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2017 is gone. 2018 is by the corner. We however cannot say goodbye to 2017 without looking at some of our top stories of the year. Here are a few in no particular order

#NottooyoungtoRun – a victory for the digital age

The Nigerian Senate yesterday lived up to its promise by voting in favour of a constitutional amendment to reduce the age of running for the president from 40 to 35, Governor 35 to 30, House of Representatives and State houses of Assembly from 30 to 25. With this, more young people can contest for political office. Read more

How Nathaniel Bassey’s Halleluyah Challenge schooled us

Nigerian Gospel artiste, Nathaniel Bassey, led what was in effect a movement called the #Hallelujahchallenge, with over 70,000 participants joining in a daily midnight praise and worship session, live streamed on Instagram and Facebook. This feat is unprecedented in Nigeria Read more

Togo shuts down internet – Will Nigeria #keepiton in 2019?

There is ongoing internet restriction in Togo after protests against the rule of its President Faure Gnassingbe. Users have complained that internet speeds are slow and access to social media platforms have been limited.  Read more

Google CEO, Sundar Pinchai visits Nigeria

For the past week, many Google executives, including CEO Sundar Pichai, have been touring Lagos, Nigeria. The tour culminated in a “Google for Nigeria” event held yesterday in Lagos. Other global Google executives followed to make various announcements on new products features for users in Nigeria, initiatives focused on digital skills training, education and economic opportunity, and support for African startups and developers. Read more

SnapiLabs emerges winner of the Startup PortHarcourt Week Hackathon

Snapilabs, one of the tech hubs in PortHarcourt, yesterday emerged the winners of the Startup Port-Harcourt week Hackathon. They developed a website/mobile app called BusinessNow, that brings together all the needs of registering a new business – stamp duty payment, lawyers, tax practitioners, graphics designer, branding experts and more. As winners of the Hackathon, SnapiLabs is entitled to a cash prize of N150,000. Read more 

#EndSARS – Can techies build a solution to the SARS problem?

I was at work one day when we received a report about SARS harassing and extorting money from some guy. Apparently, he was returning late at night from watching a football match with a friend, when he was accosted by the ‘gentlemen’ of SARS. He tried to make a call to his wife but he was slapped and his phone was seized. According to him, they threatened to shoot him and claim he was an armed robber if he doesn’t co-operate. They then proceeded to drag him to the nearest working cash machine and compelled him to withdraw about N200,000 before he was allowed to leave Read more

3 things the launch of Facebook’s Hub in Nigeria really means

It is no longer news that internet/tech giants Facebook, will be partnering with Co-Creation hub Nigeria, (CcHUB), to have a better physical presence in Africa’s most populous country of over 180 million people. They intend to set up a tech hub in Nigeria in early 2018, the very first in the continent. I mean if you didn’t know before, now you know…

Asides the official launch, the first time I would have a hint about the news was a post I saw on Ime Archibong’s (Facebook’s VP Partnership) wall. According to Ime’s post, Facebook will be partnering with CcHuB Nigeria to open a creative community space for start-ups and developers alike to collaborate in Lagos. The purpose of Facebook’s incursion into the Nigerian tech hub space, is to encourage software developers, technology entrepreneurs and their likes to do what they know how to do best. It’s been described as part of a mission to give people the power to build communities and bring the world closer. Read more

TBOSS AND KEMEN – SOCIAL MEDIA EXPOSES NIGERIAS RAPE CULTURE

One of the most controversial issues emanating from the Big Brother Naija 2017 house is the alleged sexual assault of Tboss by Kemen. During the competition, a video emanated of Kemen allegedly touching Tboss inappropriately while asleep presumably without her consent. The backlash that emanated from this video leading to Kemen’s disqualification and dismissal from the house was enormous. However, what will always go down in history are the chain of events and comments succeeding his disqualification. How some Nigerian men and women rose up to his defence, how some blamed Tboss, the victim, for being a ‘witch’ and cursing Kemen with her bed, how she was the reason for kemen’s misfortune in the house and most recently, how AY, a popular comedian who should know better, justified Kemen’s actions as one of the things that some men do. Read more

Digital Rights and Freedom Bill passed by Nigerian House of Representatives

The Digital rights and freedom Bill was passed by the Nigerian House of Representatives yesterday. The Bill which was sponsored by Hon Chukwuemeka Ujam was passed yesterday by the Lower Chamber of the Nigerian National Assembly. The Bill was championed by Paradigm Initiative and the Net Rights Coalition, a coalition of Civil Society Organisations in the digital rights space. Read more

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