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Egyptian TV satirist Bassem Youssef on fear as Govt’s favorite weapon and satire as the antidote
"Fear is a formula that has failed throughout history. It's just a moment in time and will be washed away by history"

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Egyptian TV satirist Bassem Youssef on fear as Govt’s favorite weapon and satire as the antidote

July 7, 2014 by Editor

Speaking at the Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum, Egyptian TV satirist Bassem Youssef, creator of the B+ Show (on You Tube) and the TV show Al-Bernameg (roughly translated as The Programme)talks about: using humor and laughter to combat religious fascism… more

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Emerging Cultures
Gillian Ezra, Simfy Africa on launching a music streaming service with MTN in South Africa
""I would guess that 250,000 tracks are local (out of 23 million offered) at the moment. It may be more but somewhere in that region. The problem is that local labels are not quick to digitise.""

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Gillian Ezra, Simfy Africa on launching a music streaming service with MTN in South Africa

July 15, 2014 by Editor

Gillian Ezra, COO, Simfy Africa talks about: how Simfy Africa emerged from the decline in the ringtone market; its operations in Nigeria and South Africa; the cost of the service to the consumer; the size of the catalogue and its… more

Tags: South Africa Nigeria Music

Tinsel director Tope Oshin Ogun on her film Journey To Self and her next TV series
"My next TV series is a personal project, which is set against the backdrop of the music industry. It's a hybrid between a soapy and an egdy drama."

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Tinsel director Tope Oshin Ogun on her film Journey To Self and her next TV series

June 11, 2014 by Editor

Speaking at Nollywood Week, Paris 2014, Tope Oshin Ogun talks about: the story in the film; how it is being a women director in Nigeria; how she started by making Tinsel; and her next TV series set in Nigeria’s music… more

Tags: Nigeria nollywood

Emerging Business
Olakunle Ogungbamila, Kuluya Games on striking distribution deals in China and India
""Mobile operators take a big chunk if you go through them. You're basically working for them.""

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Olakunle Ogungbamila, Kuluya Games on striking distribution deals in China and India

July 15, 2014 by Editor

Olakunle Ogungbamila, Kuluya Games talks about: why it started developing games for browsers, not mobiles; which of its games are most popular; its viral hit Ogas At The Top; its transition to making games for mobiles; the barrier of mobile… more

Tags: Nigeria computer games

Andrea Bohnstedt, Africa Assets on the challenges of SME investing and the African tech sector
"The potential for the ICT sector is enormous but SMEs are not in that start-up environment that attracts a lot of hype."

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Andrea Bohnstedt, Africa Assets on the challenges of SME investing and the African tech sector

June 30, 2014 by Editor

Andrea Bohnstedt, Co-Founder, Africa Assets talks about: the challenges facing those wanting to invest in African SMEs; the performance of SMEs; what type of SMEs investors look for; why the tech sector under-performs in terms of SME investment; and the… more

Tags: Start-ups smes Investment

Emerging Media
Cyprian Josson on his online radio channel Nollywood Radio
"Radio is the theatre of the mind so we wanted to get people to listen to us...Altogether we have 80,000 listeners."

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Cyprian Josson on his online radio channel Nollywood Radio

June 11, 2014 by Editor

At Nollywood Week, Paris 2014, Cyprian Josson talks about:how the radio station started as a magazine; the partners he has for his online radio channel; the size of its audience; and his plans for the future.

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Paul Bomani on the growth of social media in Tanzania and how clients use it for social engagement
"Although Facebook has the largest penetration...other platforms like Twitter and Instagram are growing. There's now over 100 blogs."

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Paul Bomani on the growth of social media in Tanzania and how clients use it for social engagement

May 17, 2014 by Editor

Paul Bomani, General Manager, AIM Group, a digital agency in Tanzania talks about: its early social engagement work for Tigo; the tremendous growth of social media in Tanzania; the disparity in individual spending between Facebook users and non-internet users; and… more

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Emerging History
Writer Mothobi Mutloatse on the South Africans lost with the SS Mendi in 1917
"They were recruited as labourers and were not supposed to carry any guns. They couldn't be trusted with guns, even to fight white men!"

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Writer Mothobi Mutloatse on the South Africans lost with the SS Mendi in 1917

April 30, 2014 by Editor

Mothobi Mutloatse, a South African writer and publisher, talks about the sinking of the SS Mendi in the First World War in 1917, with many South Africans on board, how it inspired the Sesotho version of South Africa’s national anthem,… more

Tags: South Africa history

Daniel Effiong on his 3 part film series of great Nigerian historic mysteries
"Your Cup of Tea is loosely based on the arrest and interrogation of the former Nigerian President Obasanjo when it was alleged he was going to overthrow Abacha"

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Daniel Effiong on his 3 part film series of great Nigerian historic mysteries

March 14, 2014 by Editor

Afrinolly short film competition winner Daniel Effiong talks about the 3 part short film series (The Crimson series) about mysterious incidents in Nigerian history which he recreates in fictional form. The interview covers: Your Cup of Tea about the arrest… more

Tags: Nigeria Film history

Development 2.0
Jose Soares on the solar powered Wi-Fi lamp designed to change lives
""It wasn't about a solar powered lamp. It was about the internet....With the lamp and the Wi-Fi, you're giving a person access to the world.""

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Jose Soares on the solar powered Wi-Fi lamp designed to change lives

July 15, 2014 by Editor

Jose Soares, Chief Marketing Officer, Net 1 Mobile Solutions talks about: why a mobile company is getting involved in solar lamps; its relationship with the South African Social Security Agency; how the lamp works, what it costs and what it… more

Tags: africa South Africa solar lamps

Alan Knott-Craig Jr on how Project Isizwe brings Internet to low-income communities in Africa
"The middle road (for growth) is that we get some traction in the rest of South Africa and roll-out capacity for 20-25 million people."

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Alan Knott-Craig Jr on how Project Isizwe brings Internet to low-income communities in Africa

June 11, 2014 by Editor

Project Isizwe’s Founder Alan Knott-Craig talks about: what Project Isizwe does; how many people now have Internet access through it; who uses the Internet through its coverage and what they use it for; how the business model works; what the… more

Tags: africa digital divide