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Hypolite Bouabre on the public launch of Ivorian music producer David Monsoh’s BeBlack TV BeBlack TV is a TV channel dealing with African cultures, Black cultures wherever they are in the world
Africa Data Challenge Winner Mary Olushoga - Helping Nigerian women farmers become entrepreneurs "It's about creating an ecosystem and putting women farmers in the supply chain of how agriculture is done specifically in Nigeria."
Fernando de Sousa, Microsoft on start-up barriers in Africa and good examples of African start-ups "We need to close the gap between the traditional education system and the need for someone be a successful entrepreneur."
Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen on his film Invasion 1897 - The British remove the last King of Africa "I thought it wise that the other side of the story should be heard. Not just from the point of view of the victor.
Nigerian You Tube phenomenon T-Boy on his next TV comedy series and his ambition to act "My Facebook skit did over 2 million views but my videos average at over 100,000 per video. I think that's pretty good".
South Africa start-up Mediabox’s James Muir on an open access version of Apple TV "We've taken best in breed ARM based hardware like you have in your tablet or phone and made that ready for the TV like an Apple TV."
Phiona Okumu, Afripop on SoulProviders and sticky content at Social Media Week Johannesburg I enjoyed the young musicians who are taking it upon themselves to create digital platforms to distribute music.
Nicole Amarteifio on what’s culturally inappropriate or not in You Tube series An African City I wanted a completely different image of Africa...An epiphany came to me that an African version of Sex and the City would be the answer to that problem
Rukky Ladoja, Grey on running a fashion start-up in Nigeria and selling through Jumia Infrastructure is the biggest challenge for any entrepreneur. Electricity and finding decent, skilled labour that will understand what you're trying to do
Web TV channel Battabox’s Yemisi Ilo on how many boyfriends Nigerian women can have We got answers that led us to Nigerian girls could have three or four boyfriends, It caused a huge sensation on the Internet and loads of comments.
Oluwadar Johnson Treseder on GE’s Garage in Lagos that’s looking for power generation solutions It's incredibly important to empower these small businesses that are coming up with really strong solutions that can solve local problems in local communities
Abukar Abba Tahir on Gotel’s plans to launch the Al Jazeera of Africa from Abuja Gotel Africa is TV that has been carefully and cautiously crafted to come out of Abuja as the Al Jazeera of Africa.
Uche Iwuchukwu on the launch of Udala Media’s SVoD platform for African and Caribbean Users
“"We're an online platform for African and Caribbean entertainment. We are an SVoD platform with more than 50 films and many TV series"”
Stephen Lee, Tigo Music on organising the biggest music concerts ever in Ghana and Tanzania
“"In Tanzania (at the concert we organised) we had over 25 artists performing for 12 hours to 45,000 fans. It was like the Woodstock of Tanzania.”
Film & Media
Dumisana Kapanga on taking his Malawian music platform Mvelani into Nigeria & other African markets
“"We're expecting the amount of music content on the platform to substantially increase over the next 1-2 months, particularly with the deal we've signed in Nigeria”
Historian Ed Keazor on whether the 1951 elections in Western Nigeria introduced tribalism
“There are accounts that range from the apocryphal to the sublime, from the absolutely credible to the completely nonsensical”
GSMA’s Claire Sibthorpe on a study on the gap between men and women’s use of mobile phones in Africa
“Women are using mobiles for basic services and when you look at more sophisticated services like Internet and mobile money, there's again a big gap.”
Hypolite Bouabre on the public launch of Ivorian music producer David Monsoh’s BeBlack TV
“BeBlack TV is a TV channel dealing with African cultures, Black cultures wherever they are in the world”
Since we last interviewed...
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".
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.
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