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Four Firms Raise ‘Techpreneurs’ Through DevCon Alpha



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Verve International, leading e-payment solution provider in Nigeria, Microsoft, renowned software company, Nokia, smarphone manufacturers and Mobile Monday, a mobile solution developing company have joined hands in a quest to raise technology entrepreneurs (Techpreneurs).

In the Mobile Monday Nigeria developer contest tagged “DevCon Alpha: Build with Verve – Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 Edition”, a developer can win over $200,000 in Marketing and Prizes by participating in the contest.

Speaking to Nigeria CommunicationsWeek immediately the competition was unveiled in Lagos on Monday, Oremeyi Akah, country manager, Verve International, said that the Company was attracted to the contest following its quest to redefine software market while alleviate the sufferings of developers in Nigeria.

She said: “Verve is home grown and our participation and motivation in the context are very clear. The entrepreneurial spirit in Nigeria is very strong, especially in the developers’ community. We want to encourage, support and help them attain the heights they envisaged. Verve as a leader in payment solutions we are bringing that aural into the developers’ community.

“People have fantastic apps coupled with a lot of efforts, but they are not commercialized. That implies, they cannot grow their businesses or contribute to the growth of the country’s economy. At the same time, the CBN is trying to push the cashless policy, we are coming in to support that. Their efforts will not be in vein again as they can compete internationally while solving local demands”.

The country manager added that Verve views the programme as a win-win for all the parties involved and the nation will have greater testimony to show for it.     

Also speaking, Tomi Davies, chairman, Mobile Monday Nigeria, said that, DevCon Alpha competition was launched out of concern that the Nigerian software market and the other sectors need to be saved from foreign strangulations.

He said that upping the market value will make it more attractive to the developers.   

Davies said: “We are concerned that some foreign brands and platform are taking over the system in Nigeria; companies from Germany, US, UK, etc. but the people who attended this event today (Monday) are Nigerians who are looking for opportunities to develop the market. That is why Mobile Monday (MoMo) has partnered with Microsoft and Nokia.

Most importantly, we have seen that the big sponsor is Verve; it is a home grown e-payment company. That is why this is very important to us. We need as many Nigerian developers and designers to be part of this competition. Just like Nokia promised, even you do not win they will still promote you provided the software solves local needs. We need icons or role models that will spur the minds of others. Everybody talks about IrokoTv; we want 200 to 300 like of IrokoTv. We know that there is money to be made in mobile software development.

 “Meanwhile, it is not about the $300,000 that will be made by a developer rather we want to train young people that can develop apps that the whole world can assess at the Windows Store.

Why the Windows platform? In as much as we want to do other programmes with other platforms, the focus in on developing Nigerians. We want the country to become a player in the technology space. When we build our software then we can easily solve our local needs.
Where are we coming from? If you look at Nollywood, it is worldwide today, even the Nigerian music industry. MoMo’s aim is to put our software on the same footing; people will come to Nigeria for mobile software applications.

“I don’t want Nigerians to become employee, but employers. We are focused on developing ‘Techpreneurs’; Technology entrepreneur that use technology to create employment and wealth and the tools they will use is what we are developing at MoMo. It is not enough to develop one’s skills and employ you”.

According to him, the process is self selecting; “we are not saying you have to pair. But for you application to be accepted it must be visual appealing to people and technically sound to ensure scalability,” he added. 

On his part, Shina Oyetosho, Microsoft’s Developer Platforms Evangelism Lead, West East and Central Africa Microsoft, said that, it is all about marking the market value attract international recognition while not shying away from local trends and demands.

He said: “Overtime, we have been participating in events and organizing events that ensure we develop local talents in Nigeria. This SDK/payment integration into apps is something that developers have asked for.

“So, we threw it back at the industry. It is an opportunity for the developers to monetize their creativity. The more we do that, the more we are helping the local developers. That is tied to the national goal of developing the software sector. Secondly, it will create employment; there are people who have left their jobs in banks and focused on apps development. And this is a way the industry is providing them with value and a driving force to do more quality work”.

The contest is primarily focused Developers integrating the Verve payment SDK into their applications.

 The winner of this competition will also walk away with interesting prizes and an advertising push provided by Nokia, Microsoft and Verve. It would also be deployed on the Nokia OVI store.

Mobile Apps which have the embedded Verve Payment SDK are able to securely receive payments within the app from the over 20 million Verve Cards and Verve payment tokens in Nigeria.

The solution also utilises Verve’s “Remember Card” feature, implying that customers do not need to enter their card numbers when initiating these payments – only PIN and is some cases CVV2 is required to complete a payment.

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Shell to Sack 9,000 over Oil Output Drops



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Shell said on Wednesday that volumes of both Liquefied Natural Gas and crude production were down in the third quarter.

Shell to Sack 9,000 over Oil Output Drops

The oil major disclosed this in an update to the market, which also detailed plans to cut up to 9,000 jobs by the end of 2022 as it adjusts to the COVID-19 price collapse, according to S&P Global Platts.

Upstream production of oil and associated streams was significantly down in the quarter, in a range of 2.2 million to 2.3 million barrels of oil equivalent per day, from 2.6 million boe/d in Q3 2019.

LNG output was down in a range of 7.9 million to 8.3 million metric tonnes for the quarter, compared with nine million mt a year earlier.

In the update ahead of a full results statement on Oct. 29, Shell said its oil sales in July and August had reflected a 15-20 per cent discount to Brent pricing, similar to the second quarter, and its LNG business in the quarter had suffered a ‘significant impact’ from a lag effect in the oil-linked pricing of LNG.

It also highlighted refining weakness, with a utilisation level of just 64-68 per cent and margins “significantly lower” than in the second quarter 2020, and said it intended to reduce its refining footprint globally to less than 10 sites.

On its restructuring plans, Shell said, “Reduced organisational complexity, along with other measures, are expected to deliver sustainable annual cost savings of between $2.0bn to $2.5bn by 2022.

“This will partially contribute to the announced underlying operating cost reduction of $3bn to $4bn by the first quarter 2021.”

Worldwide job reductions of 7,000 to 9,000 are expected by the end of 2022, including 1,500 people who have agreed to take voluntary redundancy this year, Shell said.

It also said production levels in both the upstream business and the LNG business had been lower than in the second quarter, partly reflecting seasonal maintenance, but also the impact of hurricanes in the US Gulf of Mexico.






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Western Digital Unveils Speed, Portable SanDisk SSDs



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Western Digital Corp. yesterday released two new SanDisk® portable SSDs that offer nearly 2x the speed over previous generations. The SanDisk Extreme® and SanDisk Extreme PRO® portable SSDs are purpose-built to keep up with today’s high-quality content demands.

Professional photographers, videographers and enthusiasts capture and keep life’s best moments every day and they need reliable solutions that perform on the move at astonishing speeds.

With capacities up to 2TB*, the new NVMe™ drives are perfect for creating amazing content or capturing and moving incredible 4K and 8K footage with ease.

The flagship SanDisk Extreme PRO portable SSD features a forged aluminum chassis made to stay cool under the pressure of a heavy workload and a durable silicone design to withstand the rigors of production. The drives also help keep content safe with password protection and an upgrade to 256-bit AES hardware encryption1.

“When every second counts, I need fast and powerful solutions that work as quickly as I do. I rely on SanDisk SSDs to keep up with my creativity,” said Tyler Stableford, SanDisk Extreme Team member.

“As an artist, speed is one of my greatest strengths, and I know with the SanDisk Extreme line of SSDs, I can get the job done with greater efficiency and capacity, and I never have to worry about running out of memory wherever the job takes me.”

Rugged and Powerful SSD Performance

Designed with professionals in mind, the new SanDisk portable SSDs were built to reliably handle the most challenging assignments – whether at home, in the office or out on location.

The SanDisk Extreme portable SSD is a great go-to drive for those who need more memory and a durable and fast drive, while the SanDisk Extreme PRO was built for an avid pro who needs even, sustained performance and a drive that can go anywhere.

“For our customers, life is an adventure and they rely on us to raise the bar across our portfolio when it comes to delivering powerful solutions to consumers and professionals alike,” said Brian Pridgeon, director of marketing, Consumer Solutions, Western Digital.

“The SanDisk brand is trusted by professional photographers worldwide, which is why we built our Extreme family of drives to perform at the highest level. We amped up the speeds with the latest NVMe technology and used robust materials in our designs to handle the best shots and the most demanding jobs.”

Key Features

  • SanDisk Extreme PRO Portable SSD

– Save time storing and transferring data with powerful NVMe solid state performance featuring up to 2000MB/s** read and up to 2000MB/s** write speeds.

– A forged aluminum chassis acts as a heatsink to deliver higher sustained speeds in a portable form factor.

– Up to two-meter drop protection and an IP55 rating2 make the drive tough enough to take on any adventure. The drive’s forged aluminum chassis and silicone shell design offer a premium feel and added protection.

– Helps keep private content private with password protection and an upgrade to 256-bit AES hardware encryption1.

  • SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD

– Get NVMe solid state performance featuring up to 1050MB/s** read and up to 1000MB/s** write speeds in a portable, high-capacity drive that’s perfect for creating amazing content or capturing incredible footage.

– For added durability, the drive features up to two-meter drop protection and IP55 water and dust resistance2.

– Durable silicone shell that offers a premium feel and added protection to the drive’s exterior.

– Helps keep private content private with password protection and an upgrade to 256-bit AES hardware encryption1.

Ready to move, consumers can use the handy carabiner loop to secure the drives to a belt loop or backpack for extra peace of mind. The new drives are compatible with PC and Mac computers.

In addition to moving content to a PC or laptop, the new products also now allow users to back up mobile content quickly and easily thanks to compatibility with a range of USB Type-C™ smartphones.


The SanDisk Extreme and SanDisk Extreme PRO portable SSDs are backed by a five-year limited warranty3 and are now available at the Western Digital Store, and at select e-tailers and retailers worldwide.

The SanDisk Extreme portable SSD is available now in 500GB* and 1TB*, and is expected to ship in 2TB* later this holiday season. The SanDisk Extreme PRO portable SSD is available now in 2TB*, and is expected to ship in 1TB* later this holiday season.

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ID Africa Announces ‘Neusroom Untold’ In Celebration Of People, Places And Events That Have Shaped Nigeria’s History



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In celebration of Nigeria’s 60th Independence anniversary, ID Africa, Marketing, Media and Technology company and media platform, Neusroom have announced the Untold project, a collection of 78 stories about important people, places and events that have shaped Nigeria’s history and some little known facts that are yet to penetrate mainstream consciousness, especially amongst young citizens.


Nigeria was under colonial rule from 1900 to 1960. Sixty years after independence, the country has survived a civil war, endured eight military coups and rule, and grown to become one of the most populous black nations on earth. With a GDP of $376.3bn, and $1.2 trillion PPP, Nigeria is ranked by the IMF as the largest economy in Africa. But many of the stories, ideas, and events that can unite, motivate, and inspire the mostly youth population appear to have been forgotten.


The Untold project is in line with the Neusroom’s long-term mission to research, document and publish important stories about Nigeria and its people.


The collection includes the work of six Neusroom and Netng writers published over the past two years, and are being presented to the world in honour of the country’s 60th year of breaking free from colonial rule.


At a critical time when access to historical facts  and verifiable information on some of Nigeria’s most important people, places and events has become a challenge for the younger generation, Neusroom is taking a position as a reliable information outlet by providing the public with credible, verifiable, and objective information about Nigeria and other African nations.


The Untold project includes profiles of some of Nigeria’s most revered and celebrated personalities such as potter Ladi Kwali, and Alimotu Pelewura, a fish seller who led Lagos market women’s protest against colonial masters. It also includes the detailed account of how Kudirat Abiola fought valiantly to ensure her husband’s mandate as elected President was returned to him, and how Samuel Okwaraji slumped and died on the football field while representing Nigeria.


Events and places such as the Nigerian Civil War, the Oyo town where every household has a set of twins, and the Kiriji war which is popular as the world’s longest ethnic war that pitched powerful Yoruba towns against Ibadan, also make up a part of the collection.


The collection which will be updated quarterly, is aimed at serving as a source of entertainment, knowledge and insight, in easily digestible formats, for today’s youth and future generation of Nigerians.


Speaking on the idea behind the project, ID Africa CEO, Femi Falodun says, “We are using Nigeria’s 60th Independence celebration as an opportunity to share some of the most remarkable stories we’ve curated over the past few years with a wider audience of young Nigerians who may not have previously known about these people, places and events.


Our ultimate goal for the Neusroom Untold Project is to document obscure parts of Nigeria’s past and recent history in short multimedia formats that are interesting, easy to read and readily accessible to anyone on the internet. And as history is constantly being made, we believe that this project will always be work-in-progress.”


Ayeni Adekunle, founder and publisher of Neusroom and Netng, said, “With The Neusroom Untold Project, we are celebrating Nigeria’s journey as a progressive nation with a spotlight on all of its important contributors whose stories may have been lost in the archives or not being told at all.


“We have and will continue to put together, through a thorough editorial process, this project which reflects the country’s rich history, achievers and events that particularly young Nigerians will find interesting and useful.”


Since it was founded in 2015, Neusroom has been a trailblazer in telling the most relevant and impactful Nigerian stories. In June 2020, the ID Africa-owned platform unveiled The Neusroom 100 Project, in recognition of 100 people, organizations, countries, and things helping the world fight the pandemic and flatten the COVID-19 curve.


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