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Wi-Fi Worship Debuts in Ibadan, Sets to Populate Cyberspace

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An e-Church Project powered ‘Wi-Fi- Workship’ on wheel has launched in Ibadan, Oyo State and sets to populate the cyberspace with the message about Easter.

Powered by Neo-Skill Consulting and backed by iT360 Magazine, Mterra Communications, Political Economist, RaveTV, Smile Telecoms and a host of others will debut in Ibadan on April 14, 2017at Agodi Park, Ibadan.

Mr Seyi Olaleye, convener of project, explained at a press briefing that the online platform is aimed at helping churches and church ministers to gain online presence and leverage on technology tools to take their gospel to the next level.

He added that there is the plan for Wifi Worship OnWheel as well as taking the initiatives to other states of the federation.

He said, “The purpose of the Wi-Fi Worship and the reason for its proposed extension to other states of the federation is to encourage Christians to be more active in sharing their faith in the online space. This can’t be achieved without the involvement of telecoms. We are collaborating with the first telecoms in the City of Ibadan, Smile Telecommunication, in this initiative.

“The Oyo State’s Wi-Fi Worship is focused on celebrating the crucifixion, death and the resurrection of Jesus Christ and populating the cyberspace with the message of The Cross. It is a platform where the resurrection of Jesus Christ will be celebrated with the aim of reducing explicit content online and ultimately reminding believers of Jesus’ coming.

“The internet has become a global village; the Bible said in Mark 16 chapter 15 that we should go into the world and preach the gospel. Today, part of the world is represented by the Internet, where half of the world communicates online. But it is fast becoming the harbinger of evil and a corrupting influence on the vast majority of people. But the church has a responsibility to turn things around and spread the world of God in the Internet world.”

Olaleye added that the Wifi Worship has the capacity to change the explicit content on the Internet for good.

“We want to use Wi-Fi technology to spread the gospel. But this time, it is the message of the cross, which will share more than 300 images and videos on social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and so on.”

Toni Olumide, co-founder of Practivate, said “The message of the gospel is the same but the methods must evolve. If we ignore the use of technology and the internet as a tools to reach out, we would lose our voice as the Church”

Pastor Eyitope Lala, convener of Rampage Outreach, added that Oyo state’s Wifi Worship is centred on The Cross, which symbolizes Easter celebration. He said the event will feature a campaign aimed at inspiring Christians across the world to create a simple Gospel-themed video, showcasing their personal experience about the resurrection of Jesus Christ, share with their family and friends and thereby reaching out to millions of people with the message of resurrection.

He added that to be part of the Wifi Worship Ibadan City, interested people should write a short story about Christ’s resurrection in 140 characters (on twitter), 100 words (on Facebook) and stand a chance to win a smart phone and internet modem tagged #ResurrectionOfJesus

Managing Director of one of the emerging mobile telephone manufacturers in Nigeria, Mr Tayo Ogundipe, said that since smart phone is all about experience, his company is in the market to give same experience through the newly released mobile phones.

He said, “We hope this experience will help you better shine your light as Christians and share the message of the CROSS at Wifi Worship Ibadan City. Also, we shall be giving a complimentary “Solo Smartphone” and souvenirs to whoever wins in the campaign”.

The convener urges the Christians in Ibadan to join the project bandwagon by sharing the message of the cross, shine the light and preach the gospel with smart phone.

He added that, the event will feature other attractions like dancing, comedy, gift sharing, and a host of other inspiring activities while refreshment will be served and catered for by Aduke. According to him admission to the project is free. To register, interested people are to log on to http://goo.gl/FrCifB and complete necessary information requests.

 


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Jumia Partners Reckitt Benkiser, Nokia, Others to Enable Consumers Access Quality Products

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Jumia has launched a Brand Festival campaign in partnership with top global brands such as Reckitt Benkiser, Unilever, Nokia, Intel, HP, Nexus, Hisense, Sharp, Samsung, Binatone, XIAOMI, ABSOLUT, Dettol, and Logitech.

The campaign which is scheduled to run from September 21st to 27th, will provide consumers access to top quality products directly from the manufacturers, eliminating all third parties, thereby reducing the cost of the products, which will enable consumers to save money.

Jumia Nigeria CEO, Massimiliano Spalazzi, said: “The aim of the campaign is to enable our consumers to save more money while getting the best quality products directly from the brand manufacturers. Consumers today are more conscious of the quality of the product they buy on Jumia, and at the same time want to save money while shopping.

In the wake of COVID-19, we have continued to strive to operate so that consumers can continue to stay at home, use e-commerce to shop, and stay safe in this trying time. We are proud to partner with Unilever, Nokia and other top brands as part of our commitment to provide customers easy access to quality products directly from the manufacturers at best prices.

Head of Key Accounts and e-Commerce at Reckitt Benckiser Nigeria Ltd, Afam Onwordi, stated that: “We have enjoyed a good and healthy relationship with Jumia in the last couple of years.

“As our fight in RB is making access to the highest quality hygiene, wellness and nourishment a right and NOT a privilege, we would therefore always seize the opportunity of every major event like this (Brand Festival) to reward our consumers with interesting offers and deals across our wide range of products.”

Senior Business Manager at HMD Global, Emmanuel Ossai, said: “For us at HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones, we are very excited to be supporting Jumia on this festival for authentic brands in Nigeria.

“We have a commitment to continuously deliver value and believe that this partnership will afford Nigerians more opportunities to enjoy the beauty of quality hardware and the secure Android experience that we offer across our range of Nokia smartphones.

“Interestingly, we have new exciting devices that will be unveiled to our Nigerian customers in the coming weeks and we cannot wait for you to have a feel of hardware magic carefully combined with software excellence. So, keep watching this space.”


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TikTok Picks Oracle to Provide ‘Secure’ Cloud Tech

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Enterprise software giant Oracle announced that it has been chosen to become TikTok’s “secure” cloud technology provider.

According to Oracle, this technical decision by TikTok was heavily influenced by Zoom’s recent success in moving a large portion of its video-conferencing capacity to the Oracle Public Cloud.

Oracle’s announcement comes after TikTok parent ByteDance last week said it will not be selling the video-sharing app’s US operations to software giant Microsoft.

This after US president Donald Trump signed an executive order on 6 August, blocking all transactions with ByteDance in an effort to address “national emergency” issues.

On 14 August, the US president issued an order that gave ByteDance 90 days to divest the US operations of TikTok.

Since then, US companies such as Microsoft and Oracle have been lining up as potential buyers for the popular short video app.

As the trade war between the US and China rages on, the US government has accelerated its efforts to purge Chinese apps and technology companies that it deems untrustworthy.

Trump and his administration raised national security issues, alleging the Chinese-owned company will share sensitive user data with the Chinese government.

“TikTok picked Oracle’s new Generation 2 Cloud infrastructure because it’s much faster, more reliable, and more secure than the first generation technology currently offered by all the other major cloud providers,” says Oracle chief technology officer Larry Ellison.

“In the 2020 Industry CloudPath survey that IDC recently released where it surveyed 935 infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) customers on their satisfaction with the top IaaS vendors including Oracle, Amazon Web Services, Microsoft, IBM and Google Cloud…Oracle IaaS received the highest satisfaction score.”

“As a part of this agreement, TikTok will run on the Oracle Cloud and Oracle will become a minority investor in TikTok Global,” says Oracle CEO Safra Catz.

“Oracle will quickly deploy, rapidly scale and operate TikTok systems in the Oracle Cloud. We are 100% confident in our ability to deliver a highly secure environment to TikTok and ensure data privacy to TikTok’s American users, and users throughout the world.

“This greatly improved security and guaranteed privacy will enable the continued rapid growth of the TikTok user community to benefit all stakeholders.”


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Inq. Acquires Vodacom’s Business in Nigeria, Others

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inq. Holdings Limited, artificial intelligence service provider, has acquired Vodacom Business Africa’s operations in Nigeria, Zambia and Cote d’Ivoire.

Inq. Acquires Vodacom’s Business in Nigeria, Others

It plans further acquisition in Cameroon subject to regulatory approvals.

Mr. Valentine Chime, managing director, inq. Holdings Limited, said the 100 per cent acquisition of the Vodacom Business Africa’s operations in the three countries was in pursuit of the company’s dream of building pan-African network that will help in creating better future through digital solutions.

Domiciled in Mauritius, inq. Holdings Limited is a subsidiary of Convergence Partners Communications Infrastructure Fund, a fund dedicated solely to communications infrastructure and related services and technologies across Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA).

Formerly known as Synergy Communications, the latest acquisition has grown inq.’s regional footprint with operations in 12 cities in seven countries across Africa. It has existing operations in Botswana, Malawi and South Africa with an additional investment in Mozambique.

“Under the inq. banner the company will embark on the next phase of building a unified Pan-African cloud and digital service provider, bringing to market a very relevant suite of next generation technology solutions in the fields of Edge AI, SD-WAN/NFV and Cloud,”Chime said.

According to him, with operations in major African cities of Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Kano, Gaborone, Lusaka, Ndola, Blantyre, Lilongwe, Mzuzu, Abidjan and Johannesburg, the inq. team prides itself on global best practice methodologies customised to local customs in each of the 16 cities, covering different sectors including banking, oil and gas, fast moving consumer goods, mining, health, real estate, information technologies, public sector and logistics.

“Covid-19 has accelerated digital transformation, and inq. is perfectly positioned to deliver intelligent connectivity through seamless delivery of cloud and digital services and  technologies to our clients. We are about simpler, seamless solutions,” Chime said.

 

 


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