Smart Monkey TV Reviews en-us Smart Monkey TV Copyright 2012, Smart Monkey TV December 02 2023 {gmt_date format="%Y-%m-%dT%H:%i:%s%Q"} TV Itumuleng Mabote on how start-up Ubutouch creates trusted, smart access to the home

Itumuleng Mabote, Ubutouch talks about: what Ubutouch is working on; how trusted smart access might work; the pilot it is carrying out; and looking for funding.

Thu, 25 Oct 2018 10:11:00 PDT Editor
Dawit Abraham, Qene Technologies on its 3D mobile game Kukula, an African game to conquer the world

Dawit Abraham, CEO and Co-Founder, Qene Technologies talks about: Eithiopia’s first mobile 3D game; the number of downloads and where they’ve come from; how many downloaders paid for the premium version of the game; and its ambitions to do more games.

Thu, 25 Oct 2018 10:04:00 PDT Editor
Ebenezer Owoeye, Genesis Studios on its series Tales of Eve about challenges faced by African women {

Ebenezer Owoeye, Genesis Studios talks about: what its Tales of Eve TV drama series is about; the new series Legacy that it is trying to get off the ground; and its license to make make the TV format The Price is Right in Nigeria.

Thu, 25 Oct 2018 10:01:00 PDT Editor
Izu Osuigwe, CEO, Forest TV on its African channels VoD platform and its new satellite offering

Izu Osuigwe, CEO, Forest TV talks about: the countries where its VoD service is available; the kinds of African TV channels it offers;  and its new satellite offering.

Thu, 27 Sep 2018 11:39:00 PDT Editor
Django Bathily on Sira Labs, an incubator network to connect start-ups across Francophone Africa

Django Bathily, D-G, Sira Labs talks about: how the idea for Sira Labs came about; the type of start-ups it is incubating; its start-up space in Burkina Faso; and its expansion plans.

Thu, 27 Sep 2018 11:33:00 PDT Editor
Samuel Odeloye and Ladi Ojora, Roadpreppers on Lara, a chatbot to find transport solutions {

Samuel Odeloye,  CEO and Co-Founder and Ladi Ojara, COO and Co-Founder, Roadpreppers talk about: what the chatbot Lara does; how they source information on transport solutions; where Lara is available; fundraising investment and business model revenue streams.

Thu, 27 Sep 2018 11:29:00 PDT Editor
Adekunle “Nodash” Adejuyigbe on his film The Delivery Boy about a child suicide bomber

Nigerian film-maker Adekunle “Nodash” Adejuyigbe talks about: the story in his film The Delivery Boy; how he uses the film to help him understand the protagonist’s motivations; and his next project looking at depression in Nigeria.

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 10:34:00 PDT Editor
Adewale Yusuf, CEO, on creating demand for tech use - 10,000 attend 2 of its events

Adewale Yusuf,  Founder and Publisher, talks about: how he started Techpoint; the monthly reach of the platform and its audiences; the two tech-promoting events it has run; and three exciting things happening in the start-up space in Nigeria.

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 10:31:00 PDT Editor
Aibee Abidoye, 5ive Music on the challenges facing mobile music services in Nigeria

Aibee Abidoye,  General Manager, 5ive Music talks about: 5ive Music’s role as a distribution platform; the artists it has on the platform; the mobile operators it is working with; the regulatory issues it faces on pricing; and continuing issues around the revenue share with operators.

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 10:28:00 PDT Editor
Hruy Tsegaye, iCog Labs on creating Africa’s 1st robot: a child speaking Amharic to tell stories {

Hruy Tsegaye, iCog Labs talks about: the work of iCog Labs and iCog Natives; the aims of iCogs Labs as an incubation platform; the first African robot; the involvement of Chinese investors; and a self-driving tractor project.

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 10:24:00 PDT Editor
Serge Kalu, TV Zimbo on how the new President is opening up the TV and media space in Angola

Serge Kalu, Contet Manager, TV Zimbo talks about: how private TV station TV Zimbo is programmed; how things are changing in media and news terms in Angola; and the expansion of the TV broadcasting space.

Wed, 25 Jul 2018 16:47:00 PDT Editor
Karanvir Singh on how Yego Moto provides Rwanda’s moto taxi drivers and users a better service

Karanvir Singh, CEO, Yego Moto talks about: how the company got involved in Rwanda; how it created a pilot; the regulation of moto taxis; what drivers and users get out of it; and Yego Moto’s regional expansion plans.

Wed, 25 Jul 2018 16:43:00 PDT Editor
Dayo Akinrinade & Ray AjikeAjoke on start-up Africlick, a dating app for global Africans

Dayo Akinrinade, Founder and Ray AjikeAjoke, Head of Growth, Africlick talk about: why Dayo Akinrinade launched Africlick; how the app works, the business model for the app and its functionalities; the potential size of the market; the balance of users between Lagos and London; and raising investment.

Wed, 25 Jul 2018 16:40:00 PDT Editor
Abdihakim Ainte on Mogadishu’s iRise virtual incubator and start-ups it has helped {

Abdihakim Ainte, Managing Partner, iRise talks about: what iRise does; examples of start-ups it has helped; the problems start-ups face in Mogadishu; and the level of ICT penetration in Somalia.

Wed, 25 Jul 2018 16:37:00 PDT Editor
Toro Orero, Silicon Valley’s DraperDarkFlow on its African Start-Up investments & what it looks for

Toro Orero, Managing Partner, DraperDarkFlow talks about: three African start-ups DDD has invested in; how African start-ups can succeed; challenges with the dealflow; and issues of scale.

Wed, 20 Jun 2018 14:02:00 PDT Editor
Abdulai Awudu, Multi TV on its TV comedy show Kejetia vs Makola

Abdulai Awudu, General Manager, Multi TV talks about: how the idea transferred from one of its radio stations; how it has built local comedy talent; what the show’s set-up is; its audience ratings; and its impact on social media.

Wed, 20 Jun 2018 13:59:00 PDT Editor
Bilen Shifferaw, Gebeya on winning outsourced developer work on a game, mobile app & crypto currency {

Bilen Shifferaw, Business Development Associate, Gebeya talks about: how Gebeya works; the skills it has access to; the recent contracts it has won; the challenges it has to overcome; and how it mitigates risk.

Wed, 20 Jun 2018 13:54:00 PDT Editor
Ido Sum, TLcom on its first three African start-up investments and why it made them

Ido Sum, Partner, TLcom talks about: its first three investments (Terragon, mSurvey and Andela); and a fourth investment in East Africa that it will announce shortly.

Wed, 06 Jun 2018 16:13:00 PDT Editor
Ema Edosio on her new film Kasala! about 4 slum brothers who wreck their Uncle’s car

Director Ema Edosio talks about: her new film Kasala!; the story of brotherhood in the film; the actors in the film; the lack of a distribution deal; her next film project; and the barriers faced by Nollywood film-makers.

Wed, 06 Jun 2018 16:10:00 PDT Editor
EchoVC’s Eghosa Omoigui on the risks posed by certain investors to African start-ups {

Eghosa Omiogui, Managing Partner, EchoVC talks about: three investments it has made; three things it looks for in start-ups it invests in; international investors not understanding African start-ups;  and start-ups needing to avoid sources of money that may be suspect.

Wed, 06 Jun 2018 16:06:00 PDT Editor
Jade Osiberu on her film about a women who has to choose between marriage for her or her family

Film-maker Jade Osiberu talks about: her latest film Isoken; the story about the pressure on women to marry in Nigeria; whether this pressure to marry is changing; what identity means; and her next film project.

Thu, 17 May 2018 11:02:00 PDT Editor
Mobile money start-up MFS’s founder Dare Okoujdou on how he raised US$4.5 million

Dare Okoujdou, Founder, MFS talks about: what the company does; who they raised US$4.5 million from; how it was able to get investment from China’s LUN Partners and Holland’s Goodwell Investments; why investor understanding of culture and context is important; why US and some European investors don’t understand USSD; and the greater patience of angel investors.

Thu, 17 May 2018 10:59:00 PDT Editor
Tope Omotolani and Sola Oyawale, Farmcrowdy on raising diaspora investment for small-scale farmers {

Tope Omotolani and Sola Oyawale, Farmcrowdy talk about: how it matches sponsors (investors) to farmers; likely rates of return to investors; what it uses the funds raised for; where it gets investment funds from in the diaspora; trust issues; and how you can invest.

Thu, 17 May 2018 10:53:00 PDT Editor
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