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.Read More
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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”.Read More
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.Read More
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.
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.
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.