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8 Feb 2020
Some Uber drivers in Nigeria's commercial capital may go on strike on Monday to protest the recent clampdown by the Lagos State Vehicle Inspection Services. Two officials of the VIS told The Guardian earlier in the week that the enforcement of already existing laws guiding the operations of professional drivers in the state began recently.…
6 Feb 2020
For commuters in Nigeria's commercial city, Lagos, these are trying times. Weeks ago, the Lagos State Government announced a restriction on the operations of commercial motorcycles and tricycles in six local governments - Apapa, Eti Osa, Ikeja, Lagos Island, Lagos Mainland and Surulere. Motorcycles and tricycles - popularly called okada and keke respectively - not…
1 Feb 2020
Despite the abundance of proofs about its existence, Nigeria's minister of information Lai Mohammed has said the country is not trying to pass a law that can stifle dissensions. The Protection from Internet Falsehood and Manipulation Bill 2019, otherwise known as the Social Media Bill, if passed, will give sweeping power to the government to…
22 Nov 2019
The Protection from Internet Falsehood and Manipulation Bill 2019, otherwise known as the Social Media Bill, has a provision that will empower the Nigerian government to unilaterally order the shutdown of the internet if passed into law. The bill, being pushed by Senator Muhammad Sani Musa (APC-Niger East), passed the second reading this week. The Nigerian government,…
21 Nov 2019
Nigeria remains the third most impacted country in the world by terrorism - a position it has retained since 2015, the 2019 Global Terrorism Index (GTI) shows. Only Iraq and Afghanistan are ranked worse than Africa's most populous country, which has been dealing with violent insurgency in its northeastern region since 2009. The report was…
1 Oct 2019
Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari Tuesday said his government will continue to take “decisive action” against persons who spread hate speech on social media. Although he said the government respects the rights of individuals, Buhari said abuse of technology that undermines national security will not be allowed to fester. “Our attention is increasingly being focused on cyber-crimes…
18 Sep 2019
Mayor of Johannesburg Herman Mashaba has said it "was not necessary" for South Africa to apologise to Nigeria for the recent xenophobic attacks. "No, there is nothing for me to apologise about," Mashaba said on CNBC Africa's Political Capital on Tuesday. "What do you expect me to really apologise for?" Nigerians and other foreign nationals…
15 Sep 2019
Growing up in an era where cigarette adverts were permitted to air on television and radio, it was a tad difficult to miss those deceptive cuts that told us it was a mark of pristine masculinity to puff on neatly wrapped nicotine.  It was also one of those ads - St. Moritz’s - that introduced…
22 Aug 2019
E-commerce giant faces legal threats Jumia Technologies AG, Africa's biggest e-commerce operator, has sacked three top management staff after discovering inflated sales figures in its Nigerian business, a source at the company said. Although Jumia claimed that the staff were suspended pending the review of the "improper sales practices," the source insisted they were not…
19 Aug 2019
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari Monday said eight years of his leadership will prepare the ground for 100 million Nigerians to be out of poverty in the next 10 years. "Our Administration’s eight years will have laid the grounds for lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in 10 years," Buhari told his ministers-designate at a…
Blaqbonez
18 Aug 2019
Blaqbonez may not be the most widely known Nigerian rapper, but at the moment there is hardly anyone generating enough buzz. That, in itself, is not even the story. It is the cockiness and self-assurance behind his belief that he is the best rapper not even in Nigeria but in Africa. And yes, he believes…
14 Aug 2019
When Uber first hit the streets of Lagos in July 2014, it marked the beginning of a new phase in the use of technology in Nigeria's transportation sector. Ride-hailing offered easy and classy commute through the commercial nerve-centre of Africa’s most populous country. Besides, it offers a wide range of people an avenue to earn…