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Experts Seek Improved Digital Infrastructure to Drive ICT Literacy

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Experts in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector have called for improved digital infrastructure to adequately drive digital literacy in the country.

The professionals also urged the federal government to involve them when making budgetary decisions in the sector in order to ensure effectiveness.

The stakeholders who spoke at the “GSM at 20 Awards and Gala celebration”, held at NAF Conference Centre Abuja further decried the poor level of digital literacy and sensitization in Nigeria despite its huge potentials that the teaming unemployed population can mine from.

The event themed, “20 Years Digital Revolution Powered by GSM,” organised by DIGIVATION awarded both public and private institutions for their contributions to the growth and expansion of the GSM revolution as the country moves to the Fifth Generation (5G) technologies.

Speaking at the event in a panel session, Dr Wunmi Hassan, President, High Tech for Women and Youths, appealed to the government to always carry the ICT stakeholders along when drafting their budgets. She said this would ensure that what is being budgeted for is adequately analysed and monitored to execution.

She said telecommunications technology has brought significant changes to the country and made a case for more achievements.

She also called for the study of the impact of GSM on women in Nigeria.

According to her, “If every woman has mobile phones, they can also acquire digital literacy and bring their businesses to the digital world.

“It is really important that we the stakeholders are carried along when the budget is being planned. I remember one time someone called me from one of the government agencies and said “We are doing a budget, we want to know how much it will cost us to train some girls” and I said, that is not how it works.

We have other international donors and what they do is that they tell us the total number of women or people that they want us to train in ICT and the duration and also the specific skills in ICT so that we can do proper costing and at the end of the day you can be able to tell if your goal has been achieved and you can now say we have trained this or this number of people in a particular aspect of ICT.

“And we can also provide our expert opinions and recommendations in the process. If not, the funds will continue to be spent on the wrong things.”

Another panellist, Dr Niran Oyekale, stated that Nigeria was still very much lagging behind in terms of ICT even 20 years after the introduction of GSM.

He said “Although we have evolved, we still have a long way to go. I want to see the human development in Nigeria align with the world to bridge the digital gap.

“It is critical for us to demystify the digital space between women and men in STEM as technologists.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), and other agencies in the ICT sector bagged awards for outstanding public service performance at the event.

Speaking on behalf of awardees, EVC NCC, Prof Umar Danbatta who was represented by Head Online Media and Special Publications NCC, Dr Omoniyi Ibietan thanked the stakeholders in the sector and the organiser of the event and assured that more efforts will be geared towards digital literacy and sensitization.

He said: “These awards will only spur us to more. As we have received these awards, we will continue to sensitize the public on digital literacy and the potential it holds for the advancement of the country”

Mrs Hadiza Umar, Head Corporate Affairs and External Relations, NITDA, received outstanding public service award.


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Konga, CeraVe Ink MoU for Exclusive Launch of L’Oreal Product in Nigeria

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At long last, relief is here for the skincare enthusiasts in Nigeria! Konga Health, Nigeria’s premier digital healthcare distribution company, has sealed an exclusive partnership with CeraVe, a leading global skincare brand under the L’Oréal umbrella, to launch its product in the country. L’Oréal is the world leader in beauty: makeup, cosmetics, haircare and perfume in terms of quality, efficacy and safety.

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Through Konga Health, a technology-driven healthcare solutions company focused on revolutionizing the healthcare value chain and a member of the Konga Group, this exclusive collaboration will debut with the renowned CeraVe line, offering unbeatable prices and free delivery to some locations Nationwide.

This enhanced partnership empowers Konga Health to onboard pharmacists, physicians, and other healthcare providers Nationwide to support the distribution of CeraVe’s product line. This initiative includes opportunities for recruitment, partnerships, and collaboration to ensure that high-quality skincare solutions are accessible to all nationwide.

This strategic alliance ensures that genuine CeraVe products reach Nigerian consumers swiftly and conveniently, leveraging Konga’s extensive e-commerce infrastructure. Concerns about counterfeit items that often plague the beauty and skincare market are now a thing of the past, as Konga becomes CeraVe’s official distributor in Nigeria.

CeraVe now boasts a dedicated official shop-in-shop (SIS) on Konga.com, serving as a one-stop destination for all authentic CeraVe products. Shoppers can directly access top-tier skincare solutions identical to those available globally.

Starting Monday, July 15th, CeraVe’s flagship products, such as the Cerave’s Hydrating Cleanser, Foaming Cleanser, SA Smoothing Cleanser, Fragrance-Free Moisturizer with 3 Essential Ceramides & Hyaluronic Acid, Barrier-Reinforcing Moisturizing Cream, Night Cream with Niacinamide, Exfoliating Salicylic Acid Foot Cream, Retinol Serum, Eye Repair Cream, Facial Moisturizers, Hyaluronic, and Vitamin C Serums, will be readily available on the Konga Health and Konga.com platforms, offering customers a seamless and convenient shopping experience.

Nnenna Emenyonu, Senior Vice President of Konga Health, expressed her excitement about the partnership, stating, “We are thrilled to partner with CeraVe, a brand synonymous with quality and scientific excellence in skincare. This collaboration allows our customers access to top-tier skincare products that are dermatologically tested and proven effective.”

Rabah Deroueche, LID LDB SSA and Business Development Director at L’Oreal, shared similar sentiments, noting, “Our partnership with Konga marks a significant milestone for CeraVe in Nigeria. By leveraging our commitment to quality skincare products and Konga’s platform, CeraVe can reach a wider audience and address the skincare needs of Nigerian consumers. This collaboration ensures Nigerian consumers can easily access our products and experience the benefits of our dermatologist-developed formulations.”

CeraVe has earned its stellar reputation globally through scientifically backed formulations. Developed in close collaboration with dermatologists, CeraVe products meet the highest standards of skincare and are celebrated for using essential ingredients that ensure optimal skin health.

The partnership between Konga and L’Oreal establishes Konga’s standing as a trusted e-commerce platform offering only high-quality products. As the official distributor of CeraVe, Konga is dedicated to maintaining the brand’s integrity by providing shoppers with authentic products that meet their skincare needs.


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TD Africa Partners CISCO on Tech-Skills Development in Africa

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In its continuous drive to bridge the widening skills gap in Africa’s technology sector, TD Africa, Africa’s largest technology distribution company, has partnered with Cisco on its month-long inaugural training program.

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The program, the first of its kind in the TD Academy training series, was aimed at empowering young minds with technical skills and professional exposure.

The initiative, titled “Introduction to Cisco Networking Solutions and Workplace Professional Skills,” exemplifies TD Africa’s comprehensive and futuristic approach to technology education and professional development, empowering individuals and businesses to thrive in the digital age.

This innovative series of pooled training aims to equip the participants with the foundational knowledge of Cisco networking solutions, which is critical for building and managing robust IT infrastructure and workplace professional skills, recognizing the importance of soft skills in today’s dynamic work environment.

This combined focus on technical competence and professional development aligns with TD Africa’s robust approach towards impacting appropriate skills set into young people.

Cisco’s extensive portfolio for this first leg of TD Academy encompasses carefully curated programs in cybersecurity, data analysis, and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to address the most sought-after skills in the African technology market.

For Mrs. Chioma Ekeh, CEO of TD Africa, the company’s dedication to bridging the skills gap is not a one-off training program nor limited to knowledge transfer.

Her words: “We understand the critical need for a skilled workforce to propel Africa’s digital transformation. Through our collaborative training programs with industry leaders like Cisco, we are committed to equipping individuals with the right tools and knowledge to succeed in this exciting field.”

Amblessed Ubong, one of the beneficiaries of the training program, said, “I recently completed a four-week training at the TD Academy; it was enriching and transformative.

“The sessions were thought-provoking, the trainers were passionate, and the environment was highly supportive. Collaborative projects enhanced my teamwork skills and made learning enjoyable.

“I left the TD Academy with a wealth of knowledge and a renewed enthusiasm for my career.”

Impressed by the exceptional talent emerging from the program, Africa’s number one tech distribution company immediately recruited some of the top graduates who participated in the training program.

This commitment to recognizing and nurturing talent further strengthens the technology ecosystem in Africa, creating a pipeline of skilled professionals for the future.

By empowering individuals and businesses with the necessary skills and knowledge, TD Africa is further stamping its foot in the sand of time, playing a pivotal role in Africa’s digital renaissance.


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Davido Launches Chatter, Own Social Media App

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David Adeleke, Nigerian musician well known as Davido, has launched Chatter, a new social media application.

Davido Launches Chatter, Own Social Media App

Chatter is a social audiovisual utility platform designed to help amplify the voice of content creators and connect them with a vibrant community.

However, the app’s usage goes beyond content creators; business-minded individuals, as well as people looking to connect, have a place on it.

The musician used his social media accounts to announce the app’s release.

He gave a brief history of the development of the software and its features with his friend.

The well-known musician from Nigeria stated that he and Sir Banko, his close friend  are the owners of the app.

The music icon posted information about Chatter, a social audiovisual utility platform that connects content creators to a lively community and helps them magnify their voices.

In the past eight months, Davido has undertaken three internet projects.

Recall that the musician introduced his cryptocurrency.

However, the $DAVIDO coin fell a few days after it launched, prompting some cryptocurrency fans to call it a scam and a rug-pull.

 

 


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