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Monthly Archives: December 2019

Unboxing the Nokia 6.2 – does it really keep getting better?

The recently released Nokia 6.2 comes as an upgrade to fans and onlookers to the Nokia 6 family. But does it really live up to the hype? We find out in this review. Techpoint.Africa [...]

November 29, 2019 Technology Business & StartUps

The Kenyan government may soon lift the ban on flying drones

The Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA), which had banned the flying of drones in November following its legalisation in March, plans to lift the ban in the coming weeks. Techpoint.Africa [...]

November 29, 2019 Technology Business & StartUps

Social Media Roundup: The tale of 182 tweets

This week on social media, a 182-tweet thread, Kenya launches the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report and other stories. Techpoint.Africa [...]

November 29, 2019 Technology Business & StartUps

Pitch for $25,000 at the Next Einstein Forum Innovation Salon in Nairobi, Kenya

Are you a science driven entrepreneur? Here’s your chance to pitch for $ 25,000 at the Next Einstein Forum Innovation Salon in Nairobi. Techpoint.Africa [...]

November 29, 2019 Technology Business & StartUps

How a bus ticket scam led Ronald Hakiza to build Ugabus, an online bus booking platform in Uganda

After falling for a bus ticket scam while travelling for a burial, Ronald Hakiza started Ugabus to enable travellers within East Africa buy authentic tickets online Techpoint.Africa [...]

November 29, 2019 Technology Business & StartUps

In Africa, OPay and WeChat have more in common than just being super apps

With its recent exploits in Africa, OPay has more  in common than meets the eye with Chinese super app, WeChat which once officially operated in the continent. Techpoint.Africa [...]

November 29, 2019 Technology Business & StartUps

Everything you need to know about Nigeria’s Social Media Bill and what you can do about it

We take a holistic look at Nigeria’s Social Media Bill saga, its brief antecedents, what it means, other countries that have enforced it, how it affects Nigerians, and preventive measures that could be taken. Techpoint.Africa [...]

November 28, 2019 Technology Business & StartUps

Kenyan e-commerce company, Copia Global raises $26 million in Series B round

Copia Global, a Kenyan-based e-commerce company with a model that targets low income and unbanked users, just raised $ 26 million in a Series B round to strengthen its operation and expand across East Africa. Techpoint.Africa [...]

November 28, 2019 Technology Business & StartUps

“We were misquoted; FRSC has never stood against the use of Google Maps” — Spokesperson

Following reports that claim the FRSC has placed a blanket ban on using Google Maps while driving, a spokesperson has come out in an attempt to clarify the commission’s stance on the matter. Techpoint.Africa [...]

November 28, 2019 Technology Business & StartUps

Iris scan for Kenyan biometrics may have been motivated by donor pressure

Kenya to initiate a programme to collect biometric identification of HIV patients through eye scans to increase funding from US HIV donor President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). Techpoint.Africa [...]

November 27, 2019 Technology Business & StartUps

When to hang up the boots as a startup founder

How do startup founders know when to give up? Aside from intuition, we are able to glean from startup ‘autopsies’ other signs that show it’s time to walk away from an ailing startup. Techpoint.Africa [...]

November 27, 2019 Technology Business & StartUps

Senegal to become 2nd African country to enact a Startup Act in the past year

A Francophone country, Senegal, has just considered and adopted its Startup Act, when should Nigeria be expecting hers? Techpoint.Africa [...]

November 27, 2019 Technology Business & StartUps

Nigeria now has a national sex offenders database

You can now do an online search of reported, arraigned, or convicted sex offenders in Nigeria.  Techpoint.Africa [...]

November 27, 2019 Technology Business & StartUps

Disrupting the health and retail space from Abuja, meet the men behind Osoft Integrated Resources

Amos Olobo, Sam Ayanfulu, and Paul Funsho, co-founders of Osoft Integrated Resources, narrate how they grew a 7-man software development company into one with almost 100 staff in Nigeria’s capital city, Abuja. Techpoint.Africa [...]

November 27, 2019 Technology Business & StartUps

MultiChoice to start testing DStv Now as a standalone service in 2020

After achieving a 48% year-over-year increase in the number of active monthly users on its Showmax and DStv Now apps across Africa, MultiChoice is set to test DStv Now as a standalone service Techpoint.Africa [...]

November 26, 2019 Technology Business & StartUps

Ex-Konga boss, Sim Shagaya’s edtech startup, uLesson raises $3.1 million in seed funding

uLesson, an edtech startup founded by ex-Konga boss, Sim Shagaya has raised $ 3.1 million in seed funding from TLCom Techpoint.Africa [...]

November 26, 2019 Technology Business & StartUps

By building a global distribution system, mobility startup, Travel 4.0, wants to improve the experience of Nigerian travellers

Since introduced into the travel industry, global distribution systems like Amadeus have made online airline bookings easy. This is what Travel 4.0 wants to achieve for Nigeria’s fragmented road transport system Techpoint.Africa [...]

November 26, 2019 Technology Business & StartUps

Understanding Nigeria’s digital skill development space, a discussion with Eyitayo Ogunmola

This discussion with Eyitayo Ogunmola, founder of skills development platform, Utiva, clarifies the state of the digital skill development space in Nigeria, the challenges, and how to grow the industry Techpoint.Africa [...]

November 26, 2019 Technology Business & StartUps

5 things we learnt at the MTN Nigeria 5G trial in Abuja

After a successful trial launch in South Africa last year, MTN has commenced 5G trial in Nigeria, starting with Abuja. Here’s what we learnt at the trial event. Techpoint.Africa [...]

November 25, 2019 Technology Business & StartUps

Twitter wants to give you more control over your conversations with its new “hide reply” feature

“Out of sight, out of mind.” You don’t need to worry about having offensive or derogatory replies to your tweets anymore, you can now hide them with these simple clicks. Techpoint.Africa [...]

November 25, 2019 Technology Business & StartUps

Uganda launches phone manufacturing plant amidst issues of surveillance of political rivals

With the launch of Uganda’s mobile phone and computer manufacturing plant, the country’s alleged surveillance violations issue with Chinese phone makers bring up questions about whether said allegations will arise once more Techpoint.Africa [...]

November 25, 2019 Technology Business & StartUps

Nigerian mobility giant, GIGM launches intercity and international transport services in Ghana

Following a few months of speculation, Nigerian mobility giant GIGM kick-starts its tech-enabled intercity operations in Ghana and international transport service between Lagos and Accra. Techpoint.Africa [...]

November 25, 2019 Technology Business & StartUps

How I Work: Damilola Teidi, Co-creation Hub Director of Startup Support

Damilola Teidi currently leads and manages all entrepreneur and start-up related programs at Co-creation Hub as the director of startup support. Here’s how she works Techpoint.Africa [...]

November 25, 2019 Technology Business & StartUps

Why restricting speech on social media is a very dangerous idea

In light of Nigeria’s social media bill, guest contributor, Enyioma Madubuike, a legal consultant, shares insights on why the Nigerian government should not attempt to suppress free speech online. Techpoint.Africa [...]

November 25, 2019 Technology Business & StartUps
Gains of border closure

Gains of border closure blown out of proportion – Stakeholders

• Only N689b Of N1t Revenue Claimed By Customs Recorded By CBN• Border Closure Simplistic Solution To Complicated, Multidimensional Problem- LCCI• Firms Recording Significant Losses, Businesses Risk Imminent Collapse- MAN• Customs’ Officials Demand N200, 000 Bribe To Allow Exported Goods [...]

November 24, 2019 What Te Papers Say
Super-Sand-Eagles

Adamu apologises after 1-10 loss as Super Sand Eagles tackle Oman today

Nigeria’s Head Coach, Adamu ‘Ejo’ Audu has apologised to Nigerians over his team’s scandalous 1-10 loss to Portugal in their opening game of the on-going FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in Paraguay on Friday. The Group D loss is Nigeria’s [...]

November 24, 2019 Sports
Finance

Failure to migrate to digital economy costs Nigeria $6b yearly

Nigeria will continue to lose over $6b yearly to cash economy if the Federal Government fails to urgently address prevailing challenges that are hampering the nation’s transition to a digital economy. Stakeholders in the financial and technology sectors are deeply [...]

November 24, 2019 Finance

UPDATE: What Nigerian agritech startup, Releaf has really been up to since Y Combinator

Since moving to Nigeria and graduating from Y Combinator’s Summer 2017 batch, Releaf’s have remained primarily in stealth-mode. Techpoint however reached out to them recently to gain some insight into what they’ve been up to. Techpoint.Africa [...]

November 23, 2019 Technology Business & StartUps

OPay, PalmPay and a long line of Chinese investor interests in Africa

There is a competition brewing between OPay and PalmPay, and this thinking is down to the strong investor network of both sides. But how deep does the investor tie really go? Techpoint.Africa [...]

November 23, 2019 Technology Business & StartUps

What is really happening in the Nigerian data protection compliance space

In this guest contribution by legal consultant Enyioma Madubuike, he attempts to provide practical considerations about the NDPR compliance process for companies looking to make a decision and other stakeholders involved. Techpoint.Africa [...]

November 23, 2019 Technology Business & StartUps