This insurance policy covers systems outage in the Internet of Things era


With the advent of Internet of Things, data is one of the most important assets in the world yet its not covered by standard property insurance policies.

Therefore any interruption to an organisation’s systems means an interruption to firms to conduct their core businesses. Data protection should therefore be at the center of every organisation to avoid a hack attack or computer virus or in case a malicious employee brings down these systems.

But where can one find cover for business interruption during such attacks? In 2016 alone, Kenya lost about Sh18 billion ($175 million) to cybercrime with over 48.4 per cent of all government agencies reporting data loss due to a virus attack according to an ICT security survey conducted by Kenya National Bureau of Statistics & Communications Authority of Kenya (CA)

The report adds that 5.1% of businesses and 7.1% of State institutions are hacked annually, and that while most businesses were eager to download antivirus software, only 15 percent had systems to detect intruders.

Innovative insurance products are therefore needed to provide cover against attacks, eliminate exposure to Cyber risk and even protect third party data or data users.

Cyber Enterprise Solutions, a product from Aon Kenya, is that cover of the future. Unlike traditional policies, the policy is designed to cover property damage arising out of a network security breach; data exposure, business interruption and systems failure compensation. The policy also covers cyber terrorism and any other liabilities caused by an attack.

AON says the cyber risk solution is a response to the growing cyber criminality threatening both corporates and SMEs targeted by hackers with ransomware. Aon Cyber Enterprise Solution provides insurance cover for loss of profits associated with systems outage that might be caused by a “non-physical” threat like a computer virus.

Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa Among 29 Countries Eligible To Apply For 2018 Chivas Venture Competition 


Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa have been listed among the 29 countries that can apply for the 2018 Chivas Venture competition for innovative startups that use business to solve global social or environmental challenges.

The Venture is a global search to find and support the most promising startups with the potential to succeed financially and make a positive impact on the lives of others. The most promising startups; one from the 29 countries participating in the Venture will make it to the global final and have a chance to win a share of $1 million in funding.

The first $200,000 of the fund will be distributed based on the number of votes received during a three-week online voting period. The finalist who will get the most votes will receive $50,000, the next 4 runners-up will each receive $20,000, and the remaining $70,000k will be split equally amongst the remaining finalists. At the Chivas Venture Final pitch event, each finalist will have a chance to pitch for a share of the remaining $800,000 in front of an expert judging panel.

The global finalists will feature on The Venture website and crowd funding site IndieGoGo.


Chivas Venture is  for businesses in:

  • Seed stage (which means the product is still in prototype stage and the business is not yet generating revenue from customers or users yet).
  • Startup stage (which means the business has a working prototype of its concept, ideally with some demonstrable user traction, generating a maximum of US $500,000 or local currency equivalent; in annual revenues and has been incorporated for no more than three years) or
  • Growth stage (which means the business is beyond the working prototype stage, and can show significant user traction and sales, generating a maximum of US $1 million or local currency equivalent; in annual revenues and has been incorporated for more than three years).
  • You will have a strong vision, a compelling idea and a solid business plan.
  • You will also need to showcase how your business has a positive impact and articulate how funding would help to take your business to the next level.
  • You must be over 25 to enter The Venture.


A share of the $1 million fund

If you are selected to take part in the global final, you will have the opportunity to win a share of $1 Million in funding. Each finalist will have the chance to tell us how much funding they seek and how they believe this will make a difference for their business.

The Venture Accelerator week

Over the course of a week, all the finalists will take part in a variety of intensive business master-classes at some of the world’s leading businesses to help them sharpen their skills.


We have recruited a team of experts in partnership with the Skoll Centre at Oxford University to provide business and pitching support to The Venture’s global finalists.

Global exposure

The global finalists will feature on The Venture website and crowdfunding site IndieGoGo. Our international campaign will reach millions of people around the world, offering incredible exposure for your business.


Interested startups from these countries have between 4th September 2017 and 30th October 2017. Click here to apply.






The Infinix Note 4 Pro will launch in Kenya soon

Infinix Note 4 Pro Kenya
Infinix Note 4 Pro Kenya – coming soon

Infinix Mobility have announced that the Infinix Note 4 Pro smartphone will be launched in Kenya sooner than expected.

The mobile brand made this announced through a tweet from the company’s Kenyan Twitter account (@InfinixKenya).

Though the Infinix Note 4 Pro had been launched in some other countries in the continent, Infinix haven’t given Note 4 Pro a fair share of official unveiling and proper welcoming in Kenya.

Infinix Note 4 Pro Kenya
Infinix Note 4 Pro Kenya – coming soon

“One Pen to Control the World. Get ready to #TakeCharge #AmCharged #TechTuesday”, tweeted @InfinixKenya

From the above image as shared alongside the tweet, the Kilimall logo can be clearly seen at the bottom left corner of the image. This could translate to the device being launched and exclusively sold by Kilimall (kilimall.co.ke), Kenya’s biggest online shopping mall. Now Jumia can go get some rest.

To confirm this partnership, Kilimall have also taken to Twitter to share and promote the launch of the upcoming Infinix Note 4 Pro in Kenya. The image below was shared by Kilimall on Twitter (@Kilimall)

Infinix Note 4 Pro Kenya
Infinix Note 4 Pro Kenya

The Infinix Note 4 Pro was unveiled alongside the Infinix Note 4 and though both devices share some features in common, the differences are still distinctly clear.

Both the Note 4 and Note 4 Pro come with a full metallic body, a 5.7 inch IPS Full HD display, an Octa core MediaTek MT6753 processor, Android v7.0 Nougat OS, 13 MP Rear camera and 8 MP front camera.

In distinction, the Infinix Note 4 Pro will launch with a stylus pen (called the X-Pen) which is the major/highlight feature of the device. Interestingly, the Note 4 Pro will go down in history’s book as the first device from the stables of Infinix to come with a stylus pen.

The upcoming Infinix Note 4 Pro has a bigger 3 GB RAM (compared to the Note 4’s 2 GB), bigger 32 GB ROM (16 GB on the Note 4) and a 4,500 mAh battery pack 200 mAh bigger than the Note 4’s 4,300 mAh.

The upcoming Note 4 Pro will be launched alongside the Infinix Hot 5 and Infinix Hot 5 Pro on Monday, the 28th day of August, 2017.

The Note 4 Pro will provide users with a wonderful multitasking experience as it comes with huge 3GB RAM (though it wouldn’t be anywhere near what these 6 GB RAM smartphones can do). The inherent split screen feature of the Android v7.0 Nougat will also take multitasking to the next level on the Infinix Note 4 Pro.

Overall, the Infinix Note 4 Pro would not disappoint. As a matter of fact, the speculated Ksh. 18,000 retail price is pretty enticing and affordable.

Kenya’s Sky Garden Is The Only African Startup Selected For Katapult Accelerator Program


Kenyan fintech startup SkyGarden has been selected as one of the 12 startups to take part in the Norway-based Katapult Accelerator thus making it the only African startup that will be attending.

The 12 startups from a variety of fields and backgrounds all use exponential technology to solve the grand challenges of the world. They were selected after reviewing 1,000 impact-focused start-ups from all over the world.

Anders H. Lier, the Chairman and co-founder of Katapult Accelerator said: “These start-ups are helping us see how we can use exponential technologies like artificial intelligence to improve the state of the world, the environment, education, health or other fields. We selected the start-ups based on their novel approach to using exponential technologies and for their potential to become successful businesses.”

The Katapult Accelerator kicked off on July 31st, 2017 in Oslo, Norway. The 12 startups will follow a unique and tailored three-month programme and curriculum. Katapult will help scale their innovations by mentoring, training and providing them with valuable support. Katapult Accelerator also provides a network of additional investors that can boost the startups in their next phase of development, including a partnership with the Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator (ERA) in New York City. Each start-up will also receive USD 100,000 as start-up capital.

The 12 selected startups are:

1. Agri Eye 
A Ukrainian company that will increase the efficiency of agriculture through a data tool.
2. Coders Trust
Danish-German company. Works with online education in programming for people in developing countries.
3. Chooose
A Norwegian company that helps individuals become climate neutral.
4. Impact Mapper
American Company. Develops an analysis tool for charitable organizations.
5. Bead
Turkish company that creates sensors that will help to streamline buildings.
6. Intel Flows
Danish-Baltic Company. A developer of public transport sensors to provide air quality information.
7. Needs List
American Company. Will provide an overview of emergency relief needs following humanitarian disasters.
8. Sky Garden
Danish company based in Kenya that has created an online trading platform for small and medium-sized businesses in Africa.
9. OTTA Project
Argentine company. Develops solutions for people with communication challenges.
10. Sensewaves
French company. Working with energy management in buildings.
11. SheKab
Pakistani company. A cooperation platform for women in Pakistan who has a risky travel to and from work.
12. Smart Plants
Earlier winner of Angel Challenge in Stavanger. The company is developing solutions to reduce energy consumption in buildings.

Kenya’s Twiga Foods Raises $10.3 Million Series A Investment


Twiga Foods, the Kenyan business-to-business food supply platform has raised a Series A funding round including $6.3mil in equity and $4m in debt instruments.

This round of investment was led by Wamda Capital and includes Omidyar Network, DOB Equity, Uqalo, 1776, Blue Haven Initiative, Alpha Mundi, and AHL.

The investment will enable Twiga to increase the number of vendors it is able to serve each day in Nairobi, diversify its product portfolio, and introduce advanced supplier services.

Established in 2014, Twiga is improving Kenya’s agricultural market, helping address key economic issues including soaring food prices, safety, and sustainable markets.

“Twiga is an outcome of the Nairobi startup ecosystem, the years of investments that have gone into developing talent, supporting hubs, and attracting capital to the market,” said Grant Brooke, co-founder of Twiga Foods.

The company uses technology to consolidate the fragmented purchasing power of urban retailers. It saves them a trip to the market by delivering to their doorstep better quality and better-priced stock. Twiga then translates this aggregated purchasing power to farmers across the country allowing them to access stable markets at better prices while minimizing post-harvest losses through efficient logistics.

Today, Twiga is the largest distributor of several basic food staples in Kenya, having sold over 55 million bananas alone and delivering over 4,000 orders a week.

The Series A funding round also signals increased momentum for Nairobi’s growing tech industry.

Fadi Ghandour, chairman of Wamda Capital, who will be joining the Twiga Board of Directors said: “Twiga represents our first investment in East Africa, a new geography for us in which we plan on being increasingly more active. We are particularly excited about beginning our investment program in East Africa by supporting this remarkable set of entrepreneurs building a truly disruptive business. Drawing on our experience in the logistics and supply chain space, we believe Twiga has developed a unique solution to address the inherent inefficiencies in the delivery of fresh produce in East Africa with significant positive impact for both producers and consumers”

“We are pleased to support Twiga and its mission of helping Kenya create a more sustainable, scalable farm produce ecosystem,” said Ory Okolloh, director of investments at Omidyar Network.

Additional to the Series A round closing, Twiga closed some $2 million in grant funding from USAID, GSMA, and others to support bolt-on farmer services, financial inclusion, and first of their kind domestic food safety initiatives.

“The addition of new partners into Twiga, and continued support of our current stakeholders, is a huge affirmation that there’s a better way to build marketplaces for Kenya and the rest of urban Africa,” said Peter Njonjo, co-founder of Twiga Foods “We can get consumers and suppliers a better deal, and this support will go a long way in achieving those goals.”

Craft Silicon Invests $500,000 into Kenya’s EatOut to launch a payments wallet for restaurants & cabs


Craft Silicon, a Kenyan fintech firm has invested $500K into Nairobi-based  restaurant discovery platform EatOut to help it launch a payments wallet for restaurants.

In a statement Craft Silicon CEO, Kamal Budhabhatti said: “EatOut is the go-to source for foodies with a disposable income. They’ve been a catalyst in transforming the region’s food scene.”

Craft Silicon which also runs taxi hailing app Little will use EatOut’s various verticals such Nairobi Restaurant Week, Nairobi Burger Week and Taste Awards to help fuel expansion of Little into Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda where EatOut has a growing user based.

EatOut also runs Yummy Magazine and the recently relaunched Nomad Magazine and  a payments solution.

According to EatOut founder, Mikul Shah: “Over the last 12 months we have been testing our mobile payments and loyalty platform with several partners. In taking this big step forward we wanted a partner that could bring a wealth of industry expertise. The Craft Silicon team has been working with us since inception and we are delighted that they share our vision. It is so encouraging to see a local tech company invest in small businesses within the region. In many ways, this is a first and we hope it will pave way for more businesses to do the same. Craft Silicon has never been shy of a challenge and with products such as Little have shown that they are able to compete head to head with some of the world’s largest tech brands. I’m extremely excited about this next phase in our journey!”

The new EatOut App will allow diners to pay for their meals through their mobile phone. Likewise several bank & lifestyle apps will integrate to EatOut’s network of restaurants.

The investment will also see Craft Silicon’s Head of Merchant Operations Ann Wangu gain a seat on EatOut parent company Websimba Ltd’s board.

Four Kenyan Bloggers You Don’t Know that You Should Check Out


There are plenty of blogs in Kenya, yet it’s always the same old websites that take all the credit. However, when you look a little closer you realise that there is plenty of talent out there, content creators that will leave you hooked and wanting more. Here are just a few of them;

  1. Zero Chills

Just as the name suggests, this blog consists of opinionated controversial posts that focus on societal issues and the hilarious experiences of a girl called Vanessa Kamau, the founder of the blog. From disputing the misogynistic opinion what is ‘wife material’, to her experience with clingy friends who can’t handle getting ‘blue ticked’ (we all have those), her content comes as a breath of fresh air, that more people need to check out.

More of her fascinating insight can also be found on her column at OMG voice.

  1. The Rackster

Maybe another Biko Zulu in the making, or maybe he just likes telling stories. He considers himself, a social climber still hungovered over his first job; changing lifestyle and failed relationships. However he is also the brains behind The Rackster, an amazing creative writing blog, and you only need to click the link to understand why. He has an interesting way of weaving words into tales and making you get lost in his musings, and could easily become a favorite read.

  1. Whispery Wind

A lifestyle blog by a woman called Wayumu with a focus on food, travel and adventure. She’s lived in 3 countries, and visited a few others and strives to continue exploring. You can catch her experiences, feelings, and thoughts on her beautifully designed blog.

  1. As Told By Bobby

This blog is actually a draft copy of Bobby’s second novel that focuses on the quest for wealth and an endless search for true love.  You instantly get hooked with the story about the main character,  who has two girlfriends, just like many people have at one point in their lives. Does he get caught two timing? That’s a question that will be answered as you read.






Safaricom takes advantage of M-Akiba to increase M-Pesa transfer limit to take on Banks


Plans are in the offing to raise the daily mobile money transaction ceiling from the current Sh140, 000 to accommodate higher purchases of the M-Akiba product launched on Thursday.

Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich said the move is aimed at allowing those with a higher ability to buy the mobile-based government security instrument as the daily limitation may lock them out of the new investment.

“We are discussing with Central Bank of Kenya to see to what extent we can increase the daily limit to a higher amount to allow higher purchases. This is one way to allow as many Kenyans as possible to participate in Treasury bills, promote financial inclusion and boost our infrastructure financing,” said Mr Rotich.

The initial phase of the Sh5 billion government bond was launched on Thursday, with buyers allowed to take a minimum of Sh3,000 or a maximum of Sh140,000 a day exclusively via mobile phones.

The current offer runs until 10th April or until Sh150 million is raised with the remaining Sh4.85 billion expected to be floated in June.

Treasury has also planned a marketing drive before June to popularise the bond which attracts a 10 per cent interest paid bi-annually within a period of three years when it matures. It is also tax free.

M-Pesa which is the largest mobile money platform increased single limits from Sh35,000 in 2010 to Sh50,000 before the limit went up to the current Sh70,000. Vendors had complained of limitations of the channel especially in the purchase of air tickets.

Currently, one is allowed a maximum account balance is Sh100,000 but the daily transaction is capped at Sh140,000.

The CBK limits on e-payments amounts are aimed at curbing money laundering and fraud, but the new product may force further extension on the daily limits.

CBK Governor Patrick Njoroge, who was present at the launch, lauded the move, terming it a ‘transformational and a momentous milestone’ in deepening financial inclusion.

“This will dramatically change the savings culture of our people. The success of M-Akiba is a testimony of how collaboration can democratise finance and there are many other products coming to showcase Kenya as a hot bed for innovation beyond financial technology.”




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Winners of The AMREF Innovate For Life Hackathon Announced


A report by the World Health Organization (WHO) says that Sub-Saharan Africa has the highest number of Maternal Deaths per 100,000 live births adding that Sierra Leone leads the pack with an estimated 1,100 deaths per 100,000 live births.

Meanwhile, for child mortality, the WHO says that the risk of a child dying before completing 5 years of age in Africa, is one of the highest in the world. It is an average of  81 deaths per 1000 live births.

This was why  AMREF Health Africa in collaboration with Takeda Pharmaceuticals and Nailab introduced the Innovate For Life Hackathon to help curb the Maternal and child mortality rates in Africa and across the globe.

Innovative solutions were submitted by techpreneurs, midwives, doctors, and entrepreneurs among others from across the continent.

At the expiration of the deadline for submission of entries, a total of 117 pitches were received and 15 entries were selected after a rigorous vetting process.

The selected 15 were further pruned to three at a two-day hackathon held between 7th and 8th of March at the Amref Health Africa Headquarters in Nairobi. The three were declared winners of the hackathon. They are Chanjo Plus from Kenya, Wekebere from Uganda and HelpMum from Nigeria.

These startups will now go through an acceleration program in their countries of operation, which will be coordinated by Nailab. In addition to this, winners will work with mentors, receive training and coaching on different business support services as well as have access to 300,000 Kenyan Shilling seed capital.


South Africa’s remittance firm Mama Money launches in Nigeria, Ghana & Tanzania


Mama Money, South Africa’s money transfer firm has expanded its money transfer service into Nigeria, Ghana and Tanzania and is eyeing expansion into Mozambique, Malawi and Kenya by April this year.

The firm also plans to expand out of Africa later this year.

According to Mama Money co-founder, Raphael Grojnowski, “Our platform, software and service solutions are developed for African and emerging economies where the rise and growth of mobile money is coupled with increasing demand for affordable legal money transfer. Mama Money has developed a sophisticated platform capable of processing money transfers reliably and securely.”

Mama Money’s technology and innovative social business model cemented its market position as an inexpensive and trustworthy money transfer operator for the SA-Zimbabwe corridor. This experience provided a solid launch pad to extend Mama Money into other countries.

The firm is now banking on its cost and trust as its biggest differentiators as its fees are charged on a sliding scale with a maximum fee of 5% – dramatically less than the industry average of 12%. There are no clearance periods or delays. Exchange rates and commission fees are completely transparent.

In South Africa, Mama Money has over 650 agents and PEP as its primary retail partner allowing users to transfer at any of its retailer partners which at 32 000 cash-in points or via bank transfer using a computer or mobile phone.

In Zimbabwe, through Mama Money’s integration with financial institutions we are reaching 6 million mobile wallets and 2 million bank accounts.

Mama Money is a gold member of AlphaCode, a Rand Merchant Investments (RMI) club for fintech startup entrepreneurs.

“MamaMoney’s rapid expansion is testament to its ability to service a fundamental need of migrant workers in South Africa. We are making significant strides in the area of financial inclusion by lowering the costs of financial services. It has a real impact on real people’s lives,” said RMI’s senior investment executive and head of AlphaCode, Dominique Collett.

Mama Money is licensed by The South African Reserve Bank, so people do not need a bank account or a SA ID document to use it. No smartphone or internet is required – the platform can be accessed without airtime.

At the moment, Mama Money is with 25 biggest banks in Nigeria and VKash, a mobile wallet. While in Ghana, it’s working with MTN Mobile Money and Airtel Money. Vodacom M-Pesa, EzyPesa and Airtel Money are its launch partners in Tanzania.



Orange Social Venture Prize in Africa Open for Applications


Applications for the 7th edition of the Orange Social Venture Prize in Africa and the Middle East (OSVPAM) are being accepted until 6 June 2017 21:00 GMT in the “Orange Social Venture Prize” pages of the website http://www.entrepreneurclub.orange.com .

As in previous years, the OSVPAM will be awarded to innovative projects which make use of information and communication technologies to improve living conditions for the peoples of Africa and the Middle East in fields such as health, finance, education and agriculture.

New for this 7th edition, the competition will start with a national phase during which each of Orange’s 17 participating subsidiaries will examine projects submitted in its country and will designate three winners. The next phase will be an international one in which the winners of each country – 51 in all – will compete before an international panel of judges for the OSVPAM Grand Prize, with three winners receiving their awards during the AfricaCom Awards Ceremony in Cape Town, South Africa, on 8 November 2017.

In addition to national prizes, the three international winners will receive 25,000 euros, 15,000 euros and 10,000 euros respectively, along with support from professionals in start-up creation and funding.

OSVPAM is open to any student, employee or entrepreneur over the age of 21 whose initiative is less than 3 years old and who lives in Botswana, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea-Conakry, Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, Niger, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Senegal, Tunisia, Jordan, Liberia or Burkina Faso.

Bruno Mettling, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Orange group and CEO of Orange Middle East and Africa, commented “With a record 750 candidates in 2016, the success of the OSVPAM prize with entrepreneurs in Africa and the Middle East speaks for itself.  This year, 17 countries in which we operate will recognize 3 winners, the better to promote the local start-up ecosystem, in addition to the winners at the international level.  This is our way of reaffirming our ambition of becoming a major partner, in particular by showcasing innovation that serves people.”

East Africa Countries Unveil a $4.4 Million Electronic Cargo Tracking System to Reduce Transit Time & Cargo Theft


Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda have officially unveiled a Regional Electronic Cargo Tracking System (RECTs) enabling them to jointly track movement of goods from Mombasa Port to Kampala and Kigali.

The system, launched by the three countries Revenue Authorities is excepted to reduce the cost of doing business by reducing transit time, enhancing cargo safety and helping traders to better predict arrival of goods.  The service was launched in Nakawa, Kampala and will be free as Revenue Authorities will meet all operational costs.

According to URA Commissioner General Doris Akol, “The partnership with Kenya and Rwanda helps us monitor goods from end to end, easing cargo handling, improving revenue collection and reducing diversion of un-taxed goods into the market. It will lead to improved fair trade as goods that have not been taxed will not be diverted to distort the market. This will benefit our traders and assure potential investors of level playing field in our region”.

The United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID) has supported the project by giving USD4.4million grant through TradeMark East Africa.  The launch of the Regional Electronic Cargo tracking System marks is expected to reduce by a third the time to import and export goods, seal loopholes that lead to revenue loss because of diversion of un-taxed goods into the market, enable transporters to reduce their transit costs and increase the productivity of their fleet and eliminate the need for physical escort and monitoring of sensitive cargo, such as batteries, fuel, cigarettes.

RECTs comprises satellites, central command centres in each of the revenue authorities in Nairobi, Kampala and Kigali, smart gates and rapid response units. An electronic seal is attached on transit cargo vehicles and communicates with the command centres giving real time updates such as vehicle location, speed, and if the container is tampered with or not. Importers, transporters, and the revenue authorities can see this information.

Rapid response units are stationed along sections of the Northern Corridor identified as notorious for diversion of goods. These rapid response units respond to alerts, received from the command centres, about suspicious behaviour like diversion from designated route, unusually long stop over, or attempt to open a container, which they investigate and resolve on the spot.

Frank Matsaert, TMEA CEO said, “RECTs efficiency will ingrain fair terms of trade by creating a level playing field for both importers and local industries as it helps in eliminating diversion of cargo. Surely, with this strong partnership between the private sector, the revenue authorities and TMEA it is possible that we can reduce transit time from Mombasa to Kampala down to 2days”

KRA, URA and RRA hope to work with other revenue agencies in the region to continue integrating their systems and further simplify trade. The first phase of the Electronic Cargo Tracking System in Uganda reduced transit days from an average of 6 days (December 2013) to 1.5days for truckers moving from Busia to Elegu (the border with South Sudan.).




How To Self-Check fake news from real news.


Fake articles exist on the side-line of news, the borders of fact. Driving out shocking, garbage with a goal of going viral and earning some serious ad-money. This is a huge challenge, as there is excess of fake news on the internet. On suggests there are dozens of major fake news sites, whose social media followings rise into the millions. To help you separate fact from fiction, here are few Ways.

Pay attention to the domain and URL; Recognized news organizations usually own their domains and they have a standard look that you are probably familiar with. Fake news may include fake sources, false urls, and/or “alternative facts” that can be disproven through further research. When in doubt, dig deeper. Facts can be verified.

Read the “About Us” section; most sites will have a lot of information about the news outlet, the company that runs it, members of leadership, and the mission and ethics statement behind an organization. The language used here is straightforward. If it’s sensational and seems excessive, you should be hesitant. Also, you should be able to find out more information about the organization’s leaders in places other than that site.

Can you find a similar article on the Internet? Do a simple keyword search on Google for a similar article. If you’re unable to find anything remotely similar, chances are that the author didn’t do their research, made up much of the information in the article, or are fully sharing their opinion on a topic not factual news. Stick to trusting news articles that have similar pieces found on the Internet.

When was it published? Look at the publication date. If it’s breaking news, be extra careful.

A Poll is featured; Polls form the basis of many a news article, and very often they’re totally legitimate. After all, people are constantly trying to assess everything from our preference for political candidates to whether or not we believe in global warming. The problem with polls is that they can be misleading depending upon how the questions are phrased. Or the poll might be fine, but the results are taken out of context.

The Website Carries a Disclaimer; On every page that it contains both “real shocking news” and “parody news,” then adds, “Please note that articles written on this site are for entertainment and satirical purposes only.” So is it all satire or only partial satire? And if partial, which stories are true?

It Predicts a Future Disaster; A fair number of fake news stories hook readers in because they predict a future disaster. Yes, some of them are pretty incredible and seem obviously fake — the date of the world’s ending, for example, or the start of World War III. But some seem rather believable.

Who wrote it?  Real news contains the real by-line of a real journalist dedicated to the truth. Fake news (including “sponsored content” and traditional corporate ads) does not. Once you find the by-line, look at the writer’s bio. This can help you identify whether the item you’re reading is a reported news article.

Fake news is a problem, if you see your friends sharing obviously fake news, be a friend and kindly tell them it’s not real. Don’t shy away from these conversations even if they might be uncomfortable. As said, everyone has to help fix the fake news problem.

ICANN calls for greater participation of African countries in the ICANN to harness Internet opportunities

ICANN President and CEO Goran Marby called for greater participation of African countries in the ICANN to draw from the wealth of experience needed to capitalize on the continent’s Internet resources.

“The African continent’s participation in ICANN is important and this why we have opened an ICANN engagement office here in Nairobi last year. Partcipation is growing every day, and we want to work together, within our mission, to make sure countries in Africa are well represented on one secure, stable and resilient global Internet,’’ noted Mr.Marby.

CA Director General Mr. Francis Wangusi lauded ICANN for its active engagement with African governments adding that Kenya was proud to host ICANN’s first regional engagement centre and the capacity building workshop.

“We are convinced that the continued capacity building of public policy makers and regulators on matters of Internet governance is crucial for the advancement of the Internet domain name system, which is a pillar to ICTs everywhere today,” said Mr.Wangusi.

The workshop also aims at raising awareness on how governments from underserved areas, through the Governmental Advisory Committee, can best effectively participate and contribute to policy making at ICANN.

On his part Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Information, Communications and Technology, Mr. Joe Mucheru said Kenya has heavily invested in the expansion of Internet connectivity, to tap on its potential to catalyse socio-economic growth.

‘‘The proliferation of ICT innovations, improved government services and job creation are all benefits arising from Internet growth,” said Mr. Mucheru.

He added that given the vital nature of Internet resources, Kenya now identifies ICT infrastructure as Critical National Infrastructure and called on African countries to synergize in the growth of country code top level domains (ccTLD) and Internet Exchange Points (IXPs) as well as Cyber Incident Response Teams (CIRTS).

‘‘There is need to support the growth of national and regional IXPs to promote Internet traffic growth and subsequent affordability as well as safety of the Internet,’’ added the Cabinet Secretary.

African countries have intensified efforts to build relevant capacity on the continent to fully exploit opportunities presented by the Internet.

With the Internet permeating virtually every aspect of life, in Africa, businesses and governments are increasingly relying on Internet as a vehicle for transformation.

Insufficient skills have slowed down the continent’s utilization of the Internet’s benefits.  Deliberate steps are necessary to address the capacity challenges.

Delegates from the region and officials from the global body responsible for assigning names and numbers, converged in Nairobi today to discuss how to leverage on the positive impact of the Internet how it can be translated into meaningful socio-economic gains.

The workshop convened by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and the Communications Authority (CA) of Kenya saw calls for increased investment in ICTs and associated infrastructure.


The Good And The Wicked of Social Media Crowdfunding.


This is a question we get a lot on Facebook: how can I tell a fake Crowdfunding campaign from a legitimate one? The unfortunate best answer here is that you can’t, you can, however, look out for some red flags that do seem common in Crowdfunding scams. Crowdfunding’s advice on the matter is to only donate to people you know and trust.

‘’Harambee’’,swahili, literally pulling or working together. This unites Kenyans to a point where we are today. On my understanding, schools, hospitals, water projects, name them all were put in place by just a single word. Kenyans got a strong metallic bonding whenever in need of crowd funding. Crowd funding It much like a bushfire, starting on a small area and with wind blow in the right direction, and nothing hindering in the way of the fire Kenyans shows their patriotism by donating to their level best without looking our differences. There have been few major scenarios where Kenyans have come together for crowd funding that truly shows we still stand our national slogan.

The best know Kenyans for Kenya food security projects was one where all Kenyans came together after the governments declared drought in the Northern Kenya a national disaster. Every Kenyan hold hands and finally its was reported that the incentive raised a total of KSh 1 billion that’s 700 million in cash and 300 million in kinds ,this was the best of all times.

The resent one brought about concentration in me was #1milliforjedudi, On 4th August 2015 the #1MilliForJadudi campaign was launched, with the goal of raising KES1 million (USD9,492) towards this worthy cause. In just two days #1MilliforJadudi had raised KES 7,256,096 (USD 70,376) towards the cause, seven times the initial goal.

In all this cases show that Kenyans have the spirits of helping hand .but the worst of it all there are various cases people have been reported to use crowd funding to enrich themselves .This through fake pay bill numbers now have become common on social medial and people are being fraud out of the Kenyans kindness.

On the flip side such  opportunity are bound to be misused to defraud unsuspecting Kenyans, This occasionally happens on social medial, where these people post images of beneficiaries with pay bill numbers to contribute to the worthy cause only to learn later that the guy was a con trying to make some quick bucks. This ends up creating a negative attitudes toward crowd funding.

Crowd funding is a concept that has been used all over the world for the betterment of society and the biggest successes are the ones that has a sustainability angle to them. If they are not long time projects like hospital bills, we need a new way of looking at them to ensure we are raising money for the said cause not some unscrupulous NGOs behind the faces of the real victims.

Kenyan startups, M-Changa and paykind now offers a solution that can help us avert this concerns by increasing transparency and Integrity of any foresaid funding. With this startups the money is held by a trustee bank and they only makes payment to the Hospital or the accredited service providers.







Edulink International College Nairobi students to earn UK business degrees locally

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Students in Kenya who want to earn UK bachelors degrees minus leaving the country have a few weeks to apply at Nairobi-based Edulink International College which signed a partnership deal to teach and award the University of Northampton’s business degree courses locally.

The deal, now in its second intake, will see Edulink International  College, admit and teach these students locally and have their work double marked by University of Northampton’s faculty to ensure they adhere to the same timelines and curriculum for standardisation.

Edulink International College Nairobi has successfully taught the first semester of the previous intake and expects to attract even more students during the ongoing January intake.

Speaking about the upcoming intake during the college’s Open Day held on 3rd December, Mr. Gitonga M’Mbijjewe, the College’s Principal said, “The partnership between Edulink and University of Northampton is a first in the region. This partnership allows us (Edulink International College Nairobi) to offer face-to-face classes to students as well as connect them to an online curriculum that they can file their assignments, track progress and get feedback from lecturers at the University of Northampton in the UK.’’

Though the students are based in Nairobi at Edulink International College, their lecturers and degree programme have been vetted and approved by the Univesrity of Northampton to ensure the standards match.

There is also use of specialised software to track student progress and ensure students file their original work to the UK faculty that cross-checks their work.

At the moment, Edulink International Nairobi is offering the University of Northampton degrees in business including a BA (Hons) Business Studies BA (Hons) Business and Marketing (Joint Honours (JH))BA (Hons) Business and Entrepreneurship (JH) and BA (Hons) Business and Accounting (JH).

“The University of Northampton is not just a UK university, it’s ranked among the top 50 universities in the UK and its graduates have a 96% employment rate; making every reason why it should be any student’s or parent’s preferred choice,’’ added Mr. M’Mbijjewe urging parents and students present to take advantage of the programme.

The programme will see them study in Kenya at far less the cost than if they were to travel to UK. Students can also continue running their businesses or retain their jobs as they study and pay zero fees in accommodation and visa fees as they’ll study from Nairobi and in the end earn a University of Northampton degree similar to those studying physically at the university in the UK.

According to M’Mbijjewe, this arrangement will see students and parents save up to Ksh 7m. in tuition, accommodation and travel costs.

Both Edulink International College Nairobi and the University of Northampton are approved by The Commission for University Education (CUE) in Kenya and the UK higher education body respectively. University of Northampton has also vetted Edulink’s lecturers and facilities.

For those with different entry grades or a different educational background but still want to join the January intake of the University of Northampton degree courses, Edulink International College Nairobi has an International Foundation Programme to prepare them for the course.

Admission for the January intake is open online and students and parents can do inquiries online here.

Get Discounts While Paying Your Bus Fare With the Huduma Card


On January 17th 2017, CS Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs Sicily Kariuki together with other partners and stakeholders were issued with Huduma Cards at Huduma Centre GPO then proceeded to pay for fare using the cards on the Cashlite express bus. This marked the commencement of the pilot phase of the Huduma Card.

In order to ensure the Huduma Card is working efficiently, Huduma Kenya has partnered with 6 main partners; MasterCard, DTB, Equity, CBA, KCB and X-infoTech. Mastercard in particular is a key partner in the Huduma Card as they ensure acceptance of the card internationally whilst also ensuring high standards of security!

The Cashlite express bus is a bus that accepts card payments. For now Huduma is piloting with two buses; City shuttle and Compliant bus. The two buses ply several routes such as kikuyu, Ngong road, Jogoo road and KNH- CBD route. You can board the Cashlite Express bus at Kencom, Ambassador or Railways stage and Get a 10 bob discount every time you pay with the Huduma card.

You can collect the card free of charge from any of the 5 Huduma centers in Nairobi. Once you receive your Huduma card simply load it with funds and begin paying for goods and services such as fare, or even shop at stores that allow MasterCard transactions.

For any enquiries on Huduma Card please visit corporte.hudumakenya.go.ke or call them on 0206900020.

ICANN Holds the First Capacity Building Workshop for African GAC Members


The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) in cooperation with the ICANN Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) Under-served Regions Working Group is pleased to announce the first capacity building workshop for the Africa Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) members in Nairobi, Kenya.

The workshop, themed “Harnessing the Potential of the Africa GAC Members for better Participation in ICANN” will be held from 23-24 January 2017 with the support of the Communication Authority and the Government of Kenya.

This is the first regional workshop organized by ICANN’s recently established Nairobi Engagement Office.  From ICANN, Göran Marby, ICANN President & CEO, Thomas Schneider, GAC Chair will both be present with executives, the regional ICANN team and community members. The keynote address and Official Opening will be done by Joseph Mucheru, Cabinet Secretary Ministry of ICT – Republic of Kenya.

The workshop will focus on raising awareness and assist in building capacity of the African GAC representatives and governments on how best to effectively participate and contribute to policy making at ICANN. It will also introduce critical active relevant policy topics, working groups including relevant GAC and cross-community working groups that require the immediate attention and participation of GAC members. The workshop will seek feedback from the African GAC representatives on how to better help them improve their regional footprint as well as at ICANN.

The workshop will cover a range of topics that will include: Understanding the ICANN Ecosystem, Policy development process at ICANN, ICANN Africa Strategy – an Overview, New gTLDs and the Role of GAC, and Understanding ccTLD Re-delegation

ICANN looks towards creating a stronger association with the community in Africa, including governments in the region, to help increase awareness and participation in ICANN’s work and the Internet policy processes under ICANN’s remit.

How Essential Mobile Apps Are For Business Growth Nowadays.


App based service has of recent increased to target the high uptake of smart phone in the Kenyan market. Apps have developed to improve healthcare, banking, and livelihood for those who need it most. It is here in East Africa’s tech hub that innovation is occurring in its freshest form. Out of necessity, app based are targeting the high number of daily active uses to deliver their services.

The majority of available apps is B2C since B2B mobile apps are only now starting to enter the mobile app market. The potential for growth is huge, you can still conclude that the app market is really big. Most users of mobile apps are between 25 and 30 years old, are married, live in suburban areas.

Mobile app users are generally younger, more educated and have higher income than other cell phone holders. Businesses that integrate mobile into their strategy can engage an entirely new type of customer an instantly connected one. Smartphone users generally prefer to multi-task and be on-the-go.

This is based on the Google Consumer Barometer survey, 71% of Kenyans aged between 16-24 years are online every day,55% are aged between 25-34 years while 38% are aged between 35-44 years, 51% aged between 45-54 years who use the internet are also on the internet daily. The largest number of online traffic is usually through smartphones which represents 27% with 8% using computers and only 1% using tablets.

Also report shows that 83% of Smartphone owners In Kenya are using them to check the time, 78% for music, and 71% to set an alarm while 69% use them to take photos. According to the Jumia report which surveyed 576 respondents, the most popular activity on smartphones was chatting and social networking at 78%, calling at 75%, E-mails and online browsing both accounted for 69%, followed by the data heavy activities falling under entertainment; 57% of respondents played games, listened to music and watched videos on their smartphone.

Due to high daily active internet user, and high uptake of smartphones, it has paved way for many apps based service in Kenya. According to statistics it shows a middle aged between 24-34 years, who are Also working class, will provide a competitive market for delivery service. Some of well-established service app include.      

Uber, an app based transport company, has drawn the anger of conventional taxi operators in nearly every market it has entered. Nairobi has been no exception. The company which promises to revolutionize the transit system had a soft launch in Kenya early last

Little cab is another application which has been enjoying positive uptake among residents of the city. The application also uses GPS mapping to allow users connect to Little-approved cabs nearest to them, estimate the amount of fare needed and have the taxi pick them up often in a matter of minutes

Barcode Scanner is an application that one able to scan the bar codes of each perfume that one may be able to sell to your customers and instantly you get the manufacture date, the expiry date and one is able to know the authenticity.

Huge corporations can afford to generate their own inborn apps with truck load of cohesive elements, making the customer experience as perfect as possible.

Online photographer booking site PhotoMasters is raising a Series A round to expand across Africa


PhotoMasters, an online photographer booking platform based in Kenya is starting a Series A funding round to raise additional capital to continue the growth and development of the platform.

With over 42,000,000 people within Kenya, with 20% converting into confirmed bookings, the firm aims to incorporate offline photographers meet-ups as avenues to cultivate quality customer service and once proven a success way of connecting customers to professional photographers, the firm intends to roll out within the remaining countries in East Africa, i.e Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania. While considering a mobile App for the service.

Founded by Sonia John and Michael F David, the platform’s increasing registry of professional photographers in Kenya aims to grant access to individuals, companies and organizations to such professionals with just a touch of a button.

Prior to starting PhotoMasters, Sonia John, Co-founder & CEO was a marketing coordinator for MTN and holds a BSc Economics and Statistics student.

As a student, Sonia was freelancing as a  photographer and in the process fell in love with Photography and in July 2016, decided to start a business to benefit the society and professionals in the field she loved, photography.

The other co-founder and CTO, Michael F David has been a consulting associate at Visionary Arc where he designed business concepts and models that are focused on the gig economy and big data. With his interest in the shared economy and the way technology can be used to empower or connect people to professionals, PhotoMasters was the next best choice for him.

Speaking to TechMoran, Sonia said her inspiration started with a personal problem in the beginning.

”The only way I could get customers for my gigs was through referrals and social media,” she said. ”I was looking for a way to ease customer access to my services by creating a platform where direct connection was possible. I realized at the same time that several professionals were in my position. I decided to do something about that, with Michael we embarked on creating a platform that would fill this gap in the market.”

According to Sonia, while access to actual data on the performance of the creative industry in Kenya is difficult to come by, largely because of the public perception that the industry is not a commercially viable sector, obvious indications like the growth of creative spaces, tech hubs and art festivals tell a different story.

“The increase in number of people taking photography and videography as a profession has steadily increased over the years and so also has the customer demand for the provision of such services,” she told TechMoran. “PhotoMasters bridges the gap between increasing customer demands for professional services and freelancer professionals who offer such by creating a virtual marketplace for the exchange to occur.”

 The scope of the PhotoMasters market covers over 15 different industries including, but not limited to, the film industry, the advertising industry, the wedding industry, the fashion industry and several others. This is because, all the industries mentioned above are part of the many that require the services of top- notch professional photographers. As such, Sonia says PhotoMasters market is well over KES 50 Million worth.

PhotoMasters makes money from bookings fees, advertising and changing price dynamics including the season, duration of booking and location of events.

Sonia tells TechMoran that although the creative industry is growing, most people and governments do not see it as a commercially viable sector, as such, no policies have been put in place to continuous develop creatives. This has resulted in photographers and others in this industry concentrating more on their art as opposed to the massive business opportunities available in this space.

“PhotoMasters is the first online photographer booking service in Kenya. Our goal is to disrupt the current referral method by linking customers directly to the service providers,” Sonia concludes.