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I’m excited to start Afrodigital’s Pan-degree in Practical Digital Marketing – this is why

If you are a lazy reader and want to go straight to sign up for the 4 month Pan degree programme, it costs USD100 once off or USD40 per month. Click here. Otherwise here’s my story: Cause… When lockdown began, the real lockdown, not the numerous extensions that made us lose track of time, there […]


Video On-Demand Services Revenue In Africa To Reach US1.06 Billion In 5 Years

Revenues from Subscription Video-on-Demand (SVoD) services are expected to make US$1.06 billion by 2025, six times the 2019 total of US$183 million according to a forecast report by Digital TV Research. The research firm also estimates that there will be 9.72 million SVoD subscribers on the continent, up from the current 2.68 million. South Africa […]


[Video] Why The Huawei Ban Is Not A Big Deal In Africa

Huawei recieved a US trade ban in 2019 and one of the major blows it came with were Huawei devices not being allowed to use the full featured Android Operating system. This meant Huawei’s new phones were now shipping without Google’s suite of apps and services. It’s a major setback for Huawei in Europe and […]


MTN Launches Data Bundles For Customers On Roaming

Data bundles are the order of the day for African mobile network subscribers. The data offered in bundles is significantly cheaper than out of bundle data in most African countries. Whilst subscribers are not a big fan of the model mobile networks have long argued that this is the best way for them to provide […]


Fintech Startups, Apply For Catapult: Inclusion Africa Competition

[Image Source: Luxembourg House of Financial Technology Facebook] CATAPULT: Inclusion Africa 2020 Bootcamp follows on from the success of the first Catapult Inclusion Africa Bootcamp, organised in November 2018, where 11 selected African Fintechs benefited from a tailor-made programme aligned with the sustainability goals of Luxembourg’s financial centre with the aim for the Fintechs to […]


Broadband in Africa: Which Countries Are Winning?

Every time POTRAZ (the telecoms regulator here in Zim) publishes a new set of quarterly results one can’t help but feel like the data in there can be used as a benchmark to compare where Zimbabwe is compared to other African countries. With this in mind, I compiled a list of statistics that I believe […]


[Interview] We Chat With Visa’s GM for Southern Africa: “We Need To Think Global & Act Local” When Deploying Payment Technologies

We sat down with VISA’s General Manager for Southern Africa Mr. Jabu Basopo. We had an interesting conversation that touched on a variety of issues including improving the security of payments, implementation of QR codes in African markets and the lessons that VISA is learning from African payments which one can argue are beginning to […]


Zim Digital & Social Media Awards To Host Free Online Conference Focusing On Social Media

Zim Digital and Social Media Awards is going to host a 5-day online conference which will be graced by “digital and social media marketing experts from Zimbabwe and Africa” who will “unpack the digital landscape in Africa and discuss how African brands can better leverage digital platforms to achieve their desired results”. The conference dubbed, […]


Zimbabwe Listed Among Top 20 Ease Of Doing Business Reformers

Doingbussiness.Org has named Zimbabwe among the top 20 improvers for doing business. This is a critical sector that many potential startup founders follow with baited breathe and it’s good to see some positive movement in that regards. Zimbabwe is among five African countries which have improved including Djibouti, Kenya, Nigeria, and Togo. Zim is noted […]


Entries For AppsAfrica Innovation 2019 Awards Now Open

AppsAfrica Innovation Awards are back for 2019, with recognition for the most innovative applications making an impact on the continent. The award categories that will be eligible for entries (each category gets an award) include: Disruptive Innovation Health Tech Best African App Enterprise Blockchain News & Entertainment Edtech Fintech Agritech IoT mCommerce Mobility Social Impact […]


Xiaomi To Focus More On The African Market

Xiaomi is a pretty popular brand but they have been seriously struggling in their home country with a reputation of making cheaper phones that people don’t want to be seen carrying. Fortunately, this hasn’t been an issue in India; a market that is obsessed with specs and cheaper phones. Xiaomi’s growth in India has probably […]


Get Your Own dotAfrica Domain For €3 Per Year: Ecocash Offer Available

On 15 March 1985, the US Department of Defense introduced the .com domain to the world and ushered the revolution that is the web into existence. However, because of time and domain speculation, a lot of good .com domains are now no longer available. Even Google had to change its name from Googol in order […]


France To Introduce A Digital Tax On New Year Targeting Companies Like Google, Facebook

France is going for the jugular against tech companies as it contemplates introducing a digital tax from the first of January, 2019. The digital tax, which is being introduced to ensure that a fair share of taxes is paid by all companies, will target foreign tech giants that earn global revenues exceeding $853 million. Finance Minister Bruno […]


Is 5G Relevant For Africa Yet?

With global 5G rollout gathering momentum, the question of whether Africa is ready for the transition to 4G’s successor is dependent on various factors that could cause a delay in the integration of 5G in the continent. Back in January, South African mobile operator MTN and Ericsson announced Africa’s first 5G technology and applications trial. […]


Health Start-ups Have A Chance To Get Sponsorship Through The World Health Organisation’s Africa Innovation Challenge

The World Health Organization (WHO) has launched the WHO Africa (WHO AFRO) Innovation Challenge, that’s calling startups, individuals companies, researchers etc. who can come up with innovative technologies, products, and healthcare solutions. In other words, the Africa Innovation Challenge want innovators to submit ideas for innovative technologies, products, and solutions that have the potential to create […]


MTN Launches The World’s First ‘Smart Feature Phone’: AfricaCom 2018

MTN has done the unthinkable as it introduced the world’s first 3G smart feature phone here at AfricaCom 2018. It’s called a smart feature phone because the phone has qualities of both, the feature phone and the smartphone. In a nutshell, it’s a phone that’s one-part feature phone and one-part smartphone, a first of its […]


Here Is The Most Topical Technology So Far At AfricaCom 2018

One thing that’s topical here at AfricaCom is the incoming 5th Generation network (5G). 5G is primed to offer greatly increased bandwidth, dramatically faster download speeds, and instant response. But 5G is much more because it rewrites the rules on how mobile connectivity is delivered. Where is 5G coming from and where it is going? […]


Zim Now Ranks 2nd For Using Unlicensed Software: Why Are We Still Using So Much Unlicensed Software?

Zimbabwe remains one of the topmost havens of software piracy in the world, thanks to our country’s lax enforcement of trademark and copyright law in this area. According to the most recent survey by the Business Software Alliance, 89% of all software installed on computers in Zimbabwe is pirated. This puts us slightly behind Libya, […]


{Press Release}: Digital Payments Firm, Cellulant Listed On The Prestigious KPMG’s 2018 FINTECH100

Cellulant, a leading digital payments provider that reaches 40 million people across 11 African countries has been named among the Top 50 emerging Fintech companies in the world in this year’s KPMG FinTech100 report. Cellulant is among the only three African companies representing Africa from Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa to be included in the […]


This Platform Pays Africans For Solving African Problems Using Data Science

We’ve heard the craze surrounding big data, AI and data science as a whole, but we haven’t seen is the effects of data science being felt in Africa the same way other continents are embracing the tech… Zindi is a startup looking to change that and I believe their initiative will go a long way […]


Download Liquid Telecom’s Recently Released Africa-centric Blockchain Report

Central and southern Africa Internet Access Provider Liquid Telecom recently released the African Blockchain Report. Liquid Telecom are of the belief that blockchain tech could help improve transparency and trust in a number of different sectors within our continent. They believe the technology can be used to fix our sticky supply chains, in the tracking […]


Microsoft Invests In African Startups In Bid To Improve Internet Access On The Continent

Airband Initiative is a little known program run by Microsoft. The initiative sees them partner with equipment makers, ISPs, energy access providers and entrepreneurs to make affordable internet access a reality. Through this very same program, yesterday, Microsoft invested in three African startups to provide internet access and cloud-enabled solutions to underserved African communities. All […]


Mauritius Has Best Telecoms Industry In Africa, But Africa Still Far Behind Asia

Budde Comm released their African Market Report and this report contains the Telecoms Maturity Index (TMI) of all African countries and the TMI measures and ranks the maturity of a country’s telecoms industry on a scale of 1 to 100. All countries are placed into one of three categories: ‘Market Leaders’, ‘Market Challengers’ and ‘Developing […]


Tanzania Shuts Down Unregistered Blogs

On Monday many Tanzanian blogging sites were shut down following the government’s enforcement of harsh new online content regulations. According to a report by Reuters, several websites, including online discussion platform Jamii Forums, have chosen to shut down temporarily in response to the directive. The directive emanates from a law which was passed last year […]


Entrepreneurs In Africa Can List Their Business Ventures and Get Funding On This Platform

I have good news for all aspiring African entrepreneurs with their business that is starving from lack of funding.  A firm called, Africa Private Equity Market has launched a platform where ambitious entrepreneurs can source for funds by digitally pitching their projects online to a network of investors. Securing funding for a business in Africa […]


Q&A: Zero Transaction Fees. We Talk To The People Who Want To Make It Happen

So we recently spent time with Trish Martinez and Sama Saab from the Dala foundation and Wala foundation and they got to introduce us to their crypotcurrency i.e Dala and the companion which is Wala -described as a “zero-fee money app” -and one of the major focuses of Wala is financial inclusion. I’m still trying […]


Microsoft Launches It’s First Software Testing Centre In Kenya

If you follow Tech news around the region you’ll probably know that Kenya has really been on a surge when it comes to development in their tech space of late. As recently as two weeks ago we were talking about activity in the Kenyan gaming scene. Now it seems Kenya is at it once again […]


Investing in Africa: Creating an Advanced Ecosystem of Corporate-backed Innovation

By Vahid Monadjem, CEO of Nomanini Over the past two decades, a number of African economies have shown remarkable growth – with several African corporates establishing a formidable presence in the global arena. Alongside this growth, the continent has become a veritable hotbed of innovation, fuelled by an entrepreneurial spirit that has seen start-ups (many in […]


There’s A Million Dollars Up For Grabs! Entrepreneurs, Here’s How You Can Have A Piece Of The Pie

You have probably never heard of the African Entrepreneurship Award, but soon you will know about them and what their award is about.  If you are an African entrepreneur with an impactful idea (or business), here is a great opportunity to get some funding. The award is hosted by BMCE Bank of Africa. BMCE is […]


Google’s First Launchpad Accelerator In Africa To Fund 12 Startups In The Region

Google has selected 12 startups that will participate in the first-ever Google Launchpad Accelerator Africa. Globally, the Launchpad Accelerator began providing assistance to startups in 2015, and back then the program was only available to a select few in Latin America and Asian. In early 2017 it was opened up to more countries in Europe and […]