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Jason Njoku Beats Dangote, Adenuga and Sim Shagaya To Win Y!/YNaija.com Person of the Year 2013

The editors of Y! – TV, Magazine & Online – today announced the Y!/YNaija.com Person of the Year 2013 – founder and chief executive of iROKO, Jason Chukwuma Njoku.

The Y!/YNaija.com Person of the Year is in its third year and is awarded this year to the individual who has most visibly influenced the Nigerian society for good in the past year, breaking new boundaries or consolidating on gains – and driving the advancement of the public, especially young people. The editors announced there was no winner for its first edition in 2011. The 2012 winner was entrepreneur and Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote.

Nominees for 2013 were Aliko Dangote, Tony O. Elumelu, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Obiageli Ezekwesili, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Mike Adenuga, Sim Shagaya, Akinwunmi Adesina and Omobola Johnson.

The editorial making the announcement is below:

Editorial: The Y!/YNaija.com Person of the Year 2013 is … Jason Njoku

Jason Chukwuma Njoku, 33, is chief executive and co-founder of iROKO Partners, an online start up that has revolutionised the availability and distribution of African media content. He is young, big, bold, brash and in his own words, “an asshole.”
He is also the Y!/YNaija Person of the Year 2013.

It is simple really: No one has captured the imagination of young (and many older) Nigerians the way this University of Manchester graduate has. The outlines of the story are now firmly etched: iROKO partners, founded after Njoku had dabbled in scores of unsuccessful businesses started in his bedroom in London with money loaned from his friend and in a space of three years has become the most talked about internet business this side of Africa.

It was at the nadir of his life, when he moved back in with his mother, penniless after his string of failed enterprises that he picked up on her love for Nollywood films. He also noticed his mother’s difficulty in getting these films and decided to do something about it. He soon boarded a flight to Lagos and entered the trenches, directly engaging the producers and copyright owners, paying money for their catalogue. Two and a half years later, and Njoku’s company has amassed the largest collection of African content online with well over 5,000 titles in the kitty. And, with high profile mentions in Forbes, Financial Times, CNN and the Wall Street Journal, iROKO Partners has been able to attract investors and seed money like no other start up.

Criticised across the technology eco-system for pomp and bluster – and those who do so do not exaggerate – Njoku (and iROKO) is that rare individual that deserves all the praise. He has proven that much is indeed possible in Nigeria, by Nigerians – in spite of Nigeria.

Stories like these read easy on paper but it is pertinent not to forget or overlook the grit and tenacity, the wheeling and dealing that has gone into creating his success story. A story that is still far from finished. With his entrance into the online space, Njoku in many ways pioneered the online Nollywood market and with his success, has created a whole new sub specie of industry for interested participants to dabble into, showing them exactly how it is done.

iROKOtv has built peerless library of content has been dubbed the Netflix of African movies reaching 178 countries with about 1million unique visitors a month. Despite the seemingly grudging resistance to accept his influence at home, he continues to fly the Nigerian flag by sheer willpower, just by doing what he does.

Apparently, he does it excellently. Because, this month, iROKO managed the unthinkable, andsuccessfully raised $8million in venture capital from a group of international investors led by American hedge fund and Facebook investor, Tiger Global. This unprecedented feat – even for start ups across the world – brings iROKO’s tally to about $21million raised in two years of doing business making it one of the most heavily funded businesses in all of Africa.

Then there is the matter of the music arm of the company, iROKING. Pronounced dead in the water prematurely after a public – battle with it’s erstwhile leader, Jason Njoku finally had to re-take charge. While still an unprofitable venture, when compared to it’s elder iROKOtv, it speaks to the stubbornness of his vision, and why investors choose to take risks on people more than the particular idea.

With an average monthly unique visitor-ship of about 5million (according to Njoku), iROKING stands a fighting chance of eclipsing revenue figures generated by the movies arm. Music industry piracy issues will have to be tackled head on and it will be excruciating work, but if anyone has done so, Njoku has proven time and time again that he is unafraid to put his money where his mouth is.

He did this in spectacular fashion in May, when – with his business partner Bastian Gotter and wife Mary Remmy Njoku – he launched SPARK, an exciting new business initiative dedicated to building and grooming profitable internet start ups in Nigeria. After a $10million valuation in 3months of existence, Sparks was able to raise $2million in investment from Lagos to London. This money will be ploughed into expanding the company – which currently has 9 start ups under it’s wings, employing about 130 staff – and providing seed money for it’s babies.

Impressively, Njoku – unlike many Nigerian businessmen – is not unashamed to tell his story, sharing as much as he can about the innards of running a successful internet company at a time when many young start-ups desperately need to learn from the experience of those before them.

Of course, blog posts tend to gloss over the dirt, and for all we know, Njoku may be bleeding money. Still, as businesses like iROKO and those in SPARK typically need an average of five years before profitability, it is enough for now that Njoku is crashing ceilings, breaking boundaries and moving mountains.

Whether his businesses fail or succeed, whether or not Njoku eventually becomes the kind of business leader he already fancies himself to be, he would have already won. Because he dared. And to dare is the hardest part.

For creating a globally respected business from scratch, for continuously innovating, setting standards for others to follow, for building a generation of young business people that might just change Nigeria; and for inspiring a whole new generation to believe in themselves and their dreams, we are proud to announce Jason Njoku as the Y!/YNaija Person of the Year 2013.

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Gloo Joins Jumia and Konga In Moving Into Bigger Fulfillment Center

Gloo.ng (Formerly BuyCommonthings.com), one of Nigeria’s biggest online supermarket has announced their relocation to the new bigger space of 20,000sqft (Square Feet) from 5,000sqft which would enable them to ser their growing customers better.

The message was passed by Gloo.ng CEO, Olumide Olusanya on Sunday evening to their customer.

 Dear Valued Gloo.ng Customer,

It is with deep gratitude to God and His loving kindness that i write to inform you that your favourite online supermarket, Gloo.ng, will be relocating in 2 weeks time to a newly secured 20,000sqft Customer Fulfillment Center (CFC) from our present 5,000sqft CFC. The relocation is planned for the weekend of 3rd to 5th January 2014.

This movement has been necessitated by the growth we have experienced, and which we continue to experience, by virtue of your kind and loyal patronage of our service, as well as to further guaranty improvement in the service you have thus enjoyed till date. However, as we are still a young and growing team in the ecommerce space in Nigeria, all the hands we have available will be on deck that weekend to ensure a smooth relocation. Consequently, all your orders received during that weekend, from 12:01pm on Thursday 2nd January shall be delivered on Monday, 6th January 2014, processed from the new CFC. Furthermore, we will also be having a delivery-free day on the 1st of January 2014, being the first day of the new year 2014. More updates will be sent to you on developments related to the relocation.

Finally, i would like to use this opportunity to thank you for the trust you have reposed in us. This has indeed been a tough journey, from the point this idea occurred to me while watching my extremely loving and dutiful wife–and mother of my son–combine keeping a happy home with holding down a full-time executive role. Gloo.ng has been an outpouring of affection to my wife to try to relieve her of the stress of this balancing act. I eventually asked her about a month after to resign from that executive role to join me in building Nigeria’s biggest supermarket as my co-founder. And she has not looked back since then–a daughter of consolation, a rock of support, and a treasure trove of advice. There would not have been a Gloo.ng as you now know it without this woman–either in idea or even in execution. She is as much a celebration of Gloo.ng as you all our treasured customers are. I therefore use this occasion of our relocation to celebrate her–and to celebrate you. And to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2014.

God bless you. God bless Gloo.ng, Nigeria’s Biggest Online Supermarket.

Yours faithfully,
Olumide Olusanya, Dr.
CEO, Gloo.ng

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Gloo joins the likes of Jumia and Konga in moving into new warehouse facilities, perhaps and indicator that the e-commerce space is indeed experiencing growth and has a profitable future ahead.

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BlackBerry Announces Loss And Partnership With Foxconn

BlackBerry Limited today reported financial results for the three months ended November 30, 2013 (all figures in U.S. dollars and U.S. GAAP, except where otherwise indicated). It also announced it 5 year partnership with Foxconn.

Q3 Results

Revenue for the third quarter of fiscal 2014 was approximately $1.2 billion, down $380 million or 24% from approximately $1.6 billion in the previous quarter and down 56% from $2.7 billion in the same quarter of fiscal 2013. The revenue breakdown for the quarter was approximately 40% for hardware, 53% for services and 7% for software and other revenue. During the third quarter, the Company recognized hardware revenue on approximately 1.9 million BlackBerry smartphones compared to approximately 3.7 million BlackBerry smartphones in the previous quarter.

Most of the units recognized were BlackBerry 7 devices. During the quarter, approximately 4.3 million BlackBerry smartphones were sold through to end customers, which included shipments made and recognized prior to the third quarter and which reduced the Company’s inventory in channel. Of the BlackBerry smartphones sold through to end customers in the third quarter, approximately 3.2 million were BlackBerry 7 devices.

The total of cash, cash equivalents, short-term and long-term investments was $3.2 billion as of November 30, 2013, compared to $2.6 billion at the end of the previous quarter. Cash flow used in operations in the third quarter was approximately $77 million. Cash flows provided by financing activities in the third quarter were approximately $991 million, including the proceeds from the issuance of debt. Uses of cash included intangible asset additions of approximately $234 million and capital expenditures of approximately $46 million. Purchase obligations and commitments amounted to approximately $2.1 billion as at November 30, 2013, with purchase orders with contract manufacturers representing approximately $664 million of the total.

BlackBerry Announces Five-Year Strategic Partnership with Foxconn

The Company announced today that it has entered into a five-year strategic partnership with Foxconn, the world’s largest manufacturer of electronic products and components. Under this new relationship, Foxconn will jointly develop and manufacture certain new BlackBerry devices and manage the inventory associated with those devices. The initial focus of the partnership will be a smartphone for Indonesia and other fast-growing markets targeting early 2014.

BlackBerry will own all of its intellectual property and perform product assurance on devices through the Foxconn partnership, as it does currently with all third-party manufacturers.

BlackBerry will focus heavily, via internal development, on market segments where its continuous innovations in secure hardware, software and services remain critical and integral to enterprise and government customers. BlackBerry also intends to drive adoption of its multi-platform BBM, deliver real-time, reliable and secure messaging through its Network Operations Center (NOC), and grow its enterprise mobility and mobile device management business through on-premise and cloud-based solutions for cross-platform devices as well as its own.

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MTN Group To Invest N65Bn Into Africa And Middle East Internet Holding

MTN Group today announced a partnership with Rocket Internet, one of the world’s leading internet incubators, to extend online retail and other essential digital services in the Middle East.

The agreement with Rocket Internet follows a similar partnership, concluded earlier this week, between MTN, Rocket Internet and Millicom International Cellular, to develop internet businesses in Africa through Africa Internet Holding (AIH).

MTN and Rocket Internet will create a joint venture to develop internet businesses in the Middle East, with MTN and Rocket as 50% shareholders in Middle East Internet Holding (MEIH).

Rocket Internet already has a presence in several Middle Eastern countries, and has rolled out a series of high-growth online businesses, including Easytaxi, Lamudi, Namshi and Hellofood.

“The agreement with Rocket marks yet another important milestone in our journey of pursuing digital business adjacencies as one of our key strategic priorities, to drive growth and value for our customers,” said Sifiso Dabengwa, MTN Group President and CEO.

The partnership brings together Rocket Internet’s expertise in developing successful global internet business models, and MTN’s leadership position and unique knowledge of the local telecom markets.

Commenting on the partnership, co-founder of Rocket Internet, Oliver Samwer said: “I am very confident that the strategic partnership between MTN and Rocket Internet is going to accelerate the online shift in the Middle East. With joint forces, Middle East Internet Holding will develop its already existing ventures even better and will launch new companies even faster and more successfully.”

MTN expects to invest approximately EUR300million over the next two to four years into AIH and MEIH. The investments are subject to regulatory approval, and the two transactions are expected to close during the first and second quarter of 2014 respectively.

“Through MEIH, MTN and Rocket aim to accelerate and further develop the nascent e-commerce market in the Middle East region,” added Dabengwa.

Source – MTN Group Corporate Affairs

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Nokia Wins Most Innovative Smartphone At The 2013 African Product Awards

Country Director, Institute for Government Research and Leadership Technology, Ambassador Moses Essien explains that in a research conducted amongst various mobile phones using the parameters of “product high quality, value creation, track record and efficacy; product availability, affordability, acceptability and reliability; conformity with global quality for a good smart mobile phone brand; compliance with government regulatory laws and guidelines” amongst others, Nokia outperformed its competitors.

Speaking on this, Managing Director, Nokia West and Central Africa, Nick Imudia, said “It is an honor receiving such award. We are happy to know that our customers appreciate our products and acknowledge the value that it brings to them. It has been an interesting year, winning awards, which show that we are living up to our promise of providing our customers with innovative mobile products that connect them to what matters most. Nokia is well known for its ability to produce cool, colorful, trendy, affordable and most importantly, reliable devices to its numerous customers in Nigeria and beyond, we thank Nigerians for their patronage of the Nokia brand.”

The African Product Forum is an annual event organized to contribute to the expansion and increment of knowledge with the aim of encouraging businesses through sponsorship of trainings, seminars and public enlightenments in respect of product development. The 2013 edition of the forum held with notable guests and experts from various fields present to impact knowledge to business owners and potential entrepreneurs while also featuring product exhibitions, music and dance.

Earlier in 2013, Nokia received two awards namely the Coolest Phone Brand Award at the maiden edition of The Businessday Generation Next Survey Awards and Mobile Phone Brand of the Year Award at the 2013 Marketing World Awards.

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VOD Platform iROKOtv Raises $8Mn In Series D

 iROKOtv, the Africa-based movie platform for Nigerian movies, known colloquially as ‘Nollywood’, today announces a funding round of $8Mn, led by existing investor Tiger Global, with further participation from Sweden-based Kinnevik and introducing new investor to this round, US-based Rise Capital. This brings the total raised to $21Mn, arguably making iROKOtv one of the most well funded internet companies in Africa today.

iROKOtv is the leading Video-on-Demand (VOD) platform for African content and following the announcement of the $8Mn investment, the company will continue to focus its attention on growing traffic, content curation and building a platform-agnostic distribution system for its 1Mn monthly users.

To-date, the capital raised by iROKOtv has been used to acquire content, expand the London-based tech team, develop mobile websites and applications and open offices in London, New York and Johannesburg, alongside the company’s Lagos headquarters. iROKOtv now holds the world’s largest online catalogue of African content, with over 5,000 movies.

The new capital will be channeled at building and transitioning the company’s audience from a primarily Diaspora base to an African base, as well as migrating from a largely ad supported model to more subscription service. Currently, 50% of iROKOtv’s audience is located in the UK and US alone, but with the continent coming online, demand for homegrown multi-platform video content is rising fast. There will also be a renewed focus on monetizing iROKOtv’s catalogue through its SVOD service, iROKOtv PLUS, as well as through its strategic distribution partnerships with global airlines and TV channels.

Jason Njoku, CEO and co-founder says: “The $8Mn raised by Tiger Global, Kinnevik and Rise Capital will further fuel our expansion and help us to realise our long term goal of becoming one of Africa’s preeminent media companies. We started life three years ago as a Nollywood content aggregator on a YouTube channel and today we find ourselves with a VC-backed dedicated VOD platform, watched in 178 countries around the world, with one million unique visitors a month. These metrics were achieved with hard work from a great international team and today’s news allows us to continue in the same vein and accelerate our growth.”

Bastian Gotter, COO and co-founder says: “We have forged a niche in African movie programming and captured people’s imagination in terms of bringing previously unobtainable yet popular content, loved by millions, to a global audience on an awesome platform. This additional capital allows us to consolidate our position as VOD market leaders for Africa, invest in tech, content and infrastructure and, importantly, we are now in a position to become profitable by 2015, which is an extraordinary feat for any start-up, let alone an African VOD one like ours.”

Today’s announcement also sees a new investor, Rise capital, brought into the funding series, with Gotter adding: “Nazar’s guidance as our first outside investor and active board member has significantly helped our development as a company, so we are excited to strengthen this relationship with him and the Rise Capital team. We look forward to continuing to benefit from their global investment expertise.”

Nazar Yasin, Managing Partner of Rise Capital says: “We are very pleased to participate in this round of financing alongside Kinnevik and my former colleagues at Tiger Global. Having worked with Jason, Bastian and the team since their early days, we at Rise Capital look forward to continuing to help them scale their content acquisition and distribution channels and secure their positioning as Sub-Saharan Africa’s largest and most impactful media company.

Mia Brunell Livfors, President and Chief Executive Officer of Kinnevik adds: “This latest funding round for iROKOtv is testament to the fact that Kinnevik continues to support them on their journey to becoming one of Africa’s most exciting and far-reaching media companies”.

On 1 July 2012, iROKOtv introduced a subscription service (SVOD) to its site, iROKOtv PLUS, where for $5 a month, subscribers are the first to access the 12 brand new movies uploaded onto the site every month. The iROKOtv PLUS business is currently growing rapidly and is now the largest single source of revenue for the company, revealing that more consumers are willing to pay for quality content. 95% of content on iROKOtv continues to be free and is supported by an advertising (AVOD) business model.

iROKOtv has aggregated the world’s largest online Nollywood catalogue, now standing at 5,000+ movies and the company has been credited by for pioneering VOD for Africa and African continent. Coined by the media as the ‘Netflix of Africa’, iROKOtv has successfully disrupted and reorganised the multi-million dollar Nigerian movie industry’s distribution infrastructure.

Source – iROKO Press

Nigeria: Most Watched YouTube Videos And Channels In 2013

From videos that got us laughing till we had tears in our eyes, to those that left us angry, worried and curious, this year’s top trending YouTube videos show great that great channels are driving pop culture and becoming a platform for Nigerians to express their deepest emotions.

It’s now that time of the year when we take a look at the videos, channels, and moments that shaped our year. As unpredictable as each year seems to be, it’s clear that trending videos are getting bigger, and the global community responsible for them is driving pop culture unlike ever before.

A look at Nigerian favorite music videos in 2013, reveals that Naija music has indeed found a place in our hearts and on our dance floors. Songs like Ada Ada by Flavour, Caro by Starboy feat L.A.X & Wizkid, Personally by P-Square,  Jaiye Jaiye by Wizkid ft Femi Kuti and Eminado by newly married diva Tiwa Savage ft Don jazzy were some of the most watched music videos in NIgeria in 2013.

The comedy-loving side of the Nigerian was also evident from the list of most viewed videos, with videos like The Interview by NdaniTV and Lagos Big Girl’s Game by VideoHitsShow’s featuring as two of the most watched videos in 2013.

In addition to music and comedy, Nigeria also had its share of highly talked about news content that got everyone sharing, liking and commenting. Videos like the Channels TV’s interview with the NSCDC commandant (popularly referred to as “Oga at the Top”) and the toe-to-toe #girlnotbride conversation between movie celeb Stella Damasus and Senator Yerima on the Al-Jazeera show The Stream were some of the most emotional Nigerian moments on YouTube.

Globally, the world watched the The Fox more than 265 million times, making it the top trending video of 2013. Viewers also made it a top searched Halloween costume, and you’ll maybe even read it as a children’s book. The global public turned out in record-setting numbers to see Psy’s post-Gangnam Style performance on his latest video Gentleman  You watched, listened, and reacted to just about everything Miley Cyrus did. And you made more “Harlem Shake” videos than there are people in Manhattan (1.7 million if you’re counting).

To celebrate all these moments, over 60 top creators on YouTube got together and made this little video

Behind every great video is a great channel, and the channels behind this year’s top videos have more than 23 million subscribers around the world. Thanks to videos and channels like these, you’re now watching more than 7 billion hours of video every month on YouTube, and uploading a week’s worth of video per minute. And fans of YouTube are truly global — with 80% of views coming from outside the United States.

Check out the YouTube Rewind 2013 Channel for even more top lists of the year from round the world, and stay tuned at Google.com/Zeitgeist next week for Google’s annual look at the people, places and events that captured the world’s attention this year.

Top 10 Videos watched in Nigeria in 2013 excluding Music:

  1. Last Flight To Abuja – The full movie (Nollywood Movies 2013)

  2. Civil Defence Commandant Can’t Tell His Organisation’s Web Address

  3. EDIDI-(The Bond) – Latest Yoruba Movie 2013 Starring Iyabo Ojo

  4. Stella Damasus and Senator Yerima on Al-Jazeera Network THE STREAM

  5. The Leaked Video Of Gen. Diya Oladipo Pleading With Gen. Sanni Abacha – Oputa Panel

  6. THE LAGOS BIG GIRL’S GAME ( Reanne Opia)

  7. Bling!

  8. How to get married; “Naija” style by Toke Makinwa

  9. The Interview – A tale of Frank Donga

  10. Nigeria – Burkina Faso | CAN Orange 2013 | 21.01.2013

Top 10 Channels in Nigeria in 2013

  1. AYTVAYTV

  2. channelsweb

  3. yorubamagic

  4. mynaijalove

  5. TVNolly

  6. nollywood5star

  7. ndaniTV

  8. DavidoHKNTV

  9. Nollywood5ive

  10. officialiyanya

Top 10 Music Videos watched by Nigerians

  1. Ada Ada [Official Video]  by Flavour

  2. PULL OVER (OFFICIAL VIDEO) by KCEE Ft. Wizkid

  3. Personally by P-Square

  4. CARO – (Official Video) by Starboy Ft. L.A.X & Wizkid

  5. Jaiye Jaiye (Official Video) by WizKid Ft. Femi Kuti

  6. Sexy Mama [Official Video] by Iyanya Ft. Wizkid

  7. Eminado [Official Video] by Tiwa Savage Ft. Don Jazzy

  8. Stupid love by Olamide

  9. Skelewu (Official Video) by Davido

  10. Emi ni baller (Official Video) by Chidinma Ft. Tha Suspect & IllBliss

Any videos missing from this list?

#StanbicDelight: Radio Meets Web In Stanbic IBTC’s Social Media Campaign

Christmas is just around the corner but don’t worry if you haven’t been a good boy or girl, you could still get a present this season thanks to Stanbic IBTC. Starting last week and continuing for the rest of the year, Stanbic IBTC is asking everyone on social media and through select radio stations about the most delightful things this year

Some of the questions that have been asked are really simple and cut right to the heart of the spirit for the season.

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The questions have generated some really heart-warming and delightful responses

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You can join in the fun too. All you have to do is like the Stanbic IBTC Facebook page at  or follow them on Twitter @StanbicIBTC. Just answer the questions using the hashtag #StanbicDelight, if yours is the most liked or retweeted answer, you get a delight. The following radio shows are go-to spots for opportunities to get in on the campaign:

  • Big Tak and Shedy Kay on City FM in Lagos,
  • Mannie and the Angels on Cool FM, Lagos
  • Dan foster on Inspiration FM, Lagos
  • Tosyn Bucknor on Top Radio, Lagos
  • Yaw on Wazobi FM, Lagos
  • Buki and Shullz on Classic FM, Lagos
  • Mazino on Smooth FM, Lagos
  • Toolz on Beat FM, Lagos
  • Akas on Wazobia FM, Port Harcourt and
  • CBG and Dapo on Raypower, Abuja

Who needs Santa when Stanbic IBTC is here?

TECNO To Deepen Smartphone Penetration In Nigeria With Phantom AIII

Mobile phone Company, TECNO Mobile is looking to further deepen smartphone penetration and expand its market share in Nigeria, with the launch of the latest addition smartphone to its phantom family, the Phantom AIII.

The highly anticipated smartphone was formally launched to the public at an elaborate ceremonyin Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island Lagos.

Speaking at the launch, Vice President, TECNO GROUP, Mr. Arif Chowdhury stated that the device was designed with a passion to give everybody access to innovation and its affordable for everybody. “It is part of TECNO’s unwavering effort in expanding its offering which can be seen in this superior, innovative phone” he said.

The Phantom AIII smartphone is an upgraded version of the TECNO Phantom A+, it has a sleeker body and bigger screen than that of its predecessor, it comes with 6.0” captivating HD touch screen, 4.2android operating system, it has3.75g network capability, with1.5 GHz quad core processor.

SEE ALSO: TECNO Mobile Phones Now Come With BBM App Pre-installed 

The Phantom AIII is equipped withmemory capacity of 16 GB rom plus 1 gb ram, 13megal pixels rear camera and 8megal pixel front camera. It also has social media application like Facebook, Whatsapp and Palmchat, applications. The Vice president added that he was very glad to announce a new collaboration with BlackBerry, whichallows customers to find,preloaded on TECNO devices, the famous and popular BBM™ application.

He further noted that the smartphone is the mobile device to watch in the years to come. The prices are coming down and the sales volumes will increase. This is driving mobile internet access, which then opens up a lot of doors for innovation.

“Studies indicate that most people now access the internet through their mobile phones as opposed to PCs, We will be launching more internet series mobile phones to serve the growing demand of our customers.

Our research from years back shows that the buyers of TECNO phones are mostly the youth and we have decided to focus on this market of people. This young people want to be unique, they want unique features that allow them to play and chat, and this is exactly what TECNO is giving them through our series of Smartphones that we have launched into the market so far” Arif added.

Also speaking at the launch, the Digital Marketing &Public Relation Manager West Africa, TECNO GROUP, Mr. Boukali Mounir lay emphasizes on the devices specifications, stressing that the Phantom AIII is a dual sim Smartphone beautifully design with an innovative package of 8.4mm slim body.

Speaking about the Phantom AIII camera, Mounir pointed out that the device has 8.0MP AF front camera, 13.0MP AF back camera with flash 5 high-precision optical lens,the blue glass filter  of 5 layer glass lens that picks up all the details and help the camera to respond to light just like our eyes do. The device also has access to over 1,000,000 applications, he added.

Mounir also disclosed that the Phantom AIII comes with free monthly 500MB free data for 12 months from the Nigeria innovative network Etisalat

Mounir also announced that “TECNO is coming not only with the Phantom AIII, but with the TECNO Smart family including different smartphones created to meet all the customers needs: The M5, the M7, the P5, the A+, The Phantom Pad mini, the Phantom AIII all this family will bring Smart life to Nigerians.”

 

TECNO Mobile Phones Now Come With BBM App Pre-installed

TECNO mobile phones will now pre-install BBM on TECNO phones running the Android operating system. With BBM pre-installed, customers will be able to easily get started chatting and connecting with friends and family on the popular private social network from BlackBerry.

BBM, with its privacy, control and immediacy, is very popular in the Nigerian market, where everybody wants a BBM PIN.

According to Vice President, TECNO Group, Mr. Arif Chowdhury, BBM will be preloaded on TECNO phones in 20 countries. For customers already using TECNO phones, BBM will of course be available as a free download on the Google Play store.

This collaboration is good news for customers,” said Chowdhury. “It is our objective, not only for Nigerians, but for Africans as a whole, to acquire smartphones and enjoy a smart life and to be able to use the phone to its maximum benefit, and that is why we are working with BlackBerry to pre-load BBM on all new TECNO smartphones.

After the huge success of the Phantom A series, TECNO is now launching the next star product named Phantom AIII, and of course, this high technology smartphone will come preloaded with BBM,” added Chowdhury.

Android customers can enjoy the rich features of BBM that include: 

  • BBM Chat – Enjoy real, immediate conversations with friends on Android, iPhone and BlackBerry smartphones. Not only does BBM let you know that your message has been delivered and read, it also shows you that your friend is responding to the message.
  • More than chat – With BBM you can share files on your phone such as photos and voice notes, all in an instant.
  • Keep your group in the loop – Multi-person chats are a great way to invite contacts to chat together. BBM Groups lets you invite up to 30 friends to chat together, and go a step further than multi-chat by sharing photos and schedules. And, with Broadcast Message, you can send a message out to all your BBM contacts at once.
  • Post Updates and stay in the know – BBM lets you post a personal message, profile picture and your current status, and lets your contacts know instantly in Updates.
  • Your unique PIN – Every BBM user has a unique PIN that maintains your privacy, so you don’t have to give out your phone number or email address to a new or casual contact.

Executive Vice President for BBM at BlackBerry Mr. Andrew Bocking said, “BBM continues to grow in popularity and as the recent launch on Android and iOS suggests, BBM is the ‘must have’ app for active conversations. While we continue to evolve BBM with more features and functionality, we are excited to work with OEMs like TECNO to pre-install BBM, giving their smartphone customers in Africa quick and easy access to the service right out of the box.”

Do watch this space for a review of the BBM App experience on the TECNO as well as the new Phantom AIII.