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Battle in Smartphone market continues as infinix pushes

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Competition in Nigeria’s Smartphone   market is unwavering as the big players try to stamp their dominance while new entrants such as Infinix Mobility and others are pushing with new devices. Notwithstanding, few years ago, the Nigeria mobile market was dominated by the likes of Nokia, Apple, Samsung, HTC and Blackberry. Then came Tecno with cheap and affordable smartphones, within  few years it became a popular Smartphone brand in Nigeria.

As noted, Tecno made it to the second spot of that list for its success in selling millions of cheap and affordable smartphones to Nigerians. Ever since then other new Smartphone brands have flooded the Nigerian market with affordability. The success of Tecno in Nigeria has encouraged these new smartphone brands to enter into the Nigerian mobile market with cheap and affordable smartphones with very awesome configurations.

Infinix Note 2  is one of the new smartphone brands in Nigeria. Infinix mobility company is one of the biggest electronics company in China that develops and sell top quality smartphones. Now they have entered the Nigerian market with the Infinix Note 2 Smartphone and other accessories. However, a  cursory look into the Nigeria Smartphone market  indicates influx of various phone brands which is attributed to the vibrancy of the market, occasioned by its youthfulness.

Information technology experts say the entrants are associated with the level of internet penetration in the country, in the last decade, and the quest for affordable phones that can perform the functions of expensive high-end phones. Recently, the market witnessed the entrant of Infinix NOTE 2 with cheap price, while others have trended in the same market space pushing forward   affordability as their bait.

According to Seun Ajiboye, E-Commerce Manager, Infinix Mobility, at a briefing in Lagos, said Infinix NOTE 2 was introduced to raise the bar in smartphone brands in the Nigerian market. His words: “since we entered the Nigerian market three years ago, we have had positive response from customers and with the Infinix NOTE 2 we intend to raise the bar because it is one of our most advanced smartphone yet in terms of design and features”.

While listing the features of the NOTE 2, Ajiboye stated that the NOTE 2 comes with exciting specs customized for daily use. In his words: “The Infinix NOTE 2 offers a bright and large 6.0 inch screen with slim bezels that maximizes the space of the display. Its stunning HD 720 X1280 resolution display reproduces natural colors with deep contrast andThe 6.0 inch screen enhances productivity. With the Infinix NOTE 2, carrying out tasks such as emailing, writing down notes or even business Visio-conferences will be fun and easy to accomplish”.

Speaking on the phone’s functionalities, he stated; “the NOTE 2 possesses an advanced 13 Mega pixel rear camera and an optimized 3P lens 2 Mega pixel front camera f/2.0 aperture. The rear camera features a Samsung  S5K3M2 ISOCELL CMOS sensor and  5P lens with an f/2.0 sensor aperture offering a 78 degree shooting angle.”

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CEO/Founder Investors King Ltd, a foreign exchange research analyst, contributing author on New York-based Talk Markets and Investing.com, with over a decade experience in the global financial markets.

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Econet Group and Mastercard To Collaborate on Fintech Solutions For Covid-19 Response in Africa

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The Econet Group through its subsidiary Cassava Fintech International (Cassava Fintech) and Mastercard have entered into a strategic partnership to advance digital inclusion across Africa and collaborate on a range of initiatives including expansion of the Africa CDC TravelPass.

TravelPass is a digital health pass developed by Cassava Fintech and offered in conjunction with the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC). It is accessible to users of Cassava Fintech’s Sasai SuperApp and is recognised as one of the leading initiatives in the fight against the cross-border spread of Covid-19 in Africa. Mastercard is partnering with Cassava Fintech to enhance the security of TravelPass through Mastercard’s Community Pass platform. Mastercard Community Pass is an interoperable digital platform facilitating service delivery for marginalised individuals and communities, including access to critical health services like patient care plan tracking for Covid-19.

The joint initiative between Mastercard and Cassava Fintech seeks to offer a unified solution with greater convenience and enhanced security, that is expected to promote safe cross border travel in Africa in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The partnership will also allow the two organizations to explore collaboration such as the further integration of the Community Pass with Cassava Fintech’s mobile and financial services, acquiring and processing of card payments across the continent, along with the introduction of a virtual or physical card on the Sasai SuperApp.

Cassava Fintech’s CEO, Darlington Mandivenga said the partnership with Mastercard would pave the way for both companies to jointly tackle the challenges facing African economies as they re-open post the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are excited to work with Mastercard to explore solutions that will, among other things, mitigate the risk of falsified presentation of a third party’s Travel Pass at access and transit points,” Mandivenga said, adding that the same technology could also be used in payment solutions.

Cassava Fintech uses an integrated model to provide financial and digital services to ensure a “financially inclusive future that leaves no African behind”.

“We look forward to joining hands with Cassava Fintech in exploring new solutions that will make a difference and benefit the continent. In addition to digital innovation for future travel, Cassava will also leverage our secure payments network to advance access to financial services,” said Mark Elliott, Divisional President, Southern Africa, Mastercard.

Mastercard is a leading global technology company focused on building an inclusive, sustainable digital economy that benefits everyone, everywhere, by making transactions safe, simple, smart and accessible.

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Nestlé Health Science to Acquire Nuun

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Nestlé Health Science and Nuun, a leader in functional hydration, have entered into an agreement in which Nestlé Health Science will acquire Nuun.

The acquisition complements Nestlé Health Science’s existing broad portfolio of active lifestyle nutrition brands with Nuun’s range of clean, low-sugar, effervescent tablets and powders.

“Every day, health-conscious consumers are becoming more aware of how functional hydration products can add to their overall well-being as well as support them during exercise by replacing the minerals that the body loses. That growing awareness is reflected in the steady growth of the category,” said Greg Behar, CEO of Nestlé Health Science. “Nuun is a leader in the fast-growing functional hydration category with its high-quality, clean, plant-based products. We look forward to combining our companies’ expertise to bring Nuun to more people around the world.”

Nuun was founded in Seattle, Washington in 2004, pioneering the separation of electrolyte replacement from carbohydrates. Its low-sugar electrolyte tablet revolutionized the sports beverage market. It now has a broad range of effervescent tablets and powders containing additional minerals and vitamins for energy, relaxation and overall well-being.

“Nestlé Health Science and Nuun share the same philosophy: nothing is more important than health and well-being,” said Kevin Rutherford, CEO of Nuun. “In joining Nestlé Health Science, Nuun will further its mission of ‘hydration that empowers the world to move more.’ The Nuun team has built an incredible business and now with the reach, expertise and capabilities of Nestlé, I’m confident that together we will grow, even more, making people and the planet healthier.”

The transaction is expected to close in Q3 2021. Financial details are not being disclosed.

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itel Partners Amatem and Drug-Aid Distributes Relief Materials In Fight Against Malaria

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To commemorate this year’s World Malaria Day, itel recently partnered with Amatem Softgel, an anti-malaria drug in Nigeria, and Drug-Aid Africa, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) that provides medical drug supplies and support to low-income patients in Nigeria and across Africa.

A statement by itel explained that in tandem with the theme of this year’s World Malaria Day, ‘Zero Malaria Starts with Me’, the three brands joined the global fight against malaria by donating treated mosquito nets, free medical tests, mosquito repellent cream and free anti-malaria drugs to over 1,500 households in Isale-Akoka Community, Bariga, Lagos state.

It explained that malaria is a prevalent disease in sub-Saharan Africa, and was responsible for thousands of deaths yearly, adding that as socially responsible organisations, itel, Amatem Softgel, and Drug-Aid Africa, “believe that they have a quota to contribute in ensuring a relatively healthier society.”

The Marketing Manager for West Africa and Nigeria, itel, Oke Umurhohwo, expressed commitment in bridging the gap in low-income communities through its ‘Love Always On CSR initiative.’

He added that the brand was partnering with Amatem Softgel and Drug Aid Africa to provide these communities, “with an even greater fighting chance against malaria is a part of our commitment to them.”

The General Manager, Elbe Pharma, Shivakumar, said: “Malaria is a life-threatening disease, but it is preventable and curable. We at Elbe continue to find a better way to combat this disease, support the vulnerable ones especially the young children. Hence, the introduction of this innovative anti-malaria brand AMATEM SOFTGEL and this CSR partnership.”

The Programme Officer, Drug-Aid Africa, Oluseyi Sanyaolu, said malaria has been ravaging the vulnerable in the society for years, saying, “it is the reasons why Drug-Aid Africa is dedicated to supporting those in indigent communities with medicines and medical supplies. Together, we can end this menace.”

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