How Online Stores Can Make The Biggest Black Friday Sales

Black Friday, a term that once meant different things in different places has evolved to mean one thing globally; the largest sales event of the year. Some even refer to it as “the super bowl of the retail industry”. It is now an e-commerce game. Although the term uses ‘Friday’, the event has now become a weekend event, starting on Friday after Thanksgiving and running through the weekend. 2020’s black Friday is set to officially begin on the 27th of November. Black Friday covers the sales industry (offline and online). In…

CONNECTING PEOPLE WITH FINANCE: Building Smarter Bank Branches

The Coronavirus has accelerated the need for mobile and self-service banking, with traditional branches seeing a fall in customer traffic, meaning their customer acquisition has also significantly declined. Though it may be tempting to conclude that this will lead to bank branches becoming obsolete, that is not the case. Instead, the development of new technologies – such as artificial intelligence (AI) and 5G – will empower bank outlets by allowing them to become intelligent, being assigned new functions and different objectives. Despite the rapid development of mobile services, branches remain…

Facebook announces its New Office in Lagos

LAGOS/Nigeria:  As part of its continued commitment and ongoing investment in Africa, Facebook today announced it will be opening an office in Lagos, Nigeria – its second office on the African continent. Aimed at supporting the entire Sub-Saharan Africa region, the office is expected to become operational in H2 2021 and will be the first on the continent to house a team of expert engineers building for the future of Africa and beyond. Facebook’s office will be home to various teams servicing the continent from across the business, including Sales,…

ASECNA, NIGCOMSAT, Thales Alenia Space Start Broadcast of Satellite-Based Augmentation System signal over Africa & Indian Ocean

DAKAR/Senegal: The Agency for Air Navigation Safety in Africa and Madagascar, ASECNA has started to broadcast a SBAS (Satellite-Based Augmentation System) signal over Africa & Indian Ocean (AFI) region, providing the first SBAS open service in this part of the world via NIGCOMSAT-1R Satellite managed and operated by Nigerian Communications Satellite Ltd under Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy of Nigeria. This early open service is provided as part of the « SBAS for Africa & Indian Ocean » programme which pursues the autonomous provision over the continent of…

Nigeria’s Digital Economy: The Role Of NIGCOMSAT Ltd

The Nigerian Communication Satellite (NIGCOMSAT) has been identified as a strategic contributor in building a digital Nigeria, policy documents released by the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy have noted. NigComSat will contribute to three pillars already earmarked in the policy and this includes the provision of service infrastructure that will enable government to provide digital services through robust satellite links in order to drive the digital economy in the rural and underserved areas. NigComSat, according to the document, National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (2020-2030), will provide the…

The Future of Cloud Computing: Moving at the Speed of Business

Businesses now accept that the future of organising, processing and presenting their data is in the cloud By Patrick Ndegwa There’s been a definite shift around the discussion about the cloud in Africa. Businesses now accept that the future of organising, processing and presenting their data is in the cloud. And with services like cloud-based email, many companies are already using this innovative technology – whether they realise it or not. The conversation has changed from asking ‘what is cloud technology?’ to looking at how it can be harnessed to…

Global Security Culture Report: It’s not the Technology that secures the Organisation. It’s its People

The report underscored one very important fact – the human element is underserved JOHANNESBURG/South Africa:  The 2020 Security Culture Report released by KnowBe4 and CLTRe collected data from more than 120,000 employees across 24 countries to find out exactly how deeply security was embedded into company culture. Or not. South Africa, Kenya, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, USA, UK, New Zealand, Norway and India were some of the countries included in the survey. The industries included Banking, Financial Services, Insurance, Education, Transport, and Energy and Utilities. The security report was developed by…

‘Biotechnology: A strong investment for African farmers’

LAGOS/Nigeria: Biotechnology remains a strong investment for African farmers as gains globally, showed that for each dollar invested in biotech crop seeds, more than a threefold return of approximately $3.5 was attained. This was said by Dr Sylvester Oikeh, a scientist with the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) during a one-day interaction with editors held recently in Lagos. Dr Oikeh who manages the TELA Maize project at AATF said that, in 2016, farmers in developing countries received $5.1 for each dollar invested in biotech crop seeds, which is a five-fold…

89% of Nigerian Parents Use Their Gadgets to Entertain Their Child When They Travel-Kaspersky

LAGOS/Nigeria:  As many countries slowly ease the lockdown measures that were implemented because of the Coronavirus pandemic, the interest to domestic and international travel starts to increase. Kaspersky throws a light on some travel patterns of parents and their children on the go. According to the “Responsible Digital Parenting” survey1, 89% of the parents in Nigeria use their gadgets to entertain their child when they travel. Furthermore, 33% of the respondents try to calm down their children with the help of devices and 22% aim to gain some spare time…