Reclaiming stolen African artefacts
You’ve missed out if you haven’t been listening to the Techpoint Africa Podcast, dear reader! Ask around and tell me what other people are saying. Today’s episode is a lot of fun to listen to! The editorial team made me laugh; Bolu’s story was one of the stories that drew me in. What’s the story? The Central African Republic announced plans to launch SANGO, a bitcoin investment hub. This follows a warning from the Banking Commission of Central Africa (COBAC) prohibiting banks in the region from collaborating with digital payment platforms. Also, a Nigerian, Chidi Nwaubani, launched the “Looty” project to reclaim African artefacts stolen by European colonists. The project will create 3D images of these artefacts, sell them as non-fungible tokens (NFTs), and use the proceeds to support young African artists. Please listen to the podcast to hear these gists in particular. On Monday, I had to use a PoS kiosk because I had problems with one of my banks. So, at the kiosk where I was supposed to transfer money to get cash, I asked if they accept mobile transfers, and the attendant took a long look at me before responding reluctantly in the affirmative. With her response, I knew they don’t accept mobile transfers. Of course, the attendant isn’t the only one who has reservations about accepting mobile transfers. So, before I went there, I mumbled some incantations because I had no money. Although the transfer was successful, she did not give me my money until she saw and confirmed the alert. Receiving fake alerts isn’t new for merchants in my neighbourhood, so they’d rather you give them cash for every item you buy over making a mobile transfer. I’m sure you know someone or have heard of someone who has been a victim of receiving fake alerts.
How? It has a unique feature that allows merchants to confirm that every alert is real. Business owners can use the app to accept payments, generate invoices, manage inventory, and track payments. If you are, please read Ogheneruemu’s story to learn more about the startup: Traction is building an ecosystem for Nigerian small businesses, starting with stopping fake credit alerts With the volatility of cryptocurrency, I won’t even look at you twice if you ask me to buy, not to think of launching a crypto business with you. Sincerely, this guy didn’t even close the app for a second. Today’s story, on the other hand, features two Co-founders, Pascal Ntsama and Oyedeji Oluwoye, who began working together after Oluwoye advised Ntsama to buy cryptocurrency. He wasn’t convinced initially, but after seeing Oluwoye’s success with cryptocurrency two years later, he agreed. That’s when the pair realised there was more to cryptocurrency than just trading. Then, in 2019, they launched Canza Finance, a crypto neobank that connects African businesses to the global economy. Chimgozirin described the startup’s journey in detail here: Canza Finance is a neobank enabling decentralised cross-border payments for Africans When it comes to mental health, there is a common misconception that only people suffering from mental disorders see therapists. Mental health is more than just the absence of a mental disorder. For example, if you’re having trouble thinking clearly, stressed, or feeling depressed, it can affect your productivity at school, work, or at home, indicating poor mental health. Consequently, it would help if you spoke with a trusted person who can keep your information confidential while also providing a safe space to express your emotions and possibly offer advice. Moreover, due to the stigma surrounding mental health, most people are afraid of physically going to a centre to see a therapist or psychiatrist
In Egypt, Fadi Doss, Founder and CEO of Esaal, launched a platform that connects users to experts, allowing them to receive personalised and genuine answers to health concerns straightforwardly and smoothly. And yesterday, Esaal — an online health and wellness consultation platform — announced a $1. Users use an app to access these services via texting, video/voice calls, and in-person visits. Per the CEO, the services are available in seven other countries across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries: Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Palestine, and Iraq. The funding will be used to expand across MENA, invest in product and brand development, and hire more people. Namibian B2B eCommerce retail platform, JABU, announced a $15 million Series A round yesterday, Wednesday,May 25, 2022. The round was led by Tiger Global and saw participation from Box Group, Knollwood, D Global Ventures, Afore Capital, Oldslip and FJ Labs. Founded in 2020 by David Akinin (CEO), JABU claims to be the solution to Namibia’s inefficient and nearly non-existent supply chain and distribution. The company has a fleet of vehicles and eight distribution centres, with a platform connecting over 6,000 retailers to local and multinational suppliers like Namibia Breweries Limited, ABInBev, Bokomo, Coca-Cola, and Namibmills. What’s new? Akinin stated that JABU intends to build around its Jwallet, a wallet system that is currently available as a standalone product. JABU will use the Series A funding to expand its presence in Southern Africa and enter new markets like Botswana and Eswatini later this year. A writer with ADHD who is interested in mental health and how technology is improving the lives of Africans with mental disorders. Are you in tech and you are looking at getting a foreign remote job or you want to move abroad? Fill this form and you will get the BEST resources to help you get that high paying remote job as well as japa easily! WAGMI!
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