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$10,000 up for grabs as AFF gathers tech innovators

The biggest innovation conference in Africa, Africa Fintech Foundry (@AFFoundry) will be held next week in Nigeria. The tech startup with the best initiative will be awarded a cash prize of $10,000.

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The biggest innovation conference in Africa, Africa Fintech Foundry (AFF) will be held next week in Nigeria, and the tech startup with the best initiative will be awarded a cash prize of $10,000.

The AFF event, which is tagged “Disrupt 2019; Digital Gold Rush”, will hold on May 16, 2019, at the Landmark Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos. Some expected guest speakers are Australian futurist and CEO of Moven, Brett King, and Access Bank Plc’s CEO, Herbert Wigwe, who will speak on “the Future of intelligent Bank”, as well as facilitate the launching of Tamada.

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What is Tamada? Tamada is a conversational and transactional chatbot, which assists with the transfer of funds, payment of bills, book loans, and investments.

Purpose of the event: The conference will feature innovators and experts from Artificial Intelligence (AI), Big Data, Robotics, Blockchain technology, and many other Fintech sectors, all of whom will engage with one another, exchange ideas and information.

An opportunity for innovative startups: Also, Startups that have growth potential will be identified for acquisition and partnership from prospective investors. The event will also provide a platform for strategic partnerships and collaborations between Access Bank Plc and investors, experts, regulators, innovators and technology companies to create a new era of technological disruption in the banking industry.

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About the $10,000 startup prize: 20 startups attended the Startup Challenge that held on the 3rd of May and 5 Startups were shortlisted to demo at the Conference in a bid to win the $10,000.

Shortlisted startups;

  • Gricd,
  • SmartTeller,
  • Trep Labs,
  • Kaoshi and
  • Seso.

AFF offers other funding opportunities: AFF, through its partner network offers funding of $30,000 in pre-programme investment and post-accelerator programme investment after Demo Day to promising startup cohorts.

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Speaking on the value startups derive from AFF, the organisers said AFF bridges the gap between startups and their capital needs, as well as offer guidance that leads to their growth.

“AFF scouts the startup ecosystem, conducts open application processes, and leverages off partner networks (global accelerators, financial and technology partners, government and donor agencies etc.) to find and attract promising FinTech startups.

“Startup cohorts from the AFF continue to receive ongoing support post Demo-Day, as well networking opportunities with the extensive AFF partner network.

“Startups also receive formal and informal referrals, voluntary quarterly check-ins and invitations to mentor current cohorts in the accelerator programme, and most importantly, continued access to funding.”

About Africa Fintech FoundryAFF is an Access Bank Plc initiative that aims to nurture, fund, and accelerate the growth of tech startups in Africa through its mentorship and accelerator programmes, fast-tracking their growth and maturity to deliver relevant solutions to the market. It also aims to provide greater financial services to the financially-excluded across the continent.

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  1. Abraham Israel Oludare

    May 11, 2019 at 4:17 pm

    I have been in the business of beekeeping/honey production for over ten years, I live & work in a semi-urban area of Kogi state, beekeeping/honey production technology is very rare & uncommon in Nigeria, my major handicap is finance, my technical know how is waiting to be sold to world, perhaps through partnership, I have a big vision

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Coronavirus

Evacuation: 247 Nigerians arrive home from Malaysia, Thailand 

The returnees were evacuated with a chartered Air Peace flight APK-7813.

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The Federal Government of Nigeria has safely evacuated and returned home, two hundred and forty-seven Nigerians who were stranded in Malaysia and Thailand 

The returnees were evacuated with a chartered Air Peace flight APK-7813 which arrived the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja at about 11p.m. on Saturday. 

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According to Mr Gabriel Odu, the Head of Media and Public Relations Unit of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM) who spoke to NAN, some of the returnees disembarked in Abuja, while the others proceeded to Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos. 

In line with the protocols announced by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, all of the returnees presented a negative COVID-19 test result before boarding the evacuation flight, and upon arriving Nigeria, are expected to proceed on a 14-day self-isolation 

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Since four weeks ago, from the federal government, through the ministry of Foreign Affairs announced the resumption of evacuation flights, hundreds of stranded Nigerians have been returned home to their families from different countries including the United States of America, United Kingdom, Egypt, Malaysia and Thailand.  

The returnees bear the cost of their flight tickets and are expected to self-isolate for four weeks, upon their return to Nigeria. Returnees who receive a clean bill of health after the isolation, are given their passports and allowed to go home.  

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Katsina State records fastest growth in mobile internet subscribers in Nigeria

Nigeria has a total of 136.2 million mobile internet subscribers as at 2020 Q1.

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Katsina State recorded a massive 41.46% jump in the number of mobile internet subscribers the fastest growth by any state in the country. This is according to data from the National Bureau of Statistics. The data focus on mobile internet subscribers via GSM phones.

Katsina state recorded 3.679 million internet subscribers in the first quarter of 2020 compared to 3.17 million and 2.6 million subscribers in the 4th quarter and 1st quarter of 2019 respectively. This represents a 15.8% jump quarter on quarter and 41.5% jump year on year. No other state comes close.

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Edo State was however second year on year recording a growth of 36.8% to 4.3 million internet subscribers. Katsina was also recorded the fastest growth quarter on quarter followed by Sokoto State.

Nigeria’s Mobile Internet Subscribers Data

According to the data from the NBS, the total number of internet subscribers in Nigeria as at the first quarter of 2020 is 136, 203, 231. This compares to 126, 078, 999 in the 4th quarter of 2019 and 116, 310, 154 in the first quarter of 2019. This represents a QoQ growth of 8.03% and year on year growth of 17.1%.

Nigeria’s commercial cities of Lagos, Rivers State, FCT and Kano also recorded growth in internet subscribers year on year.

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Lagos State 

Subscribers – 17.02 million

YoY Growth – 7.16%

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Rivers State

Subscribers – 5.12 million

YoY Growth – 9.77%

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Kano

Subscribers – 8.33 million

YoY Growth – 33.19%

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FCT

Subscribers – 6.13 million

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YoY Growth – 13.3%

Growth by Geopolitical Zones

We also observed the North West still retains the number one position in terms of internet subscribers per geopolitical zone with 46.9 million subscribers out of a total of 136.2 million in the country. The North-Eastern part of the country recorded the fastest growth of 23.3%. See below;

Internet Subscribers by Geo-Political Zones. Source: NBS/Nairametrics

 

Internat Subscribers by GSM Companies

MTN continues to lead with 57.2 million subscribers. They also grew the fastest YoY by 23%

MTN – 57,282,123
GLO – 33,871,456
AIRTEL – 36,827,677
9MOBILE – 7,762,068
Others – 459,907
Total – 136,203,231

Upshots: Internet subscriber’s growth in Nigeria continues to record double-digit growth and one of the fastest in the world. The competition for mobile data subscription is intense and could end up being a winner take all activity. As GSM companies move in search of growth, the North seems the area with the most potential for double-digit subscriber growth.

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Energy

COVID-19: Minister of Power instructs contractors back to site as lockdown eases

The power minister gave the directive during an inspection visit to the new Gagarawa 2.

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The Minister of Power, Sale Mamman, has asked all contractors handling power projects across the country to return back to project sites following the gradual relaxation of the lockdown by the Federal Government, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The directive from the minister was contained in a press statement by the Special Adviser to the Minister on Media and Communications, Aaron Artimas, on Sunday, July 12, 2020, in Abuja.

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The power minister gave the directive during an inspection visit to the new Gagarawa 2 by 60 Mega Volt Amp (MVA) 132/33 Kilo Volt Sub-station being constructed by the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) in Jigawa.

Mamman, lamented the negative impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the power sector, pointing out that the sector was among the worst affected with the entire value chain directly or indirectly counting losses.

The Minister in the statement said, ‘’I can tell you that the impact of the pandemic is huge in the power sector as a real service provider. We, however, have joined the government effort to restart the economy with the easing of the lockdown and opening of the interstate road.’’

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“I direct all contractors handling power projects to return to sites and work assiduously to recover from the losses recorded during this lockdown,” he said.

Mamman said the Gagarawa Sub-station project would boost power supply in over 7 local government areas including an industrial area.

On his part, the Jigawa State Governor, Abubakar Badaru, who was part of the inspection team, commended the power minister’s effort at ensuring completion of these projects that have been on for over 20 years.

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The News agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that the sub-station is 99% completed and has been energized.

The acting Managing Director of TCN, Suleiman Abdulaziz, who was also part of the inspection asked for speedy completion of similar sub-station across the country.

 

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