Weekly Roundup: French President Emmanuel Macron Visits Fela’s New Afrika Shrine

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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.

https://twitter.com/yemitwist/status/1014244246373662720

Fela was a legendary multi-instrumentalist, musician, composer, pioneer of the Afrobeat music genre, human rights activist, and political maverick.

https://twitter.com/smoshblog12/status/1014865170932346881

https://twitter.com/calabartube/status/1014695639236608000

Macron also met with a young boy who drew a portrait of him during a visit to the Afrika Shrine in Lagos.

https://twitter.com/Marapolsa/status/1014252965815902213

https://twitter.com/EBONGIE/status/1014485882672427008

Nigerian celebrities were also in attendance.

https://twitter.com/Marapolsa/status/1014427732908937222

Venture Gardens Group Launches Vibranium Valley Tech Campus in Ikeja

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

https://twitter.com/Rouvafe/status/954969364863873024

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.

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!

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

https://twitter.com/Andela_Nigeria/status/1014159734109298693

We did a little biography of each of the co-founders. Simply go here to read about them.

https://twitter.com/Andela_Kenya/status/1014427827473666048


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