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Innovating Locally, Impacting Globally: Jumia’s Drive for Tech Talent Excellence

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The future is digital, but for Africa to make the most of that future more attention must be given to developing and leveraging local tech talent. Research from several renowned organisations and bodies, including multinational accounting firm, PricewaterhouseCoopers International Limited, reveals that the digital economy has the potential to contribute 25% to the global GDP. On a continental level, its contribution is projected to exceed $712 billion by 2050.

Africa already has the working-age population needed to harness the potential of this economy, however, for this to become a reality, there is a need to develop the requisite skills to harness the burgeoning digital economy.

An in-depth study of the continent’s working-age demography reveals that a large segment of its youths have an interest in tech. This is good news because there are many opportunities on the global corporate landscape for these tech enthusiasts to harness, launching them into careers that are not restricted to a single country or continent. In Nigeria, where a technology renaissance is in full bloom, there is a gnawing need for tech talents within both tech and non-tech companies. A McKinsey survey of 3.5 million job postings for roles attuned to the tech trends sweeping the globe, it is evident that there are more roles than qualified professionals. Yet, companies are more enthusiastic about hiring experienced professionals than greenhorns; this has led to a raging battle for tech talents across the global corporate landscape.

Considering the gaping disparity between the available talents and enthusiasts, the solution to this dissension is to invest in and leverage the untapped talent pool that exists. In Nigeria, one company that is championing this is Jumia, a leading Pan-African technology company that currently offers e-commerce and payment solutions services to millions of Nigerians across the country’s six geo-political zones.

With the knowledge that experience in any given field is the pathway to increased expertise and economic stability, Jumia is opening its doors to give tech talents across Nigeria positions with its structure. These positions serve as opportunities to strengthen already existing skills and gain new ones ranging from DevOps, UI/UX Design, Site Reliability Engineering, Data Engineering, Tech Support, Backend and Frontend Development, Mobile Engineering, Product, Security and Cybersecurity amongst others.

The company’s commitment to local talent development is also about creating meaningful, high-impact employment opportunities. In a region where unemployment remains a pressing issue, Jumia is leading the charge. By recruiting local talents, the company contributes to economic growth, social upliftment, and personal fulfilment for countless individuals. In addition, the ripple effect of Jumia’s local talent recruitment strategy extends far beyond their workforce.  With a position at Jumia, present and prospective employees play crucial roles in the development of Nigeria and Africa’s tech ecosystem. This translates into a pipeline of experts who are working assiduously to make the potential contribution of 25% to the global GDP a reality.

According to Enitan Oyenuga, Human Resources Director, Jumia Nigeria, the purpose of the recruitment drive is to provide invaluable opportunities for career growth to tech talents within Nigeria and Africa. Speaking on this, she said, “The sustained technological evolution the world has witnessed in the past few decades has made it expedient for everyone, particularly those in the tech space, to engage in a continuous cycle of learning, unlearning, and re-learning. The tech sector is unique because new trends pop up every day and these trends create demands for skills that were hitherto either nonexistent or simplified. With the recruitment drive, Jumia is providing numerous tech talents with an ecosystem where they are always ahead of the curve caused by the continued evolution in tech. This way, our employees remain catalysts in the tech ecosystem.”

Another strategic way the company has created and provided an invaluable ecosystem for tech talents to grow, innovate and proffer solutions to real-life challenges is through its Jumia Tech Hub. First launched in Porto, the Jumia Tech Hub has given and continues to give hundreds the opportunity to learn from their counterparts in highly competitive markets. With the impact the Hub has had in Porto and then in Cairo, projections on the impact the Tech Hub will have on the Nigerian market and global digital economy are promising. Additionally, apart from the Tech Centre in Porto and Egypt, Jumia has two promising hubs in Kenya and soon in Nigeria, further solidifying its presence in key African tech ecosystems.

As Jumia continues to innovate locally, its impact is being felt globally. By nurturing the next generation of tech leaders and driving technological advancements, Jumia’s commitment to tech talent excellence is a testament to the idea that when you invest in local communities, you have the potential to impact the world.


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Expert Urges FG to Harmonise NIN, BVN to Tackle Crimes

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Noble Ajuonu, head, Sydani Technologies Ltd., has urged the Federal Government to harmonise National Identification Number (NIN) and Bank Verification Number (BVN) to tackle crimes and insecurity in the country.

Expert Urges FG to Harmonise NIN, BVN to Tackle Crimes

Ajuonu made the call at a media roundtable, organised by Sydani Group in Abuja.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the roundtable focuses on driving sustainability through a comprehensive analysis of Nigeria’s key development areas.

Ajuonu said that Nigeria could overcome its security challenges and pave the way for a safer, more secure future for all Nigerians by embracing technology and implementing practical solutions,

“We need to harmonise data, prioritise seamless integration of databases like NIN, BVN, and security agency records, establish clear protocols for data sharing and access, with robust safeguards against misuse,’’ expert said.

According to him, the unified data pool will empower intelligence gathering and targeted operations.

He also called for investments in smart surveillance, intelligent video analytics software, training of personnel in data analysis, interpretation of data in real-time to combat crimes.

“There is need to implement a legal framework for call interception in criminal investigations, with strict oversight to prevent abuse, encourage community cohesion, training of tech savvy security personnel with tech-enabled tools.’’

Ajuonu also urged the government to address infrastructure deficit in technology, saying that technology was all encompassing to address insecurity.

“According to the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), as of December 2023, only 104.2 million Nigerians had been enrolled for the National Identity Number (NIN).’’

Ajuonu added that over 122.2 million citizens left uncaptured for NIN were people in rural areas where enrolment centres, digital services were limited.

“Most crimes are being perpetuated from rural communities and this lack of comprehensive identification creates a gap where elements not captured in the national database can constitute public nuisance, crimes.

“There is the inadequacy in the integration of NIN, BVN and Voters Identification Number (VIN).

“Advanced call interception and analysis tools, used successfully in other countries, could provide invaluable insights into criminal networks and operations but infrastructure is lacking,’’ he said.

Also, Mr Godfrey Petgrave, the Agricultural Expert, Sydani Group, called for empowerment of smallholder farmers with access to finance and training to enhance productivity.

According to Petgrave, Nigeria requires policy reform and institutional strengthening to improve agricultural practices and embrace digital agriculture solutions to address food insecurity.

Mr Akolade Jimoh, another expert of the group on health, advocated for expanded community-based health insurance programmes for rural and underserved areas.

Jimoh added that the country needed to encourage Public Private Partnership to revolutionise products design and quality improvement on health services.


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Konga launches Infinix Brand Week with Incredible Deals

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Konga, Nigeria’s leading composite e-commerce group, is thrilled to announce the launch of amazing deals at its Infinix Brand Week. Infinix, a leading global smartphone brand known for its innovative products and cutting-edge technology promises exclusive discounts and special offers on select smartphones, marking an exciting milestone in the realm of online shopping.

Shoppers can expect nothing short of extraordinary deals on a wide range of Infinix products, all available exclusively on the Konga online platform. With discounts of up to 30% off, this partnership between Konga and Infinix aims to redefine the shopping experience for tech enthusiasts across Nigeria.

Konga Brand Week has become synonymous with excitement and unbeatable deals, and this year’s edition is no exception. In addition to exclusive discounts on Infinix smartphones, shoppers can explore a diverse array of products across various categories, including electronics, fashion, home essentials, and more.

“At Konga, we are dedicated to providing our customers with the best shopping experience possible,” said Rita Ohaedoghasi, VP Marketing at Konga. “The Infinix Week during Konga Brand Week allows us to continue delivering on that promise by offering incredible discounts and special offers on some of the most sought-after smartphones in the market.”

To stay updated on the latest developments and exclusive deals during Konga Brand Week, shoppers are encouraged to connect with Konga across all platforms, including social media and the Konga website. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to score big savings and elevate your tech game with Infinix and Konga.


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Study Reveals Software Programmers to make Full Use of AI Code Assistants

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Gartner predicts that by 2028, 75 percent of enterprise software engineers will use Artificial Intelligence (AI) code assistants, up from less than 10 percent, currently.

According to a Gartner poll of 598 global respondents conducted in the third quarter of 2023, 63 percent of organisations are now testing, deploying, or have previously implemented AI code assistants.

AI code assistants provide for more capabilities than only code development and completion, notes the research firm.

According to Gartner, the use of AI code assistants can lead to higher work satisfaction and retention, resulting in lower turnover costs.

Philip Walsh, senior principal analyst at Gartner, comments: “Software engineering leaders must determine ROI and build a business case as they scale their rollouts of AI code assistants.

“However, traditional ROI frameworks steer engineering leaders toward metrics centred on cost reduction. This narrow perspective fails to capture the full value of AI code assistants.”

Gartner notes that software engineering leaders must “reframe the ROI conversation from cost reduction to value generations”.

Walsh adds: “Calculating time savings on code generation is a good place to begin building a more robust value story. To convey the full enterprise value story for AI code assistants, software engineering leaders should connect value enablers to impacts, and then analyse the overall return to the organisation.”

 


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