AfricanBrains http://africanbrains.net Africa Education Innovation Technology Investment Networking Events News Social Media Blogs Tue, 03 May 2016 11:35:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Urgent action needed to help Ethiopia’s farmers produce food in main cropping season http://africanbrains.net/2016/05/03/urgent-action-needed-help-ethiopias-farmers-produce-food-main-cropping-season/ http://africanbrains.net/2016/05/03/urgent-action-needed-help-ethiopias-farmers-produce-food-main-cropping-season/#respond Tue, 03 May 2016 11:35:06 +0000 http://africanbrains.net/?p=34806 faoFAO seeks $10 million to provide underserved districts with seeds, prevent further rise in food insecurity.

With just six weeks left before the start of the main cropping season in Ethiopia, FAO is calling for urgent funding to help farmers sow their fields and prevent drought-hit areas of the country from falling deeper into hunger and food insecurity. If seeds are not delivered in time, help will be too late to secure a decent harvest from the imminent meher season, which produces 85 percent of the nation’s food supply, the UN agency said today.
Yet while the food security situation is worsening, the overall funding response to the crisis has so far been disappointing, with just 15 percent of FAO’s 2016 appeal for Ethiopia covered.

“The meher season will be critical to improving families’ food security and self-sufficiency in 2016. Seed distributions allowing farmers to plant crops and produce food must be a humanitarian priority,” said the agency’s country representative Amadou Allahoury Diallo. Decreasing dependence on external humanitarian assistance, he continued, will diminish the costs of food aid.

Some $10 million is needed by FAO within the next two weeks to distribute seeds to Ethiopian families at risk of hunger and losing their livelihoods. About 10.2 million people in Ethiopia are food insecure following successive crop failures and widespread livestock deaths caused by the El Niño-induced drought since early 2015. With this year’s delayed and erratic spring rains, the situation may become worse in the most affected areas, particularly in the north.

Ethiopia’s government has already dedicated considerable resources to the El Niño response and is working closely with FAO to help ramp up joint efforts.

Underserved districts

Nearly a third of all districts in the country – some 224 – are now severely food insecure. That number is some 20 percent higher than just three months ago.

Recent estimates by Ethiopia’s Bureau of Agriculture indicate that some 1.7 million farming families are seed insecure, meaning they do not have the inputs required to plant in the meher season, which starts as early as mid-June for some crops, with planting ongoing until August for others.

More than 90 districts are currently not receiving any kind of emergency seed support or are insufficiently covered, according to FAO Surge Response Team Leader Pierre Vauthier. “It’s these forgotten districts that FAO is targeting — but without immediate funding support, some 150,000 households will miss their best chance of growing food to bring them through the year,” he said.

Depleted seed reserves

For many households, seed reserves are extremely depleted following unsuccessful planting and re-planting in 2015, while families in the most affected areas have been forced to consume their seeds as food.

As a result of the poor 2015 harvest, farmers’ income has been reduced and purchasing power constrained, further limiting their ability to buy the seeds and inputs they need to produce staple crops like maize, sorghum, teff, wheat, and root crops.

Because the spring rains were initially erratic and delayed, even those farmers who had seeds may not have planted enough to meet their household’s needs, especially in the north.

A good meher season will improve food availability nationwide and enhance access to food and reduce reliance on external humanitarian assistance in the medium term.

FAO’s response to El Niño

This year, FAO, together with the government and partners, has already distributed seed and planting materials for maize, sweet potato, Irish potato and vegetables in some of the most affected areas and continues to support livestock herders with distributions of survival animal feed. FAO is also helping farmers produce fodder and improve access to water for livestock. Herds across the country have also benefited from vaccination and treatment campaigns to address their increasing vulnerability to disease as a result of drought.

“A failure to deliver seed aid now will almost certainly mean a failure of the meher season for the most vulnerable, with dire consequences for food security. If we are to make a difference, the funds need to come in and they need to come in now,” said Allahoury Diallo.

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SA: Government committed to workers’ rights http://africanbrains.net/2016/05/03/sa-government-committed-workers-rights/ http://africanbrains.net/2016/05/03/sa-government-committed-workers-rights/#respond Tue, 03 May 2016 09:32:06 +0000 http://africanbrains.net/?p=34818 zumaBy -SAnews.gov.za

Pretoria-Government remains committed to ensure the welfare and good condition of service for workers, says President Jacob Zuma.

To achieve this, government has put in place progressive labour legislation and key programmes in line with the Constitution.

South Africa’s labour laws prevent, among others, discrimination, including workplace discrimination. Other workers’ rights include the rights to fair labour practice, to form and join unions, to strike and picket.

“We have strong labour laws which protect the employees from exploitation to an extent that some decry these “stiff labour laws”.

President Zuma was speaking in Moretele Park in Memelodi where he joined workers and their families in observing internationally Workers’ Day.

The event was organised by trade union Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) under the theme “celebrating 30 years of defending workers’ rights and jobs.”

“The day is celebrating workers’ rights and to look back at strides we’ve made in transforming workplace,” Zuma told the cheering crowds who braved the cold Gauteng weather for the event.

Workers’ Day, also known as May Day, originated within the historical struggles of workers and their trade unions for solidarity between working people, and in their struggles to achieve fair employment standards.

This included the need to establish a culture of human and worker rights which are enshrined in international law and the national law of the countries aligned to the International Labour Organisation, of which South Africa is a member.

In South Africa, Workers’ Day has been officially observed since 1994.

Despite progress in introducing workers’ rights, the president said the exploitation of workers will continue in certain work place.

“Therefore workers organisation is very important. The struggle continues, it is not over,” he said noting challenging conditions for workers in the country. Workers he said must break the chains by understanding their powers.

“The struggle of the workers is known throughout the world. But the question we should ask is do the workers understand the powers of their strengths? If they do not, it’s difficult to wage the struggle.”

Turning on the upcoming Local Government Elections to be held in August, President Zuma encouraged workers to go out and mark their votes saying the polls will see “communities renew their mandates to local leaders.”

He said government will be putting in place measurers to ensure that councillors are approachable and accessible to communities.

“Councilors will sign performance agreements, they must also report back to communities regularly… this will give the power back to the people and ensure that local government works better.”

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Africa’s digital enterprise http://africanbrains.net/2016/05/03/africas-digital-enterprise/ http://africanbrains.net/2016/05/03/africas-digital-enterprise/#respond Tue, 03 May 2016 08:35:18 +0000 http://africanbrains.net/?p=34760 digital
Image: Einsen und Nullen – Symbolbild

The internet in Africa in recent years has exploded, from chat forums and photo-sharing sites to gaming and educational usage. These are all huge growth areas in Africa’s digital enterprise.

While the telecommunications market in Africa is still in its early stages of development, it is also one of the fastest-growing in the world. Mobile telephone services in Africa have been booming, and mobile telephone use is now substantially more widespread than fixed line telephony.

Telecommunication companies in Africa are looking at Broadband Wireless Access technologies as the key to making the Internet more accessible for the population at large.

In more advanced African markets 50% of phone users will have access to a smartphone or a smartphone-like feature phone. Access is of course not just restricted to mobile technologies as there is still abundance of access through PC’s and laptops.

There is an incredible array and diversity of apps available, like social networking, online gaming like here, mapping, scientific etc. They’re even being used in agriculture and one of my personal favourites is icow, which is used by Small-scale farmers who use this to monitor the gestation periods of dairy cows, and likely birth dates of calves. The app, which runs on basic-feature phones, collects and stores milking and breeding records, sends farmers best-practice advice and the location of the nearest vets. The service calls itself “the world’s first mobile phone cow calendar”.

A real success story is the emergence of companies developing games for mobile phones which are springing up in East Africa. Although the mobile gaming market there is growing, financial returns are still small, but the developers aren’t easily discouraged.

Basic mobile phones are common in Kenya. 80 percent of the population uses them because Kenya does not possess an extensive, reliable landline network. The same is true elsewhere in East Africa. The mobile games market is booming.”We’re counting on it,” said Daniel Okalany, head of Kola Studios, a game development company in Uganda.”We are hoping that smartphones will sell faster than all other mobile phones. That’s why we are making apps for mobile phones and not for PCs or the Internet,” he said.

Kola’s games include Mosquito Rush in which you have to swat some rather aggressive insects. They also offer apps that simulate traditional African card games. “We are helping to preserve African culture” said Okalany. “Everything that isn’t digitalized these days gets quickly forgotten. That’s why we want to preserve these games.”

Kikore said African games differ slightly from their European or American counterparts. “That doesn’t necessarily mean that these games are just for Africans. They have universal appeal. But we have African heroes, the settings are African or involve Africans in non-African settings,” he said.

At the moment it is not profitable to develop games solely for the African market. Most Africans cannot afford even the more inexpensive smartphones, let alone gaming apps for these devices. App stores are international anyway. The market for apps is worth billions of dollars and the competition is tough. “Nobody on this continent can earn his living from developing games. We all have day jobs and we develop games when we have time,” said Kikore.

Africa’s digital progress is growing faster and faster every year and the shear ingenuity of it’s smallest entrepreneurs right to it’s largest tech companies will ensure this pattern continues.

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Social Entrepreneurs provide sustainable solutions for Africa’ development priorities http://africanbrains.net/2016/05/03/social-entrepreneurs-provide-sustainable-solutions-africa-development-priorities/ http://africanbrains.net/2016/05/03/social-entrepreneurs-provide-sustainable-solutions-africa-development-priorities/#respond Tue, 03 May 2016 07:20:56 +0000 http://africanbrains.net/?p=34822 reach for changeIs social entrepreneurship the new face of development?

Social entrepreneurs across Africa are contributing to advances in education, healthcare, financial inclusion, environmental protection and other social issues. This was highlighted in the Reach for Change Africa 2015 Social Impact Report, which shared impact numbers and stories from social entrepreneurs supported in Reach for Change’s programs. In 2015, over 100 African social entrepreneurs were supported through the organization’s Accelerator and Incubator programs.

Social entrepreneurs are individuals with innovative solutions for social challenges their communities face. Social entrepreneurship is seen as an alternative to traditional development projects, by empowering local entrepreneurs to come up with grassroots solutions that are scalable, financially sustainable and can ultimately contribute to permanent, positive changes within societies at large.

Reach for Change Africa partners with corporations, non-profits and individuals to find, support and develop some of the best social entrepreneurs Africa has to offer. Through its Accelerator and Incubator programs, Reach for Change supports high-potential social entrepreneurs to build sustainable, scalable organizations that achieve social impact and contribute to systemic change.

In 2015, Reach for Change Africa received 1,953 ideas for tackling social challenges from prospective social entrepreneurs from its innovation competitions in Ghana, Senegal, Chad, Ethiopia, DR Congo, Rwanda and Tanzania.

“Our 2015 Social Impact Report really emphasizes how much social entrepreneurship has grown in Africa,” said Amma Lartey, Reach for Change Africa’s Regional Director. “In 2015, the quality of ideas submitted to our innovation competitions improved substantially which tells us that the sector is growing and social entrepreneurs are finding creative ways to respond to social challenges through scalable innovations that have the potential to deeply impact societies.”

James Kofi Annan is a Ghanaian social entrepreneur working to end child slavery who is featured in the 2015 Social Impact Report. His organization, Challenging Heights rescues children from slavery in the fishing industry, providing them with rehabilitation center, and runs numerous programs to help prevent child slavery, through education and livelihood programs geared towards parents of children vulnerable to trafficking. James has benefitted from Reach for Change’s Incubator program since 2012 and in that time has been able to increase his organization’s annual revenues from under $200,000 US to $950,000 in 2015. He has had access to Reach for Change’s local and global networks that he used to attract attention from media and new supporters in Europe and North America, participated in strategic workshops that helped him to develop his organization’s long-term plans and made use of numerous opportunities to connect and learn from like-minded social entrepreneurs.

“Reach for Change’s Incubator brought direct benefits to me and Challenging Heights,” said James. “Today, Challenging Heights is a well-respected global leader in the fight against child trafficking, influencing policies not only in Ghana, but also in influential institutions such as the US State Department, the Senate, the Vatican and many more.”

James is just one of the 57 Change Leaders that Reach for Change Africa supported in 2015 through its Incubator program, and Lartey says the organization plan to support even more social entrepreneurs through various programs and initiatives in 2016.

Other social entrepreneurs featured in the report include Dominique Uwase Alonga who is helping thousands of children in Rwanda develop reading and creative writing skills every year; Evelyne Ines and Jean Luc Semedo of Senegal who were supported to develop a web and mobile application platform promotes blood donation; Faraja Nyalandu, who is providing the best educational content online to children in Tanzania; Didier Lalaye of Chad who is bringing mobile health solutions to thousands of rural children; and Naomi & Yvette Kuseyo who provide education for hospitalized children in the DRC.

“We really look forward to investing in more social entrepreneurs this year, and supporting them to take their innovations to scale” Lartey said. “Already this year we have welcomed an additional seven entrepreneurs – five in Ethiopia and two in Chad – and we will be working with these and our existing social entrepreneurs to improve their impact, operations, financial sustainability and communications.”

To further support the burgeoning social entrepreneurship sector across Africa, the report also highlights the creation of the African Social Entrepreneurship Network (asen.network) (ASEN), spearheaded by Reach for Change Africa. ASEN was designed to build strong national ecosystems for social entrepreneurship by establishing national networks of social entrepreneurs and the organizations that support them across Africa. These national networks aim to increase learning and innovation, funding, research and drive policy to promote further growth of the social enterprise sector. The first national network,SE Ghana (seghana.net), had its first general assembly in 2015.

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5 of Africa’s Leading Innovative Companies http://africanbrains.net/2016/05/02/5-africas-leading-innovative-companies/ http://africanbrains.net/2016/05/02/5-africas-leading-innovative-companies/#respond Mon, 02 May 2016 20:46:52 +0000 http://africanbrains.net/?p=34815 africaAfrica is fast becoming synonymous with innovation and technological advances that are simplifying the developing conditions of Africa. These innovative companies are fast making their mark across Africa and the world; as a result Africa is seeing an increase in companies dedicated to solid innovation and providing some of the best jobs on the continent.

1. Rocket Internet

The company is based in Berlin but it has offers the same type of commerce offered in the US and has launched over 100 companies in Africa since its founding in 2007. The company is the most popular online shop in Africa is Jumia which was launched by the company.

2. One Acre Fund

The One Acre Fund launched in Africa’s innovation capital, Kenya, in 2006 and has since expanded to Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania reaching more than 200 000 farmers on the continent. The model is growing popular because the company supplies fertilizer on credit; once the farmers receive the fertiliser they are trained to use them and then the company assists them to sell the crops. This system results in farmers being able to pay the outstanding debt for the fertilizer.

3. SANERGY

This company provides sustainable sanitation to the Sub-Saharan African region by providing resident the opportunity to purchase and manage their sanitation facilities and resell them to communities. This not only solves the issue of sanitation faced in slums but it has also boosted entrepreneurship immensely. The waste is collected and treated according to government facilities and then recycled as fertilizers for farmers who can’t afford highly priced fertilizer for their crops.

4. Konga

Konga is Nigerian company that recently launched an online store, Marketplace, where a range of over 200 000 products are sold; there range from clothing to home appliances for secure purchase. The site accommodates local traders and international traders; and the security feature is ideal for buyer and seller protection.

5. Sterio.Me

This is another Nigerian company making its mark in the African innovation circles by creating an eLearning tool, which started in 75 schools in Nigeria. The service uses SMS messages for students to access learning materials and lessons they listen to outside of the classroom. The lessons are pre-recorded by educators and sent as a free voice call once a custom SMS code is received.

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U.S. company, Capstone Turbine, launches cutting edge power technology in Angola http://africanbrains.net/2016/05/02/u-s-company-capstone-turbine-launches-cutting-edge-power-technology-angola/ http://africanbrains.net/2016/05/02/u-s-company-capstone-turbine-launches-cutting-edge-power-technology-angola/#respond Mon, 02 May 2016 15:35:36 +0000 http://africanbrains.net/?p=34811 capstoneOn April 28th in Luanda, Capstone Turbine of the United States, in collaboration with the U.S. Embassy, presented a technical seminar to launch their highly effective power technology in Angola. Capstone’s technology can run on a wide range of cost-saving fuel sources.

Angolan companies and government representatives in the fields of energy production, agriculture, and infrastructure development, joined Capstone to explore how the company’s cost-effective and highly efficient Microturbine energy solutions can contribute to business and production goals.

U.S. Embassy Senior Commercial Officer Julia Rauner Guerrero opened the event. In her remarks she emphasized that fuel-efficient technologies such as Capstone’s offer a significant opportunity to improve the competitiveness and productivity of Angolan industry, agriculture and other applications with significant power source requirements.

Capstone microturbines are based on cutting-edge technologies used in aircraft engines but made available in compact sizes. They are designed to be a full-time energy supply, and have the capacity to operate using a variety of fuels including biogas (such as agricultural waste), flare gas, and natural gas, to make robust and reliable sources of clean energy. Capstone Director for Africa and the Middle East, Augusto Farro, highlighted that one of their applications is “designed for agricultural waste to be used as a fuel source to produce electricity, allowing for significant cost savings compared to alternative diesel fuel as well as long usage life with nominal maintenance.” Characteristics, he emphasized, which were ideal for remote rural locations.

Capstone Turbine Corporation (capstoneturbine.com), based in Chatsworth, California, in the United States, was established in 1988. It develops, manufactures, sells, and services Microturbine energy systems. In Angola, they are represented by Tomás de Oliveira Empreiteiros S.A.

The Commercial Service Office of the United States Embassy in Angola helps US companies enter the Angolan market, and supports Angolan companies in the search for equipment, technology and U.S. service solutions.

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Ghana Immigration Service Training School Opens IT Laboratory http://africanbrains.net/2016/05/02/ghana-immigration-service-training-school-opens-laboratory/ http://africanbrains.net/2016/05/02/ghana-immigration-service-training-school-opens-laboratory/#respond Mon, 02 May 2016 13:35:35 +0000 http://africanbrains.net/?p=34808 .

IOM Ghana and the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) have opened an information technology laboratory at the GIS Training School and Academy (ISATS) at Assin Fosu, Central Region of Ghana.

The project, designed to build GIS information technology capacity, was funded by the European Union (EU) through the Ghana Integrated Migration Management Approach (GIMMA) project, implemented jointly by GIS and IOM.

The 70-computer lab, which was set up by IOM, is also equipped with a projector, network server and internet connection.

“In this digital age, IT skills are required in all areas of immigration duties. The lab will greatly enhance the capacity of immigration officers to perform their day-to-day migration management duties more professionally and effectively,” said GIMMA Project Manager Kazumi Nakamura.

Ghana experiences complex migration flows and the GIS has been increasingly called upon to respond to new challenges, resulting in more calls for training and skills development.

The three-year EUR 3 million GIMMA project, funded by the EU under the framework of 10th European Development Fund, is helping to build GIS’ operational capacity to secure and protect the country’s borders; empower migrants to make informed migratory decisions; and improve the country’s migration data management capacity.

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Ehlanzeni students to take part in HIV testing campaign http://africanbrains.net/2016/05/02/ehlanzeni-students-take-part-hiv-testing-campaign/ http://africanbrains.net/2016/05/02/ehlanzeni-students-take-part-hiv-testing-campaign/#respond Mon, 02 May 2016 11:30:48 +0000 http://africanbrains.net/?p=34798 Mduduzi Manana
Higher Education and Training Deputy Minister Mduduzi Manana

By – SAnews.gov.za

Pretoria – Higher Education and Training Deputy Minister Mduduzi Manana will on Friday take the First Things First Higher Education and Training HIV/Aids (HEAIDS) Programme to Ehlanzeni Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in Mlumati Campus, Mpumalanga.

The HEAIDS programme provides a health advisory service that includes HIV testing and counselling, TB and STI screening.

The HEAIDS programme was initially launched at universities in 2000 to contribute to the National Strategic Plan on HIV and AIDS 2012-2016, which seeks to eradicate the HIV and Aids, at institutions of higher learning.

The programme was extended to TVET colleges in 2013. It focuses on voluntary HIV/Aids and tuberculosis testing, as well as pre- and post-counselling and other related educational programmes.

During the visit, Deputy Minister Manana will be addressing challenges around stigma and discrimination to increase momentum in the reduction of HIV/TB/STI infection rates; empowerment of girls and women; achievement of greater social equality and cohesion, and transformation of TVET colleges.

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Digital course giving hope to unemployed youth http://africanbrains.net/2016/05/02/digital-course-giving-hope-unemployed-youth/ http://africanbrains.net/2016/05/02/digital-course-giving-hope-unemployed-youth/#respond Mon, 02 May 2016 09:35:53 +0000 http://africanbrains.net/?p=34804 Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams
Deputy Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams

By – SAnews.gov.za

Johannesburg – When Aphiwe Cengimbo matriculated in 2011, what he knew for sure was that he wanted to be in the media and digital industry.

However, with no funding to pursue his dream through a tertiary institution, his dreams were shattered. Determined not to give up on his dream, the 24-year-old from Vosloorus in the East Rand spent his time researching opportunities available to him.

“That is when I came across Deputy Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams’s 2015 Budget Vote Speech, wherein she committed to ensure the training of unemployed youth, learners and teachers in online video editing software.

“After much research about the project, through the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) database, I registered and started with the project in March,” said Cengimbo.

He is now one of 150 previously unemployed youth from Gauteng, Eastern Cape and Western Cape benefiting from the project.

The pilot project is being rolled out in partnership with the Media, Information and Communication Technologies Sector Education Training Authority (MICT-SETA) and Atos.

The course, according to Atos — who are the facilitators of the course — consists of four modules that focus on communication, sound, camera and editing. The learners are also given tablets in order to carry out course assignments.

Upon completion, the learners will be awarded a NQF 5 national certificate in Film and Television Production.

“I learnt a lot during the few months … It has not been easy but the project is giving me hands-on experience, practical skills and matching them to the theory. I believe that the skills will definitely help me in the future. I am now closer to my dreams,” Cengimbo told SAnews.

Other learners SAnews spoke to hailed the project, saying it is skilling them in line with the latest global trends.

“It’s an all-in-one course which does not limit me only to communication. I am also learning others segments like how to operate the camera and edit content. So no matter where I get a job, I will be an all-rounder,” said learner Zoleka Mazilazila.

Deputy Minister Ndabeni-Abrahams told SAnews during her monitoring visit in Johannesburg on Friday that the youth who are participating in the project are those who could not afford tertiary institutions, unemployed graduates in the media sector and those who had interest in the media sector.

She hopes to expand the programme to other provinces.

“We would love to see this project in every province to ensure that youth have a skill where they can help local government or municipalities to tell their own stories. But first we need to see how it is being received, address the challenges or what needs to be improved.”

The Deputy Minister hopes the project will help curb youth unemployment. “As government, we are prepared to partner with anyone in order to bridge the gap and address our challenges so that we can grow the economy of our country.”

In her address to the learners, Deputy Minister Ndabeni-Abrahams hailed the youth for taking their future in their own hands and pursuing radical transformation of the economy and ensuring economic freedom in their lifetime through ICT.

“Developing countries have the potential of becoming top economies in the world through the creation, adoption and enforcement of relevant ICT policy, provision of infrastructure, gadgets and services to the community through ICT.

“It is important that young people equip themselves with relevant skills that will directly respond to the job market and even be employers themselves,” she said.

MICT-SETA’s Jabu Sibeko said the institution is committed to the project.

“We want to see it as a success. Come August, we want to see you successful … Therefore take the course seriously so that you take the skills and benefit the economy of the country.”

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Data Saving ‘KairosWebTV’ Launches in Nigeria http://africanbrains.net/2016/04/29/data-saving-kairoswebtv-launches-nigeria/ http://africanbrains.net/2016/04/29/data-saving-kairoswebtv-launches-nigeria/#respond Fri, 29 Apr 2016 15:35:51 +0000 http://africanbrains.net/?p=34787 From Left: Mr. Ejiro Eghagha, Managing Partner Mercury West Africa, Mr Onoriode Akpe, Chief Executive Officer of Red Sappire Limited, Mr. Celestine Achi, the CEO of Cihan Group and the founder of KairosWebTV and Ms. Ruth Opakunle, Head Marketing of Cihan Group
From Left: Mr. Ejiro Eghagha, Managing Partner Mercury West Africa, Mr Onoriode Akpe, Chief Executive Officer of Red Sappire Limited, Mr. Celestine Achi, the CEO of Cihan Group and the founder of KairosWebTV and Ms. Ruth Opakunle, Head Marketing of Cihan Group
  • Set To Boost Entrepreneurship
  • Will Stream Rio2016 Live

KairosWebTV, a next-generation premier online TV platform for emerging and aspiring entrepreneurs, start-ups, news and insights, technology trends, edutainment, skits, events & online digital training, is set to transform Nigeria’s online television space.

The space is witnessing a big bang with the launch of http://www.kairosweb.TV , an innovative premier WebTV owned and run by CIHAN and focuses on motivating and inspiring viewers to success, featuring seven (7) channels with content partners from all over the world such as Fate Foundation, Real Success (SA), Nigerian Olympic Committee, The Winlos amongst others.

Speaking at the media launch in Lagos on Tuesday, The Chief Executive Officer of CIHAN, Mr. Celestine Achi, a Digital PR Strategist and Social techpreneur, who is the founder of KairosWebTV said that KairosWebTV was designed to save cost for the viewers, adding that the era of reaping off on payTV viewers must be challenged through disruptive technologies.

Mr. Achi said that KairosWebTV has been configured to save users’ data, “which has been the reason some people are keeping off the online platforms like this. We want to restore confidence in the minds of digital natives, while providing enabling ground for the digital migrants to approach the power of the internet. Whether you are on 2G, 3G or 4G LTE, the experience will be such that videos should show seamlessly.”

The CIHAN CEO said that moving forward, the platform targets deepening local contents as part of measures to boost the digital migration through Nollywood contents.

Speaking specifically on the Channels, he said, “The Entrepreneurship Channel focuses on motivating emerging entrepreneurs and startups. We are doing that through three key partnerships. Also, the NetNEWS Channel provides up to date news on entertainment, politics, business, Sports. However, we will even go deeper to give you news behind the news, which are usually the human angle stories.

“KairosWebTV also recognizes the need to inspire creativity. That is why we have the Winlos Channel; in other words, using creative, inspiring and hilarious skits, sketches and dramatic illustrations to inspire its viewers on real life issues. The TechSavvy Channel delivers news and insights on the latest technology trends.”

Mr. Achi added that ‘E-Event” Channel will be exclusively for live streaming of events, products launch, conferences, among other, while the EduSense Channel, an edutainment channel will be utilized to inspiring pupils, students and undergraduates on core subjects.

“Now, as a way of giving back to the society, we have a Digital PR Channel that offers masterclass training and courses in social media and Digital PR. Any organization that wants to be relevant, mediawise, in this digital disruption era, must have competencies in digital marketing and other kits. So, we want to train people for FREE, through our online channel.”

Also speaking, The Chief Executive Officer of Red Sappire Limited, Mr. Ono Akpe, said that as the online media partners to the Nigerian Olympics Committee (NOC) for Rio Olympics 2016, ‘TeamNaija’ channel is working with a media consortium for live streaming of the Olympic games.

“We are already making headway with a lot of partnerships. For instance, we have a sports channel, which at the moment is called ‘TeamNaija’ which is brought to you in partnership with the Nigerian Olympics Committee. TeamNaija is dedicated to the advancement of sports in Nigeria and to the success of Nigeria at the forthcoming Olympics in RIO, Brazil. All activities to be streamed live,” said Akpe.

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