How to Turn Air into Water and Other African Technologies

The imminent threat of AI going rogue. Weaponry with freshly demonic kill power. Untrammelled illegal data collection. Wouldn’t it be nice to draw a line through 2023, and sigh with relief that it’s over? Well, the number of bad tech thresholds we crossed last year rules that out. Tightly fastened seatbelts would seem to be […]

Content Moderators Sue Meta Over Alleged 'union-busting' in Kenya

Facebook content moderators in Kenya are suing the social media site’s parent company Meta and two outsourcing companies for unlawful redundancy, a rights group said on Monday. The 43 applicants say they lost their jobs with Sama, a Kenya-based firm contracted to moderate Facebook content, for organising a union. They also say they were blacklisted […]

Africa Telecoms: Representation on the Global Stage

Nowadays, every corner of the world exhibits competition between its telecom giants, and the Africa Telecoms industry is no different. However, in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) regions, it is not a competition as much as it is exposure and representation of the community on the global stage. Orange Egypt, MTN, and Safaricom are […]

Kenyan Copia Global secures $83,000 in funding rounds

Kenya-based Business to Customer e-commerce company, Copia Global, secured a $50 million funding in a Series C equity round directed by Amsterdam-based Goodwell investments.  The financing round admits a variety of investors, including “Zebu Investment Partners, the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC), Koa Labs, Loghtrock, German development finance institution (DEG), and Perivoli Innovations,” according […]

Kenyan BNPL startup raises $12 million, broods over African markets

Kenyan tech-led consumer credit platform, Lipa Later, announced plans to reach different frontiers by widening its horizon to reach new markets in Africa, and be endorsed by a $12 million pre-Series A funding.  Steered by Cauris Finance, Lateral Frontiers VC – one of the platform’s first investors – and GreenHouse Capital, the equity and debt funding round was also […]

Loon: A balloon to help bridge the digital divide in Kenya

Kenya has progressed with the deployment of 5G networks. However, a number of Kenyans remain unconnected especially those who are living in rural areas. According to the World Bank report issued in October 2019, 44% of Kenyans living in urban areas have access to the Internet. However, less than 20% of the population is connected. […]

Political and technical challenges may delay 5G deployment in Kenya

“A digitally empowered citizenry, living in a digitally enabled society.” This is the 2019 Digital Economy Blueprint vision for Kenya. It seems that 5G deployment is key for Kenya’s economy. During his presentation about the Financial Year 2019 to 2020, Henry Rotich, Former Treasury Cabinet said that the digital economy would boost the country’s economic […]