Technology & Science

Ghana: Ghana’s Ozé Gets $3m to Scale Its Digital Recordkeeping and Embedded Finance Products

January 26, 2022 | Source: TechCrunch

[TechCrunch] OZÉ, a Ghanaian fintech startup that provides digital recordkeeping tools with embedded finance products to medium and small businesses, has raised a $3 million pre-Series A round.

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Ghana: Vodafone ‘Ɛɛkɔso’ Promotion Rewards Over 175,000 Customers

January 26, 2022 | Source: Ghanaian Times

[Ghanaian Times] Chartered Institute of Marketing Ghana (CIMG) Telecommunications Company of the Year, Vodafone Ghana, has so far rewarded over 175,000 customers with cash prizes, data and talk time in its recently launched ‘Ɛɛkɔso’ promotion.

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Africa: Building Machines That Work for Everyone – How Diversity of Test Subjects Is a Technology Blind Spot, and What to Do About It

January 20, 2022 | Source: The Conversation Africa

[The Conversation Africa] People interact with machines in countless ways every day. In some cases, they actively control a device, like driving a car or using an app on a smartphone. Sometimes people passively interact with a device, like being imaged…

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South Africa: a16z, Avenir and Google Back South African Mobile Games Publisher Carry1st in U.S.$20 Million Round

January 20, 2022 | Source: TechCrunch

[TechCrunch] Carry1st, a South African publisher of social games and interactive content across Africa, has raised a $20 million Series A extension led by Andreessen Horowitz (a16z). This is a16z’s first investment in an Africa-headquartered company (t…

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Tunisia: Online Platform E-Istichara.tn, Operational From January 15

January 17, 2022 | Source: Tunis Afrique Presse

[Tunis Afrique Presse] Tunis/Tunisia — The online platform dedicated to the national consultation (https://www.e-istichara.tn), announced by President Kaïs Saïed will be operational on January 15, 2022 from midnight, and will continue until March 20, …

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Uganda: Death of a Friend’s Sister After Female Genital Mutilation Inspires Award-Winning App

January 17, 2022 | Source: UNFPA

[UNFPA] Kampala — What if girls and women who are at risk of or have survived female genital mutilation (FGM) could receive the right services and support right when they need them? This challenge of solving this problem led a Ugandan youth team to cr…

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Africa: Pan-African Payment and Settlement System Launched … to Save Africa U.S.$ 5 Billion in Payment Charges

January 17, 2022 | Source: Ghanaian Times

[Ghanaian Times] The Pan-African Payment and Settlement System (PAPSS) which is aimed at facilitating trade and payments in the sub-region has been launched in Accra yesterday.

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Nigeria: Technology, Not Foot Soldiers, Needed to Defeat Terrorists – Veterans

January 14, 2022 | Source: Leadership

[Leadership] Some retired military officers have called on the military high command to prioritise the application of modern technology in the war against terrorists causing carnage in parts of the country, rather than depending largely on human presence.

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Liberia: Lonestar MTN Rejecting Passports As ID for SIM Retrieval and Other Transactions

January 11, 2022 | Source: FrontPageAfrica

[FrontPageAfrica] Monrovia — Decision by Lonestar Cell MTN to reject Liberian passports during financial transactions at the company’s offices in and out of Monrovia has sparked outrage from Liberians and foreign nationals alike.

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Africa: How Dictators in Africa Use Social Media to Cling to Power

January 10, 2022 | Source: DW

[DW] Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni is suspected of using fake social media accounts to consolidate his power. He wouldn’t be the only one in Africa. Is social media becoming a threat to democracy on the continent?

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