Finally, Pidgin English Goes Digital!

Finally, Pidgin English Goes Digital!

British media powerhouse, BBC yesterday launched an online portal that will deliver its expressions in Pidgin English. The new media expression will disperse content through text news, features and podcasts. This is an exciting news for many across Africa and this is why.

Pidgin English, the now popular informal lingua franca of Nigeria has grown into a strong and highly accepted medium of communication across Nigeria into west and central Africa. The language originated from Portuguese speakers who came into West Africa during the colonial era.  Since its birth, Pidgin English has evolved, from being a medium of communication for uneducated, impoverished and lower class communicators who were not literate enough to express themselves in proper English Language to a popular and accepted language. Though still informal, Pidgin English cuts across class, age, tribe, borders and cultures.

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A wedding made in Technology

THIS IS GOOD NEWS FOR TECH ENTHUSIASTS! THERE IS NOW POOF THAT YOU CAN MAKE YOUR WEDDING TECH THEMED. JESSICA NAZIRI-SABET, A TECH BLOGGER PLANNED HER ENTIRE WEDDING AROUND TECHNOLOGY EVEN TO THE BOUQUET.

 Courtesy: thefeministbride.com

Courtesy: thefeministbride.com

Jessica Naziri, who works as a tech blogger at TechSesh.co wanted to create a synthesis of old-fashioned wedding customs along with aspects of modern life in 2017. She confessed that she had always wanted to plug into new technologies and make her wedding a modern-day experience, yet with age-old traditions.  She and her husband Michael Sabet, a real estate entrepreneur chose a tech theme for their Los Angeles wedding, from the invitations to the bouquet, to pictures, to souvenirs for guests who attended their wedding. 

"As I made choices like creating a custom app for my wedding, supplying charging stations at the reception, and wearing a 3D-printed headpiece, the tech theme came together organically," says Naziri. She said that as the world introduces more and more gadgets and tech into our everyday lives, weddings are beginning to do the same. She wanted to be a part of that. 

The couple created an app and website for their wedding using so their guests could share photos and chat to one another. As if that was not enough, Naziri also made bouquets for herself and her bridesmaids using Belkin lightning cables as an alternative to flowers. 

 IMAGE: MHER HAGOPIAN, M.T.H PRODUCTION

IMAGE: MHER HAGOPIAN, M.T.H PRODUCTION

Jessica said that when she started planning, she realized that she was less interested in flowers and dresses than in finding ways to incorporate what she loved most as she started a new chapter in her life.

“I always wanted to plug into new technologies and make my wedding a modern-day experience, yet with age-old traditions. The tech theme just came about naturally because technology is such a large part of who I am. I wanted to bring technology down the aisle with me." This she took to another level by wearing a 3D-printed headpiece.

The social media savvy wedding just wouldn’t be complete without four Snapchat filters specially designed for the day as there were three custom Snapchat filters stamped with photos of themselves which were geofenced to the wedding venue.  

When it came to the guests, the happy couple wanted to make things as easy as possible for their friends to take photos during the day. "We encouraged everyone to keep taking photos and even provided charging stations, so you can say we definitely did not impose social media restrictions," says Naziri. According to Naziri, special charging stations are a "must-have" at weddings, so no one stresses about saving their phone battery when taking pics and posting on social media. 

Photography which is an important part of the wedding had a touch of technology as an enlisted photographer who used drones to get some extra-special 360 footage of the wedding that only drones could provide was used.

The couple really wanted the day to be "very social" and to keep the photos of the party from "a guest's perspective" thus guests were encouraged to use their wedding hashtag #SabetterTogether with the W-Fi password that was provided at the venue so everyone could be connected and social. Just so no one complains of low battery, charging points were provided at the ceremony. To cap it all, the wedding party were given portable charging packs engraved with the wedding hashtag. She chose this gift so her party would "always remember this day and keep a piece of the tech theme on hand." 

Take a full look at the complete pictures below.

Tech Trend Talks: The Future of Technology in Africa

THE FUTURE OF TECH WILL BE WRITTEN IN LAGOS, NAIROBI, KAMPALA AND CITIES ACROSS AFRICA. TODAY THE CONTINENT CAN BOAST OF ABOUT 300 TECH HUBS IN 93 CITIES ACROSS 42 COUNTRIES IN AFRICA, COMPARED TO NONE JUST A DECADE AGO." - JEREMY JOHNSON, CEO ANDELA

Tech+Africa+TINK Africa

When talk turns to technology trends, it should also turn to Africa – because that’s where some of the world’s cutting-edge innovation is happening right now. As a result, TINK Africa, a Trends Intelligence Company in Lagos, hosted Tech Gurus and enthusiasts over the weekend to discuss The Future of Technology in Africa.

Professionals in mobile technology, e-commerce, tech hubs, tech story tellers, programmers, coders, gamers and other titles involved with tech came in for a heart to heart yet professional discourse on what role Africa will be playing technology-wise in the future.

Meet the Panelist

Wole Ogundare is currently the Managing Director at Yudala Limited. He has spent the last 22 years as an enterprise expert focused on business building, market expansion strategies, governance and financial inter-mediation for current and potential investors in Sub Saharan Africa. His varied experience portfolio revolves around the following sectors: retail, marketing communications, telecoms, FMCG, power, solid minerals, financial services, health and agriculture.

Tristan Hall is a Techie, Photographer, and Entrepreneur who is currently working as Smartphone Product Manager in Lagos, Nigeria for Samsung Electronics West Africa after a two-year period in the Africa Regional Office. Tristan has worked in Sales and Marketing roles even while writing, editing and publishing PhotoComment Magazine through first entrepreneurial years as co-founder of Comment Media.

Ndukwe Onuoha's Linkedin profile reads thus; I'm an ad man. I tell brand stories with human truths. I'm a poet; I put rhyme to reason. I love politics, and will someday want to work on a campaign strategy. I believe in Abia, and I know that one day, I will change it for the better. His specialties includes Campaign Strategy, Campaign Building, Scripting for Commercials, Branding, Political Strategy.

Muyiwa Matuluko is a co-founder, Editor-in-chief at Techpoint.ng

Here are quick points from the discourse.

If given a vote, technology should be the most used word after hello, given the fact that in Africa, as nowhere else in the world, technology is improving people’s lives – especially mobile services and applications. With minimal fixed line phone infrastructure, the continent has embraced the opportunity to leapfrog existing technologies, becoming a world leader in the delivery of such services as well as helping to break down the barriers to energy through off-grid electricity, solar-powered phone chargers and the likes.

Noted as a continent of innovation, creativity and technology with Nigeria and Kenya being recognized as the fastest growing of the innovation hubs on the continent, the world is watching as she makes effort not to be left behind in the scheme of things.

 

It's 2 Days to Tech Trends Talks, Are you Ready?

It's no news that the World has gone Digital and Global is fast becoming a global village. Technology is taking over old processes and procedures. In all this Africa, isn't behind. Today, Nigeria could be mentioned as Africa's leading tech Hub. TINK Africa, a Trends Intelligence Network in Lagos wishes to welcome you to another edition of their Special Monthly Meet Up. The TINK Africa Special meetups tracks trends and discusses topical issues that affect Nigerians and Africans at large across diverse scopes. This month, they will be dissecting and forecasting the future of technology in Africa

This Saturday, August 5, 2017 join these top industry players at the Tech Trends Talks event as they lead the conversation on Predicting Trends in Africa's Tech Ecosystem.

 Panelist: Muywia Matuluko, Co-founder, Editor-in-Chief, Techpoint

Panelist: Muywia Matuluko, Co-founder, Editor-in-Chief, Techpoint

 Panelist: Wole Ogundare, Managing Director, Yudala

Panelist: Wole Ogundare, Managing Director, Yudala

 Tristan Hall, Product Manager (Mobile), Samsung electronics, West Africa

Tristan Hall, Product Manager (Mobile), Samsung electronics, West Africa

Featuring: Insightful Discussions | Master Class | Networking

To attend, fill form HERE

 

 

Skype me the money!

"SKYPE, THE WEB CALLING SERVICE WILL SOON BEGIN TO ENABLE USERS SEND MONEY TO OTHER SKYPE USERS VIA THE PAYPAL ONLINE PAYMENT SYSTEM." - NIKLAS ZENNSTROM, SKYPE CO-FOUNDER

Skype.. gIFS TINK Africa

This revelation was made at a technology conference in Silicon Valley when Zennstrom said the company is working with PayPal. Microsoft and PayPal are enabling the support in Skype today and all that is needed to have access this service is to upgrade to the latest version of the Android and iOS app to send money. 

According to the Chief Executive, "You can now send money over Skype. This is basically connecting the Skype community over PayPal."

This new PayPal integration is coming on the heels of Microsoft's recently tweaked version of Skype mobile which has features like a universal search and a simple user interface that is only accessible to mobile at first, with Desktop and then iOS, Windows, and Mac. This new interface they say is to "better improve messaging" although it has been met with criticism from users.

Keep in mind that PayPal is already the most popular way that Skype users pay for long-distance Skype phone calls to other phones and this might make the entire process successful because as at 2016, Skype recorded over 560 million registered users worldwide.

Skype-PayPal can function as a money transfer service for transactions which can range from sending money to a friend to split a restaurant bill among others. 

 Although there is no exact information on when the service would be made available to Skype's users, the partnership will begin in 22 countries, including the US, UK, Canada, and a number of European markets.

We await with hope the inclusion of Africa in this marriage of Skype and PayPal.