SUPPORTING EARLY STAGE AFRICAN FOUNDERS TO LAUNCH THEIR STARTUPS

Startups play an essential role in developing innovative solutions that meet the needs of developing and emerging countries. As a result, they have real potential for job creation and impact Africa’s development.
For example, in Nigeria, Talemia is an Edtech solution supporting early-stage African founders to launch their startups faster than they would on their own.
For more, I spoke to Victor Onyekere, Co-founder and Head of Growth at Talemia based in Lagos, Nigeria.

SOUTH AFRICAN AUTHORITIES RELEASE EMERGENCY FUNDS TO HELP FLOOD VICTIMS

The death toll from South Africa’s “unprecedented” floods nears 400. Rescuers widen the search for the missing. Police, army, and volunteer rescuers widened the search for dozens still missing five days after the deadliest storm to strike South Africa’s coastal city of Durban. A54’s Paul Ndiho has more

SOUTH AFRICA FLOODS

According to local officials, prolonged rains and flooding in the Durban area of South Africa have claimed the lives of over 250 people, damaging the port, major highways, and surrounding areas in KwaZulu-Natal province.
For the latest update, VOA Correspondent Paul Ndiho spoke to Asmaa Botmi- Clarke, a Freelance Journalist based in Durban, South Africa.

INVESTING IN AFRICAN STARTUPS

Imagine having the opportunity to invest in “the Next” big tech company before anybody has heard about it. Even better, do you think you could spot that future African visionary – that entrepreneur. A 24-year-old Moroccan investor is doing just that, investing in early-stage, pre-seed, and seed startups in Africa.

To learn more, Africa 54’s Technology Correspondent Paul Ndiho, via Skype, spoke to Aya Zaghnin, a rising angel investor in the African startup ecosystem based in Morocco.

SIMPLIFYING DIGITAL PAYMENTS IN NIGERIA

The growing need and consumer preference for digital payments over cash are changing the nature and ways in which people interact with money, in Africa. In Nigeria, a 21-year-old app developer is building a social digital payment system that simplifies the process of paying, requesting payments, or splitting payments between friends by sending an email, phone number, bank account, or debit card. For more, I am joined by Khalid Ismail, the CEO and Co-found of the Byte app based in Lagos, Nigeria.

TECH TRENDS IN AFRICA

These are the new buzzwords for people who follow tech trends. AI, Nonfungible tokens or NFTs, Web 3, 5G, The Internet of Things, Blockchain tech, and metaverse. But what does this all mean for ordinary people? To learn more, our Technology Correspondent Paul Ndiho spoke to Mojisola Alabi, a tech entrepreneur, and analyst based in Lagos, Nigeria.

A UGANDAN COURT ISSUED AN ARREST WARRANT FOR KAKWENZA RUKIRABASHAIJA

A Ugandan court last week issued an arrest warrant for Kakwenza Rukirabashaija, an award-winning author who fled the country after being charged with insulting President Yoweri Museveni and his son, General Muhoozi Kinerugaba.

Kakwenza claims he was tortured during his month-long detention and slipped out of the country last month to seek treatment abroad for his injuries.

Prosecutors asked the court to issue a warrant of arrest against the satirical novelist after he failed to show up for the trial.
Please be advised that some of the images used in this interview are very graphic viewer discretion is advised.

TEACHING, CODING, MACHINE LEARNING AND ROBOTICS IN ZAMBIA

A Young self-taught Student engineer is teaching other students in Zambia the power of coding, machine learning, and Robotics. His goal is to build an army of young, tech-savvy people who can contribute meaningfully to their country’s economy.
For more, I spoke to Edward Phiri, a tech entrepreneur and co-founder of EO Robotics based in Lusaka, Zambia.

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