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Monthly Archives: February 2019

Social Media Roundup: Blood and Bone; A Nora Roberts diss

This week on social media; Nigerian-American author Tomi Adeyemi accuses renowned American author Nora Roberts of plagiarism, a tale of 83k and more stories. Techpoint.Africa [...]

November 30, 2018 Technology Business & StartUps

Court fixes February to hear suit seeking Biafra republic

Specifically, the plaintiff wants an actualisation of the sovereign state of Biafra through legal means. In its counter affidavit to the preliminary objection filed by the Federal Government, the plaintiff argued: “If Biafra is carved out of the present Nigeria [...]

November 30, 2018 Nigerian-Biafran War

Resign, PDP tells INEC chairman, police IG

The leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday called for the resignation of the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Mahmood Yakubu and Inspector General of Police Ibrahim Idris. At its National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting in [...]

November 30, 2018 Government and politics

With 700 already in one year, Curators University is training an army of Nigerian data scientists and AI experts

Akure in Ondo State, Nigeria is home to Curators University; an organisation working to plug Africa's skills gap in new technologies of the 4th industrial revolution. Techpoint.Africa [...]

November 29, 2018 Technology Business & StartUps

Army finally release casualty figures of Metele attack

The Nigerian Army has revealed that 23 of its personnel were killed and 31 others wounded when the Boko Haram insurgents overran the military base at Metele in Borno state. This was contained in a statement released by the Army [...]

November 29, 2018 Military

Buhari seeks review of strategy on Boko Haram

President Muhammadu Buhari has challenged the Nigerian Army to come up with a new strategy in dealing with the contemporary security challenges facing the country. Delivering a keynote address at the opening of the yearly Chief of Army Staff Conference [...]

November 29, 2018 Boko Haram And Terror

36 African non-profits and social enterprises win $6m in total grants from Google

Google has announced the winners of the first Google Impact Challenge in Africa at simultaneous events held in Lagos, Nairobi and Johannesburg. 36 non-profits and social enterprises were each awarded a share of $ 6m in grant funding. Techpoint.Africa [...]

November 29, 2018 Technology Business & StartUps

Nigeria subsidises petrol consumption for other African countries

The massive petrol subsidy currently being reported by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), may be a reflection of petrol consumption not only by Nigerians, but also those used by neighbouring African countries. This development is being justified by the [...]

November 29, 2018 Oil & Gas

Nigeria’s economy is bleak, says World Bank

The World Bank has said that Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth is expected to hover slightly below two per cent in 2018, largely driven by non-oil industry and services. Its “Economic Update” issued in Abuja yesterday indicates that Nigeria, [...]

November 29, 2018 Economy

With an ambition to become the ‘Google Images of Africa’, Iwaria offers high quality African stock photography for free

If you have ever struggled with having to include “black” in online image search queries and still not getting satisfactory results, you would certainly relate with the problem Iwaria is attempting to solve. Techpoint.Africa [...]

November 28, 2018 Technology Business & StartUps

Violence at Akwa Ibom Assembly

There was confusion on Tuesday at the sitting of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly as five All Progressives Congress lawmakers attempted to impeach the state Governor, Udom Emmanuel. The five lawmakers were the ones whose seats were recently [...]

November 28, 2018 Incidents

Why we know next to nothing about Nigeria’s space programme

A recent visit to the Centre for Space Transport and Propulsion (CSTP), Epe, Lagos shed a little light on why Nigerians do not know the country has a space programme. Techpoint.Africa [...]

November 28, 2018 Technology Business & StartUps

VP: Atiku visits Ekweremadu, explains choice of Obi

The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, on Monday visited the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, to seek his understanding over the choice of Mr Peter Obi as his running mate. On the entourage [...]

November 28, 2018 Government and politics

Jonathan, Saraki, Oshiomhole, others eulogise Anenih

Former President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday joined other Nigerians in paying tribute to the late elder statesman, Chief Tony Anenih. In a tribute during the requiem and a session of tributes in honour of the famed ‘Mr. Fix It’ of Nigeria’s [...]

November 28, 2018 Government and politics

Adamu urges FG, states to commit 15% of budget to education

Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, has said that if conscious attempt must be made to redeem the education sector, states and the Federal Government must begin to commit at least 15 per cent of their yearly budgetary resources to education. [...]

November 28, 2018 Government and politics

Oyetola takes office, promises prompt payment of salaries in Osun

Governor Adegboyega of Osun State has pledged to prioritise the welfare of workers and retirees by ensuring prompt payment of salaries and entitlements. In his inauguration speech yesterday in Osogbo, the new chief executive said he would not betray the [...]

November 28, 2018 Government and politics

Reps probe spending of counter-insurgency funds

The House of Representatives yesterday ordered an immediate probe into the use of funds appropriated for the war against insurgency in the country. The resolution followed the adoption of motions moved by Mohammed Sani Abdu, Isaac Gyang and Hassan Saleh [...]

November 28, 2018 Government and politics
Akwa Ibom Assemby War

War in Akwa Ibom Assembly over plot to impeach gov Emmanuel

ABUJA- A coalition of 60 support groups from the All Progressives Congress, APC, yesterday joined the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, saying it was tired of the failure of the former to make life meaningful for Nigerians.   The groups stormed [...]

November 27, 2018 Incidents
Baba Go Slow

Buhari’s to blame over Boko Haram killings – South African mercenary

AFP: A South African mercenary who fought Boko Haram jihadists in Nigeria spoke out on Sunday against President Muhammadu Buhari’s handling of the Islamist insurgency, blaming “poor political decisions” for an upsurge in violence. In a statement posted to Facebook [...]

November 27, 2018 Government and politics
Atiku Buhari

Buhari, Atiku tango over killing of soldiers in Borno

Presidency ABUJA—The nationwide solemnity arising from the killing of more than 100 Nigerian soldiers by Boko Haram in Melete, Borno State, was yesterday breached by the exchange of salvos by the two leading presidential candidates, Muhammadu Buhari and Atiku Abubakar. [...]

November 27, 2018 General

This Ibadan-based startup averages about $30k monthly revenue from the difficult Nigerian eCommerce space

Headlining the eCommerce narrative in Nigeria are stories of leading companies marred by struggles of online payment infrastructure, poor road networks that complicate logistics and a slow pace of customer base growth. But Foodlocker, a startup in Ibadan, may have [...]

November 27, 2018 Technology Business & StartUps

Getting more African startups on the global stage

Techpoint founder, Adewale Yusuf shares his experience attending Web Summit 2018 and his drive to get more African startups on the global stage Techpoint.Africa [...]

November 27, 2018 Technology Business & StartUps

Premier Hub is an innovation hub empowering South-Western businesses from the heart of Akure

We took a tour of Premier Hub Innovation Centre, one of the very few innovation hubs located in Akure, the Ondo state capital. Here's what we saw. Techpoint.Africa [...]

November 26, 2018 Technology Business & StartUps

MTN’s $25 “smart feature phone” will bring 3rd most popular mobile OS to Africa

Riding on the resurgence of feature phones South African-based mobile network is working to bring reasonably priced feature phones with smartphone abilities to the continent. And it won't have to reinvent the wheel, thanks in no small part to a [...]

November 26, 2018 Technology Business & StartUps

Ikeja Electric launches Academy to deepen safety culture

Ikeja Electric Plc (IE) says it has launched a professional Quality Health, Safety and Environment Academy (QHSE) tagged: “i-Empower” to deepen the culture of safety among its employees. Mr Felix Ofulue, the Head, Corporate Communications Unit, said in Lagos on [...]

November 25, 2018 Power

Fire guts Zenith Bank Ilupeju

A fire outbreak occurred at the Zenith Bank around Ilupeju area of Lagos, Sunday afternoon. In a footage seen by The Guardian, the centre of the building was engulfed with fire. While firefighters are yet to arrive as at report [...]

November 25, 2018 Incidents

Atiku turbaned as 7th Waziri of Adamawa Emirate

Former Vice President and the Presidential candidate of PDP, Atiku Abubakar, has been formally turbaned the 7th Waziri of Adamawa Emirate. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the position of Waziri makes the former Vice President next to [...]

November 25, 2018 Government and politics

Expert calls for re-organisation of NYSC to IT Camp

An Information Technology (IT) expert, Mr Sunday Folayan, has called for the conversion of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme into an IT Camp. Sunday Folayan, the Co-Founder of the Nigerian Network Operators Group (ngNOG), made the call during [...]

November 25, 2018 Government and politics

Chad president in first-ever visit to Israel

Chadian President Idriss Deby Itno is due to arrive in Israel on Sunday for a first-ever visit to the country, decades after diplomatic relations were severed between the two nations. It will be the first visit by a leader of [...]

November 25, 2018 International

PDP drags Buhari to UN for allegedly militarising electoral process

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has reported President Muhammadu Buhari to the United Nations (UN) over alleged plots by the Presidency and the All Progressives Congress (APC) to scuttle the conduct of the 2019 general elections, particularly, the presidential poll. [...]

November 24, 2018 Government and politics