Monthly Archives: September 2015

Rupu, online deals and discounts startup in Kenya

Sep 23, 2015 | | 3 comments

Rupu Kenya ( offers daily deals and discounts for online shopping in Kenya. On any given day, online shoppers in Nairobi and beyond can have access to unique deals available nowhere else. At the same time, Rupu offers a much needed platform for small businesses to promote their products, increase sales and get themselves known […more]

PesaPal, payment processing in Africa

Sep 19, 2015 | | 1 comment

Think of PesaPal as a Paypal or Google Checkout for Kenya. Using this system, individuals and businesses can send and receive payments online or through mobile. The innovation is combining both the online and mobile payment systems. Kenya has been a frontrunner in terms of mobile payments globally. PesaPal builds on this by expanding the […more]

Register for free to AfricaBeta 2015

Sep 18, 2015 | | 1 comment

AfricaBeta is a conference that will be held in Lagos, Nigeria, starting from October 3rd. This year event is about Chat 3.0 and how instant messaging is becoming a powerful tool for business and commerce. The conference major partner is Chinese instant messaging powerhouse WeChat. The conference is organized by TechCabal. You can participate by registering […more]

Solopreneurship will not solve Africa’s unemployment woes

Sep 17, 2015 | | 2 comments

High unemployment is one of the major issues facing African economies and the entrepreneurship wave is seen as the perfect fix to solve this problem. We must recognize however that not everyone can be an entrepreneur and unemployment cannot be solved by having all our unemployed young become entrepreneurs. What we need is a certain […more]

Entrepreneurship not tool to hide Africa’s basic problems

Sep 16, 2015 | | Say something

As every reader would know by now, I am an avid proponent on entrepreneurship on the continent as a way to promote long term development and solve the recurring high unemployment issues in African countries. I will, however, for a matter of impartiality, publish from time to time contrarian views that may not always go […more]

Forum Africa starts tomorrow

Sep 15, 2015 | | Say something

Now leaving Hong Kong for Montreal to attend the 7th edition of Forum Africa which starts tomorrow. Will be posting updates from the conference floor through Twitter. You can follow me @KodjoAbotsi

Wakanow, the African booking portal from Nigeria

Sep 14, 2015 | | Say something

Launched in 2008 by Obinna Ekezie, a former NBA player, Wakanow is a pioneer in the travel reservation and ticket booking industry in Nigeria. The business model is similar to Expedia, or the Chinese Wakanow offers hotel reservation, air ticket reservation, vacation packages, visa services and corporate travel. Clients can pay through Interswitch, […more]

iGrow Academy, online training from South Africa

Sep 13, 2015 | | 1 comment

iGrow Academy is a South African startup providing online training and education services. There are currently over 1,000 students using iGrow online platform taking courses from psychology to digital marketing. The company has recently opened a branch in Toronto, with US expansion in the works. iGrow seems to focus more on short-term courses for skills development. […more]

Top business destinations in Africa

Sep 12, 2015 | | Say something

Looking for the best places to do business in Africa? You might start with this article on Nigerian website, about the top 7 business destinations in Africa. Selecting Lagos as #1 might seems biased, however as the largest city and commercial center of Africa’s No1 economy, this does not seem far stretched. Other cities […more]

GiftedMom, mobile health platform for expecting and new mothers

Sep 11, 2015 | | Say something

GiftedMom is a project launched in Cameroon with the noble aim to reduce maternal and infant death, a problem that still subsides not only in Cameroon but in various African countries, especially in rural communities. Basically, expecting or new moms can sign up to the service through SMS and receive assistance or replies to their […more]

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