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These 14 African Startups are traveling across Europe to raise €20M Funding in CcHub’s Pitch Drive

CcHub‘s Pitch Drive, powered by Google for Entrepreneurs, features 14 startups from across Africa who will travel across Europe with hopes of raising €20 million in funding. The startups will spend five weeks pitching to over 300 investors in London, UK; Amsterdam, Netherlands; Berlin, Germany; Zurich, Switzerland; and Paris, France. The target is to raise at least €20 million, and to help them will be 6 mentors, including Jason Njoku, founder of iRoko Tv; and Sarah Drinkwater, Head of Campus, Google. The 14 startups, selected out of 118 entries for Pitch Drive, are: Kudobuzz from Ghana, currently helping over 14k businesses increase sales with social verifiable reviews & SEO. Ongair from Kenya, a customer relationship management service for businesses to have real time conversations with customers. Gebeya, also from Kenya, is an online marketplace for IT talents in Africa to be found & hired. PiggyBank from Nigeria, enabling Nigerian debit card holders automatically save frequently. Gloo, another from Nigeria, is an online supermarket that handles homemakers shopping hassles saving time & energy. PrepClass, Nigeria, is an academic solutions provider offering students tailored learning programs. Tradedepot, from Nigeria, is a one-stop platform offering brands an automated route-to-market to retailers. LifeBank is from Nigeria and is about saving lives by mobilizing blood & making it available when needed. Fashpa, Nigeria, is an online platform that uses on demand manufacturing to deliver fast fashion. FIREFLY from Senegal is a digital advertising agency specializing in communication in public transport. GoMetro from South Africa is a high-growth business aimed at improving urban commuting using digital tools. ClinicMaster from Uganda is a healthcare management software that automates patients’ clinic transactions. BitFinance is from Zimbabwe and is a financial service that sells and buys BitCoins in Harare. RealFood from Zimbabwe is an online food service that delivers wholesome & locally sourced recipe boxes. Photo Credit: Twitter – @Cc_Hub

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Bill Gates is back on the number one spot as the world’s richest person

Bill Gates is back on the number one spot as the world’s richest person. According to Bloomberg Amazon’s shares fell 0.7 percent to $1,046 at 4 p.m. in New York, after climbing as high as $1,083.31 four hours earlier, which gave Bezos a net worth of $92.3 billion. Gates had a net worth of $90.8 billion as of the Wednesday close with Bezos’s being $89 billion.

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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos overtakes Bill Gates to become Richest Person in the World

CEO of Amazon Jeff Bezos has, according to Forbes, become the richest person in the world after stocks of his company rose 1.6% on Thursday. Forbes had reported Wednesday night that Bezos was less than $1bn away from being the richest person in the world. Bezos’ net worth had increased by $2.5bn this week alone, with stocks of his company rising 3.6%. He is now worth $90.6bn, becoming the first man ever to top a $90 billion fortune. He is now $500m ahead of no. 2 Bill Gates, who is the founder of Microsoft. Bezos quit his job at a hedge fund to start his online bookseller in a garage in Seattle in 1994. He first featured on the 400 richest Americans list in 1998, a year after Amazon went public, with a $1.6 billion fortune. Gates’ first inclusion in the billionaire’s list was in 1982, and he has been no. 1 for 18 of the past 23 years. Forbes reports that Bezos would be nowhere close to being the world’s wealthiest person had Gates not given so much of his fortune to philanthropy.

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Wizkid’s Album Cover spotted on Canadian Billboard

Pop superstar Wizkid continues to inch towards global domination every day as he looks to conquer every available market. The above photo as shared by an Instagram user (@theobsidianway) shows Wizkid’s new project “Sounds From The Other Side” being advertised on a billboard in Canada. The mixtape was released a little over a week ago and is already making waves in most countries as well as making it onto global charts. Photo Credit: Instagram – @theobsidianway

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Enjoy Easy & Secure Electronic Payments! Visa launches Innovative Mobile Payment Service mVisa in Nigeria

L-R: Uttam Nayak, Head of Emerging Products Digital at Visa Inc, Andrew Torre, President Sub-Saharan Africa, Visa Inc, Ifeoma Onibujie, Head, e-banking, Fidelity Bank, Robert Giles, Head Of Retail Banking at Diamond Bank Plc, Emezino Afiegbe, Acting Country Manager, Visa inc West Africa Global payments leader Visa has launched mVisa, its innovative mobile payment service, in Nigeria. The solution is being rolled out across Africa. Consumers from Visa’s Nigerian partner banks can pay with any mobile phone wherever mVisa is accepted. mVisa transactions are processed via Visa’s global network, VisaNet,applying the same scale, security and reliability as any other Visa transaction. From today, Diamond Bank, Fidelity Bank and First Bank will offer their customers the convenience of mVisa through their mobile banking apps. Access Bank, Ecobank, United Bank for Africa and Zenith Bank will go live with mVisa in the coming weeks. Nigeria is the first market to provide customers the convenience of making cross-border payments using mVisa. Speaking at the launch event, Andrew Torre,President for Visa Sub-Saharan Africa said, “Small and medium merchants in particular, no longer have to invest in expensive point of sale infrastructure as mVisa gives them the freedom to accept payments in a convenient, secure and affordable manner that their customers trust.” “We are very excited to see more and more merchants come on board every day as they begin to understand the benefits that mVisa brings, including real-time notifications of payments and access to sales and transactions history. We have campaigns lined up for the coming months to support our merchants and encourage new customers to experience mVisa at various locations across Nigeria.” Torre said. “Today, Visa and its financial institution partners are, for the first time, providing the benefits of digital commerce to potentially everyone, everywhere across Nigeria and the African continent, bringing millions more people into the formal financial system.” Diamond Bank’s Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Uzoma Dozie, stated that the launch of mVisa is timely and aligns with the cashless policy of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the digital growth strategy of the bank. ‘’With mVisa, Diamond Bank has raised the bar for cashless banking in Nigeria by maintaining its leadership role in driving digital financial revolution in the country. Our customers will be able to make everyday payments simply by using their mobile phones. I think mVisa is the biggest thing that has happened in the industry.” Fidelity Bank CIO, Gbolahan Joshua, said: “mVisa is an innovative service that merges the everyday mobile phone …

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Nigeria to set up “Council to regulate the use of social media”

The National Council on Information (NCI)has recommended the “setting up of a Council to regulate the use of social media in Nigeria”. The recommendation is contained in a communique issued at the end of Extraordinary Meeting of NCI on Hate Speeches, Fake News and National Unity held on Friday in Jos. In the communique made available to newsmen on Sunday, the Council recommended the use of stringent measures in checking conventional media and their programmes. The Council, presided over by the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, noted that Social media has no address, and as such vetting and editing posting in social media might be difficult. The Council recommended that Information managers at the state level should open a website to counter report of any misinformation posted by the social media as quickly as the hate speeches, misinformation and fake news are posted. It recommended immediate killing of whatever postings on social media assumed or presumed to be hate speeches or fake news or misinformation by the information managers in various states. The Council noted that social media might take over the 2019 elections because Nigerians had come to rely more and believe the social media over the conventional media. It directed the Federal and State Ministries of Information to use jingles to promote peace and come up with cartoons on the TV and Newspapers telling the dangers of fake news and hate speeches. “The collaboration must start with National Orientation Agency and the state governments,” the Council recommended. The Council underscored the need to start talking to those responsible for law and enforcement of justice to address the issues of citizens taking laws into their hands. The body also emphasised that “the welfare of the people is paramount, people well fed will listen to their government”.   The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, in a keynote address, expressed displeasure over the hate spewed on radio stations across the country which according to him has become alarming. The Minister said that ​the careless incitement to violence and the level of insensitivity to the multi-religious, multi-ethnic nature of the country must not be allowed to continue because it is detrimental to the unity and well-being of our country. The NCI is the highest policy making body for information articulation and delivery in the country. Delegates to the Council included Heads of Parastatal Agencies in the Federal Ministry of …

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Enjoy over 45 Channels for FREE on your Mobile Phone with StarTimes App

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Sahara Hub is empowering entrepreneurs now!

Sahara Hub is powered by Sahara Foundation. Sahara Foundation is the corporate social responsibility vehicle for Sahara Group. Sahara Group is an African leading energy and infrastructure conglomerate with operations in eight (8) countries and across four (4) continents. Sahara Foundation has adopted the extrapreneurship strategy to drive integrated economic empowerment programmes through strategic partnerships and support for innovative as well as scalable business ventures. Sahara Hub provides a platform for you to find necessary support you need for your business.  In the next 4 years, Sahara Foundation aims to reach out to 12million beneficiaries through the Sahara Hub. To join this community, follow us on Twitter @iamsaharagroup and tweet at @ifesanmi93 @iamsaharagroup after following. ​

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Life begins at 9 as Etisalat Nigeria becomes 9mobile

​By now you would have heard that Nigeria’s most innovative telecommunications company, formerly known as Etisalat Nigeriarecently morphed into 9mobile, unveiling the new name and logo whilst promising to continuously provide innovative and value-adding propositions which it has delivered since inception 9 years ago. Vice President, Regulatory and Corporate Affairs, Ibrahim Dikko; Chief Executive Officer, Boye Olusanya; Chief Financial Officer, Funke Ighodaro and Vice President, Marketing, Adebisi Idowu all of 9mobile at the launch of 9mobile’s new brand identity​   Director, Brands and Experience, 9Mobile , Elvis Ogiemwanye At a press briefing in Lagos, Chief Executive Officer, 9mobile, Boye Olusanya, said the new brand identity reflects the bold and creative attributes which the organization shares with its valued subscribers. The telco said that the new name and brand is a deliberate representation and confirmation of its Nigerian heritage and 9ja-centricity.  Although its name and brand changes, it assured its customers that the values on which it operates remain the same. The new logo, a number-themed one, represents resilience and continuity and also reflects the network’s futuristic perspective. The colour green, both its light and dark variants, reflects vibrancy, dynamism, life, and youth as well as the brand’s ‘Nigerianness’. Rebranding has commenced at all of the company’s offices, Experience Centres, online and physical touch points, to facilitate seamless integration, as 9mobile guards its position as the most customer-centric and leading innovative telecoms company in Nigeria. Click here to visit 9Mobile’s web page.

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Life begins at 9 as Etisalat Nigeria becomes 9mobile

​By now you would have heard that Nigeria’s most innovative telecommunications company, formerly known as Etisalat Nigeriarecently morphed into 9mobile, unveiling the new name and logo whilst promising to continuously provide innovative and value-adding propositions which it has delivered since inception 9 years ago. Vice President, Regulatory and Corporate Affairs, Ibrahim Dikko; Chief Executive Officer, Boye Olusanya; Chief Financial Officer, Funke Ighodaro and Vice President, Marketing, Adebisi Idowu all of 9mobile at the launch of 9mobile’s new brand identity​   Director, Brands and Experience, 9Mobile , Elvis Ogiemwanye At a press briefing in Lagos, Chief Executive Officer, 9mobile, Boye Olusanya, said the new brand identity reflects the bold and creative attributes which the organization shares with its valued subscribers. The telco said that the new name and brand is a deliberate representation and confirmation of its Nigerian heritage and 9ja-centricity.  Although its name and brand changes, it assured its customers that the values on which it operates remain the same. The new logo, a number-themed one, represents resilience and continuity and also reflects the network’s futuristic perspective. The colour green, both its light and dark variants, reflects vibrancy, dynamism, life, and youth as well as the brand’s ‘Nigerianness’. Rebranding has commenced at all of the company’s offices, Experience Centres, online and physical touch points, to facilitate seamless integration, as 9mobile guards its position as the most customer-centric and leading innovative telecoms company in Nigeria. Click here to visit 9Mobile’s web page.

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