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Forbes8 Launches Nigeria’s First Digital Startup Accelerator Program To Support Business Resilience During COVID19 Pandemic

Nigeria’s first Digital Startup Accelerator Program has been launched today by Forbes8 t support small and medium-sized business resilience during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic ravaging our world. The goal is to pioneer businesses that will develop thick-skin towards solving the world problems respective of economic challenges.

GSE Forbes Launches Nigeria's First Digital Accelerator Program

[May 11, 2020, New York, USA]  Forbes8 announces Nigeria’s First Resilience Digital Startup Accelerator program. The free virtual accelerator will welcome 100 top companies from Nigeria. Founders selected for the program will undergo 4 intensive weeks of digital training to help build and scale their companies for the future unexpected circumstances such as the ongoing novel covid-19 pandemic. Applications are now open and close on May 26th.

Forbes Magazine is an iconic brand that has graced our business culture for over a century (since 1917). Forbes recently launched Forbes8 – a Netflix for entrepreneurs community platform to provide access to its top business mogul community so we can show you “how to make it” and thrive as a business pioneer today. 

Nigeria’s First Digital Startup Accelerator Program hosted by Forbes8 and powered by the Global Startup Ecosystem is making a historic move to train and support Nigerian small and medium-sized businesses and scaling startups. The Forbes8 digital accelerator program is open to all small businesses, startups, and freelancers. Startups can apply for admission to the Forbes8 digital accelerator on a rolling basis between May 5th- May 26th. 

The startup accelerator program is free to participate in. No equity asks. No obligation. Accepted companies will have access to live virtual accelerator training for 4 weeks, access to the Forbes8 community, and access to $100k in free credits and perks from Amazon’s AWS, Google Cloud, IBM Cloud, and Sendgrid.        

To be part of this digital startup accelerator program, you have from now till May 26th to contact the team. More information on partnerships can be found by emailing the team hello@globalstartupecosystem.com

Apply Now 

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Google CEO, Sundar Pichai, is in Nigeria to attend Google for Nigeria program

Google putting Nigeria on the map again with Google For Nigeria launch!

Google CEO, Sundar Pichai is in Nigeria. The Chief Executive arrived Nigeria early on Thursday the 27th of July. In a tweet posted 9:37 am, Sundar Pichai announced his arrival in Nigeria.

He is in Nigeria to promote the new Google for Nigeria program.

Sundar Pichai speaks on developments
Sundar Pichai in Lagos for Google For Nigeria launch. He speaks on different developments that are in the fridge by the technology giant for Nigerians and other Africans.

But wait, what is Google for Nigeria all about?

Google for Nigeria is a current program promoted and supported by Google. The web giant is looking to make more and more impact on the internet scene in Africa. The project aims to increase Google’s reach by helping them address many key issues in Nigeria like unemployment, creating suitable market for small companies as well as facilitating the tools needed to harness the potential Nigeria has to offer. Sundar Pichai, who was recently announced as Google CEO gave a formal address on the various issues in the country and how Google plans to help tackle them.

Sundar Pichai in Lagos for Google For Nigeria launch
Google CEO, Sundar Pichai look set to get the ball rolling by taking on some students in Lagos for Google For Nigeria program.

Google kicks off products launch with Nigeria as a major market.

In the company conference held in Lagos, Mr Pichai addressed Nigerians and International observers as he revealed that Google would be launching a series of new products and services on the Nigerian market. These products from various broad sectors show the highly diversified interests of the technology giant.

Among the products launched were Google Street View. Google Street View allows the user to see and experience the sights of places, landmarks and monuments as well as explore places with natural phenomena. This is all done from the comfort of your room or on the go. This allows one to truly explore and understand any place of interest from your device. According to a tweet released by the “Google in Africa” handle “You can now explore the vibrant city of Lagos from your couch…”

Besides Google Street View, the Company also announced the new Google service that effectively allows for social media styled posts to rank directly on Google’s search results. The new service “Post on Google” allows for users to create posts that rank directly in search engine results. This allows Nigerian companies, celebrities as well as important personalities to create content on their social media account that then appears directly in Google’s search page results. This service is currently available in just 3 countries: U.S.A, Brazil and now Nigeria.

Sundar Pichai took selfie with the participants at Google's Digital Skills for Africa program in Lagos.
Sundar Pichai took selfie with the participants at Google’s Digital Skills for Africa program in Lagos. Few months ago, Mark Zuckerberg was in Lagos and today Google CEO, Sundar Pichai is stepping up the game. It is right time for tech startups in Nigeria to benefit from these developments.

Google to Train 10 Million Africans.

Google also restated their commitment to aiding and facilitating development in Nigeria. The Company has also pledged to help train 10 Million Africans over the next five years.

It further went on to elucidate that over a 100,000 Nigerians will be receive training as software developers by the company. The CEO further pledged the company’s full backing to help prepare Nigerians and Africans for the jobs of the future.

The company further went on to express its delight at the new Telcos service coming to Nigeria. This service will allow Nigerians to make payments on their phones without using their credit or debit cards. Simply put, this allows Nigerians to pay for services using their airtime. Currently, just 2 service providers will have the new feature powered by Google: MTN and 9Mobile.

Google is opening more doors.

The Google CEO’s visit has come just little over a year since the visit of Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO. Many pundits expect a very rapid change of the technology landscape in the country in the next five years. This highlights the interest many international corporations have in Nigeria as growing market. It also helps highlight the potential on the African continent and the need to explore the African market to further facilitate growth and development. Google.org is planning to commit $20M to African non-profit organization over next 5 years, and that’s a huge development for non profits in the country.

Other notable events of the day at the Google For Nigeria

 

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NITDA’s revolution of Nigerian ICT sector, a microscopic look at the future benefits we tend to gain

The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), on Thursday has reiterated the need for creating an enabling environment for the multitude of technology startups in the country and spearheading Nigeria as a global brand and “a go-to technology hub for Africa and far beyond.”

In his recently held meeting with Lagos-based online media and bloggers community on Thursday, the Director-General of NITDA, Dr. Vincent Olatunji, described the commitment of his office in rebranding the image of the country while taking advantage of the 21st century economy shift we are witnessing.

While declaring its agency’s decision in pursuing an ‘all-round ICT based SMEs’, the DG expressed his utmost confidence in using this as a channel for retracing the missing link in the economy considered to be lagging behind while also serving as an avenue for creating youth empowerment opportunities which are currently lacking in the Nation.

With a clearly-stated mission to develop and regulate the information and communication technology sector for sustainable national development, NITDA therefore is set on delivering on this main course.

The Director General of NITDA, Dr. Vincent Olatunji, delivering a keynote presentation at Transcorp Hilton Hotel.
Director General of The National Information Technology Development Association (NITDA), Dr. Vincent Olatunji, delivering a keynote presentation at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja.

Sharing from our slogan at TechAtLast;

“at the end of all trials and challenges any nation may be facing; technology is, and will still be the lasting solution.”

On this affirmation, the DG of NITDA, dwelled more on the vision of the agency in making ICT the main instrument for transforming the Nigerian economy into a profitable IT-driven economy.

He further expressed his feelings towards the way our world is vastly changing and the need to take advantage of this growing industry;

“The way we live and we love and work have completely gone virtual; today, we have online dating websites where two lovebirds meets and agrees to holy matrimony afterward, and according to statistical analysis, some of these incidents have resulted in a fruitful relationship; internet purchasing activities in Nigeria is on the upward curves as a result of ICT, so it is imperative for NITDA to build up capacity to maintain these online activities and ensure utmost benefits are derived from it”, Dr. Olatunji concludes.

Technology has evolved over the years, and it is having a positive effect on how we do things. It serves as a criterion for employment opportunities in public and private sector, a motor for international relationship, a means of acquiring information for educational purposes, avenue for business growth and marketing and so forth. Hardly can one live a day without having anything to do with technology related products. We live it.

Continents of the world showing Africa
A map of the world showing continents of Africa’s information and communication technology landscape yet to be covered. NITDA is aiming at projecting Nigeria as the main focal point of technology disruptions in next few months to come..

While enumerating the socio-economic advantages of ICT-based SMEs, he stated that this would help in making Nigeria a focal point for the ever-growing digital economy in Africa. Dr. Olatunji cited English language which is well-spoken among tech entrepreneurs in the country, Nigeria’s population, high rate of education, and the willingness of our youths to embrace ICT as some of the key advantages prospective investors in this innovative economy will be looking at. In supplementing those efforts, the agency, with its vision to be the prime catalyst for transforming Nigeria into an IT driven economy, has launched a platform aimed at showcasing these tech-preneurs by leveraging various mediums available. One of such avenue is the e-Nigeria Conference and Expo, which according to him serves as “clearinghouse for adopting relevant ideas and innovation for defining and accelerating national economic growth”. Nigeria’s #1 ICT conference is a well thought-out platform to bring key players of the Nigerian innovation ecosystem and foreign and local stakeholders together to share ideas, insights, experiences, identify challenges and proffer definitive strategies for using ICT-enabled innovation and entrepreneurship to expand the economy and create jobs.

NITDA - Information and Communication Technology as a panacea to Africa development.
NITDA wants to make Information and Communication Technology (ICT) a panacea to Nigeria’s IT sector development towards Africa’s domination.

ALSO READ: Technology Consciousness in the 21st Century: How technically conscious are you?

In other development, NITDA in collaboration with Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), is gearing up towards massively represent Nigeria at the upcoming GiTEX Technology Week slated to hold between October 16 – 20 with its crucial interest in exposing the wealth of raw talents and potentials of our local technology startups. GiTEX Technology week is the premier Technology event that takes place every year in Middle East Africa and South Asia (MEASA) to showcase newer inventions and innovative ideas up for grabs in front of top brands such as Facebook, Twitter, Apple, Google and the rest.

NITDA is smoothing the progress of Nigeria’s participation at three levels including the Nigerian Pavilion, Nigerian Startups hubs housed inside the very popular Innovation Hub which he claims is focused towards ‘bringing together what we have here, take the best out there to showcase, strike deals with investors and sell’, and the GiTEX Africa Investment Forum being co-managed by the agency and the DWTC.

According to the DG, “all these levels of participation are structured to ensure maximum publicity for the ICT sector and other non-oil generating sectors which is a prime economic objective of the current government under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari.” Dubai has become a global hub for business activities and through its efficient leadership and strategic partnership with DWTC and support from the Consular Office in Dubai, the agency has commenced talks with several business prospects in the region with prospects of exporting our local brands to foreign lands for global exposure and acceptance.

He then afterward tasked the online media representatives to positively support the efforts of the agency in creating awareness in the area of ICT so as to create authenticity and eliminate fear of the people in leveraging the infrastructure provided, and in patronizing local brands over foreign counterparts.

When asked on his stand in line with the current online tech reporting situations in the country, he said there’s freedom of speech and everybody has rights to his own opinion so far it is not aimed at attacking other person’s personality or human rights. He stressed the need for reorientation of ideas and awareness while also citing the case of the Cyber Act Law which is now officially incorporated into the Federal Government of Nigeria’s law.

“We have Cyber Act Law – two years ago, we don’t have any law for ICT. Though it is not perfect, but we are working on improving it every single minute of the day.”

Since Nigeria started participating in GiTEX, which is billed to kick-off on October 16 this year at the Dubai World Trade Centre, this is going to be the first time it’ll be showcasing home-grown tech startups at the global show. While making a pledge to always interact with online and conventional media on NITDA activities, the DG also promised to extend all aspects of the media partnership with the Agency which includes training, empowerment, and access to the online media community, describing them as “veritable agents of change in the digital age”.

Notable names at the Lagos based technology bloggers media meetup with the DG of NITDA are; the head of private communications for NITDA, Hajia Umar; Director of NITDA for South West, Mr. Abejide; Amarachi from corporate department of NITDA; Ejiofor Agada from Tech Brand Review; Stephen Jesuwale from African Public Sector Magazine; Olawale Daniel representing TechAtLast; Kayode Akindele from The Lagos Times; Ojo Ebenezer from 234Today and host of other dignitaries.

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Mary Uduma, CFA, Wunmi Hassan receive NiRA Presidential Awards 2016

NiRA Presidential Awards 2016 Updates.

The Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) recently held a gala and web awards night organised to recognise all those using the .ng domain names.

The event had two sets of awards; the first was the .ng web awards while the other was the Presidential awards. The .ng web awards recognised companies and institutions that have effectively used the .ng domain over the years and have indirectly helped to promote the Nigerian brand online.

The other set of awards were given by the NiRA President to organisations and individuals that have been committed to the development of the ICT industry in Nigeria. Mary Uduma, erstwhile President of NIRA received the special recognition award for her contributions to the growth of the .ng domain name ecosystem. Another recipient, was Chukwuemeka Fred Agbata Jnr. (CFA), Presenter, Tech Trends on Channels TV and Founder, Techsmart.ng, who received the NiRA Presidential Award for Youth Development, an award that recognizes and encourages youths with a combination of the best .ng website, best online local content and best use of ICT and finally, Dr. Wunmi Hassan, who was recognised for her role in the advancement of women in technology.

NiRA’s ultimate goal is to get more Nigerians to use the .ng domains because Nigeria currently has less than 100,000 .ng domains while South Africa has over 1 million .co.za domains.

Like the Chairman, Board of Trustees, NiRA rightly pointed out, it is a shame for any Government establishment in Nigeria to still be using any extension other than .ng.

Winners of the .ng competitions preceding the gala and awards night also received gifts from NiRA. This is encouraging as many Nigerian government establishments, business concerns and individuals as possible to embrace the .ng domain name going forward.

Below are pictures from the NiRA Presidential Awards 2016 Event.

Chukwuemeka Fred Agbata, CFA, Receiving the Award at NIRA Presidential Awards 2016
Chukwuemeka Fred Agbata, a.ka. CFA, receiving the Award at NIRA Presidential Awards 2016 in Lagos.

Participants at the NiRA presidential awards 2016
The cross section of Participants at the NiRA presidential awards 2016 in Lagos including CFA.

Talking about the .NG Domain Name Extension;

If you’re truly a Nigerian, you’ll agree with me that I don’t need to explain what .NG stands for. The acronym, .NG, stands for Nigeria in the The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) registry. .ng is the Nigeria’s Internet country code top-level domain (ccTLD). It is the domain extension promoting local business operating in Nigeria and those outside with interest in investing in Nigeria. It was formerly managed by Randy Bush until May 13, 2009, when Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) completed the process of re-delegation of the domain extension from the temporary authorities managing it back to the present body known as NIRA.  As at this moment, .ng domains are running on Nigeria DNS which means, your business will easily be found on search engine better than the foreign hosted websites. If you serve local content, you have better chance of being found easily.

To get your .Ng domain, NiRa has made room for this by assigning registrars to fastrack this process. You can find them here. Meanwhile, you can as well go for the second-level .ng domain such as:

  • com.ng – open domain, commercial entities and businesses
  • org.ng – semi-open domain, non-commercial organizations
  • gov.ng – closed domain, governmental organizations
  • edu.ng – degree awarding institutions
  • net.ng – ISP infrastructure
  • sch.ng – Secondary Schools
  • name.ng – open domain
  • mobi.ng – open domain, suitable for mobile devices
  • mil.ng – closed domain (Nigerian Military Establishments only)
  • i.ng – open domain, All purpose and businesses

What are the advantages and the disadvantages of .NG for business?

Advantages of .NG domains on business

  • Our Identity: .NG is the official ICANN approved country code top level domain extension for Nigeria.
  • Ease of Finding Corresponding Names: Availability of domain names is better on the .ng ccTLD platform than on the gTLDs like .com, .org, and .net.
  • Branding and Geo targeting: It makes local content accessible to the Nigerian community.
  •  of local content to the Nigerian market
  • Security: We have our own primary DNS servers that are locally managed for security purposes.
  • Helps Our Economy: Aims at improving the Nigerian Economy’s global image and helps in creating job opportunities for myriad of jobless IT professionals in the country.
  • For the patriotic You! – Because you’re a citizen of this great nation, Nigeria, having a .ng domain is a sign of ambassadorship for younger and existing generations!

The little disadvantages that I know of:

If your business is targeted at international audience, having the .NG domain name may not be ideal for you. You’d be better off with .com, .net, or .org gTLDs domain name instead because they’d help position your business towards international audience. For example, for bloggers serving Google Ads to say, USA audience, it’d be ideal if you have a .com domain for this purpose than having a .NG domain. Aside the above reason, you should think coming home as the best business advice for you in 2016. Looking at the way Nigerian internet ecosystem is evolving, it is time to eat from the national cake! And having your customized .NG domain is the best and cheapest way to do just that.

Will you switch to .ng domain or not, let me know your thoughts!

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How to Make Money in Nigeria on WOK as a Freelancer

Freelancing has been around for many years and has been wildly successful in developed countries and also among some smart and savvy Nigerians who caught the freelancing bug earlier on. You would often hear of success stories such as Simon Carter and his girlfriend, Emily of GreenBox designs who joined Elance, and due to their hard work, they have grown their freelancing careers which have afforded them the time and finances to travel to Thailand, Spain, Indonesia and South Africa. A fine second example would be Brandon Cowan who is the 19-year-old mobile app entrepreneur who founded Crazy Dog Apps and lives in Australia. He created hit mobile apps like iParkHere and routinely uses freelance platforms to find mobile app developers for his company.

Brandon Cowan, founder of Crazy Dog Apps who lives in Australia

However, in Nigeria, not much has been achieved in the field of freelancing, and there are a few reasons why our freelance economy isn’t yet developed. One of such reasons is that we are yet to recognize the potential that lies in the freelance world. Quite a few people have tried but failed to create an enduring freelance platform that caters to the needs of Nigerians and indeed Africans. It’s our mission to change that. Find below an infographic showing the countries with the top users of freelance services. There seems to be a huge opportunity in the countries with gray areas.Top users of freelance services by country

So what is freelancing or who is a freelancer?

A freelancer is a person who isn’t committed to any employer in the long term and chooses to be self-employed but provides services to people who are willing to pay for it by the hour, day or per job instead of working a 9-to-5 job for a salary.

This perhaps explains the difference between WOK and Jobberman or NaijaHotjobs etc. We don’t deal with 9-to-5 salary paying jobs, but we allow freelancers who are willing to work from anywhere, including their homes, offices, cybercafés, campuses, hotels, classrooms, dormitories or hostels, cars, coffee shops in fact anywhere there is a computer and internet access. The most popular categories usually include writing, designs, web based services, programming, jingles production, and music production etc.

Why Choose the Name “WOK”?

As we all know, there a popular adage that says “Charity begins at Home”. Wok is a word we coined from the Nigerian Pidgin English which means Work. Wok can be used as a noun e.g. “I no sale any wok today” or as a verb e.g. “oga give me wok, I go wok am for you”.  The name was chosen because its easily relatable and its understood by all.

How safe is this website?

Safety has been the bedrock of our initiative, right form project development to launch. We are using the latest and strongest data encryption technology same as those used in bank websites to protect user data. It can be seen as a green padlock in the address bar.

There are strategic feedback systems which connects freelancers, buyers and website engineers including ability of users to flag and/or report suspicious activity on the website.

We built a trust rating system that allows the buyer to select freelancers based on their ratings, form the lowest 1 star to the highest 5 stars, so if you find a 5 star freelancer, you will be more than sure the freelancer has satisfied customers in the past, and can satisfy you too.

How to join the team of “Wokrs”

It’s very easy, you just need to register on https://wok.com.ng and verify your email address. Wok notifications will be sent to your email when a buyer places and order so It’s important to use your most frequently used email address. In order to be successful you should make your work a very personal experience.

WorkFlow For Freelancers on WOK

WorkFlow For Buyers on WOK

Then Whats next?

  1. You should update your profile. Because it speaks volumes about you, your biography, your profile picture should be bright and clear. It give the clients a good first impression about your personality.
  2. Don’t be afraid to take a leap. Starting is very important and how best to do so can even be overwhelming to some people. Don’t expect too much at the start because the website has limited maximum job prices to 5,000 NGN this is to prevent scammers and spamming. It will also allow users to learn from their experience, to start small, learn and grow gradually. If your job should cost a lot, consider breaking the job into several segments and billing them separately, e.g., if the total cost of your service should be 20,000 NGN, consider breaking it into segments of 5,000 NGN each and posting them as separate jobs.
  3. Be ready to work Hard. Rome wasn’t built in a day, this isn’t a “get rich quick scheme”. Your success on WOK or any other freelance platform depends entirely on the freelancer. Your work has to meet certain standards and you will have to work within an acceptable deadline once contracted. Meeting a given deadline will go a long way to drive you on the wheels of success.

Feel free to contact Wok Nigeria Team on support@wok.com.ng if you have any questions about the service.

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Microsoft Nigeria launch; reactions, praises and surprises.

Microsoft Nigeria launching underway!!!

Microsoft Nigeria launchRise of Technology Giant Stakes in Nigeria: Few moment before the launch of Microsoft Nigeria office at V.I. Civic Towers, Ozumba Mbadiwe, Victoria Island, earlier today.

It looks like the early days of imported gadgets and softwares that runs on them is edging to a corner with the current development in the field of technology across Nigeria, the largest technology importer in Africa till date. Microsoft, one of the largest technology services providers all over the world has deem it fit to commence its operation in Nigeria. The launch event which took place at  happening at Civic Towers at Ozumba Mbadiwe, Victoria Island has taken most Nigerians in the tech space by surprise. In fact, myself, I’m amazed!

But it is good news…

Now the time for the music.

While speaking, the managing director of Microsoft Nigeria assured Nigerians of creating job opportunity for capable citizens of the country.

“We have doubled our capacity in terms of human resource. We are scaling up our intership programme to get more young people in the ICT world. We’ll create more employment opportunities for capable Nigerians. At Microsoft, we want to enjoy enormous support from indigenous Nigerians.” – Kabelo Makwane, MD Microsoft Nigeria, said in his speech.

Microsoft Nigeria official launching

Meanwhile, Main One MD, Funke Opeke also has something good to say about this latest development. She congratulated Microsoft Nigeria on the choice of location where there are several other options they could have looked at.

For Temidayo Ogunniyi, he thinks Microsoft opening in Nigeria would open the door of opportunities for unemployed technologist in the country.

Praises  and concerns for Microsoft Nigeria launch.

Here are the other reactions from the social media to the news of Microsoft launching in Nigeria.

We’ll create more employment opportunities for capable Nigerians

What do you think about Microsoft Inc., coming to Nigeria technology space?

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Two Nigerian Teenage gurus got tired of Google Chrome, built their own web browser

“We got tired of waiting for Google Chrome to load on our phone, then we decided to create our own browser; Crocodile Browser Lite”

Many times, we complain when we encounter a problem, this is not the same with the case of 13 and 15 years old Nigerian brothers; Anesi and Osine Ikhianosime.

These young chaps got tired of waiting another seconds for Google Chrome browser to load on their phone and thus; they decided to build a faster web browser.

Crocodile browser liteOsine and Anesi Ikhianosime

The duo young coding whiz are ordinary African teenagers who attends Greensprings School, Anthony campus, Lagos, their hobbies are; making friends, Soccer and of course Coding.

Osine and his brother are always tired of the slow speed at which Google Chrome load on their phones and decided to do something about it instead of complain.

Crocodile browser liteLast year, they decided to build a better mobile browser which they called; Crocodile Browser Lite. The browser is currently available on Google Play store for download; I actually downloaded a copy and found the browsing speed amazing.

Education and technology is the bedrock of a better life, that is the belief of the parents of these whizzes, no wonder their kids were able to perform some wonders in the world of technology. Their mother thought them how to use the computer even before they started learning to read. They have always been fascinated with technology, creating, building and solving problems.

At age 7 and 9, the duo knew they would like to start their own technology company. Getting an inspiration from the Microsoft Windows platform, they decided to name their company “Doors,” and later changed to “Blu Doors” after they got to know that the name “Door” had been taken.

At ages 12 and 14, they started learning how to code on their own using their school computer.

“I started learning how to code by myself in 2013, I used sites like Code Academy, Code Avenger and books like; “Games for Dummies” and “Android for Game Development” said Anesi.

Creating a better browser for low end phones is a necessity in the developing world, while Google Chrome and other web browser are great on high end smart phones, other world are not able to access these big technologies and they needed a low-end option that will still look great and quick in response, so this is what these young men are up to. They built a better mouse trap for their phones.

The latest version of the Crocodile Browser Lite version 3.0 will be made available on Google Play later in the year and it is something you should check out to give these young guys support.

They have an ambition of attending MIT in the USA because of the great resources they will access to furnish their dreams.

With this crocodile browser lite, do you think these guys deserve to be bestowed a chance in the African technology ecosystem? I strongly believe they are worth it for their age. 

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MTN SMS spams: How to stop MTN frustrating and intrusive advert messages and calls

If you are a Nigerian, and you’re one of the customers of MTN, the largest service provider in the country, you must have been familiar with the recent stealth and desperate marketing efforts used by the communication company in siphoning money off their customers. Two of these very deceitful techniques commonly used is by making intrusive and unexpected calls to customer’s phone to advertise new or existing products and services. In most cases; call back ringtones, caller feel, caller tune, SMS chat promotions, quiz lottery, latest news about entertainment artists, sports, religious leaders, private organizations secret leak and politicians are popular among these services on offering with the user mobile phone’s # or * key programmed as the hot button for activating these services by default. So, if one by any chance presses any of these hot keys while on calls, it will trigger the activation system to subscribe the line for the advertised product or service, and obvious fact is, the customer will pay for it consciously or unconsciously. Even though he did not intentionally subscriber for it, he will still have to pay the due payment from his balance, and in the case there wasn’t enough credit on his account with them [service provider], he might be billed at a later time upon recharging his SIM card.

MTN disturbing and intrusive spam sms and calls needs to be stopped
MTN disturbing and intrusive spam sms and calls needs to stop

Obviously, some of these illegal advertising schemes do not, and in most cases, cannot add any realistic value to the user – instead it reduces the customer’s to a less lower than his/her previous pocket value. The action sparked an uproar some months back and it has prompted Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) into sanctioning the company and several other providers in the country in the wake to curb this unbecoming situation, yet none has proven to be effectual. In fact, it is none-action for me, because, even while the sanction was in place, yet I still received about a couple of adverts in form of text message and intrusive phone calls from two popular service providers in Nigeria which I will not name here for personal reason.

Aside from been a form of disturbance or call it intrusion, it is also a devilish means of ‘harvesting where there wasn’t an ounce of investment’ and it is totally wrong to take away deceptively from an innocent customer by enforcing product and services on them without prior dissemination of information and proper orientation.

I, myself have been a victim of the same campaign targeted towards the customer’s pocket. You can say I’m writing out of anger or somewhat being revengeful against these network service providers, but you are wrong! In retrospect, there are many injuries and wounds which have been inflicted upon users through this purported schemes and it will continue to be there for a very long time – unless something is done. This time, it is not just about MTN Nigeria.

In order to curb this illegal advertising, I’d be sharing with you a simple shortcode trick that will help you stop MTN’s frustrating messages and calls once and for all.

Before now, to disable this form of advertising, you’ll need to visit their call center and request for “deactivation of DND”. DND stands for “Do Not Disturb,” but I bet if people would ever have such time to waste at the call center where they’re going to be on queue for an hours time.

How to Stop MTN SMS spam and frustrating and intrusive phone calls

If you get text and calls from these short codes: 5021, 5020, 5030, 5031 and 4100, follow these steps to stop these intrusive and irrelevant messages and calls.

Just send STOP to 33111. You should get a text that reads:

“You will be removed from our campaign database within 24hrs. Thank you.”

Doing this means no more interrupting SMS or calls from MTN. We’ll post about other service providers as we unravel them.

Please share this with everyone and save someone’s pocket from MTN sms spam. Do have a fun-filled weekend ahead. #TGIF.

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Win an iPhone 6 or $800 Cash Prize on the Bebuzee Selfie Competition

Bebuzee have launched a brand new Selfie Competition which is looking to fire up their all new Revenue Sharing Scheme, which allows users to share half of the revenue generated by adverts on the up and coming social network giant’s platform.

Bebuzee has taken steps to ensure users are rewarded for all the time and dedication they have spent in maintaining the posting of content within Bebuzee.

Bebuzee Selfie competition

What is Selfie?

A photograph that one has been taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and shared via social media.’

Selfies are usually shared on social networking sites or services such as FacebookInstagram, or Twitter. They are usually flattering, funny and made to appear casual. Most selfies are taken with a camera held at arm’s length or facing a mirror, rather than by using a traditional self-timer.

The term “selfie” was initially talked over by photographer Jim Krause in 2005. Although photos get ahead some of the formal aspects. The selfie can be seen in the self-taken photographs that were particularly common on MySpace.

Bebuzee Selfie competition

A selfie is said to be the most common way in which users post on social media. In November 2013, ‘Selfie’ was voted word of the year by Oxford Dictionaries in 2013 which gave the word itself an Australian origin.

Writer Kate Losse, once said that in the middle of 2006 and 2009 (when Facebook started to overtake Myspace), the “Myspace pic” (typically “an amateurish, flash-blinded self-portrait, often taken in front of a bathroom mirror”) became an indication of bad taste for users of the newer Facebook social network. Early Facebook portraits, Losse said in dissimilarity, were usually well-focused and more formal or taken by others from distance. In 2009, the image and video hosting website Flickr, users used ‘selfies’ to describe seemingly endless self-portraits posted by teenaged girls. According to Losse, developments and changes in design, especially the front looking camera copied by the Apple iPhone 4 as of 2010, from Korean and Japanese mobile phones, mobile photo apps such as Instagram, and old famous, selfie sites such as “It is Mee” actually led to the resurrection of selfies in the early 2010s.

Primarily popular amongst younger people, selfies grew wider in popularity over time.By the end of 2012, Time magazine considered the ‘selfie’ as one of the “top 10 buzzwords” of that year; although selfies had existed way long before. It was actually in 2012 that the term really took off. According to a 2013 survey, two-thirds of Australian women aged 18-35 take selfies. This is the most common purpose for such of this age group to have any need in posting on Facebook. A poll tailor-made by smartphone and camera manufacturer Samsung, found out that selfies make up thirty percent (30%) of the photos taken by people aged 18–24.

Selfies have also taken beyond this planet. Selfies are also taken from space. These include those taken by astronauts of images by NASA’s Curiosity rover of itself on Marsand other images created by an indirect method, where a self-portrait photograph taken on Earth is displayed on a screen on a satellite, this is then consequently captured by a camera.

Undeniably, the selfie portrait is an easy target for charges of selfie involvement, but in a highly photographic culture, the selfie quickly and easily shows, not tells, how you are feeling, where about you are and what you are doing at that particular moment.

So the aim of the BebuzeeSelfie Competition is to encourage users to take photos, edit them if they wish to and ultimately post these images on to their Bebuzee profile.

Bebuzee Selfie competition

What is the reward for the Bebuzee’s most popular Selfie?

What Bebuzee intend to do is, give back to the users, on top of the revenue sharing scheme

This will consist of two possible prizes. This will be either a brand new sealed Apple iPhone 6 OR a spectacular cash equivalent of eight hundred dollars ($800).

The person with the most likes on their selfie by 31st December 2014 will be the winner. The winner of the competition will be announced on 1st January 2015 precisely. The winner will also be contacted via messenger service and email regarding posting or transfer of prize. Terms and conditions apply.

How to Participate in the Bebuzee Selfie Competition

Simply Sign up a Bebuzee Account today and start posting!

Good luck!

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FREE TRAINING FOR JOURNALISTS & MEDIA PROFESSIONALS ON SUCCESS AND CAREER ADVANCEMENT

Lagos, Nigeria

Free training

A highly-educative and powerful one day CSR training event tagged “Personal Development & Technology Improvement!”™ (PDTI)” has been drawn up to help journalists & media professionals steer their careers to greater success. The event is tailored to impact positively on the careers of participants by training them on how to attract personal and career growth.

The training will take place on November 6, 2014, between 9am and 5pm at PPLD Training Centre, 67B Gold Drive, Raji Rasaki Housing Estate, Off Apple Junction-Festac Link Road, Amuwo Odofin, Lagos, Nigeria. It will be facilitated by some of Nigeria’s top business coaches including Tunde Makun of the Purpose Power and Lifestyle Design organization (PPLD) and Chukwuemeka Fred Agbata Jnr. “CFA”, an ICT consultant and business coach.

Free training

Some of the topics that will be treated include:

1.    Understanding the workings and power of the mind
2.    Skill-set improvement for high performance
3.    Identifying blockages to harnessing personal power
4.    Becoming more internet savvy
5.    Setting the vision for the future
6.    Introducing productivity apps for journalists
7.    Power of relationships
8.    Digital tools for journalists
9.    Doing more for less
10.   Aligning official and private personalities

Admission to this event is by invitation only.

Interested participants should register here or call Bukky on 08093065336.

This is one course that will add immerse value to the life and career of all attendees. The organizers believe it will be a stepping stone for media professionals towards increased productivity, career advancement and better planning for the future.

About The Facilitators

Tunde Makun is a strong advocate for spiritual laws of attraction. His highly successful and strong multinational corporate career has helped him garner robust tools and skills for personal and corporate development. His organization PPLD is strongly committed to human advancement.

Chukwuemeka Fred Agbata Jnr. “CFA” is an ICT expert, Business Coach, Author and Speaker with over 12 years hands-on experience. He writes for the Sunday Punch (ICT Clinic), DigitalSense Magazine & also doubles as the host of the ICT Radio Show on 99.3 Nigeria Info FM & Tech Trends on Channels TV. CFA blogs regularly on www.CFA.ng  &www.ICTwithCFA.com & is a JCI Nigeria TOYP 2014 Award Winner [Technology].