Author Archives: Paul Ndiho

A SIERRA LEONEAN AUTO MECHANIC BUILDS AN ELECTRIC CAR

A Sierra Leonean mechanical engineer based in the United Kingdom is making his mark in the automobile and technology industry.
Festus Vandy, Co-Founder, Turbo Electric has designed an electric car that he hopes to bring to the market soon.
He has a passion for electric cars, but his ability to build his car from scrap metal is remarkable. His dream is to become one of Sierra Leone’s budding automotive engineers.

Africa 54’s Paul ndiho via Skype, spoke to, Festus Vandy, currently in Free Town, Sierra Leone.

HOW COVID-19 HAS CHANGED THE WAY EDUCATION IS DELIVERED

Even before covid-19, there was already high growth and adoption in education technology; thus, education has changed dramatically, with the rise of e-learning, whereby teaching is undertaken remotely and on digital platforms.  But what does it take to develop and build e-learning platforms?

For more, Africa 54’s Paul ndiho via skype, spoke to a software engineer, Victor Oku Kanayo, co-founder, children in freedom school, in Nakuru Kenya.

Eritrean American DEVELOPS COVID-19 CONTACT TRACING APP

Health experts say the app-based contact tracing are appealing in part because the corona-virus’ spread is so stealthy. Infected people can transmit the virus for days before they develop symptoms.

Last month, Eritrean American Beruk Habte launched an Android app called “Tracker” – that tracks user’s locations and notifies them if they’ve been within a certain distance of someone who tested positive for COVID 19.

For more insight, Africa 54’s Paul Ndiho via Skype, spoke to Beruk Habte, the creator of the contact tracing mobile application “tracker,” based in the us state of Maryland.

ED-TECH COMPANIES CHANGING THE FACE OF KENYA’S EDUCATION SYSTEM

EdTech companies are changing the face of Kenya’s education system. Budding entrepreneurs have re-imagined the traditional classroom entirely, offering schoolchildren alternative models for learning through EdTech.

Africa 54’s Paul Ndiho via skype, spoke to Willis Njumbi, co-founder, Elimu Popote aims to build an education and life skill platform for kids while making learning fun through mobile phones, and computer tablets.

THE IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON SMALL BUSINESSES IN GHANA

Covid-19 has had a devastating impact on small businesses, and people employed by small businesses are at risk of unemployment due to the coronavirus pandemic.

And startups in Ghana have not been spared. For some perspective, Africa 54’s Paul Ndiho via skype, spoke to Nana Ama Yankah, founder and CEO, Naya by Africa, a lifestyle brand for natural products in Accra Ghana.

HOW ZAMBIAN JOURNALISTS ARE COVERING COVID 19

The covid-19 pandemic has strongly impacted the journalism industry and affected journalists’ work. In Zambia, many journalists continue to risk their lives to produce human interest stories, combating misinformation, providing public health updates, and help people cope with the virus’s impact.

For more insight, Africa 54’s Paul Ndiho via Skype, spoke to Arthur Davies Sikopo,SABC correspondent

UGANDA ELECTRIC BUSES CAUSING A BUZZ AND PROVIDING SELECT SHUTTLE SERVICES

Kiira motors corporation (KMC), a Ugandan government enterprise, is betting on manufacturing commercial electric buses as a new game-changer. Analysts say this initiative will create employment for thousands, add value in the regional automotive industry, and diversify the economy.

The locally assembled buses are already are causing a buzz and providing select shuttle services.

For more insight, Africa 54’s Paul Ndiho via Skype, spoke to Paul Isaac Musasizi

EMPOWERING WOMEN IN LAGOS NIGERIA

Unemployed Women in Nigeria often feel alone and isolated. But, in Lagos, Nigeria, Abiola Idowu, owner, and lead designer, Ojufin Fashion is using her fashion label and skills to empower underprivileged women in her community. She trains young girls and women how to sew and create their small businesses.

AFRICA 54’s Paul Ndiho via Skype, spoke to Abiola Idowu, Owner, and Lead Designer, Ojufin Fashion.

THE RISE OF ONLINE EDUCATION IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA

Across the world, one of the first measures taken to contain the spread of covid-19 was the closure of schools. In Africa, millions have been affected. In Kenya, e-learning platforms have been set up to address the challenges.

For some insight, Africa 54’s Paul Ndiho via Skype, spoke to Dr. Utheri-Kanayo, co-founder, children in freedom school – based in Nakuru, Kenya is offering e-learning classes to all its students.

Fintech Market In Kenya Growing Rapidly

Africa is leading in the fintech market, and it’s rapidly adopting digital finance, mobile payments, digital credit, cryptocurrency faster than the western world, according to a study done by Master card last year.

In Kenya, Popote pay, a platform that enables businesses to go 100% digital, is making it easy for companies and businesses to monitor payments, sign checks, and other management and accounting requirements.

Africa 54’s Paul Ndiho, via Skype, spoke to Sam Wanjohi, Founder & CEO, Popote Payments, Ltd.

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