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
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
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
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.
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
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
Nigeria‘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
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
I 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
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
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
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
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