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08 - 01 - 2019

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Nexford, an American university that uses artificial intelligence and a workplace-aligned curriculum to allow Nigerians achieve high-quality American education without any physical limitations, has opened applications for its first cohort- NexFirst. They offer limited spaces with 50% scholarships on tuition fees ($40-$80 a month), payable quarterly for Bachelors in Business Administration (BBA) and Masters in Business Administration (MBA) programs. Check out degree specializations and courses here, or apply.
The design for a unified passport for all Africans will be presented to the African Union summit in February. The unified passport is aimed at easing the free movement of people, spurring economic growth, promoting intra-African trade, and eventually creating a “continent with seamless borders.”

Careers24 is shutting down operations in Nigeria, effective 1 March 2019. Careers24 is part of Media24, a member of the Naspers Group. According to the CEO of Media24, Careers24 hasn’t managed to gain the expected traction in that market.

A report from Sahara Reporters says that Teleology Holdings has withdrawn from further participation in the 9mobile project. This is happening because Teleology Holdings had become increasingly uncomfortable with actions taken outside of the agreed business plan. Teleology acquired 9mobile, known then as Etisalat, in November 2018, about eight months after it made an initial $500million non-refundable deposit to acquire the telco. Just two months in, Teleology has decided to pull out.

June 2019 will see the launch of the inaugural WISH Africa EXPO at Olympia London. The expo is a multi-industry showcase of African culture, commerce and development. You can register to get notified of early bird tickets release and for further information here.

Microsoft has missed a self-imposed deadline to launch two Azure cloud data centres in South Africa. The software company first announced its plans to build the data centres, the first Azure facilities in Africa, in May 2017, Techcentral has more.
Non-profit organisation RemitFund has launched an investment fund for African diaspora-led impact businesses. According to Disrupt Africa, the fund "will provide investment for African and African diaspora-led businesses that work for the continent’s advancement in SDG-aligned sectors such as agribusiness and clean energy."

Eskom spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe has warned that load-shedding will return to South Africa from the middle of January 2018. Apart from the inconvenience of a lack of electricity in homes, businesses would have to pay more for generators and fuel to keep running. There has been no load-shedding from 15 December due to power demand decreasing as businesses and industries closed for Christmas.

According to a press release we received, Olu Oyinsan, Former VP Investments at Ingressive capital, alongside partners are launching Oui Capital and the Mentor’s fund: a $10m venture fund dedicated to backing high growth tech startups in Africa at seed stage while simultaneously offering mentorship services from technology and industry experts to portfolio companies.

Join us at TC Townhall: The State of Healthtech in Nigeria holding on January 18, 2019. The event will convene some of the leading healthcare innovators, investors and policymakers to discuss the challenges and opportunities in the sector as well as put together proposals to support the growth of the sector. Our theme panel includes healthtech entrepreneurs with a wealth of experience, investors and government representatives. There will be a legal workshop and we will also unveil our Nigeria Healthtech Industry Report. Sign up here so we can notify you when registration goes live.
GitHub Free users now get unlimited private repositories. GitHub always offered free accounts but your code had to be public. To get private repositories, you had to pay. Starting today, that limitation is gone, TechCrunch reports.

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