Glo Cloud, a personal full quality storage application which enables customers to easily back up their digital life or activities including photos, videos, music and documents, has garnered encomiums owing to its utility value especially in the prevailing Covid-19 era.
Total telecommunications solutions provider, Globacom, introduced the product earlier in the year but it has gained wider popularity and acceptance for its relevance now that people are doing so much online including online lessons for kids, working from home, online worship, generation and sharing of heavy videos and pictures and other online businesses.
The app is provisioned to assist Glo data users to safely and privately store, back up automatically, retrieve and share their digital content from their cloud accounts. Glo Cloud users can store their digital contents to the size of their subscriptions. “For instance, if a customer subscribed for 50GB, he or she will be able to store up to 50GB of content”, Glo explained.
“We are in a digital age where people develop loads and loads of personal, social and business content which they wish to store and retrieve whenever and wherever they want. Glo Cloud provides a safe and secure place to store such content. Apart from the problem of having enough storage space on phones or laptops, the Glo Cloud customer is assured of the safety of his documents or contents if he loses his phone or computer”, the company said at the launch of the service.
Iyke Kujemmi, a Lagos-based surveyor said Glo Cloud has helped him to store large files pertaining to his customers’ properties. “My children who engage in home schooling as a result of the coronavirus pandemic also store their lesson notes on my device using Glo Cloud,” he said.
Bridget Apata, another Glo customer in Lagos whose children use Glo Cloud, disclosed that the ease of storage that the app provides is second to none. “I have for long sought a telecommunications solution to my need to store salient files and documents. Glo Cloud app came handy,” she enthused.
In the same vein, Monica Johnson, an Abeokuta-based digital photographer, said she downloaded the Glo Cloud application from Google Play by searching application “Glo Cloud”. Once download was successfully completed, she then subscribed to the required pack by registering for the service.
According to her, she has been using the app to edit photos with special effects and stickers as well as make movies from photos and albums. “ In addition to these, the app enables me to access or retrieve my digital content anytime from all my devices,” she added .
Another subscriber who enjoys the product is Idemudia Linus. Said he, “Glo Cloud offers a fast and powerful search and creates automatic albums to rediscover or organize past memories. Albums can then be shared with others to invite them to add their photos”.
Customers can subscribe for a 50G storage for N250 per month. They can also get a 2 terabyte storage for N990 per month while an unlimited storage goes for N1,990 per month. Glo Cloud is available to both prepaid and postpaid customers, Globacom explained.
The subscription fee for the service and any other charges the customer may incur in connection with the use of the service will be charged from the customer’s available airtime balance, while regular data charges apply for using internet to upload and download the content, the company added.
The company further explained that its customers can subscribe to the service through https://glocloud.gloworld.com. They can also send sub Glo Cloud on 7671 short-code to receive the link https://glocloud.gloworld.com and click to subscribe or simply dial *577# and choose Glo Cloud to subscribe.
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Adamawa receives N200 million, 3 ambulances from BUA Foundation
Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri eulogized BUA Foundation for the surprising donation.
As COVID-19 cases continue to rise across Nigeria, Adamawa state today, became the beneficiary of three ambulances and 200million Naira from BUA Foundation to support the states fight against COVID-19. This was as the Governor of Adamawa State, Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, expressed his appreciation to the Chairman of the BUA Foundation, Abdul Samad Rabiu for fulfilling a pledge to support the state in its fight against COVID-19.
The representatives of BUA Foundation – Aliyu Idi Hong, Director, Government Relations of BUA Group and Yusuf Binji, Managing Director of BUA Cement whilst presenting the three ambulances and 200million Naira cash donation, said the donation to Adamawa state is in line with BUA’s promise to work with Nigeria and support Nigerians in fighting the pandemic. They further added that BUA remains committed to its social obligations everywhere it operates and will continue to assist various efforts across Nigeria and Africa. According to them, “BUA Foundation through its Chairman Abdul Samad Rabiu has committed in excess of N7 billion in cash, foodstuff, and medical supplies amongst other things across Nigeria – from the Federal level to states, to agencies and various initiatives.
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“In continuation of the support to alleviate the impact of the pandemic, BUA decided to donate the sum of N200million to Adamawa state and 3 ambulances to help the state towards identifying, moving and managing patients of COVID-19 in the state,” he added
On his part, the Adamawa State Governor, Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri eulogized BUA Foundation for the surprising donation and urged well-meaning Nigerians and corporate bodies to keep assisting the government in the fight against the Coronavirus pandemic.
“I wish to show my deep appreciation for this wonderful gesture which was provided by a patriotic Nigerian and the Chairman of BUA Group, Abdul Samad Rabiu. He made his pledge and fulfilled it a day after. I assure you we will make a very good use of the ambulances and the money given to the state’s COVID-19 response. We will put the ambulances and the money to good use in fighting the pandemic,” Gov. Fintiri added.
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First City Monument Bank announces the FCMB Agritech EPIC Pitch 2020, in partnership with Passion Incubator
Committed to “Redefining and repositioning Agricultural value chains during and post the COVID-19 era”
The agriculture sector in Nigeria and the larger African continent faces a number of challenges including climate and weather, rural-urban migration, lack of expertise and limited access to funding. While solutions to address these challenges have increased year on year with great success, more still has to be done before Africa can fulfil its potential of being the “food basket for the world”.
First City Monument Bank (FCMB), one of the biggest financial players in the development of Nigeria’s agriculture sector, has announced the 2020 edition of the FCMB Agritech Epic Pitch, through which it plans to sustain funding for early to growth-stage entrepreneurs to grow and scale their Agritech businesses.
In its 3rd Year, the FCMB Agritech Epic Pitch 2020 will be implemented through Hub One (the Bank’s tech Hub located in Lagos, Nigeria) in partnership with Passion Incubator, a Lagos-based early-stage tech incubator, and accelerator. For this edition, FCMB will be providing grant funding of NGN1.5million to 2 tech start-ups in the agriculture sector to support their business growth as well as access to free word-class workspace, steady market and a robust network that stimulates innovation, collaboration and business growth.
In view of the COVID-19 pandemic, the FCMB Agritech Epic Pitch 2020 is the first virtual edition of the initiative, but is positioned to deliver the same value to participants, as demonstrated in previous editions. According to Rolayo Akhigbe, Divisional Head, Transaction Banking, FCMB “We are passionate about supporting Nigeria’s tech ecosystem and this initiative is one of the ways through which we are building and accelerating the growth of the Agritech Startups in Nigeria, as well as the larger African continent…”
Also according to Kudzai Gumunyu, Divisional Head, Agric Business “This initiative plays an important role in helping young and driven Nigerian entrepreneurs grow their Agric-focused business. This mission would eventually build investible, sustainable and scalable AgriTech businesses that can contribute to the nation’s employment rate as well as the growth of the nation’s GDP”.
Application for the program is currently open. Entrepreneurs in the Agritech space should apply by visiting https://on.fcmb.com/AEP. The deadline for application is July 24, 2020.
The program will also feature a virtual conference with the theme “Redefining and repositioning Agricultural value chains during and post the COVID-19 era”, which will bring together some global experts to discuss and share some insights on the Agricultural value chains.
For more information about Hub One, as well as other FCMB initiatives in support of the tech ecosystem, visit https://www.fcmb.com/hub-one/
Velmie launches mobile banking platform tailored for Africa
Velmie builds digital banking products, peer-to-peer lending and microfinance solutions.
Digital transformation could be a game-changer for the African continent, and FinTech is currently one of the main drivers of this technology revolution. The tremendous opportunity for digitally-driven financial services companies lies in the high proportion of unbanked citizens, the immense size and favorable demographics of the African population and the relatively limited state of technology.
Mobile payment solutions allow hundreds of millions of unbanked consumers to benefit from transacting online within their local context. Neobanking systems are designed to give financial companies access to automation, digitalization, and robust security, giving them ample opportunities to grow and innovate.
Addressing the industry demands, Velmie saw the opportunity to establish itself as a strategic technology partner to companies that want to take advantage of the disruption opportunities presented by open banking in Africa. We saw it as a market offering great potential, given the significant proportion of the population who don’t have access to affordable and secure payment services.
“There is a unique opportunity for Africa to become a world leader in FinTech, getting the most out of emerging technologies while greatly contributing to financial inclusion and innovation,” – Paul Shumsky, Head of Product.
We developed a white-label mobile banking solution that supports secure and straightforward ways of initiating payments. It also makes it possible for businesses of all kinds to create their financial ecosystems, establishing trust and closer relationships with their customers.
The main features of the Velmie mobile wallet platform, built on micro-services architecture, include:
- Secure two-factor authorization
- Interactive identity verification
- Advanced tiered KYC offers a built-in identity verification process supports multiple countries and clients
- Airtime purchases in unique digital currency specific to Africa
- Bill payments
- Peer-to-peer transfers with QR codes, address book and payment link transactions
- International remittances with multi-wallet and multi-currency features, augmented with instant currency conversion
- Branded payment cards
- Real-time money transfers and currency conversion
- Multiple currency support
- Real-time QR code payments
- Fast and convenient cash agent onboarding
- Online onboarding of merchants to support both online and in-store transactions
The platform integrates with a variety of payment platforms, including:
- African Payment Gateway
Velmie has been one of the first fintech innovators to introduce enterprise blockchain technology in the financial services industry. It has also successfully developed payment solutions for its clients. Recent projects include a nationwide payment system in North Africa, and clearance and custody solutions for banks.
These projects have given the company extensive experience in working with African digital financial service providers. As such, it has gained valuable regional-specific knowledge of the services most in-demand and the integration capabilities required for white-label mobile wallet platforms that cater to the African market.
Velmie builds digital banking products, peer-to-peer lending and microfinance solutions. In addition to these leading-edge software solutions, we give our clients access to a dedicated team of experts who can adapt and customize solutions, as well as integrate additional capabilities where needed.
The service level agreement (SLA) support we supply is comprehensive, with quick response and resolution turnaround times. Thus clients do not need to hire local support or engineering teams.
Velmie can deal with all conceivable kinds of customizations and custom development projects, whether it is a simple branding project or building in new platform features, we are ready to deploy dedicated teams to handle the tasks for our clients.
We have the necessary experience and expertise to enable your business to take full advantage of the immense potential offered in Africa. You can start with a white-label mobile wallet solution and build your digital bank from there.
The advantage of using white-label solutions to develop your FinTech offering is that you get immediate access to a cloud-based digital banking system, with all the functions you need to build an advanced and scalable solution. The technology platform we offer is highly scalable, secure, provides unlimited scope for customization, and offers end-to-end delivery.