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Commissions.ng Set To ‘Uberize’ eCommerce In Nigeria

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When you think about eCommerce in Nigeria, the two names that pop into your mind are Jumia and Konga. Between them, they have made millions of naira from Nigerians and commissions from merchants who post their products on their website.

However, a startup, Commissions.ng is set to change this routine as they are giving businesses and ordinary Nigerians the opportunity to make money.

Founded by Ehis Asibor this year, interested merchants visit commissions.ng to list their products /services. Individuals /businesses interested in eCommerce visits the website and generate their own personalised eCommerce website.

This personalised eCommerce store comes pre-loaded with over 1000 products, which belongs to the merchants. The individual/businesses market the website to their target contact and he/she earns a commission per sale.

Interestingly, deliveries and all orders made by customers are handled by Commissions.ng.

The implication of this model is that users of the website do not need to spend a dime hosting or web designing a website, creating a safe and secure payment platform and warehousing. In addition, you do not need to concern yourself about delivery.

 

This Nigerian Startup is Making it Easy for Filmmakers to Find Filming Locations

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Each time a new movie is released, we all get excited, and head to the nearest cinema showing it. But, before great movies come to life, filmmakers face tons and tons of challenges. One of the most notable is hunting for filming location. This is one task that’s both stressful and time-consuming, but filmlocations.com.ng wants to make it easy.

The platform is online marketplace that connects filmmakers to suitable locations for TV, commercial, movies, music video and photography projects.

Film Locations is similar to a property listing platform, only difference is these properties are available for film-makers who want to shoot a movie.

To use the platform users simply search the Film Location database that contains various types of locations; from high-end apartments, old abandoned factories to street side shops. They are also able to make a request in cases when they do not find their desired location on the platform.

Through the platform, they can connect with an agent associated with any property of their interest, who will book the order, prepare the locations and take care paper works. Property owners make their properties available for film makers by listing them on the platform.

According to the founders, to ensure a hitch free filming process, they claim to manage the process end to end and save filmmakers time and money, make it easy for owners to monetize their properties and ensure proper inventory before and after shoot.

Being innovative is the only way forward for a market like the real estate, which has become saturated with a lot of property listing platforms. This is what Film Location has successful done, and it sure has a potential of being a go to place for film makers around Nigeria.

Paga Announces That It Is Now Fully Integrated Into Nigeria’s Banking System

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Paga, one of the early payment platforms in Nigeria, has announced it is now fully integrated into Nigeria’s Banking System. This is according to Tayo Oviosu, the CEO and founder of Paga.

Explaining Paga’s mode of operation before the integration, Oviosu said that it took about two hours to verify a transfer. As a result, they had a lot of angry customers.

“When Paga launched to the public the only way to fund an account was either at a Paga agent or by visiting a bank branch to deposit to our bank account. If you used the second approach you had to notify us on our site. Two members of our team had to verify your deposit before we gave you electronic value. We termed this process “manual deposit”. We had 20 staff to make this manual deposit process work! It took us about 2hrs on average to process any deposit. Sometimes the banks didn’t post immediately, sometimes they didn’t post until evening. We could only give value when we saw money in our account. Other times we just had a major backlog. Either way, we had irate customers, and understandably so.”

Since this manual deposit process cannot be scaled, Paga had no choice than to work directly with banks.

Oviosu said that they started with 6 banks (including all major banks) adding that “Today, Paga is now connected to all banks in Nigeria. You can transfer money to your Paga account instantly, using your Paga 10 digit account number, from any bank in Nigeria. You can also transfer from Paga to any bank account in Nigeria instantly. This is a core foundation for the future.”

Paylater.ng Now Issues 1,000 Loans Daily

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Nigeria’ Paylater.ng,  a startup that offers small loans has disclosed that it now disburses 1,000 loans daily to Nigerians. This is a far cry from the 200 loans a day it issues earlier this year.

The startup made this revelation on its Medium page. They wrote: “We set ourselves what we felt was an aggressive target of 1,000 loans issued on a daily basis. We felt it was ambitious not because of a lack of demand (who hasn’t got a friend that needs a loan?) but rather the challenge to risk-assess 1,000 people that we had never met, living in all states of Nigeria and then disburse within a short time frame to their bank accounts.

“Today, over 60% of these 1,000 loans are disbursed within 1 minute with the rest all under 5 minutes and they span a range of N7,500 to N200k for first-time borrowers.”

The startup explained that between 10% and 20% of their customers’ default in payment. “The inevitable question is “yes, great but are you profitable? Anyone can give out loans — but are you collecting?” Our mothers taught us not to boast, so let’s say that our default is between 10% and 20%, but trust us that it’s a manageable number. If you don’t believe us then look out for us early next year — if you are right, then we won’t be around.

“Moreover, for most local banks, “financial inclusion” is just another way of saying “let me provide another channel to take your savings”. Less than 10% of customers have accessed loans from any formal financial institution but you don’t see banks showing the same energy to grow their retail assets as they do their retail deposits. We are also unhappy with the cost of borrowing but with a cost of funds at around 30% and inflation running at around 15%, we have no choice.”

On what they want to achieve next, the startup wrote that it would like to increase its number of customers.

“Our next goal is to keep amassing large numbers of customers so that we can break the stigma that the so-called lowly worker is not trustworthy. Our next goal is to keep amassing large numbers of customers so that we can break the stigma that the so-called lowly worker is not trustworthy, or that if you give that first-time entrepreneur a loan (s)he will not pay back.”

MultiChoice Nigeria Introduces Pay Per View (PPV) Pricing Model to Subscribers

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MultiChoice Nigeria has introduced Pay-Per-View (PPV), where viewers pay an additional fee to watch a particular programme either on a cable or a satellite TV.

According to the Head of Public Relations Caroline Oghuma, the concept is different from pay-as-you-go, which has been misconstrued to mean pay-per-view.

“Pay TV operation is not like the telecom version where you pay for the amount of airtime you want to use. Pay-as-you-go, as believed by some customers, is not obtainable in the pay TV business,” said Oghuma.

Noting that the PPV model is a global practice which allows interested parties pay and view special programmes or events, Oghuma stated, “Paying for PPV in Europe and the UK is equivalent to paying for two months subscription in Nigeria. We know Africans love boxing that is why we are bringing the best thing that is happening in the world to Africa.”   

The concept is only obtainable when there is a super-programme airing. In the case of MultiChoice customers, those on the premium bouquet will be able watch it. When such a programme is beamed, a dedicated channel pops up and disappears after the programme is aired.

5 Nigerian Startups Providing Solutions For Small Businesses

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With technology growing rapidly in Nigeria, the number of entrepreneurs also keep shooting up. While taking advantage of the opportunities provided by technology, young entrepreneurs are coming up with disruptive ideas that solve real problems faced by the average Nigerian.

As these ideas transform into thriving businesses, every year, we get to see dozen of startups offering solutions that are nothing short of creative.

Here are 5 of such startups that are using technology to solve common problems faced by small businesses.

1. Accountinghub

In a bid to eliminate the need for small businesses to recruit or train in-house accountants, Accountinghub has specialized in cloud and virtual accounting to enable them offer simple but professional accounting services.

Accountinghub is Nigeria’s small business accountant. The startup is a bookkeeping practice firm which services Startups, small businesses, Projects and entrepreneurs. They help small businesses and Projects track their every kobo, organize accounts, systems and processes.

Selling accounting products via its online shop, Accountinghub also introduces retail, virtual and tech-accounting in Nigeria.

2. Invoice.ng

Invoice NG is an online platform that provides a simple and convenient way for business owners to bill clients and get paid. According to the founder, Olaoye Somide, paper works could be quite tiring for small business owners. Hence, Invoice NG gives a paperless alternative.

Asides giving small business owners a seamless way to go about their invoicing, it makes it possible to track all issued invoices, be it paid or pending. In addition, business owners can easily send payment reminders to customers when necessary. This facilitates business management and ensures that services are promptly paid for.

3. Independent Personal Assistant

We all know how soul draining doing office chores can be. Things like spreadsheets, social media management, and emails are some of the necessary evils that append themselves to actual, productive work. This is why Ibukun Akinnawo launched Independent Personal Assistant (iPA) to take all that soul draining stuff off your hands for cheaper than an actual PA would.

iPA is an agency that provides skilled virtual assistants to entrepreneurs, professionals, executives and small teams across the globe.

The startup provides professional administrative, technical, and creative assistance to clients through its team of dedicated virtual assistants. According to the iPA team, “think of us as your very own Personal Assistant to handle time consuming tasks”. They pretty much provide that all round support that a busy person would need.

4. DIYlaw

World Bank’s Doing Busines report ranked Africa’s largest economy 169th out of 189 countries. Nigeria ranked 39th among the listed African countries. When it comes to registering a company in Nigeria, it takes a whole lots of strssful processes that can run into months. This is what DIYlaw was launched to address.

DIYlaw is Nigeria’s foremost legal technology company that empowers entrepreneurs by providing access to simplified and quality legal services and information at affordable prices using technology, legal know-how and project management.

The startup seeks to make registration and legal processes more accessible, professional and transparent for entrepreneurs seeking to do business in Nigeria by being a one-stop online portal for fulfilling registration and legal needs. From company registration, to trademark registration, business name registration, and providing businesses with legal services, they make the process of getting a business started really easy.

5. Paystack

There are many barriers businesses have to face to accept payments online and that’s what Paystack is fixing. The startup has taken a bold move to revamp the Nigerian payment system.

Paystack is a payments platform that makes online payments process seamless for both the consumers and the businesses they are trying to pay. The Paystack platform makes easy for merchants to accept credit and debit card payments online from customers.

According to Shola Akinlade, Cofounder of Paystack, “the problem of payment has always been there and begging for someone to pick it up, and fix. There’s a big gap, and people are looking for means to get paid. We’ve done businesses before, we know how it goes, we’ve seen how things are being done outside of Nigeria, and when the opportunity came to really fix this problem, the prospect was really very exciting.”

This Startup is Allowing Nigerians Order Wine Online

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With the growth of ecommerce, the possibility of meeting just about need is endless. We’ve seen eCommerce platforms spring up in different industries, and for a wide range of products.

Here’s Wines et al, is an ecommerce platform for wines

According to the founder, the platform has an extensive selection of high-quality, competitively priced wine and spirits from around the world, and since launch it has served clients across Lagos.

Founded by Osaze Igbinovia in April 11, 2014, Wines et al works like most eCommerce stores. Users have to sign up, browse through the available range of products, order preferred wine and then check out.

To meet and satisfy the needs of varying clients, the platform retails wines like Champagne, Spirit, Non-alcoholics wines, Syrups, and a lot more, with a wide range of prices.

With Nigeria being a country that’s big on events, you can be sure that wines would be one of the important features present at these events. Asides events, they grace the shelves of many Nigerian homes.

With these, and the existence of similar platforms like myshayo.com and drinks.ng, it seems the market for wines in Nigeria is profitable.

PoshRite Wants to Allow Women Book and Discover Beauty Product and Services

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With women always on the lookout for products and services that’ll enhance their beauty, PoshRite wants to make it a lot easier.

The platform, which is set to launch soon, is an online beauty social network that provides African women with the best beauty products and services both locally and internationally.

Through the platform, women would be able to book and discover the best beauticians, beauty services and products on the go.

PoshRite would also allow beauticians manage and grow their beauty business by giving them the tools they need to be successful. Beauty and health businesses are also able to sell their products and services in a Groupon like marketplace so that users are constantly getting the highest quality at a discounted price.

For female beauty enthusiasts, they would be able to connect with each other, search for beauty content on PoshRite and explore a vast range of informative content, and purchase coveted products and services.

The search feature is the first encounter on PoshRite, which would allows users search for specific interests. Once they see their friends and/or local stylists they know, the users will be motivated to sign up and interact with their local network. Active users can purchase the products they want and schedule an appointment with the stylists they want—all by using just their mobile phone, tablet, or personal computer.

Find the idea interesting? Then you should keep an eye on PoshRite’s website, so you know when it’s officially launched.

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

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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.

Eligibility

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.

Benefits

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.

Mentorship

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.

 

 

 

 

 

247 Interns Is Connecting Nigerians to Internship Opportunities

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For students and graduates seeking opportunities to gain industry experience, internships usually come in handy, and over the years, a number of platforms have sprung up, dedicated to connecting employers with interns.

The newest of them is 247 Interns, a recruitment portal that connects those seeking internships to potential employers and vice versa.

Launched in August 2017 by Akinwunmi Okuyiga and Okuyiga Busayo, the platform is a social professional network designed to connect the most talented interns (both students and graduates) with employers, and also create a platform for interns to network.

According to the founders, “247 interns was created with the aim of connecting employers and interns online in the easiest and seamless way possible. Our interactive platform matches interns with employers and relieve the time-consuming burden of repetitive job posting and application processes, whilst also opening up market visibility for interns and employers alike”.

The need for internships has been on the rise lately. For small businesses and startups, hiring interns is usually more cost-effective, and for interns, it provides an opportunity to gain practical and professional experience.

So, the market is one that’ll likely be profitable for 247 Interns if done right, and if they are able to prove their worth despite having established players like Stutern and Sesewa to deal with.

The team banks on affordability, social networking, and seamless usage as their selling edge and a variety of jobs and services such as language translation  for the interns.

Food-i-Like Launches To Deliver Your Favourite Meal Anywhere, Anytime In And Around Abuja

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The online food delivery platform is quite saturated as many startups have emerged to deliver food at your doorstep.

From Jumia Food to NaijaEats, Areachops, the Kitchen, Foodstantly and Citychops among others. You see the food delivery platform in Nigeria is quite competitive.

Well, another one is making its debut and it is Food-i-Like. Food-I-Like is an Abuja-based startup where you can order and deliver food anywhere and anytime in Nigeria’s capital city.

On the platform, you can order both continental and traditional cuisines from any of your preferred restaurants.

Users simply choose their local restaurants, select meal and either pay by card or cash on delivery.

 

 

Joe Falter Appointed As The New CEO of Jumia Travel

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Jumia Travel has announced the appointment of a new Chief Executive Officer, Joe Falter, succeeding Paul Midy who has exited the top post to take a different position in the larger Jumia Group. Falter, who is also the Founder and CEO of Travel’s sister company Jumia Food, assumes the role as part of efforts outlined to further bolster the company’s operations.

“I could not be more excited to join this dynamic team which is revolutionising the way that people travel in Africa and beyond. With by far the biggest hotel inventory and market leading innovations, Jumia Travel is a clear leader in travel, tourism and hospitality, and I am thrilled to be leading the business forward” Says Joe.

Previously a management consultant at McKinsey in London, and with a track record of scaling companies in Europe and Africa, Joe brings with him a unique shift in strategic management that will help capitalize on emerging business opportunities.

Commenting on his first move as the new travel company’s boss, Joe ascertains that “Jumia Travel has grown exponentially in the last 2 years and the immediate objective is to continue this rapid growth trajectory while further strengthening our offering to customers and hoteliers. Our 30,000 hotel partners in Africa and hundreds of thousands of customers will be treated to exciting new developments online and offline.”

“I am confident that Joe is the right leader to accelerate Jumia Travel to become the only preferred travel agency in Africa and beyond,” says Jumia Co-Founder Sacha Poignonnec.

Founded in 2013, Jumia Travel has built a track record in e-commerce and technological innovation, becoming the leading online travel agency in Africa. It offers online hotel and flight booking services as well as tailor made packages for its large inventory of customers, both individual and corporate.

 

Nigeria’s Probityfarms Aims To Improve Food Production Via Technology

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There is no doubt that the mainstay of Nigeria’s economy is crude oil. It contributes between 70 to 80% of the country’s Gross Domestic Product. This is why the economy was terribly affected when the prices of crude oil crashed and as a result, Nigeria entered into a recession.

Now the economy has rallied back and we are officially out of recession. One of the sectors that contributed to this recovery is the agriculture sector.

The role of agriculture cannot be downplayed in any economy. However, in Nigeria where we import over 80% of what we eat, we are still nowhere when it comes to agriculture. In rural areas, they still use hoe and cutlass when the world has moved on to digital and mechanised farming.

The truth is more efforts need to be made to boost agriculture in Nigeria and one of such startups tapping technology to boost farming is the country is Probityfarms.

Probityfarms is a platform that allows farmers to manage all activities of their farm both crop and livestock; to schedule tasks, track input (fertilizer) usage and get SMS/email reminders of farm task. They can also capture sales, track expenses, calculate loans repayment and generate accounting reports.

Probityfarms, which was co-founded by Olushola Ogunniyi, helps the farmer through the online farmers’ forum and farmers can get real time price list of farm produce across the country.

The startup also provides information to farmers about existing pests, weed and diseases and possible solutions or chemical to apply.

So whether you are farming crops, rearing animals or raising livestock, ProbityFarms will assist you to manage all your farm activities, make sales, send invoices and capture expenses.

The Nigerian Economic Summit Is Inviting Startups To Pitch

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The Nigerian Economic Summit (NSG) is inviting early stage startups to pitch at its summit which will hold between October 11th and 12th.

The summit aims to connect new Nigerian ventures seeking to raise funds with potential investors. Eight selected early-stage startups that are registered in Nigeria and have been doing business for no more than 3 years will be invited to pitch in front of venture capitalists and investors.

Each startup will have 5 minutes to pitch to prospective investors and 10 minutes to answer questions from them. It is expected that the Session will also connect the eight startups with venture capitalists and investors.

 

Click here for more information. Application closes on September 22, 2017.

Nigeria Exits Recession As Economy Grows By 0.55%

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The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has declared that Nigeria is officially out recession according to the 2nd quarter (Q2) 2017 Gross Domestic Product figures.

The figures from the NBS showed that Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) grew by 0.55% compared to -0.91 percent recorded in the first quarter of 2017 and -1.49% in the second quarter of 2016.

The NBS in August 2016 officially confirmed that Nigeria had gone into a recession following the release of statistics for the second quarter of 2016 which showed that the GDP declined by -2.06%.

 

 

 

Fabricsphere Wants to Enable You Source and Buy Local Fabrics with Ease

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The major highlight of events in Nigeria, especially weddings are fabrics. Event organisers go as far as possible to source for Asoebi materials (local fabrics), which attendees are made to buy and wear on the day of the event. Asides events, Nigerians also enjoy rocking various style of attires made with local fabrics, at different times of the week.

Understanding this love for local attires, Fabricsphere wants to make it easier for Nigerians to source and buy fabrics.

Launched by Venn Oputa, the online service was built to fast-track the needs of fabric shoppers, allowing them to source for local attires with ease.

Fabricsphere doubles as an e-commerce and an on-demand platform. With the platform, users who need a fabric or seen or seen a fabric they loved and wanted for personal use, they simply take a picture of it and upload.

Next, users fill up the other necessary information, like quantity and type of fabric, and in no time, a representative gets in touch, providing them with total cost, which includes fabric, service and delivery charge.

Through the online store, users can check and order for already listed fabrics. FabricSphere promises delivery of within 2-5 working days.

According to the team, “We understand what it means to create a colorful wedding, we understand how difficult it is to set up a fabric retail shop in other parts of the country and we understand the difficulty accompanied with sourcing for the right fabric(be it ankara, lace, atiku, aso oke etc) under our market conditions.

So we came up with a solution for your fabric needs. All you have to do is sit back, fill in your order and get a wonderful customer service response fulfilling your needs and getting that superb ankara style print or the perfect lace for that wonderful event delivered to your doorstep.”

Offering this service are established platforms like Odeya.ng, Konga.com and Jumia.com.ng, but Fabricsphere’s founder is optimistic. According to him, the platform’s unique selling point is the on-demand service. “The others offer an eCommerce service while we offer a direct sourcing service.” he said.

SlateCode is Connecting Software Developers to Clients

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For developers working independently, getting clients without a strong network always seem impossible. SlateCode wants to take off that challenge, as the platform is dedicated to connecting developers to clients.

With SlateCode, getting clients has become easier for web developers, engineers, programmers, coders and architects in Nigeria.

Launched in March 2017 by co-founders Akinwumi Fakokunde (CEO), Sesu Raj (CTO) and Adedeji AbdulMajeed AbdulRaheem (COO), the platform is an online marketplace that connects developers who wish to offer their services and clients who want to hire developers.

According to the founders, recruiting developers on the platform is simple and straight forward. They also claim that developers get a good price for their services.

With the growth of technology, the services of software developers have become one of the most sought-after globally. Organisations, big and small are making effort to be on their A-game when it comes to using tech in business. This fact is why SlateCode’s service would be ivaluable to both developers and business.

Although, SlateCode has established competitors like Toptal, Gun.io and Andela.com, the SlateCode team places their edge on being able to provide clients with the top 3% of software developers in Nigeria. SlateCode also has a value proposition which involves training of fresh graduates to become world-class software developers.

Nigerian Police Launches Crime Reporting App, Hawk Eye

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The Nigeria Police Force in partnership with  indigenous and foreign technology firms, has rolled out an app named Hawk Eye, aimed at curbing insecurity across the country.

Hawk Eye is a mobile app that will allow users to report crimes anonymously to the police by video, voice or text.

Developed by Lagos-based tech firm, Web Assets Nigeria Limited, in partnership with U.S. based tech firms BBGN&K, and tech giant Microsoft, in collaboration with the Nigeria Police, the solution provides key technologies such as facial recognition and key performance indicators.

Citizens can download the Hawk Eye crime reporting app for free, select crime type to be reported, capture image, video or call for help. The system uses the Global Positioning System location services on the user’s mobile phone to identify user’s location for immediate police response.

In a statement by the Chief Executive Officer, Web Assets, Mr. Kayode Aladesuyi, “the app is a revolutionary technology because of the enterprise tools it provides the police to respond, address and manage crimes reported.

“With Hawk Eye, citizens are empowered as source of human intelligence in the fight against crimes such as kidnapping, terrorism, robbery, human trafficking, among others.”

He further noted that while Hawk Eye will allow users to report crimes anonymously to the police by video, voice or text, the app is part of a comprehensive security solution that involves the equipping of patrol vehicles with mobile device terminals, providing performance management, data as decision tools and the revamping of the police command and control centers.

Hawk Eye comes in English and native languages such as Hausa, Igbo, Yoruba and Pidgin. It’s now available for reporting by citizens in the FCT and will be coming to Lagos in September, with roll out planned for other states.

Piggy Bank, AfroTech Girls, ZNM Foundation, Tambollo, Others Win SME100Nigeria Award 2017

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Every year, SME100Nigeria one of Nigeria’s fastest growing platforms for young entrepreneurs; recognises and celebrates 25 Nigerians under the age of 25 who are doing phenomenal things in Nigeria and contributing to socio-economic development of the country .

This year’s Nominee reception and awards ceremony held on Saturday, 26th of August at the Terra Kulture Arena in Victoria Island, Lagos.

A total of 3,500 candidates were nominated across the 25 categories of the award, which was then cut down to 100. The final 25 winners were decided by the Global Advisory Board of SME100Nigeria based on set down criteria and online voting.

According to the Executive Director of SME100 Nigeria, Charles Odii, “the goal of this award is to stimulate an entrepreneurial culture among our youths. We identify young people doing phenomenal work across the country, and shine the spotlight on them so that all others can see them and aspire to set up businesses as well.”

See the full list of the award winners below:

  • Active Citizenry & Government Engagemen

Maryam Laushi – Not too young to run

  • Agriculture

Chibuzo Aloizeuwa – ACE Palace Farms

  • Arts, Craft & Cultur

Jekein Lato-Unah – Artiste

  • Beauty & Makeup

Garos Bot – Botz Pretty Looks

  • Creative Writing & Content Creation

Georgette Monnou – Unspoken Words

  • Cyber Security & Technology

AfroTech Girls – AfroTech Girls

  • E-Commerce

Abiola Chris-Amusan – Rings Nigeria

  • Education

Omozino Eguh – Yudimy

  • Energy & Sustainability

Jennifer Uchendu – Susty Vibes

  • Environment, Housing & Interior Décor

Buogo Obi – WoodDesignes

  • Event Planning

Chinyere Uzuh – Qwint Perfect

  • Fashion

Desiree Iyama – Desiree Iyama

  • Finance & Fintech

Joshua Chibueze – PiggyBankNG

  • Food

Aliyu Abubakar – QuickShak

  • Health & Skincare

Precious Obiako – Spotlight Skincare

  • Manufacturing & Logistics

Natalie Obi – Ethereal Olores Co.

  • Media & Communication

Gidado Shuaib – Youths’ Digest

  • Music

Tuke Morgan

  • Performing Arts

Ebiye

  • Photography

Rotimi Okungbaye

  • Professional Services

Stephanie Eze – Mintville

  • Social Entrepreneurship

Zayyad Nasidi – ZNM Foundation

  • Software & Design

Omimi Okere – Qontent

  • Sport

Georgia Oboh

  • Tourism & Hospitality

Sikemi Ifederu – Tambollo

 

Corpa Launches to Meet the Needs of Corp Members in Nigeria

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If you’re a Nigerian who has gone through the compulsory 1year National Youth Service, you’ll totally relate to how stressful it can be. From getting prepared for the stressful 3weeks camp, to getting a place of primary assignment, where you’d serve for one year.

Corpa was launched by Emmanuel Akpe in June 2017 to be a one stop point for the needs of corps members, and aims to solve the pressing challenges corps members face before, during, and after their service year.

This, it plans to make possible through Corpashop, Corpahomes, Corpatravel, Corpajobs, Corpanews, Corpaforum, Corpamarket and Corpamap.

Through these features, Corps members can purchase camp kits, get accommodation, book transport options, get extra jobs, get quality news, interact on the forum, sell and buy properties used during service year and get directions to navigate through their newly posted states by the aid of a map.

According to the Corpa team, they have a mission is to ensure a stress-free service year and beyond.

Although the Corpa’s website seem like a work in progress, it’ll sure be a great solution once fully implemented. The services promised be highly useful to the millions of Nigerians that have to deal with the struggles that comes with serving their fatherland.