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Lucy K, Mobile Reporting Project, NBC on using phones to record and upload stories to radio and TV "Mobile reporting is going out with a phone and collecting video, text and audio for radio and the whole multimedia shebang."
Jehiel Oliver, Hello Tractor on how his start-up pivoted from manufacturing to data collection "Our core product is software and a monitoring device on a tractor. They have full visibility on what the tractor did..."
Alpesh Patel on Africa’s original start-up Mi-Fone, the hip-hop telecoms brand and why it failed "Our first year we did US$1.2 million, completely self-funded. I used my life-savings."
Michelle Andrade on how Lagos’ Workstation helps entrepreneurs turn ideas into reality "Our Workhouse Start programme is going to be an in-house team that helps members bring their ideas to reality."
Chika Uwazie on Nigerian HR and payroll start-up TalentBase that is raising US$2 million to expand "If we'd done Talentbase 5 years ago...people didn't care about paying taxes. Now with the economy in its current state, people want to become more efficient."
Joshua Mwaniki and Mbithe Nzomo on how Andela will create 100,000 African developers "We're tring to address the talent gap in Africa. Our mission is to get 100,000 world class developers on the continent."
Serge Noukoue on why Nollywood Week is in Paris and his future plans for the festival "Nollywood Week in Paris happens every year and showcases the best Nollywood films."
Start-up founder Nicole Kayode, Medixus on a peer to peer advice app for African doctors "Medixus is a platform for doctors across Africa...we connect them and it's a safe space for them to collaborate on patient cases."
Tosh Juma, Nairobi Design Institute on the setting up of a human-centred design course for companies "A local tech compoany will be looking at connecting their product with user needs. (Our students) will work with them to understand the needs, the pain points and behavious they need to target."
Ghana: Emmanuel Noah on start-up BenBen’s roll-out of its Blockchain land registry "The first step to developing this solution was for there to be a robust, secure and trusted land registry."
Domestly Co-Founders Berno Potgieter and Thatoyaone Marumo on being the Uber for cleaners in SA "Domestly is an online marketplace. We connect vetted cleaning professionals with those requiring their service."
Start-up founder Mary Mwangi on creating an automated system for collecting cash from Kenyas matatus "The system proposed was that most matatus would go cashless by having cards and they were supposed to be given by the banks".
Afua Osei on how She Leads Africa helps young women realise their start-up or career potential "Our website is a platform and home for a bunch of wonderful resources and opportunities to connect with experts. Ever week we run a webinar."
Olivier Laouchez on how Trace TV’s digital offer will make 50% of its revenues in 3 years time "We want 50% of all our revenues to be digital in three years time."
Nate Anderson on Uber’s successful roll-out in East Africa and UberEats in Johannesburg "We've been so excited by the growth in Nairobi. It's one of those markets in Uber that we say we wished we'd launched it earlier."
Bunmi Okunowo on the start-ups selected at Start-Up Friday to get seed and accelerator funding "The largest number of entries for start-up support was from Lagos. Then the second largest entry was from Abuja which shocked us. The third one was Kaduna."
Juliet Ehimuan, Google Nigeria on why the Internet of Things matters for Africa and how to use it "At WEF in Kigali there was a lot of talk about smart cities in the Northern Corridor with the Internet of Things and sensors: traffic management, environmental services, etc"
Binta Coudy De, JJiguene on how it helps women street sellers go online to sell food products "We created an e-commerce platform to give them the opportunity to sell those (food) products online".
Jennifer Chizua on launching Startpreneurs, Abuja’s first start-up accelerator Startpreneurs is Abuja's first accelerator programme for innovative entrepreneurs.
Biola Alabi on two Nollywood films - Dry and Wives on Strike - that tackle the issue of child brides One (Dry) has a much more serious tone. Both are very effective in their messages but very different.
Abi Adisa, Amara Suites on raising £1 million using the Emerging Crowd platform Emerging Crowd are one of the few crowdfunding platforms focused on emerging markets.
Tech Cabal’s Bankole Oluwafemi on making Lagos a Playable City - The Mirror that talks back to you It's about getting people to engage with the city in a playful way...It's about getting them to do interesting things, they would not normally do
Obi Emelonye on his film Oxford Gardens - “A love story wrapped in boxing gloves” I did it as a co-production with MNet Africa Magic, partnership I hope will continue. They're trying to move from acquisition to co-production.
How to steal 2 Million’s Charlie Vundla on Cuckold, a film about a menage a trois "It is a purely 100% independent film. I guess it came from inside of me. It was a story that had to be told."
NewGenAngels’ Sean Obedih on the upcoming Africa Business Angels Forum in London In 5 years time?:"People from the diaspora going back and building tested stuff. You don't have to take an early risk on the idea. You're just taking a risk on anew market."
Shirley Frimpong Manso on her new feature film Rebecca and her latest TV series Shampaign A Ghanaian Woman President? "There are young women in politics that I completely admire and will absolutely support."
Puseletso Mompei on self-funded personal health record start-up CenHealth "We provide personal health records for individuals..basic details, emergency profiles, PDFs and X-rays. Anything pertaining to your health."
Juliana Rotich, BRCK on the Kio Kit, an African digital classroom in a ruggedised box "The idea behind the BRCK Kio Kit is that it is a full solution to turn any classroom into a digital classroom."
Ng’endo Mukii on her latest film This Migrant Business shot from the people smuggler’s perspective "This Migrant Business looks at the systems that exist that perpetuate this movement of refugees and migrants."
Doreen Kessey, Ubongo on making edutainment content for phones, TV and web "We've created an edutainment cartoon that teaches maths ands science and we broadcast it on TV..It's also available on Ubongo Mobile."
Nnenna Nwakanma on Africa’s Data Revolution and Open Government for citizens Ministers wanted to know what would be the tenets of an Africa data revolution."
Kenyan TV writer on How To Find a Husband Ndinda Kioko talks about writing her first novel "How To Find A Husband is A TV show that follows the lives of women in Nairobi, things like work, dating, sex and marriage. A bit like Sex and the city.
African Entrepreneurship - Why Culture Matters with Rebecca Enonchong and Michael Ike "A lot of it is tied to the relationship between Francophone Africa and France and France is not known to have the best start-up culture."
Okechukwu Ofili on e-publishing start-up Okada Books, its authors, readers and raising funds
“"We have authors who are making anything from N20-30,000 per month. Some we have paid out in chunks up to N0.5 million."”
Namibia’s Pitch Night winner Kaveto Tjatjara - creating a waterless loo for price of a mobile
“"We want (the toilet) to be the same price as a mobile phone so that it's quite affordable for people at the base of the pyramid."”
Film & Media
Comrade Fatso on Zambesi News, a comic parody of Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation news
“Basically we parody ZBC's news programmes and deal with a lot of the burning issues in Zimbabwe and on the continent."”
Historian Ed Keazor reflects on what happened during the 1966 military coups in Nigeria
“The coup created a permanent rift in the Nigerian Army and within the Nigerian polity.”
Andy Jarvis, CIAT on the 4 things making Big Data in agriculture possible in Africa
“"The opportunity is with cellphones. They're everywhere. It allows you to reach farmers and it allows them to communicate with the world."”
Lucy K, Mobile Reporting Project, NBC on using phones to record and upload stories to radio and TV
“"Mobile reporting is going out with a phone and collecting video, text and audio for radio and the whole multimedia shebang."”
Since we last interviewed...
Foodstantly will make new product announcements over the next two months
Foodstantly will be making some new product announcements in the next two months. In the meantime an update on their stats. It has got 5,000+ users organically and the platform now has 15,000 food items listed with 2100+ sellers across 12 states in Nigeria.
Deon Maas's Meerkat Productions working on its first feature film
After the release of Punk in Africa, Deon Maas had a heart attack, so took a sabbatical of almost a year. He has recently started reviving the company and "slowly but surely it is starting to display glimmers of it’s former self. We have made two documentaries for the SABC: One about Shangaan Electro and one about the Bacardi House scene in Attridgeville. This is the movement that spawned the world wide hit Township Funk in 2010 during the SWC. We also made a 150 minute doccie on SA’s premier music festival, Oppikoppi – our version of Glastonbury. The film will premiere later this year. Our award winning television series, Jam Sandwich has been renewed for it’s fifth season. This time it goes hand in hand with an extended platform for Twitter, Facebook, downloads, CD releases etc. So we are expanding the brand into other territories. We recently started working on our first feature film".
Asi Mathaba's political thriller TV series goes into production July 2015
Asi Mathaba's political thriller TV series (13 parts x 48 mins) goes into production in July 2015 and will be released in November 2015. LA-based distributor Multivision is looking at it and a South African TV channel is interested. Meanwhile his company Asi-B Films has gathered 21 programmes for its distribution catalogue.
Judy Kibinge founds and runs documentary film fund DOCUBOX
Judy Kibinge made a documentary called Scarred released in February 2015:
She has founded a documentary film fund called Docubox which supports documentary film makers:
DOCUBOX was funded by the Ford Foundation and Hivos and there are monthly screenings supported by CKU.
Jokko Labs opens new co-working spaces in Abidjan and Cotonou and soon in Banjul and Casablanca
Jokko Labs has recently opened a co-working space in Abidjan with Partick Mbengue, Innova/ GOTIC chairman and will open in Banjul at the end of April 2015. It is now in Dakar, Bamako, Ouagadougou, Nanterre La Défense (France), Cotonou (a recent opening with support of Fondation ZInsou, Isocel and Microland), and Casablanca soon (in partnership with the Technopark).
Kenya's Mdundo now available in 17 countries across Africa and signing 200 new artists a week
Kenya's mobile music service Mdundo is now available in 17 African countries and has 500,000 monthly downloads. It is also signing up 200 new artists every week from across Africa which as Nielsen says "should over the next 1-2 months make us much more interesting for customers in a number of countries across Africa as we we have a significant amount of local music from their country."
Wild Earth TV has had several programmes broadcast on the National Geographic Wild Channel
South Africa's Wild Earth TV just completed a series of live broadcasts for the National Geographic Wild channel and are also broadcasting live safaris on its own site. Graham Wallington, Wild Earth says:"There's been quite a large growth in the fan base as well as a lot more interest in "slow TV" from the networks".
Juliet Asante's film Silver Rain about to go on release in Nigeria at end of May
Silver Rain is premiering on the 29th of May in Filmhouse Cinemas around the Nigeria on DSTV box office in July. It is also on Tugg
its a cool service in the United States that allows independent films to show in major theatres like AMC, etc Juliet Asante is considering a Kenya distribution offer and India is also on the table:"
Adedoyin Ogundoyin is planning the 2nd WAGE computer gaming event in Nigeria this year
The Nigerian computer gaming event WAGE 14 was held in December 2014. Its conference had 10 speakers and attracted 60 attendees. The accompanying exhibition had 6 companies exhibiting and had 60 visitors. Adedoyin is organising WAGE 2015 and will be looking for gamers, speakers and exhibitors.
Michael Akindele, Solo appeared in Forbes Magazine
Michael Akindele, Solo has appeared in Forbes Magazine, described as a young entrepreneur challenging Apple in Africa. Solo has recently launched co-branded $50 dual sim smartphone with Airtel Nigeria bundled with its free music and VOD movies offering.
Nigerian Version of Desperate Housewives launches 30 April 2015
It's been a long time coming but it's finally here...Desperate Housewives Africa, the local adaptation of the multiple award-winning ABCtelevision drama hit series, is set to launch on April 30, 2015, exclusively on Mo Abudu's EbonyLife TV, DStv Channel 165. This launch is to be preceded by a premiere in Lagos on April 28 where the new Desperate Housewives of Africa will be introduced in person along with the all-African suburban ‘Wisteria Lane’ neighbourhood where the series will be based.
Sara Blecher's film Ayanda gets critical acclaim and releases in South Africa on 2 October
Ayanda had its world Premiere at The Los Angeles international film Festival in July where it received a special mention in the International film Category. Then it was selected as the opening night film of the Durban International. It will be releasing nationwide in South Africa on the 2nd of October. Sara Blecher sats:"We are all really looking forward to this. It been extraordinary to see how the film has touched people".
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