2Face Idibia Joins Olori for GiveBack Concert to Save Nigerian Orphans

GiveBack Concert

2face Idibia (Tubaba) has decided to team up with Olori Wuraola Zaynab Ogunwusi, Yeyeluwa of Ife for the GiveBack Concert to put smiles on the faces of orphaned children from all over Nigeria.

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Convergence of Nations Released in French and Portugese

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This week, Jean – Claude Bastos de Morais – an African Entrepreneur, Investor and Innovation Influencer announced that two additional editions of the highly demanded book (The Convergence of Nations) have been released in French and Portuguese, adding up to the previous English version.

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Three Critical Uses of Data for Off-Grid Telecom Power

By Thomas Rahkonen, Chief Technology Officer & Vice President eCentre, Flexenclosure

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Developers in Middle East and Africa to compete for $20,000 in Facebook Bots for Messenger Challenge

Facebook Bots for Messenger Challenge

Facebook just launched the Facebook Bots for Messenger Challenge, a contest to recognize and reward developers who are able to create the most innovative new bots on Messenger. From today, 15th February 2016, Facebook will accept applications for its Bots for Messenger Developer Challenge until 28th April, 2017. Over 20,000 USD cash prizes are expected to be won by s developers across the Middle East and Africa region who will be successful in creating innovative bots in the Bots for Messenger Developer Challenge. The contest is designed in three categories: Gaming and Entertainment; Productivity and Utility; and Social Good. Applicants (Developers) in teams (maximum of three) are invited from the Middle East and Africa region to create bots in these categories.

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Somaliland: Fools Rush Where Angels Fear to Tread

By Mohamed Ahmed Abdi Ba’alul.

No one thinks that he would live enough to see when our peace-makers turn in to trouble-makers.  The upper house of parliament, has no longer most privileged members, or engaged in its hot debates on issues affecting the lives of ordinary citizens. It’s effective, peace-making dispatches to remote hinterlands are not visible in the headlines, despite of recurring inter-clan hostilities. If they were once the symbol of security, consensus, and the glue that holds Somaliland together, today the reality tells you a different story.

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Drought is Driving Food Insecurity in East Africa, Says FAO

Strong El Niño weather event that ended only last year and poor erratic rainfall in recent months is driving food prices high causing food insecurity in East Africa region. Local prices of maize, sorghum and other cereals are near or at record levels in swathes of Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Uganda and the United Republic of Tanzania, according to the latest Food Price Monitoring and Analysis Bulletin (FPMA).  Prices of staple cereals have doubled in some town markets within the region. According to FAO senior economist and coordinator of the Global Information and Early Warning System, Mario Zappacosta, “Sharply increasing prices are severely constraining food access for large numbers of households with alarming consequences in terms of food insecurity.”

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Digitisation and the rise of Generation C

Charles Darwin said that it won’t be the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent; it’s the one that is the most adaptable to change. With the rapid evolution of digitisation, and Cisco’s predictions that 40% of business will die in the next ten years, digital transformation is critical to survival in the new world order. Cassie Lessing, managing director, Strato IT Group, developer of StratoPOD, a mobile business application for delivery documentation, says 2017 has seen a wave of new interest in digitisation.

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ISACA Survey: Cyber Security Skills Gap Leaves 1 in 4 Organizations Exposed for Six Months or Longer

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Sophisticated cyber security defenses are increasingly in high demand as a cyber security attack is now viewed as an inevitability. However, a majority of surveyed organizational leaders fear they are ill-equipped to address these threats head-on.

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Tullow Oil to Focus on Free Cash Flow in Reducing Debt

Tullow Oil

With 2016-end year post tax loss of 600 million USD, operating cash flow of 800 million USD, and revenue of 1.3 billion USD, Tullow oil has made notice that it will not be paying shareholder dividends.

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Mastercard to introduce Masterpass QR to impact 150,000 Kenyan MSMEs.

masterpass qr

As part of t’s global commitment to connect 40 million micro, small, and medium scale enterprises (MSMEs) to its electronic payment system by 2020, MasterCard will be rolling out its Masterpass Quick Response (QR) system in Kenya this year. The Masterpass QR is anticipated to bring smart financial inclusion to about 150,000 traders in Kenya by promoting business transaction and financial ease within the micro, small and medium, scale enterprise sector.

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Advances in Artificial Intelligence Will Help Machines Understand Human Thoughts using Brain Computer Interface.

Artificial Intelligence to present growth opportunities by leveraging thought-controlled interaction with machines, finds Frost & Sullivan’s TechVision team.

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IMF Report Indicates Drought in Somalia will decelerate Economic Activities in 2017.

drought in somaliaSomalia has marked important milestones in rebuilding its economy and normalizing relations with international financial institutions, over the past five years. However, IMF’s 2016 IV consultation shows that impact of drought in Somalia will decelerate its economic growth from 3.4 percent to 2.5 percent.

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CashlessAfrica Champion Awards 2017 to Reward Innovation in the Digital Financial Services Ecosystem in Africa.

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Mobile Money Shop in Ghana.

The CashlessAfrica 2017 (www.CashlessAfrica.com) awards are dedicated to acknowledging creativity, commitment and excellence in the digital financial services industry across Africa. The awards honor the best of the breed across all sectors and segments covering financial technology providers, mobile network operators, financial institutions, mobile money providers, card services, financial institutions, application providers, regulators, microfinance organizations and individuals in the ecosystem in Africa and beyond.

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Travel Blog: Welcome to Ethiopia.

Ethiopia is a place for a great collection of great spots for true adventurers. It’s a destination where a dream of exceptional wonder of nature into reality. Still largely intact as a bucket list for many it surrounds incredible escapade and exploration opportunities – welcome to Ethiopia.

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Integration Efforts in the EAC

Otavio Veras, Researcher of the NTU-SBF Centre for African Studies

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9 Financing Options for SMEs

When the dream becomes a reality and you’re an entrepreneur with an exciting new business plan, one of the biggest headaches will be how to finance your SME.

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Acquiring Personal Loan with Lower Rates

Most often situations put us in a situation where we might need financial assistance, at other times, we do not know until some uncertainties just happen and we have no options than to get a loan. Whatever be the situation, marriage, vacation, re-location, business start-up, you ought to be conversant about how to find the best place to get a personal loan accompanied with lower rates. More so, you need to be decisive on the amount of money you need and how long you think you can pay back the money together with the interest. As some banks and institutions define the period of payment for you, others give you the opportunity to decide the period. In any of these situations, note that “the shorter the duration, the lesser the interest”.

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