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21 - 03 - 2019

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Nat Friedman, GitHub's CEO is visiting Nigeria and Ghana later this year. And of course, he wants to meet with local developers and entrepreneurs "to learn about how GitHub can be of service." You can email westafrica@nat.org if you'd like to meet up.

When you're issuing statements about interruptions to electricity supply, you had better use the most formal-looking font you can find. Memeburn recommends Arial font. Eskom, South Africa's power company issued a press release on the 19th to clarify issues around its load-shedding activities but in Rosemary font.  Here's the tweet, check out the reactions from outraged South Africans.

We got a press release yesterday where the digital rights advocacy group, Paradigm Initiative, expressed disappointment over Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari's decision to decline assent to the Digital Rights and Freedom Bill, saying “the refusal of the President to sign the Bill is a huge setback for human rights online in Nigeria.” The group is not fazed however, as they promise to continue work on getting the bill passed into law.

South Africa's National Assembly has passed the Films and Publications Amendment Bill and the bill is now scheduled to be sent to President Cyril Ramaphosa for assent. The bill will introduce stricter rules to protect children from disturbing and harmful content on the internet. It also addresses issues like hate speech and revenge porn.
Tech Women Lagos Opening Weekend [Video Highlights]
The Tech Women Lagos AUDACITY exhibition continues this weekend, March 23 and 24. The physical exhibition comprises portraits, audio and visual components of the Tech Women Lagos portrait series which we launched on March 8, 2019. Tech Women Lagos profiles 50 women in Lagos’ technology ecosystem from different backgrounds and at different stages of their tech careers. We are showing the next generation of girls and women that careers in tech are possible and there is space for them in the industry.

Last weekend saw women in the series interacting with guests some of which were young women interested in the industry and for whom this exhibition has been curated. If you're yet to see the exhibition, make sure to come through this weekend. It's happening at the Africa Fintech Foundry, Victoria Island, Lagos. There's also a line-up of activities targeted at young girls and women as part of the Tech Women Lagos event series. Here they are below: AUDACITY Exhibition Africa Fintech Foundry (AFF), 1216 Ibiyinka Olorunbe, Victoria Island, Lagos March 23-24, 2019 Register to attend Access Bank/W Community Workshop Africa Fintech Foundry (AFF), 1216 Ibiyinka Olorunbe, Victoria Island, Lagos Register to attend​ Paystack x Tech Women Lagos Workshop Paystack Offices, 3a Ladoke Akintola Rd, Ikeja GRA, Ikeja Thursday, March 21, 2019 Register to attend Mines.io x Tech Women Lagos Workshop Africa Fintech Foundry, 1216 Ibiyinka Olorunbe, Victoria Island, Lagos Friday, March 23, 2019 Register to attend Please read this guide to find out how to have a richer experience at the exhibition when you come through this weekend.

IBM South Africa has opened applications for its six-month IBM Techscale programme. The programme is open to commercially sustainable SA registered companies that are black-owned and managed, as well as older than a year. Ventureburn has the details.

According to Dignited, Top executives of Airtel Uganda had a meeting with the President of the Republic of Uganda Yoweri Museveni and requested him to support their quest for additional spectrum. The network is considering to get more spectrum in the 800/900 MHz region to push the availability of its 4G.
FlexClub, a South African startup that connects aspiring Uber drivers with vehicle finance, has raised a US$1.2 million seed funding round in order to expand its team and make Mexico its first overseas market.  The seed round was led by CRE Venture Capital and also features Montegray Capital and Savannah Fund.

From TechCabalHow ForLoop Africa Became the Continent’s Largest Community for Developers + Kenyan Mobile Money Competitors Take on Safaricom

That's it! We'll be back tomorrow, - Wole

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