Digital mapping saves Nigerians billions



Google has launched a report, conducted by research group Alpha Beta, on the economic impact of geospatial services in Nigeria. The study shows that digital geospatial tools like Maps are making positive economic contributions around the globe to employment, emergency response and time management.


The Economic Impact of Geospatial Services report shows that digital maps reduce travel time in Nigeria by an average of 8%, saving some ₦190 billion (US $748 million) based on local wages. Nigerians value digital maps at ₦22,131.00 per year – translating into ₦1781 billion per year for all users.

According to the report, about 86% of the online population in Nigeria use digital maps and geo-enabled apps for various reasons but, most especially for education and social networking. The report also shows that geospatial services could have a significant productivity impact in sectors that can grow the Gross Domestic Product in the country.


At the launch of the report in Abuja, Google also shared its journey of Maps in Nigeria. The company has worked with Nigerians since 2012 to add thousands of roads, landmarks, and businesses throughout the country to Maps.

  • In 2013, Google introduced Turn-by-Turn navigation in Nigeria for users using Google Maps for Mobile
  • In 2014 Real Time Transit information on the LAGBUS was launched to help people in Lagos access bus times on BRT routes.
  • In 2015 real-time traffic updates was introduced, as a way to help people better navigate busy traffic conditions.
  • In July, 2017 Google announced the launch of Street View in Nigeria making imagery of about 10,000 kilometres of roads in Lagos available to people in Nigeria and around the world.


Speaking at the launch, Titi Akinsanmi, Google Policy and Government Relations Manager said, “We worked with AlphaBeta to support a study that quantifies the economic impact of the geospatial technology, looking at the benefits and value geospatial technology brings to consumers, businesses and society.


“Digital Maps have become powerful tools for policymakers to ensure the safety of their citizens, and for companies and consumers to save time and money when managing their daily affairs. And their benefits are far bigger than people may think. We discovered that geospatial services not only make life easier — by helping people turn their intentions of finding a place into actions of getting there – but also support the global economy by creating tangible benefits for businesses and consumers,” she says.


Each month, more than 1 billion people use Google Maps to find, discover and explore their world. Nearly one third of all mobile searches are related to location, and location-related mobile searches are growing by 50% faster than all mobile searches.

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@AirtelNigeria Commissions Newly Adopted School in Kaduna

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L-R: Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, Airtel Nigeria, Mr. Segun Ogunsanya; Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris; Zaria City representative at the State House of Assembly, Hon. Kasim Iliyasu and Executive Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai during the commissioning of the newly built and adopted Hamza Yahaya LEA Primary School by Airtel Nigeria in Zaria, Kaduna State on Wednesday, 27 September, 2017.



…. As El-Rufai commends the telco for role in developing Primary Education

Leading telecoms operator, Airtel Nigeria, has commissioned Yahaya Hamza Primary School, one of its newly adopted schools in Zaria, Kaduna State, in line with its commitment of providing opportunities to underprivileged children.


Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai, commended the telco for its role in the development of primary education across the country, during the commissioning ceremony, which held yesterday (27/9/17) in Zaria, Kaduna.


He thanked Airtel for adopting a school in the State and for its support to primary education in Nigeria.


According to him, with Airtel’s intervention, the new Yahaya Hamza Primary School has been transformed – complete with 6 blocks, 12 classrooms, desk and chairs, teachers’ offices, white boards, borehole facilities and toilets for male and female students as well as teachers. Students, today, also got complete set of uniforms, bags and books.


“I urge other stakeholders in corporate Nigeria to emulate Airtel by partnering with the Kaduna State government in supporting educational initiatives.”


The governor also expressed delight at Airtel’s choice of Yahaya Hamza primary school, noting that it signifies the preservation of the legacies of a great man, a teacher, a role model, a leader and an inspiration, Yahaya Hamza.


He also said that Airtel’s intervention is a gift that aligns with Kaduna State’s goal of developing primary, secondary and tertiary education.


“The Kaduna State Government thanks Airtel for offering its widow mite and contributions in our quest to revamp education in the State,” he said.


Also speaking at the occasion, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Airtel Nigeria, Segun Ogunsanya, noted that good education is a human right, describing it as a ticket to prosperity since it creates a level field for everyone to succeed.


He further noted that Airtel’s adoption of schools is not a one-year wonder but a continuing partnership.


The CEO also used the occasion to request support for Sadiq Usman, a five year old boy whose eyes were removed by suspected ritualists last year.


“It is tragic and heart-breaking to see an innocent, vulnerable child suffer and go through such excruciating pains. I and My colleagues were deeply moved by Sadiq’s situation and generously supported the call to provide relief.


“Our support will not just end here, Sadiq is our adopted son and he will continue to be our priority and in our prayers. A child is a trust and every member of society has a responsibility towards children – this we must take seriously,” he said.


Yahaya Hamza primary school in Zaria, Kaduna State joins the five other Airtel adopted primary schools spread across Nigeria, namely Oremeji Primary School II, Ajegunle, Lagos; St. John’s Primary School, Oke-Agbo, Ijebu-Igbo, Ogun; Community Primary School, Amumara, Imo; Iyeru Okin Primary School, Ilara-Mokin, Kwara and Presbyterian Primary School, Ediba, Cross River State.


The commissioning ceremony was attended by several dignitaries including the Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris and Zaria City representative at the State House of Assembly, Hon. Kasim Iliyasu, among others.

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Facebook hits 2 Billion users worldwide


Social networking giant, Facebook, has just achieved a new milestone by clocking 2 Billion users worldwide. Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, made the announcement on his Facebook page and wrote:

‘As of this morning, the Facebook community is now officially 2 billion people! We’re making progress connecting the world, and now let’s bring the world closer together. It’s an honor to be on this journey with you.

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Thailand shuts down Facebook and YouTube over royal insults


Today, a Thai courted ordered all Facebook pages and Youtube videos with elements of Royal Insults and inappropriate content to be shut down.

According to Takorn Tantasith, Secretary-General,  National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) “web pages with alleged royal insults were among a total of 965 pages deemed illegal, with others containing violence, copyright issues and other inappropriate content’.

Takorm continued to say,

 ‘“among the 965 pages, 569 of them were on Facebook and 373 on YouTube. “Although nearly 100 percent has been blocked, the NBTC has instructed ISPs [internet service providers] to keep monitoring online content.”

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New research claims Instagram is bad for young people’s mental health

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According to a new report by the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) in the UK, Instagram is the most detrimental social networking app for young people’s mental health, followed closely by Snapchat.

Their study, #StatusofMind, surveyed almost 1500 young people aged 14 to 24 on how certain social media platforms impact health and wellbeing issues such as anxiety, depression, self-identity and body image. 
YouTube was found to have the most positive impact, while Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook and Twitter all demonstrated negative affects overall on young people’s mental health.
In a chat with CNN, Matt Keracher, author of the report said, ‘Instagram draws young women to compare themselves against unrealistic, largely curated, filtered and Photoshopped versions of reality’.
“Instagram easily makes girls and women feel as if their bodies aren’t good enough as people add filters and edit their pictures in order for them to look ‘perfect” an anonymous female respondent said in the report.
To tackle the problem, the RSPH has called for social media platforms to take action in order to help combat young users’ feelings of inadequacy and anxiety by placing a warning on images that have been digitally manipulated.

“We’re not asking these platforms to ban Photoshop or filters, but rather to let people know when images have been altered so that users don’t take the images on face value as real. We really want to equip young people with the tools and the knowledge to be able to navigate social media platforms not only in a positive way but in a way that promotes good mental health,” Keracher said.

The survey concluded that while Instagram negatively affected body image, sleep patterns and added to a sense of “FOMO” — the fear of missing out — the image app was also a positive outlet for self-expression and self-identity for many of its young users.
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India bans 22 social media sites

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Authorities in India have banned 22 social media sites in an effort to calm tensions in a disputed region, after videos depicting the alleged abuse of Kashmiris by Indian forces fueled protests. The government said that the one-month ban was necessary for public safety because social media was being “misused by anti-national and anti-social elements.

It’s being felt that continued misuse of social networking sites and instant messaging services is likely to be detrimental to the interests of peace and tranquility in the stat”.

An official with Kashmir’s state-owned telecom company, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd., said engineers were still working on shutting down the 22 sites, including Facebook and Twitter, but so far had been unable to do so without freezing the internet across the Himalayan region.

Meanwhile, 3G and 4G cellphone service has been suspended for more than a week, but slower 2G service is still available

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Runtown signs endorsement deal with Infinix Mobile

As the year 2017 enters the second quarter, Nigerian singer and ‘Mad Over You’ crooner, Runtown continues to be the hottest and most talked about pop star of the year.
From selling out tours in US and UK, to headlining his debut concert in Lagos to buying a 2017 Lamborghini Gallardo, the Eric Many frontline star continues to make headlines on and off stage.

Now, he’s just put pen to paper to sign a mouth watering multi-million naira endorsement with Infinix Mobile.
cutting-edge technology and fashionably designed dynamic mobile devices to create globally-focused intelligent life experiences through a merging of fashion + technology.
The new deal will see Runtown become the face of Infinix Mobile through regular interactions to push the products and help make them become part of a lifestyle that represents trend-setting and intelligent experiences for young people around world.
Speaking on the new deal, Runtown says, ‘like I always say, It’s been God all the way, we thank God for growth, we thank him for the recognition and talent and most importantly a great team. It can only get better from here on’.
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Italy ban Uber operation in the country

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In a court ruling issued today, all of Uber’s services have been banned in Italy after a judge in Rome ruled in favor of Italy’s major taxi associations that the ride-hailing service amounted to unfair competition. The ruling means Uber’s Black, Lux, Suv, X , XL, Select, and Van services are all blocked from operating in Italy and Uber cannot advertise at all in the country.

Uber’s lawyers said in a statement says:

“‘we’re shocked. We will appeal this ruling that is based on a 25-year-old law. Now the government can’t waste more time and needs to decide whether it wants to remain anchored to the past, protecting privileged profits, or whether it wants to allow Italians to benefit from new technologies.”

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Dubai set to launch driverless flying taxis this year


Dubai is moving on from amazing innovations like the world’s first rotating skyscraper and 3D printed office to a new fleet of flying taxis. According to Dubai’s Road and Transport Authority (RTA), they are small enough to fit into a car parking space when folded up, the one-seater passenger drones made by Chinese company Ehang are set to start picking up passengers in July this year.

The electrically powered driverless drones named Ehang 184 have already been seen hovering above the sand dunes near the city’s airfield during test flights. “The 184 provides a viable solution to the many challenges the transportation industry faces in a safe and energy-efficient way,” said Ehang founder and CEO Huazhi Hu when the vehicle was unveiled during the 2016 CES gadget show in Las Vegas.

Powered by eight propellers, Ehang says the 184 (which stands for one person, eight propellers, four arms) will cruise at around 100 kilometers per hour. The routes will be programmed by a ground control center through an encrypted 4G network which will monitor the flight.

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Facebook now prohibits companies and organizations from using its services for surveillance

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A new update to its policies on both Facebook and Instagram prohibits developers from using “data obtained from users to provide tools that are used for surveillance”. The latest policy change comes on the heels of investigations from the ACLU, which found social media monitoring companies sold their services to law enforcement, who targeted individuals through Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Social media surveillance is a growing concern, especially among people who use Facebook and Twitter for activism.

Law enforcement agencies rely on social media tools to track and monitor citizens. According to a study from the Brennan Center for Justice, 156 jurisdictions have spent a total of almost $6 million on these tools since 2010. And the public largely has no idea how they’re being used.

In a blog post announcing its new policies, Facebook says it’s already taken action against developers who used its platform for surveillance. Geofeedia, for instance, was cut off from Facebook following the ACLU investigation.

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8 Ways to Use Twitter for Business


Twitter is a place for people to connect, share opinions and keep abreast of happenings around the world. In addition to this, Twitter can also be used as a powerful tool to market your business because there is a prevalent discovery mindset in people when they are on Twitter, which makes them open to interactions.

Jumia Travel, in this first part, shares 8 ways you can leverage Twitter to drive traffic to your business and bring new life and ‘renewed business purpose’ to your Twitter efforts.


First, the name of your twitter handle should help people easily find your business. Also, your profile photo should visually represent your business brand and should be consistent. You shouldn’t constantly change your business profile photo.

Your profile bio should let people know all they need to about your business and why they should follow you. It should contain useful information about your business and a link to your website.

Your header image should basically be considered as a ‘billboard for your business’. You can use twitter to feature products, highlight your employees or spotlight events, promotions or product news. In addition, pin an important Tweet at the top of your timeline and use the feature to ensure visitors to your profile don’t miss out on the latest news, products, offerings or events about your business.

Lastly, make sure you tweet regularly. Regular tweeting is a sign of an active profile and it helps you stay relevant on the Twitter medium. Daily postings and engagement is recommended to help you remain ‘top of mind’ on a consistent basis. Be sure to Tweet relevant, useful and engaging content.


You can use a ‘Twitter Search’ or a tool like ‘Topsy’ or ‘Followerwonk’ to discover these influencers and experts by searching keywords that relate to your industry. You should then follow and interact with them regularly. In your interactions with them, try to be casual and helpful, rather than promotional. Build a relationship with them first, before seeking for ways to collaborate with them. Remember to be wise and prudent in this pursuit, as much as you are to interact with them and build a relationship, don’t overdo it. Manage your interactions with them properly so they don’t end up seeing you as a pest or stalker.


Try to create tweets that incite conversations and keep your followers, visitors and audiences engaged. You can do this by keeping your tweets short and focused on a specific message. If you have a longer message, include a link to your blog or website on the post. Also try to use visuals (images, videos or GIFs) in your tweet. Visual posts are usually more engaging and help to increase Tweet engagement rates.

In addition, try asking questions and running polls to interact with your audience, bring readers into the conversation and understand people’s opinions. Polls will help you to survey on specific responses.


Marketing your business on Twitter doesn’t have to be a ‘one-man’ or ‘one-department’ effort; you should try to get your co-workers involved in the process. Encourage them to follow your business Twitter handle and tweet, retweet, like and engage with the business’ Twitter content. This will help to further build your business brand and increase your visibility on Twitter.


Offer discounts and special deals to your Twitter followers. Do this from time to time, alongside ‘Twitter contests’ to drive traffic to your handle.


From time to time, ask for some ‘Twitter love’ and ask followers to retweet, mention and like your tweets. Track brand mentions and keywords about your business to know what is being said about you. Respond in a polite and professional manner to replies and mentions, especially because many customers now post complaints and queries on Twitter.

You can also set up Twitter searches for terms relevant to your brand, and follow relevant trends/hashtags to monitor conversations relevant to your business brand. Try to occasionally jump into these conversations when appropriate. For example, if your brand is a hotel booking brand in Lagos, you can type in relevant search terms like ‘hotel booking Lagos’. Then, when you see a tweet there like, ‘Is there any good hotel booking portal that I can use to get a nice hotel for my sweetheart and I this Valentine, at an affordable price?”, you can jump in with something like, “Of course there is, visit [insert your website link] for the best and most affordable hotels in your area. You are guaranteed 100% satisfaction!”

In addition, retweeting and liking the tweets of some of the influencers and experts you follow, including some of your own followers, can go a long way in help to build good relationships with them. You can also tag your posts with one or two relevant and trending hashtags to help you increase your visibility and reach out to new users. But only use this sparingly, because overdoing this can be seen as ‘Twitter Spam’


Twitter analytics can help you grasp what is and what is not resonating with your audience. It helps you understand how the content you share on twitter grows your business. The analytics dashboard gives you information that can help you determine the best days to tweet, the type of content that’s more favoured by your audience and the demographics of followers that are interacting with your posts. This can help you determine and replicate what’s working for your business brand, and revaluate and rework what isn’t.


There is no rule that says your Twitter marketing efforts must stand alone. Twitter marketing efforts are much more effective when integrated with other marketing efforts. For example, you can occasionally let your email subscribers know about Twitter promotions and contests that you are running.

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How To Use PS4 Controller With Your iPad or iPhone


Let’s face it, gaming on mobile has never been perfect. For hardcore gamers, the touchscreen will never be a replacement for game controllers. There are several controllers sold separately that are basically built for mobile gaming and if you’re on Android OS, you’re lucky as you could pick up a controller off the shelf, pair through bluetooth and start using with your device.

For iOS devices though, this isn’t the case. You can’t just pick up any controller, it has to be a MFi (Made For iPhone)- certified accessory. I have a PlayStation 4 console and it doesn’t really make sense buying another controller for my iPad when I have a Wireless DualShock 4 controller. Whether you own a PS3, a PS4 or a  WiiU console, you can use the controller with your iPhone or iPad.

However, you need to jailbreak your device. Don’t worry, we have a comprehensive tutorial on how to jailbreak iOS 10 using Yalu tool.

How to use Wireless DualShock 4 controller with your iOS device

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As mentioned earlier, you need a jailbroken device to do this. Since non-MFi controllers like the DualShock 4 are not meant to work on iOS, a jailbreak tweak called Controllers For All enables the function. This tweak makes your iPhone or iPad think your non-MFi game controller is actually an MFi controller. This Cydia tweak costs $2.99 and it’s available in the Big Boss repository.

At the moment, it supports the following game controllers:

  • PS3 controller
  • PS4 controller
  • Wii U Pro controller
  • iPEGA 9025/9021
  • Wamo
  • iPEGA 9017
  • Regular Keyboard

I used a Wireless DualShock 4 controller with Controllers For All and it worked quite well.

How to use Controllers for All

1. Download and install Controller for All from Cydia.

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2. After this, head on to Settings > Controllers for All.

3. Go to Controller Type and select the type of controller you have.

4. Make sure the Enabled toggle is turned on and tap  Pair Controller.

5. For PS4 Dualshock, you will be prompted to press the PS and share buttons until the controller LED starts blinking.

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6. After some seconds, you should get a notice that connection has been established.

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Simply launch any game supporting game controllers and you should be prompted to press the PS button. I was able to play Asphalt 8 and GTA: SA with the PS4 controller.

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5 Tools To Help You Track Your Website’s Traffic


The aim of any website is to attract as much traffic as possible. This is one of the key metrics website owners will present to prospective investors and advertisers. In other situations, it may happen that you want to know the web traffic of your competitor. The truth is that no organization will publish their stats publicly. Nonetheless, there are certain websites that can give you a fair idea or reliable traffic data of a competitor’s traffic. Jumia Travel, identify some of these websites for monitoring your web traffic.


Alexa is arguably one of the most popular tools for checking a website’s traffic. It ranks your website based on the number of visits as well as give information about the location of your visitors as well as the bounce rate. You can use for free for 7 days after which you have to pay.


SimilarWeb provides 3 important websites date including the global rank, the country rank, and the category rank. This ranking is hinged on the traffic you get on your website. You can also find monthly traffic, pages per visit and even social media traffic.

Traffic Estimate

If you want to know the estimate of your website visits, then traffic estimate is the website to use. It is very simple to use as it shows you the traffic estimates daily, monthly and yearly. It sources most of its data from Alexa and SimilarWeb.


SitePrice is mainly focused on determining the worth of your website. But before SitePrice calculates the value of your website, your website traffic is also considered. This said you can still rely on it to know your web traffic.


This is arguably one of the most accurate websites for getting web traffic. You can only find leading websites on Quantcast. This is perhaps why it is very reliable.

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