Kenyan Elections Cost Safaricom’s M-Pesa a 4 Million USD loss

Kenyan Elections Cost Safaricom’s M-Pesa a 4 Million USD loss

Kenyans held elections on August 2017 and due to the uncertainties projected from previos violence affected elections, many businesses faced a slow down. Especially during the days following the elections date. Bob Collymore has told Reuters that the Kenya’s leading telecoms operator, Safaricom, suffered an estimated $3-4 million in lost revenue from its M-Pesa money transfer business. The slow down was attributed to the post elections amounting to two weeks. Safaricom, which is 35 percent…

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Juniper’s Top 10 Disruptive Technologies in Fintech

Juniper’s Top 10 Disruptive Technologies in Fintech

Juniper has released the Top 10 Disruptive Technologies in Fintech. The research assesses the emerging technologies that, individually and collectively, are taking digital commerce in fresh and exciting new directions. The new research also investigates these disruptive technologies and ranks them according to the scale of their anticipated impact. It examines how these digital commerce technologies will affect the consumer and B2B (Business to Business) experience, alongside an in-depth analysis of critical barriers and ecosystem…

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Facebook fights fake news in Kenya

Facebook fights fake news in Kenya

Early this month, A research and strategic communications consultancy Portland in collaboration with, a mobile surveying platform GeoPoll released stunning findings on Fake news in Kenya. According to the research that 90 percent of Kenyans have seen or heard false news about the 2017 general election, while 87 percent reporting instances of deliberately false – or fake – news. Facebook has not added an notification on how to spot fake news in Kenya, this might…

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Apple will add hijab emoji’s created by Saudi Teenager to its devices

Apple will add hijab emoji’s created by Saudi Teenager to its devices

Apple have officially unveiled  hijab emojis on World Emoji Day as one of a collection of new emoji characters available on Apple devices later this year. This is all thanks to a Muslim teenager Rayouf Alhumedhi, in Vienna. Alhumedhi first proposed the Headscarf Emoji idea last year to The Unicode Consortium, the non-profit corporation that reviews and develops new emojis. 😀🌎🌍🌏📆 Happy #WorldEmojiDay! 🎉 We’ve got some 😎 new ones to show you, coming later…

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Etisalat Closes Shop in Nigeria

Etisalat Closes Shop in Nigeria

Etisalat is divesting from Nigeria according to latest media reports. The Abu Dhabi owned telecommunications networks is said to have terminated its management agreement with the Nigerian arm and has thus given Etisalat Nigeria only three weeks to phase out the brand in the country. Hatem Dowidar, the CEO of Etisalat International, said today that there was no need for the brand to continue in the West African country after the collapse of the $1.2…

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Innovative Kenya Awarded for MPost and Ajira Digital

Innovative Kenya Awarded for MPost and Ajira Digital

Innovation is always one of Kenya’s biggest assets, since the advent of Safaricom’s Mpesa, Kenya seems to be innovating widely and finding solutions on the mobile phone based services.   In the just concluded Africa Public Service Day (APSD) in Kigali, Rwanda. Mpost from Postal Corporation of Kenya Mpost enables subscribers to enjoy postal services at home was declared the best innovation in the Youth Empowerment Programme category.   Users of Mpost can register service,…

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Ghanaian Tech Exec. Bozoma Saint John Leaves Apple to Join Uber

Ghanaian Tech Exec. Bozoma Saint John Leaves Apple to Join Uber

Uber has announced that one of Silicon Valley’s top black female executives, Bozoma Saint John, is leaving tech giant Apple to join Uber. Ms Saint John, who was born in Ghana before moving to the US when she was a teenager, was a marketing executive at Apple and has now taken on the role of Uber’s new Chief Brand Officer, the company announced on Twitter. Bozoma Saint John is hitting the road with us as…

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iHub appoints Mary Gicharu as new MD

iHub appoints Mary Gicharu as new MD

The iHub the pioneer tech hub in Kenya and home of Ushahidi and BRCK has announced appointment of Mary Gicharu as the new Managing Director effective May 8, 2017. Ms. Gicharu will continue with the implementation of the strategy and operating model of iHub 2.0. She brings over fifteen years of experience and demonstrated performance from globally respected firms within the U.S. and recently at a Pan-African Bank within Kenya. She is formerly worked for Morgan…

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Outgoing Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer to bag $186 Million Paycheck after Verizon acquisition

Outgoing Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer to bag $186 Million Paycheck after Verizon acquisition

The Verizon Communications Inc, Yahoo acquisition deal is set to mature in June 2017. The deal will end Yahoo’s its 21-years an independent company, where Verizon expects to expand its digital advertising and media portfolios. Marissa Mayer, who joined Yahoo four years ago and promised to revitalize the company has struggled to turn around Yahoo’s fortunes. However after the sale, Mayer who owns about $186 million worth of stock, stock options and restricted stock units…

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Orange Bank to go online as Telkom Kenya replaces Orange Money

Orange Bank to go online as Telkom Kenya replaces Orange Money

The French telco Orange is launching a bank late this year in France. According to media reports, Orange CEO Stéphane Richard listed some of the features behind Orange Bank this morning at a press conference. Users will be able create an account in an Orange store or online for free and you don’t have to be an Orange customer. Some of the features include ability to control your payment card directly from your phone. All…

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