As Africa's emerging technology ecosystem grows, innovation and entrepreneurship are taken on a bigger role. Innovation hubs in particular have been a major force for the existing major hubs in Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa, and the same model is proving equally important in the emerging tech centers on the continent.
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The Big 5 Construct Nigeria event will bring together major contractors from throughout Africa to the Landmark Centre in Lagos from September 10-12.
An $8 billion project to transform the landscape of Africa and restore drought-stricken areas has started and yet most of the world does not know of it. It is the Great Green Wall for the Sahara and Sahel Initiative, and involves the planting of a wall of trees over 7,600 kilometers long.
Uppsala University of Sweden has been developing simulation models intended to help forecast where largescale political violence might emerge anywhere. The model is called ViEWS, a political Violence Early-Warning System. On June 7, it released its first public forecast for the African continent.
Rugby Africa recently lifted the suspension of the Nigeria Rugby Football Federation Federation (NRFF) from participating in any international championship.
As with many emerging economic regions, Africa's increased internet penetration has brought with it mostly a 'digital divide' rather than inclusion. That appears finally to be shifting to a continent with many digital dividends ahead.
The Nigerian police force in Abuja, the capital of Nigeria, just received 150 GA3S vehicles from Chinese automotive manufacturer GAC.
The Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program (CADFP) has awarded a fellowship to Michael Olabisi, assistant professor at Michigan State University's Department of Agricultural Food and Resource Economics. The fellowship will support travel to Nigeria to work with the University of Ibadan, or UI, and Oluwafunmiso Olajide on research collaboration and capacity-building.
Digital financial services platform Lidya, based in Nigeria and focused on improving access to credit for micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in Africa, just raised $6.9 million in a Series A investment round.
Operating in partnership with CcHub, Facebook opened its NG_Hub in Lagos Nigeria, this week, its first flagship community hub space in Africa.
To help support increased demand for Nigerian companies, Shell Nigeria Gas (SNG) Limited just released figures showing it had increased its domestic gas distribution capacity by 150% versus six months ago.
In order to improve agricultural efficiency in Nigeria, the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the Government of Nigeria are partnering to increase availability of fertilizer in the country. The AfDB just authorized $100 million to help expand production via the Indorama Eleme Complex.
The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD), part of the Federal Government of Nigeria, has established a partnership with the Nigerian Agricultural Mechanization & Equipment Leasing Company (NAMEL) and John Deere Tractors, to improve farmers' access to mechanization and increase agricultural productivity.
The Commonwealth Countries in Africa will be showcasing their successes and challenges in recovering millions of dollars from criminal and corrupt officials, during the upcoming 8th Commonwealth Conference on Heads of Anti-Corruption Agencies in Africa.
The Nigerian Government's Phase 1 program for the Jigawa 1-GW Independent Power Producer (IPP) Solar Procurement Program was just funded with a US $1.5 million grant from the Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA) and the African Development Bank (AfDB).
The governor of Nigeria's Enugu State, Ifeanyl Ugwuanyi, announced it has awarded contracts for erosion control on the Umbuabi-Obinagu road in the Udi Local government area of the state.
General Electric Company and the Lagos State Government together hosted a technology conference highlighting Nigerian entrepreneurship and startups last week in the U.S.
Standard Chartered Bank of the United Kingdom has signed a memorandum of understanding with CDC Group, the UK's development finance institution, for a supply chain finance program which will increase financing for SME suppliers in Africa and South Asia. The first countries to benefit from this scheme are expected to be Nigeria, Uganda, Ghana and Kenya.
MaineOne, a connectivity and data center solutions operator headquartered in Lagos, Nigeria, is continuing its West Africa growth with a new license to expand national and international connectivity services in Cote d'Ivoire.
The new Senior Communications Specialist Head, Communications & Advocacy for the Africa Risk Capacity/United Nations World Food Programme is Chinedu Moghalu, a Nigerian.
The She Leads Africa (https://SheLeadsAfrica.org) Accelerator 2018 is now accepting applications for its intensive 3-month program to identify, support and fund the next generation of Nigeria's brightest entrepreneurs.
The Hawk Eye Global Crime Reporting System, a new smartphone app developed by Web Assets Nigeria Limited, was just released for use by Nigerians in the Federal Capital Territory and Lagos to report crime and other incidents to law enforcement.
Vodacom Business Nigeria has signed an agreement with Luxembourg-based Intelsat S.A., operator of the world's first Globalized Network, to expand its enterprise broadband networks and enable new and enhanced services throughout West Africa.
Funders looking to invest in financial inclusion are now making Sub-Saharan Africa a top priority. The region now accounts for 30 percent of all active projects.
Through the Nigeria Humanitarian Fund (NHF), the United Nations (UN) allocated USD9 million for 15 projects supporting humanitarian rapid response in areas affected by large-scale conflict-related displacements in northeastern Nigeria.