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With more and more mobile payment systems popping up in Africa and especially in Nigeria the mobile payment scene is really getting interesting. Of course Safaricom's M-Pesa is the good example. The Next Web resently worte that Local transactions by Kenya's mobile money service, M-Pesa currently exceeds transactions made by Western Union globally, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) reports.

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I just stumbled upon these two articles. Quite interesting actually. I've always used Microsoft's Internet Explorer before I switch to Mac (and now I will never go back). Maybe because I didn't realize that there actually existed other browsers. Anyways, for the first time Internet Explorer now drops to less than 50% in browser market share.

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The number of Facebook users in Nigeria has just passed 4 million. This is incredible because the number is growing so fast. The past month the number of users increased with 189, 900 and during the past 6 months the Nigerian Facebook user number grew with almost 1 million.

Nigerian Facebook

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Nigeria is not for weaklings - that's one thing many business people say when they're in Nigeria. Many companies have their doubts when deciding whether to enter the Nigerian market or not. MTN, the biggest telecom operator in Nigeria, observed Nigeria for 3 years before entering. This is something to keep in mind. Before entering this interesting market, we also recommend that you do your studies well. Get in contact with companies in Nigeria to see if you can learn from them.

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I've written about mobile money before ( here and here) and I tweet alot about it. Mobile money is the new black. In this article Managing Director in GT Bank, Mr. Segun Agbaje says that mobile money will transform Nigeria's economy. The services of mobile money would contribute significantly to the growth of Nigeria's Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

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I've blogged about Facebook in Nigeria before and how quickly the development is going. The latest was this post and this post on how many Facebook users there is in Nigeria. 

Now GT Bank has passed one million fans on Facebook in Nigeria. This is equivalent to 18,66% of the total number of Nigerian Facebook users, which today is 5,357.500 (this number has actually dropped since fall 2012). Quite impressive. GT Bank has been active on social media since 2009 and is the first bank in Nigeria to reach one million fans on Facebook.  

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Yesterday Nigerian Honorable Minister of Communication Technology, Mrs. Omobola Johnson announced on her Facebook page that on 16th April, she is launching Federal Government Service Portal as part of the initiatives for ‘Getting Government Online’, an initiative of the Ministry of Communication Technology. The portal is to “improve service delivery to citizens and other stakeholders”.

Government 2.0

The Minister: "The primary objective of deploying the Government Service Portal is to create an easy and single point of entry for Nigerians and other stakeholders to access government services online." This concept is often referred to as Government 2.0 where the key words are Transparency, Public Participation and P...

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There is about 100 million first-grade-aged children worldwide having no access to schooling. The founder of One Laptop per Child (OLPC), (who we'we actually worked with) Nicholas Negroponte spoke last year at MIT Technology Review’s EmTech conference about a fantastic experiment they’re doing in two remote villages in Ethiopia.

Watch'n spell

Simply dropping tablets (Motorola Xoom tablets—used together with a solar charging system) with a number of preloaded apps and seeing what then happens. The goal was to see if illiterate children with no previous exposure to written words can learn how to read all by themselves, by experimenting with the tablet and its preload...

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Nigeria is a very entrepreneurial country. I often meet people on the streets or at meetings and before you know it, 10 ideas have been developed and they say, Let’s do Business.

Now Minister of Communication Technology, Mrs. Omobola Johnson, wants to promote entrepreneurs in Nigeria by launching iDEA, Information Technology Developers Entrepreneurship Accelerator.

The goal of iDEA is to support Nigerian ICT Entrepreneurs create successful businesses by offering support to promising ICT entrepreneurs through ICT incubation centers that will be established in a selected number of cities. The first center was opened in Lagos last weekend and the second center will be launched soon in Calabar.

The Goal

The primary goal of the iDEA Incubation Centre is to create 25...

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In February Seismonaut Africa hosted the first conference about journalism and social media in Abuja, entitled “Social Media and 21st Century Journalism”. I traveled from our main office in Denmark to be a part of the event with 160 others, and to speak about the role of social media in journalism.

The conference highlighted three things, each important in its own right.

  1. There is a digital divide in Nigerian society
  2. The role of government in social media is on the minds of many journalists
  3. The future is bright

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