Facebook uses Social Media Week Lagos to enhance partnerships in Nigeria

Facebook showcased its commitment to Nigerian content companies and developers at Social Media Week in Lagos Feb. 22 to Feb. 26. Social Media Week Lagos is Africa's largest technology, new media and business conference. Facebook offered master classes and workshops as well as a day dedicated to assisting Nigerian developers on growth hacking and designing social applications. Read More »

Kropmann Communications strikes deal to sell fraud analytics technology in Africa

Kropmann Communications Limited, a professional services firm, recently signed a reseller agreement with Argyle Data to sell the company’s native Hadoop fraud analytics technology to consumers in Africa. Since 2005, Kropmann has been selling its services to mobile communications operators to create and deliver new technologies in Africa that address business challenges. Read More »

Visa hosting fraud prevention workshop in Senegal

To prevent debit and credit card fraud for West African users, representatives from Visa Business School is hosting a three-day fraud prevention workshop in Dakar, Senegal. Topics being covered at the workshop, which was attended by 17 banks, included the latest technology in debit and credit cards and best practices for using them as well as fraud trends and how to detect them. Read More »

16 million Nigerians logging on to Facebook each day

Technology use in the West African nation of Nigeria is growing rapidly as is evidenced by recent statistics, showing that 16 million in Nigeria visit Facebook each day. Facebook officials recently visited Nigeria to find out how people were using the site and what would make it better for them; already, 100 percent of Nigerian users access Facebook via the site's mobile app. Read More »

John Deere S.M.A.R.T. program hopes to boost African farm output

John Deere is launching a new campaign to help African farmers improve productivity on their farms. The S.M.A.R.T. campaign offers African farmers one-stop shopping for all their agricultural equipment needs by advocating mechanization. John Deere is also developing its own financing network specific to African agriculture, brokering partnerships with local African banks. Read More »

MTN Group picks ItsOn for digital delivery starting in South Africa

ItsOn recently entered into an agreement with MTN Group to drive subscribers and revenue via its ItsOn cloud-based services. Africa's largest mobile operator MTN will launch ItsOn's technology beginning in South Africa, with expansion to other countries. ItsOn provides clients with a device application plus cloud service for e-commerce and payment methods and loyalty programs. Read More »

Study: Sub-Saharan Africa ready for major renewable energy investment

Frost & Sullivan finds that Sub-Saharan Africa is primed for renewable energy investment. South Africa, Tanzania, Namibia, Kenya, Zambia, Nigeria and Ethiopia are all ripe for investment in grid-tied solar, wind, and geothermal projects. Frost & Sullivan cited International Finance Corporation's Scaling Solar Programme as an example of solutions addressing the funding gap. Read More »