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Julius Nyingmeh on how Vivabox wants data partnerships with African mobile co's to deliver VoD

Julius Nyingmeh, Vivabox talks about: the technology underlying Vivabox; its transition to delivering content in Africa and the countries it's going into; the monthly price of a subscription; its desire to form data partnerships; and future expansion plans. ... read more
January 23, 2017

Ingrid Kopp, Electric South on funding five African Virtual Reality projects

Ingrid Kopp, Electric South talks about: how Electric South was set up; three examples of projects it's funding, including one by Jim Chuchu; the funding behind Electric South; the state of VR in Africa and global comparisons; and running workshops and training. ... read more
January 23, 2017

Sara Hilliard Garrett on Vula Mobile's app that connects rural nurses to medical specialists

Sara Hilliard Garrett, Strategy and Legal, Vula Mobile talks about: what Vula Mobile's app does; how the founder came to start the company; how rural health workers can use the app to communicate more effectively with medical specialists;where the app is being used in South Africa; the current use stats; its expansion plans outside South Africa; and its business model. ... read more
January 7, 2017

Yannick Lefang, Kasi Insights on Africa's elusive middle class and what apps people use and why

Yannick Lefang, Kasi Insights talks about: how big Africa's middle class is and the best way to measure it; what creates a willingness to pay by African consumers; his study on mobile apps and what it shows; and the urban sample of his market research surveys. ... read more
January 7, 2017

Stanley Gazemba on a dark collection of short stories, Nairobi Echoes and Kenyans' view of eBooks

Author Stanley Gazemba talks about: his latest collection of short stories Nairobi Echoes published by Bahati Books; his first novel that will be published in the USA; his and Kenyans' view of eBooks; and the limitations of the Kenyan publishing market. ... read more
January 7, 2017

Jessica Hope on why African start-ups need media coverage and how to get it

Jessica Hope, Wimbart talks about: the reasons start-ups need to get media publicity, including for investment purposes; what about an African start-up might be a story in media terms; what journalists don't always find interesting; why you might need to be in the international press; mistakes that people make; the So What? factor; and the link between coverage and the substance of the business. ... read more
October 23, 2016

Gersy Ifeanyi on how Digitalback Books wants to curate deliciously diverse African e-books

Gersy Ifeanyi, Founder, Digitalback Books talks about: what Digitalback Books does and its vision; the frustrations that bought about the idea; its agreements with publishers; the subscription system it operates and what it costs; and overcoming the challenges of e-publishing in Africa. The interview was conducted by Barbara Njau and filmed by Blue Mirror Visions. ... read more
September 20, 2016

Juliet Ehimuan, Google Nigeria on why the Internet of Things matters for Africa and how to use it

Juliet Ehumuan, Country Manager, Google Nigeria talks about: what the Internet of Things is; how big it is likely to grow; examples relevant to Africa now; and how the continent might make use of it in the future. This video was shot at Digital Africa and a longer video version can be found on: ... read more
September 4, 2016

Binta Coudy De, JJiguene on how it helps women street sellers go online to sell food products

Binta Coudy De, Co-Founder, JJiguene talks about: its role as the first womens' tech incubator in Africa; the programmes it runs for kids and adults; the attitude of parents to girls coming to their programmes; and the inspiration for setting up the incubator. ... read more
August 6, 2016

NewGenAngels' Sean Obedih on the upcoming Africa Business Angels Forum in London

NewGenAngels' Sean Obedih talks about: what the Africa Business Angels Forum aims to do; the format of the event; who it is aimed at; other events he has organised and is own start-up past; and what will change in the African start-up ecosystem in the next five years. ... read more
January 30, 2016

Parminder Vir, Tony Elumelu Foundation on a programme to create 10,000 African entrepreneurs

Parminder Vir, CEO, Tony Elumelu Foundation talks about: the application process and what successful applicants get; the numbers applying and the numbers selected; the total commitment of the Foundation over a ten year period; the different types of start-ups that applied last year; and her own advice to start-ups applying this year (2016). ... read more
January 9, 2016

Julian Von Plato, PockitTV on putting video on every mobile in Africa

Julian Von Plato, founder, PockitTv talks about: the video services it's currently offering on mobile in South Africa; its expansion into the rest of Africa; its Nigerian music service; why hyper-local works; data bundling plans; its business model; and the type of content it's looking for. ... read more
January 9, 2016

Michael Peters on the launch of Africanews, a new channel from an African perspective

Michael Peters, CEO, Africanews talks about: the launch of this new African news channel; how it will be different from other news channels covering Africa; the kinds of things it will cover; its deal with Verone Mankou to provide an Africanews smartphone; and the business model for the channel. ... read more
November 27, 2015

Nii Simmonds on how Africa's diaspora can help build agri-businesses

World Bank consultant Nii Simmonds talks about: how he is developing technical assistance programmes with the diaspora; the industry sectors he's working with; the importance of the agri-business sector; the way multinationals are looking at agri-business; boot-camps for agri-business start-ups; and the kind of people involved in these start-ups. ... read more
October 13, 2015

Bunmi Okunowo, NITDA on how the Nigerian Government supports entrepreneurship

Bunmi Okunowo National Co-ordinator, Office for ICT Innovation and Entrepreneurship, NITDA talks about: why the Government decided to support entrepreneurship in the ICT sector; the money put into a "fund of funds" run by the private sector; the IDEA incubator in Lagos; working with Computer Village in Abuja and Lagos; the Abuja Technology Village; and national talent accelerators and e-lancing. ... read more
September 17, 2015

Tanzanian VoD start-up Tango TV founder Victor Joseph on streaming local movies to your TV

Tango TV co-founder Victor Joseph talks about: how the idea for Tango TV came about; its set-top box; the kind of content it will stream; the size of the potential market; and his funding plans. ... read more
September 17, 2015

Rob Stokes of digital agency Quirk on what digital Africa will look like in 5 years time

Rob Stokes,, founder and CEO of digital agency Quirk talks about: why JWT bought the company; the split of Quirk's revenues between South Africa and elsewhere in Sub-Saharan Africa; the relationship between digital and traditional media; and what will happen to digital Africa over the next five years. ... read more
September 17, 2015

Valerie Konde, Pavilion 33 on her online start-up gallery selling art from Africa

Valerie Konde, founder of online art gallery Pavilion 33 talks about: how the gallery's business model will work; creating a network of curators in Africa; creating online exhibitions; renting work to companies and individuals; and the price range of works it sells. ... read more
September 17, 2015

Nnenna Nwakanma on Africa's Data Revolution and Open Government for citizens

Nnenna Nwakanma, Africa Regional Co-ordinator, Worldwide Web Foundation talks about: the Worldwide Web Foundation's Open Data Programme; the African Data Consensus; the difference between data and statistics; citizens and Open Data; the importance of data for tracking the SDGs; Open Government and the African Governments that have signed up to it; Open Government and Freedom of Information laws; and the need to change people's mentality about Government. ... read more
September 8, 2015

Michela Wrong on her new novel Borderlines about a border dispute in Africa

Author Michela Wrong talks about: the story in her new novel Borderlines; where the idea for the novel came from; why she fictionalised the setting of the novel; why repressive regimes like Eritrea force the best and brightest in the country to leave; and her next book project. ... read more
August 25, 2015

Kenyan TV writer on How To Find a Husband Ndinda Kioko talks about writing her first novel

Kenyan writer Ndinda Kioko talks about: why she first started writing; her short-lived career as a teacher; writing for TV series How To Find a Husband and Wrath; writing short stories online; and writing her first novel. ... read more
August 25, 2015

African Entrepreneurship - Why Culture Matters with Rebecca Enonchong and Michael Ike

Two interviews about African Entrepreneurship - Why Culture Matters. Rebecca Enonchong is the Chair of ActivSpaces, Cameroon and talks about: the differences between the anglophone and francophone start-up worlds; why Cameroon as a country with both languages is interesting; how the start-up movement started in anglophone Buea and the University it started in; the role of education; and how things are changing. Michael Ike is the Lead, Innovation Platforms and Partnerships, Abuja Technology Village and he talks about: traditional Nigerian family based culture vs rules-based cultures from elsewhere; and fitting the two together through mentorships. ... read more
August 11, 2015

William Bird on using Commotion Wi-Fi mesh software to provide free Internet South African cties

William Bird, Director, Media Monitoring Africa talks about: what the open source software for Wi-Fi mesh Commotion does; the challenges in South Africa it helps tackle; where it has rolled out Wi-Mesh networks in South Africa; how it has helped the youth journalism project it is running; and the reasons he chose Commotion. ... read more
July 20, 2015

Deon Maas, Meerkat Productions on its new doc Punk in Africa

Deon Maas, Meerkat Productions talks about:how punk made its way to Southern Africa; the problems punks faced under the Apartheid regime in South Africa; and the influence of Ska on the music ... read more
July 20, 2015

Writivism's Bwesigye Bwa Mwesigire on the impact of the Internet on African writers and readers

Co-founder of the Centre for African Cultural Excellence (which runs Writivism) Bwesigye Bwa Mwesigere on: what Writivism does including its short story fiction prize and its festival; two writers in Uganda he's impressed by; the internet revolution's impact on African writers and readers; audio books; and online literary sites. ... read more
July 20, 2015

Victoria Cuming, Bloomburg New Energy Finance on how Africa is doing in terms of renewable energy

Victoria Cuming, Head of Policy - Europe, Middle East and Africa, Bloomburg New Energy Finance on: how well Sub-Saharan African countries are doing in terms of reducing their carbon footprint; the use of new coal facilities in some countries; the Nigerian privatization programme; finance sources for renewable energy; big renewable deals in the offing; and the prospects for reducing emissions in Africa. ... read more
June 30, 2015

Will Tindall on Emerging Crowd, an online platform for emerging market companies to raise equity

Will Tindall, co-founder Emerging Crowd talks about: what the Emerging Crowd platform aims to do and and who it's aimed at; how it does "due diligence" on the companies that go on the platform; the two African companies - Bozza and Neo - that are first on the platform; its creteria for choosing companies to go on the platform; and its future plans. ... read more
June 22, 2015

African comedian Mamane on his political satire, the Very, Very Democratic Republic of Gondwana

African comedian Mamane talks about: how he became a comedian; touring in France and Africa; playing a stadium in the DRC; his radio and TV shows; the forthcoming film; and how he wants to do English jokes. ... read more
June 22, 2015

Daudi Were on launching Ushahidi Version 3 and the Making All Voices Count programme

Daudi Were, Ushahidi talks about: launching version 3 of the software; why they created Ping; the importance of the World Humanitarian Summit for Ushahidi; and what the Making All Voices Count programme does. ... read more
June 9, 2015

The Scoop: Talk show host Salim Amin gets famous Africans to reveal themselves

Talk show host of The Scoop, Salim Amin on: the format of the show and the type of guests it has on; the revelations that guests have made; and how The Scoop can be seen across Africa and elsewhere in the world. ... read more
June 9, 2015
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