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Content posted in December 2023
SA's RedAcademy connects young people to IT jobs
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Connecting Africa sat down with SA-based RedAcademy to find out more about the skills and experiential learning hub that specializes in teaching coding and technology skills inside a live software environment.
ATF 2023: GrindTea founder Wandile Mthiyane on workplace diversity
  • Connecting Africa Video
GrindTea Founder and CEO Wandile Mthiyane spoke to Connecting Africa Associate Editor Matshepo Sehloho at Africa Tech Festival about how the startup is shaking up job search by connecting women and people of color with workplaces that are diverse and inclusive.
ATF 2023: ACT CEO Nomvuyiso Batyi on telecom collaboration
  • Connecting Africa Video
Nomvuyiso Batyi, CEO of South Africa's Association of Comms and Technology (ACT), sat down with Connecting Africa Associate Editor Matshepo Sehloho at Africa Tech Festival to talk about the organization's work with South Africa's telecommunications industry.
Hot startup of the month: Nigeria's Enricher
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Connecting Africa's hot startup is Nigerian Enricher, a halal wealth management platform that enables individuals and corporates to grow their wealth while adhering to the principles of Sharia law.
ATF 2023: Accenture's Nitesh Singh on harnessing AI for African business
  • Connecting Africa Video
Nitesh Singh, MD for communications, media and technology at Accenture Africa, joined Connecting Africa Editor Paula Gilbert at Africa Tech Festival 2023 in Cape Town, South Africa, for a video interview to talk about artificial intelligence (AI) and how African businesses can embrace the good of AI and avoid the bad.
ATF 2023: Vodacom SA CEO Sitho Mdlalose on 5G, fintech & fiber
  • Connecting Africa Video
Vodacom South Africa CEO Sitho Mdlalose spoke to Connecting Africa Editor Paula Gilbert at Africa Tech Festival 2023 about the telecoms market in South Africa and Vodacom's strategy for growth in 5G, fintech and fiber.
Optiva: Africa MVNO outlook for 2024
  • Paula Gilbert
Optiva's VP for Europe, Middle East and Africa, Salman Tariq, advises African Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs) to put innovation at the heart of their strategy to enhance success in 2024 and to embrace AI solutions.
Cassava Tech Talks Ep. 4: More than mobile money
  • Paula Gilbert
In the latest Cassava Tech Talks podcast we discuss financial inclusion in Africa and how the ecosystem is evolving beyond just mobile money. Guests are Darlington T Mandivenga, CEO of Sasai, and Kalvin Bahai, principal economist at GSMA Intelligence. #sponsored
Qualcomm launches 2024 Africa startup mentorship program
  • Paula Gilbert
Qualcomm Technologies has completed the first year of its Make in Africa Startup Mentorship Program and is opening applications for 2024, adding on new features like intellectual property rights training and a patent filing incentive fund.
ATF 2023: Google's Alex Okosi on AI, cloud & digital skills
  • Connecting Africa Video
Google's Managing Director for Africa, Alex Okosi, spoke to Connecting Africa Editor Paula Gilbert at Africa Tech Festival 2023 about Google's strategy for growth in 2024 including key focus areas like artificial intelligence (AI), cloud, and digital skills development.
Ooredoo, Zain combine tower assets in MENA
  • Paula Gilbert
Telecoms operators Ooredoo and Zain are joining forces with independent tower company TASC Towers to create what they claim will be the largest tower company in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.
Onafriq aims to create digital pathways for Africa
  • Matshepo Sehloho
African fintech platform Onafriq believes its on a journey to become an omnichannel, multichannel digital platform for African consumers to connect to the rest of the world.
MTN appoints new Ghana CEO, group CCO
  • Paula Gilbert
Pan-African operator MTN has announced some changes to its executives with MTN Ghana CEO Selorm Adadevoh becoming Group Chief Commercial Officer (GCCO) and Stephen Blewett taking over the top job at MTN Ghana.
Intelsat, AMN expand rural coverage across Africa
  • Paula Gilbert
Satellite operator Intelsat and off-grid tower provider Africa Mobile Networks (AMN) have now deployed more than 3,000 rural base satellite antennas across Africa, with plans for more deployments in 2024.


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The 100 most influential African leaders in 2023

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Omdia View: February 2024

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Highlights in February 2024 in the Middle East and Africa included 5G launches in Senegal and 5G trials in Egypt as well as Kenya's first 5G MVNO. Airtel also launched a new wholesale connectivity business while MTN and Huawei are planning a joint Innovation Technology Lab in South Africa – that and more in this month's Omdia View.

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Omdia View: January 2024

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Highlights in January 2024 in the Middle East and Africa included a $200 million fintech deal between MTN and Mastercard as well as 5G network trials by Telecom Egypt – that and more in this month's Omdia View.

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