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The battle between Africa's mobile phone companies and banks is a boon for financial inclusion

Another week and another bank in Africa is entering the mobile money space.

Pan-African Ecobank is partnering with Orange Cameroon to allow the telco’s customers with accounts at the bank to transfer cash between the two services. 704 more words

A Sister Introduces Her Brother To The World

Dr. Auma Obama introduces her brother, President Barack Obama, prior to giving a speech at the Safaricom Indoor Arena in the Kasarani area of Nairobi, Kenya



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Kenyans have turned Obama's most inspirational speeches into ringtones

Kenyans are preparing to welcome US president Barack Obama in many ways, including Obama-inspired clothing, restaurants, hotels, and hairdos, but the most fitting may be with ringtones. 373 more words


In what has become somewhat perfunctory for Safaricom Kenya, the East African mobile operator turned out yet another set of sterling financials last week, growing revenue by double digits, and expanding net income by nearly 40% – arguably the strongest performance by an African first tier mobile operator last year. 691 more words


Quartz Africa Weekly Brief: Kinshasa's robocops; Starbucks in South Africa; currencies struggle

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Photos: How a female entrepreneur helped Kinshasa traffic problem, one robocop at a time. See photos of the robotic traffic cops designed by a group of female engineers to help the DR Congo’s congested capital city. 446 more words

Safaricom launches 3rd edition of Appwiz challenge

Safaricom has today launched the 3rd edition of the Safaricom Appwiz Challenge, a 3-month developer challenge targeting Kenyan innovators in mobile ICT.

An initiative in partnership with @iBizAfrica (Strathmore University), Appwiz aims to nurture and mentorICT-driven start-ups focused on mobile technology, as part of its commitment to spurring local innovation and nurturing local enterprises that Safaricom and industry can partner with. 417 more words

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Safaricom and Airtel Kenya are taking their latest mobile-money spat to court

The battle over Kenya’s mobile money space just got a little uglier.

In June, Safaricom, the country’s leading telecom firm, sued rival Airtel for trademark infringement, claiming that the latter had been including M-Pesa logos during the promotion of Airtel Money, its own money transfer platform. 382 more words