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The future of African ports is also the future of Africa’s economic success

by Gilbert Saggia, Managing Director: East Africa at SAP Africa

Statistics indicate that 90% of imports and exports in Africa are driven by sea. With a global middle class set to reach 5 billion people by 2030, global trade is set to continue to grow at an unprecedented rate1. Reports suggest that global freighter fleet is expected to double over the next decade due to the growing consumption demands of the ever-increasing middle class.

Beyond fulfilling their respective countries’ trade needs, ports act as gateways to land-locked countries such as Ethiopia and Chad, that have significant agrarian and raw materials export potential, and great

6 Reasons To Visit Igarra For The Aba Festival


For over two centuries, the people of Igarra has celebrated the ABA Festival, even before Nigeria gained independence, they’ve witnessed, fought and survived battles, colonization and territorial conflicts, vast and filled with dexterity.

Igarra is also known as “Etuno” the people are hospitable; they have great sense of humor and great FOOD as well.

Protected by the positive energy of the Kukuruku Hills, renowned and known for her diversity, it is surrounded by neighboring communities who works together to foster economic growth and development.

ABA Festival is significant and prestigious, it reiterates the

Police, Tech Partners Set to Launch Crime Reporting App

hawk eye

In furtherance of efforts to curb insecurity across the country the Nigeria Police under the leadership of the IGP Ibrahim Idris has partnered with leading technology firms to develop and deploy an innovative mobile app, Hawk Eye.

Hawk Eye is a mobile app that will allow users to report crimes anonymously to the police by video, voice or text. It was developed by Lagos based tech firm Web Assets Nigeria Limited, in partnership with US-based tech firms BBGN&K and tech giant Microsoft along with the active collaboration of the Nigeria Police. The solution provides key technologies such as facial recognition and KPI’s (Key Performance Indicators).

Truecaller integrates video calling capability with Google Duo


Expanding its feature set, Truecaller announced its integration with Google Duo, allowing users to make video calls directly through the Truecaller app on Android and iOS platforms.

The new feature will now make high quality video calling available to its 250 million plus users globally. This update enables users to launch a Duo video call with a single tap within the Truecaller app, and switches between WiFi and cellular data for uninterrupted conversation on-the-go. Truecaller integration

MasterCard Foundation Appoints 3 New Members to its Board of Directors

MasterCard Foundation

The MasterCard Foundation yesterday announced the appointment of three new members to its Board of Directors. They include Zein Abdalla, former President of PepsiCo, Inc.; Rt. Honorable Baroness Valerie Amos, Director of the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London and former Undersecretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator at the United Nations; and Jay Ireland, President and CEO, GE Africa.

“We are delighted that these outstanding global leaders are joining our Board of Directors,” says Jim

How Homegrown Innovation is Solving Africa’s most Pressing Challenges

By now, I am convinced that you have heard of M-Pesa, the popular and often-cited mobile banking system that has become Africa’s innovation calling card. But do you know about the Ushahidi crowdsourcing app, also from M-Pesa’s birthplace, Kenya? Built to digitally map demographic events, it is used across the world. Today Ushahidi, which means ‘evidence’ in Swahili, is a technology company with presence in more than 20 countries. The list of African innovations, born from the need to solve specific challenges, is very impressive.

For a number of years, Africa’s rise made headlines across the globe. A bruised world economy looked

The Agenda Before Governor Godwin Obaseki

By Godfrey Adejumoh

The discourse of development as a concept comes with some complexities, as no singular perspective holds a perfect answer to what development means. While this argument will continue for ages in and out of academy circles, there is a general consensus that development is about improving the standard of living of the masses.

Improving the standard of living of the masses is not an achievement that is attained at the speed of light. It requires being deliberate in crafting strategies that range from short to medium and long-term in implementation. The careful execution of these strategies through policy formulations and effective management of processes and people in methodic and rational ways will in the long run yield the result of improving the standard of living of the masses.

The Race to Succeed Philip Shaibu in the House of Representatives

The Race to Succeed Philip Shaibu in the House of Representatives

The swearing in of Hon Philip Shaibu as the deputy governor of Edo state, following the election of Godwin Obaseki in the September 28 poll, has made the seat of the Etsako Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives vacant.

Although, a date has not been fixed for the election, political heavy weights across Estako, especially in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), have started positioning themselves in the race to replace Shaibu in the National Assembly.

Etsako Federal Constituency is made up of three Local Government area. They are Etsako East, Etsako West and Etsako Central local government areas. Of these three, Etsako West has

The New Us is probably lonely …


By Mcginger Ibeneme MBBS

My first daughter comes back from school, does her home work and then goes to her room to watch cartoon. And then if there is any interruption in power supply she picks her hand device to play one game or the other. This is pretty much her life routine, daily. She’s 5 already, possibly lonely.

We have lived in our current neighborhood, an elite estate in Enugu GRA for almost

100 Prominent Afemai Families

prominent afemai families

The good people of Afemai are, among other things, very hard-working and productive. There is no doubt that these hardworking people of Afemai have contributed in no small way to the development of, not only Edo State, but to the development of Nigeria in general. In an article published on City People Magazine, City People’s Deputy Governor, SUNNY OJEIDUMA wrote about 100 prominent Afemai families. Below is his list (in no particular order):