Jumia aims at 1M products in 2018 to be the biggest online shop

In order to position the company as the only online one-stop-shop in Africa, Jumia Kenya has announced that it projects to grow its product category by 2X more next year to 1 million. According to the company, their most popular products for this year have been: Unilever’s Blue Band, Pampers Diapers, Infinix Hot 5 Lite.

The online retailer plans to implement a customer loyalty program from next year to tap into the customer loyalty; seen from the repeat customers who prefer to shop online for lower prices, convenience, choice & high-quality products.

Glo Mobile SA loses its license in Benin

The operator is required to stop the sale of new SIM cards throughout the national territory of the Republic of Benin, as well as the sale of refill cards at all its branches including its master distributors. Glo Mobile now needs to communicate to its subscribers, the termination of its activities. This decision was passed by Benin’s regulatory authority for Electronic Communications and Post.

New successor promises to revise Mugabe’s land policy

During Mugabe’s reign, many white Zimbabweans were stripped of land ownership and control. But the new president has promised to revise Mugabe’s land policy and compensate some of Mugabe’s white victims. This move has attracted a lot of condemnation from his detractors. President Emerson Mnangagwa made his intentions known this week during his first State-of-the-Nation Address since he took over from former Southern African strongman, Robert Mugabe.

For decades, Zimbabwe’s economy has been battered by the numerous sanctions imposed by the international community. But President Emerson has now expressed his ardent determination to overhaul the country’s economy. Mnangagwa’s daunting task is to prove that he is not an opportunistic beneficiary of what could be described as Africa’s 21st Century bloodless and glorious revolution.       


Cameroon reduces cost of internet access services

The internet exchange points of Yaoundé and Douala have been operational since early 2017. The state has now invested about FCFA 1.417 billion in setting up these two structures to reduce the cost of accessing internet service in the country by avoiding transit through foreign networks. However, internet users in Cameroon haven’t yet felt this tech revolution. Perhaps, its less competitive nature in the digital sphere seems to provide a reason.

GIST Tech-I offers job opportunities to tech entrepreneurs

GIST Tech-I competition is an annual competition for science and technology entrepreneurs from emerging economies worldwide. This year, U.S Department of state has invited all former GIST Tech-I finalists to participate in the program to recruit and mentor the next generation of science and tech entrepreneurs.

The top 10 semi-finalists with most public votes, along with their Alumni Mentors will advance to the Tech-I finals during the 2018 Global Entrepreneurship Congress in Istanbul, Turkey. Competing entrepreneurs will pitch their startups to a global audience with the chance to win prizes and seed capital, a perfect opportunity for Silicon Mountain startups.

Commonwealth Secretary-General in Cameroon: Resolving Anglophone problem tops agenda

The Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, Rt. Hon. Patricia Scotland, arrived in Yaoundé last week for a five-day working visit to Cameroon. Top on her agenda was a series of meetings with government officials, opposition and civil society leaders on how to fast-track efforts, aimed at finding a lasting solution to the year-old Anglophone crisis.

According to Patricia Scotland, Cameroon is a valuable member of the Commonwealth. She also met with the former leader of the outlawed Cameroon Anglophone Civil Society Consortium, Barrister Nkongho Felix Agbor-Balla.

Yesterday, she made her way to Buea to engage in talks with government representatives, traditional rulers, civil society leaders and the population at large. Her aim was to get firsthand report on the situation in the duo English-Speaking regions of the country. Leaders of the separatist movement, however, stated that her visit to Buea would be incomplete if she failed to speak to the true voices of Anglophone Cameroon – Pa Mola Njoh Litumbe, Hon. Joseph Wirba and Hon. Justice Ayah Paul Abine.


Apple addresses aging battery snafu

“I used my brother’s iPhone 6 Plus, and his was faster than mine? This is when I knew something was wrong,” wrote TeckFire. The popular gist is that Apple is trying to force customers to upgrade their phones by making their old phones run slower.  A new software feature introduced for iPhone 6, 6S and SE, slows the processor clock speed as the battery ages to prevent unexpected shutdowns, according to Apple.

Turns out the reaction is mixed as to what this means, but it definitely seems to provide an answer for anyone who felt like their phones were slowing down as they got older.

In developing areas like Africa, these breed of smartphones is above the purchasing power of many. The question now is, are Africans ready for an upgrade?

The man who helped make Google a verb is stepping down

Eric Schmidt has been Google’s CEO for over a decade and later became the chairman of its parent company. But now, Alphabet announced that executive chairman Eric Schmidt will be stepping down. He helped make Google a verb. He says “the time is right” for him to step down, but he’s staying on as an advisor for Alphabet.

How the Republican tax-reform is hitting hard on African-Americans

Last Friday, Republicans released the final version of the tax bill. This new reform is definitely not putting a smile on everyone’s face and Black-Americans constitute a big part of that group. For one thing, they’re really going to be hit hard. First, not only is black America the least likely to see a tax cut, but it’s also the most likely to see future tax increases.

This tax-overhaul is a smart way to make African-Americans pay for wealthy white people’s tax cuts. But it’s not just the tax cuts. Republicans will also starve the federal government so bad that it will hike fees on blacks to squeeze the last of what is left of them. Then, there will be shredding of social-safety-net programs which majority of African-Americans rely on.

Black folks! It’s about to get rocky now.

Silicon Times


  • Attend the 3rd ECCAS Region Sustainable Energy Access Summit & Tradeshow on May 22, 2018, from 8:30 AM – 25, 2018, 7:00 PM WAT at Palais des Congrès Yaounde, Centre.
  • Enjoy your weekend with Saint Sylvestre 2017 Douala Edition 4 on December 31, 2017, from 7:00 PM – Jan 1, 2018, 7:00 AM WAT at Hotel Vallee Des Princes, Douala Littoral.
  • Make a date to be at the Formation en Communication Digitale – SESSION 3 on February 3, 2018 – March 3, 2018 from 3:30 PM WAT at ActivSpaces Boulevard de la Liberté Akwa Douala Littoral.
  • Cape Town Big Data & Hadoop Training IT Training will be taking place from Jan 6 2018, 6:00 PM –  April 8, 2018, 8:00 PM SAST by Instructor led Online Video Conference Cape Town, in Cape Town South Africa.
  • Be at the Lagos Tableau B Training IT Training  Data Visualization Dashboard coming Dec 31, 2017, 4:00 AM – Jan 29, 2018, 7:00 AM WAT by Instructor led Online Video Conference Lagos, in Lagos Nigeria.
  • Data Science in 30 Minutes: by Former NYTimes Journalist Alan Schwarz on February 27, 2018 at 5:30 PM – 6:00 PM EST which is an online event at The Data Incubator New York United States.
  • Spend your night with AfroBeat Gala Holiday Edition on Dec 24, 2017, from 10:00 PM – Dec 25, 2017, 3:00 AM EST at Saint Yves 1220 Connecticut Avenue Northwest Washington, DC 20036 United States.




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