Happy New Month Guys!
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Here’s this week’s edition of African Tech News Roundup.
Have a fun read!
Are you a Nigerian? Do you live abroad? Do you have the National Identity Card? NIMC’s got you!
The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) in collaboration with some agents, created an avenue for Nigerians living in the US to register for National Identity Number. The service is meant to promote easy identification of Nigerians. Click here for more
Guess what? Opera of ‘Opera Mini’ has launched an On-demand Motorcycle ride in Lagos, Nigeria!
Norwegian software company Opera launched an on-demand motorcycle service ‘ORide’ in Lagos, Nigeria earlier in the week. ORide service can be accessed via the ORide App. It will be in competition with the likes of Max.ng, Gokada and SafeBoda. See details
China and the US feud, Why Africa should keep off!
Huawei has been a scapegoat in the ongoing trade war between China and the US. The US put up an entity list that banned China from importing software and hardware from the US. This list led Google to cut off Huawei from its Android OS services. There is a strong need for Africa to learn from this and build her own technology tailored to African needs. Click here for more
Bitcoin inclusion is about to grow bigger in Africa!
Interswitch partnered KuBitX to rollout a blockchain solution in Africa. This partnership will ensure that users will not go through the stress of changing currencies in the black market. Check it out
South African internet company Naspers is about to go public!
Naspers, a South African Internet and media group is planning to go public on the Euronext Stock Exchange in Netherlands. They intend to list about 27% of their global consumer internet group (NewCo). Here are the details
Heard about the Mum & Baby Service by Vodacom? Check below!
Vodacom’s ‘Mum & Baby’ service that grants South African parents’ access to verified information during and after pregnancy grew to 1.4 million subscribers. Get full details here
KOKO Networks is set to disrupt East Africa with KOKOpoints
KOKO Networks, a commerce platform launched KOKOpoints in East Africa. The new service will cater to user’s financial, e-commerce and digital needs. It’s all in here
Artificial Intelligence is new COOL!
According to a report by the International Data Corporation (IDC), AI investment in the Middle East and MEA will hit $290 million in 2019 and $530 million by 2022. See full report here
These Nigerian Students made Africa Proud!
Nigerian students from Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Kaduna, Nigeria represented Nigeria at the Huawei ICT competition in China. The team placed 3rd in the competition against 49 other teams from 30 countries. Read more
Guess who’s listing on the London Stock Exchange?
Airtel Africa is! Airtel Africa announced earlier in the week that they will be listed on the London Stock Exchange. Their registration got approval by the UK Financial Conduct Authority. They also plan to list on the Nigerian Stock Exchange if the plan falls through. Read all here
And there you have it on this week’s edition. Follow us on all social media platforms @techgistafrica for the latest tech gists in Africa.
Have a super-duper weekend.
Team TechGist Africa.