The Nigerian Federal Government recently announced a partnership with tech giant Microsoft to accelerate the country’s digital economy. This announcement follows a discussion that took place in January between Nigeria’s vice-president, Yemi Osinbajo and Microsoft’s Corporation President, Brad Smith. The collaboration is in line with Nigeria’s economic sustainable plan to grow the economy. It will […]
Kareem (not real name) is a taxi driver in Uganda. His regular customers usually contact him via WhatsApp, and so he needs constant internet access. However, it has become increasingly harder to do so with the introduction of Uganda’s tax on the use of over-the-top (OTT) platforms like WhatsApp. In May 2018, the Ugandan government […]
Sola Olubayo* got fed up and set out for Lagos without telling her mum. After graduating from Ekiti State University (EKSU) with a degree in Computer Science, the best ‘tech’ job she found was at a bootstrapping shop that built WordPress sites. It paid ₦20,000 ($52), a fraction of a dollar above the national minimum […]
While the OECD is still in the process of providing guidelines for taxes globally, Kenya is moving forward with its plans to implement digital taxes.
In 2013, the Nigerian government launched a 5-year National Broadband Plan (NBP) with the primary aim of driving broadband penetration from about 5% in 2012 to 30%. The plan was a strategic roadmap to make affordable broadband accessible to all Nigerians in five years. The NBP sought to do this in a number of ways; […]
Isa Pantami has scored what should be considered, even by cynics, an interesting branding goal. By getting president Buhari to rename his portfolio to include “Digital Economy”, the Minister placed a stamp of his vision for Nigeria’s communications sector. What’s in a new name, though? Will there suddenly be a surge in what the communication […]