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Child Online Africa founder honored for humanitarian services

– Advertisement – The founder of Child Online Africa, a pan-African non-profit organization fighting for the safety of children online, Awo Aidam Amenyah has been honored for her humanitarian services. At a Humanitarian awards event in Ghana’s capital Accra, a citation was read on her honor for fighting for the rights of children and pushing for a safer environment for them to operate online. The citation from the Humanitarian Awards Ghana read that the honor to Amenyah was “in recognition and appreciation of your outstanding and selfless commitment in rendering…

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Renewable energy and Agric project boost jobs in Niger Delta

– Advertisement – Asanita Agricultural Processing Company has secured funding to build a renewable energy power plant and a cassava processing to ethanol plant in Southern Nigeria. The project located on a 40-hectare estate in Edo State in the Niger Delta region, will produce 50,000 litres per day of ethanol and deliver electricity for up to 300 homes. By creating hundreds of jobs for illegal migrant returnees and boosting the local economy, it also aims to discourage human tracking and illegal migration. The power plant is designed to reduce carbon emission by converting all the biomass to energy. A combination of biogas produced from the effluent of the ethanol plant, and combustion of waste cassava peel and other agricultural waste, likes palm…

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Africa’s first adaptive learning online high school launches

– Advertisement – Prestigious, independent school, Bridge House and award-winning EdTech company, Digemy, have joined forces to create ConnectEd – the first Independent Examinations Board (IEB) curriculum online high school in Africa to utilise a dynamic adaptive learning platform. The school will launch initially for Grades 10 and 11, with other grades to follow next year and into 2022. Bridge House and Digemy have an aligned vision to change the traditional teaching model and, in the process, enable a first-rate education to be accessible to a much wider audience. “A…

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Impact Hub Accra wins $10k MASHAV grant to tackle plastic waste

– Advertisement – Impact Hub Accra, a leading social entrepreneurship and innovation centre in Ghana has been awarded a grant of $10,000 by the Israeli government’s development agency, MASHAV to tackle plastic waste. A Cheque of $10,000 (GH 57,900) was presented to officials of Impact Hub Accra at a ceremony in Ghana’s capital Accra on Thursday. The grant is to support the organisation execute a project called Zero Plastic Project which intends turning plastic wastes into useful materials for reuse. According to officials of Impact Hub Accra, the fund will…

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South Africa: Vodacom, MTN ordered to lower data prices

South Africa’s Vodacom Group and MTN Group have been ordered by the country’s Competition Commission to lower data prices. The two companies could face prosecution if they do not agree with the order in the next two months to lower data prices. The watchdog launched an investigation in August 2017 following a request from the minister of economic Development. There have been several complaints from consumers about high data costs. The commission said in its report that there is evidence to suggest that there is room for price reductions in…

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Ghanaians are angry for paying too much for mobile data

Ghanaians are outraged by a sudden surge in mobile data rates this month from major telecom companies like MTN, operating in the West African nation. With latest introduced rates, consumers of companies like MTN will have to pay almost $4 for 1G of mobile data. In a country where incomes or earnings of ordinary people are very low, that is extremely expensive for some and could cut many offline. A recent report by the Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI) revealed that Ghana was among some middle-income countries that pay higher…

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Sierra Leone launches drone corridor for medical supplies

Sierra Leone on Friday launched West Africa’s first drone for good corridor to help in fast and efficient health care delivery of medical supplies. A drone corridor is an airspace where drones and drone solutions can be tested for use to support different sectors. With support from UNICEF Sierra Leone and UNICEF’s Office of Innovations in New York, Sierra Leone’s drone corridor is to explore using aerial drones for medical deliveries, emergency response activities, agroforestry, and geospatial mapping to start. The initiative is under the technical leadership of Sierra Leone’s…

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Opinion: Is Africa ready for 5G?

The twittersphere was buzzing this week with the news that the telecommunications company MTN had started testing 5G superfast mobile internet in Nigeria, a first for West Africa. After live 5G demonstrations in Abuja and Calabar this week, MTN plans to showcase the technology in several other Nigerian cities during the three-month trial period. Nigeria hopes to start rolling out 5G in select cities in 2020 – one of the few African countries that have committed to the new mobile technology. Gabon is also holding trials, while Lesotho and South Africa…

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Jumia is shutting down in parts of Africa in portfolio review

Online retailer Jumia Technologies has announced the shutting down of its portfolio in Tanzania. The company announced this decision weeks after shutting its office and operations in Cameroon. Widely regarded as “the Amazon of Africa,” the company said in a statement on Thursday that “As part of our ongoing portfolio optimisation effort, Jumia has come to the difficult decision to cease our operations in Tanzania effective on November 27.” Jumia this year listed 17.6% of its shares at $14.50 a share on the New York Exchange with hopes of raking in…

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Uganda to launch drone medical supply service in 2020

Ugandan officials are reported to be planning on launching a drone medical supply service in 2020. The Ugandan government is currently in talks with a firm to seal a deal to deliver blood packages, drugs and medical equipment to public health facilities. An executive of the drone service firm, Flexdrone was reported by Reuters on Friday to have confirmed the reports of ongoing discussions. John Goslino who is business manager at Flexdrone, told Reuters his firm owned by a Ugandan and a German hopes to start a delivery service in…

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