Grand prize at Le Monde’s 'Smart Cities Innovation Awards' comes to Nigeria

Grand prize at Le Monde’s 'Smart Cities Innovation Awards' comes to Nigeria

Bilikiss Adebiyi’s WeCyclers, a startup recycling outlet in Lagos got rewarded at this year’s “Smart Cities Innovation Award” for being innovative. WeCyclers which started operation in Lagos, last four years has been noticed by many for their great work. Bilikiss, a Trained Computer Programmer at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) thought up an idea that would save her city back at Home. Growing up in Lagos, she was fully aware of the horror that comes with rain in the city. After every rain, streets are flooded and cars may have to park and wait out the floor. This was mainly due to clogged up drainage and poor waste management.

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New South African Drama Series to Run Only on WhatsApp

New South African Drama Series to Run Only on WhatsApp

South African Veteran Scriptwriter, Bongi Ndaba has written a new drama which would run for six whole week on whatsapp. The show will be open to all smartphone users all around the world. Uk’shona Kwelanga, the new drama series which began on Monday, 5th June has some of the South Africa’s favourite soapie actors. This is a first of its kind in South Africa.

Starting from Monday, the story began in a Whatsapp group as a fictional family’s funeral arrangements unfold via text, voice notes and video. Interested viewers are invited into the group as subscribers. Subscribes who follow the conversations on text, photo, voice notes and videos formats do not contribute to the plot, they are as “flies on the wall”.

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Here's an App to help improve lives of LGBTQIs in Nigeria

Here's an App to help improve lives of  LGBTQIs in Nigeria

Nigeria, the economic giant of Africa stands as one of the most homophobic countries in the world. Homosexual relationship was outlawed in the country in 2014 under the Ex-President Goodluck Ebelechukwu Jonathan. 38 African countries actively and legally persecute LGBTI people in the continent but in Nigeria a standing law imposes a 14-year prison sentence for homosexual acts and 10 years imprisonment for Nigerians belonging to any 'gay organizations' or supporting same-sex marriages.

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Godwin Benson: Putting Nigeria on the International Tech Map

ONCE AGAIN, NIGERIA HITS IT HARD AT THE INTERNATIONAL TECH SPACE. GODWIN BENSON'S TUTERIA HAS BEAT OFF 16 OTHER COMPETITORS AND WON HOME A PRESTIGIOUS TECH AWARD. 

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Sure everyone knows that when it comes to tech in Africa, Nigeria leads the pack. With a lively tech ecosystem, Nigerian tech has gone beyond its borders and even far away from its continent into the West. Last year, we saw impressive series of amazing feats from Nigeria, from the listing of Nigerian tech startups on Ycombinator to the unexpected visit of the founder of facebook, Mark Zuckerberg; a Visit to experience firsthand the buzzing ecosystem.

Godwin Benson, the designer of the Nigerian tutoring app, Tuteria has once again brought extra international attention to the country’s vibrant tech space. With Tuteria, Godiwn has won the 2017  UK's Royal Academy of Engineering. An award designed to reward exceptional innovations in sub-Saharan Africa. Beating out 16 participants, Ben came out tops with his app and won himself a whooping sum of £25,000 ($32,000). The Tuteria app connects qualified tutors to students who need them in their area; covering academics, skills, crafts and lots more.

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The story behind Ben’s app makes it clear why the Nigerian tech space might stay active through the coming decade. According to him, the Tutoria app was designed following an experience he had as a growing boy, the 27 year old recalled how tough it was for his parents to find qualified private tutors for his complementary lessons. Recognizing the gap between qualified teachers and students, he took up the challenge to bridge that gap with technology. Nigeria, a country burdened with lots of challenges from poor power to challenges in Education, Health, Waste management and lots more is today looking up to local tech. Following global trends, technology has emerged as a savior across many fields and this is why regions with more problems tend to generate more solutions.

Ben’s story reflects how local innovation is saving Africa and how these innovations are projecting the content to a global competitive scape.

It goes down in the DMs

SHARING LINKS ON INSTRAGRAM HAVE ALWAYS BEEN A STRUGGLE. INSTAGRAM IS ANNOUNCING THE END OF THAT STRUGGLE LIFE IN THEIR NEW UPGRADE. FIND OUT HOW. 

The gods of Instagram have finally heard our prayers. You can now share links on Instagram but via Direct Message only. So your days of “Link in Bio” will soon be over. Instagram has been quite rigid on including this feature as the major focus of the app remains photo sharing and editing, so adding links to posts may make it lose this unique feature as many users will turn the app into a mini-blogging platform. In addition to this progressive upgrade, Instagram also is adding automatic highlights to phone numbers and addresses sent via Direct Messages making them clickable.

This upgrade will also bring another interesting feature, being the disabling of the weird cropping of pictures into a rigid box when sent via DM. This means a support for both landscape and portrait pictures sent through Direct

According to Instagram, the links was to be made available for both iOS and Android users yesterday. Also the portrait/landscape