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  • Using Twitter for Nigeria election reform

    Posted April 12, 2011 By in Events, Politics, Technology With | Comments Off on Using Twitter for Nigeria election reform

    At the center of grass roots efforts to keep Nigeria’s notorious election process clean is a small, indistinguishable man armed with a cell phone…Amara, wearing a t-shirt with the phrase “Light Up Nigeria” and with his mobile phone always close by, is perhaps Nigeria’s best-known Twitter activist….But as Amara tours polling stations across Lagos, he …

  • Trailer: When China met Africa (documentary)

    Posted April 6, 2011 By in Business, Film/Television, General, Politics, Travel With | Comments Off on Trailer: When China met Africa (documentary)

    ‘When China met Africa‘, a new documentary film produced by Marc Francis & Nick Francis and Miriana Bojic Walter, tells the story of China’s entrance into Zambia and the cultural and business relationships surrounding: A historic gathering of over 50 African heads of state in Beijing reverberates in Zambia where the lives of three characters unfold. …

  • Western Union partners with M-Pesa for international mobile money transfers

    Posted March 31, 2011 By in Business, General, Technology, Travel With | Comments Off on Western Union partners with M-Pesa for international mobile money transfers

    Western Union has announced a partnership with M-PESA, the popular Kenyan mobile cash-transfer service. This deal opens up Western Union’s huge money transfer network to the Safaricon-owned “mobile wallet” service. The parnership will allow customers in US, UK and other countries to transfer money to a Safaricom/M-Pesa user’s account and the receiver will receive an SMS …

  • IT giant Infosys seeks African market expansion

    Posted March 30, 2011 By in Business, Technology With | Comments Off on IT giant Infosys seeks African market expansion

    Indian IT company Infosys Technologies is continuing its entrance into the African continent. It said in a statement Friday morning that it believes Africa is a market for long-term IT services and hopes it will be able to implement an investment strategy. In an interview with the Times of India, Infosys CFO V Balakrishnan said …

  • New wave of Western investment flows to African film

    Posted February 16, 2011 By in General With | 2 Comments

    In recent years, though, there have been signs that a shift is under way. A wave of Western investment in African cinema has focused on sustainability and long-term growth. Rather than using Africa as a picturesque backdrop for big-budget studio productions, filmmakers from outside the continent and various fests are looking to cultivate a new …

  • Microsoft chairman plots Africa’s tech revolution (video)

    Posted January 18, 2011 By in Business, General, Technology With | 3 Comments

    In the video featurette below, CNN’s African Voices highlights Cheick Diarra, the Microsoft chairman for Africa who has been trying to make technology more accessible on the continent. In the video Mr. Diarra talks about tech affordability, connectivity, and training in Africa, and also comments on combatting software piracy by developing the local software development …

  • Africa’s wealth and consumerism draws big brands

    Posted January 14, 2011 By in Business, General With | 4 Comments

    The Wall Street Journal is currently running an in-depth interactive series on the rapid development and potential of the African consumer market. The first installment of the series includes a wealth timeline of foreign investment in Africa, consumer profiles, an insightful article on multinational brand perspective and more. It’s a must read. I’m looking forward …

  • Insights on mobile banking & advertising in Africa (videos)

    Posted January 5, 2011 By in Business, General, Technology With | 1 Comment

    If you’ve been following this website or been engaged in any recent conversation about Africa’s future, you can’t have missed a mention about mobile technology innovation and it’s impact in Africa. For the curious or uninitiated, here are a couple of videos which focus on the trend and give some insight particularly in the banking …

  • Watch out Silicon Valley. Chinese and Indian Entrepreneurs Are Eating America’s Lunch

    Posted December 29, 2010 By in General With | Comments Off on Watch out Silicon Valley. Chinese and Indian Entrepreneurs Are Eating America’s Lunch

    …India’s and China’s successes aren’t due to their education systems, but despite them. You’ve probably heard of Indian outsourcing hotspots like Bangalore and Chennai, but it’s not just call centers and software sweatshops Americans now need to worry about: Technology entrepreneurship is booming all over in China and India, and is beginning to innovate; these …

  • South Africa formally invited to join BRIC group of emerging global powers

    Posted December 24, 2010 By in Business, Politics With | 1 Comment

    South Africa has been formally asked to join the BRIC group of major emerging markets, comprising Brazil, Russia, India and China, bolstering its position as Africa’s champion. Chinese President Hu Jintao wrote a letter to his South African counterpart, Jacob Zuma, to inform him of the decision and inviting him to the BRIC’s third heads …

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