Article: Nigeria’s Mono raises millions to power the internet economy in Africa

Money, Open Governance

Nigeria’s Mono raises millions to power the internet economy in Africa

In February, Nigerian fintech startup Mono announced its acceptance into Y Combinator and, at the time, it wanted to build the Plaid for Africa. Three months later, the startup has a different mission: to power the internet economy in Africa. It has closed $2 million in seed investment toward that goal.

The investment comes nine months after the company raised $500,000 in pre-seed last September and two months after receiving $125,000 from YC. Mono’s total investment moves up to $2.625 million, and investors in this new round include Entrée Capital (one of the investors in Kuda’s seed round), Kuda co-founder and CEO Babs Ogundeyi; Gbenga Oyebode, partner at TCVP; and Eric Idiahi, co-founder and partner at Verod Capital.

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Article: Why some researchers oppose unrestricted sharing of coronavirus data

Access, Document, Open Decision-Support, Research

Why some researchers oppose unrestricted sharing of coronavirus data

“I was up all last night,” says Nnaemeka Ndodo, a molecular bioengineer at the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (CDC) in Abuja. He sequences coronavirus genomes during the day, and then analyses and uploads the results to an online database at night, working tirelessly alongside his colleagues. “We don’t know Saturday, we don’t know Sunday,” he says.

Researchers around the world are racing to spot variants of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 so that they can determine whether the mutated viruses will evade vaccines or make COVID-19 deadlier. Like many scientists, Ndodo shares SARS-CoV-2 genome sequences in a popular data repository, GISAID, that requires users to sign in and to credit those whose data they analyse.

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Article: Synergos Nigeria Advocates Trust Building In Bridging Societal Development Gaps

Open Governance, Politics, Standards

Synergos Nigeria Advocates Trust Building In Bridging Societal Development Gaps

The Synergos Nigeria, a global Non-Governmental Organisation, has advocated trust building among stakeholders in solving complex national and societal development issues through collective actions.  Mr Victor Adejoh, Country Director of Synergos disclosed this in an interview with newsmen in Lokoja.

Adejoh said that the organization’s 30 years experience working in many other countries around the globe had shown that working together across divides realizes more and better solutions to complex problems than working alone.

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Article: UK govt funds Nigeria’s first open-source business intelligence platform

Open Software, Open Source

UK govt funds Nigeria’s first open-source business intelligence platform

The platform will provide transparent and reliable data about Nigeria’s Tech sector and help reduce barriers faced by companies interested in doing business in Nigeria.

he UK-Nigeria Tech Hub is an initiative of the UK Government Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport established with the aim to support Nigeria’s Tech- ecosystem by promoting high-end digital skills and fostering partnerships between the UK and the Nigeria Tech-ecosystem.

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