Tag Archives: Nigeria

Kenyans, Nigerians face-off on Twitter

12 Sep

A Twitter hashtag that reportedly sprang up following the first visit of Facebook‘s founder to Africa could have implications for the control of social media in regions across Africa. Continue reading

UN HRC: States commit to protect civil society space

4 Jul

A crucial resolution gives practical guidance to states on how to ensure civil society space based on their existing commitments under international human rights law has been adopted at the UN Human Rights Council (HRC). Though 244 organisations from around the world jointly expressed their support for the international human rights standards which has over 60 cosponsoring States, some of the countries that voted against civil society are Congo, Nigeria, and South Africa according to Article 19. Continue reading

Tech startups want President Buhari’s attention

7 Jun

President Muhammadu Buhari will attend the first government-organised event for startups from across Nigeria to pitch new and emerging technologies ideas to venture capitalists, investors and decision-makers in the public and private sector. Continue reading

Sub-Saharan Africa most fertile for Bitcoin adoption

18 May

A forecast by a London School of Economics author has positioned Nigeria and Zimbabwe among top 10 countries with the highest relative potential for Bitcoin adoption. Continue reading

Bitcoin Adoption in Africa Up Due to Trading, Remittances, Freelancing, Mining Remains Low

7 May

Bitcoin users in parts of Africa have an almost non-existent mining practice yet the virtual currency’s level of adoption is driving more Africans to its trade. Aside from a Ghanaian firm, Ghana Dot Com (GDC), which claimed it has launched the first Bitcoin mining facility in Africa in March, most mining efforts in parts of Africa are usually done on an individual basis or crowd mining with little or no chance of profitability. This is due to several factors. Continue reading

Bitcoin in India, Nigeria, Kenya to Spur Global ATM Market

1 May

The growing need for automated teller machines including Bitcoin ATMs in developing nations such as Nigeria, India, and Kenya is propelling the growth of the global ATM market, says Technavio’s latest global ATM market report.

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MEST scouts for tech talent in SA

29 Mar

One of Africa‘s top tech incubators, Ghana‘s Meltwater Entrepreneurship School of Technology MEST, is for the first time recruiting Entrepreneurs-In-Training (EITs) in South Africa, having only accepted applications from young entrepreneurs in Ghana, Nigeria and Kenya in previous years.  Continue reading

Paul Lehmann is Australia’s next High Commissioner to Nigeria

9 Nov

Today I announce the appointment of Mr Paul Lehmann as Australia‘s next High Commissioner to Nigeria.  Mr Lehmann will also have non-resident accreditation to Benin, Cameroon, Gabon, Niger and The Gambia.

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14% of users in Nigeria faced Internet cyberthreats, 46% encountered malware in local networks – Kaspersky

9 Nov

In its Q3 IT Threat Evolution report, Kaspersky Lab has published the details of the key security incidents of the quarter. Using statistics from the Kaspersky Security Network (KSN), which obtains information from millions of Kaspersky Lab product users in 213 countries, the report sheds light on the increase in mobile threats, the attempted theft of money from online bank accounts and targeted cyberattacks in the evolving threat landscape. Continue reading

Gambia expels EU Charge d’Affairs

6 Jun

According to a News Agency of Nigeria report, The Gambian presidency has announced its government has expelled the European Union Charge d’Affairs in Banjul, Agnes Gilliard, on Friday. Continue reading

If only Maxwell Khobe could live, again

12 Apr

I’m sure you’ll agree with me that being brave in a chosen career is way better than serving as an elected public office holder who courts attention, be it unconsciously, and unmerited accolades for achieving a tiny fraction of the set goals needed by a constituency. Continue reading

Nigeria: Can you please tell Malema to zip it?

20 Jan

I do not support the ignominy brought on Nigeria by the Boko Haram insurgency in some parts of the country and the way those vested with the constitutional mandate to safeguard every Nigerian from such – as custodians of our well-being – have handled it. However, I take exception to South Africa’s Julius Malema, 33, throwing verbal spanks at a ruling Nigerian president. It is wittingly debasing. It is also unappreciated for several other reasons.

Julius Malema (Pic credit SABC)

Julius Malema (Pic credit SABC)

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MainOne’s data center to service critical infrastructure in West Africa

17 Jan

opekeNigeria‘s MainOne this week opened what it describes as the largest commercial, vendor-neutral data center in West Africa, the Tier III Lekki Data Centre, to address the growing demand for co-location, cloud and disaster recovery services for enterprises and governments in the region. Continue reading

An ECOWAS military force to fight Boko Haram?

16 Jan

President-John-Mahama (Pic by GhanaLive)

Could it be that the incomparable reactions that sprung following the Charlie Hebdo killings that has forced West African leaders to table an idea to create a military force to fight Nigeria‘s Boko Haram Islamist militants? Continue reading

IMF’s Christine Lagarde to visit Senegal’s readiness ‘for a more diversified economy’

16 Jan
Ms Lagarde (Pic Telegraph UK)

Ms Lagarde (Pic Telegraph UK)

The Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Ms. Christine Lagarde, will visit Senegal from January 29-31, 2015 to meet with policymakers and other representatives of society in the country. Continue reading

Former British High Commissioner, Peter Penfold, writes on Ebola in Sierra Leone

15 Jan

penfoldI have now been here two weeks. During my last visit in April the first cases of ebola had appeared. Deaths had been reported in Sierra Leone and before that in the neighboring countries of Guinea and Liberia. Only MSF (Medicins Sans Frontieres) were warning of the seriousness of the outbreak but at the time no one was heeding the warnings, neither the local governments nor the international community. Since then the ebola virus has ravaged this part of West Africa. Continue reading

West African countries in ‘fragile political situation’

8 Jan

West Africa’s political landscape remains delicate as nations across the region continue to grapple with insecurity, terrorist threats and tensions ahead of a busy election cycle, the United Nations senior official there told the Security Council this afternoon. 

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Most intense Ebola transmission in West Africa reported in western Sierra Leone – UN

31 Dec

The number of Ebola cases is fluctuating in Guinea, decreasing in Liberia and showing signs the increase has slowed in Sierra Leone, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) reported today as the UN development agency said it is helping the Liberian Government build border posts to cut the cross-border spread of infection in West Africa. 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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