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29 - 11 - 2018

Apologies for the double digest. I sent out the first digest with an egregious error, which has now been fixed. Thank you. - Akindare.


BUDX Lagos is a celebration of the Naija Sound. It is an experience for those in the know, those that have their own identity and dress accordingly in spaces that are as authentic as they are. BUDX Lagos runs from 1-2 December 2018 and will include panel talks, live musical performances and an after party. Head here to register and learn more about the event.

A group of 15 media organisations in Nigeria have launched a fact checking program called the CrossCheck Nigeria Project, the AFP reports. Per the report, the project aims to get normally competing newsrooms to work together to investigate and disprove erroneous claims, particularly on social media. The project has about 50 journalists from local print, broadcast and online media, supported by academic partners at the University of Lagos. The public will be able to provide tips via WhatsApp.
The Africa Development Bank Group and the African Union have released the Africa Visa Openness Report 2018 and the Republic of Benin leads the pack after it recently scrapped visa requirements for all African countries. A lot has been said of technology transfer between African countries and how hard it is to travel within Africa compared to the rest of the world and this report gives insight into what that could look like in the near term.
Google announced the first winners of the Google Impact Challenge Africa at an awards ceremony in Lagos last night. Twelve non-profits and social enterprises were each awarded a share of $2m in grant funding. Three out of the four winners were chosen by the judges, they include - The Cece Yara Foundation, HelpMum, Project Enable Africa and the final winner - chosen by the general public - was Vetsark. All four winners will receive $250K each, while the eight runners up will each receive $125K. Judges on the night included Chairman/CEO, Channels media group John Momoh; Mrs. Parminder Vir, Chief Executive Officer, Tony Elumelu Foundation; Rapper, CEO of Chocolate City Music Group, MI Abaga; Philanthropist and Executive Director of Nigeria Network of NGOs Oluseyi Oyebisi; Managing General Partner, EchoVC Partners Eghosa Omoigui and Google Nigeria’s Country Director Juliet Ehimuan-Chiazor.

MTN Group has announced that it is joining the IoT World Alliance, making it the first African telecommunications company to do so. As the largest mobile operator cooperative in the world, the IoT World Alliance aims to eliminate the complexity associated with worldwide deployments of connected devices.

Facebook, Instagram and the Nelson Mandela Foundation have launched a new campaign which will highlight the impact of gender-based violence on South African women and their families. Content for the campaign will be distributed through Instagram Stories and the Nelson Mandela Foundations Instagram page in a variety of ways. Hypertext has more.
Mobile phone shipments in Kenya grew by 7.9% in the third quarter of 2018, per this Techweez report. Quoting the IDC, the report also says feature phone shipments in Africa fell 2.7% quarter on quarter and smartphone shipments falling by 1.3% over the same period. Transsion still leads the feature phone segment with a combined share of 58.2% across its three brands while Nokia takes second spot with 11.7%.

TC Townhall, Fintech 2.0 is holding in partnership with Softcom on Friday, 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 Tomi Amao (CIO, Softcom). Registration is now closed but you can sign up to be notified when the event live stream goes live and to get the keynote presentation sent to you. See you there!

TechCrunch is headed to Lagos to host its second Startup Battlefield Africa competition on December 11, 2018 and we are giving away 100 complimentary tickets! To qualify, fill this form and you could join Sub-Saharan Africa’s best innovators, makers and technical entrepreneurs at this year's TechCrunch Startup Battlefield Africa.

MTN Rwanda has secured a ~$57 million loan from a syndicate of local banks. The funds will go to the further expansion and modernisation of its network and related IT systems.


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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.

"African languages are being left behind when it comes to voice recognition innovation" writes Abdi Latif Dahir, for Quartz Africa.

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