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Aba Hackathon Challenge Opens Application Portal for Startups

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The application portal for ‘Aba Hackathon Challenge’ opened for Startups and teams with great ideas on how to add value to the Aba manufacturing clusters.

 

The Hackathon Challenge is an extension of the Proudly Made in Aba Campaign by TBWA in partnership with #StartupSouth and funded by Ford Foundation.

 

The portal will close on February 26, 2018 with the main event scheduled for March 16, 2018.

 

The initial campaign brought more attention to the Aba manufacturing clusters – exposing the great innovative and resilient spirit of the traders/manufacturers.

 

It also exposed the challenges and deficiencies as well as steps required to fully actualize the mandate of the campaign which is to inspire a revolutionary growth of the Aba manufacturing clusters through re-energized interest in their products from both within and outside Nigeria.

 

Proudly Made in Aba Campaign Insight

Some of the insights from the campaign revealed that over eight hundred thousand (800,000) pairs of shoes, three hundred and fifty thousand (350,000) Belts, Bags and other leather goods are manufactured everyday in Aba.

 

Also, another One Million, Five Hundred Thousand (1,500,000) Clothing items are manufactured every week in Aba.

 

This is excluding other manufacturing activities around industries such as upholstery, metal, machine and automobile repairs and fabrication.

 

Some of the challenges identified range from access to market, distribution/logistic difficulties, lack of marketing/branding knowledge to lack of modern manufacturing equipment and processes to mention just a few.

 

The Right Teams / Who Should Apply

The Hackathon Challenge is seeking passionate teams familiar with and knowledgeable about issues mentioned (and others not mentioned) here and building a solution that can solve any or all of the problems.

 

To be successful, teams should be able to demonstrate their understanding of the problem, the impact of their solution to the stated problem area and the experience of their team.

 

Virgin ideas may apply, however, ideas with traction backed by experienced teams stand a better chance.

 

A shortlist of 10 teams will be pre-approved to proceed to the Hackathon camp and made to present to a panel of judges comprised of multi-disciplined seasoned business leaders.

 

About #StartupSouth

#StartupSouth is a Startup Ecosystem development project by Havilah & Hills with a mission to expose, connect and attract investment to startups/founders in the South-South and South-East. Please see www.startupsouth.org for more information

 

About TBWA\Concept 

TBWA\Concept is part of a global network of 300 agencies in over 100 countries committed to helping brands find strategic and creative white space with the main objective of achieving growth through our proprietary strategic tool, Disruption. Please see www.tbwaconcept.com for more information

 

About Ford Foundation

Ford Foundation is an international philanthropy organisation dedicated to the advancement of human welfare through reducing poverty and promoting democratic values, peace, and educational opportunity.

Please see www.fordfoundation.org for more information

Ugo Onwuaso is an ICT enthusiast. He believes technology should be used for general good. He holds a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from the Lagos state University.

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DSTV Insists on Monthly Contract, Rules Out Pay-As-You-View System

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Multichoice, owners of DSTV would not operate the “pay as you view’’ tariff system in Nigeria, according to Martin Mabutho, chief customer officer of Multichoice.

 

Mabutho’s stance came against the backdrop of persistent clamour by the company’s subscribers for the introduction of a pay as you view tariff plan in the country.

 

“We are not going to introduce pay as you view system. Our contract with our suppliers is on month to month basis,’’ he said.

“The issue of not introducing pay as you view remains. Nothing will change it. We are not going to do it. Our contract with our suppliers is on month to month basis. The channels do not belong to Multichoice. What we do is to slash our prices in half to make our customers enjoy our services.’’

 

Mabutho said Multichoice would continue to give acquisition promos or loyalty promos to customers every quarter as incentives.

 

Customers pay on month to month basis to enjoy the services of the company whether channels are watched or not. Multichoice opened shop in Nigeria in 1994.

 

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FG Launches Project To Provide Satellite TV to 1,000 Villages

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Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture, has launched the 1,000 Villages Satellite TV Project, which is part of the Chinese government-sponsored ‘Access to Satellite TV for 10,000 African Villages Project’.

Launching the project at a ceremony in Kpaduma village, Federal Capital Territory (FCT), on Monday, the Minister recalled that Chinese President Xi Jiping announced the ‘Access To Satellite TV For 10,000 African Villages’ during the 2015 Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) in Johannesburg, South Africa.

He said under the project, each of the 1,000 carefully-chosen villages in Nigeria will receive 2 sets of solar powered projector television systems and 1 set of solar 32-inch digital TV integrated terminal system.

Alhaji Mohammed also said 20 recipient families with TV in each village will be provided with 20 sets of direct broadcast satellite terminal system free of charge, adding that viewers in each village provided with the projector TV system will enjoy 21 satellite channels free of charge, while each of the 20 recipient families will have access to 33 satellite TV channels free of charge for two months.

After the expiration of the two months, he said, viewers can continue to enjoy access to the 33 channels by paying N900 per month, or enjoy limited access without payment.

The Minister said the project complements the efforts of the Buhari Administration at democratizing access to information and entertainment through the Digital Switch Over (DSO) for television which has now been rolled out in the several states and the FCT.

He urged the satellite TV implementation agency, StarTimes, to expedite the installation of the TV satellite system to cover the entire country in order to give the people opportunity to be informed on the policies and programmes of the candidates for the various elective positions in the 2019 general elections.

“The 1,000 villages project could not have come at a better time. In just a little over one month, Nigerians will be voting in the 2019 general elections. They need access to information now, more than at any other time, to know about the over 70 political parties that will be participating in the elections as well as about their various candidates,” Alhaji Mohammed said.

The Minister commended the Chinese government for the project which, he said, will undoubtedly strengthen the already very cordial China-Nigeria relations.

In his remarks, the Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Dr. Zhou Pingjian, who pledged the commitment of China to implementing the outcome of the FOCAC, said Nigeria and China are working closely to ensure access to information through television and satellite technology.

“StarTimes is now working to ensure access and besides access, China and Nigeria are also working very closely on TV and on Satellite. We are building the Made-in-Nigeria TV sets,” he said.

On his part, the Chief Executive Officer of StarTimes, Mr. Justin Zhang, said the implementation of the project will create more jobs as Nigerians across the 1,000 villages have been trained on how to install, recharge and operate the Satellite TV system.

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Broadcaster Abducted in Calabar over 2019 Elections Comments

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Peter Etim, popularly called Petex, a broadcaster with the state-owned Cross River Broadcasting Corporation, (CRBC), has been abducted in Calabar.

 

Irene Igbo, DSS and PPRO of the state police command,said they were aware of the kidnap, and were working to establish contact with the kidnappers.

 

The incident was said to have happened early in the morning when the victim was about to leave his house to his work place.

 

Comrade Victor Ndu, chairman of Nigeria Union of Journalists in Cross River State, has condemned the kidnap of the ace broadcaster and called for immediate release of Petex.

 

Ndu called on the security agencies in the state to wake up to their duties.

 

It is suspected that Petex may have made a political statement that was not palatable.

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