- Red Cab Unveils ‘Redclick’ App for Customers
In a bid to boost customers’ confidence, safety and comfort, Citrans Global Limited, operators of Red Cab vehicles, has unveiled Redclick App for its customers.
Speaking during the launch held in Lagos recently, the Managing Director, Mrs. Stella Okolo said the app came as a result of change in all areas of business especially in technology.
“We want people to know about the app and to use it because we have seen that things are changing and technology is fast taking over, “she said.
She explained that prior to the app launch, taxis were dispatched to passengers who called their call centre by call agents and because this culture is fading, the company had to upgrade by providing Redclick Taxi booking App.
Okolo pointed out that the initiative also became very necessary because young people nowadays prefer to do their things without talking to anybody.
“So, instead of making calls they would rather chat on their smart phones that have become a trend which had to be provide for so as to capture that segment. Ultimately, the App is to provide customers the convenience they need. As a licensed taxi operator under the laws of Lagos state government we believe that with the app, passengers will confidently and comfortably patronise our business especially for their safety, ” Okolo said.
She also noted that there is a variety of vehicles that customers can select from and enjoy other operators to come on board the app with their vehicles.
“There is opportunity to sign-on partners and franchisees who wish to pull in fleet of vehicles into the app while assuring them a very impressive yield” she said.
About what to offer the passengers, she said: “They will find comfort, safety, courteous and quick services with customer friendly response.”
“In all this, passengers’ safety and comfort are paramount; with a reasonable charge that would make them enjoy their ride to anywhere within reach.
While stating that the app can be downloaded via istore and Google play store by potential passengers or customers, Okolo posited that once the app is clicked on, useful information will appear including that of the driver for easy identification and added, the App is easy to use and gives passengers room for feedback.
On capacity development, she hinted the firm has literate drivers because the new dimension is more technological and in addition buttressed that a workshop is underway to that effect.
Canon Gets Closer to Inspire Creative Communities Across Africa
Canon Central and North Africa (CCNA) is inviting film and photography communities across Africa to connect and collaborate. They are excited to announce the first three: SYNC School in Cairo, Egypt; Peexoo, a Nigerian photography hub, and the Photographers’ Association of Kenya (PAK). More are welcome as the global imaging leaders would like to develop creative collaborations in every country in the region.
Canon has been a long-standing supporter of film and photography education groups. These relationships can now go deeper by sharing Canon expertise, knowledge and technology, with regular masterclasses, training opportunities, photo booths and competitions.
Canon is committed to build closer ties with its customers and the collaborations are a way to inspire and enrich the next generation of image-makers. “Our mission is to empower people to see the bigger picture, on a grand yet local level,” explains Amine Djouahra, sales and marketing director for Canon Central & North Africa. “In this rapidly changing, image-based culture, we want to explore new and innovative ideas with a wider audience.”
There has been an enthusiastic response: “SYNC is a community based school of 94,000 for creatives in Egypt with photographers, filmmakers and content creators. We are thrilled to build this relationship with Canon and learn, grow and create together,” said SYNC’s founder and creative director, Mustafa Sharara.
Peexoo, a photography hub powered by artificial intelligence, brings together 2,000+ photographers and videographers from across Nigeria. “We change perceptions through film and photography,” said Peexoo Co-Founder, tech-preneur Steven Kelechi Nwadike. “We are ecstatic that Canon is joining us on this journey.”
The Professional Photographers’ Association of Kenya (PAK) is the leading photographic society in the country, representing professionals, amateurs and hobbyists. “We are proud to partner with Canon at this time, a collaboration which will uplift, inspire and encourage our photographic community,” said Victor Otieno, PAK Treasurer.
Through the collaborations, community members gain exclusive access to masterclasses with Canon ambassadors including Emmanuel Oyeleke and Yagazi Emezi who will present a masterclass to Peexoo members and Menna Hossam who will present “Fine art and fashion photographer: Challenges of this genre & the future of creating enchanting images in the era of social media”, to SYNC School members.
Regular competitions will be used to challenge and inspire with exciting prizes such as Canon’s mini phone-to-printer Zoemini, the portable Selphy and the G-Series printers, as well as a compact Powershot SX720 and mirrorless M50 cameras.
Hands-on ‘touch and try’ sessions with cutting-edge Canon R system technology, EOS cameras and lenses are in the plan with special, members-only discounts available on Canon equipment.
Canon’s interest in developing and recognising excellence both in amateur and professional photographers goes beyond this. The Canon Future Focus programme for students is in its fifth year and the inaugural Redline Challenge for amateur photographers received great response in entries from African region.
“We believe in enriching local creatives and welcome the opportunity to connect and support the next generation of visual storytellers. By investing expertise, technology and opportunities in them, we hope to enhance their art, skills and future careers,” said Amine Djouahra.
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Kuda Provides Funding Opportunities for Startups
Kuda Technologies has said it is opening up new funding opportunities for startups.
It said this on Tuesday in a statement titled ‘ Target Global and Kuda host startup founders in Nigeria, open up new funding opportunities’.
It said Target Global, a Berlin-based international venture capital firm with over 1.5 billion euros in assets under management, recently brought together founders of several Nigerian startups and local tech investors at an interactive session in Lagos, Nigeria.
According to the statement, Kuda Technologies is Target Global’s first investment in Africa, which is a proof that early-stage Nigerian startups are attracting foreign direct investment.
It said the event, co-hosted by Kuda Technologies, highlighted the growing stream of foreign direct investment into Nigeria’s startup scene and opened up new avenues for fundraising to local founders.
Speaking at the event, a Partner at Target Global, Ricardo Schaefer, reiterated the firm’s commitment to funding Nigerian startups.
He said, “I’m grateful to Kuda for letting us invest and I am very excited, not just because of Kuda, but also because of all the companies and founders I have met in Nigeria.
“It is historic what is happening in tech here and we [Target Global] want to invest more in Nigeria, we want to spend more time here. We are excited about any founder with big ambitions and we are looking for startups with big outcomes.”
The statement said Target Global led Kuda’s record-setting $10m seed round in November 2020, which helped to put the digital-led bank on the world map as a serious challenger to traditional banks in emerging markets.
Kuda had since raised an additional $25m in a Series A round to drive its ambitious expansion plans.
The Chief Executive Officer, Kuda Technologies, Babs Ogundeyi, said Target Global had been a valuable partner in Kuda’s rise to relevance, even beyond making sizable investments in both its seed and Series A fundraising rounds.
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