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Nigeria’s Kudimoney.com Makes Global Top 50 Digital Banks 2017 List

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Babs Ogundeyi, founder and CEO of Kudimoney.com

By peter oluka

Kudimoney.com, a leading Nigerian FinTech company has been selected in the 2017 Financial IT Top 50 Digital Banks list.

The list is compiled by Financial IT magazine, a leading voice in global FinTech, AI, Digital Banking and Blockchain.

Financial IT recognizes the top 50 global pioneers at the intersection of technology and digital banking services by publishing a report highlighting the who is who in the global digital banking industry with a brief introduction of all the companies on the list.

Kudimoney is the only Nigerian company, and one of two African companies to make the list.

FinTech companies are non-traditional financial institutions that are using technology to disrupt the financial sector. They are actively developing new technologies to push for the transformation of the financial services industry and are proactively exploring and adopting advanced technologies (blockchain, machine learning) to increase efficiency in financial services. The selection criteria included an assessment of the overall impact of the digital bank.

Babs Ogundeyi, founder and CEO said: “We are delighted to be recognized as a leading pioneer in digital banking”.

“At Kudimoney we are committed to developing a digital platform that ultimately makes banking easier and more affordable for Nigerians and Africans. By running a more efficient system, we are able to offer customers more value for their money, via higher interest rates on savings and deposits and lower interest rates on loans, all with an effortless banking experience,” Ogundeyi added.

Kudimoney, recently launched its online only automatic savings product –  a savings account that allows you to automatically save little (or large) amounts of money on a periodic basis.

“By Mid 2018, Kudimoney will be a full service online only bank, offering spending accounts, savings accounts, transfers and bill payments, as well as loans, all at a significantly better value than traditional players”. Ogundeyi added.

Link to the list financialit.net/sites/default/files/top50_digital_banks..pdf

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Google Reveals Top Searches in Nigeria in 2017

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Google, Wednesday announced the results of its 2017 Year in Search, offering a unique perspective on the year’s major moments and top trends based on searches conducted in Nigeria.

In addition to showcasing what people, places, and things were trending around the globe this year, the 2017 Year in Search list also offers insights into what the top trending news moment for Nigerians was in the last 12 months, as well as the new music and movies that got their attention.

The most searched person on Google’s year-end list was Moji Olaiya, the sad news of her death two months after giving birth shook the Nigerian movie industry.

Coming in second place was notorious kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike – popularly known as Evans. Adesua Etomi was third on the list, likely because of the announcement of her engagement to Banky Wellington.

It’s no secret that people turn to Google for answers to questions they are embarrassed to ask their friends. This year’s top “What is…” queries included President Buhari’s state of health, JAMB and WAEC results, what a female Hyena is called, what Monkeypox is and Bitcoin.

This year’s most searched events and stories of interest by Nigerians include symptoms of Monkeypox, political news in other African countries, the IPhone 8 release and celebrity weddings.

Here’s the full list – Year in Search 2017:

Nigeria’s Most Searched People

  1. Moji Olaiya
  2. Evans the kidnapper
  3. Adesua Etomi
  4. Donald Trump
  5. Mr. Eazi
  6. Efe
  7. Jide Tinubu
  8. Olumide Bakare
  9. Dammy Krane
  10. Eric Arubayi

Nigeria’s Most Searched Stories and Events

  1. ASUU Strike
  2. Moji Olaiya dead
  3. Monkeypox outbreak
  4. IPhone 8 / IPhone X Launch
  5. New president in Gambia
  6. Adesua and Banky Wedding
  7. Anambra Elections
  8. MayweathervsMcgregor fight
  9. Zimbabwe Coup
  10. Catalonia Referendum

Nigeria’s Most Asked Questions: Ok Google? Who…How…What…

  1. Is Buhari dead?
  2. How to check JAMB results
  3. How to check WAEC results
  4. What is a female Hyena called?
  5. What is Monkeypox?
  6. What is bitcoin?
  7. What is MMM?
  8. Who is Bobrisky?
  9. How to check BVN
  10. Where is NnamdiKanu now?

Nigeria’s Most Searched-for Songs

  1. Olamide – Wo
  2. Davido – Fia
  3. Davido- Fall
  4. Patapaa Ft. RasCann – One Corner
  5. Davido – If
  6. Runtown – Mad over you
  7. Kiss Daniel – Yeba
  8. Tekno – Go
  9. Mayorkun – Mama
  10. Tekno Ft. Wizkid – Mama

Nigeria’s Most Searched for Movies/TV Series

  1. Fast and Furious 8
  2. Wonder Woman
  3. Game of Thrones season 7
  4. Big Brother Naija 2017
  5. Justice League
  6. Thor Ragnarok
  7. Jenifa’s Diary Season 7
  8. Baahubali 2: The Conclusion
  9. The Wedding Party
  10. Better call Saul

Nigeria’s Most Searched Sports People

  1. Philippe Coutinho
  2. RomeluLukaku
  3. TiémouéBakayoko
  4. Anthony Joshua
  5. OusmaneDembele
  6. Floyd Mayweather
  7. NemanjaMatic
  8. CheickIsmaëlTiote
  9. Ivan Perisic
  10. KylianSanmiMbappe

Nigeria’s Most Searched ‘Near Me’ quieres

  1. Restaurants near me
  2. Nail Salon near me
  3. Clubs near me
  4. Food near me
  5. Movies near me
  6. Jobs near me

To see more information about Google’s Year in Search across the globe and to watch our annual video, visit http://www.google.co.ng/2017

This information is gleaned from data collated by Google based on what Nigerians have been searching for and asking Google this year.

Google processes more than 40 000 search queries every second. This translates to more than a billion searches per day and 1.2 trillion searches per year worldwide.

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Ojobo receives NIPR Presidential Award

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Tony Ojobo, Director Public Affairs at Nigerian Communications Commission will on Thursday, December 14, 2017 receive the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR) Presidential Award.

The conferment of this prestigious award was communicated to Ojobo by President and Chairman of Council of NIPR, Dr. Rotimi Oladele.

Dr.Oladele told Ojobo in a letter that “the prestigious award is given in recognition of your sterling leadership qualities, outstanding contributions towards the development of the Public Relations practice and support for industry advancement”.

The award ceremony will climax the yearly Presidential Dinner billed for Sheraton Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos.

The iconic Director Public Affairs at the NCC has brought finesse and vitality to professionalism in his day to day handling of issues in Nigeria’s fastest growing sector, telecommunication and information technology.

Only recently, Ojobo was honoured by the Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT), his alma mater, with an award of Excellence at a ceremony tagged Alumni Home coming and 32nd Anniversary celebration of the Faculty of Management of the University.

The Faculty Board in its notification to Ojobo said that “we proudly took the decision to bestow the award on you in cognizance of your remarkable achievements in life, especially in your chosen career as a renowned technocrat and public servant, hence the award of excellence”.

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Group Calls for Collaborations to Decongest Prisons

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A group has called for more support from well-meaning Nigerians to help decongest the prisons.

The group, Justice Development and Peace Centre made the call recently when it visited the Kirikiri medium prisons to secure the release of some inmates.

Speaking after the release of the prisoners who were convicted for wandering and street trading, Mr. Onyema Onyenankeya the Festac Deanery Coordinator of the group, said, “The release of these 8 prisoners today is part of the centre’s efforts at decongesting our prisons. We would have loved to release more of them but we do not have the capacity to do that.”

“We try as much as possible to make sure they go back to their respective homes and then we empower them when we have any of our empowerment programmes. All these require funding”, he said.

“We were told that some people still come on their own to also help release some prisoners. This is what we’re talking about. The person there doesn’t have to be your relative or someone you know before you help such person(s) regain their freedom”.

Onyema added that with the state of the prison facilities and the fact that a facility built to cater for 1,700 inmates now has over 3,600 is cause for worry.

“As at when we visited the prisons, we were told that there were 3,603 inmates out of which 3,080 were awaiting trial and 523 already convicted. We do not know those we secured their release, they’re not related to any one of us but we believe that in doing this we’re helping them secure a better future because they have committed lesser crimes, though it is crime against the state,” he said.

In dismay he noted that even as some prisoners were being released, more were being brought in. “This shows there’s a serious problem that we need to deal with. We must have to continuously decongest these prisons and provide better lives for our teeming youth”.

He however asked that the government do well to upgrade its prison facilities, while also admonishing the released prisoners to desist from all forms of crimes and to at all-times obey the laws of the state.

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