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Zoho Emerges Africa Tech Alliance Alliance Forum (#AfriTECH2021) Lead Sponsor

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Zoho Corporation has been named the lead sponsors of Africa Tech Alliance Forum 2021 (#AfriTECH2021), by the organisers.

The hybride event (both online and physical) will take place on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 at Oriental Hotel, Lekki Lagos by 10:00am with Olatomiwa Williams, Country Manager of Microsoft Nigeria presenting the keynote address.

Andrew Bourne, Regional Manager (Africa), Zoho Corporation will lead a workshop on ‘Driving Business Growth Through CX Experience’.

Bourne will give rundowns on how participants and businesses can reimagine their CX (customer experience) journey during the post-pandemic.

Audience at #AfriTECH2021 will cut across C-Suite Executives, Founders, Presidents of Companies/Organisations, Presidents of Industry Associations, Startups/Entrepreneurs and Government officials, etc.

In a statement signed by Peter Oluka, the editor of TechEconomy.ng; the organisers of #AfriTECH2021, said, “We are happy to have Zoho partnering with us to make the event a memorable one.

“Having Zoho at the event is also unique because their array of products speak to the central theme of this event.

 

“With 50+ apps in nearly every major business category, including sales, marketing, customer support, accounting and back-office operations, and an array of productivity and collaboration tools, Zoho Corporation is one of the world’s most prolific software companies.

“We believe that the participants will find reasons to adopt Zoho products to drive their post-pandemic digital transformation drives”. Oluka said.

“In a short period of time, COVID-19 has overwhelmed lives and livelihoods around the globe. For vulnerable individuals and the customer teams that serve them, it has also forced a rethinking of what customer care means.

“Suddenly, examinations of customer journeys and satisfaction metrics to inform what customers want have given way to an acute urgency to address what they need.

“Andrew, in this session, will share how care, creative thinking, and new tools can address customers’ acute needs today and forge stronger ties in the post-COVID-19 era”, he added.

More than 60 million users around the world, across hundreds of thousands of companies, rely on Zoho every day to run their businesses, including Zoho itself.

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Participation at the Forum is FREE, but participants are expected to pre-register via the link: https://africatechallianceforum.africa/ to have opportunity to witness the keynote address, goodwill messages, product launches, brand promotion, panel sessions and the inaugural AfriTECH Awards/recognition.

The Forum has received supports from the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC); the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA); Galaxy Backbone Limited, as partners, is being sponsored by Rack Centre, Digital Encode, Cloudflex Computing Services Limited, Zinochrome International, Layer3, Notion Technology Limited (representatives of American #1 Technology company – Comway – and Hsv Products).

#AfriTECH2021 also enjoys robust media coverage by TechNext.ng, ITPulse.com.ng; ITNewsNigeria.ng; NigeriaCommunicationsWeek.com.ng; TechTv.net.ng; Rave TV; GrassRoots.ng; ITRealms.com.ng and Digivation Network, BusinessMetricsng.com, BusinessRemarks, Ravenewsonline.com and TechNewsandBiz.


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eGovernment Projects: FG, Republic of Korea to Kick-Start Second Phase in Nigeria

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After a successful implementation of phase one of the e-Government project, the Federal Government of Nigeria and the Republic of Korea are getting set to kick-start the second phase of project.
Prof Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, minister of Communications and Digital Economy (FMC&DE), received delegates from the Korea International Corporation Agency, (KOICA) led by the Vice President Mr Song Woon-yeob who was on a working visit to the e-Government Training Centre (eGTC) in Abuja to discuss implementation structure for the intended second phase.
During the visit, the Minister who was represented by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mr Bitrus Bako Nabasu said the centre which was handed over to Nigeria in 2019 is equipped with three lecture halls and other facilities that have helped in facilitating e-government programmes.
Prof Pantami stated that before the hand over, five courses where developed and lectured which includes: Executive Course I, Executive Course II, Professional course, eSecurity Course, eGovernment Project Planning and Development Course stating that a total of nine e-Government trainings were held on these courses all together and over 1500 participants graduated.
“I am happy to announce to you that upon the handing over of this centre to the ministry in 2019, the e-Government training centre has graduated close to 1000 participants despite the COVID-19 lockdown in 2020 and the trainings are still ongoing”, added the minister.
He said, “We believe there is room for improvement in the target number of participants and we are working assiduously towards that improvement”.
Mr Woong-yoeb while addressing the meeting noted that there are two very important enablers needed to successfully implement the second phase of the e-Government project.
They are the implementation structure which is having an institutional foundation in the form of a Presidential Implementation Council; and the second enabler is the strong leadership of the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy as a coordinator.
“Without this kind of infrastructure, I mean the presidential implementation council and the strong leadership of the Honourable Minister, I am afraid it will be very difficult for us to implement the second phase”, Mr Woong-yeob decried.
He said on the basis of the outcome of the first phase of the e-Government project, KOICA is very impressed and is set to proceed with the second phase of the e-Government projects.
He added that, “One of the best practices conducted by KOICA is this project, the e-Government Training Centre, that is why as we signed another record of discussion last August to do the second phase of e-Government Projects here in Nigeria.”
He stated that at the first phase the Agency prepared the Masterplan for e-Government here in Nigeria and we would like to do some more with close collaboration in the second phase.
Others in attendance were Director General, Mallam Kashifu Inuwa represented by Dr Usman Gambo Abdullahi, Director IT Infrastructure Solutions; Director eGovernment Training Centre, Professor Suleiman Mohammed; Country Director KOICA, Mr Woo Chan Chang amongst others.
The highlight of the working visit was the touring of facilities at the centre.

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BBNaija First-Ever Documentary to Premiere on Africa Magic this November

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The first-ever documentary about Big Brother Naija is set to drop this November.

The mini-documentary titled, BBNaija: ‘The Fame, the Fans, the Frenzy’, produced by ID Africa’s The Bang Studio, will premiere on Africa Magic.

BBNaija: The Fame, The Fans, The Frenzy will take viewers behind the scenes of the biggest reality TV show in Africa and reveal some truths about the show’s production.

It features some of the most popular housemates the show has ever created including Mercy Eke, Laycon, Nengi, Prince, Alex Asogwa, Bisola Aiyeola, Elozonam, and Ozo.

Also making an appearance in the documentary is the show’s infamous series producer, Kayode, who answers some of the most difficult questions that fans have asked over the years about the show and camera times for the housemates who have passed through the show,

BBN: The Fame, the Fans, the Frenzy tells the untold story of the show and examines its impact through the eyes  of relevant stakeholders, with appearances from the host, crew and organizers of the show which has grown to become the biggest Big Brother franchise in the world.

Femi Falodun, chief executive officer of ID Africa, explains that the show is an African pop-culture phenomenon, so it was necessary to tell its story.

He added, “At ID Africa, we love to tell untold stories, and what better story to tell than that of the biggest Big Brother instalment in the history of the franchise.

“In the recently concluded season alone, the show recorded over a billion votes from millions of viewers.

“It was also watched in over 30 countries across the globe. I am thrilled that we get to share the backstory of how this show is made and how much it changes the lives of the participants.”

Busola Tejumola, executive head of Content and West Africa Channels, MultiChoice, also shared her excitement about the premiere of BBN: The Fame, the Fans, the Frenzy. She said, “We’ve worked tirelessly behind the scenes for years to make Big Brother Naija a success.

“So, it’s quite exciting to see the story of how the show comes together each year being told so brilliantly. The documentary will give fans an insight into how much work it takes to deliver the show each year.”

BBN: The Fame, the Fans, the Frenzy will premiere in November, across Africa Magic and Hip TV. You can also watch this exclusive showing on Netng’s YouTube and insidebbnaija.com.

DStv subscribers will also be able to watch the documentary on the go via the DStv app on multiple devices at no additional cost. The app is available for download from the Apple and Google Play stores.

 


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IXPN Engages with Stakeholders in Kano, Harps on Improving the Internet Ecosystem

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The Internet Exchange Point of Nigeria (IXPN), last week in Kano, one of Nigeria’s commercial cities engaged stakeholders from various sectors on the benefits and impact of connecting to the exchange point.

Cross section of participants at the workshop held in Kano.

At a two-day workshop attended by various Internet Service Providers in Kano state, representatives from the Nigerian Communications Commission, Vice-Chancellors, Provosts, Permanent Secretary of the Kano State Ministry of Science and Technology, Executive Secretary from Kano State Library, Mr. Rudman Muhammed, Chief Executive Officer of IXPN, explained that connecting to the exchange point has a huge role to play in the country’s ICT ecosystem and, ultimately, the digital economy agenda.

According to Rudman, the role of the Internet and easy access to information by students in today’s world cannot be overstated, emphasizing that IXPN is at the forefront of advocating for the localization of educational research contents and other content in-country, with such content easily accessible through the increasingly robust IXPN infrastructure across Nigeria. This will significantly reduce capital flight, improve latency, reduce the risk of such traffic being hijacked, and improve resiliency.

“We believe that the fast-depleting IPV4 resources at AfriNIC underline the need for Higher Educational Institutions to acquire their IP resources and peer with the eXchange point, thereby providing access to their students to contents currently available through the IXPN,” he said.

He also assured that the Internet Exchange Point of Nigeria is ready to provide the necessary support to any educational institution that wishes to acquire IP resources and connect to the eXchange point.

The workshop in Kano is coming weeks after IXPN engaged 21 participants from 9 network operators in Lagos in what it described as value-added service to its members through capacity building.

Mr. Rudman at the two-day training programme held at the IXPN Academy located at its corporate headquarters in Lagos, explained the rudiments of BGP to her members, saying Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) is a gateway protocol that enables the internet to exchange routing information between autonomous systems (AS).

“The idea of today’s training is to empower members of the Internet eXchange Point of Nigeria (IXPN) with the rudiments and workings of Border Gateway Protocol (BGP), which is important to us as a one-stop peering point for service and content providers,” he emphasized.

The Internet eXchange Point of Nigeria (IXPN) announced earlier this year that it will begin capacity building for its members across the country, to empower them on current technology trends and best practices, particularly as it relates to connectivity to the eXchange Point.

The Internet Exchange Point of Nigeria (IXPN) is currently the Regional Internet Exchange Point (RIXP) for West Africa, with over eighty (85) active networks interconnected, including Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and all Nigerian Mobile Network Operators (MNOs).

 

 

 


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