Bringing Okada Back

GOKADA TAKES LONG STRIDES TO BRING MOTORCYCLES BACK TO THE CITIES

Source: Aim High Africa

Source: Aim High Africa

One thing I love about Africa is that no market stays monopolistic for too long. As soon as you break even you are bound to have an increased number of competitors. I love it because the residents of the continent have an entrepreneurial mindset, once it works for one man it should work for the other until the market becomes super saturated, then the search for the next big thing ensues.

Following the remarkable success of Uber in Africa, a few good men have sought to replicate the same feat with motorcycles also known as Okada in Nigeria –bringing Okada back. Before now, the government of Nigeria had placed a ban on the use of commercial motorcycles as it was regarded as unsafe following its long history of maiming citizens and usage in criminal activities. However, the outrageous traffic condition experienced within the country made it difficult for people to adapt to the removal of this mode of transportation.

Source: Dailypost

Source: Dailypost

GoKada, a tech powered innovative organization has decided to step up to this challenge of severe traffic condition by bringing back use of motorcycles. As a result of the ban they only use state authorized bike models and protective gear, and have a rigorous training test before acceptance of prospective riders. Without these parameters, the government will discontinue their operations.

Source: DailyPost

Source: DailyPost

How does it work?

Very simple; just like Uber, you first download the app, insert your location, tap request a ride, and then call driver and voila you are where you want to go.

Source: Techpoint

Source: Techpoint

But what does this imply to the society?

I don’t have a problem with motorcycles but some people feel otherwise. Some say that if one has the desire to maim himself, he shouldn’t take anyone else with him. Seriously, have you seen the way people drive within the cities? You may just be rushing to work one day and decide to take a motorcycle and before you know, some drunken dude, hung over from last night knocks you down. Plus, the country is going through some form of face-lifting; won’t the resurrection of motorcycles deface it?

Although the traffic condition in the country is a major seller for GoKada, some don’t feel it’s a healthy mode of transportation. I am particularly excited about the initiative as it provides employment to more people and helps you get to your destination in the quickest possible time but how are we certain that the factors that led to its initial ban will not resurface?

Soon tricycles (Keke) would be on same platform as taxis (Uber) and motorcycles (Gokada) in Nigeria. Transportation in Africa is being disrupted by technology.

What do you TINK of this new trend? Leave us a message in the comment section below.

App for Aids

NEW APP FROM STAR TIMES YOU DEFINITELY NEED TO HAVE ON YOUR PHONE

Source: Pexels

Source: Pexels

Is it just me or it seems like there’s practically an app for virtually everything, an App for folding clothes, for drinking water, for tying shoe laces and so on. I don’t think my device has the memory capacity or the processor to accommodate every single app that’s been built.

This approach to reaching more people, especially young people, was born out of the will to reach them seamlessly as people do nearly everything with their mobile devices these days.

Star times, a leading digital television service provider has launched an App to increase awareness of HIV/AIDS among young people in Kenya. According to the brand, it is a step to eradicating the epidemic from Africa. In conjunction with UNAIDS, both organizations intend to use technology to roll out contents to as many young people who are likely to watch video contents. Trust me, that is nearly every young person with a phone.

Source: Pexels

Source: Pexels

We TINK the strategy that’s being employed is going to be outrageously effective as young people spend more time on their phones watching video contents, which is most consumed compared to every other format. However, it all boils down to great content. Young people don’t like to stream boring contents.

The App currently has over 8 million downloads and is projected to reach 15 million downloads by the end of the year.

We just hope that when this App achieves the desired success by Star Times and UNAIDS, it will extend its reach to sensitizing people about other forms of ailments such as STIs because people not just Africans, need to remain healthy and strong to lead a long vibrant life.

Girls fly to Google to stop 'the cut'

FIVE SCHOOL GIRLS AGED 15-17WHO WANT TO BE KNOWN AS "RESTORES" HAVE TURNED OUT TO BE THE ONLY AFRICANS WHO WERE INVITED TO GOOGLE HEADQUARTERS FOR TECHNOVATION, TO WIN A FIFTEEN-THOUSAND-DOLLAR PRIZE FOR iCut, AN APP TO END FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION.

T-shirt worn by a gentleman during a social event advocating against the practice at the Imbirikani Girls High School in Imbirikani, Kenya, April 21, 2016.

T-shirt worn by a gentleman during a social event advocating against the practice at the Imbirikani Girls High School in Imbirikani, Kenya, April 21, 2016.

The power and positive effect of Technology cannot be over-emphasized. Human life has been made a lot easier and if possible longer because of the innovative ideas that have been birthed- all thanks to all those with future-thinking mindset. Speaking in relation to this write-up it has been announced that five Kenyan teenage girls burdened with a major health and gender problem in their community have built an app to solve that problem - Female Genital Mutilation.

FGM which is a violation of the human rights of girls and women is still been practiced in many countries today despite the enormous awareness that has been made to curb the practice. According to World Health Organisation, Female genital mutilation (FGM) includes procedures that intentionally alter or cause injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons. The procedure has no health benefits for girls and women and can cause severe bleeding and problems urinating, infections, complications in childbirth, increased risk of newborn and other health complications. This act is carried out on females between infancy and the age of 15.

United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) writes on their website;

An estimated 200 million girls and women alive today are believed to have been subjected to FGM; but rates of FGM are increasing, a reflection of global population growth. Girls and women who have undergone FGM live predominately in sub-Saharan Africa and the Arab States, but FGM is also practiced in select countries in Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin America. It is also practiced among migrant populations throughout Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand.
A key challenge is not only protecting girls who are currently at risk but also ensuring that those to be born in the future will be free from the dangers of the practice. This is especially important considering that FGM-concentrated countries are generally experiencing high population growth and have large youth populations. In 2010, for example, more than 45 per cent of the female populations in the Gambia, Mali, Somalia and Uganda were under age 15.
— http://www.unfpa.org/resources/female-genital-mutilation-fgm-frequently-asked-questions

According to the makers of iCut app, "FGM is a big problem affecting girls worldwide and it is a problem we want to solve. This whole experience will change our lives. Whether we win or not, our perspective of the world and the possibilities it has will change for the better. We call ourselves "Restorers"  because we want to restore hope to hopeless girls," 

They continued by revealing that "Although our community does not practice FGM, we have friends who have been cut. "We were very close to one of them, but after she was cut she never came back to school," and she was among the smartest girls we knew."

iCut app is a simple interface which has five buttons - help, rescue, report, information on FGM, donate and feedback — offering users different services.

Technovation offers girls around the world the opportunity to learn the necessary skills to become tech entrepreneurs and leaders. Girls ages 10 to 18 learn to identify a problem in their community and create a mobile app solution to address that problem, and then learn how to communicate these ideas and translate them into a fully launched business. The 2017 season was launched in partnership with Google's Made with Code and UN Women. 

Africa has had incredible problem solving innovative ideas which have been birthed but it still stands that there are more problems which with the help of technology, can be solved. We hereby, call on tech experts, both young and old, male or female to come up with such to help with both natural and man made problems.

This is creativity at a very incredible level. We do hope that they win the prize.

All the best "Restores." 

Hail Mary... The Catholic App for Confessions & Mass

REVOLUTIONISING THE CATHOLIC CHURCH TO THE CONTEMPORARY WORLD

 

It is stressful enough for catholics that when you sin against God, you have to wait through the day either through traffic or round up your daily 9-5 before you go for confession or even attend masses; so “The Catholic App” is nothing short of a revolution. A Scottish Archbishop, Archbishop Leo Cushley of St Andrews and Edinburgh, announced on Tuesday, November 22, 2016,  the launch of a new smartphone and tablet app that might just may have solved that problem and more and brought you a million miles closer to your religious practices without hassle.

layout of the catholic app

layout of the catholic app

The app helps users find the nearest and soonest confessional, Holy Mass, and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. According to Archbishop Cushley, the idea for the app was inspired by Pope Francis, who had called on the church at the start of the just concluded Jubilee of Mercy, to bring the mercy of God to modern society by means of modern communications; and hopes that the app would impact how the Catholic Church delivers the mercy of God and the joy of the gospel to the contemporary world.

 

“He (Pope Francis) said to be imaginative about what to do for the Holy Year of Mercy,” Cushley told the Vatican Radio. The app which is expected to go live in early 2017, will be launched in conjunction with Musemantik, a tech company in Edinburgh, Scotland.

 

The Catholic App

The Catholic App

 

Here are some of the ways the app is set to benefit the Catholic Church and its members:

// Increase attendance of mass, and confession in a diocese.

// Guides users to the nearest and soonest holy mass and confession with the tap of a button

// Help younger Catholics, particularly age 18 to 55, to be more engaged in a local diocese, as they most utilize smartphones and tablets.

// Users can plan their visit to mass or confession days beforehand

// Get local diocesan news on the app.

// Provides users with valuable statistics about when and where confession and mass are needed most across a diocese

// Find a local parish and view all other local parishes on an interactive map; and all of these can be done without internet access.

 

Dr Maciej Zurawski, founder Musemantik (creator of the app), added: “Websites are losing popularity – what is needed to engage with the mobile generation is an app that is smart and personal, an app that is like a companion, a friend that takes the initiative to inspire you – that’s the vision behind the Catholic App.”

Archbishop Cushley

Archbishop Cushley

Sindr which is the world’s first world's first interactive GPS-powered “confession finder”, will be available for download at www.thecatholicapp.com

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Geeky Octogenerian

MASAKO WAKAMIYA IS A JAPANESE WOMAN WHO JUST LAUNCHED HER OWN iPHONE APP. THIS GEEK IS 81 YEARS OLD!

81 YEAR OLD MASAKO WAKAMIYA

81 YEAR OLD MASAKO WAKAMIYA

Masako Wakamiya created and launched an app called, Hinadan, an iOS game based on Japan's traditional festival Hinamatsuri, or Doll's Day, which is celebrated in early March.

During Hinamatsuri, ornamental dolls representing the emperor and his entourage dressed in traditional clothing are displayed in a specific arrangement. In Wakamiya's app, users have to decorate the dolls and get them in the right position for Hinamatsuri.

She has become a model to many, especially to those who have reached retirement age and think all they need do is to tour the world and sip glass after glass of lemonade while sitting on a window facing the ocean.

Masako Wakamiya is a retired banker who fell in love with mobile games but couldn't keep up the speed of the younger generation. She began using the computer at age 60 when her elderly mother came to live with her. Caring for her mom restricted her movement. She couldn't go out and socialize that much and that was how she began to use the computer.       In her own words, "Back then, computers weren't so user-friendly and I recalled it took me three months to set up my computer and get online. My face was covered in sweat and tears." She revealed that she felt compelled to do something after noticing a shortage of fun apps aimed at people her age. After asking a bunch of people to create games for seniors, but no one showed interest, she took matters into her own hands and achieved something many people half her age haven't done.

She said " I wanted to create a fun app to get elderly people interested in smartphones and this took about half a year to develop because we easily lose games when playing against young people since our finger movements can't match their speed."

"You don't have to be a professional," she said. "If you have creativity, if you have a playful mind, you can create teaching materials." Wakamiya now gives computers classes and blogs regularly in Japanese (and English with the help of Google's translation tool).