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Tuesday 21st August 2018,
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Meet the 30 startups shortlisted for the 2018 edition of Demo Africa in Casablanca

Following a few months of innovation roadshows, city tours and virtual shortlisting, DEMO Africa has announced the selection of the 30 finalist startups for the 2018 edition of the annual conference. Techpoint.Africa [...]

August 21, 2018 Technology Business & StartUps

CTO of Kaduna-based Colab is Google’s first certified Machine Learning Expert in Sub-Saharan Africa

Meet Google's first machine learning expert from Sub-Saharan Africa. And learn why machine learning is important for Africa. Techpoint.Africa [...]

August 21, 2018 Technology Business & StartUps

Rebuild Ayefele’s Fresh FM or face legal action – SERAP threatens Ajimobi

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, (SERAP) has demanded that the Governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, rebuilds the demolished building of Fresh FM owned by popular juju musician, Yinka Ayefele, or face national and international legal actions. This was [...]

August 21, 2018 Government and politics

114 pro-Biafra women arraigned in Owerri magistrate court, remanded in prison

The Nigerian Police, Monday arraigned 114 pro-Biafra women in an Owerri Magistrate court. The protesters were arrested Friday, August 17 during a peaceful protest to demand a date for Biafra referendum, as well as the whereabouts of IPOB leader, Mazi [...]

August 21, 2018 Nigerian-Biafran War

We will remain with Tambuwal wherever he goes – Sacked aides

No fewer than 400 former aides and political appointees of the Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal on Monday expressed their full support for the Governor, following his defection to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). The aides who were relieved of [...]

August 21, 2018 Government and politics

Kwankwaso suggests zone that should produce PDP presidential candidate

A former Governor of Kano State, Senator Rabiu Musa Kwakwaso, has advised the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to pick its presidential candidate from the North West. The aspirant said this would help the party win in 2019 as the region [...]

August 21, 2018 Government and politics

Nigerian college lecturer accused of certificate racketeering in police net

A lecturer at the Niger State College of Education, Minna, has been arrested by the police for allegedly facilitating the issuance of fake certificates to unqualified persons, Hope For Nigeria has learnt. According to the provost of the college, Yakubu [...]

August 21, 2018 Military

Failure Diaries: The rise, fall and imminent relaunch of Eazyhire

Far from the glitz that surrounded Eazyhire when it launched, the online leasing platform appears to be on a decline. This interview with founder Josh Okpata explains what is going on with the startup. Techpoint.Africa [...]

August 21, 2018 Technology Business & StartUps

The ‘only senator speaking for Akwa Ibom’ faces N254 million bribery charges

On the day Governor Udom Emmanuel described him as the ‘only senator speaking for Akwa Ibom’, the anti-graft agency, EFCC, filed corruption charges against Bassey Albert. Mr Albert is the only senator from Akwa Ibom who is still in the [...]

August 21, 2018 Government and politics

Police recover stolen two-day-old twins, 10 other babies in Imo

Crack team of detectives in Imo State have arrested eight persons in connection with the alleged stealing of two-day old twins and 10 other babies in Imo, Lagos and Edo states. Briefing journalists on Monday at the command’s headquarters in [...]

August 21, 2018 Military

U.S. Embassy to reopen Abuja office on Friday

The U.S. Embassy has announced that operations will resume at its Abuja Consular office on Friday, August 24, 2018. The embassy made the announcement yesterday in a statement on its official website “The U.S. Embassy in Abuja’s consular section [...]

August 21, 2018 Government and politics

At Sallah, Buhari tasks Nigerians on harmony, tolerance

President Muhammadu Buhari has urged Nigerians to rise above selfish interests and promote harmony and tolerance at Sallah. He gave the charge yesterday in a Sallah message through his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu. He urged [...]

August 21, 2018 Government and politics

Saraki locks horns with Tinubu on defection to PDP

Senate President Bukola Saraki has accused the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, of supporting President Muhammadu Buhari for selfish reasons.He was reacting to Sunday’s statement by Tinubu who claimed Saraki defected to the opposition Peoples [...]

August 21, 2018 Government and politics

Confirmed: Zoto has shut down operations in Nigeria

Mobile payments platform, Zoto has been off the radar for quite a while now. We have reliable confirmation that the startup has shut down operations in Nigeria. Techpoint.Africa [...]

August 20, 2018 Technology Business & StartUps

Here’s what we know about the ₦13,000 smartphone Google announced in 2017

During the Google for Nigeria event in 2017, Google announced the Freetel ICE 2, a ₦13,000 smartphone later launched in partnership with MTN and TD Mobile. It's been one year, here's what we know so far. Techpoint.Africa [...]

August 20, 2018 Technology Business & StartUps

Yinka Ayefele reveals man behind Fresh FM demolition, cautions fans against violence

Popular Juju musician and owner of Fresh FM Ibadan, Yinka Ayefele, on Monday released an official statement following the demolition of his music house/radio station by the Oyo State government. Yinka Ayefele, who alleged that one Toyin Arulogun suggested the [...]

August 20, 2018 Government and politics

Eid-el-Kabir: Hate speeches in Nigeria must stop – Arewa Consultative Forum

As Nigeria joins the rest of the world to celebrate this year’s Eid-el-Kabir, the Arewa Consultative Forum has called on Nigerians to avoid hate speeches. ACF, in a sallah message signed by its national publicity secretary, Muhammad Ibrahim Biu, extended [...]

August 20, 2018 Government and politics

Gov Bindow speaks on dumping APC for PDP

Governor Mohammed Bindow of Adamawa State has reacted to reports that he is set to join the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. Bindow said the reports making the rounds was ‘false and mischievous’. His reaction was contained in a statement on [...]

August 20, 2018 General

Religious crisis looms in Southwest – MURIC warns

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has cried out to the governments of Southwest states to avert what it termed looming religious crisis in the region. A statement on Sunday by its Director, Prof Ishaq Akintola said traditional worshippers are set [...]

August 20, 2018 Religion

NBA, Atiku, PDP condemn demolition of Yinka Ayefele’s Fresh FM

The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Ibadan branch, has condemned the demolition of the Music House situated at Challenge area of Ibadan, by the Oyo state government. Hope For Nigeria  reported the demolition of the Music House owned by the popular [...]

August 20, 2018 Government and politics

Troops nab alleged gunrunner, soldier over herders,farmers crisis

Troops nab alleged gunrunner: Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) has said a soldier and another suspect have been arrested in Jos, Plateau State, by a special force for criminal activities, including inciting recent herders/farmers clashes in the Middle [...]

August 20, 2018 Government and politics

Tinubu: Saraki, Tambuwal, others left APC because they wanted automatic tickets

All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, yesterday gave an insight into the recent defections of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, Sokoto State Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal and others. In a statement yesterday, the former Lagos State governor [...]

August 20, 2018 Government and politics

Oyo government demolishes Ayefele’s N800m radio station

Oyo State government yesterday demolished the Music House, a building belonging to popular Juju musician, Yinka Ayefele, along Challenge-Toll Gate Express Way, which houses Fresh FM Station in Ibadan. Ayefele claimed that the property, which was pulled down about 4:30am, [...]

August 20, 2018 Telecomms

Northern youths warn South West against imposing Buhari in 2019

Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF) has cautioned the South West geo-political zone against dictating to it who to present as presidential candidate in the 2019 general elections. In a statement yesterday, the national president of AYCF, Alhaji Yerima Shettima, vowed [...]

August 20, 2018 Government and politics

Nigerian Muslims, others climb Mount Arafat in Hajj climax

More than two million pilgrims from Nigeria and around the world will converge on Mount Arafat today to mark the highpoint of Hajj. The hill was where Prophet Muhammad is believed to have delivered his last sermon. It is also [...]

August 20, 2018 Religion

House of Reps denies planning to hold joint session with Senate over Saraki, Ekweremadu

The House of Representatives has denied that the Senate and the House Reps plan to reconvene at a joint session to consider the report of the 2019 elections budget and other financial proposals by President Muhammadu Buhari. There were reports, [...]

August 19, 2018 Government and politics

Buhari writes National Assembly upon return from vacation

President Muhammadu Buhari has written a letter to the National Assembly, informing it that he has resumed as President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces. Malam Garba Shehu, the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity confirmed this development [...]

August 19, 2018 Government and politics

Buhari’s relatives pressurizing him to reinstate sacked DSS DG, Daura, fire NSA, Mongono – Junaid Mohammed alleges

Junaid Mohammed, a Second Republic lawmaker has alleged that some relatives of President Muhammadu Buhari are pressurizing him to reinstate the sacked Director-General of the Department of State Services, DSS, Lawal Daura. Recall that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo recently sacked Daura [...]

August 19, 2018 Government and politics

Buhari returns to Abuja after 10 days vacation in London

President Muhammadu Buhari has returned to Abuja after 10 working days holiday in London. The presidential plane conveying Buhari and few of his aides landed at the presidential wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, at 6.38p.m. Mr Buhari [...]

August 19, 2018 Government and politics

Ogun rejects anti-workers tag

Ogun rejects anti-workers tag: Ogun State government says nothing could be farther from the truth like the insinuation that the relationship with its workforce is fractured. According to the state Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Basorun Muyiwa Oladipo, there is [...]

August 19, 2018 Government and politics