Archive for October, 2010
Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

I received an email a few days ago, from one of the readers of this blog. I have reproduced the entire message below, and edited it a bit for the sake of clarity: Hi, I have been looking for how to accept payment online in Nigeria, without necessarily going through Interswitch. I have been reading about Google Checkout accepting Nigerian cards. I would like to know if this means that they will accept Nigerian Mastercards and Visa cards? Do I ...  [Read more]

Monday, October 25th, 2010

.ng is the country-code Top Level Domain (cc-TLD) for Nigeria. In plain English, it is Nigeria's domain name system that identifies websites related to Nigeria. It is currently available for registration only in the following variants, with most of them being restricted to Nigerian entities: com.ng – open domain, commercial entities and businesses org.ng – semi-open domain, non-commercial organizations gov.ng – governmental ...  [Read more]

A New Blog Aggregator for Nigeria
Saturday, October 23rd, 2010

A new blog aggregator for blogs related to Nigeria, has been unveiled at http://bloggers.com.ng The Nigerian blogosphere is easily one of the most vibrant on the African continent. Though figures are hard to come by,  a conservative estimate would put the number of Nigerian blogs at about 2,000. Following the thousands of blogs related to Nigerian would be a herculean task. Thus, there is a need to aggregate these voices and have an overview ...  [Read more]

33 miners rescued in Chile. Any lessons for Africa?
Thursday, October 14th, 2010

I got the following message forwarded to me from someone in Nigeria a moment ago. It plays on the just-concluded miraculously rescue of 33 miners who were stuck underground for 69 days. Whilst it is clearly meant to be a hilarious outlook on the depressing situation in Nigeria, unfortunately, much of it is a sad reflection of today's reality. Last night I dreamt that 33 Nigerian Miners were trapped underground and the govt sent a capsule down to ...  [Read more]

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

One of the most convenient things to do in life is to complain/blame/criticize others for their action or inaction when things go wrong. The poor governance prevalent in our part of the world gives one a lot to complain about. With democracy slowly gaining ground in Nigeria however, the next phase of agitation should not be merely complaining about bad leaders, but taking part actively in the electoral process in a bid to ensure only the right ...  [Read more]

Interview: Esi Cleland of AfroChic shares her passion about entrepreneurship & more…
Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

Esi Cleland is a young entrepreneur with a passion for Ghana and everything she believes in. She recently granted me an interview, sharing what makes AfroChic tick and whats in store for the future. She only has a few tips for the up-and-coming entrepreneurs. Oluniyi: Who is Esi Cleland and what do you do for a living? Esi: Esi Cleland. A person who loves to live life, to have fun, be happy and to share some of that spirit with the rest of the ...  [Read more]

Sunday, October 10th, 2010

Many of Africa's youth are hungry for business opportunities. The myriad of challenges notwithstanding, a lot of young people are hungry for information on how to run their own business and the financing to get started. I was privileged to attend the first BarCamp event in Ghana in December 2008, and also attended the 2009 edition. In both cases, I joined break-out sessions related to entrepreneurship, being an Internet Entrepreneur myself. The ...  [Read more]

Google Adsense extends Western Union payouts to 4 African countries
Saturday, October 9th, 2010

Web publishers and bloggers in some selected African countries who display Google Adsense ads on their websites as a way of monetizing their web traffic now have some relief. The web publishers who have hitherto been limited to receiving payment via cheques now have the option of receiving their earnings from Google Adsense via Western Union. The ad network announced in a blog post on Friday: We're excited to announce the launch of Western Union ...  [Read more]

Interview: Ad-Connect spearheading mobile learning in West Africa
Saturday, October 9th, 2010

Oluniyi: Please introduce yourself and your company. Chris: My name is Chris Umunnabuike, Training and development Manager. AD-CONNECT Ghana.  AD-CONNECT is the West African Dealer of Mobile Learning, Publishing, Delivery and Tracking solutions. Oluniyi: When did AdConnect commence operations? Chris: AD-CONNECT commense operation Aug, 2009. but Ithe company was registered in Ghana and Nigeria a month before the commensement of ...  [Read more]

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

A few Nigerian Internet Entrepreneurs would be meeting to create a stronger community and discuss issues of mutual interest, this weekend. In the words of the organizers: This is the first meet-up of Nigerian Internet Entrepreneurs. It is an avenue for Nigerians that are creating startups to come meet themselves and have some beers. We would be talking about our projects and getting feedback from one another. We are sure we can build the ...  [Read more]