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Benjamin DadaJul 21, 2017


In October 2016, Stutern – an online internship listing platform founded in 2015 ran the maiden edition of the Nigeria Internship Fair – an annual event for prospective interns to meet employers looking to hire, which hosted companies like Business Day, NairaBox, MAX delivery, Tizeti (wifi.ng) etc.

While last year’s event was tagged successful according to this post by co-founder, Taiwo Ayanleye. This year’s event has been positioned to be bigger and better.

Speaking with the Co-founders a few weeks ago they make  a boast as to the number of interns some employers are looking to hire. They mentioned one particular employer looking to hire about 25 interns. Also, they’ve fleshed out their panel session and speaker series with representatives (mainly HR) from reputable companies like Airtel, Andela, CcHub, Chocolate City, Jobberman, Konga. Furthermore, the CEO of MAX delivery, Assistant Manager at Tizeti, Co-founder of GoMyWay Africa and Artist, Emem Attah (contestant, The Voice Nigeria ’16) are reported to be in attendance on their site.

Previously, the event held in UNILAG’s multipurpose hall and will still be hold there this year because “don’t fix it if it ain’t broken”. I was there last year and it appeared to have served their purpose of splitting the day into two sessions. One for the brief charge and talk on employability skills and challenges and the other section for the live interviews.

The two-day event for this year is scheduled for 18 – 19 August 2017. 

You can join as a talent or an employer to let them know what kind of position you are looking for and vacancy at your company respectively.

Also, if you are thrilled about this and would like to be a sponsor check out the packages here.

For other inquiries about the fair, feel free to call: +2349099997645

Aishat AdamsonAishat AdamsonJul 7, 2017


In developed and developing economies, the role of Small and Growing Businesses (SGBs) cannot be overemphasized. It is safe to say small businesses play a crucial role not only in job creation but economic productivity in general. However, these businesses need support for greater impact.

In Lagos, Nigeria’s leading commercial center, the case is no different. SGBs are major employers of labor and business owners face challenges. To this end, Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE), with support from Citi Foundation developed an entrepreneurial ecosystem snapshot to better understand support system in and around Lagos, Abuja (Nigeria) and Accra (Ghana).

Speaking at the launch of the Lagos Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Snapshot recently, the West African Regional Chapter Coordinator for Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE), Olatunji Ajani, explained how the startup community in Nigeria’s economic hub requires actors to foster a spirit of inclusiveness and engagement across stakeholders – investors, capacity development providers, foundations, donor organisations, professional service providers, corporate partners, civil society organisations, and other community organisations, adding that SGBs would benefit from public-private partnerships (PPPs) that deliver high-quality business support.

ANDE event

Highlighting key findings from the report, ANDE West Africa Chapter Co-ordinator mentioned poor access to finance, lack of collaboration and coordination among actors supporting entrepreneurs, difficulty in finding competent and skilled talent, and high rent among the most pressing challenges in Lagos’ entrepreneurial ecosystem. However, the snapshot also captured the growing involvement of knowledge providers from the private sector who offer programmes and trainings tailored to build business capacity in startup founders, investments flows to different sectors, and the stage of business that attracts the most funding from investors among others.

The study also sheds light on the significant growth recorded in hubs and co-working spaces, startup accelerators and incubators. It highlighted the need for advisory services targeted at SGBs in the ecosystem and the opportunities for venture capitalists as businesses in the ecosystem continue to attract investment from local and global institutions.

Stakeholders at the event included ANDE members: AMSCO, Alitheia Capital, Dalberg, LEAP Africa, Oxfam, and TechnoServe. Other organisations such as Bank of Industry, Heritage Bank, and Fate Foundation were also in attendance.

ANDE event

In closing, ANDE West Africa Coordinator Ajani said members of the public can access a detailed version of the Lagos Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Snapshot online. He also emphasized that ANDE’s goal is to provide better insight about the business environment, local support systems, and entrepreneurial intermediaries in and around Lagos, Abuja (Nigeria) and Accra (Ghana).

Benjamin DadaJul 5, 2017


Last year, I attended TechPlus at Eko Hotel, VI. Then, I went with the Stutern team. The year before, I went with the Andela team. Between, 2015 and 2016 I met a co-founder of Square, mobile payment company based in San Francisco – Jim Mckelvey after his session. Also, I met with Chude Jideonwo, Managing Partner, RED for Africa at one of the break-out sessions. Hence, something is clear, a chance to meet people (influencers, business leaders and even colleagues). On this note, I will like to encourage you to plan to attend TechPlus 2017.

TechPlus Conference & Expo is acclaimed Africa’s largest tech gathering where new technology comes to life, new products are launched and innovation converges. It is a platform for knowledge sharing, networking and a market place for the African target market. Last year, they hosted 10,000 delegates, according to Landmark Website.

In 2017, they will bring companies from around the world to showcase and learn how technology is evolving to meet the needs of a digital generation and modern business.

The event is for 3 days with 60+ sessions, 90+ speakers and 10+ Masterclasses. If you are a gamer, there will be pro-gaming championships.

Theme: An Intelligent Future: from connectivity to digital immersion

LocationLandMark Event Centre, Lagos Nigeria.

Date:  6th – 8th July

If you are interested in attending the event, simply register here.

Should you have any general enquiry, reach out to them on @techplusng. Join the conversation with the official #techplus2017 hashtag.

For sponsorship: taiwo@techplus,com.ng and Nkem@techplus.com.ng for Exhibition/Sales.

We will be there. Come say hi!

Benjamin DadaJun 30, 2017


Imisi3D is a virtual reality creation lab in Lagos, Nigeria. They are dedicated to growing a community of VR developers in Nigeria, providing educational and engagement experiences with VR as well as creating solutions with VR. In doing so, they provide the tools and support needed to enable VR enthusiast and developers kickstart their journey towards creating solutions with VR.

Some of the things they’ve been up to…

As part of their effort to get more people involved/informed, they organised a VR showcase on the 17th July 2016 at CcHub, one of their supporters.

Source: Imisi3D

About 4 months after they had executed the first Virtual Reality Hackathon in Lagos. For which, Osarumen’s team, LEVRN (pronounced learn) won. He wrote about it here.

Unrelenting, they (the Imisi3D team) have fixed a meetup for VR and AR enthusiasts to meet each other, learn and have fun, according to their eventbrite page .

The details of the event follow:

DATE AND TIME: Sat, July 1, 2017. 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

LOCATION: Google Nigeria Office, Mulliner Towers, 39 Kingsway Road, Ikoyi, Lagos

If you have plans to attend don’t forget to register on their Eventbrite page (even if it is just to see the Google Nigeria Office, LOL)


*VR/AR means Virtual Reality/ Augmented Reality

BellaRose OkojieBellaRose OkojieApr 26, 2017


Last week, we reported the ambition of a local government chairmanship candidate to build a tech hub in the Ojodu area of Lagos on the heels of an ongoing debate on the possibility of having a structured and vibrant tech cluster in Yaba. While the debate is still unresolved, the Lagos state government unexpectedly announced that the popular (Ikeja) Computer Village; where gadget parts, accessories, smartphones sale and repairs are easily accessible will be relocated to Katangowa on Lagos-Abeokuta expressway. There had been indications from the recent past that this would happen but while other conversations around developing the tech community withing Lagos (Nigeria) stirred, this wasn’t what many prepared to also banter on – or so I think, seeing that the Lagos State government is on a demolition and relocation spree; re: Otodo Gbame.

Making the announcement yesterday, the government assured that the relocation will curb environmental degradation, housing stock deficit and traffic congestion in the Ikeja axis and by the tone of the announcement, there is little that can or will be done to contest the decision. We move.

By this morning, another announcement has been made.

In order to reinforce Yaba as the tech hub of Lagos (Nigeria), more conscious and intentional steps are being taken. Mark Essien, CEO Hotels.ng and a vocal member of the tech community announced via his twitter handle a tech meetup – in Yaba, starting on the 27th of April 2017 – tomorrow!




One would have to be blind not to notice how much effort Mark is putting to bring back the glory of Yaba and the reputation it has for hosting tech businesses and startups and the benefits therein if properly set up. Baby steps will one day be giant steps and that’s what’s most admirable in all this. Follow Mark on twitter to stay informed on the “Tech Meetup” pending when a name is coined for it. One also expects that the meetup becomes a place of reference for the government to seek insights before embarking on projects that affect the almost self-sufficient community as a whole.

Biggest fear: What if after all this hardwork to build a cultural tech community in Yaba, the Lagos state government decide to relocate it?

Paul AdepojuMar 24, 2017


Online travel agency, Jumia Travel Nigeria has announced plans to hold a tourism summit in Lagos on Wednesday March 29, 2017. In a statement, organizers said experts from various sectors of the tourism industry will converge to brainstorm on what Nigerian/African travelers are searching for – the new trends and how these expectations can met by each stakeholder responsible for enriching their travel experience.

The company’s Head of PR & Marketing, Olukayode Kolawole made the disclosure in a press statement, adding that facilitating a summit to discuss critical industry issues has always been a key focus for the company. He also stated that the panelists for the summit have been drawn from various sectors within the hospitality industry.

“These experts have hands-on experiences from interacting with travelers at different point of their journey. The selection of the panelists was meticulously done to allow for a rich and diverse contribution from each of them.

For instance, Mr. Ikechi Uko is the CEO & organizer of Akwaaba African Travel Market. He’s also the publisher of ATQ magazine – the first (if not only) travel magazine in West Africa. The event is a convergence point for Africans to discuss, impact and share ideas on how to advance the African hospitality industry by highlighting the inevitable roles of each stakeholder, the government inclusive. Mr. Uko is a well-respected expert in the industry. His presence at any travel & tourism event will no doubt leave the participants in awe and intellectually enriched at the end of the programme”.

Other panelists billed to speak at the event are: Kushal Dutta, MD Jumia Travel Nigeria; Anthony Shishler, MD Fahrenheit Hotel; Bakare Abiola, Kenya Airways; Sam Adeleke, Afro Tourism; Chiamaka Obuekwe, Founder Social Prefect Tours; and Tosin Ajibade, Founder, Olorisupergal & Travel Africa Story.

The press statement also highlighted some of the questions the panelists will be providing answers to, such as: What are travelers looking for – the new trends? How can these expectations be met? What differentiates the 20th century traveler from the 21st? What roles do airline operators play in contributing to a traveler’s experience? What are the flight booking trends? What class enjoy the most bookings? How do airline operators make the flight more than just flying? How does the interaction with the airline add up to the traveler’s gross experience? What kind of hotel accommodations do travelers expect? What kind do they get? What is the booking pattern/trend for leisure travelers? What amenities are these travelers searching for the most? How much in advance do travelers book hotels? How do hoteliers plan to make travelers experience more interesting? Beyond keeping one’s head under the hotel roof, what extra do hotels offer? What would make a traveler to want to return to the same hotel every single time? Are Nigerian travelers difficult to satisfy? Do they ask for more than they can get or deserve or pay for?

Dolapo IyunadeMar 15, 2017


Seedstars, the global organization with the mission of impacting people’s lives in emerging markets through entrepreneurship and technology, launched its fourth edition of the Seedstars World competition in 2016, backed by an international team of 15 members.

They have covered 65+ countries and regions, scouting for the best startups around the world and all 65 finalists have been selected to participate in a three days bootcamp followed by the famous Semi-Finals & Finals. The Seedstars Summit and final ceremony, which is open to public, will take place on April 6th whereby the “Seedstars World Global Winner” will be named and receive up to USD 500’000 in equity investment.

Seedstar Summit

Other sectors such as fintech and edtech will also be rewarded with equity investments and grants. The event is expecting around a thousand entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, corporate executives, business angels, government officials, journalists and startup enthusiasts to join for an amazing experience in Switzerland.

Some of the past winners are Simple Pay Nigeria (2013 winner), Giraffe from South Africa (last year’s winner). This year, Kangpe will be representing Nigeria in Switzerland. Kangpe is a service that allows patients discuss health issues quickly and confidentially with verified doctors 24/7 via SMS, Mobile App or Web within minutes.

Today, there are over 4 billion people without access to the Internet, which in my language means 4 billion potential consumers, opportunities and connected citizens.
– Alisée de Tonnac, CEO Seedstars World.

The underlying theme of the Summit this year will be Billions. The idea is to discuss how technology and entrepreneurship can impact billions of people’s lives. “Today, there are over 4 billion people without access to the Internet, which in my language means 4 billion potential consumers, opportunities and connected citizens. In the next 4 years alone, nearly half a billion people will come online for the first time. Venturing a bit further into the future, by 2020, 8 out of 10 smartphones will be located in emerging markets. Emerging Markets are at the center of the map!”, explains Alisée de Tonnac, CEO Seedstars World.

Watch the recap of the Seedstars Summit 2016 below


Benjamin DadaMar 13, 2017


In celebration of the 2017 International Women’s Day (IWD ’17), The Google Women Techmakers program would be hosting a series of events (Summits and Meetups). The Summits happen at Google offices around the world and applications are welcome from anyone (including Lagos, although, the venue is yet to be determined). While, the Meetups happen at non-Google venues hosted by the Google Developers Group in the area. One of such is Covenant University, Ota, Ogun State, Nigeria.

What is Google’s Women Techmakers Program?

Simply, it is a program that provides visibility, community, and resources for women in Technology. According to their site, it “Kicked off in 2012 as a once-per-year event at I/O by then VP of Google[x] Megan Smith, Women Techmakers is now led by Head of Global Programs Natalie Villalobos and a global team of Googlers who are passionate about empowering women in technology.”

Who can attend?

Seems like an obvious question. But actually, “ALL GENDERS are welcome” says the registration form linked below.

Further details are as follows:

Date: Saturday, March 18, 2017

Time: 9am – 4pm

Venue: Covenant Univesity, Diamond Bank Building

Kindly signify your interest by filling out this Google form.

Enquiries should be forwarded to register@cu.gdg.ng


Paul AdepojuMar 13, 2017


Mobile innovators have under two weeks left to submit their entries for the West Africa Mobile Awards (WAMAS) (www.wamas.com.ng) with winners to be announced at an awards gala on May 18th in Lagos, Nigeria in front of local and international media.

Following the huge success of the inaugural WAMAS, celebrated last year in Lagos, responses to the West Africa Mobile Awards (WAMAS) has been excellent. The awards will once again strive to identify, recognise and celebrate the individuals and companies that are the driving force of the region’s mobile ecosystem.

Entrepreneurs, start-ups, and established ventures driving mobile industry progress in West Africa are encouraged to submit entries for the 10 categories before the deadline of Friday, March 24th.

10 Award Categories
The WAMAS welcomes applications across 10 categories and finalists will enjoy global industry recognition, invaluable networking opportunities and global publicity. New for 2017, shortlisted finalists will be invited to showcase themselves during day two of Mobile West Africa, providing a platform and exposure for successful entries. Winners will also receive a wide range of benefits and advisory services to help drive their businesses forward.

Supported by BBM, Wimbart, Kasi Insights, DressMeOutlet, Mobile West Africa (MWA) and AppsAfrica, the awards gala will take place at the Rooftop Lounge in Lagos in front of a packed audience of industry peers, respected judges, sponsors, media and partners for an evening of celebration and networking.

The awards will recognise the global brands, dynamic start-ups and visionary individuals who are shaping mobile content and commerce in West Africa. Applications are welcome across 10 categories and the WAMAS are free to enter, ensuring a level playing field for all.

An expert judging panel that includes industry leaders, independent journalists, analysts, academics and VCs will assess all entries. The process will be completely comprehensive, exhaustive and systematic, meaning that the awards and the processes surrounding them are fully transparent.

The deadline for entries is Friday 24th March and the West Africa Mobile Award Winners 2017 will be revealed over cocktails and canapés at the awards ceremony on 18th May in Lagos, Nigeria.

To enter or reserve your tickets please visit http://wamas.com.ng/.

Paul AdepojuMar 10, 2017


Tech giant Google at the commencement of this year’s Google Cloud Next 2017 announced the introduction of what it described as powerful additions to Drive that can help organizations to Create, share and work confidently as a team with Team Drives; Stay in control of sensitive company data with Google Vault for Drive;  Migrate easily to the cloud with Google’s latest acquisition, AppBridge; Work seamlessly with the tools you’re already using with Drive File Stream; and access relevant files immediately with Quick Access, powered by Google machine intelligence.

Alex Vogenthaler, Group Product Manager, Google Drive, said: “Most file storage solutions weren’t built to handle the explosion of files that are now created and shared in the cloud — because they were initially designed for individuals, not teams. With this amount of shared data, admins need more controls to keep their data safe and teams need to feel confident working together. Team Drives deliver the security, structure and ease-of-use enterprises need.”

The company also introduced Google Vault for Drive which offers new, advanced admin controls for data compliance; and Drive File Stream to allow users to work without breaking business processes.

“After you migrate to the cloud, you should be able to easily access all your content using your existing tools and processes. While other cloud-based solutions use traditional, time- consuming (and hard drive-consuming) syncs, Drive File Stream, now available in the Early Adopter Program (EAP) allows teams to quickly stream files directly from the cloud to their computer. This means that all of your company data can be accessed directly from your laptop, even if you don’t have much space left on your hard drive.”

Paul AdepojuFeb 13, 2017


Today February 13, Nigeria joins the rest of the world in commemorating the World Radio Day. According to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), as high as one billion people globally lack access to radio.

In a statement, ITU said it is using the occasion which is meant to celebrate the unique power of radio to also drum support for ensuring accessibility, as radio helped to shape life. The day, ITU said, is set aside to celebrate why people love radio and why it is needed today, more than ever before.

The union stressed that radio is still the most dynamic, reactive and engaging medium adapting to 21st century changes and offering new ways to interact and participate.

”To make this possible, ITU continues working to enable innovation in radiocommunications, as well as ensuring that transmission standards and spectrum are available for digital radio in Medium Frequency (MF), High Frequency (HF) and Very High Frequency (VHF) broadcasting bands.

”ITU is also ensuring that there are approved international regulatory frameworks in place to allow for a smooth migration from analogue to digital radio.

”Feb. 13, 2017 is World Radio Day – a day to celebrate radio as a medium; to improve international cooperation between broadcasters.

”It is a day to encourage major networks and community radio alike to promote access to information, freedom of expression and gender equality over the airwaves.

”Radio is the mass media reaching the widest audience in the world. It is also recognised as a powerful communication tool and a low cost medium,” it said.

Paul AdepojuFeb 7, 2017


Today is Safer Internet Day (SID) which is a global event and this year, stakeholders in the ecosystem led by Facebook are holding a series of initiatives to help make the Internet a safer and better place for people across Africa, especially children and the youth.

In a statement issued this morning, Facebook announced it is partnering with public sector agencies and non-governmental organisations from across Africa and TechCity gathered that it is under the rallying call “Be the change: unite for a better Internet”.

“Nothing is more important to us than the safety of the people who use Facebook. Every day people come to Facebook to connect with people and issues they care about, and they should be able to do so in a safe, secure environment,” says Akua Gyekye, Public Policy Manager Facebook, Africa.

Facebook builds products that empower the community to stay in control, support each other during crises and stay safe online. Every Facebook product has privacy and security built into it to protect your information.

Worldwide conversation

Over 100 countries are participating in an effort to start conversations and help people think about the small steps they can take to stay safe online. The initiative is coordinated by the joint Insafe/INHOPE network, with the support of the European Commission, and national Safer Internet Centres across Europe and beyond.

In Africa, Facebook is working with partners such as: Watoto Watch in Kenya, the International Center for Leadership Development and the Women’s Technology Empowerment Centre in Nigeria, South Africa’s Film and Publication Board, JOXAfrica Association in Senegal, Tech Women Zimbabwe as well as J Initiative and Ghana Internet Safety Foundation from Ghana to ensure the safety and education of their communities and address the needs of vulnerable people.

Facebook said it is providing financial and marketing support for them to use to raise awareness about online safety. Facebook is also hosting an event in Johannesburg, South Africa and Nairobi, Kenya to promote the importance of online safety to students, teachers, parents and policymakers.

Everyone has a part to play

Gyekye says: “This is an opportunity to explore the role we all play in helping to create a better and safer online community. We are proud to work with young people, parents, carers, teachers, social workers, law enforcement, companies, and policymakers to create a better Internet.”

Facebook has redesigned its Safety Center, an engaging resource to help people get the information they need about controlling their information and staying safe. It walks you through the tools Facebook offers to control your experience as well as numerous tips and resources for safe and secure sharing. It is available in over 50 languages, is mobile friendly and includes step-by-step videos.

Quotes from relevant partners
TechWomen Zimbabwe
“As more Zimbabwean women and girls go online to take advantage of the immense opportunities the internet offers, they empower themselves with knowledge, education and connections with others,” says Techwomen Zimbabwe’s Founder, Aretha Mare. “We are determined to break down barriers to the Internet for women and girls so they can maximise the benefits of the Internet – and that includes tackling challenges such as online harassment and bullying.”
Watoto Watch Network: Kenya
“The Internet brings offers great opportunities for Kenya’s youth and children. This year’s Safer Internet Day gives young people the opportunity to voice their views on how to make the internet better,” says Lillian Kariuki, executive director at Watoto Watch Network.
JI Initiative from Ghana
“We are passionate advocates for a safe Internet for young people and children, so we are pleased that Facebook embraces its responsibility to keep people safe on its platform,” says Awo Aidam Amenyah, Executive Director at JI Initiative. “We are pleased to work with Facebook to promote positive online experiences for everyone.”
Ghana Internet Safety Foundation
“The massive support we’ve seen for this year’s Safer Internet Day is truly inspiring,” says Emmanuel Adinkrah, Co-Founder and CEO of Ghana Internet Safety Foundation. “It is heartening to hear about the ways young people are using technology to take positive action online to empower each other and spread kindness. We want to encourage them to keep building a better internet for all.”
Film and Production Board: South Africa
“It is important to have conversations early and often  about how inappropriate content on the Internet may affect children,” says Janine Raftopoulos, Manager Communications and Public Education South Africa’s Film & Publications Board (FPB). “Parents, educators, guardians and industry all have a part to play in ensuring that children understand how to stay safe online.”
ICLDING: Nigeria
“We’re pleased with our partnership with Facebook for Safer Internet day to raise awareness and have conversations about staying safe online,” says Felix Bidemi Iziomoh, Executive Director at ICLDING. “We are proud to play a role in uniting our community for a better internet.”
Women’s Technology Empowerment Centre (W.TEC)
“The 2017 theme for the Safer Internet Day ‘Be the change: unite for a better internet’ resonates strongly with the Federal Government of Nigeria’s campaign, ‘The change begins with me’,” says Adeyemi Odutola, Communications Officer at Women’s Technology Empowerment Centre (W.TEC). “We are excited to partner with Facebook to host a day of workshops and fun activities for secondary students, where they will learn how to navigate the Internet confidently and safely.”
Senegal (JOXAfrica Association)
“Protecting children on the Internet is a priority for us as we rally with governments NGOs and private companies for a better online community,” says JOXAfrica Senegal’s Assane Diouf. “Together with Facebook, as the world’s biggest online social network, we can create higher awareness of how we can keep children safe online.”

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