Smart Monkey TV Reviews en-us Smart Monkey TV Copyright 2012, Smart Monkey TV April 21 2018 {gmt_date format="%Y-%m-%dT%H:%i:%s%Q"} TV Quentin Harley on the 3D printers he makes and maker spaces in Johannesburg

Quentin Harley, Morgan 3D Printers talks about: how he came to be making 3D printers; the type of printers he makes; how people are using his 3D printers; and House for Hack and other maker spaces in Johannesburg.

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 10:00:00 PDT Editor
Mbuotidem Johnson, Animation Nigeria on the type of animation work being made in Nigeria

Mbuotidem Johnson, Chief Co-ordinator, Animation Nigeria talks about: what Animation Nigeria is; what kind of animation work studios in Nigeria do; and his own company Basement Animation.

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 09:57:00 PDT Editor
Josiah Eyison on how iSpace supports Ghanaian start-ups and its Women & Tech Programme {

osiah Eyison, Co-Founder and CEO, iSpace talks about: what iSpace does; examples of start-ups it has supported; whether there are investors in Accra; and its Women and Technology programme.

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 09:54:00 PDT Editor
Vikash Govindjee on how start-up Carter helps South Africans buy a new car

Vikash Govindjee, Co-Founder, Carter talks about: how the app and website help guide South Africans through the complicated process of buying a new car; how many people are using Carter; its investors; and future plans.

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 15:24:00 PDT Editor
Raymond Honu, Soronko Academy on storytelling, 360 deg cameras and the education of a rural girl

Raymond Honu, Soronko Academy talks about: teaching young people tech skills; the experience of a rural young girl called Patience in one of its workshops; a diversion about Yaa Asantewaa; and how 360 degree cameras can be used for education.

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 15:21:00 PDT Editor
Neo Maditla, on design trends in Africa and her favorite African designers {

Neo Maditla, Editor in Chief, talks about: what Design Indaba is as both an online publication and events organiser; its new international design events; her favorite African designers; trends in African design; and Cape Town as a UNESCO Creative City for design.

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 15:14:00 PDT Editor
Jaye Connolly-Labelle, RippleNami on using Blockchain and RFID to track Kenyan cows

Jaye Connally-Labelle, Chair and CEO RippleNami talks about: what RippleNami does; the data visualization work it has done in Sierra Leone; using blockchain and RFID tags to track Kenyan cows; the investors in the company; and what the company brings together.

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 12:22:00 PDT Editor
Brian O.Wilson, Zero Gravity Studios on its live action comedy series Relationships

Brian O.Wilson, Zero Gravity Studios talks about: creating a live action comedy series for the DISCOP Mahala TV pitch session in 2017; the story in the Relationships series; and how the Mahala TV pitch went.

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 12:17:00 PDT Editor
Lebogang Madise, mlab on the two biggest barriers holding back start-ups in South Africa

Lebogang Madise, mlab talks about: the three different programmes that mlab runs; examples of start-ups it is supporting; and the two biggest barriers to start-up growth in South Africa.

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 12:11:00 PDT Editor
Carol Kioko on how Kenya-South African film co-productions work with some examples

Kenyan film-maker, producer and director Carol Kioko talks about: the slate of 5 films being co-produced between South Africa and Kenya; the stories in two of them, one about a losing South African football team and the other about a single mother; her own projects, a short and a feature film; and issues around women’s identity in the media.

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 12:06:00 PDT Editor
George Ahere on Weza Interactive’s new game Mzito where players purge ancient corruption of Africa {

George Ahere, Weza Interactive Entertainment talks about: exploring what an African game is; how the game plays and the different locations you play in; the monetization strategy for the game; its mobile strategy with Orange; the number of downloads; and where he would like Weza Interactive to be in 2-3 years time.

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 11:59:00 PDT Editor
Irfan Mirza on why Tanzanian start-up Trend Solar offers users a solar panel plus smartphone

CEO and Co-Founder Irfan Mirza, Trend Solar talks about: what Trend Solar does; why it gives its customer a smartphone; how it addresses the digital divide; the number of customers; how many customers use up their data allowance; their fundraising round; and future expansion plans.

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 11:26:00 PDT Editor
Mahmood Ali Balogun on his next film about the Nigerian boxer Dick Tiger

Nigerian film-maker Mahmood Ali Balogun talks about: his South African co-production about the boxer Dick Tiger; a dance project project awaiting release; and why it’s not a conventional film.

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 11:21:00 PDT Editor
Chinedu Azodoh on growing Nigerian logistics and transport start-up MAX

Co-Founder Chinedu Azodoh, MAX talks about: the origins of MAX as a Nigerian start-up; how the founders assumptions changed through piloting the business; going to Techstars in 2015; closing its funding round; adding personal motorbike rides; growing the business; and expanding to other countries.

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 11:18:00 PDT Editor
Beth Achitsa: How Ongea promotes East African musicians to festival bookers

Beth Achitsa, Ongea talks about: what music industry event Ongea is and what it does; her role as a tour booker and the acts she’s been booking this year (2017); the relationship between pop music and the roots of African music; the rise of Nairobi Underground and promoting women DJs.

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 11:07:00 PDT Editor
Pule Taukobong, CRE Venture Capital on what kind of African start-ups he’s looking for {

Pule Takubong, Co-Founder, CRE Venture Capital talks about: what CRE Venture Capital is; the kinds of start-ups it has invested in; what it looks for in the African start-ups it invests in; the mistakes start-ups make when they talk to investors; and how much it invests in start-ups.

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 11:02:00 PDT Editor
Toby Kurien, IBM Research on a cheap, wearable sensor to track the spread of tuberculosis in SA

Toby Kurien, IBM Research talks about: why the IBM Research Lab decided it needed a Maker Space; the different types of prototyping equipment available in the Maker Space in Tshimologong Precinct in downtown Johannesburg; and using a wearable sensor to track tuberculosis and patient journeys.

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 19:35:00 PDT Editor
Seyi Taylor, Big Cabal Media on creating Zikoko, an online media platform for African millennials

Seyi Taylor, Big Cabal Media talks about: how the idea for developing its online platforms came about; the growth of Tech Cabal and how it’s monetizing it; the launch of Zikoko; its growth ambitions; and raising capital for growth.

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 19:31:00 PDT Editor
Standard Bank’s fashion accelerator Threads - Judges tell start-ups what they’re looking for

On October 24 2017, Standard Bank held an event for the participants in its Threads fashion accelerator. In this clip, the judges explain what they are looking for in the start-ups.

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 19:29:00 PDT Editor
Angela Aquereburu, YoBo Studios on her dramedy Hospitalite about a doctor and a traditional healer

Angela Aquerebu, Yobo Studios talks about her comedy drama Hospitalite; the story about the tension between the doctor and the traditional healer in the series; where the series can be seen; and its forthcoming project with a French broadcaster.

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 19:25:00 PDT Editor
Herman Singh on how MTN sees Africa’s digital future…and it’s one app {

Herman Singh, Group Chief Digital Officer, MTN talks about: the distribution of phones and how people access the Internet; its most popular music platform after ringback tones; the need to invest in creating communities and keeping them engaged; its own investments in digital platforms and the lessons from them; and what Africa’s young market means for digital.

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 19:20:00 PDT Editor
Fatima El-Issawi on how journalists in N Africa’s media failed to change roles after the Arab Spring

Fatima El-Issawi, Author of Arab National Media and Political Change talks about: how the book came to be written; why she decided to focus on traditional media (radio, TV and press) rather than social media; how journalists switched from being lapdogs to attack dogs; the lack of a debate about journalistic roles and media reform; and impact on the process of the transition to democracy.

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 08:56:00 PDT Editor
Namibia’s 1st Pitch Night: Five entrepreneurs pitch their start-ups

There were 10 start-ups pitching and this video is a selection of five of them. The winner was Kaveto Tjatjara, World View for his waterless toilet. He’s interviewed separately on: The f…ive pitches in this clip are: Pebl (a low-cost computing device); Green Team (a water filtration product); Braaitime (a meat sales site); Glowdom (teaching code); and Proquest (online medical advice).

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 08:54:00 PDT Editor
Akin Omotoso on his two new films Vaya and A Hotel Called Memory

Film-maker Akin Omotoso talks about: the three intertwined stories in the film Vaya; the Homeless Writers Project out of which it came; his silent film, tone poem A Hotel Called Memory; and his fortcoming documentary The Colour of Wine about the transition from Apartheid seen through the perspective of 4 Black pioneers in the wine industry.

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 08:50:00 PDT Editor
Ghana’s Nicole Amarteifio on completing Season 3 of An African City and selling to a US network {

Creator of An African City Nicole Amarteifio talks about: how she financed Season 2 of An African City; closing a US TV deal for Season 3; her new Rom-Com film which she is just completing; and a pilot for a new TV series called The republic.

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 08:47:00 PDT Editor
Inspire challenge entrant Ollie Smeenk, Kukua on getting weather data to African farmers

Ollie Smeenk, Founder, Kukua talks about: how it collects weather information in Nigeria and other African countries; the business model behind Kukua; and its future expansion plans.

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 08:41:00 PDT Editor
Namibia’s Pitch Night winner Kaveto Tjatjara - creating a waterless loo for price of a mobile

Kaveto Tjatjara, CEO and Co-Founder, Worldview Investments talks about: the challenge of providing toilets in his country; how the idea for the watereless toilet came about; how it works; the prototype and the piloting; and how he feels about going to Slush as the Pitch Night winner.

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 11:40:00 PDT Editor
Lucy K, Mobile Reporting Project, NBC on using phones to record and upload stories to radio and TV {

Lucy K, Mobile Reporting Project, NBC talks about: how the Government broadcaster in Namibia is using mobile for radio, TV and multimedia broadcasting; how content of this kind can be edited and shared on different channels, including social media; which social media platforms are most used in Namibia; and an example of how a story went viral on social media.

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 11:35:00 PDT Editor
Andy Jarvis, CIAT on the 4 things making Big Data in agriculture possible in Africa

Andy Jarvis, CIAT talks about: the CGIAR Big Data in Agriculture Convention; and the four things that are enabling the use of Big Data in agriculture.

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 11:15:00 PDT Editor
Comrade Fatso on Zambesi News, a comic parody of Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation news

Comrade Fatso (AKA Samm Farai Monro) talks about: what Zambesi News is; how the idea came about by accident; its audience reach; and the wider activities of the organisation including a music festival and citizen journalism.

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 11:11:00 PDT Editor
Shola Adekoya, Konga on what’s changed over the last 4 years and launching Konga Daily

Shola Adekoya, talks about: the changes in the market since Konga launched; the number of current total users and active users; Konga’s top 3 selling items; the launch of the Konga Daily service; and future expansion plans.

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 11:07:00 PDT Editor
Okechukwu Ofili on e-publishing start-up Okada Books, its authors, readers and raising funds

Founder Okechukwu Ofili, Okada Books talks about: why he set up Okada Books; the kinds of readers who are using the platform; the success of self-published romantic and erotic novels; the kinds of authors he wants to attract in the future; and his fundraising round.

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 11:03:00 PDT Editor
Jehiel Oliver, Hello Tractor on how his start-up pivoted from manufacturing to data collection {

Jehiel Oliver, CEO, Hello Tractor talks about: how the idea for Hello Tractor came about; why it has pivoted away from making tractors; the software product that allows tractor owners to gather data and use their machines more efficiently; which tractors in Africa and elsewhere it is focusing on; how the company is financed; and the type of data tractors can collect.

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 10:58:00 PDT Editor
Jim Teicher on CyberSmart’s all-in-one edtech device trialing in Senegalese schools

Jim Teicher, Founder and Director,  CyberSmart Africa talks about: the failure of many edtech projects in Africa and the reasons why; the things built into CyberSmart’s device to avoid these issues; what the device can deliver and how; the cost of the device; its trial in Senegalese schools; and CyberSmart’s fundraising round.

Fri, 08 Sep 2017 12:59:00 PDT Editor
Abdulai Awudu on Ghana’s No 1 broadcaster’s VoD partnership with local start-up 2C TV

Abdulai Awudu, Programmes Director, Multimedia Group talks about: why as a broadcaster it went into Video on Demand and streaming; the importance of getting revenue from it; its partnership with 2C TV; the reach of the platform it runs; and the type of content that is successful.

Fri, 08 Sep 2017 12:54:00 PDT Editor
Keke Lebaka on how African food giant Promasidor uses social media to talk to its consumers

Keke Lebaka, Group Social Media Strategist and Content Manager, Promasidor talks about: what Promasidor does and where it operates; why it started shifting to using social media; its different strategies for different countries; what social media is most effective; and what proportion of its budget it spends on social media.

Fri, 08 Sep 2017 12:50:00 PDT Editor
Keni Ogunlola on his TV comedy series Lodgers, writing an AY film and working with Mo Abudu

British-Nigerian film-maker Keni Ogunlola talks about: how his pilot for the TV series Lodgers won prizes as a short film; the storyline in the Lodgers series, writing a film for Nigerian comedian AY and working on a film with Mo Abudu.

Fri, 25 Aug 2017 10:31:00 PDT Editor
Paul Mugambi on edtech start-up Kytabu’s change in direction to help it scale better

Paul Mugambi, , CEO, Kytabu talks about: what Kytabu does; how students access it and how they pay for it; its use of video; changing the focus to address teachers and parents; the investment in it so far and the prizes it has won.

Fri, 25 Aug 2017 10:28:00 PDT Editor
Willie Currie: His comic novel Blue Eland Foxtrot on apartheid & eerie present day parallels

Author Willie Currie talks about: his novel Blue Eland Foxtrot; the story in the novel and its autobiographical aspects; the impact of the UDF; whether Afrikaans nationalism was a cousin of Nazism; and the eerie parallels between apartheid and the present day Government.

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 13:30:00 PDT Editor
Alpesh Patel on Africa’s original start-up Mi-Fone, the hip-hop telecoms brand and why it failed {

Mi-Founder Alpesh Patel talks about: the founding of Mi-Fone and what it set out to do; its early success and later, its failure; the reasons for its failure; his book about his experiences, Tested; and what he’s currently doing to help start-ups.

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 13:25:00 PDT Editor
Kunle Afolayan on the 3 films he made in the last 12 months: Omugwo. Roti and Tribunal

Nollywood actor and director Kunle Afolayan talks about: how he came to make 3 films in 12 months; how easy it was to do it; the genres and stories in the three different films; and the next film that he’s working on.

Sat, 05 Aug 2017 07:24:00 PDT Editor
Michelle Andrade on how Lagos’ Workstation helps entrepreneurs turn ideas into reality {

Michelle Andrade, Head of Business Development, Workstation talks about: the type of co-working spaces it offers; the additional support services for members; its programme to help start-ups and its expansion plans.

Sat, 05 Aug 2017 07:14:00 PDT Editor
Christopher Baker-Brian, BBOX on how start-up BBOXX is providing off-grid solutions to Africa

Christopher Baker-Brian, CTO, BBOXX talks about: the idea for the company; how its off-grid service is supplied; the number of people using the service; controlling its off-grid boxes using mobile connections and its future expansion plans.

Thu, 06 Jul 2017 15:49:00 PDT Editor
Izu Ojukwu on his current film 76 and his forthcoming film about warrior Queen Amina of Zazzau

Nigerian film-maker Izu Ojukwu talks about: the story in 76; Nigeria’s “decision-making” decade; the importance of understanding history; and his latest film that is in post production about Queen Amina of Zazzau.

Thu, 06 Jul 2017 15:44:00 PDT Editor
Sara Gamay, Cairo Angels on its investments and the start-up sector in Egypt

Sara Gamay, Cairo Angels talks about: the founding of Cairo Angels and why it happened; some examples of the start-ups they have invested in; the scale of investment; how they assess start-ups; one of the key incubators in Cairo; the exits that have happened; and future opportunities.

Thu, 06 Jul 2017 15:39:00 PDT Editor
Chika Uwazie on Nigerian HR and payroll start-up TalentBase that is raising US$2 million to expand {

Co-founder and CEO Chika Uwazie, TalentBase talks about: how the idea for the company came about; why it’s timing was good; how it pays people without bank accounts; how it will get beyond orgaic growth; and its latest fundraising round.

Thu, 06 Jul 2017 15:33:00 PDT Editor
Missy Mwendwa and Roselyn Awili on how edtech start-up Eneza reaches 1.8 million students

Missy Mwendwa, Chief Business Development Officer and Roselyn Awili, Content Manager, Eneza talk about: how the platform works; the number of students active monthly on the platform; how it gets its revenues; the countries it operates in and the ones it is expanding to; how its content is created; teacher feedback for students; and the kinds of phones the service can be used on.

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 08:18:00 PDT Editor
Walt Banger on his Nollywood Noir film and his next film Area Dogs

Film director Walt Banger talks about: the story in; how it presents a different view of the Lagos police; when it will be released in Nigeria; why the film is very different; and the origins of Nollywood Noir.

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 08:13:00 PDT Editor
Joshua Mwaniki and Mbithe Nzomo on how Andela will create 100,000 African developers {

Joshua Mwaniki, Country Director, Andela and Mbithe Nzomo, Software Developer, Andela talk about: its ambitious target to close the developer talent gap in Africa; how it recruits and trains software developers; its Fellowships and the real-life projects they work on; its online distributed learning communities; its work with Google; and what it means to be a Fellow.

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 08:09:00 PDT Editor
Arnaud Blanchet, Last Mile for BoP on an app to help informal shops get cheaper goods

Arnaud Blanchet, Founder, Last Mile for BoP talks about: the problem of the poverty premium and how it affects those living in the townships in South Africa; how the app helps Spaza (informal) shop owners; what savings they are able to make; the social products it wants to sell to these outlets; the changing ownership of Spaza shops; and investors in Last Mile for BoP.

Thu, 25 May 2017 16:25:00 PDT Editor