WEEKLY ROUNDUP: NIPOST Launches Banking Solutions, #TechWomenAfrica2018, Social Media on Fire as Obasanjo Endorses Atiku

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WEEKLY ROUNDUP: NIPOST Launches Banking Solutions, #TechWomenAfrica2018, Social Media on Fire as Obasanjo Endorses Atiku
Obasanjo and Atiku

Welcome to our weekly roundup where we bring you a summary of all the tech news, eye-catching events and social media trends that took place during the week. From NIPOST’s launching of  “Easy Life Account” in collaboration with Wema Bank to the #TechWomenAfrica 2018 summit where Africa’s women tech leaders converged to share their experiences, and Nigerians setting social media on fire as Obasanjo endorsed Atiku,…and lots more.

Now lets take you down memory lane through the week’s happenings.

NIPOST Launches Banking Solution to Aid Financial Inclusion and Bank the Unbanked.

During the week, The Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST) launched the pilot phase of its Agency Banking service to aid financial inclusion and bank the unbanked across its vast network of outlets in Nigeria. The service was launched in collaboration with Wema Bank.

https://twitter.com/NIPOSTNIG/status/1049606772820987905

During the event, agents went to markets to reach out to traders and sensitize them about NIPOST’s new solutions. Some of these solutions include NIPOST’s ability to carry out banking transactions like BVN enrollment, Deposits, payment of WAEC fees, Government fees, utility fees and making withdrawals. How amazing is that?

Just like its name ‘EasyLife’ implies, opening an account is very easy. All you need to provide are; your name, phone number, address, date of birth, and a minimum of N1500 deposit, and you’ve got yourself an account. Thereafter, one could withdraw N500 of the 1500 if they so wish. N1000 will be used for ATM card production.

Africa’s Women Tech Leaders Share Experiences at #TechWomenAfrica 2018 .

A lot of African women are now making their way into the tech world. It isn’t a wonder then that this week, over 250 of them converged in Accra, Ghana for the second edition of the Africa Summit on Women and Girls in Technology (#TechWomenAfrica).

 

During The summit, many  key issues were raised and discussed. These issues include: access to affordable broadband, women’s rights online, digital education and skills and digital entrepreneurship. These discussions were led by several all-female panels. It was really amazing.

This interesting event encourages more women to go into tech and make an impact.

Google Unveils Smartphones, Other Devices at ‘Made by Google’ Event

Another interesting event that happened during the week is the unveiling of Google’s new line of Pixel devices at its ‘Made by Google’ media event. The most eye-catching of these devices is a set of Google Pixel phones; Pixel 3 and Pixel 3XL.

The smartphones come with 4gb RAM, water resistance and wireless charging features.

Other devices unveiled include: a Chromecast, Pixel slate, a Pixel-branded, Chrome OS-powered tablet with a detachable keyboard called Pixel Slate; Google Home Hub which is a new smart display like Amazon Echo; and the Pixel Stand which is a wireless charging stand that allows you juice up your phone and any Qi-compatible device.

Shipment of the new devices begins on October 18 so you can order some for yourself.

Mixed Reactions On Social Media As Obasanjo Endorses Atiku

The frosty relationship between former President, Olusegun  Obasanjo, and his former deputy,  Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, ended during the week as Obasanjo declared that he had forgiven the former Vice-President and endorsed him as his candidate in the 2019 presidential election.

https://twitter.com/Chief_Obasanjo/status/1050397201996926978

Nigerians trooped to social media to express their thoughts about the news and the reactions range from the hilarious to the absurd. Below are some of them.

https://twitter.com/UNCLE_AJALA/status/1050403802996764673

Some thought Bishop Oyedepo was there to produce a Vice President just as Redeem produced one for Buhari.

It was really a thrilling period because while some folks were genuinely excited about the news, others think it is another political scam. Well, we await 2019 and pray for a peaceful election.

Mobile Forms, a Nigerian Startup that Uses a Network of 100,000 Field Agents to Simplify data Collection Across Africa Emerges

A lot of people would agree with me that Data collection using questionnaires is a pretty challenging task. But Mobile Forms, a Nigerian startup, has emerged with a viable and interesting new solution to solve this data gathering challenges.

https://twitter.com/NpowerngS/status/1045715575639552001

Mobile Forms is a platform that allows businesses, governments and non-governmental organizations to crowdsource reliable data from across the African continent. The startup was established two years ago by Damilola Ayorinde and Oluwatomi Ayorinde. The duo met with Vice president Osibanjo when he visited Venture park.

The company makes it easy to design, distribute and gather data from anywhere across Africa. It also trains field agents in the business of data gathering. You can visit their site for more information.

That’s all we have on our weekly round up. We hope you enjoyed it. Have a lovely weekend.


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