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In a major restructuring move, Andela announced yesterday that it was laying off more than 400 junior developers across three locations; Nigeria, Kenya and Uganda. The organization started off five years ago with a mission of connecting young and aspiring African developers with an opportunity to learn to code and work for US companies. The company will now focus on recruiting and matching experienced developers with employers. Andela says it will support the employees affected by the restructuring. It will continue its training program in Rwanda and will also continue its free training program, the Andela Learning Community. What has the been most interesting however since Andela's announcement, is the growing list of local companies who have been sharing the vacancies they have for developers. This essentially justifies the argument that the news is great for the local tech ecosystem which has been dealing with a shortage of tech talent. Want to learn more about Andela's restructuring and why it's doing so? Abubakar's got you covered here.
If you were affected by the restructuring at Andela or are a developer/designer looking for a new job, here are a couple of openings at Busha, Flutterwave, Deel, Policy Vault Africa/ ACIOE Associates, Investa.ng and Kraks TV. If you are an employer and you've got a job vacancy for developers, you can share them here. CcHub Nigeria in partnership with Andela is creating a Talent Lounge to offer junior developers who are laid off opportunities to connect to jobs and continuous professional development. Learn more here.
Chika Nwobi, Founder at investor firm, L5Lab and developer training company, Decagon Institute, shares insights about Nigeria's talent problem in this article. Nwobi estimates that Nigeria has just about 6,000 developers and opines that creating more software engineers will build a pipeline of problem solvers that will go on to build or help build great companies.
The bus is moving! Are you ready? From September 22, our friends at Zikoko; Fu'ad, Kayode and Toke are travelling across 14 West African countries in a bus. They will go from Lagos, Nigeria, through Benin, Togo, Senegal, Mali, across West Africa and back. It's 80 days, 14 countries and lots of experiential stories around culture, cuisine, music, and everything in between. Check out http://jollofroad.com for more info and to follow them on this epic adventure.
According to pro-consumer website CompariTech, South Africa is one of the top 50 countries for Netflix in terms of subscribers and revenue. The website notes that South Africa had 152,588 subscribers as of end of 2018 and is projected to close 2019 with $20,844,579.48 in revenue. The number of South African subscribers is expected to rise to 195,634 by the end of the year. For context, the US, Netflix's number 1 market had more than 58 million subscribers at the end of 2018 and is projected to earn over $8 billion in revenue by the end of 2019. For Brazil, the numbers are about 8.5 million subscribers and $1.2 billion in revenue.
Nigeria's new Minister of Communications has directed the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to block 9.2 million SIM cards for incomplete and improper registration details. Network providers have also received instructions to block all improperly registered subscribers until they comply. Following a warning in July by the NCC to subscribers about buying pre-registered SIM cards, network providers began asking their subscribers to re-register their SIM cards in August.
A South African high court has ruled that the country's bulk surveillance activities, including the interception of foreign signals by the National Communications Centre, are unlawful and invalid. The judge ruled that the Regulation of Interception of Communications and Provision of Communication-Related Information Act is inconsistent with the constitution and fails to provide appropriate safeguards. The court ordered that the regulation should be reworked.
Femi Longe, Director of Innovation at CcHub, will be speaking at TC Townhall: Mobility, a forum about the future of Africa's transport and logistics tech sector holding on the 27th of September, 2019. The most knowledgeable and influential mobility entrepreneurs, investors and policymakers will gather to explore, discuss and define the potential of Africa’s mobility sector and the challenges. Get tickets to the event via this link. Companies and individuals buying at least five (5) tickets can get a 20% discount here.
Agritech investment platform, FarmCrowdy just launched a new ride-hailing service called PlentyWaka. PlentyWaka is a bus-hailing service owned by CrowdyVest, an investment platform created by the owners of FarmCrowdy to deploy crowdsourced capital into agriculture, transportation and beyond. PlentyWaka already has 25 buses in Lagos and the company will be run independently by the Managing Director, Johnny Enagwolor.
Safaricom-backed ride-hailing service, Little Cabs now allows riders to book rides via Whatsapp. Riders in Kenya, Uganda and Zambia can order their rides without using the Little app by sharing their location with a designated number. The company is trying to get as close as possible to its existing and prospective riders as it continues to battle Uber and Bolt for market share.
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