Weekly Roundup: D’Tigress, Nigeria’s Basketball Heroines Defying the Chaos at Home
Good day folks! We trust the previous week was awesome for you.
Quite a lot did happen in the tech and social media space in the course of the past week. However, I am going to share some important ones with you.
D’Tigress, Nigeria’s basketball heroes Defying the chaos at Home
On Tuesday, for the first time ever, Nigeria’s female basketball team, D’Tigress, secured qualification beyond the Group Stage of the ongoing FIBA Women’s World Cup.
🏀🏀🏀 Another important win for Nigeria's D'Tigress as they beat Greece 57-56 to qualify for the quarter-final of the World Cup.
Up next for them is the fancied USA but with the level of commitment these ladies have displayed, I'm so rooting for them 100%.
Super proud! 🇳🇬 pic.twitter.com/WQPIDYwvbd
— Austin Okon-Akpan (@ProudlyAustin) September 26, 2018
Nollywood Actor, Jim Iyke, Set to Launch Mr. Taxi’ and Take on Uber, Taxify
Popular Nigerian actor, Jim Iyke, is all set to embark on his most challenging adventure ever. The ace Nollywood actor has announced a new on-demand chauffeur service called, Mr. Taxi.
The new company is expected to kick off operations on October 5, with Mr. Iyke as CEO.
— Hillix Entertainment (@HillixEnt18) September 27, 2018
This sounds interesting as Mr. Taxi will operate in the South East Region of Nigeria when it launches. This includes states like Anambra, Imo, Enugu, Abia, and Ebonyi.
Ace Nollywood actor Jim Iyke is set to launch a taxi service that will begin operations in the South-Eastern states of Anambra, Imo, Enugu, Abia, and Ebonyi respectively. pic.twitter.com/fYmnNofXeM
— AdForumCo (@AdForumCo) September 26, 2018
It is a challenging move for the Nollywood actor as the on-demand car service industry has a (slight) high barrier for new entrants. We wish him well in this new development.
Anike Lawal, the CEO of Mamalette, was Inducted into Facebook Community Leadership
It is amazing how a lot of women are making it to the top in the tech space. Recall that just recently, a woman that was appointed the new head of Andela Nigeria.
Now, Anike Lawal, CEO of Nigerian HealthTech startup, Mamalette, during the week was inducted into the Facebook Community Leadership Program.
It is with great humility that I announce that I am one of 100+ fellows from around the world, selected for the first Facebook Community Leadership Program. I am excited to develop my community leadership skills @MamaletteHQ. Learn more here >> https://t.co/zQxnSs4Szh#FCLP2018 pic.twitter.com/l56O3w45NU
— Anike Lawal (@AnikeLawal) September 23, 2018
Since announcing the program in February, Facebook received more than 6,000 applications from all over the world, after which a selection committee reviewed and selected these fellows based on their committed visions for the community. A very big congratulations to her.
The Global Messaging Platform, WhatsApp, has Rolled Out a New Conference Call Feature
During the week, Whatsapp, rolled out a new conference call feature for its IOS and Android users. The new feature is designed to let the platform’s users hold calls –both video and voice, with multiple participants.
#WhatsApp introduces group calls for up to 4 people
— The News (@thenews_intl) July 31, 2018
This is an improvement for the Facebook-owned platform to its already available video and voice call features. The new feature allows a user to add up to 3 participants easily (plus the caller, making it 4) for both voice and video calls.
So, are you a keen user of the messaging platform and need to make a group call with friends, colleagues, or family?
Minimum Wage, NLC and TUC Begin Nationwide Strike
Also trending on social media is the directive given by the Nigerian Labour Congress NLC, and the Trade Union Congress TUC to all state councils and industrial unions to begin nationwide strike based on the Government’s failure to meet its demand on the new minimum wage.
Minimum wage: NLC tells workers to begin strike Thursday
— The Punch Newspapers (@MobilePunch) September 26, 2018
Nigerians have taken to social media to vent their anger especially students who complained bitterly of having spent more than their normal year in school.
Uniben joined the NLC strike and my exam was cancelled…. Am just numb right now… Have literally spent 4years in this my 400l🤒🤒😤😥😰😭😭😭 pic.twitter.com/pHUl2wNcK7
— angellolly (@dreamz_empire) September 27, 2018
We are all hoping for a better Nigeria as we celebrate our Independence day come Ist of October.
Instagram Co-Founders Resign From Facebook-Owned Company
Instagram co-founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger have announced they are leaving the photo-sharing app bought by Facebook six years ago, setting a new test for the parent company as it works to quell mounting turmoil.
— TechNext.ng (@technextdotng) September 26, 2018
Their resignation raises more questions about the future of Facebook and whether or not Instagram’s independence would be eroded. However, Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, praised the departing Instagram leaders for “their combined creative talents,” saying “I’ve learned a lot working with them.”
“I wish them all the best and I’m looking forward to seeing what they build next,” Zuckerberg said in a statement released by Facebook.
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