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Enugu State increases NYSC members’ allowance
Enugu State Government has announce increase in the allowance for National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members serving in primary healthcare facilities in rural areas in the state.
The Commissioner for Information, Mr Ogbuagu Anikwe, announced this in Enugu on Wednesday while briefing newsmen on the outcome of the State Executive Council meeting.
Anikwe said that medical doctors serving in hospitals in rural areas would henceforth receive N30, 000 monthly from the state government as against N3, 800 being given to them currently.
Similarly, he said, pharmacists, nurses, radiographers, laboratory scientists and statisticians would receive a monthly stipend of N20, 000.
He announced that the government also planned to review the service condition and welfare of other set of corps members in the state.
The commissioner explained that the increase in allowances of the corps members serving in health facilities was to further ensure that health services were taken close to rural dwellers.
“The government has approved that each corps member selected to work as a medical doctor in government hospital in the rural areas will get a monthly stipend of N30, 000.
“All of these will cost the government extra N31.2 million per annum but it is an expense that is worth it. It is to ensure that health facilities are available at the door steps of our people,” he said.
Anikwe said that the government noted the challenges of getting medical personnel to work health facilities in rural communities and decided on the incentive.
According to him, the council decided that one sure way to solve the problem is to get health personnel from the NYSC who will be encouraged with an increased stipend. [-] Collapse Content
Zinox acquires Konga
If he had not taken the next flight out for urgent medical attention abroad, Sim Shagaya may not have been in a position to gladly witness the hand-over of Konga to Zinox and Leo-Stan Ekeh this February.
Much is being made of how the sale, reportedly valued at $20m, represents a failure of administration. Some are crying fraud, others citing mismanagement. Many who are not privy to the frustrating roadblocks in Nigeria’s e-Commerce industry see the ‘end of Konga’ as symptomatic of how badly businesses and start-ups are run in the country. It has probably helped their case that OLX has come under the knife within this period, closing shop in Nigeria.
But far from being a tale of doom, every young entrepreneur should have nothing but positive lessons to take away from the transfer of ownership of Konga. This is not the “end” of the company and it was not sold because it was dead or dying. Being the kind of entrepreneur he has been, no one should expect Mr Ekeh, the giant of Zinox, to buy a company on the decline.
On the contrary, Konga has been acquired by a company which recognizes that what Mr Shagaya and his successor, Shola Adekoya, built over the years has purpose, potential, and should have a more formidable support that it has been able to enjoy over the past 5 years. Anyone who knows that Amazon only started hitting profits in 2016 – nearly 20 years after its founding – will know profitability was not Konga’s weakness. The gem of the brand was in its bespoke softwares, in its delivery service, its pay platforms, but most importantly, the vision of its administrators to drive the development of a nation through the ease of commerce.
Their dreams were valid, and it is this recognition that has led to a successful transfer of ownership to another company with the Might to keep it alive. The stick given to Mr Shagaya for not having “fight” comes from a place of misunderstanding about what constitutes right exit. But as tech industry analysts and practitioners such as Victor Asemota have observed, the Nigeria tech business market needs “more exits to local players”, affirming the Konga acquisition by a local company “as a massive success and vindication of the local ecosystem”. To those who read this sale as the foul smoke of an environment bad for business, Asemota thinks we should in fact look forward to “more potential acquisitions/exits”.
We know Sim could have given his life for his firm from the accounts of morale beneficiaries of his, like Oluyomi Ojo of Prinitivo, whom he inspired and shared wisdom while beginning their own entrepreneurial journeys. “Beyond what has happened to Konga, Sim has added more to the future of tech and entrepreneurship in Nigeria” Ojo wrote in a post that extolled the broader philosophy that founded and made Konga one of Africa’s largest online commerce outlets. Without those rare humane qualities that are sometimes vilified as alien to aggressive capitalism, it’s hard not to see that, dealing with inherently “Nigerian challenges” in running any enterprise, there would not have been anything to handover to Zinox this year after the kind of 2015 – 2017 most businesses had.
With its superior financial strength, and remaining true to the value proposition of the Konga of Shagaya’s vision, Zinox should be able to overcome some of the challenges that bugged the e-Commerce start-up. It will largely be up to the new owners to make sure the new Konga is successful. They must know what they have bought is, without exaggeration, a number of times better than what they already have. Perhaps the software solutions coming with the new kid will be used to boost the capacity of the resident.
But whatever will be its future, the successful sale will, referencing Bloomberg analyst Oluwatosin Olaseinde, be a signal “to the international market that there is a valid exit strategy should they invest”. In a word, Nigerians can now build brands worthy of local envy, investment and bid for acquisition.
Mr Shagaya and Konga have not “bottled it” by “giving in”. They developed a great product and service which did not wither in their hands. Far from that, they transferred it to another capable owner in the best shape since its founding. The question now should be about the next big thing they create. [-] Collapse Content
Forbes Africa 30 Under 30 Nominations
It’s that time of the year again. Every year, FORBES AFRICA goes on the hunt for game changers under the age of 30 building empires, creating jobs and transforming Africa.
“The ‘Forbes Under 30’ list is a bigger, better, mightier version of our best-selling ’Forbes 30 Under 30’ list, the most popular and hotly-debated list of the year profiling some of Africa’s brightest young minds,” says Methil Renuka, Editor, FORBES AFRICA. The annual list reveals the young burning stars on the horizon, from Angola to Zimbabwe, who will create wealth this continent needs.
“In 2018, we expand the spectrum to cover 30 of the best of the best in three categories (business, technology and creativity), each an example of the fire and fury that drives ingenious entrepreneurship on the continent.”
It means the list will have 90 Under 30s. 2018 Nominations are now open and only those that make the cut will be featured. If you think you have what it takes to be in this year’s list or know an entrepreneur under 30 with a successful business in the continent – introduce them to FORBES AFRICA by submitting your nomination today. Nominations close on 23 February 2018.
1. Must be under 30 on 30 April 2018.
2. Should be a legitimate entrepreneur or creative on the continent
3. Minimum two years track record
4. Nominees must have risked own money and have a social impact
5. All applications must be in English
<b>Your entry should include: </b>
2. Full Name
3. Company Name
4. Reason why the individual is to be nominated.
5. Links of published material about the individual.
Share your nominees via email, firstname.lastname@example.org and email(s) should be addressed to Ancillar Mangena. All nominees will be vetted by the FORBES AFRICA editors and panel. Connect with @forbesafrica on Twitter by using the #Africa30Under30. [-] Collapse Content
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Governor Ambode signs 7 new bills into law including one that guarantees 24-hours power supply in Lagos
Today, Seven bills were signed into law by Governor Ambode of Lagos State and the most significant of which is the Electricity Power Sector Reform Law which gives legal backing to the Embedded Power Programme.
According to the governor, this will help us achieve our electricity generation plan to provide 24-7 uninterrupted electricity supply to Lagosians. Other bills signed into law today are the Amended Land Use Charge Bill, the School of Nursing Bill, the Cooperative College Bill, the Cancer Research Institute Bill, the Amended Customary Court Bill and the Yoruba Language Preservation Bill. [-] Collapse Content
Super Eagles' World Cup jersies voted best in the world
Popular English news website, mirror.co.uk (The Mirror), has rated Nigeria’s 2018 World Cup kits the best among the 19 so far unveiled by the teams that are going to the mundial in Russia this summer
The news portal did a ranking of the kits of all the 19 countries who have unveiled their World Cup kits and picked the Nigerian jersey as the best from the lot.
“And while you’re there, pick up this glorious effort from Nigeria that comes out as a deserving No. 1,” reads the statement on the website.
“It’s incredible, frankly, and is bound to turn us all into Super Eagles in the summer.”
The Super Eagles World Cup kits were unveiled in London by the manufacturer, Nike in London on Wednesday.
Some of the other countries that have unveiled their jerseys are hosts Russia, Nigeria group foes; Argentina and Croatia, as well as Belgium, England, Switzerland and Uruguay. [-] Collapse Content
Desmond Elliot Gives Surulere Children A Bus Ride To Their Various Schools
As Early as 6am, The lawmaker representing Surulere Constituency, Hon. Desmond Elliot took to the streets of Surulere, Lagos with with a bus which he used to convey students to school.
He shared pictures of himself driving a big bus full of school children from his constituency.
"Started my bus rounds this morning at 6am picking my Surulere kids to their various schools. I was so excited as they trooped in their numbers we took as many as 55 pupils per trip. Boy were they excited to see me hahahah .. pleasantly too. I was soooooo excited as well , can’t wait to do it again soon . Loved every minute of it . Suru wa a Lere oo" [-] Collapse Content
Nigeria’s Asisat Oshoala wins third female African Player of the Year award
Nigerian professional footballer, Asisat Oshoala, was again named African Women’s Player of the Year at the Confederation of African Football awards in Ghana on Thursday. Her triumph came even though her national team, the Super Falcons, did not play a single game in 2017.
She said: “When I left Arsenal a lot of people said ‘your career is going to be gone.’ But I told myself: ‘I can do this.’ And here we are today. “I want to use this opportunity to encourage all the young girls out there – don’t let anyone talk you down, don’t listen to people, follow your heart.”
The other awards were handed out as follows:
A. Women’s National Team of the Year: South Africa’s Banyana Banyana.
B. Club of the Year: African Champions League winners Wydad Casablanca.
C. Youth Player of the Year: Patson Daka of Zambia and FC Liefering.
D. Coach of the Year: Hector Cuper (Egypt).
E. National Team of the Year: Egypt.
F. Africa’s Finest Eleven: As voted for by the public;
(I) Aymen Mathlouthi (Tunisia, Etoile Sahel)
(II) Ahmed Fathy (Egypt, Al Ahly)
(III) Eric Bailly (Ivory Coast, Manchester Utd, England)
(IV) Ali Maaloul (Tunisia, Al Ahly, Egypt)
(V) Mohamed Ounnajem (Morocco, Wydad Casablanca)
(VI) Karim el Ahmadi (Morocco, Feyenoord, Netherlands)
(VII) Junior Ajayi (Nigeria, Al Ahly, Egypt)
(VIII) Achraf Bencharki (Morocco, Wydad Casablanca)
(IX) Khalid Boutaib (Morocco, Yeni Malatyaspor, Turkey)
(X) Mohamed Salah (Egypt, Liverpool, England)
(XI) Taha Yassine Khenissi (Tunisia, Esperance) [-] Collapse Content
What you should know about new WhatsApp for small businesses
The new product allows you to control your business operations from your phone. The instant messaging tech company, Whatsapp, has launched a new product- Whatsapp Business, to help small businesses connect their customers in real time.
According to the company, the purpose of the new product is to make it easier for businesses to respond to customers, and create a effective online presence for small businesses across the globe.
“People all around the world use WhatsApp to connect with small businesses they care about — from online clothing companies in India to auto parts stores in Brazil. But WhatsApp was built for people and we want to improve the business experience,” the company said in a blogpost.
“So today we're launching WhatsApp Business — a free-to-download Android app for small businesses. Our new app will make it easier for companies to connect with customers, and more convenient for our 1.3 billion users to chat with businesses that matter to them.”
A. About Whatsapp Business
The new product is a free-to-download Android app. Also, it allows business operators to separate their personal contact from the business contact.
In addition, the app provides an opportunity for business operators to set up a virtual customer care service. As a result, facilitating quick response to customers' enquiries.
More so, the app provides users with away messages when the business or operator is busy. Messaging metric reviews are also provided to monitor the number of the company's messages that are read by customers.
B. How to get the app
For current users of Whatsapp, there’s no need for download of the business version as it will be included in an update. However, they will be required to separate personal from business contacts. This allows the user to know whether a message is for personal or business purpose.
“People can continue using WhatsApp as usual — there's no need to download anything new."
The new app is currently available for download in the United States, the United Kingdom, Italy, Mexico and Indonesia. For Africa and the rest of the world, it will be rolled out on Monday, January 22. [-] Collapse Content
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NYSC introduces new payment system for prospective corps members
Daily Post Nigeria
The management of National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, has announced the new payment method for all prospective corps members.
The Scheme introduced use of remita to make payment easier for corps members, via the NYSC official portal.
Below is the complete procedures on how to make payment on NYSC portal, using the Remita pay option.
1. PCM should go to the portal home page (http://portal.nysc.org.ng/nysc1/) and follow the following steps:Click on “Login”.
2. PCM enters Email ID and Password to login
3. PCM clicks on “click here to make payment”.
After a successful login,The PCM will click on “Proceed to Payment,” once the payment confirmation page is displayed, the PCM will be redirected to Remita Payment Engine with various payment options.
4. Option A: For Cards and Wallet Payments;
PCM clicks on “Pay now with Cards or Wallets”
PCM provides card details, pin and any other information required and if the transaction is successful, the redirect URL is loaded
Click on status of the transaction..
Option B: Paying in any Bank Branch:
Copy the RRR number generated by NYSC portal and take to any of the approved banks. Click on “see available bank branches” to view the banks.
5. After making the payment at the bank branch, the PCM can check payment status on the URL: https://portal.nysc.org.ng/nysc1/TransactionStatus_remitaa PCM inputs transaction reference number/email id or phone number used in Registering online.
6. Click on “continue” to query Remita and view the transaction detail?
7. Click on “Get status” to view the details of payments. [-] Collapse Content
Grateful Obafemi keen to kick on after Southampton debut
The Eagle Online
Southampton forward, Michael Obafemi, is eager to kick on after becoming the first player, born after the year 2000, to feature for the club in an English Premier League match.
The 17-year-old made his league debut in Sunday’s 1-1 home draw with Tottenham Hotspur. He came off the bench in the 82nd minute and missed a glorious opportunity to grab the winner shortly after.
“I am very thankful to all the staff and the club for helping to make this happen,” Obafemi told the club’s website. He added: “I can’t stop here, this is just the start of what I hope is my career. When the chance came, I should have used my left foot, but I hope I will get another opportunity to prove I can make it at this level. “I was nervous, but the welcome from the supporters was brilliant and the senior guys told me to just relax and prove myself. “I want to move on from here and keep working hard.”
Southampton is without a win in 11 consecutive league games and sit 18th in the table. [-] Collapse Content
Wedding Photo of Nigerian Singer, Chidinma Ekile and Rapper, Zoro Surfaces
A wedding photo of a former winner of the MTN project fame West Africa, Miss Kedike has hit the internet with fans drawing meanings.
Nigerian singer, Chidinma Ekile and rapper Zoro made appearance as a newly married couple in new photos that have emerged online.
The duo were adorned in Igbo traditional attires in what appears to be a scene from a music video.
Even though Chidinma may not have had an impactful 2017, Zoro on the other hand made remarkable impact with hits like, Ogene, Mabuz Mabuza and Otu, and even crowning the year with the purchase of a Mercedes Benz G-Wagon.
Petit Chidinma who was reportedly crushing on highlife hunk, Flavour remains single despite rumors of a budding romance with another Nollywood actor. [-] Collapse Content
TCL to launch two new BlackBerry smartphones in 2018
Building upon the successful global launch of the award-winning BlackBerry KEYone and introduction of BlackBerry Motion more recently to select markets, TCL is preparing for additional portfolio expansion in 2018.
The firm has launched the GSM unlocked BlackBerry Motion in the U.S. market online at Amazon and Best Buy for $449.99 USD with an all-new color variant and dual SIM version of BlackBerry KEYone – Bronze Edition set to be launched in select markets across Asia, Europe and the Middle East later in Q1 2018.
Alain Lejeune, Global General Manager for BlackBerry Mobile said,“With new BlackBerry smartphones from TCL Communication now available in over 50 countries around the world, we have a solid foundation to continue building upon our portfolio in the new year. This means customers can expect to see at least two new BlackBerry smartphones from us later this year.”
This year, BlackBerry and TCL Communication aim to roll out Android 8.0 Oreo™, including additional security and other features, to continue to expand the overall BlackBerry smartphone user experience.
Since the global rollout of BlackBerry KEYone, which began in Q2 2017, TCL Communication has launched the device in over 50 countries worldwide, including markets in North America, Latin America, Europe, Africa and Asia. In fact, the global rollout continues with variants of BlackBerry KEYone newly released in Mexico and South Korea.
After the launch of the BlackBerry KEYone, TCL is adding the all-new BlackBerry KEYone Bronze Edition to the series. This limited edition model features a matte bronze finish and adds dual-SIM compatibility for select global markets. The BlackBerry KEYone Bronze Edition also has 4GB of memory and 64GB of internal storage.
The BlackBerry Motion is an IP67 water and dust resistance device with new anti-scratch display technology for its 5.5-inch Full-HD screen. The phone has a 4,000mAh battery offering 32+ hours of mixed use and is powered by Android™ 7.1 Nougat and will be upgraded to Android Oreo later this year.
“We are excited that TCL Communication has decided to bring the BlackBerry Motion with its outstanding battery life and its touchscreen interface to the United States, in addition to introducing a dual-SIM variant of the highly regarded BlackBerry KEYone for global markets,” said Alex Thurber, SVP and GM of Mobility Solutions, BlackBerry. [-] Collapse Content
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Jeff Bezos confirmed as richest man in history
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has now been confirmed the world’s richest man, not just at present, but of all time. The previous record was held by Microsoft founder Bill Gates with 100 billion in 1999.
Both Bloomberg and Forbes have put Bezos on top of their billionaire lists. Bloomberg said Bezos’ net worth reached 106 billion U.S. dollars while Forbes put it at 105 billion as of Wednesday.
The majority of Bezos’ net worth comes from the 78.9 million shares of Amazon stock he owns. Shares of Amazon (AMZN) climbed nearly 57 percent in 2017.
The Seattle-based corporation managed to make up 89 percent of online spending among major retailers in the five-week period beginning on Thanksgiving, according to an analysis of transaction data by Earnest Research in New York.
Bill Gates now still sits on the No. 2 post on both of the fortune lists with roughly 92 billion dollars. Some argue that if not for his significant charitable contributions, Gates would still be worth far more than Bezos.
According to Bloomberg, Gates has given away almost 700 million Microsoft shares, worth 61.8 billion dollars at today’s value, as well as 2.9 billion of cash since 1996. [-] Collapse Content
Kanu Nwankwo Leads Other African Legends To Kano State
Stella Dimoko Korkus
After leading notable African legends in a charity game for internally displaced person against Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL), side Kano Pillars, Arsenal legend Kanu Nwankwo hailed the organizers of the game, which was coded Match-4-IDPs.
Kanu who is well known for spearheading charity and volunteering courses around the world remarked that the Match-4-IDPs is an exceptional development and one of its kinds in Nigeria considering the extent of damage the crises and unrest in Nigeria has done, especially in the north.
The former Super Eagles captain was present during the press conference and planning of the match alongside El-Hadji Diouf, and was also joined by Daniel Amokachi, Mutiu Adepoju, Garba Lawal, Patrick Pascal, Benjamin Nwaneri, Fabian McCarty, Manu Garba and a host of other African football top shots in the match which ended 2-1 in favour of Kano Pillars at the Sani Abacha stadium, Kano.
Chairman of the Match-4-IDPs Local Organising Committee, Abi Goodman, reiterated that funds accrued from this programme will be channelled towards alleviating the suffering of IDPs, who are victims of the Boko Haram insurgency and other related terrorist attacks. [-] Collapse Content
High Speed Trains Arrive Nigeria From China
Nigeria Daily News
Some sets of high speed trains said to be among the fastest in Africa - have arrived Nigeria. The trains were received recently at Lagos Port, months after some Nigerian delegates inspected the rail coaches in Nanjing, China. The rail coaches were inspected on September 12.
According to reports, the 10 standard-gauge trains were ordered by Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) in May this year. They have adopted Chinese standards, and will be the fastest trains running in Africa, with a design speed of 160 km/h. Operation speed could be as high as 150 km/h.
The China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation (CRRC) Nanjing Puzhen has finished 10 orders for six African countries so far, including Nigeria. [-] Collapse Content
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African apps that made social impact in 2017
The influence of innovation on African countries’ developmental progress continues to be one of the most frequently discussed topics at high-powered meetings like this year’s World Economic Forum Africa. Many of the discussions on panels or in private conversations with presidents and captains of industry and leaders of social causes often come down to finding new approaches and principles to tackle many of the intractable challenges faced on the continent.
With Africa gradually turning into a digital and technological hub, App developing and usage is on the increase and the continent has developed a strong taste for smartphones and hence Apps for phones. We look at some of the Apps that made a mark on the African market this year.
Carter is an App that creates a platform for sellers and buyers of cars in South African. The App has a matchmaker functionality to help users find the car most suitable for their needs. Security is assured since App only deals with dealerships that are accredited by manufacturers.
A church administration App that helps connect church members and leaders through technology. It has features that help organize members into cells and provides platform for electronic payments as well as sharing scriptures and church events and programmes. The App seeks to provide “seamless administration, effective data management and instant mobile communication for church administrators and congregations.”
Vula Mobile is a South African medical-based app that simplifies referral system used by health practitioners by connecting general healthcare workers directly to specialists. The health practitioners can make referrals, get advice, find information, and undertake diagnostic tests, all through their mobile phone, resulting in more accurate diagnoses and more appropriate referrals. The app, which won the Most Innovative App award at the 2015, MTN App of the Year Awards is available for free on iTunes.
Feastfox is a mobile app for eating out at the best restaurants, bars, and cafés near you. The spontaneous eating-out app allows you to book a table at one of their 60 partnering restaurants in Cape Town without having to call or wait for a table.
South African App WumDrop is the African version of Uber operating in Johannesburg and Cape Town. Users type in their pick-up address, sender name, and contact details and then repeat for the drop-off details. Additional instructions can also be entered to ensure a proper delivery.
HelloFood offers the convenience of allowing users in Ghana to order food at a click of a button. Users are given a variety of restaurants to choose from based on their location. The app also offers exclusive deals to save you money. HelloFood was recently awarded the Best Mobile App Company of the Year at the 5th edition of the Ghana Telecom Awards.
IROKOtv supplies consumers with the freedom to choose their own programming. The Nigerian app has over 6,000 Nigerian and Ghanaian films, along with a selection of other movies. Users get to download their favourite movies and TV series after signing up and subscribing to the service provider for around $2.50 per month. They are able to watch the movies and TV series offline on their Android device. The app can also be accessed online.
Esoko is a communication app that helps agro-based organizations connect with farmers. The App now houses agricultural content and on-the-ground deployment services for any business needs with regards to agriculture. Esoko currently operates in Ghana, Kenya, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Benin, Madagascar and Mozambique. [-] Collapse Content
Focus on Achieving Campaign Promises and Leave Jonathan alone, Rotimi Amaechi advises APC
The Breaking Times
The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has said he agrees with those who said the present administration should focus on achieving its campaign promises and stop criticizing former President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration.
The minister disclosed this in Abuja when the report of the Inter-Ministerial Committee for the Finalization of the Draft National Transport Policy (NTP) was submitted to him.
The I9-member Committee was drawn from all the transport sectors and agencies in the country.
The Minister also said there was need to invest more in the technological aspect of transportation.
He said: “I agree with those who said we should stop criticizing the last government and that we should do our own.
“We need to leverage on what we know. People are shouting intermodal transport; I went to the new airport in Singapore and I didn’t find one person at the airport. As you walk in, technology takes over.
“They also said in the next few years, they would introduce driverless cars. We should also think outside the box about how to improve our transport sector and think less about how sun and moon affects the sector or building more bus stops.
“We should see how much investment we can put in the area of ICT. Intelligence transportation should not be ignored”.
He added: “What we assure Nigerians is that under the Buhari administration; we would do everything possible to ensure that we maximize the resources that President by way of budget releases to each ministry”.
On the implementation of the policy, he said: “I assure you that we would take the next step you want us to take.
“Usually, people take experts contribution for granted but the fact is, experts know better and if we don’t come to you, who would we go to?
“We will go through it and I will direct the Permanent Secretary to give a copy to the Minister of State for Aviation while I read a copy. Once we are through and we share our views, we will take it to cabinet for approval”.
Also speaking, the chairperson of the Committee, Mfon Usoro explained that the adoption of the policy would make Nigerian economy stronger.
She said: “Adoption and implementation of the NTP by all tiers of government will lead to a stronger Nigerian Economy and a profitable future for the entire transportation service sector and for the many sectors that rely on transportation in a diversified economy”. [-] Collapse Content
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Apple is buying Shazam for $400 million
Apple is buying music recognition app Shazam for a fraction of its most recent valuation. Apple is close to acquiring music recognition app Shazam for $400 million, a source familiar with the matter told Business Insider on Friday.
The deal could allow Apple to integrate a popular consumer feature directly into its iPhones at a time when Apple's innovation crown is under threat from Google and Samsung. The Shazam app allows users to identify the music that's playing nearby, such as a song in a restaurant or cafe. The app quickly became one of the most popular smartphone apps when it launched in 2009 and has been downloaded more than one billion times by consumers.
Google recently incorporated similar technology into its high-end Pixel 2 smartphone. Google's version of the technology constantly monitors nearby music, displaying each song title on the phone's screen — a handy feature that may have led Apple to conclude it needed to offer a similar function in its iPhones in order to not appear behind the curve. Shazam CEO Rich Riley previously told Business Insider that the company would make sense insider a larger company looking for a foothold in music or advertising.
Representatives for Apple and Shazam did not respond to a request for comment about the acquisition. News of the deal was first reported Friday by TechCrunch, which said the deal was expected to be signed this week. Reports of Apple's interest in Shazam surfaced on the same day that Apple announced that longtime executive Jony Ive will resume day-to-day management of the company's design team.
Acoustic fingerprints and augmented reality
The $400 million price that Apple is offering for Shazam is lower than the most recent post-money valuation of $1.02 billion, according to Pitchbook. However, that valuation is "a bit artificial," the person close to the deal told Business Insider. Later investors received a liquidation preference and will get their invested money back first before other shareholders, including employee options.
Shazam, which was founded in 1999, made $50 million in revenue last year, according to another person familiar with the company. The company is based in London and has created a database of more than 11 million "acoustic fingerprints" that it uses to identify songs. More recently Shazam has developed augmented reality technology that allows users to point their phones at a special label to see additional information. A partnership with gin maker Bombay Saphire makes the bottle appear to undergo various transformations when consumers point their phones at it. [-] Collapse Content
Kanu Nwankwo, Okocha & President Vladimir Putin Pose With Football Legends
Russian president Vladimir Putin welcomed football royalty in Russia yesterday as the World Cup draw took place at the Kremlin Palace in Moscow.
The Russian leader met with the likes of Samuel Eto’o, Kanu Nwankwo, Jay Jay Okocha, Diego Maradona and others as they posed for a selfie with legend Pele who was on a wheelchair in Red Square as the greatest tournament in the game was mapped out. [-] Collapse Content
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Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian Are Married
The 36-year-old tennis pro, Serena and co-founder of Reddit, Alexis Ohanian said "I do" in a gorgeous Beauty and the Beast-themed wedding at Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans on Thursday.
The lovely couple was surrounded by their closest family and friends, including their adorable 2-month-old daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. Guests at the ceremony "were expected to dress to the theme,” a source tells ET.
Among the attendees were Beyonce, Eva Longoria, Ciara, Lala, Kelly Rowland and Serena's sister, Venus. The source also tells ET that upon arrival, the guests were greeted with the song "Be Our Guest" and drinks before the ceremony. Serena also did a dress change before the reception.
The night before, the lovebirds held their rehearsal dinner at Meril restaurant. The source also reveals to ET that the day after their wedding, the couple and their guests will have "a full-blown brunch at the Ace Hotel with a DJ, games and recovery bar."
The twosome then welcomed their first child together, little Alexis, on September 1, 2017. Earlier this week, the parents shared a video of their baby girl preparing to board a private jet as the family made their way to the wedding location. Congrats to the happy couple! [-] Collapse Content
Veelocks shares intimate photos from her simple wedding ceremony
Nigerian hair-boss, Veelocks ditched all the extra stuffs to marry her best friend in a simple intimate wedding ceremony with few family and friends.
She shared photos from the event and wrote;
"I married my best friend yesterday. It was an intimate event with the people we love. Beyond blessed. May the almighty God direct us on this journey. Mr & Mrs Prince Jonah. #mytestimony #MrsLynJonah #PrinceLyn2017" [-] Collapse Content
I believe ghosts because I communicate with them every day
A Nigerian lady has been trending on the social media after she declared that she sees ghosts and communicates with them every day.
While many Nigerians dread any talk on ghosts and some don't even believe they exist, one lady who identified herself as Christy Glo, says they actually exist and she communicates with them every day.
The Port Harcourt, Rivers State-based Glo who says she is a massage therapist, took to her Facebook page to declare that communicating with ghosts every day helps her in her job and that she gets instructions from them on how to go about her business.
According to her, different ghosts appear to her to guide her daily and even tell her which of her customer is evil and should be avoided or not to go to their houses for home service.
Glo who says she is a born-again Christian, added that she gets a ghost every day who would act as her guide for the day and give her maximum protection.
She added that Pastor Enoch Adeboye of the Redeemed Christian Church of God [RCCG] and Pastor William Kumuyi, the General Overseer of the Deeper Christian Life Ministries also see ghosts in form of angels while preaching. [-] Collapse Content
Truecaller has kicked off its Africa Launch Event at CcHub, Lagos.
Truecaller remains one of the most downloaded apps, high up with the Facebooks and the Instagrams, with about 6.2 million users in Nigeria alone.
Truecaller’s been telling us they have plans to touchdown in Africa for a while now, so it’s not much of a surprise. The best part? They are setting up headquarters in the region and they’ll be hiring key personnel for operations.
Truecaller also launched a Developer Program with the Truecaller SDK, a product for digital startups and app developers. This will help 3rd party developers, digital businesses and startups verify end users ASAPly. It is available on Android, iOS and web platforms.
Priyam Bose is the Head of Worldwide Developer Relations at Truecaller, and this is what he said: “We see Nigeria as one of the most promising eco-systems in Africa, that’s why we have decided to kick-off our tour in the market. After engaging with some of the top tech startups and digital businesses in the country, we are even more convinced that Truecaller SDK mobile identity solution will help solve many of their challenges when on-boarding and verifying new users.”
Wait a minute, why is Truecaller such an incredible product?
Think about this? A number calls you, and it’s not stored on your phonebook. You don’t know whether it’s a stalker, a spammer, or someone you’re owing money. So ask yourself, to pick or not to pick? This is the simple problem Truecaller solves. It’s the giant phonebook of the Internet and is one of the fastest growing consumer apps in Africa. For the past two years, it has graced our App store charts’ most popular lists. High up with the Facebooks and Instagrams. Truecaller provides a simple solution that just shows you who’s calling and filters the ridiculous spam calls and SMSes. 50 million people in Africa already use this app. That’s about a third of Facebook’s Africa population.
Just so you know how much work Truecaller is actually doing, here are a few interesting numbers;
1. More than 500 million spam calls gets blocked every month. More than 50% of messages being filtered is considered spam.
2. Nigeria alone, has 6.2 million Truecaller users. Although, only 3 million are active monthly users.
3. But these are still great numbers when you realise that 80 percent of that user base was acquired just over the past year.
4. Every single month, Truecaller blocks 13 million calls and 25 million spam SMS on a monthly basis.
5. In a recent study conducted by Truecaller, Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya, and Egypt rank among the top 20 countries gettting the most spam calls. [-] Collapse Content
Philips Consulting appoints Mr. Robert Taiwo as MD
The Board of Phillips Consulting Limited has appointed Mr. Robert Taiwo as the managing director.
A statement obtained from the firm said that Taiwo would be reporting directly to the Executive Chairman, Mr. Foluso Phillips. It added that Taiwo would provide day-to-day leadership at the PCL and be responsible for the execution of strategy for the management consulting firm, which is involved in human capital and talent management; learning and development; technology services; strategy; business operations and financial advisory services; and business process outsourcing.
Phillips was quoted as saying, “As we start our next 25-year journey, the appointment of Robert is a clear indication of our desire to achieve our vision of creating an organisation, which will outlive us all. It took us a while to find a suitable candidate for this role, and we are delighted with the choice of Robert. The PCL is most certainly reloaded.”
According to the statement, the creation of the managing director’s role at PCL demonstrates its determination to ensure that the firm, which is extremely keen on continuity, has clear succession plan, as this has been a challenge for indigenous professional firms in Nigeria.
It stated that, “He (Taiwo) started his career in investment banking, including seven years at Commerz Bank AG in the City of London (UK), before moving to Capgemini Consulting UK. Prior to joining PCL, Taiwo also consulted for several global blue-chip companies as an independent consultant, working with organisations in both Nigeria and the UK. “He has a first degree in Law, with an MBA in strategy and change management, and is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute UK.”
According to the statement, Taiwo is joining the firm with over 17 years’ international consulting experience with FTSE 100 companies and leading multinationals. “He has a track record of delivering complex multi-million-pound strategic business aligned solutions, and is adept at transforming organisations across people, process and technology dimensions to enable the business meet set targets and objectives,” it added. [-] Collapse Content
This Photo Of Falz And DJ Cuppy Show Major Chemistry
Entertainers Falz and DJ Cuppy have got people talking for the second time in recent times. Falz posted a photo of himself and DJ Cuppy taken during the DJ’s 25th birthday which had a ranger theme.
The photo shows the two entertainers in a warm embrace and a look into each other’s eyes.
Recall earlier in the month DJ Cuppy posted a video from a club outing for her new single “Green Light” and in the video, Falz was also spotted giving the DJ a “look”. [-] Collapse Content
List Of Top 10 Richest Yoruba Actors And Actresses
Here is the up-to-date ranking of the top 10 richest Yoruba actors and actresses 2017. This list has been compilled to help you know more about the wealth status of Yoruba acts in the country. Some years back our Yoruba actors and actresses were considered jobless people. As time passed they moved from the bottom line and started acting like professionals. Ever since then, they have been making big money. We now have rich actors and actresses. Do you mind knowing the top ten richest Yoruba actors and actresses?
10. Iyabo Ojo
Iyabo Ojo is worth making it to the list. She is a popular Yoruba actress. She was born December 21, 1977. Iyabo has featured in over 100 movies. She studied Estate Management in Lagos State Polytechnic. She started her movie career back in 1997.
9. Muyiwa Ademola
Muyiwa Ademola is just another star actor that made it to the list. Muyiwa Ademola was born 26 January 1971. He is both an actor and a producer. He has his hands in lots of movies.
8. Fathia Balogun
When you are in search of experienced Yoruba actress, it would be too bad if Fathia Balogun does not appear on the list. Fathia Balogun was born February 5, 1969. The star actress was formerly married to another star, Said Balogun.
7. Wale Akorede Okunnu
Wale Akorede Okunnu is another popular Yoruba actor. He was born November 5. The star actor has featured in over 100 movies. Wale Akorede Okunnu is also a funny comedian.
6. Olaniyi Afonja
Olaniyi Afonja is no doubt one of those funny Yoruba actors. He was born October 14, 1974. Sanyeri has been acting since 1992, but didn’t become so popular until recent.
5. Femi Adebayo
Femi Adebayo is another great and popular Nollywood actor. He was born 31 December 1972. Femi has featured in many award-winning Yoruba movies. He started his acting career back in 1996, and has many awards to himself.
4. Mercy Aigbe: Net Worth — $500,000
We all know Mercy Aigbe. She is a super Yoruba actress. She was born January 1, 1979. Mecry Aigbe started her acting career back in 2002. She started with super stars like Yinka Quadri. She has featured in countless number of movies.
3. Dayo Amusa: Net Worth — $700,000
Here we have Dayo Amusa, a beautiful star actress. She is very good at what she does. Dayo Amusa was born July 20,1984. Apart from her acting career, Dayo Amusa is into singing and she is also a business woman.
2. Funke Akindele: — $900,000
Funke Akindele is no doubt a spectacular actress. She was born in Lagos on August 24, 1976. The star actress graduated from both Ogun State Polytechnic and Lagos State University. She studied both Mass Communication and Law. She is happily married to Abdulrasheed Bello aka JJC Skillz.
1. Odunlade Adekola: — $1.9 million
On top of the list is the star actor, Odunlade Adekola. Just as his name sounds, Odunlade Adekola was born on December 31, 1978. That’s just a day to a new year, 1979. Odunlade has showed his interest in acting right from his childhood days.
As you can see from the above richest ranking list, Odunlade Adekola is the richest Yoruba actor at the moment. For the females Funke Akindele comes out on top as she is the richest female yoruba actress in Nigeria this 2017, she as really done well as she also takes the number two spot on this Top 10 Richest Yoruba Actor And Actress and Their Net Worth 2017. [-] Collapse Content
Singer, Duncan Mighty Gets Another Government Contract
The Nigerian Voice
Ever wonder how come Port Harcourt base singer, Duncan Mighty, has been making his millions of naira, well, no need to worry so much because aside music, engineering works pays.
The singer has been swimming in millions as he continues to get lots of government contracts which he has been executing judiciously.
He has not given the Police the avenue to come after him as he ensures that whatever contract he gets from either the government or private individual is well executed.
He recently shared photos of himself and the governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Ezenwor Wike, as they take a tour to inspect some project they needs to be done and the level at which some jobs have gotten to.
Indeed, the singer is blessed beyond measures which is why he is ever ready to share to those that do not have whenever the chance comes. [-] Collapse Content
5 things we learned from Nigeria 4 - 2 Argentina
The Super Eagles of Nigeria delivered a fantastic performance to come back from 2-0 down to beat Argentina 4-2. Ever Banega and Sergio Aguero gave Argentina a 2-0 lead before Kelechi Iheanacho pulled one back for Nigeria from a freekick. The Super Eagles returned for the second half in a different element and fired three goals to seal a comeback win.
These are five things we learnt from Super Eagles 4-2 win over Argentina.
1. Nigeria have their 2018 FIFA World Cup goalkeeper.
The game was a tale of two halves for the goalkeeping unit of the Super Eagles. Daniel Akpeyi started in goal for Nigeria and had a terrible outing. His mistake, embarrassingly touching the ball with his hand outside his area led to a freekick from which Argentina scored their first goal. The South Africa-based goalkeeper could not read the game and was a suspect all through.
It was a different story in the second half following the introduction of Deportivo de La Coruna goalkeeper Francis Uzoho. Although he was not tested, Uzoho exuded confidence that spread throughout the whole team. He dominated his 18-yard-box well, came out well for set-piece and had a nice grip on the ball. Now it’s getting clearer who will be Nigeria’s first choice goalkeeper at the World Cup.
2. New fullbacks discovered.
The full-back positions have been Achilles heel for the Super Eagles throughout Gernot Rohr’s stint as coach. While Shehu Abdullahi has impressed so far, he is naturally a midfielder while Elderson Echiejile has been making Nigerian football fans cringe for more than a year.
After a nervy first half, Rohr introduced Tyronne Ebuehi and Bryan Idowu and these substitutions changed the game. Ebuehi was very intelligent in his play, marking and making runs down the right while Idowu posed a huge attacking threat from the left. The performances of these two fullbacks will be pleasing to Rohr who now has better options ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
3. Rohr tries out three-man defence.
Super Eagles boss Rohr has started experimenting ahead of the 2018 World Cup and against Argentina, he used a 3-5-2 formation for the first time as Super Eagles boss.
In their post-match comments, Super Eagles skipper John Mikel Obi and midfielder John Ogu admitted that they had difficulties adapting to it but the second half performances show that the 3-5-2 formation is a system that can work for the Super Eagles.
4. Kelechi Iheanacho back to his creative best.
For the first time since his days with the Golden Eaglets of Nigeria, Iheanacho was back to his creative best. As a midfielder, Iheanacho won Player of the Tournament when Nigeria won the 2015 U-17 World Cup in Chile before he was converted to a number nine at Manchester City.
His predatory skills and good sense of positioning have helped him score some fantastic goals but his lack of pace and physical presence often leave him isolated upfront. Against Argentina, Iheanacho operated as a false nine, dropping to midfield to get involved with the play. Two assists and a goal crowned his fantastic performance.
5. Ogu should be a starter.
With two solid 90-minute performances for the Super Eagles in just four days, John Ogu has shown why he should be a starter for the Super Eagles.
He started his first game under Gernot Rohr in the 1-1 draw with Algeria on Friday, November 10. In that game he was Man of the Match. Although he’s still struggling with fitness and exertion from the game against Algeria, Ogu still held his own against Argentina. [-] Collapse Content
Choose Between Rotimi Amaechi and Rivers People
247 Nigerian News Update
Following the clash between the security details of Wike and Amaechi, youths in Rivers state have staged a protest asking President Buhari to chose between the peace in Rivers state or Amaechi.
Youths in Rivers state on Wednesday staged a protest in which they asked President Muhammadu Buhari to chose between the peace in Rivers state or Rotimi Amaechi, the Minister of Transportation.
The youths led by their Leader, Hon. Kelechi Nwogu, were at the Ernest Ekoli House which is the Nigerian Union of Journalist (NUJ) secretariat in Port Harcourt, asked the president to caution Rotimi Amaechi and ask him to respect the office of the incumbent governor.
They also called for the sack of the Commandant of F-SARS in Rivers State, Akin Fakorede who they accuse of working against the governor of the state.
The protest was stage following the clash between the security details of Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike and that of the Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi, over the weekend. [-] Collapse Content
Lady serves as brother's best man
The wedding ceremony of Miss Unyime Darty and Mr Uwemedimo Ufot Ebong, son of Elder Ufot Ebong – Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Technical Matters and Due Process, held today at Jubilee Events Garden, Osongama Estate, Uyo, Akwa Ibom state capital. However one of the spectacular highlights of the wedding was that, Mr. Ebong’s sister served as his best man in the wedding ceremony.
Akwa Ibom State Governor Mr Udom Emmanuel, his Deputy Mr Moses Ekpo and some members of the State Executive Council, today Saturday 11th November 2017, were among the dignitaries that graced the wedding. [-] Collapse Content