Car auction company Cars45 launches in Kenya

Nigerian car auction company Cars45 has announced its expansion into Kenya. The company, whose core service involves technical inspection, valuation and sale of used vehicles within an hour, is positioning itself to tap into the increasingly attractive East African market. Kenya is its first foray beyond West Africa and this announcement comes as it looks …

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Here’s a glimpse into what MAX’s electric bikes will look like

Nigerian motorcycle-hailing company Metro Africa Express (MAX.ng) has built its first electric motorbike in Lagos, Nigeria. The company first announced plans to introduce electric bikes into the market in June after it closed a US$7 million funding round led by Kenyan Novastar Ventures and backed by Japanese manufacturing giant, Yamaha. “We’re piloting electric motorcycles in …

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Why CcHUB’s edtech centre could be pivotal for education in Nigeria

Co-creation Hub’s network of technology centres is shaping into an innovation galaxy. At their design lab in Kigali, product designers and engineers are applying emerging technologies across multiple disciplines, from healthcare to governance. In Kenya, the newly acquired iHUB bolsters the company’s support and strategy architecture. While they add to cumulative innovation capital on the …

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My Life In Tech: In Obi Ozor’s world, audacity is king

My Life In Tech is putting human faces to some of the innovative startups, investments and policy formations driving the technology sector across Africa. Obi Ozor may or may not be a red cap chief but his company, Kobo360, in just under two years, has become one of the leading technology logistics service providers across …

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Promoting African integration through Jollof Road

The world is getting increasingly insular. Borders are getting shut and walls are being proposed. Migrant children are being locked in cages, denied such luxury as soaps and beds. Our former colonial overlords, the Brits as they’re affectionately known, are also at it again. Since 2016, they’ve contorted themselves into several unseemly shapes as they …

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In search of quick loans, Nigerians give up privacy

In February, *Lolu desperately needed a soft loan to tide him over till payday. He asked two of his friends, but it was one of those months everyone you know is broke and hanging on their financial fingertips for payday. Almost out of options, he remembered that someone at work had mentioned he could get …

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Opinion: Why founders should consider an early sale of their startups

Investor interest in African tech comes and goes in waves. In 2014, e-commerce received the lion’s share of investment, buoyed by Jumia and Konga, until the sector collapsed as African economies plummeted into recession. Investors then turned to the fintech sector, which still dominates the lion’s share of capital inflows into Africa’s tech sector.  But, …

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How a proposed bill could increase internet costs in Nigeria

Nigerians face the possibility of a new tax on electronic communications which is already being levied in Ghana. The Communications Service Tax bill was championed by the former communications minister Adebayo Shittu and thrown out by the National Assembly in 2016 due to outcry by stakeholders but has now resurfaced under the current Senate. To …

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Building Nigeria’s Criminal Registry would be a big deal. And a burden

If you do not like your neighbours – and the feeling is probably mutual – intense friction could lead to one of you calling the cops on the other. In a future where the Crime and Criminal Tracking System Bill (2019) is law, one of you could earn a record that comes back to bite …

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Uber begins pilot phase of boat service in Lagos

Uber launched a boat service in Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial capital, as the global transport company continues its expansion plans in Africa’s largest economy. The boat service will now undergo a two-week pilot phase, Uber officials said at a press conference on Friday. The launch of the service comes months after Global Head of Business Development, …

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Why are Nigerians reluctant to pay for digital content?

On the WhatsApp group of a book club, the admin announces the book for the month and one of the participants asks if anyone has a free pdf version they can send. Someone replies: “Buy books, authors need to eat.” And the participant responds that “I bought the data I’ll use to download it.” In …

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