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The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) notifies the general public that consequent upon its official issuance and public presentation of the Nigeria Data Protection Regulation on the 25th of January 2019, full implementation of the Regulation commenced from the 25th of April 2019. Find details here.

Nigerian gaming company, Maliyo Games has signed an agreement with Telecoming, a Spanish technology company that monetizes digital content. Telecoming will distribute Maliyo's games to mobile users in 6 African countries. Maliyo Games is one of Nigeria's foremost game companies founded in 2012 by Hugo Obi. In 2015, the company built an appstore for the easy discovery of local apps when it realized distribution was a major problem. Africa's game development sector is still nascent but there are companies like Cameroon's Kiro'o Games which recently received capital from the Cameroon Angels Network. This month Google announced the Indie Games Accelerator programme, supporting African game developers to achieve their full potential on Google Play, a move that could help the sector with funding and distribution.

Cybersecurity company, Kaspersky Lab has announced plans to open an office in Rwanda. The new office will be used to support its East African business and the company will also collaborate with the Rwandan government to protect it against cyber threats. The Russian company first set foot in Africa with the launch of its regional office in South Africa in 2009. It currently operates in almost 200 countries and territories across the world.
Kwidex, a Ghanaian digital agriculture startup has been named the winner of the Betway fintech challenge. The startup beat nine others to win the prize of $3,800. Kwidex crowdfunds capital from individuals to invest in farmers and other agricultural projects.
The health tech sector in Nigeria is 15 years old and has received about US$7.88 million in funding to date, with the earliest funding received in 2014. There's more in The State of Health Tech in Nigeria which you can purchase via this link. Kindly note that we are also accepting bank transfers for purchase of the reports. If you'd like to purchase the report through a bank transfer, send a reply to this mail and we will attend to your request.
Startup Chile has called on early-stage tech startups with female founders to apply its pre-acceleration program, S-factory. Find out more here and apply here before May 28.

Identity management solution provider, Intergreatme has achieved and surpassed its target of raising $1.7 million via crowdfunding platform, Uprise.Africa. The South African company will use the money to build a self-service platform for SMMEs, while adding additional features and functionality to its app.

Yesterday, Andela officially announced the launch of its new recruitment campaign, The Power of X, targeted towards mid-level and senior-level developers. The announcement was made during a media briefing and fireside chat that featured our Editor-in-Chief, Bankole Oluwafemi, Prosper Otemuyiwa (Developer Advocate and Co-founder, ForLoop Africa), Jolomi Otumara (Director, Developer Programs - Andela) and Olawumi Onawunmi (Director, Partner Engineering - Andela). Through this campaign, Andela which recently raised a $100m Series D round including Tennis star, Serena Williams' VC firm, is looking to fulfil an expected increase in demand for African developers. The company wants to meet a target of at least 500 developers with this campaign and its other entry points. Experienced developers can apply via this link to join Andela.
The body licensed to serve Kenya's esports sector, Esports Kenya Federation, will launch the country's first e-sports league in July 2019. The league which will comprise 16 teams, will allow corporate organizations to register, own and manage a team. Despite limited internet connectivity, esports has been growing gradually in some African countries. South African telco, Telkom launched its own esports company in 2017 while Multichoice started a dedicated esports channel. There's also a growing esports industry in Egypt.

Distributed Power Africa (DPA), a subsidiary of Econet Wireless Global, has partnered with a global energy company, EDF (Électicité De France) to provide commercial and industrial energy solutions across Africa. The partnership entails the development of solar panels and batteries which will be initially made available in South Africa, Ivory Coast and Nigeria before expanding to other markets. According to the UNDP, the energy shortage is costing African economies an annual average of about 4% of its GDP (i.e. US$60.52 billion). Closing the gap would increase productivity for organizations and individuals.

Paradigm Initiative is looking for for a bilingual Communications Officer (in Cameroon, Nigeria, Togo, Tanzania or Zambia) to help manage media relations and lead communication innovation. Find out the job requirements here and apply here before May 25.

Nico Steyn, CEO of South African IoT company, IoT.nxt speaks with Techcentral about the recent acquisition of the company by Vodacom.
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