Weekly Roundup: French President Emmanuel Macron Visits Fela’s New Afrika Shrine
Another beautiful week is about to end and we are poised to bring you a summary of all the interesting happenings you might have missed. We’ve got tech news and of course, the most-talked-about visit of French President Emmanuel Macron to Nigeria.
Fela Kuti’s Memory Alive as French President Visits New Afrika Shrine
French President Emmanuel Macron touched down in Lagos during his visit to Nigeria to talk security and boost culture ties and went directly to the Shrine, where he praised Nollywood (Nigeria’s massive film industry) and the country’s music.
Some Nigerians took to Twitter to share fond memories of the Afrobeat legend, late Fela Anikulapo Kuti following the historic visit of French President Emmanuel Macron to the New Afrika Shrine.
— TRACE Naija (@TRACENaija) July 4, 2018
No doubt FELA. Is enough tourism #CelebrateAfricanCulture
— ThePSYCHOLOGIST (@yemitwist) July 3, 2018
Fela was a legendary multi-instrumentalist, musician, composer, pioneer of the Afrobeat music genre, human rights activist, and political maverick.
— Marc (@DibiaMark) July 3, 2018
Femi Kuti admits telling Macron how govt fixed road to shrine few days to his arrival #Abuja #AfricaShrine #Afrobeatmusician #AsoRockPresidentialVilla #EmmanuelMacron #FelaKuti #Femikuti #FrenchPresident #LagosState #musiclegend #YemiAlade https://t.co/XESoHRM9HE pic.twitter.com/hM0HZ3OXV8
— Smoshblog (@smoshblog12) July 5, 2018
I think trump should be invited to surulere,Markel to Oshodi and Theresa May to Agege. These places need serious upgrade.
Just tell them they are visiting #africashrine they don't know the difference
— RICHARD BATURE (@calabartube) July 5, 2018
Macron also met with a young boy who drew a portrait of him during a visit to the Afrika Shrine in Lagos.
Amazing! See this 11 year old boy drawing of President Macron of France.
— Baba Ibeji (@Marapolsa) July 3, 2018
Thanks to reweets, our young artist is getting the recognition he deserves. Nigerian 11 years old Kazeem Olamilekan did this in just 2 hours.
— Ebong (@EBONGIE) July 4, 2018
Nigerian celebrities were also in attendance.
Host @BankyW with the President of France, @EmmanuelMacron & Lagos state Governor, @AkinwunmiAmbode at the New Afrika Shrine in Lagos yesteday.#CelebrateAfricanCulture #EcobankAfricanArt #EcobankAfricanCulture pic.twitter.com/lTmzrnJUIX
— Baba Ibeji (@Marapolsa) July 4, 2018
Venture Gardens Group Launches Vibranium Valley Tech Campus in Ikeja
Nigerian VC firm, Venture Garden Group, has launched its first tech hub in the country. Called Vibranium Valley, the hub is located in Ikeja, Lagos. it was launched by the vice president of Nigeria Prof. Yemi Osibanjo. With a seven-year history in the Nigerian tech scene, Venture Garden Group has a pretty good understanding of how startups and startup innovation works.
Vice President @ProfOsinbajo launched the “Vibranium Valley” which is set to be the biggest innovation hub in Lagos State.
— Government of Nigeria (@AsoRock) June 22, 2018
According to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Bunmi Akinyemiju, with the launch of its world-class tech campus Vibranium Valley, Venture Garden Group takes the first step into its next chapter as the company works to grow an innovative and collaborative ecosystem that will transform Africa and the lives within it.
Vice President @ProfOsinbajo take a tour around the @VibraniumValley Park led by Executive Director, @VentureGardenNG, Kunmi Demuren; CEO Venture Garden Group, @splashbm and other Tech innovators during his visit.
— Babafemi Oretuyi (@Mofiobafemi) June 22, 2018
Interestingly, unlike most tech hubs in Lagos, Vibranium Valley is not located in Yaba. The hub is located at the once-renowned Concord Printing Press of Nigeria, at Ikeja. Vibranium Valley is a 2,600 square foot tech campus, and houses about 29 private office suites.
Wondering what #VibraniumValley is?
— VibraniumValley (@VibraniumValley) June 22, 2018
NCC Report: Mobile Internet Users Hit 103m in May, Steady Increase Show Internet Adoption
The number of Internet users in Nigeria has significantly increased in the month of May to about 103 million active subscribers. This is a 2 million increase from the 101 million in April, according to the latest NCC report.
Nigeria's Internet users reached 103 million subscribers as at May 2018, with @MTNNG at 39.2 million; @GloWorld with 26.6 million; @AirtelNigeria with 26.5 million; and @9mobileng with 10.8 million, according to latest data from @NgComCommission pic.twitter.com/GdaIBvCmiG
— Techloy (@techloy) July 4, 2018
The new data showed that there is a marginal increase of about 1.9 million (1,943,223) active new Internet subscribers on the Global System for Mobile (GSM) networks, with the largest portion of the internet subscriber share (99.70%) too.
If this data is anything to go by, with a population of 180 million, this implies that about 55% of the Nigerian population (an average of 6 persons out of every ten) have access to the Internet.
A wider Broadband penetration in Nigeria will bring the internet closer and accessible to rural communities, the Govt should stop playing deaf & fully implement the 30% penetration by 2018 proposed in the #BroadbandNigeria policy document of 2013.
— FAVOUR ONYEOZIRI (GCFR) (@Rouvafe) January 21, 2018
And according to reports, the NCC is waiting to approve 3 additional Infracos to boost broadband penetration in the country.
Is Staffbus.ng the Ultimate Solution to the Traffic Problems in Lagos State?
Lagos is Nigeria’s biggest and richest city. But like every metropolis, traffic is a major problem in the city. Daily, residents struggle to commute from their homes to work. Although the government is doing its best to tackle this problem, it still persists.
Staffbus.ng is set to provide a solution to this huge problem.
— Adeniyi Ogunfowoke (@Sleeksavvy) September 19, 2017
Staffbus.ng is encouraging Lagos residents to leave their cars at home and book its luxury buses for their daily commute to work. is this really feasible?
The startup is a commuter network service that makes it easy for employees to get to work and back home every day safely and hassle-free. With StaffBus.ng, one can book rides from a select list of plans and make payments for rides.
It is like an Uber for buses!
— Babafemi Oretuyi (@Mofiobafemi) June 27, 2018
In my opinion, a much better approach would be to partner the state government. This would allow it operate on BRT designated lanes.
Meet the 6 Co-Founders of Foremost Tech Training Company, Andela
Global technology company, Andela, is a startup that specializes in training software developers in Africa and hiring them out to tech companies around the world in need of their skills and talents. here are the c0-founders
Our Co-founders 😍 💙 🤗
If you don't know Andela Co-founders, they are: @iaboyeji, @JeremyJ, @sasschristina, @nadayar, @IanCarnevale and @briceicle.
#ThisIsAndela #HumansOfAndela pic.twitter.com/jTTVtoD2tW
— Andela Nigeria (@Andela_Nigeria) July 3, 2018
We did a little biography of each of the co-founders. Simply go here to read about them.
— Andela Kenya (@Andela_Kenya) July 4, 2018
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