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Kia Motors Nigeria Unveils 2018 Kia Sportage



  • Kia Motors Nigeria Unveils 2018 Kia Sportage

Kia Motors Nigeria unveiled the all-new Kia Sportage at a launching and media parley with motoring journalists, held at its showroom, in Victoria Island, Lagos, during the week.

The unveiling of the all-new 2018 Kia Sportage marks one of the most anticipated moments for Kia and its teeming customers in 2017, officials of the company said.

The fourth-generation new Sportage compact SUV is a show-stopper, considering its attractive design, a range of advanced technology features and greater quality.

The all-new Sportage builds on the success of its predecessor model, having been revamped with an innovative and sophisticated package and premium technology features.

Kia’s new interior is significantly upgraded with high quality materials and modern design to improve comfort and convenience of passengers and drivers. Engines and transmissions have also been updated, ensuring enhanced efficiency and performance​.

According to the Group Managing Director, Kia Motors Nigeria, Jacky Hathiramani “the development of the next-generation Sportage began with an in-depth analysis of market trends to best suit the needs of consumers. The thoughtful design, innovative packaging, premium materials, powerful engine and state-of-the art technology all translate into a stunning modern masterpiece of SUVs.”

Hathiramani stated that, “we are confident that the all-new Kia Sportage will take the entire auto industry by storm, not least because of its brave and handsome design but also its reengineered technology for optimum performance.”

He said Sportage boasts of a high, comfortable ride, acres of space for stuff, kids, pets, and off-road ability.

The new model is a bit longer than the old one – 1.6 inches, with a wheelbase 1.2 inches longer – so there is more room in the back while the floor is a bit lower making for easier entry. Sportage is the new king of the urban jungle with more than enough power to safely and smoothly navigate city roads along with a perfect combination of contemporary style and sporty appeal.

Olu Tikolo, Vice President, Kia Motors Nigeria pointed out that the aesthetic improvements in design and improved functionality of the all-new Sportage is expected to once again accelerate Kia’s market progress and open a brand new chapter in the company’s history of pioneering the compact urban SUV segment.

The anticipation and excitement for the fourth generation Sportage is expectedly high and we cannot wait for the world to enjoy the dynamic contemporary sophistication of our all-new compact SUV, he said.

Bagging the prestigious iF Design Awards immediately after its launch in the US, the extensively developed compact Kia Sportage has continued to receive praise for overall design quality, innovation, environmental impact and safety.

“The new Sportage target markets are the go-getters who need a vehicle to match their confident and active lifestyle. The new model features styling changes which highlight its striking bold appearance and gives an ultimate visual appeal.

It is adorned with the Kia’s hallmark “tiger-nose” grille, HID headlights, LED fog lamps, LED taillights and 17-inch wheels. The overall length of the car has increased while the width remains the same.

Also, the car’s wheelbase has been stretched for a more spacious interior. Under the hood, the Sportage has a 2.0litre engine on the LX and EX with 185hp and 237Nm of torque.

Jimoh Olawale, Marketing Manager, Kia Motors Nigeria stated that the new generation (Sportage) has more passenger room and cargo volume, with a distinctive exterior design.

Speaking at the event, Olawale stressed that the all-new Kia Sportage is made in Nigeria and tropicalized for Nigerian roads. The Kia Sportage is all about offering you more that you’d expect. More breathtakingly distinct design, cutting edge technologies, advanced features to enhance your comfort and safety.

The Sportage is the perfect combination of sportiness and style with distinctive and innovative design and truly striking features that offers pure refinement, commanding side profile, muscular stance, sculpted front bonnet and the Kia distinctive signature grill gives the Sportage an unmistakably sporty appearance, he said.

The Kia Sportage distinctive design and head-turning features make this ultra-athletic car hard to miss. Truly sporty inside and out, the sleek upper dash, soft-touch materials like leather seats with grey stitching make sure you stay beautifully comfortable.

Kia’s uniquely configured cabin makes things as comfy for the passengers as well as the driver. With spacious dimensions and reclining rear seats, every seat will feel like the best one. For a guaranteed flexibility, the Sportage’s seat are also able to move and fold to create an almost flat floor.

With and inspiring technology for new levels of safety, All-new Sportage offers a whole new dimension of technological assistance to help make sure you always manoeuvre with absolute peace-of-mind and comfort.

The SUV comes with Auto Cruise Control (ACC) Parking Assist System (PAS) and Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) technology Cutting-edge technology for maximum driving stability, the automatically engaging all-wheel drive (AWD) system senses road conditions, wheel speed and acceleration, then applies the right amount of torque to the front and rear wheels for optimum road grip.

Advanced High Strength Steel and hot-stamped steel 51% AHSS application makes the all-new Sportage even stronger and lighter with benefits that include better handling and improved fuel efficiency. Hot-stamped components in 14 core stress areas help provide maximum crash protection, better driving dynamics, and a quieter ride.

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African Startup uLesson Raises $15m, with Support from Tencent and Nielsen Ventures




Two-year old edtech startup uLesson, founded by a Nigerian, announced that it has now closed a $15 million Series B round.

Edtech startup companies benefited greatly from the pandemic’s disruption, pulling huge amounts of money from investors worldwide and it felt like African startups were left out. However, the announcement of uLesson shows that this is not the case any longer.

The investment comes almost a year after uLesson closed a $7.5 million in Series A round. and was completed by five different investors, and they are; Tencent, TLcom Capital, Founder Collective, Nielsen Ventures and already existing investors Owl Ventures. The investment is also the largest announced investment in an African edtech startup.

uLesson was founded by Nigerian Sim Shagaya in 2019, and it came into the market when the pandemic ravaged the world last year. Being a young company, uLesson had to keep switching business models in a bid to determine what would be best for a very tough African market.

At its launch, uLesson started by providing a product pack of SD cards and dongles which had pre-recorded videos for K-12 students. They can access lessons either via streaming or through using SD cards to download and save the lesson content.

However, uLesson has introduced some new features for a comprehensive edtech play for the demographic. It added quizzes, as well as a homework help feature that would assist students in connecting to tutors from other universities.

It also started a live class feature, which consists of polls and leaderboards as well as a live experience of DevKids, a coding class that is separate from the core uLesson platform. DevKids has however been rolled back, with Shagaya stating that plans were being made to introduce the feature – which was initially an experiment in teaching kids how to code and at a point raked in about 30% of the company’s total revenue – sometime in January next year.

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Alexa, Global Web Traffic Analytic Company to Shut Down in May, 2022



Alexa, owned web traffic and analytic company, on Wednesday announced it was shutting down operations after 25 years of helping businesses grow and expand their reach.

The company disclosed this in a statement published on its website.

Alexa will officially shut down on May 1, 2022. Therefore, businesses are advised to export their data between now and May 1, 2022.

However, current paying subscribers will continue to enjoy Alexa service up until May 2022.

The statement reads: “We will be retiring on May 1, 2022

“Twenty-five years ago, we founded Alexa Internet. After two decades of helping you find, reach, and convert your digital audience, we’ve made the difficult decision to retire on May 1, 2022. Thank you for making us your go-to resource for content research, competitive analysis, keyword research, and so much more.

“We have been proud to serve you as customers.”

Alexa FAQ For Subscribers

How do I export data from

Can I buy a new subscription?

  • No, stopped offering new subscriptions on December 8, 2021 UTC.  Customers with existing subscriptions will continue to have access to their subscriptions until May 1, 2022 UTC.

What will happen to my existing subscription?

  • Existing subscriptions will remain active until May 1, 2022 UTC.  After that, customers will no longer have access to

Will I be charged for my existing subscription?

  • Yes, the last subscription billing date will be prior to April 1, 2022 UTC.  Customers will continue to have access to until May 1, 2022 UTC.

Can I delete my account?

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Nigeria’s Bento Expands Further into Africa




Nigeria’s digital payroll and human resource management platform, Bento is expanding into other African countries like Ghana, Kenya and Rwanda while maintaining plans to start operations in six other markets in Africa within the next one year.

For the next expansion phase, Bento is targeting Egypt, South Africa, Uganda, Tanzania, Angola and Ethiopia for further expansion by the end of next year.

Bento is accessing the payroll and Human Resource management market in Africa that has usually relied on laborious analogue processes to distribute payment. The start-up, which was founded in 2019, is assisting businesses to automate the payment of their salaries and other statutory remittances, which include taxes and pensions.

The co-founder and CEO of Bento, Ebun Okubanjo lamented about other companies making use of the analogue processes to manage their workforce, citing it as frustrating but exciting for Bento. Okubanjo stated that employers do not have access to customised, world-class payroll and HRM (Human Resource Management) tools, and the employees cannot access third-party tools to make their lives easier. Okubanjo then said that the company is building the operating system that will have a solid impact on the African continent even for the generations to come.

Bento stated that its platform is leveraging data to expand credit solutions to third parties (or employees) and other services such as unemployment insurance, investments and savings.

The start-up’s main credit engine which was built in partnership with Tarya of Israel, makes sure of the payment of instant loans. In Nigeria, Bento currently serves more than 900 businesses, including healthcare and financial service companies like Hygeia and Tangerine Africa, and Y Combinator-supported start-ups Paystack, Kobo360, Branch and LORI Systems.

The second co-founder and COO of Bento, Chidozie David Okonkwo said that the company is starting off with payroll and HRM, but also moving very quickly towards Salary 2.0 where the company will “redefine the intersection of work and life and transform how people earn, spend and borrow money on the continent.”

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