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tHE FOOTWEAR INDUSTRY AND BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES IN NIGERIA

The footwear industry is one of the fastest emerging business opportunities in Africa. Footwear Analysts say the continent is endowed with raw materials, impressive talent, and affordable labor, giving it the edge to build a multi-billion-dollar industry.

For more perspective, Africa 54’s Technology Correspondent Paul Ndiho, via Skype, spoke to Chidinma Emodi Chukwuemeka, Cofounder, The footwear Academy in Aba State, Nigeria.

Nigerian insurance startup Curacel secures $450k to fund expansion

Nigerian insurance startup Curacel, an Artificial Intelligence (IA) powered platform for claims processing and fraud management in Africa, has secured 450,000 dollars in pre-seed funding for product development and expansion across the continent.

The startup already works with some of the biggest insurers and hospitals in Nigeria, Ghana, and Uganda.

For more, Africa 54’s Technology Correspondent Paul Ndiho, via Skype, spoke to Henry Mascot

CEO and Cofounder, Curacel based in Lagos, Nigeria.

BAMBOO BICYCLES MADE IN GHANA ON THE INTERNATIONAL MARKET

Bamboo bicycles in Africa are offering cycling enthusiasts a cheaper alternative to ordinary bikes. The new bicycles are generating a lot of interest on the international market.

In Ghana, Boomers International, a grassroots community development organization is specializing in producing bamboo-framed bicycles for export around the world.

For more, Africa 54’s Technology Correspondent Paul Ndiho, via Skype, spoke to Kwabena Danso, CEO, Boomers International in Kumasi, Ghana.

ENCOURAGING GIRLS TO PURSUE TECHNOLOGY CAREERS

While the global advancement of women over the last few years cannot go unnoticed, much work remains to reach gender equality in Innovation and Technology. In Nigeria, The Women’s Technology Empowerment Centre (W.TEC), a Nigerian nonprofit organization, uses innovative approaches to encourage more girls to pursue technology careers.

For more, Africa 54’s Technology Correspondent Paul Ndiho, via Skype, spoke to Oreoluwa Lesi, Founder and Executive Director of the Women’s Technology Empowerment Centre (W.TEC) in Lagos, Nigeria.

COMPUTER SKILLS FOR RURAL WOMEN IN UGANDA.

Learning new computer skills in the rapidly changing information technology (IT) sector opens young women opportunities in Rural Uganda.

Philomera foundation, a youth lead Initiative based on the Island District of Kalangala on Lake Victoria in Uganda, helps end the gender technology gap by teaching women and girls IT skills.

For more, Africa 54’s Technology Correspondent Paul Ndiho, via Skype, spoke to Joseph Kayiira, Founder, Philomera Hope Foundation Center in Uganda.

CRYPTOCURRENCY REGULATION IN NIGERIA

Nigeria’s Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced last month that it had put plans to regulate cryptocurrencies on hold in light of Nigeria’s central bank’s decision to ban them.

In 2018, the central bank said cryptocurrencies were not legal tender and that dealers and investors were not protected by law.

For more perspective, Africa 54’s Technology Correspondent Paul Ndiho, via Skype, spoke to Rotimi Ogunyemi, ICT Attorney, based in Lagos, Nigeria.

SMART SOLAR KIOSKS IN RWANDA

A Rwandan innovation firm ARED is using the state-of-the-art innovative business model to provide Wi-Fi, low-cost phone charging, airtime sales, mobile money transfers, and other services. ARED has created jobs and empowers women and people with disabilities in rural and urban communities.
For more insight, Africa 54’s Technology Correspondent Paul Ndiho, via Skype, spoke to Henri Nyakarundi, CEO and Founder of ARED Group, in Kigali, Rwanda.

HELPING SMALL BUSINESSES SCALE UP IN NIGERIA

COVID-19 is having a devastating impact on small businesses in Nigeria. Since the beginning of the outbreak, young entrepreneurs are actively involved in developing solutions that solve big problems using new technology.

For more perspective, Africa 54’s Technology Correspondent. Paul Ndiho, via Skype, spoke to Vivienne Belonwu, Media & Communications Strategist, HYBR Scaling Solutions – An innovation firm based in Lagos, Nigeria.

Using tech to improve maternal health in Ghana

Ghana, like many African countries, is grappling with high maternal and perinatal mortality rates. A new app, trimester save, is looking to help expectant mothers and parents of young children save money and make mobile payments using their phones.

For more insight, Africa 54’s Technology Correspondent Paul Ndiho, via Skype, spoke to Dr. Elvis Kuma Forson, CEO, and Founder, Trimester Save, in Accra, Ghana.

Profiling Ghanaian Women on Wikipedia

Wikipedia celebrated its 20th anniversary earlier this year. The free volunteer-produced internet encyclopedia is now the seventh-most popular website globally and still growing.

Africa 54’s Technology Correspondent Paul Ndiho, via Skype, spoke to Pamela Ofori Boateng, a young Wikipedia volunteer responsible for adding and editing content from Ghana on Wikipedia

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