Tussles and Hustles for the .africa domain

Africa has the least internet penetration rate in the world. Yet, it is home to the most innovative entrepreneurs and businesses. And it happens that more than 8.000 businesses in Africa and around the globe have begged to have the .africa domain added to their websites. And they intend to reach a larger market with a unique identity, that which defines them as African businesses.

Who promotes Female entrepreneurs better?

Where else in the world if not Africa? The Silicon Valleys are doing a great job when it comes to entrepreneurship generation but they are performing poorly in promoting the female entrepreneurship talent. Just 17% of startup founders in the US are female. But Africa is that place where female entrepreneurs run to. The continent is home to 46% of female entrepreneurs.

Home Pressure causes internet darkness. Where in the world?

Togo is now the latest African country to use internet blackouts as a means of silencing anti-government protests. The Togolese government shut down internet access after several protests against President Faure Gnassingbe were scheduled to take place this week. Similar to Cameroon a few months back, social media activists on Twitter have adopted the hashtag, #BringBackOurInternet. But Togolese nationals think it’s time President Gnassingbe whose family has been ruling the country for over 50 years, goes on a rest.


UBA Cameroon becomes most juicy among its French-Speaking Peers

The Cameroon subsidiary is now making more profits among other French-speaking subsidiaries of the Nigerian banking group, United Bank for Africa for the first time. UBA Cameroon recorded a net profit of FCFA 2.951 in the first half of 2017. This has made it the most profitable among its peers in French-speaking Africa.

Ballore denies acquiring Necotrans’ stakes

According to a September 5, 2017 statement, the Ballore group which operates various port terminals across Africa, denied acquiring stakes of the French logistics firm, Necotrans in Kribi’s deep-water sea port. However, Ballore’s denial gave a green-light for Filipino firm, ICTSI and Singaporean group, Olam International to acquire Necotrans’ existing stocks.

Anglo Activists Released: Will Schools be released too?

President Biya’s August 30 decision to drop all charges and release Anglophone civil society leaders, was a successful but failed attempt to ensure school resumption in the English-speaking regions of the country. But was their release synonymous to the release of schools? Anglophone Cameroonians think it was just one of their many demands that were met. Besides, not all arrested were released.


Can Amazon be tricked into losing some cool cash?

A fake law firm just did. Shortly before Amazon Prime Day in July, the owner of Brushes4Less store on Amazon’s marketplace received a suspension notice for his best-selling product which happens to be a toothbrush head replacement. An email landed in his inbox saying the product had been delisted from the site because of an intellectual property violation. To get the product reinstated again, the owner would have to contact the law firm that filed the complaint. But there was one problem: the firm didn’t exist.

Uber is dumping its diesel cars in London

The ride-sharing company has pledged it will ban and stop using its diesel line of vehicles in London as from 2019. But Uber will now only allow hybrid and fully electric cars to ply the streets. Because Britain and France have announced plans to end the sale of new gas and diesel-powered vehicles by 2040, Uber intends to do same.

Hurricanes are celebrating destruction in the U.S

In less than a week, Hurricane Harvey tore through Texas and Louisiana, causing at least 60 deaths and damages worth billions of dollars. Its evil twin, Hurricane Irma appears ready to make a history for the U.S as experts have referred to it as the “storm of the century”. For six straight days, Hurricane Harvey swept across U.S soil wreaking havoc. Irma is expected to hit Florida today. Seems like it’s the hurricane season but why the U.S?

Silicon Times


  • South African-based digital advertising firm digitlab, is organizing the Digital Swarm event that will allow leaders to share knowledge on how to transform the digital marketing industry in Africa. The event will take place on September 27, 2017 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
  • Women in Africa Entrepreneur’s Hub have organized their first annual meeting to take place in Marrakesh, Morocco that will bring together 300 industry leaders. The event will take place from September 25 to 27, 2017 at Beldi Country Club.
  • iCubeFarm launches Business Showcase event to help African businesses showcase their products and services to the world. The event will take place on October 5, 2017, at SPAR Conference Hall (L’Atrium), Douala Cameroon.
  • iCubeFarm Pre-Business Showcase has been launched in Cameroon to take place on September 14, 2017, at the GICAM Conference Hall Douala, Cameroon.
  • Websummit 2017 is Europe’s largest technology event that will bring together top entrepreneurs and leaders of the biggest companies from 166 countries, providing an opportunity for networking. The event will take place in Lisbon from November 6 to 9, 2017.
  • TechCrunch Disrupt SF is a can’t miss event for startup founders, investors, and entrepreneurs. The event will take place in San Francisco, CA from September 18 to 20, 2017.


  • Institute of Customer Service (ICS) Cameroon is organizing a free Customer Experience Conference on September 9, 2017 at D-Tchucks Palace Hotel, Molyko, Buea. The training begins at 9 am.
  • African Leaders of Tomorrow (ALT) Scholarship program for 2018 has been launched for young African professionals to study in Canada (fully funded).
  • The HIV Research Trust has launched funded scholarships targeting 2018 for health professionals in developing countries.
  • Udacity’s Google Web and Android Scholarship Program 2017 has been launched. Register before October 15, 2017.
  • The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation through the Gates Cambridge Scholarship program is awarding fully funded scholarships to outstanding applicants outside the UK to study at the University of Cambridge.


  • Get a job as a Supervisor, Customs & Logistics officer at MTN Cameroon. Applications end on September 11, 2017.
  • Intel HRC is currently in search of a Receptionist for one of its clients (Hotel business). Closing date for applications is September 11, 2017.
  • Apply now as Head of Vendor Operations at Jumia, Cameroon before September 16, 2017.
  • Apply now as an Accounts Clerk at the African Development Bank in Cote d’Ivoire before September 26, 2017.
  • Amref Enterprises Nairobi, Kenya is recruiting for the position of Diagnostics Lead. Applications remain open until the vacancy is filled.
  • The United Nations has a wide range of job openings for Africans. Apply now for any job of your choice and work with the UN.
  • Senior Advisor, MEAL for Save The Children Canada. Apply before September 19, 2017.





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