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Victor Asemota

3 Jul 2019
We had a road accident on the day I returned to Togo from Nairobi in December 2016. A bike rider left the designated bike lane and decided to overtake us on the wrong side.
22 May 2019
When people ask me to explain Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) to them, I tell them that it is a new way of harnessing the computational abilities of machines to learn about complex problems through intelligent analysis of data sets.
6 Feb 2019
Years before entrepreneurs and venture capitalists discovered the deflationary effect of technology leading to discontinuities and disruptions, a 1991 Nobel Prize-winning Economist Roland Coase had found that the implication ....
24 Oct 2018
It has become very common in our part of the world to hear people say that they have this “tremendous” product idea and they are looking for someone technical to help them build it.
23 May 2018
Charles Mezu is a true polymath. An artist, former banker and founder of the technology company Palette Computers. He named his company after an art tool.
11 Apr 2018
A couple of weeks ago, I decided to get a haircut in Lagos. After I finished, I realised that I had no cash with me, I only had cards and my barber Chika did not have a POS machine.
28 Feb 2018
Victor Asemota founded SwiftaCorp over 20 years ago, a pioneering African software and technology services group with subsidiaries and operations in over 14 African countries. He is also the Co-founder of MFISA, a unique African Mobile Financial Services Accelerator that has powered a number of payment platforms around Africa. Asemota, who is The Guardian contributor,…
24 Jan 2018
I finally saw Niyi Akinmolayan’s movie, The Arbitration, on Netflix recently. Even though it was fictional, it was the first Nollywood movie that I had seen with a realistic plot that involved the current Nigerian tech scene.
6 Dec 2017
I gave a talk at a Masterclass organised by the MEST Lagos incubator last week on the topic of the future of African startup funding, and I thought it was important enough to share some of my thoughts on the subject with a broader audience. When I was in secondary school, our “Food Prefect” was…
6 Sep 2017
The “5 Whys” is an iterative methodology developed by Toyota to help get to the root-cause of a problem by just asking “Why,” five times in sequence.
19 Jul 2017
Sometime in 2010, I met this interesting startup from Kenya at an event. They had built something that was badly needed to create a proper payments ecosystem and bridge the payments silos that were rapidly developing.
5 Jul 2017
Over the weekend, I decided to solve a persistent air-conditioning problem with one of our cars. I needed to replace the air conditioner compressor but the prices quoted were outrageous.

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