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Diamond Bank to Train 500,000 Kids on Coding

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Diamond Bank, in collaboration with Code Camp Africa will train 500,000 Nigerian children on computer programming and coding within a short period of time. In preparation for objective, the organisations have already trained some of the children. The teens between the ages of seven years to 15 years, were trained over a period of five weeks on computer coding and technology development.

Showcasing the children, who benefitted from the training in Lagos recently to the delight of their parents, the Managing Director of Diamond Bank, Uzoma Dozie, expressed satisfaction over the children’s performance in coding and website design in just few weeks of intense training that was packed full with extra curriculum activities. He explained that the bank’s vision of empowering young Nigerians with the language of technology, was to equip Nigerian children with technology skills, especially those that have developed interest in computing.

“The future of almost everything nowadays is technology and will depend on the ability to use technology. The Western world is outsourcing jobs to India because of this ability to write code. It is paramount that we develop in this area of development,” Dozie said.

“In 10 years’ time, the kids can work in Nigeria and across the world. It is critical that we equip them with the ability to code and understand the language of technology,” he added.

Code Camp Africa promoter, Mr. Edwin Momife said the vision of the organisation is to train at least 500, 000 youngsters in coding within a short period of time.

“If you learn how to code you become a global citizen. We need Nigerians to get to code and use technology to solve problems,” Momife said.

Head, Retail Banking Businesses, Diamond Bank, Mr. Robert Giles said the bank was motivated to partner Code Camp Africa in training the children because it became interested in developing Nigerian children digitally, being one of the foremost banks in Nigeria that is promoting technology development in the financial sector.

“It is important to develop Nigerian children technologically when they are still young and when they grow with technology skills, they will become stars in computer coding and other areas of computing. With technology skills, they could develop technology solutions that will address the needs of Nigerians,” Giles said.

The technology skills they acquire over the years will help generate employment in the future and also develop the society. The children will grow to become future employers of labour and create initiative that will enhance development,” Giles added.

“We will be working with the youth team of our bank to continue supporting the children in technology development. It is pleasing to see children develop codes and create websites and we wish they grow up with the skills,” Giles added.

Diamond Bank collaborated with Code Camp Africa and programming firm Andela Limited to deliver the five-week programme that equipped about 25 youngsters with knowledge and skills in various computer languages.

Some of the children spoke of their thrilling experiences in learning various computer programming languages, from JavaScript through Python and Scratch, among others. Daniel Abass, a participant, attested that he could now make his websites while Judex Umorgu and others displayed various websites and applications.

One of the apps uses geo-location to enable parents to track the movement of their children and teachers, while others showed apps for games, cars and other hobbies.

Awards of recognition were given to four participants for innovative idea, good behaviour, best design and best programmer, during the camping period.

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5000 Startups From Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa Completed Google Training Programme

No less than 5000 startups from Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa have completed the Google Hustle Academy training programme.

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No less than 5000 startups from Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa have completed the Google Hustle Academy training programme. The programme was designed to help business owners learn soft skills that complement their hard talents.

Investors King learnt that Google received more than 10,000 applications for this year’s edition. 

It could be recalled that earlier this year, Google announced a plan to train 5,000 African Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) with participants coming from Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa. 

Google noted that participants will go through a training academy where they will undergo five days of hands-on training and receive 3,000 hours of training on fundamental aspects of business to help them navigate the challenges faced by SMEs in Africa.

According to the press statement released by Google Head of Brand & Reputation, Sub Sahara Africa, Mojolaoluwa Aderemi-Makinde after the completion of the training, participants attended a five-day virtual boot camp where they learned how to define their business strategy, increase sales, and how to pitch for investor funding. 

While dividing them into 23 cohorts, they were also trained in digital marketing and effective financial planning.

This is in addition to the one-on-one mentoring sessions received by each participant. The mentoring session was handled by a network of trained mentors and coaches. 

Meanwhile, Aderemi-Makinde further revealed that Google has launched a new speaker series in which successful African entrepreneurs share lessons and advice. 

He added that Google will continue to do more to help African entrepreneurs and small businesses thrive.

“(The) speaker series will allow Small and Medium Businesses to get insight from business owners from an array of sectors, focusing on the issues, themes and subjects they face on a regular basis,” he said. 

He stated that Small and medium-sized businesses are the backbone of the global economy while noting that in Africa, they account for an estimated 80 per cent of jobs. 

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Nigerian Based Food Tech Startup, Orda Raises $3.4 Million in Seed Funding

Orda Africa has now raised a combined $4.5 million raised by the African-centric food tech company. 

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Nigerian-based food tech startup, Orda announced it has raised a sum of $3.4 million in seed funding after it raised $1.1 million in pre-seed funding at the beginning of this year. This makes it a total of $4.5 million raised by the African-centric food tech company. 

Investors King understands that Orda is an African restaurant cloud operating system that helps restaurants to move from pen and paper to a fully automated digital platform. 

According to the startup, it aims to help more African restaurants maximize their business operations and expand distribution. 

The tech company added that it plans to improve on some new features which include loan, credit, and payment options which will eventually enable its clients to maximize the potential of their business. 

Investors King learnt that this new round of funding was co-led by Quona Capital and FinTech Collective. Other institutional investors which participated in the seed funding include Far Out Ventures, Lofty Inc Capital, Enza Capital, and Outside VC.

In the last one year, Orda has been able to increase its customer base to more than 600 restaurants across Nigeria and Kenya while its weekly processing orders has increased by more than 500 percent. 

Speaking about the growth and focus of the company, Orda’s CEO and co-founder, Guy Futi said “From day one, Orda has been focused on building solutions for small and medium-sized restaurants”.

“These businesses operate with slim profit margins and the power of Orda’s software and financial solutions can catapult their business. Our goal is to provide end-to-end solutions that help them optimize their operations so they become more prosperous”. 

Founded in 2020 by Guy Futi, Fikayo Akinwale, Mark Edomwande, Kunle Ogungbamila, and Namir El-Khouri, Orda has the vision to help small-sized African restaurants optimize their business and achieve sustainable growth.

Meanwhile, the company has attributed its growth over the last 12 months to the excellent team it has put together, a trend it hopes to continue in the coming months. 

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Twitter CEO, Elon Musk Alleged Apple Plans to Remove Twitter From iOS Store

Musk claimed that Apple has mostly stopped advertising on Twitter

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Twitter’s new owner and CEO, Elon Musk, has alleged that Apple Inc. is planning to remove the Twitter app from the iOS App Store, the billionaire revealed this in a series of tweets yesterday. 

“Apple has also threatened to withhold Twitter from its App Store, but won’t tell us why,” Musk tweeted on Monday. 

Aside from the threat to remove Twitter from its App Store, Musk also disclosed that Apple has mostly’ stopped advertising on Twitter.

In the following tweet, Musk claimed that Apple has mostly stopped advertising on Twitter. “Do they hate free speech in America,” he asked. 

Investors King had reported that a number of big brands which include Ford, Volkswagen, and General Motors have paused paid advertising on the microblogging platform. 

The brands have alleged that Twitter under the leadership of Elon Musk will open the social media platform to hate speech. 

If Apple eventually removes Twitter from the iOS store, it would be detrimental to Twitter’s business, which is already struggling with a loss of advertisers following Musk’s takeover. 

Millions of users get the Twitter application from the Apple iOS store. Therefore new users will not be able to download the Application on the iOS store while existing users will be deprived of updating the app. 

Washington Post reported that Apple was the top advertiser on Twitter in the first quarter of 2022, spending $48 million on ads on the social platform. 

The newspaper added that Apple’s spending accounted for more than 4 percent of Twitter’s revenue in that quarter.

Although Apple CEO, Tim Cook nor any of the company’s representatives responded to Musk’s post. 

The tweet however caught the attention of United States lawmakers who have proposed bipartisan legislation that aims to dismantle the power that Apple and Google wield through their app stores.

“This is why we need to end the App Store duopoly before the end of this year,” one of the lawmakers, Rep. Ken Buck tweeted. 

“No one should have this kind of market power,” he added.

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