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Etisalat’s Eazywallet, Stanbic, and Paga Lead Kalahari MobileMoney Nominations

In 2012, Etisalat Nigeria rolled out fully interoperable, industrial grade, open loop mobile commerce in Nigeria with leading licensed providers in Nigeria.The scope of the service includes p2p, merchants and utility payments. It can also interface with existing Bank accounts of licensed providers in Nigeria.

The innovative sim application which had the highest nomination for the Kalahari mobile money awards is built and developed as the foundation for future innovative services across different channels. The Sim tool kit is currently available in Nigeria as the Eazywallet product in active collaboration of licensed providers by the Central Bank of Nigeria.

MobileMoney firms from neighboring West African Nations are also topping the charts in numbers of nominations for the Kalahari awards that will recognize innovations and exceptional commitment to mobile financial services around Africa. With more than seven different award categories, Tigo cash and MicroEnsure are currently leading with numbers of nominations with the mobilemoney based family insurance product which promotes use of mobile money for micro-insurance services for the bottom on the pyramid while GlifeGhana has highest nomination for use of mobile money for micro-finance services.

The award will be the highlight of the event that will hold during the 3RD MobileMoney Expo on Feb 6th and 7th in Lagos,Nigeria with expected participation from 14 countries. Coffey International,an international development organization will also moderate a panel that will examine the challenges of the mobile money in Nigeria with leading providers in Nigeria and proffering the way forward, during the two day event.

It is expected that some Nigerian firms will also be recognized for their efforts in the mobile money ecosystem but it should be noted that Mobilemoney is still a fledgling industry in Nigeria and unlike East Africa and other parts of West Africa. However, recognition will be given to Mobile Network operators, financial institutions and independent providers that are actively showing signs of future impacts in the mobile financial ecosystem. Stanbic MobileMoney and Paga are also leading their categories nominations.

According to the organizers of the event, the 2013 edition will be focused on the promoting interoperability.

[Source: mobilemoneyafrica]

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HACKED? Samsung’s Nigerian Facebook Page Taken Over By Gibberish Spewing Half Literate

We don’t know who they are, or what they want, but this person has somehow gotten access to Samsung’s Nigerian Facebook page.

Their first post appeared to be a lucid question — “whose fanpage was this” — it asked, without a question mark. Shortly afterwards, they let loose with a stream of half literate gibberish.

Samsung Mobile Nigeria hack

Because the hacker’s posts are barely comprehensible, we have no clue of what they’re likely to do next. One post suggests that they would like the page’s erstwhile handlers to email them to they can give the page back to its old manager…at least, that’s what we can deduce from this –

“un would like to bring back fanpagen old manager again Plase e-mail”

Too shy to publicly demand a ransom perhaps?

The last sane update on the page page appeared on the 2nd of January. The “hack” however — if that’s indeed what it is — seems to have happened ten days later, sometime around midnight this morning. We have no way of knowing whether the last moments of sanity on the page were indeed on the 2nd of January, or if the hacker has simply deleted their posts up till then.

So is this a hack in the real sense of the word, a genuinely malicious security breach? Or was someone just really careless? Whichever the case maybe, Samsung Nigeria is the latest to get burnt from what appears to be less than robust corporate social media strategy.

As at the time of this post, the page hasn’t been reclaimed. But since this latest brand-lol won’t be around for much longer, we took screenshots.

UPDATE: 6:06 pm – Samsung has regained possession of their fan page and have deleted the gibberish posts. No serious harm done — it only happened in full view of close to 170k fans for the better part of one day.

Fans react to Samsung Facebook hack –

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Full screenshot –

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Top 7 Affordable Dual Sim Smartphones You May Want To Get

Editor’s Note: Brianne is a writer blogger. She loves writing, travelling and reading books.  She contributes to Brian Ballard Lobbyist

The dual SIM smartphones have a growing demand in today’s world, as they give you all the convenience of having two mobile phones in one. Considering the user’s busy lifestyle, dual SIM smartphones are a great way of saving money by integrating two different plans or service providers.

Now you can have the comfort of using dual SIM smartphones for business and personal use with different numbers and bills.
Here is a list of dual SIM smartphones which are quite affordable.

1. Spice Mi 270

The Spice Mi 270 designed by Spice mobile runs on Android 2.2 FroYo. It is one of the cheapest dual SIM android smartphones available in the market. Coming from the brand of a recognized manufacturer, Spice Mi 270 features 2.8 inches touch screen display and the dual SIM with GSM + GSM support makes it a great handset. Other additional features embedded in this tiny device include- 2 mega pixel camera, 150 MB of internal storage, Wi-Fi, GPRS/EDGE and GPS connectivity.

2. Samsung Galaxy Y Duos Lite S5302

Samsung Galaxy YDuos phone is good to use because of its light weight and sleek design that has been loaded with a bunch of features with dual SIM support. Galaxy Y Duos is an awesome dual SIM touch screen phone. It has 7.11 cm capacitive touch screen with resolution of 240 x 320 pixels for better entertainment. This device runs on Android v2.3 Gingerbread OS. The Galaxy Y Duos keeps you connected, no matter where yo are as it sports GPRS and EDGE technologies. Besides Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, the phone also has micro USB port and GPS supported Google maps. It offers an internal storage of 2 GB.

3. Motorola Milestone XT800

Motorola is dual SIM GSM + CDMA low price smart phone that performs better with Android 2.2 FroYo OS. The Milestone XT800 is specifically tailored for social messaging. The smart phone comes preloaded with excellent 5 mega pixel camera, 3.7 inches large color display, expandable memory of up to 32 GB with micro-SD card and Wi-Fi connectivity. It also provides 130 MB of internal storage. The handset enables you to use Gmail, Facebook, Myspace and YouTube mobile apps. It offers talk time of up to 5 hours. Needless to say if you are often oriented towards the digital world, this handset could be a valuable resource.

4. Galaxy Y Pro Duos

Samsung Galaxy Y Pro Duos is another Samsung smartphone that runs with Android OS v 4.0. It is the upgraded version of Samsung Galaxy Y with good Dual-core 1.4GHz Processor. Unlike the original model, this one adds on a front-facing camera. The other features are quite similar to the original model such as a 2.6 inches touch screen display with 320 x 240 pixels resolution, 3.2 MP rear camera, GPS, Wi-Fi hotspot and 3G data transfer via HSDPA. The internal storage is of 150 MB and extended memory is up to 32 GB. Galaxy Pro Duos is an ideal smartphone, if you are looking to have QWERTY support with touch screen on the same device and at the same time you have the advantage of dual operators.

5. iBall ANDi

iBall ANDi is designed by iBall India and is powered with smartphone with many of the specifications. Although this handset is quite slow in processing, it’s pretty enough available at an affordable price. iBall ANDi runs on Android v 2.3 OS. Some of its specifications include 3.2 inch touch screen with resolution of 240 x 320 pixels, 2 MP primary camera, 0.3 MP secondary camera, dual standby SIM, 150 MB internal memory and expandable memory of 16 GB and Wi-Fi connectivity.

6. Samsung Galaxy ACE Duos I 589

Samsung Galaxy Ace Duos offers a high-end dual smartphone experience that enables you to stay on top of business, connect with your friends and share information anytime and anywhere. This handset is the only Android smartphone that comes with GSM + CDMA in- built support. Some of the best features include 3.5 inches touch screen with 320 x 480 pixels. Ace Duos has a 5 MP Primary camera but lacks secondary camera. Connectivity options include 3G networks via HSDPA 7.2 Mbps, Wi-Fi hot spot and Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP. It also provides 1GB internal memory and 32 GB via micro SD card. If you are on a low budget and looking for a dual SIM phone, then you should buy this handset.

7. Micromax A78

Micromax A78 is a dual SIM Android smartphone with QWERTY key pad. This handset has just good enough features at the price and it has the popularity as well. It is powered with dual GSM + GSM support. Other specifications include 3.5 inches touchscreen for a better display, Wi-Fi enabled, 150 MB internal storage, 32 GB external via SD card, 3 MP camera and VGA front facing camera.

The specifications described by each of the above models make the dual SIM smart phones the epitome of the modern telephony, offering a versatile user experience.


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Superior Web Experience On Connected Devices From Opera And Sigma Designs

Opera Software and Sigma Designs, a leading provider of System-on-Chip (SoC) solutions for home entertainment, connectivity and converging multimedia delivery, today announced they have teamed up together to optimize Opera’s TV products for Sigma’s optimized Smart TV processors.

The all-new Opera Devices Software Development Kit (SDK) 3.5, the Opera TV Browser and the Opera TV Store will now be integrated into Sigma Designs’ Smart TV processors. This collaboration combines Opera’s software expertise in developing browser-based solutions with Sigma’s Smart TV hardware expertise.

The result being solutions developed to meet the needs of TV and device manufacturers who want to design embedded browser-based solutions into their products with minimal integration efforts. The Opera-powered Sigma processors will allow OEMs to bring their products faster to market and equip them with powerful HTML5-based technology that will bring more entertainment options and a better web experience for end users.

The powerful and versatile Opera Devices SDK is a framework for OEMs to develop or deploy user interfaces, applications, browsers or internet multimedia services on their devices. Opera partners and customers that use the SDK and other Opera technologies come from different markets, including gaming, home appliances, automobile, set-top boxes and TVs.

The Opera TV Store is a complete HTML5-based store solution for Smart TVs, available for OEMs, developers and content providers to reach millions of app-hungry users. The integration of the Opera TV Store on the Sigma Designs’ processor means an increase in distribution for apps as the Opera TV Store will now also include Sigma’s customer base.

“The inclusion of the Opera Devices SDK, the TV store and browser on our Smart TV processors will give Sigma Designs a unique edge in the market,” says Mustafa Ozgen, vice president and general manager of Sigma’s home multimedia business unit. “With this capability, Sigma’s processors will offer best-in-class performance resulting in minimal integration effort and ultimate flexibility for our customers in providing a browser environment on the Sigma platform.”

“Partnering with an innovative company like Sigma will extend Opera’s goal to provide the best internet experience on any device and advance the power of HTML5 apps and technology,” says Frode Hernes, VP for TV Products, Opera Software. “Not only will this benefit Sigma’s OEM customers, but also the developers of TV apps on the Opera TV Store who will get a wider audience for their content, as well as the end user who will see more entertainment options on their TVs and devices.”

To get a demo of Opera powering the Sigma chipset solutions, visit Sigma Designs in the Las Vegas Hotel Suite #2921. Find Opera in South Hall, S2 Lower Level, #MP25063 in the CES Meeting Place at CES in Las Vegas, held January 8-11 or contact Falguni BhutaFalguni Bhuta falgunib[at]opera.com.

About Sigma Designs

Sigma Designs, Inc. (NASDAQ: SIGM) is a world leader in connected media platforms. The company designs and builds the essential semiconductor technologies that serve as the foundation for the world’s leading IPTV set-top boxes, DTV, connected media players, residential gateways, home control systems and more. For more information visit sigmadesigns.com.

About Opera Software ASA

Opera Software was founded in 1994, based on the idea that access to the web should be a universal right. 275 million people (and counting) use the Opera web browsers for computers, mobile phones, TVs and other connected devices. Opera also delivers tools, distribution, engagement, monetization and market insights to developers, publishers and brands around the world. Learn more about Opera at opera.com.

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Ebuka Obi-Uchendu Takes The stage In New Y! TV Production – #RubbinMinds

Just in time for the New Year, the producers of Rubbin’ Minds, the influential TV talk-show for young Nigerians have announced major upgrades.

It’s been five spectacular years, and we’re excited to take this to a whole new level in 2013,” says Adebola Williams, who is executive producer of the show.

The first change to the show is the announcement of a new host: the lawyer on-air personality and event compere, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu.  Obi-Uchendu, who holds two Masters degrees in Intellectual Property as well as Communications Law both from the American University, Washington DC takes over the presenter’s show on the first show of the year – Sunday, 6 January, 2013.

Obi-Uchendu has been an influential voice for young people across issues – from pop culture to politics – over the past few years,” Williams explained. “As an issues columnist on Thisday Newspapers, anchoring the country’s first youth-centred Presidential Debate, writing for the YNaija FrontPage and for Leadership, amongs others. He mirrors the ‘Rubbin’ Minds prime position as the conversation driver for young people nationally, and he will be an effective face and voice for that imperative.”

Obi-Uchendu will be joining the show along with a new set, and new segments on the show – broken into news analysis, discussion and culture interview.

I am very excited to be joining the A-team at Rubbin’ Minds,” Obi-Uchendu said. “This is the show to be on to know what young people are talking and thinking about at any time. If it’s real and if it’s topical and it concerns young people, we will be discussing it, and I look forward to that ongoing conversation.”

Rubbin’ Minds is a production of Y! TV. More information is available on ynaija.com, and on Twitter @YNaijaTV. The official website for the TV show will be unveiled at ynaija.com/tv on 11 January, 2013.

Below is a full sized photo of the twitter celebrity and Big Brother Nigeria alumnus, @Ebuka.

 

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[Images via Y!]

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What Went Down At Showcase Tuesday – #CcHub

Sportwilla and Tiketmobile took the stage to showcase their products at the hub and here’s what went down.


What Went Down At Showcase Tuesday – #CcHub

Sportwilla and Tiketmobile took the stage to showcase their products at the hub and here’s what went down.

Storified by oTeKbits· Wed, Jan 09 2013 03:21:59

Time for #sctuesday – Yes! Showcase Tuesday at the #cchubOTEKBITS
Sportwilla takes the floor:
Sportwilla takes the stage… #sctuesday http://sportwilla.comOTEKBITS
SportWillaAbout SportWilla | Privacy Policy | Terms and Condition
#Sportwilla is a social network for sports fans (globally)…. #sctuesdayOTEKBITS
@stanwarri says #sportwilla will provide social networking for sports lovers and enthusiasts #sctuesdayCo-creation Hub
Here’s Stanley, giving a demo:
Stanley running through the social networks for sports lovers – #Sportwilla at #sctuesday #cchub http://pic.twitter.com/Wv3CCOwDOTEKBITS
Users can subscribe to specific sports feeds from other users on the network #Sportwilla #sctuesday #cchubOTEKBITS
#Sportwilla is mobile friendly and allows for Facebook integration for registration and pushing notifications. #sctuesday #cchubOTEKBITS
You can get more information about #Sportwilla here: http://www.sportwilla.com/site/about #sctuesday #cchubOTEKBITS
#Sportwilla ranks users as influential – gauging interaction with updates made. #sctuesday #cchubOTEKBITS
Nubi of OTEKBITS, gave the platform a spin:
Here is @NubiKay’s #Sportwilla account using Facebook connect. #sctuesday #cchub http://pic.twitter.com/KkSUuF3MOTEKBITS
Here’s the News Page on Sportwilla:
#Sportwilla has a news page #cchub #sctuesday http://pic.twitter.com/w0MmukcmOTEKBITS
#Sportwilla has a contest page allowing users to put up points with hopes of earning more while predicting match scores #sctuesday #cchubOTEKBITS
Tiketmobile Takes The Stage
.@tiketmobileapp take up the stage to showcase … #sctuesday #cchubOTEKBITS
@tiketmobileapp allows land travellers buy bus tickets using mobile phones & allows bus transport coys manage their inventory #sctuesdayCo-creation Hub
.@celestocalculus and Constance are founders and developers of the @tiketmobileapp #sctuesday #cchubOTEKBITS
Feedback from Hugo (Co-Founder, Maliyo Games):
Feedback so far from @lexyhugo: Change error font color from blue to red and add average of travel. #tiketmobile #cchub #sctuesdayOTEKBITS
[that's average travel time*]
Here’s Constance giving a tiketmobile demo:
That’s Constance running through the @tiketmobileapp #sctueday #cchub http://pic.twitter.com/NdzCUtZJOTEKBITS
Get more information on Tiketmobile from below:
#OTEKCHAT: Celestine Ezeokoye, Co-Founder of @TiketmobileApp, NigeriaRemember Tiketmobile, one of the participating startups from the Growth Academy powered by Nokia and the Co-Creation Hub? Post-graduation…
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Afrinolly MasterClass Series With Charles Aniagolu and Emem Isong

The Afrinolly Master Class series continues on Saturday, January 12 with another Hangout event, this time featuring international broadcaster, producer and director Charles Aniagolu alongside prolific female director, screenwriter and producer Emem Isong.

With the creative industries fast becoming an important aspect of global economy, the Afrinolly Master Class series recognises the power of film within this vast financial context. A cross-continental audience of film professionals and enthusiasts will join both filmmakers as they discuss the socio-economic impact of film live on Google+ Hangout at 3pm Nigerian Time (1400HRS GMT).

Aniagolu is a BBC-trained journalist with experience as a reporter and news presenter with CNN, Sky News and the BBC World Service. A producer and director of TV commercials, documentaries and feature films, Aniagolu is also a writer whose books cut across popular culture and biographies. He is the writer, producer and co-director of Streets of Calabar, a new feature film starring Wale Ojo (Phone Swap), Rita Dominic (The Meeting), Keppy Ekpeyong (Raging Storm) and Maynard Eziashi (Mister Johnson). Streets of Calabar has premiered across Nigeria and is gradually making waves in local cinemas.

Apart from film and TV production, the UK-based Aniagolu is a partner at PR and media outfit Spirit Creations, which boasts a clientele that includes the European Union, DFID, SABC Africa, the BBC and CNN International. Emem Isong joins Aniagolu in this weekend’s Hangout where she shares her knowledge as a commercial filmmaker whose films continue to make notable success both from DVD sales and – in recent times – at the Box-Office.

Under her production and training outfit, Royal Arts Academy, the award-winning Isong has gained renown for her work and collaboration with the likes of Desmond Elliot, Ini Edo, Genevieve Nnaji, Nse Ikpe Etim, Joseph Benjamin, Monalisa Chinda and Majid Michel in numerous movies such as Emotional Crack, Reloaded, Guilty Pleasures, Darkest Night, Bursting Out, Kiss and Tell and I’ll Take My Chances.

Isong is also a judge in the MTN Afrinolly Short Film Competition. Submission for the competition is still open till January 31st 2013. Submit your entry at afrinollyshortfilmcompetition.com

To join this weekend’s Hangout and to view past sessions of the Master Class, follow Afrinolly on GooglePlus at gplus.to/afrinolly

The Afrinolly Master Class aims to offer young and emerging filmmakers in Africa exceptional creative opportunities and experiences with leaders of the movie industry. A programme of talks, technical tips and career advice is intended to give budding film makers insight into all aspects of film making from writing and directing to acting and producing.  Afrinolly strives to provide these Hangout events, so that people of all abilities, status and background can be inspired by and learn from masters of the craft.

Previous hangouts have featured American screenwriter and publisher of The Black List, Franklin Leonard, Tony Abulu (Doctor Bello), Stephanie Linus (Through The Glass), Femi Odugbemi (Tinsel, Bariga Boy, Maroko)and Bongiwe Selane (Edge of Paradise, Doctor’s Quarters).

To send in questions for Charles Aniagolu and Emem Isong, use the hash tag; #AfrinollyShortfilm on Twitter and Google+.

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How MiMo Works On Spree E-Commerce [Video]

This video shows a demo online store using Spree e-commerce integrated with MiMo for payments.

The vid’s not very entertaining — could have done with a soundtrack at least — but it is mercifully short, and it does convey the general idea of how MiMo handles the payment process on a live e-commmerce deployment. After watching, I was like “hey, look mom…no credit cards!”.

In November 2012, MiMo announced an Alpha release of their mobile money and payments API to developers in PHP, C#, Java, Objective-C, and Node.js. We’ve also learnt that they have completed integrations with Magento and WordPress. The source code is public and free for download on Github.

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Smarten Up Your TV As Humax’s Set-Top Boxes To Carry Opera TV Store

To give people more options for enjoying TV-optimized, online content, Humax, the world’s leading set-top-box manufacturer, will launch the Opera TV Store on its new set-top boxes in 2013. Customers are able to enhance their connected TV experience simply by selecting and installing web apps from the Opera TV Store.

The HTML5-powered Opera TV Store is a fully cloud-based app store, offering a comfortable “lean-back” experience without complex interactions requiring typing or searching. Every TV application in the Opera TV Store is a web-based application and optimized to work on TV by adjusting to different screen sizes and resolutions. There are many HTML5 apps for video, music, games and news available now in the Opera TV Store for users to select.

“Your TV can now be smarter, thanks to expanded functionality from apps, just like those for mobile phones,” says Lars Boilesen, CEO, Opera Software. “Apps play a key role in content discovery. With the Opera TV Store on Humax’s new set-top boxes, you can discover lots of interesting and entertaining online content that has already been optimized for TV screens. This brings users a better internet experience on TV.”

“People tend to consume more content on the internet these days. Sometimes, you need a bigger screen to enjoy them,” says Tae Hun Kim, head of the Business Division, Humax. “Humax chose the Opera TV Store to deliver video-rich and graphics-rich online content through our set-top boxes and take the TV viewing experience to a new level.”

To further engage end users with web content, brand and content publishers can deliver a unique experience through the Opera TV Store. Since every TV app is built using web standards, such as CSS and HTML5, developers can easily repurpose their existing HTML5 applications running on desktop computers and mobile phones to work on TVs. Opera also provides HTML5 templates to make the development simpler for the Opera TV Store and help the developers to distribute their apps throughout the world, easily. As of now, there are more than 100 high-quality, HTML5-powered TV apps available on the Opera TV Store. People who purchase new Humax set-top boxes will be able to enjoy various TV optimized web content, featuring Associate Press News, AUPEO!, Facebook, Spotify, Redux TV, Twitter, Viewster, Vimeo and more.
About Humax

Humax Co., Ltd. (Humax), founded in 1989 in South Korea, is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of digital set-top boxes, exporting its products to over 90 countries across the globe. The company has built a solid reputation as a leading supplier of high quality, feature-rich digital TV set-top boxes and digital video recorders (DVRs), for cable, satellite, and terrestrial, IPTV, and IP-Hybrid broadcasting.

Humax is positioned as a leading brand of set-top boxes in retail markets in UK, Germany, and the Middle East. As a leading brand, Humax participated in the digital switchover projects, Freeview HD and Freesat digital TV service, in the UK. Also in 2009, Humax launched the IP-Hybrid platform in Germany. In the Middle East, Humax continues to expand its reputation by leading the HD switchover movement.

The company’s headquarters and R&D facility are based in Korea, with 16 offices worldwide including UK, US, Germany, France, Dubai, Germany, France, Italy, India, Japan, Thailand, and Australia. Humax exceeded KRW 1 trillion in revenue in 2010 and employs more than 800 people worldwide.

About Opera Software ASA

Opera Software was founded in 1994, based on the idea that access to the web should be a universal right. 275 million people (and counting) use the Opera web browsers for computers, mobile phones, TVs and other connected devices. Learn more about Opera at www.opera.com.

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2013: iROKO Partners Looks To Conquer The South, Starting From Jo’burg

iROKO Partners, the world’s largest online distributor of Nigerian movies and music, starts 2013 with news of further expansion, with the opening of a new office in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The office, located in Maboneng precinct, will house a team of up to 5 and will be a regional hub for iROKO Partners with specific focus on the development of new business partnerships, working closer with key South African media agencies and the sourcing of new content for its popular movie and music platforms, iROKOtv andiROKING.

Genevieve Dumorne, who heads up the iROKO Partners Johannesburg office says: “ We’ve come to South Africa to work closely with the continent’s leading media agencies, advertisers and content providers.  The entertainment and tech scene in South Africa is mature, dynamic and exciting – we’ll be looking to see not only what we can learn from it, but also what we can contribute to it with iROKOtv and iROKING – two of the continent’s leading online entertainment distribution platforms.”

In 2012, iROKO Partners’ music platform, iROKING, announced its first partnership with a South African-based company with the launch of a mobile music site for GoMetro, the mobi site for commuter rail agency, Metrorail.

The VC-backed tech and entertainment company, launched in Nigeria in 2010, has offices in Lagos, London and New York and is now looking to increase its presence in Africa, starting with Johannesburg. In just two years, the company has built a global audience of over six million unique users from 178 different countries across its movie and music platforms. The company delivers, on average, 207,000,000 minutes of content every month across all of the iROKO Partners platforms.

About iROKO Partners

iROKO Partners is the world’s largest distributor of Nigerian entertainment. Since December 2010, the company has built a global audience of over six million unique users from 178 different countries across its movie and music platforms. Learn more at irokopartners.com