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Having grown up from a poor background, Okocha Nkem Christiana understands what it feels like to live without any form of financial support.
From hawking on the streets of Lagos to serving as a housemaid, Nkem’s childhood was a constant battle to make ends meet.
Her experience can be summed up in 19 years of complete hardship. But those years enabled her to develop love and empathy towards the plight of women who are financially challenged.
So in 2014, she founded Mamamoni, a social enterprise that now empowers low-income rural and urban slum women to break the chain of poverty.
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Death to the open office plan? Mostly popular among 21st century companies, the open office layout is said to encourage effective communication and creativity amongst employees.
Despite its increasing adoption however, the value of the open office plan is frequently being questioned as more workers yearn to be in between walls and behind closed doors once again.
Is it time we killed the open office plan?
Why we should not glorify Nigeria’s internet penetration figures. In its most recent report for the month of September, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) put the number of internet users in Nigeria at 93 million.
Going by Nigeria’s population of over 180 million people, what this tells us is that about 50% of Nigerians are online. But do these figures have any true significance?
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Truecaller launches SDK programme in Nigeria. Coming on the heels of activating its ad platform in Africa, Truecaller has gone on to introduce a new mobile identity product into the Nigerian market.
Is Nigeria ready for digital banking? According to Australian futurist, Brett King, the biggest financial institution in the world by 2025 won’t be a traditional bank.
That raises the question; is Nigeria ready for the era of digital banking? Nnamdi Azodo, product manager, ALAT by Wema Bank says “yes”.
Every weekday at noon (WAT), we feature up and coming startups attempting to break into the market.
This week’s featured startups
- WorkBus — order a seamless ride to your workplace
- OgaAgent — connect with verified and reliable service providers in Benin City and environs
- Olu Assistant — sort your daily tasks with an auto-assistant
- iClean — access home-cleaning service in Abuja
- Coven Works — get quality technical talents in Africa
Opportunities: ₦1 million equity-free for Nigerian startups at Techpoint Build, ₦1 million for undergraduate entrepreneurs and more this week.
From around the world
- The deactivation Donald Trump’s Twitter account. On Thursday, the Twitter account of the US President was briefly deactivated. It turns out it was accidental. Link.
- A $175 million edtech experiment? AltSchool, an educational startup that specialises in a group of technologically reinforced schools is shutting down another of its four locations in California and New York. Link.
- The Google Doc lockouts. During the week, people were getting locked out of their own documents in Google Docs simply because Google didn’t like what they were writing. Link.