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Sony Music seeks Nigeria streaming growth to build on ringback market

Sony Music Entertainment sees big growth prospects for music streaming in Nigeria, thanks to falling internet data costs and a large, growing population, a senior executive told Reuters.

Africa's digital banking boom

Africa's digital banking boom

Five years ago, banking clients in Nairobi had to spend an hour queuing to pay their utility bills. Fast forward to the present day, and these clients can now pay their bills at the touch of a button from the comfort of their home.

South Africa's MTN is the most admired brand in Africa

MTN, Samsung and Coca-Cola top list of most admired brands in Africa

Brand Africa has announced that MTN is the overall best brand in Africa and reclaimed the #1 spot as the Most Admired Brand in Africa at a gala launch of the 4th Annual Brand Africa 100: Africa’s Best Brands at Sandton Convention Center.

D'banj poses at his home in Lagos. Photographer: Paul Odijie/Bloomberg

Nigeria's booming music scene: An interview with D'banj (Video)

The mansion, the pool, the Bentley, the life-size portrait and the gold medallions are the spoils of a revolution in Nigeria and music superstar D’banj is enjoying them.

SimbaPay wins DEMO Africa 2015

SimbaPay wins DEMO Africa 2015. Next stop: Silicon Valley

At DEMO Africa 2015, SimbaPay showcased a new app that enables the opening of bank accounts in Africa from outside the continent.

Why WhatsApp is South Africa's favorite app

Why WhatsApp is South Africa's favorite app (Infographic)

As WhatsApp launches its web app for iOS – porting the 900 million-strong messaging service to allow iPhone users to send and receive messages through a browser – the top country it’s used in (South Africa) offers a timely reminder of just how good a messaging service it is.

Vodacom has 64 million subscribers and runs mobile networks in South Africa, Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mozambique and Lesotho. Photographer: Dean Hutton/Bloomberg

Naspers in talks With Vodacom to deliver video-on-demand services across Africa

Naspers Ltd. is in talks with wireless carrier Vodacom Group Ltd. about delivering video content to mobile devices across Africa as the media company seeks to compete with Netflix Inc. in offering movies and TV in the continent of 1 billion people.

Nigerian Stock Exchange to list depositary receipts enabling local ownership of US stocks like that of Apple.

'Bring Nairas, Buy Apple': Nigerian Stock Exchange to enable local purchases of foreign companies' shares

Nigerians will soon be able to invest in companies such as Apple Inc. and LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE in their local currency at their local bourse.

Mo Abudu's EbonyLife TV launches subscription video-on-demand African content platform for Africans in the Diaspora

Mo Abudu's EbonyLife TV launches subscription video-on-demand African content platform for Africans in the Diaspora

EbonyLife TV just launched a premium, multi-screen, video-on-demand (VOD) platform.

Oke Okaro, former Head of Mobile, Bloomberg. Credit: forbes.com

Bloomberg's former Head Of Mobile Oke Okaro on how smartphones will fuel innovation in Africa

Nigerian-born Oke Okaro, 41, is a product visionary, award winning technologist and pioneer in the U.S. mobile and connected devices industry.

Fellows in Code Club 2015 work at the Hehe Labs headquarters at "The Office" in Kigali, Rwanda, a coworking space for young entrepreneurs.

Inside the Tech Revolution That Could Be Rwanda's Future

The small East African nation of Rwanda has progressed remarkably over the last decade.

NSE Ticker - Heat Map (Landscape)

Check out the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) Ticker app (Photos)

NSE Ticker is a beautifully designed iPhone and iPad application that equips investors with graphical tools to analyze and visualize asset price information from the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE).

Employees stand inside a mobile phone store specializing in the sale of Samsung Electronics Co. handsets in Nairobi, Kenya, on April 17, 2013. Photographer: Trevor Snapp/Bloomberg

Europeans Selling Mobile Payments Should Ask Africa for Help

As telecommunications carriers in Europe seek a share of the billions of dollars likely to flow to companies that build mobile-payment systems, Claudio Chiche has a few words of advice: Ask Africa for help.

Bitcoin's Big Opportunity In Africa

Bitcoin's Big Opportunity In Africa

On a Tuesday night at a Nairobi tech incubator, Michael Kimani preaches the virtues of crypto currencies to a small gathering of tech-savvy Kenyans.

How Nigeria became the world's dual SIM-card superpower

Fact of the Day: Nigeria is the largest market in the world for multi-SIM phone use

It’s the juggle of every Nigerian professional: all those mobile handsets. And then comes the struggle: For consistent phone reception. There’s little consumers can do about the state of their network’s coverage but there is a market solution to the inconvenience of carrying more than one phone: dual-SIM phones.

Delivery Science

10 African startups that rocked 2014

2014 has been another amazing year for startups in Africa.

Wonderloop

Nigerian billionaire Tony Elumelu invests undisclosed amount in Silicon Valley mobile startup Wonderloop

Tony O. Elumelu, one of Africa’s wealthiest magnates (who recently launched a $100 million program to support entrepreneurship in Africa) is understood to have put an undisclosed sum into Silicon Valley-based mobile startup Wonderloop.

SnapScan: Motorists can pay for parking by scanning a traffic marshal's QR code badge with their phones.

Cape Town goes cashless as mobile payment apps take off

Capetonian Sam Laing sounds like a brand ambassador when she talks about her favourite local mobile payments application.

Konga, an e-commerce site, is a Nigerian tech pioneer

Nigeria, not Kenya, is about to become Africa's next big technology hub

There’s too much money in Nairobi. That’s one way to explain why some venture capitalists are setting their sights elsewhere.

Brand Africa 100 - 2014

Fact of the Day: MTN is the most valuable brand in Africa - Brand Africa announces top 100 brands in Africa for 2014

The annual ranking of the most admired and most valuable brands in sub-Sahara Africa, Brand Africa 100, was announced earlier today at the Nairobi Securities Exchange, in Nairobi, the capital of Kenya.

Arik Air

Nigeria's Arik Air now accepting international mobile payments powered by SlimTrader

Arik Air has activated international payments on its mobile platform. Customers from anywhere in the world can now access Arik Air’s mobile site, search for tickets, select flights, and pay using credit and debit cards from Visa and MasterCard.

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Mobile Money Is Driving Africa's Cashless Future

The evolution of African markets faces significant barriers: cost, distance, and a lack of infrastructure. Less than 30% of the population have bank accounts, and even fewer have credit cards.

BlackBerry Passport

Given BlackBerry's strong popularity in Nigeria and South Africa, will the newly-launched BlackBerry Passport be a hit on the continent?

BlackBerry released its new Passport phone today, a keyboard smartphone with a 4.5-inch​ screen aimed at corporate users.

BlackBerry Z3

Robust BlackBerry Z3 sales in emerging markets, including Nigeria and South Africa, may bring early return to profitability

Late last month, International Data Corporation (IDC) forecast that the growth of smartphone sales in mature markets in 2014 would slow to a low single digit of 4.9% with emerging markets continuing to soar at 32.4%. The exponential growth rate in emerging markets is now 6.5 times of that in developed countries.

Demola Ogundele, founder of Notjustok.com

Leading Music Site, Notjustok.com, Launches SoundCloud-Styled Music Platform

Leading music site, Notjustok.com is launching a SoundCloud-styled music platform today that allows artists to upload songs and share with their friends, fans and followers as well as link these up with iTunes so that listeners can purchase their music.

Easy Taxi

Easy Taxi, which operates in 32 countries including Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya and Egypt, secures additional $40M in series D fund raising

Easy Taxi, a leading mobile taxi app in Latin America, Africa, Middle East and Asia, secured USD 40m in Series D funding led by the Russian Phenomen Ventures with participation of Tengelmann Ventures, the investment company of Germany’s multi-sector retailer Tengelmann Group.

Scene from the "Half of a Yellow Sun" movie

Nigerian films try to move upmarket: Nollywood's new scoreboard

NIGERIAN cinephiles rejoiced this month as news emerged that “Half of a Yellow Sun” (pictured above), arguably the most ambitious film project in the nation’s history, had received a release date in its own country.