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June 23, 2022

Amazon's secret Nigerian weapon

If you're a constant listener of the Techpoint Africa Podcast, you've probably heard Chimgozirim talk about a drop in startup funding globally. However, it seems funding in the African startup ecosystem is about to become a daily affair again in Africa. 0:54 - African startups hit all-time funding record 10:03 - Elon Musk recommits to Dogecoin 20:40 - Amazon funding Nollywood Useful links Scaling with stellar communication technologies at the Termii Elevate 1.0 Conference “It’s tough but not undoable.” Ifeoluwa Dare-Johnson on Healthtracka’s $1.5m seed round ‘I Am’ Buying—Elon Musk Reveals Surprise Crypto Bet Amid $2 Trillion Bitcoin, Ethereum, BNB, XRP, Solana, Cardano And Dogecoin Price Crash Amazon Prime Video commissions Nollywood’s Nemsia Films for 3 films ...

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June 21, 2022

"Project Fela"

We've got some big news for you; this is the 100th episode of the Techpoint Africa Podcast!!! And of course, we are celebrating. To find out more, listen to today's podcast. We loved reminiscing about all the iterations we've gone through in the last three years, including doing video. But that's not all we discussed. 0:05 - Celebrating 100 episodes of the Techpoint Africa Podcast 12:10 - Amazon bringing its eCommerce service to Nigeria and South Africa 23:17 - Uganda is going to space, finally Useful links Scaling with stellar communication technologies at the Termii Elevate 1.0 Conference Amazon plans to expand into 5 new countries early next year Konga acquisition: Could Kinnevik and Naspers have lost a combined 93% ROI? 18 months into a new strategy, how close is Jumia to profitability? Uganda to launch its first satellite in 2022 After 23 years, Nigeria’s space ambitions still look like a pipe dream ...

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June 16, 2022

$34m to tackle crime in Kenya

This week has been an eventful one for the African tech ecosystem; from possible policies to CSI Miami-like moves, we had quite a bit to discuss on today's Techpoint Africa Podcast. 1:28 - Lagos government to adopt Startup Bill 13:11 - NITDA's code of practice for online platforms 23:08 - Kenya launches $34.1m forensic lab Useful links Lagos to adopt Nigeria Startup Bill at state level  Startup Acts: Can the decade’s sexiest law save Nigeria’s thriving but uncertain startup ecosystem? Everything you need to know about Nigeria’s Social Media Bill and what you can do about it Nigerian broadcasting agency seeks to regulate exclusive/original local content on Netflix, iROKOtv, PayTV Uhuru Kenyatta launches forensic lab, ends two decade wait for change This episode was produced by Ogheneruemu Oneyibo and edited by Múyìwá Mátùlúkò Email us your feedback at podcast@techpoint.africa. Visit www.techpoint.africa for more stories. ...

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June 14, 2022

Trading stocks on the blockchain

Hardly a day goes by without a story on cryptocurrencies or the blockchain. This time, the Nigerian Stock Exchange plans to adopt blockchain technology to settle transactions.  Temi Popoola, CEO of the Nigerian Exchange, believes that this development will encourage more young people who are major adopters of cryptocurrencies to use the NSE. However, Oluwanifemi and Chimgozirim argue that the technology used for settlement is not responsible for the low patronage among the younger audience.  Following that, we discussed Kenya’s plan to regulate “tech practitioners” in the country following a bill passed by the parliament. 5:32 - A blockchain-powered stock exchange 20:07 - Regulating tech practitioners in Kenya Useful links Why should Nigeria’s next president come from the South? Facts and figures Nigeria’s blockchain-powered stock exchange Kenya’s controversial “ICT Practitioners Bill” is closer to becoming law This episode was produced by Ogheneruemu Oneyibo and edited by Múyìwá Mátùlúkò Email us your feedback at podcast@techpoint.africa. Visit www.techpoint.africa for more stories. ...

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June 09, 2022

Preventing lengthy vote counts with blockchain

It has been an eventful week and we could not help but talk about it on the Techpoint Africa Podcast. From Apple's World Wide Developer Conference 2022 (WWDC22) to Nigeria's primary election drama, we did not leave anything out. 1:15 - Apple's Buy Now Pay Later option and other WWDC updates 6:18 - MFS Africa acquires GTP Learn how to gain more customers for your business without spending on Instagram ads 15:16 - Ethiopia places outright ban on crypto trading 24:04 - Preventing lengthy vote counts with blockchain Useful links From ballot paper to blockchain ledger, can blockchain, the tech behind Bitcoin, heal Nigeria’s democracy? Gain more customers on Instagram without spending on ads This episode was produced by Ogheneruemu Oneyibo and edited by Múyìwá Mátùlúkò Email us your feedback at podcast@techpoint.africa. Visit www.techpoint.africa for more stories. ...

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June 07, 2022

The silver lining that is Zipline

It's been a horrific few days for Nigerians. The attack at the St. Francis Catholic Church in Owo, Ondo State resulted in the death of over 50 persons. Gruesome videos flooded the Internet as calls for blood donations were made in the numbers. The last few years have seen an increase in saddening deaths, kidnappings, and terrorist attacks in Nigeria, and that is one reason US-based logistics company, Zipline launched in Kaduna State, Nigeria on Friday, Jun 3, 2022.   On this episode: 2:02 - Zipline expands drone service to Kaduna, Nigeria 16:12 - Yuga Labs hack Useful links Zipline is launching its drone delivery services under “difficult” conditions in Nigeria Google is creating ‘Plus Codes’ to track locations any where in Nigeria Nigeria’s Kifta Technologies produces smart glasses, other cutting edge defence tech, for companies and countries worldwide Yuga Labs confirms Discord server hack; 200 ETH worth of NFTs stolen This episode was produced by Ogheneruemu Oneyibo and edited by Múyìwá Mátùlúkò Email us your feedback at podcast@techpoint.africa. Visit www.techpoint.africa for more stories. ...

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