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German funding for Nigerian Startups! Call for Application!

Do you have an idea, business or initiative worth spreading or an upscale? Here is a platform… StartUp Afrika is a program designed to support innovative startups through intercontinental exchange and network plus funding. Why StartUp Afrika? We believe that startups can play a key role to create a social andecologically transformed economy in Africa and Baden-Württemberg. 100,000 euros for …

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Nigeria: Government extends deadline for NIN-SIM linkage

The Federal Government has extended the deadline for people to link their National Identification Numbers (NINs) to their Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) cards by one month. This was announced on Friday in a statement jointly signed by the Director of Public Affairs of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Dr Ikechukwu Adinde, and the Head of Corporate Communications at the National …

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Nigeria’s newly-appointed Ambassadors receive Letters of Credence

Twenty-five ambassadors newly appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday (5 March) received their letters of credence. The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama who presented the letters to the diplomats cautioned them to be financially prudent in their countries of the mission. According to him, Nigeria’s resources are lean at the moment, hence the need for them to be …

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Nigeria: Money transfer company supports CBN on dollar account

International remittance service provider, WorldRemit has described the move by the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, mandating commercial banks to open dollar accounts for customers who do not have as timely and apt. Country Manager, WorldRemit, Nigeria and Ghana, Gbenga Okejimi, stated that the move would enhance remittance payments for those who receive support from family and friends abroad. The …

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Saudi offers scholarship to 424 Nigerian students

424 scholarship slots have been offered to Nigerian students to study various courses in Saudi universities, the kingdom of Saudi Arabia has said. In a statement on Monday from the Saudi embassy in Abuja, 150 slots are also given to students from the Republic of Benin annually. It said the slots are part of the 6,597 scholarship the kingdom distributes …

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Calm returning after days of unrest in Nigeria

As security forces were deployed to patrol Nigeria’s major cities after days of unrest following the shooting of protesters, calm is being restored across the country.  President Muhammadu Buhari had warned demonstrators in a televised address on Thursday not to “undermine national security” as he called for an end to widespread protests gripping Africa’s most populous country. The 78-year-old leader, …

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Dr Uche Iro shows how Diaspora can change lives for better in Nigeria

Chief (Dr) Uche Iro, a Germany-based entrepreneur, established The Strivad Foundation (TSF), a global non-governmental, non-political and non-profit charitable organisation, to channel his efforts towards the development of his home country, Nigeria. A successful businessman, Dr Iro’s companies include PhysioCenter-Stuttgart GbR (Germany), FitGym Healthcare Services GmbH (Germany), Strivad Ventures Limited (Germany/Nigeria), Iro Investment Group International Inc. (Nigeria/ Europe/ USA/United Arab …

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Facebook to open new office in Lagos, Nigeria

"All across Africa we’re seeing immense talent in the tech ecosystem, and I’m proud that with the upcoming opening of our new office, we’ll be building products for the future of Africa, and the rest of the world, with Africans at the helm. We look forward to contributing further to the African tech ecosystem.”

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Nigeria warns Ghana over hostility towards its citizens, threatens retaliatory actions

Nigeria has criticised what it calls the “incessant harassment of its citizens in Ghana and the progressive acts of hostility towards the country by Ghanaian authorities”. “The Nigerian Government is deeply concerned by the incessant harassment of its citizens in Ghana and the progressive acts of hostility towards the country by Ghanaian authorities, and will no longer tolerate such,” Nigeria’s …

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Nigeria to resume international flights on 29 August, Aviation minister announces

Nigeria will resume international flight operations on August 29, the Federal Government has announced. The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, made the announcement on Monday in Abuja at the briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19. He explained that the process for the resumption of international flights in the country would be similar to that of the domestic flight …

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Ecobank unveils card-less ATMs in Nigeria

In a move that promises to make sending and receiving cash easier, Ecobank has introduced cardless Automated Teller Machines (ATMs). The bank’s Xpress Cash enables users to withdraw cash from ATMs using only a mobile phone. “The solution is seamless, secure and is driven by the use of a code (e-token) by an account holder via the bank’s USSD code …

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Shoprite announces plan to leave Nigeria

The South African-based supermarket chain Shoprite has announced its plan to exit Nigeria while reporting its business report on Monday (3 August) in Johannesburg.  Shoprite said the decision was made after “approaches from various potential investors, and in line with our re-evaluation of the Group’s operating model in Nigeria.” The company, Africa’s largest supermarket chain, said its business in Nigeria …

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COVID-19: No evidence Madagascar drug can cure disease, Nigerian researchers say

The head of Nigeria’s agency responsible for the development of drugs and vaccines has described the much-touted herbal tea from Madagascar, COVID-Organics, as not effective in the treatment of the coronavirus infection. Speaking in an interview with the Nigerian daily newspaper Vanguard, Dr Peter Adigwe, said analysis carried out by his organisation, the National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development …

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Nigerian government reacts to US visa restrictions

The Nigerian government has officially reacted to the Trump administration’s decision to add the country to the latest list of nations to face stringent travel restrictions to the United States. In a press statement signed by presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, the Nigerian government clarified that the measure “is the suspension of the issuance of immigrant visas to Nigerian passport holders …

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Dangote empowers 100,000 Nigerian women with micro-finance grant

In a bid to ameliorate poverty in the country, Aliko Dangote, Africa’s richest man, has unveiled plans to empower 106,000 Nigerian women with N1.1 billion worth of micro-grant programme. The philanthropist is set to achieve this through his Aliko Dangote Foundation (ADF) before the end of 2019. Premium Times, a Nigerian online newspaper reports on Monday that the Aliko Dangote …

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Sowore: Wole Soyinka condemns government’s charges against activist

Professor Wole Soyinka, first African Nobel laureate in literature, has condemned the charges preferred against Omoyele Sowore, human rights activist and convener of the #RevolutionNow protest, by the federal government  of Nigeria. The government preferred a seven counts charges of treasonable felony and money laundering against Sowore on Thursday. The government also accused the human rights activist of causing insult …

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