white spaces network offers cheaper Internet in Ghana

7 Feb

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US issues Sierra Leone travel warning

5 Feb

After review of health conditions and limited availability of medical evacuation options, the U.S. Department of State, on August 14, 2014, ordered the departure of eligible family members residing with Embassy staff in Freetown, and issued a Travel Warning advising U.S. citizens against non-essential travel to Sierra Leone. The Embassy recommended this action out of an abundance of caution following the determination that there was a lack of options for urgent health care services at major medical facilities due to the Ebola outbreak. On February 4, 2015, the U.S. Department of State modified the status for accompanying family members to allow only adult eligible family members to accompany the principal employee to Embassy Freetown. Continue reading


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