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What you need to know today…

1. Fly Away – Any day you’re ready to bid farewell to Nigeria like our dear Aunt Amina, Hotels.ng has got your back. They just launched their own online flight booking service where you can book domestic and international flights. Apparently, it was built on Travelstart as well so it looks a lot like its Jumia sister. Mark said a lot of their customers had been asking for the solution so here’s hoping it does better than Wakanow and the rest. Link.

2. Facebook is serious about this internet infrastructure business. They’re partnering with Airtel Uganda and BCS Group to build a 770km fibre backhaul connectivity network in Northwest Uganda. TechCrunch reports that the network, when completed, has the potential to cover access for more than 3 million people. Link. 

3. Starting the week with good news, Nigeria is relaxing its visa rules for foreigners. Link.

4. Day 42 – And still no internet in Anglophone Cameroon. This infographic explains the whole thing.


Hey, you. Deadline’s been postponed to March 11 so you can still apply for Ventures Platform‘s (VP) accelerator program. It’s a 4-month program that’s designed to support startups at the MVP stage with mentorship, business re-engineering, workspace, living space, back office support, shared services and seed funding. Link.


Other interesting things…

+ 🎶 To be a founder (x2) is not a day job 🎶

+ Even those bad jobs are good for you. Why, you may ask? Experience. Experience is the answer. That’s what Editi Effiong said. Link.

+ What will the hotel of the future look like? Link.

+ I love Seth Godin’s writing and I especially liked this one on why we prefer to do urgent tasks instead of important ones.

+ We use big data to analyse a lot of things. Why not love? Link.


Hot topic(s) on TechCabal Radar

+ We’re hosting an AMA session with Fola Olatunji-David, Ventures Platform’s Incubation Manager on Thursday, March 2nd at 2pm (GMT +1). If you’d like us to send you a reminder when the session is about to commence, let us know here.

+ Celestine Omin was asked to balance a Binary Search Tree by JFK’s airport immigration. Smh Amrika. Anyway, it sparked this Radar discussion on whether other devs could. Link.

+ The Nigeria we live in today. Somebody is always looking to buy/sell forex. Link.

+ What’s the difference between Flutterwave and Moneywave? Link.


Upcoming events…

Lagos: Social Media Week has started. Full schedule here.

South Africa: Today, iAfrikan is hosting a panel discussion to examine if Africa is ready for the 4th Industrial Revolution. Link.

Abuja: re:learn’s monthly meetup is happening today. Link.

Paris: Africa Digital Communication Conference , March 3rd. Link.

Lagos: Comic Connect is on the 4th of March. Link.

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Upcoming application deadlines

TEEP: The Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme application deadline is the 1st of March. Link.

UberPITCH: Kenyan entrepreneurs, you have until March 1st to submit your video applications. Link.


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