Nigeria invents new technology to prevent food poisoning

The Purdue Improved Crop Storage (PICS) bag technology has been instituted to put an end to the wrong application of chemicals in the storage of grains that result in food poisoning like “killer beans.” Other chemical-related preservation methods that have caused a lot of deaths in Nigeria. PICS will soon be put to good use. In this light, the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), has organized training for farmers, traders and other stakeholders in Abuja.

South Africa’s data breach is undergoing high investigations

Investigations are at fever-pitch levels in South Africa. This week, an alleged “masterdeeds” data breach which exposed personal details of millions of South Africans, went into a full-scale investigation by the Hawks. The database contains the names of people, their gender, ethnicity, home ownership and contact details. The information also includes identity numbers and details of employers.

According to a Fin24 report, private details of more than 30 million South Africans had apparently been leaked online. This may be the biggest breach of the Protection of Personal Information Act to have ever hit Africa.

4 killed in Togo during protest against President Faure Gnassingbe

Togolese city of Lomé remains tense following Wednesday’s brutal clash between protesters and law enforcement. Due to that clash, four people were killed in Lomé and Sokodé, the two largest cities in Togo. 14 opposition wings organized marches against President Faure Gnassingbé’s regime in the country’s capital despite the banning. Similar fate gripped Cameroon’s two English-speaking regions when residents decided to push through with a protest march that led to the loss of lives.


Orange Cameroun pays FCFA 1.6 Billion to end conflict with Camtel

The financial battle between Orange Cameroun and Camtel – the public telecommunications operator which holds the monopoly over Cameroon’s optic fiber’s management, may have come to an end. After the mobile telco, Orange CM settled its FCFA 1.6 billion debt with Camtel, the telecoms sector felt a wind of peace. When Camtel disconnected access to some of Orange Cameroon’s optical fibers as a repressive measure against non-payment of its debt, the mobile operator raised eyebrows.

New measures taken to improve Cameroon’s microfinance institutions

Despite their significant role in providing access to loans, microfinance institutions in Cameroon remain quite fragile. To put an end to management malpractices, BEAC is elaborating new measures to improve the management structure of these institutions. The financial governing body for CEMAC has now put a close watch on three microfinance institutions for 10 months. Cameroon’s Mutual Savings Bank is now the third lender to be placed under provisional administration in the last 10 months. Crédit Mutuel was first in 2016, CECEC S.A, this year.

Will P.M Yang’s reconciliatory tour be a sham?

Cameroon’s Prime Minister, Philemon Yang, began a “reconciliatory” tour targeting the restive Anglophone regions of Northwest and Southwest. According to some citizens, political parties and civil society organization, the mission is a doomed one already. This is because amongst other reasons, the Prime Minister descended from Yaoundé with a fixed agenda in hand. However, the Anglophones don’t appreciate being told what to do, they want dialogue. The “minority” as they call themselves are asking for federation but the government believes a decentralized system is the best they can offer.


Magic Leap has $5 billion worth of potential and still no product

The “mixed reality” startup Magic Leap, just closed a massive $502 million funding round, putting their post-funding valuation at about $5 billion. But it’s funny because they still don’t have a working prototype. So, what did Magic Leap do with the other $1.4 billion? Prior to this funding round, the Florida-based company raised $794 million about a year and a half ago, putting their total backing at $1.4 billion.

Augmented reality remains an untested market. Consumers have been hesitant to shell out big bucks for Oculus’ virtual reality headset. There’s no guarantee that Magic Leap would do much better.

Robocop cars may soon spot suspects before officers do

Police cars of the future may do more than just take officers from point A to point B. Coban Technologies, a Houston-based company that sells cameras to police departments, recently announced a new dashcam designed to use artificial intelligence to identify everything from people and vehicles to guns. The dashcam’s features are currently limited. But the underlying technology sets the table for law enforcement to use advanced technology to make better sense of video data. The dashcams in them may also be able to ID suspects all on their own.

John Kelly’s condolence statement sparks controversy

The White House Chief of Staff’s appearance in the press briefing room was extraordinary and emotional. John Kelly was there basically to defend President Trump from the criticism he’s been getting over how he handled a condolence call to the widow of one of the four soldiers killed two weeks ago in Niger.

Kelly said he was “stunned” and “brokenhearted” by a Florida congresswoman’s actions. Through tweets, Trump continued to blast this congresswoman and the media for talking about the call. While Kelly’s words seemed stirring, they were not enough to clean up the mess the President created when he dragged politics into the matter.

 Silicon Times


  • The Academy Alumni Association – Cameroon has organized a two-day event on navigating the new economy for professionals and students in the business world. The event will take place at IYA Buea, from October 21 to 22, 2017 from 8 am to 7:30 pm.
  • The Millionaires’ Circle has organized The Food Business Event to take place at Harglena Hotel, Buea on October 21, 2017. Register here.
  • AISCON’s 2017 event comes up on October 28, 2017, at Scandinavia Hotel, Limbe. This year’s event will focus on wireless security.
  • The Business Leadership Centre is organizing a training on Corporate Strategy Process and Project Quality Management for businesses from October 21 to 22, 2017. Grab a ticket here.
  • Apply before October 27, 2017 for the Make-It Accelerator program in Nigeria and Kenya and scale your startup’s innovation and growth.
  • The High Growth Africa Summit for 2017, has been launched for African businesses and entrepreneurs that wish to learn how to build, scale and fund their ventures. The event takes place in Lagos, Nigeria from November 21 to 22, 2017.
  • The School of UX Design is organizing a training on designing chatbots powered by artificial intelligence (AI) in London on October 28, 2017.
  • Birkbeck Careers & Employability has organized the Birkbeck Graduate Careers Fair 2017 to take place on October 21, 2017, at the Woburn House, London.



  • Seedstars World, the biggest seed stage startup competition for emerging markets is coming back to Africa to scout for top high-growth startups and entrepreneurs to accelerate them on their path to global success. Apply for the competition before November 10, 2017.
  • Participate in the Wiki Loves Africa Annual Photo Contest 2017 and win more than $1.500 cash prize. Submission deadline is November 30, 2017.
  • Apply for a fully funded leadership program, Atlantic Dialogues Emerging Leaders Program 2017 in Morocco. Application deadline is October 23, 2017.
  • The South Africa Media Innovation Program (SAMIP) 2017 is open for independent digital media outlets in South Africa. Application deadline is October 31, 2017.
  • The University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business (UCT GSB) has launched the Bertha Scholarship program for social innovators and entrepreneurs. Apply before October 31, 2017.
  • Google has launched its Google Women Techmakers Scholars Program 2018/2019, for female students. Apply before December 1, 2017 and benefit from a 7.000 EURO award.
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