Jumia Uganda Taking the lead in-online Sales

According to a policy statement released by the Bank of Uganda, the second wave of COVID-19 appears to have hit the economy severely and reduced prospects for a quick recovery.
However, Access to the internet, a growing middle class, and the changing shopping habits due to the coronavirus pandemic have led to the rise of e-commerce businesses and a surge in online sales.
For more perspective, Africa 54’s Technology Correspondent Paul Ndiho, via Skype, spoke to Ron Kawamara, CEO, Jumia, in Kampala, Uganda.

A SURGE IN ONLINE SALES IN NIGERIA

According to business analysts, the coronavirus pandemic fueled an online shopping boom in Nigeria that resulted in e-commerce sales rising to nearly 66 percent.
VOA’s Paul Ndiho via skype to Paul Orajiaka, CEO of Auldon Toys – a leading manufacturer of African themed toys “unity girl dolls,” in perhaps one of the largest and busiest open-air markets in Africa called Idumota, located on Lagos Island. He talks about how online sales have boosted his business.

USING ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE TO RECRUIT NEW TALENT

Africa has a unique opportunity to develop its competitiveness through artificial intelligence (AI), according to a report released recently by International Research Centre for AI – Under the auspices of UNESCO.
In Tunisia, FabSkill, a Tunis-based artificial intelligence startup using AI to recruit new talent for companies worldwide, gives traditional web recruitment platforms a run for their money.
Africa 54’s Technology Correspondent Paul Ndiho, via Skype, spoke to Bechir Afifi, CEO of Fabskill.

Oribags Innovations Uganda

It’s not uncommon to see people carry paper bags to schools, offices, and to and from retail and grocery stores. But, perhaps, you could argue that it’s a new trend because they are 100% recyclable.
In Uganda, Ori-bags Innovations Ltd, one of the leading manufacturers of Eco-friendly paper bags, is turning various forms of waste into valuable products.
For more, Africa 54’s Technology Correspondent Paul Ndiho, via Skype, spoke to Rusia Orikiriza, CEO, Oribags Innovations, Ltd in Kampala, Uganda.

MAKING IT IN THE FASHION INDUSTRY

African fashion Labels are flourishing, with many young, emerging designers breaking into the global market. However, despite this upward trend, many African fashion brands struggle to get the proper media placement or connections to help them achieve their dreams.

Well, for more perspective, Africa 54’s Technology Correspondent Paul Ndiho, via Skype, spoke to Busie Matsiko-Andan, a Global Strategist and serial entrepreneur based in New York City.

TEACHING YOUNG PEOPLE HOW TO CODE in GHANA

Computer programing skills are seen by many to earn a decent income. But for Afia Owusu- Forfie, founder and executive director, Coders Who Travel, it’s empowering young people with computer or mathematical programming skills to meet the global demand for software developers.
Africa 54’s Technology Correspondent Paul Ndiho, via Skype, spoke Afia Owusu- Forfie, founder and executive director, Coders Who Travel, in the US State of Virginia.

Investing in tech startups and leading innovation

One of Nigeria’s leading commercial banks, Union Bank, empowers early-stage tech startups and leads innovation. Earlier, this year the bank announced the winners of its fourth edition of the Innovation Challenge, Union X dubbed A New Discovery.
The contest was open to Startups in FinTech, E-Commerce, Health, Education, and Agriculture.
For more perspective, Africa 54’s Technology Correspondent Paul Ndiho, via Skype, spoke to Lola Aworanti-Ekugo, Head, Digital and Innovation, Union Bank, Lagos, Nigeria.

Ghanaian Meteorologist Making her Mark

Young women in the West Africa nation of Ghana often feel alone and isolated. But, in Accra, Ghana, Maureen Ahiataku is part of a new breed of young meteorologists using her skills to empower and encourage young people to pursue careers in Meteorology.

For more perspective, Africa 54’s Technology Correspondent Paul Ndiho, via Skype, spoke to Maureen Ahiataku, a meteorologist with Ghana Meteorological Agency in Accra, Ghana.

AMERICAN BUSINESSES EYING AFRICA FOR BUSINESS AND PARTNERSHIPS

Africa is projected to recover in 2021 from its worst economic recession caused by the global pandemic COVID–19, according to a report by the Africa development bank released earlier this year.

Most economies are reopening with people on the continent getting vaccinated, and now American companies are discussing Africa as a business destination.

For more insight, Africa 54’s tech correspondent Paul Ndiho, via Skype, spoke with Scott Eisner, president of the U.S.-Africa Business Center, at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce based in Washington DC.

EMPOWERING WOMEN WITH DIGITAL SKILLS IN GHANA

With regional hubs in Ghana, Rwanda, Madagascar, and headquarters in Canada, VIAMO, a global social enterprise specializing in mobile engagement, information, and communication technology for development, empowers individuals, especially women with digital skills overcome daily challenges. Africa 54’s Paul Ndiho, via Skype, spoke to Sandra Abrokwa, Viamo Country Director, based in Accra, Ghana.

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