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August 11, 2022 00:34:55
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Ghosting annoying WhatsApp groups

You can also watch this episode on YouTube. Several things have happened in the tech space this week and on the Techpoint Africa Podcast, we discussed some of them. First on the list is the launch of the Kenyan President's master plan that saw the introduction of coding into the curriculum of primary and secondary schools, with more projects to come. Then we talked about the installation of Equiano cables in South Africa by the West Indian Ocean Cable Company (WIOCC) in partnership with Google, and what it means for the country and Africa. To advertise or promote your brand, visit this link or send an email to business@techpoint.africa Timestamps 1:19 - Kenya rolls out coding curriculum in schools 11:49 - Google's Equiano lands in South Africa 18:02 - WhatsApp's privacy-related features 24:27 - Amazon Prime Video launches in Nigeria 31:51 - Snapchat's child safety features Useful links From primary education to advanced learning, Kenya is creating a tech talent pipeline WIOCC lands Google's Equiano cable in South Africa WhatsApp is launching new features to protect your privacy Amazon Prime Video launches local service in Nigeria There are probably less than 50,000 Netflix subscribers in Nigeria Child safety on Snapchat Worried about your child’s online safety during holidays? Try these tools Help Intelligence by Techpoint investigate healthcare access and delivery in Nigeria by filling this form 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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August 09, 2022 00:35:55
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Conversational eCommerce and the problems of fulfillment

This episode is also available to watch on YouTube. Today on the Techpoint Africa Podcast we had Romain Poirot-Lellig, Founder and CEO, Kwik Delivery and Kelvin Umechukwu Co-founder and CEO, Bumpa discuss the eCommerce industry and new developments occurring in the industry. We also had insightful discussions about the problems that startups encounter in the industry, possible solutions, and the innovative strides prospective startups, vendors, customers, and enthusiasts can look forward to in the future. To advertise or promote your brand, visit this link or send an email to business@techpoint.africa Timestamps 00:00 - Intro01:30 - Local specifics in e-commerce02:20 - Shift in business control 03:40 - From DMs to storefronts07:10 - Kwik's perspective 08:15 - Trust law for e-commerce in France09:00 - combating obstacles of logistics10:35 - kwik riders' townhall meeting11:08 - Keep your rider happy, they do a better job11:20 - Data problems vis-a-vis rider tracking14:50 - First of its kind innovation17:00 - Challenge with offline vendors18: 20 - Partnership with other apps19:15 - Educating offline vendors22:20 - Seamless integration is the key to customer satisfaction29:30 - Informal marketing into formal market30:30 - Combating "what I ordered vs what I got"33:07 - Kwik's approach Useful links Bumpa’s Instagram integration wants to turn your DMs into a storefront Kwik launches Kwikstore, an easy-to-use e-commerce solution to help African merchants sell online Inside the deep challenges of eCommerce and logistics in Nigeria 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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August 04, 2022 00:23:36
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Justice for the scammed

Today on the Techpoint Africa Podcast, our reporters had a lot to say about the Federal Government's plans to implement a 5% excise duty on all phone calls, text messages and data plan subscriptions. They also touched on justice being served for victims of the Forsage $300 million fraud scandal in 2020. Bolu, in particular, itemised methods to help identify ponzi/fraudulent schemes. To advertise or promote your brand, visit this link or send an email to business@techpoint.africa Timestamps 1:16 - Nigerians to pay 5% excise duty on calls, SMS, and data 11:41 - US SEC charges Forsage founders and promoters with fraud 21:18 - Rundown of tech happenings this week  Useful links Nigerians to pay more on calls, SMS and data Pantami rejects FG imposition of 5% excise duty on telecoms sector SEC Slaps Founders, Promoters of Alleged Ponzi Scheme Forsage With Fraud Charges Kenya’s insurtech startup, Lami Technologies, raises an extra $3.7m seed round to expand its insurance product offerings Youverify, an identity verification startup, closes an additional $1 million seed to verify 2 billion identities South Africa’s ruling party wants streaming platforms regulated South Africa’s ruling party wants the country to phase out 2G and 3G networks 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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August 02, 2022 01:02:28
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Why you should care about the Nigeria Startup Bill with Oswald Osaretin Guobadia, SSA to the Nigerian President and Timi Olagunju, Tech Lawyer and Policy Analyst

In 2020, ride-hailing startups in Lagos, Nigeria, were dealt a huge blow – the Lagos State government had placed a ban on all motorcycles in the state. Consequently, these startups saw operations halted, and a few pivoted to other sectors to stay afloat. Interestingly, only a few days before the announcement, some members of the ride-hailing sector were seen with government officials. The relationship between Nigerian startups and regulators has been bumpy, with startups constantly being thrown regulatory curveballs. With this in mind, a bill – the Nigerian Startup Bill – was created to create an enabling environment for startups. On today's podcast, we had Oswald Osaretin Guobadia, Senior Special Assistant to the Nigerian President and Timi Olagunju, tech lawyer and policy analyst, join our reporters to discuss the bill and what it portends for Nigerian startups. To advertise or promote your brand, visit this link or send an email to business@techpoint.africa Timestamps 02:01 - Did the Nigerian House of Reps truly pass the Startup Bill 03:43 - What the Startup Bill is and why you should care  04:41 - How would it create a better environment? 15:49 - Implementing the Bill 21:29 - Getting [people] involved 34:40 - Critiquing and improving on the Bill 50:45 - Making state adoption attractive 55:14 - How the Bill was developed Useful links Startup Acts: Can the decade’s sexiest law save Nigeria’s thriving but uncertain startup ecosystem? Visit the Nigeria Startup Bill website for more context 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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July 28, 2022 00:22:56
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AI for babies

Today on the Techpoint Africa Podcast, we discuss Telkom's beef with South Africa's President, Standard Chartered shutting down international spending on naira cards, and Ubenwa $2.5m pre-seed raise. Telkom is suing South Africa's President, Cyril Ramaphosa for directing the Special Investigative Unit (SIU) to launch an investigation into the telco. From what we hear, there's some issue with a sale in 2006, and there are even more lawsuits in the offing. Timestamps 01:03 - Telkom sues South Africa President 07:21 - Standard Chartered cancels international naira cards 15:01 - Ubenwa's AI for babies-inspired funding Useful links Telkom sues Ramaphosa, wants SIU probe stopped StanChart to suspend using naira debit card for international spending from August 1st Can a baby’s cry identify neurological disorders? Ubenwa says ‘yes’ From Katsina to the world: How Abdulhakim Bashir, founder of AI startup, Chiniki Guard, rose to international prominence This episode was produced by Ogheneruemu Oneyibo and edited by Múyìwá Mátùlúkò To advertise or promote your brand, visit this link or send an email to business@techpoint.africa Email us your feedback at podcast@techpoint.africa. Visit www.techpoint.africa for more stories. ...

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July 26, 2022 00:33:28
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Big tech troubles in Africa

Two weeks ago, we discussed the US Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) filing civil lawsuits against Mirror Trading International Proprietary Limited, a South African company and its CEO for a $1.7 billion Bitcoin fraud scheme. Well, it appears all the victims might not be getting their money. But that's not all we discussed on today's podcast. Big tech appears to be getting the heat on the African continent, with Amazon and Kenya once again in the news Timestamps 04:10 - Quick rundown of the Termii Elevate Conference 11:57 - Why Amazon's Development Centre in South Africa is facing delays 20:03 - Meta's lawsuit in Kenya Useful links Podcast where we discussed the MTI scandal Termii Elevate 1.0 Conference — Scaling with stellar communication technologies South Africa’s Amazon Development Centre may be cancelled Meta faces pressure from rights groups to stop gagging Daniel Motaung Why Facebook labelled content from #LekkiMassacre2020 incident ‘false’ 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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