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20 - 11 - 2018

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Nigerian-American photographer, Chi Modu, is coming home. His photo exhibition & workshop, sponsored by BUDX, run from December 1– 2, 2018. Register here to enjoy panel talks, workshops, live performances and an after-party.

Safaricom, Telkom Kenya, Airtel Kenya, and Jamii Telecom, Kenya's leding telcos, have signed an agreement with the GSMA to better protect children online, Techweez reports. Dubbed #WeCareKenya, the campaign hopes to make the internet a safe place for children, as well as providing solutions for social and economic challenges.

The US embassy in Ethiopia has launched the first in a series of 12 hackathons under its Ethiopia Hacks! Program, per IT News Africa. The hackathons are done in partnership with the Google Developers Group (GDG-Addis) and the Centre for Women’s Economic Environment (CAWEE).

Three finalists emerged at BBC Africa's Beyond Fake News hackathon which held at Andela's Kenya office, per this tweet from Larry Madowo. The three finalists are Team Thibitisha, Team SeeTheLight & Team iCODEAI and they will receive 6 months of mentorship from Safaricom's Alpha Innovation Lab.

Nigeria's Central Bank has issued a draft detailing its plans to revise the implementation architecture of the Nigeria Uniform Bank Account Number (NUBAN), Adewale Otolorin writes for Techpoint. The proposed system will have 3 extra digits taking the tally to 16 digits, instead of the current 10.

The Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) has announced the eight winners of its 2018 Awief Awards, per Ventureburn. Through the awards, AWIEF aims to promote excellence in entrepreneurship and innovation among women-owned businesses in all sectors and across the 54 African countries.

Ugandan micro-pension startup Four One Financial Services has won the Best Catapulter Award at Catapult: Inclusion Africa, a bootcamp on financial inclusion organised by the Luxembourg House of Financial Technology (LHoFT) Foundation. The startup received €5000 prize money and entry into the 2019 African Microfinance Week.

Got a health tech startup operating in Nigeria? We would like to hear from you. We are putting together a map and analysis of the health tech sector that highlights the solutions innovators are bringing to bear on the problems of access to quality and affordable healthcare in Nigeria as well as provide actionable insights for policy makers, investors and entrepreneurs. Sign up here so we can feature your startup and to help us better understand the sector.

TechCrunch is headed to Lagos to host its second Startup Battlefield Africa competition on December 11, 2018. Sub-Saharan Africa’s best innovators, makers and technical entrepreneurs are invited to attend this year's TechCrunch Startup Battlefield Africa. Get your tickets now!

"Labs by ARM” is a 12-week intensive corporate accelerator powered by Ventures Platform. The accelerator is designed to help early and growth stage fintech companies commercialize and massively distribute their innovations. Applications are open for the next 3 weeks, please apply at

Taxify is expanding to four new cities in South Africa - Plettenberg Bay, Knysna, George, and Mossel Bay - by late November 2018, My Broadband reports. The Estonia-based ride hailing company recently expanded to the Nigerian cities of Ibadan and Owerri too, upping the ante in an ongoing battle of attrition between it and Uber.

Nigerian healthcare logistics startup, Lifebank, has launched Airbank, an oxygen discovery and delivery platform in Lagos and Abuja. Airbank will focus on reducing the high number of deaths in Nigerian healthcare institutions due to lack of oxygen. Limited oxygen availability in hospitals across Nigeria contribute to Nigeria’s devastatingly high child mortality of 100 deaths per 1,000 live births -- the 6th highest in the world.

You are invited to TC Townhall, Fintech 2.0, holding in partnership with Softcom on November 30. The forum will take a look at the next generation of financial technologies in Nigeria. Speakers include Adia Sowho (MD,, Gbenga Agboola (CEO, Flutterwave), Titi Odunfa (MD, Sankore Investments), Dr. Yinka David West (Academic Director, LBS), Yvonne Johnson (fintech angel investor) and Yomi Adedeji (CEO, Softcom). Registration is now live, and seats are limited. See you there!

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