15 JUNE, 2021


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On the 20th of July, Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin will spend 11 minutes in space. The only seat available got auctioned yesterday for $28m. Too pricey or just the right price for a seat between Jeff Bezos and his brother?

In today’s edition:

  • Centre Stage
  • Ethiopia looking to sell 40% stake in its state-owned Ethio Telecom
  • Nigeria’s recent power crisis and a solution
  • Kenyan e-commerce startup raises $4 million

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Product policy managers are at the centre of Big Tech companies

When Pearlé Nwaezeigwe is not busy creating policies that protect African users on TikTok, she spends most of her time planning for her future, creating inspirational videos targeted at young people with ambitious career goals, and settling into her new community in Ireland. 

TikTok’s presence and influence cannot be denied in Africa. The app is perfect for hyper-creative content creators who know their way around editing tools and special effects. But even amateur video creators, dancers, and comedians are also making waves and growing their TikTok following every day. As TikTok’s popularity soars, the company is intentional about creating policies that protect both creators and viewers. 

What impactful lessons have you learned on the job so far?

“My dad calls me an activist because I like (non-violently) fighting for people. When I think about impact, I think about the fact that I see the policies we create getting enacted in real time. The speed at which we push these policies matters because our users need to feel safe at all times. I’m especially excited that the policies we come up with are focused on protecting creators in Sub-saharan Africa.”

In this week’s edition of Centre Stage, Koromone talks to Pearlé Nwaezeigwe who lets us into the world of product policy managers.

Ethiopia looking to sell 40% stake in its state-owned Ethio Telecom

Yesterday, Ethiopia launched a tendering process for the proposed sell-off of a 40% stake in state-owned carrier Ethio Telecom to private investors, part of the government’s broader plan to open up the economy.

The reason: The government wants state-owned enterprises to be competitive and productive.

Backstory: Last month, Ethiopia awarded a new telecommunication license to a consortium including Safaricom and the UK’s Vodafone Group Plc. The consortium paid $850m for the licence. The government is looking to invite fresh bids for the second license after MTN failed to get it.

Big Picture: In the past few months, the Ethiopian government has made moves that hint at plans to open up its telecom sector to competition. Their plans are laudable but the aim is to raise money to keep the economy running. The pandemic hasn’t been kind to anyone.


A country rich not just in oil and gas but also solid minerals and renewable energy sources, Nigeria is building a solid framework for the future.

Join CT Productions, agent for The Economist Group in an exciting conversation on June 23, at 09.50 AM, in a two-panel session hosted by CT Productions’ international team and moderated by The Economist Intelligence Unit (The EIU), the analysis division of The Economist Group. 

The webinar is set to cover the different sectors in the Nigerian economy that are thriving and making waves despite COVID-19 constraints. We will be talking to high stakeholders in the public and private sector looking into Fintech, Finance, Manufacturing, Oil and Gas, Energy, Agriculture, and most importantly Healthcare.

Things are changing fast based on many years of experience. Though other African countries are blessed with natural resources, none match Nigeria in terms of its many years of building impressive local know-how and increasingly serious local content provider.

Nigeria’s recent power crisis and a solution

On 28 May 2021, Nigeria’s national power generation dropped to 3,059 MW and for the subsequent seven days remained below 4,000 MW, 6% below-average production.

This was due to insufficient gas supply to gas turbines, leading to plant shutdowns and widespread power blackouts in different parts of the country.

The stats: Power cuts in Nigeria are a regular occurrence. The Nigerian national grid system has failed 84 times and partially collapsed 43 times from 2013 to 2020, according to data from the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN). As reported by the World Bank, in 2019, Nigeria suffered outages for 191 days out of 365, costing the country an estimated economic cost of $28 billion annually – equivalent to 2% of its GDP.

A proposed solution: Swap out high pressure gas turbines for flexible power plants made up of multiple engine modules which can function during low gas pressure events. 

Read more: How Nigeria’s Latest Gas-Related Power Crisis Could Have Been Avoided

Kenyan e-commerce startup raises $4 million

Kenyan e-commerce startup Sky.Garden has raised $4 million in Series A funding to accelerate its growth. It previously raised a $1.2 million seed funding round in 2018.

Launched in May 2017, Sky.Garden is a software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform for mobile commerce that is built specifically for African businesses. Its easy-to-use online marketplace allows informal traders, SMEs and established businesses to sell their products.

Since its launch, thousands of stores in Kenya have opened webshops through Sky.Garden. It allows a retailer on one side of Kenya to sell products to a customer on the other side without any tech background.


Written by – Daniel Adeyemi

Edited by – Edwin Madu & Koromone Koroye


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