Eniola Salu (Founder, Styles by Saennys) introduces 'Okuta Iyebiye'

Styles By Saennys - an award-winning gemstones designing company and dealer in rough stones - recently launched its Òkúta Of Iyebíye range of precious jewelry in Lagos, Nigeria. What is Okuta of Iyebiye? In the Yoruba dialect (one of Nigeria's major languages), 'Òkúta of Iyebíye' means 'natural precious stones', referring specifically to natural gemstones or minerals that are cut and polished to bring out the best in beauty, durability, and rarity. Most Òkúta Of Iyebíye - stones such as such as diamond, peridot, amethyst - are sourced from beneath the earth's surface, while others (pearls, coral) are found deep in the ocean. But it is the rarity and natural flaws of a gemstone that lend it

View the photos: Digital Jewels 70th Information Value Chain Conference

The Event: Digital Jewels 70th Information Value Chain (IVC) Conference Date: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 Theme: 'Governing the Disruptive Landscape' Raison d'être: The Digital Jewels 70th IVC sessions are a platform for sustained knowledge sharing, and an avenue for cross functional networking among professionals and executives, with emphasis on those in IT and related fields. The Company: Digital Jewels Limited is a leading IT governance, risk and compliance (GRC) consulting and capacity building firm with deep competencies in Information Security, information assurance, project assurance, project management, e-Business, and knowledge capacity development. Reach: Now in its 10th year, Digital

Apply for the $5,000 Kurt Schork Awards in International Journalism

Freelance journalists and local reporters in developing countries are invited to apply for the 2018 Kurt Schork Memorial Fund (KSMF) awards in international journalism. Since its inception in 2002, the Kurt Schork Memorial Fund has sought to support those journalists whose work is often poorly paid, mostly unsung and all too often fraught with danger. Today, the three annual awards, for freelance and local journalism and, since 2017, for newsfixers, are recognised worldwide as a mark of excellence and have an established track record for brave reporting on conflict, corruption and injustice. Each award is for $5,000 and will be presented at a prestigious ceremony in London in late October or

DHL: African businesses should embrace cross-border eCommerce

Cross border e-Commerce continues to provide significant growth opportunities for retailers and manufacturers with an international online product offering. According to a 2017 DHL report, cross-border retail volumes are predicted to increase at an annual average rate of 25% between 2015 and 2020 (from USD 300 Billion to USD 900 Billion) – twice the pace of domestic e-commerce growth. Steve Burd, Vice President of Sales for DHL Express Sub-Saharan Africa, says that this highlights a boundless opportunity for African businesses looking to take a piece of the cross border e-commerce pie. "Cross-border retail volumes are predicted to increase at an annual average rate of 25% between 2015 and 20

BMCE Bank of Africa announces the African Entrepreneurship Award

BMCE Bank of Africa is proud to announce the March 1st opening of the 4th edition of the African Entrepreneurship Award, which this year is focused on providing funding of US$1 million to African entrepreneurs with scalable and sustainable businesses, in two new categories: Sports and Innovation The Award was announced by President Othman Benjelloun of Morocco in 2014 at the Marrakech Global Entrepreneurship Summit and illustrates BMCE Bank of Africa's ambition to encourage entrepreneurship across borders in Africa by rewarding talent and technology. This initiative aims to support talented entrepreneurs from Africa or Africans in the diaspora whose ideas create jobs and improve lives on

Nominate a Startup: LBS Africa Club Accel Entrepreneurship Awards

StartFragment Have you been thinking of new opportunities for your startup? The London Business School (LBS) Africa Club is launching their inaugural Accel Entrepreneurship Awards and you’re invited to nominate or put up your startup for the award. The target is mainly early-stage startups. If you fall into that category, apply now! The Accel Entrepreneurship Awards aim to showcase emerging entrepreneurial talent from Africa to venture capitalists (VCs) and industry specialists. The awards is happening this Spring in London and will see 3 top startups get a portion of £15 000. You have until 23 March to send your applications. For entrepreneurs to be eligible they must have a proof of concep

Cameroonian startup launches drones for global market

DOUALA, CAMEROON – Talking fast and dreaming big, William Elong shows off the first “made in Cameroon” drone at his sixth-floor workshop in downtown Douala, minutes from the economic capital’s Atlantic seafront. The 25-year-old, known as a high-flyer after being named one of Forbes’ most promising young Africans under 30, is enthusing about his new unmanned aerial drones and keen to promote his company and Africa as a place where IT and new tech can flourish. We must “get out of the Afro-centric vision of business” to “understand that when one has a global vision, worldwide, this includes Africa,” Elong said in a discussion of future technologies. Elong has no degree in IT or robotics but st

Mastercard uses Facebook Messenger to help small businesses go digital

BARCELONA, Spain, March 1, 2018/ -- At the Mobile World Congress, Mastercard today announced that it will use Facebook Messenger to provide technology to small businesses in Africa and Asia, to drive affordable acceptance of electronic and mobile payments. Access to digital payments will help these businesses expand to new markets, and unlock financial services and products that enables them to grow their livelihoods. This Messenger experience will launch in Nigeria, where Mastercard will pilot a new Masterpass QR bot to help business owners' move beyond cash transactions to accepting QR payments. Ecobank and Zenith Bank will support this inaugural program. The pilot in Nigeria is the beg

GE, National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) partner on entrepreneurship

In line with its commitment to skills development in Nigeria, GE (NYSE: GE), the world’s premier Digital Industrial Company has announced a partnership with the country's National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), to empower Youth Corps members with valuable entrepreneurial skills. The training programme is tagged 'Start & Improve Your Business' (SIYB), and is based on an International Labour Organization (ILO) curriculum. It will see thousands of youth corps members receive critical entrepreneurial training, with an overall goal of improving on, and increasing the capacity of the youth in effectively building Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs). Mohammed Mijindadi (Managing Director of

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