Tag Archives: West Africa

Ghana reviews Electronic Communications bill

13 Jun

The government of Ghana, via the National Communication Authority (NCA), has amended the controversial draft Electronic Communications (Interconnect Clearing House services) Act 2016 and is hoping for an improved response from the public and stakeholders. Continue reading

West Africa edges towards harmonised roaming services

1 Jun

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), West African Telecommunication Regulations (WATRA) and Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) are actively pursuing plans to eventually establish free roaming services. Continue reading

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

Davos: UN launches $1 billion appeal for global Ebola response

25 Jan

The United Nations has appealed for $1 billion needed for the first six months of 2015 to sustain the momentum to stamp out Ebola in West Africa, where ‘the epidemic has started to turn’ in all three of the worst-hit countries – Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. 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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(Archive) Getting to chat with a sitting West African Vice President

18 Jan

Here is a modified version of a chat I had with Sierra Leone’s former Vice President, Solomon Ekuma Berewa (now a respectful elder statesman) around this time in 2007. As the sitting VP and his party’s flagbearer for a coming election some months later in the year, the words he shared on the fateful morning are still living with me. I believe they’ll still be even after he might have departed to the great beyond. Most importantly, I learnt a key lesson about politics in West Africa which has stayed with me ever since. Continue reading

Chinese see ‘danger’ and ‘opportunity’ in (Ebola) crisis. What do West Africans see?

17 Jan

I like Wu Jianmin, a former Chinese ambassador to the United States who now advises his country’s foreign ministry, particularly for his stance in defence of his compatriots when asked a question by CNN’s Christiane Amanpour regarding a purportedly callous attitude of some Chinese businesspeople who tend to place moneymaking above life-saving in West Africa. Continue reading

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

EU gives ECOWAS its response to Ebola

16 Jan

De-Brouwer-Jean-Louis (Pic by EU)On the invitation of the ECOWAS Commission, the European Commission is sending a high level official, the Director of Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Operations of the European Commission, Mr. Jean-Louis De Brouwer to deliver a message on the EU’s response to the fight against the Ebola Viirus Disease as Heads of State and Government of the ECOWAS meet in Accra today for a two-day High-level Coordination Meeting of ECOWAS partners on the fight against Ebola Virus Disease in West Africa. 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

Ebola outbreak may contribute to 60% crumble of Gambia’s economy despite no reported case

15 Jan

Though The Gambia remains completely free of Ebola, the crisis has caused a deep decline in tourism related activities, the economy’s principal foreign currency earner. A mission from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) led by Bhaswar Mukhopadhyay, visited Banjul from January 8-14, 2015 to assess the effects of this shock to the Gambian economy and explored the possibility of agreeing on a Rapid Credit Facility (RCF) arrangement with the IMF. Continue reading

Ebola: Liberia deploys team to Sierra Leone

12 Jan

According to reports from the Liberian news agency, a 20-member Ebola team has been deployed from the country to neighbouring Sierra Leone, a move described by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as “wonderful and good news that must be celebrated.” 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

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

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

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

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

Australia: New Measures In The Fight Against Ebola

5 Nov

The Commonwealth Government will increase Australia’s $18 million contribution to the response to Ebola in West Africa and strengthen preparations to detect and respond to a possible Ebola case in Australia. Continue reading

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