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Remmy Nweke Joins NIRA BoT



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Mr. Remmy Nweke, lead consulting Strategist and Group Executive Editor of ITREALMS Media group, has been elected to the Board of Trustees (BoT) of the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NIRA) alongside four others.

NIRA, founded on 23 March 2005, oversees Nigeria’s country code top-level domain, .ng, just as registration of domain names are handled by NIRA certified registrars, under its Registry–Registrar–Registrant model in operating and managing the top-level domain.

The other four are the former pioneer technical contact person on .NG, Mrs Ibukun Odusote; former Financial Secretary of NIRA, Mr. Biyi Oladipo; former NIRA president, Mrs. Mary Uduma and Executive Director Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD) Mr. Yunusa Zakari Ya’u.

This is coming as NIRA also at the 15th Annual General Meeting (AGM) cum election held in Lagos on Friday at The Zone, elected Mr. Adesola Akinsanya and Mr. Murtala Abdullahi as new President and Vice President respectively. They took over from Mr. Mohammed Rudman and Mr. Toba Obaniyi in that order.

Other members elected into NIRA Executive Board of Directors (EBoD) at the meeting included the Editor of TechEconomy, Mr. Peter Oluka, Mr. Ebenezer Dare of Hostlag Limited, and Seun Kehinde of QServers Networks Limited.

Recall that Mr. Remmy Nweke aka “dotNG Evangelist” is the Group Executive Editor of multiple award-winning ITREALMS Media group and Lead Consulting Strategist at DigitalSENSE Africa. He is currently the Publicity Secretary, Guild of Corporate Online Publishers (GOCOP) and chairman, Awareness and Sensitisation Committee, Nigerian Content Consultative Forum on Information and Communications Technologies (NCCF-ICT) Sectoral Working Group.

Remarkable member and former Executive Director at NIRA plus the immediate past Vice President, African Civil Society on the Information Society (ACSIS), Nweke also known in the industry as .NG Evangelist, pioneered the NIRA eNewsletter as the chairman, Publicity and served on various committees including the Establishment and Finance, Accreditation as well as promoted the institutionalizing of NIRA House and pioneered the NIRA Media College during his term on the board, among other initiatives, with collaboration of EBoD.

At DigitalSENSE Africa, a project of ITREALMS Media group and an ICANN-certified At-Large Structure (ALS), Nweke leads a team that hosts several industry stakeholders since 2009 to the impressive Nigeria DigitalSENSE Forum series on Internet Governance for Development (IG4D), IPv6 Roundtable, ITREALMS’ E-Waste Dialogue and Digital Rights Series of DSA.

Remmy Nweke holds MA in Contemporary Diplomacy from University of Malta with background in new media journalism with over 25 years’ experience in Nigeria and global ICT industry, crowned with several professional awards including the prestigious Highway Africa News Agency (HANA) African Journalist of the Year, Africa Siemens Profile Awards, African Information Society Awards to name but a few.

An active member of the Multistakeholders Advisory Group (MAG) of Nigeria Internet Governance Forum (NIGF), Nweke, a former Non-Profit Operational Concerns (NPOC) Representative to the Non-Commercial Stakeholders Group (NCSG-Finance Committee) at the Generic Name Supporting Organisation (GNSO), is equally the chairman, Communications and Advocacy at IPv6 Council Nigeria and a member with stakeholders’ interest across the Non-Commercial Stakeholder Group (NCSG); Non-Commercial Users Constituency (NCUC) and Not-for-Profit Operational Concerns Constituency (NPOC), Africa Regional At Large Organisation (AFRALO) in addition as a team member of the NomCom Implementation Review Working Group (NomComIRWG), Internet Society (ISOC), AFRALO, At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC), Language Services Working Group on ICANN website document translation; Next-Generation gTLD Registration Directory Service (RDS); NPOC Policy Committee; NCSG Policy Committee; Cross Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN Accountability [CCWG-ACCT] [Ws2-hr] HR subgroup among others.

A former member of the NIRA and ISOC Nigeria Chapter Constitution Review Committee respectively, among others, Nweke is an Online Personality and Influencer (OPI). He is the pioneer Publicity Secretary, Open Source Foundation for Nigeria (OSFON) and is the National Coordinator, Media Centre Against Child Malnutrition (MeCAM), pioneer Secretary, Cyber Security Experts Association of Nigeria (Lagos branch).

Additionally, Nweke is the author of industry books not limited to “A Decade of ICT Reportage in Nigeria, the award-winning series; Sagacity of a digital revolution; Role of Nigeria in Peace Keeping in West Africa,” to name a few.

As an Associate Member (Patron), Nigeria Red Cross, St. Jude Catholic Parish Oshodi-Lagos, Nweke is also an Associate (Patron | Lt. Col), Man of Order and Discipline (MoD). He was admitted into the Knight of Mulumba in 2022, and Leads, Cyber Rights Advocacy Coalition (West Africa).

 Further, Remmy Nweke, a former Chairman of Awba-Ofemili Development Union (ADU Lagos branch), is lead representative of ADU to the Association of Anambra State Development Unions (AASDU) in Lagos and lead curator of African Media.

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MultiChoice Group Launches “Moment” an integrated payment platform for Africa



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MultiChoice Group, Rapyd and General Catalyst have entered into a joint venture agreement aimed at developing an integrated payment platform for Africa. The joint venture will operate under a new company, called Moment.

Moment offers expanded payment infrastructure for businesses across Africa to help them collect and make payments easier, quicker, and more affordable in any manner that their buyers or suppliers prefer.

Moment will also offer additional options for consumers to spend and save money more wisely. The aim is to transform the African payments landscape by making digital payments more accessible and reliable for domestic, cross-border and global payments.

“We are excited about our venture with Rapyd and General Catalyst. It will address the need for an accessible and reliable payment platform for many small businesses and millions of consumers in Africa.

“Investing in this venture is a logical progression for us, as we already process payments every month from 22 million households across 50 countries in Africa.

“Moment fulfills our strategy to expand our ecosystem, by investing in adjacent businesses that provide scalable services, underpinned by technology”, said Calvo Mawela, MultiChoice Group CEO.

Moment will consolidate the $3.5B in payments that the MultiChoice Group processes annually to expand options for subscribers and make payment processes efficiently, as well as extend Africa’s most complete payment network to African and global businesses.

“We are thrilled to be able to partner with MultiChoice and our network partners to provide Africa’s most complete payment platform for businesses through Moment.

“Africa is one of the most exciting markets in the world – with tremendous opportunities to expand the use of digital payments, drive cash payments to real-time digital payments, and to capitalise on the tremendous entrepreneurial drive of African businesses,” says Arik Shtilman, CEO of Rapyd.

“Africa represents one of the most exciting investment opportunities for global investors. Over the next 20 years, most of the population growth of the world will be happening in Africa, along with increasing urbanisation.

“African consumers and businesses are not only moving business online, but will be the labour force for the world across the next 20 years,” adds Adam Valkin, Managing Director at General Catalyst Partners.

The long-term plan is to provide the infrastructure for pan-African payments for the 44 million small businesses operating on the continent. It is also to turn the 90% of retail transactions that are currently taking place in cash, into digital payments.

Moment aims to make digital transactions more accessible to the 350 million consumers that are underbanked or not banked at all.

Some of Moment’s long term service offering include:

  • Payments across 40+ countries in Africa through 200+ locally preferred payment methods to collect, disburse and manage risk.
  • Drive adoption of PayShap, TCIB, NQR, and other real-time payment methods across all markets.
  • Global-Africa trade for importers and exporters with  virtual accounts in 40+ currencies and local payments in 130+ countries.
  • Payment tools, deep inventory to sell and financial services for micro-entrepreneurs and SMEs.
  • Offering consumers payments, savings and rewards.

Moment gives MultiChoice another opportunity to make a meaningful contribution to the economic development of the African continent. It will play a key role in accelerating cash-to-digital payments for all consumers and businesses and making the continent more investment ready for global players, by connecting payments from Africa to the world,” Mawela concluded.

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Clickatell Wins Business Efficiency Solutions Provider of the Year @ABoICT Awards



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Clickatell, a pioneer in mobile messaging and Chat Commerce innovation, was acknowledged by Nigeria Communications Week as the winner in the Business Efficiency Solutions Provider of the Year category as part of their 14th Africa’s Beacon of ICT Merit and Leadership (ABoICT) Awards, held on 27 May at the Lagos Oriental Hotels, Lekki.

A respected local technology publication, acknowledges and champions through the awards best practices and outstanding contributions to the growth of the ICT sector. Clickatell was declared a winner in its category through a voting process that included business leaders, readers, as well as independent quality experts.

In a letter announcing the achievement, Ken Nwogbo, Editor In-Chief of Nigeria Communications Week said, “This is a testament to your talents, innovations, contributions and commitments to the growth of the ICT industry, and we are happy that Nigerians have recognized your hard work, sincerity and dedication towards the development of the ICT industry.”

Speaking after the awards ceremony and annual ABoICT lecture delivered this year by Dr. Krishnan Ranganath, Regional Executive, West Africa, Africa Data Centres FZE Nigeria, Clickatell’s Samson Isa, Regional Managing Director, West Africa, shared his thoughts on the past year and what the award means for the company and his team.

“We are delighted to once again be recognized by our peers at this prestigious event. Over the past year we have seen a marked increase in awareness of chat commerce with some great success stories coming from early adopters.

“Over the last 12 months, Clickatell has expanded to provide new and full commerce experiences in mobile messaging channels and worked closely with local customers to begin their chat commerce journey.

“We have helped them to optimize their processes, improve efficiencies and ultimately reduce costs.

“It is a great honor to see our efforts formally recognized, not just by our satisfied customers, but by the industry in general here tonight,” Isa said.

According to Isa, companies in the banking and aviation sectors have shown particularly strong interest in the opportunities offered by chat commerce, and he says transactions on Clickatell’s Chat Commerce Platform have increased by over 25% compared to 2022.

According to Isa, chat commerce is also set to revolutionize the retail sector in the coming months.

“Despite the many macro-economic pressures of the last year, we are pleased to see our business expanding into more verticals as Nigerian business leaders become more familiar with chat commerce.

“We believe this will continue into 2024 and beyond. We are grateful to the organizers for creating platforms such as this, where the industry can salute one another’s efforts.

“We congratulate all the participants and winners and we are proud to be in such excellent company,” Isa added.

Clickatell’s Chat Commerce offering has already been deployed by many respected brands including EcoBank, Wema Bank and Stanbic IBTC Bank. In the past year the company has also added among others CBN, eNaira, and QRIOS tto its list of clients.

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Tecno Debuts Newest Materials of Magic Skin on Smartphone in Africa



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Global innovative technology brand TECNO just unveiled its latest breakthrough in material innovation in smartphone design – the “Magic Skin” in Africa, making it the first to bring this innovative material to African consumers.

It is a brand-new material technology that promises to create phone backs that are skin-friendly, stylish, and easy to clean. This new material will be integrated into the body of TECNO’s phones and applied to CAMON, SPARK, and POP series, ensuring African consumers stay abreast of the global trends on smartphone design innovations.

Stylish Design with Skin-friendly Touch

Magic Skin boasts a sleek and stylish design with a delicate texture, a softer touch, and a better color effect. The phone’s back cover’s vivid colors and vibrant patterns make it chic. TECNO has meticulously tailored Magic Skin to suit the distinctive positioning of each product line, giving each product its unique style.

The design is the outcome of extensive user research. TECNO designers surveyed thousands of African consumers to understand their aesthetic preferences and functional demands. The team then refined every aspect of the process, from perfecting the color implementation to scrutinizing the quality of the patterns.

Moreover, Magic Skin has been engineered to reduce the weight and thickness of the back cover while maintaining durability and practicality. This creates a more seamless integration with the phone, resulting in a comfortable grip.

Dense Molecular Structure Provides Stain Resistance

The benefits of Magic Skin extend far beyond its aesthetic appeal. It is not only visually pleasing but also easy to clean. To achieve optimal performance, a variety of materials were tested and evaluated. The final launch of Magic Skin is a unique blend of polymers and micro-particles that create a very dense molecular structure.

This dense molecular structure makes the material resistant to stains and spills, making it perfect for everyday use. Whether you spill coffee or wine on your phone case, Magic Skin can be effortlessly wiped clean without leaving any residual marks or stains.

Furthermore, the advanced manufacturing process also ensures that Magic Skin can withstand Furthermore, the advanced manufacturing process ensures that Magic Skin can withstand extreme conditions.

The material is waterproof and resistant to abrasion and can maintain its stability in extreme temperatures ranging from -40°C to 70°C. In laboratory tests, Magic Skin has demonstrated its superiority in various aspects, such as resistance to denim fabric abrasion, prevention of lipstick and perfume stains, and protection against UV light exposure.

Don’t Stop Creating for Consumers

TECNO again demonstrates its unwavering commitment to delivering stylish and innovative designs incorporating the latest technologies by introducing Magic Skin. This launch is just one of the many milestones on TECNO’s journey toward materials and designs innovation as it continues to push the boundaries and create new possibilities for the future..

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