Top African technology news for December 19, 2016

6. Emmanuel Quartey, MEST’s former General Manager, on sharing and collaboration in Africa’s tech ecosystem

Emmanuel, who recently announced that he was leaving MEST, shared some thoughts today about learning to do the hard things and then talking about it. He touched on the importance of sharing work and learning outcomes so others don’t make the same mistakes. This new wave of interest in sharing and collaboration can do nothing but good for the ecosystem.

Read Emmanuel’s post here.

 

5. Here’s the full list of winners at The Future Awards Africa held in Lagos yesterday

In its 11th year now, The Future Awards Africa 2016 had 105 nominees across 21 categories. The award ceremony took place in Lagos yesterday, December 18th, and here’s a full list of the winners.

Full list is here.

 

4. Meet hotels.ng’s application monitor, Watchdog

The in-house application and server monitor was built by hotels.ng to monitor their, you guessed it, applications. Watchdog watches (heh) their site and private APIs and in the future, they will use it to monitor automated backups and slow SQL queries.

It’s open source and contributions are very welcome.

Check it out here.

 

3. Paystack’s new website is now live

Opemipo, Paystack’s designer, mentioned that they were working on a new site redesign and it’s now live. There’s been a whole new redesign with a new logo and beautiful interface. It’s really snazzy, guys.

You can read all about it here.

 

2. SA-based Nomanini is integrating with MFS Africa to increase mobile money footprint

Enterprise payments platform provider, Nomanini, is integrating with mobile money connectivity hub, MFS Africa to enable informal merchants and micro-entrepreneurs facilitate local and international remittances.

Read all about it here.

 

1. Nigerian fintech startup, Paystack, has raised $1.3 million in seed investment

The fintech startup closed on the seed investment in a funding round led by Tencent, Comcast Ventures and Singularity Investments, with participation from a number of other angel investors. Paystack will use the money to build out its engineering team in Lagos and grow its sales and marketing operations.

Read more on it here.