Nafisa Atiku: How I was Disenfranchised During the Last Election

Flashback to a very sunny morning in Enugu state where I had just arrived to line up and register for

Flashback to a very sunny morning in Enugu state where I had just arrived to line up and register for my voters card. I decided I would skip classes that day to make sure I registered. I was almost sure I could do it in a couple of hours and head back to the campus to chill. How wrong I was. Very, very wrong.

Struggling to register that day was worse than the line in my first year when we were all gathering to collect our matriculation gowns and in the process someone had pulled my weave so hard it tore out. That was humane compared to this hot mess of a struggle.

The center was deeply under-staffed and as usual corruption had gotten into everything. A voters card apart from being a means to exercise one’s civic duty could also be used as a very valid means of identification. I could see people handing money over to some INEC officials to register. People entered the line at will, cheating people at the back. Did I mention I didn’t register? I went back to tell my friends of the horrors I had seen and experienced all in attempt to get my PVC.

I was not discouraged, I went back the next day, and the next, and even went on Sunday. Next week, common sense dawned on me and I realized I couldn’t continue this charade. I wanted to vote in the next election. I went on a Tuesday and the first thing I did was to befriend one of the INEC officials. I asked him to allow me help them on the condition I would register that day. I helped them out till it was time to close up and I insisted my registration be done. That was how I eventually got my temporary voters card. Did I mention that majority of my university mates didn’t bother going because of how tedious the process was? Imagine over 5,000 potential voters gone because of the inadequacy of the system at that time. Let me shock you the more, I eventually never got my Permanent Voters card because, “it was never ready”, and that was probably how I and millions of other people were disenfranchised.

Why do I take the pains to enumerate this story? It’s because as I acknowledge how important it is for one to engage in their civic duty, we must be intelligent in evaluating the processes involved. As the next elections are soon to be conducted, registration has started in different local governments in the federation. Another story. I tried to register again in my local government this year, they had closed until resumption the following month. I had to travel for work so that window of opportunity was lost to me. Registration in some areas have gone smoothly, in some other places not so much. The process has not been very favorable to the working class segment of the population.

Gospel Obele an economist, CEO and Lead Analyst of Streenomics a leading market research firm said this, ”INEC is trying to convince over 60% of our young population, who are really not interested to go to an INEC polling office to endure the rigor to obtain a PVC. Big Brother Naija despite majority of youths interested, bought voting rights on the go in their smart phones. Yet people compare and complain. We are in an age of irrationality and for positive change to happen, rationality needs to ride on the intelligence of irrationality. Unfortunately change actors aren’t seeing this perspective enough to influence from a higher intelligence

The voters registration and voting exercise needs to be more intelligent and less stressful in its approach. People complain about political apathy among young people and working class folk. To be honest, which one of us would want to stand under the sun as I did for a week and at the end still not vote?
In Kaduna where the recent local government elections were conducted using an electronic voting system,it wasn’t a perfect experience but it was far from a technological disaster. While we may not be ready to use this sort of technology on a wider scale at the moment, it was indeed a step in the right direction in easing the stress of the voting exercise.

In short, if you want more people to engage in the political process, stop putting roadblocks in the guise of procedure and make it more accessible to all. That’s is why, after all, technology exists.

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What To Do If You Forgot Lock Screen Password On Your Android Device

The main reason as to why most people have locked their phone using a password is to keep strangers away

The main reason as to why most people have locked their phone using a password is to keep strangers away from accessing your messages and images. No one is happy when a thief steals your phone and gets full access to your data.

The problem is that we tend to complicate the password in use leading to us forgetting and not getting access to our mobile phones. Yes! It is very possible for someone to can’t remember his or her password and here is what they should do;

Unlock Your Phone Using Android Device Manager

One is given five allowances to try out if he or she remembers the password and if not the phone gets blocked. You can quickly unlock your phone using an android device manager or the most using FRP bypass apk and also like the Google account. Here is the procedure to unlock your phone

  • Log into the www.google.com/android/devicemanager account and sign in.
  • Select the mobile phone you want to unlock from the Android device manager interface.
  • Select the option ‘lock,” and which will redirect you to a new page.
  • In the new page, key in a temporary password and click on the option ‘lock’ again.
  • A confirmation message will appear just below the box with the buttons Ring, Erase and Lock.
  • A new password field will appear on your mobile phone in where you should key in a temporary password.
  • Your phone will be unlocked and then go to settings and disable the temporary password.

lockscreen android device

Restore Your Factory Settings to Remove the Password

If your android device is not adequately function, then you are advised to make a factory reset on the device. The method is quite severe because your relevant data might get deleted and all the applications returned to their original form. The following is a step by step guide on how to factory reset your android device.

  • The first step is to switch off your Android device.
  • For a few seconds hold down the volume down key and the power key simultaneously for a few. This helps to boot your device faster.
  • The page will redirect you to the recovery mode where you will see an android and a red exclamation mark.
  • Press and hold the power button while you still press and release the volume up button.
  • An android recovery icon plus some other options will appear on your screen.
  • From the options list, go down until you find the “factory reset” option and select it by pressing the power button.
  • After selecting the ‘factory reset’ option, hold the volume down button to say yes to the reset process.
  • Make sure you read and understand the notes provided by pressing delete.
  • Once you are done with the process, reboot your Android device and start the initial set up operation of your invention.
  • All you need now is to restore your data!

lockscreen android device

Use Android Data Recovery Method:

Some people do not want to erase all the data on their mobile phones but still, need to take drastic measures to recover their lost passwords. One can use the Android Data Recovery method to unlock your device as it is one of the most influential tools for Android users.

The program has a password removal tool which can assist you in removing your password fast and efficiently. The advantage of using this method is that there is no loss of data and you don’t need to have a Google account. The following is a procedure on how to unlock your android device by using the Android Data Recovery method;

  • The first step is to download and install the Android Data Recovery program on your Android device.
  • The page will then redirect you to a new page with different options, click on the “unlock” option.
  • After that make sure that your device is connected to the computer using a USB cable.
  • Get your device into the downloading mode by first switching off the mobile phone.
  • Then press the volume down button, home button and the power button and finally press the volume up button to enter into the downloading mode.
  • To start downloading the recovery package using the program click the ‘start’ option while still in the download mode.
  • The Android data recovery program will start to analyze the device and assist in the removal of the password. Your phone will unlock after the download is complete.

The reason as to why most people love using this method is that during this process no data or information is lost. Another advantage of using this method is that the user can also recover deleted filed from the device internal memory or the memory card. Android users are highly advised to ensure that they have a Google account because it might help them recover their password or pin when their Android devices are locked.

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Choosing Home: Young Nigerians retracing their steps one pace at a time

While marking the Nigerians in the Diaspora day in 2015, Nigeria’s Foreign Affairs Minister at the time, Mrs. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

While marking the Nigerians in the Diaspora day in 2015, Nigeria’s Foreign Affairs Minister at the time, Mrs. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala observed that remittances by Nigerians in the Diaspora are in the region of $4 billion yearly. This will frankly be a staggering amount until you consider that just last year, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and The Diaspora, Mrs. Abike Dabiri-Erewa announced that about 15 million Nigerians live in the Diaspora.

These numbers should be rightly considered whopping sums that could – if properly applied – boost the economy of any developing country. However, there’s an increasingly new crop of returning Nigerians that are looking at making that impact on the upward curve of the economy with the application of their skills in the labour market, while simultaneously contributing to help build the Nigeria of their dreams. Data on the actual numbers of returnees is still lacking, but it is broadly acknowledged, based on the increasing visibility of the diaspora in society, that there has been a steady increase in returns in the past few years.

The raw energy of youth, a millennial generation, and the recent rise of many technology-powered companies in Nigeria are the common denominators present here. These companies try to address the country’s problems with their unique solutions. One of them that works at such a company is Ope Adeyemi, a Solutions Architect at Softcom Nigeria.

Not so surprisingly, Ope just returned last year after an almost 2-year stay in the United Kingdom during which he studied for a Masters Degree in Control & Systems Engineering. The urge to bridge a knowledge gap and experience other cultures were on his mind when he left, but because his decision to willingly return will no doubt have come as a surprise to some Nigerians, we ask him about his thoughts on his return to the country.

Q1: You’ve just moved back to the country in a move that will come as a surprise to the majority of Nigerians active in the labour market, as there are a lot willing to at least try the opportunities they believe are more available abroad. Can you share the main motivation behind your decision to move back to the country?

Ope: I got sponsored for a Masters Degree Program by a government body called Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF). It was a very few of us picked out of a thousand of applicants after an exam. It was supposed to be a kind of implicit agreement between us and the government, to transfer the knowledge we gain the during the duration of the program back into the country. PTDF, however, wanted to make it official, so they demanded we sign a bond. Some objected to this initially, but for me, the question has always been that if the government is willing to invest about ₦50m on you, why wouldn’t you want to exchange that for an opportunity to apply some of those skills in contributing to the development of the country? For me even before going there, I took it is an obligation to come back and help in my way.

He is right about the impact of the returning diaspora in offering vital assistance to the country’s reconstruction and development efforts. This is backed by the reasoning that they can help to bridge the infrastructure gap with innovative ideas. He also talks about the presence of more opportunities in one’s country of birth as opposed to being a minority in societies that are fast becoming openly race-conscious. The excitement of returning home can be palpable among new returnees, but living in a country one hasn’t been in a while is always going to take some getting used to. Nigeria is a unique place to stay in such a way that unlike almost no other country in the world, you never quite know what to expect. Curious to hear his thoughts on this adjustment process, I ask about some culture shocks he’s experienced since he got back here.

Q2: You have been away from the country for a while and being back now, sometimes it must feel like you are relearning how to live in the country. What are the more interesting aspects you’ve had to readjust to?

Ope: I can’t speak for everywhere, but in Lagos, I can say the first thing that had me surprised was the heat. It immediately felt like it was a whole lot much hotter than before. I don’t know if it feels this way because I just got back after being there for a while, but I definitely had to adjust to that. Another aspect I had to understand is how Nigerians keep time. There’s a true story about me missing the bus to school on the day after I got to the UK. I was told by my aunt that the bus will arrive by 7:05 AM and me being the typical Nigerian, left the house at 7:05 not knowing that the distance to walk to the bus stop will take about 15 minutes. I got there 7:20, missed the bus and had to wait a further 45 mins for another one. Since then, I’ve been fascinated by their timeliness and now I have to get used to people telling me they are “almost there” when giving a time frame.

There’s a degree of truth to the almost mythologized belief that Nigerians aren’t time conscious, but a factor for that might genuinely be – in the case of Lagos – due to the notorious traffic congestion the city’s infamous for. Lagos, Nigeria’s popular former capital, is its most populous state; which makes the astronomical high amount of internal revenue it generates on its own (the state governor puts Total Revenue Generated for 2017 at ₦503.7bn) not so surprising. Lagos is expected to gain from policy reforms focused on improving the support for private firms and has been touted to become the 2nd largest African city by Gross Domestic Product (GDP) according to an Oxford Economics report. By 2050, experts foresee that the country’s population is set to rocket to 397 million. While the population boom will impact the whole country, nowhere will it be more profound than in Lagos, putting it on the level of the world’s megacities but with less infrastructure than any other large cities of the world.

Naturally, this increases pressure on the city’s job sector and accounts for the notoriously difficult to navigate setup of the Lagos labour market. Talking about getting situated and finding one’s feet in such a landscape, Ope reveals that in his own case, he had gotten the job at Softcom before he traveled, and was still fortunate enough to be absorbed back into the fold on his return.

“It has allowed me to continue my work with a sense of continuity and purpose that I probably wouldn’t have gotten anywhere else. The process of having the most qualified candidates get the jobs they deserve still needs a bit of fine-tuning, but I’m glad I get to work in the ICT industry because yes I love tech, but I’ve always primarily wondered how technology can help provide solutions to some long-standing problems.”

In 2016, Nigeria recorded an all-time high contribution of 12.6% by ICT to its Gross Domestic Product and just last year, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) announced that the quarterly contribution of ICT to the GDP has increased to ₦1.6trn from ₦1.4trn. This recent rise in the importance of ICT as a major contributor to the success of Nigeria’s economic diversification plan has birthed companies like Softcom.

Softcom, the official technology partner for the NPower Project, tags themselves as “a thinking company” and their solutions portfolio includes specialization in “creating and directing the implementation of strategic roadmaps that place organizations at the cusp of technology”. Ope agrees that Nigeria’s Information and Communication Technology industry can be a major factor in finally transitioning Nigeria’s economy from being less reliant on oil, but understanding exactly how might still be vague to a lot. I ask him about how his work at Softcom is helping to improve ICT’s position as a major tool for socio-economic development.

Q3: What are some of the more challenging but ultimately rewarding projects you’ve had an opportunity to take part in as a member of the staff at Softcom?

Ope: I think they are 2 different things: challenging and impactful. A project might be challenging without being necessarily impactful, but I’m more interested in the latter. One of such projects was the MTN Trade Visibility Project. Basically, it was about the client needing an analysis on exactly which locations to prioritize their distribution of merchandise materials like chairs and banners among their retailers. The problem was that they weren’t getting any data needed for that. What we did at Softcom was to come up with a Trade Visibility analysis which entailed going around the country to gather information on MTN’s visibility against its competitors in certain areas. What this does is allow the client to optimally allocate resources to places where their presence is low as compared to competitors. The outcome of this project has driven down their expense by about 70%, which is objectively a whole lot. In this case, the project was challenging and very impactful at the same time.

The move of the world towards becoming a technology-driven society means the future of Information and Communications Technology is very promising in Nigeria. The ease of the networking process that involves brands and individuals is being constantly reimagined almost daily especially in the age of social media. A lot more people are also being made more aware of the changes good technology solutions can bring to present-day challenges in agriculture, health, education, banking and finance, and other areas.

In Nigeria, this sense of a technology revolution and the progressive pace at which it’s currently growing makes the decision for people like Ope to return from the overseas and try to carve their way, not so far-fetched. On his work at Softcom aligning with the motivation behind his return to the country, he talks about how the ICT industry was the most obvious fit for the application of the knowledge he gained abroad.

“I studied Control & Systems Engineering for my Masters Program and while we could talk about the Oil & Gas industry, I had already been exposed in the tech industry prior to leaving, so it felt like a natural decision to come back and continue. Softcom’s different departments mean that the members of staff have ideas of how what they do aligns with their own individual goals. I currently work in a department called Client Services where I work as a Solutions Architect. Some of the things I do involves IT Solutions Designing, Business Development, and Brand Management. However, I specifically chose to come back to this role because I feel like while building the tech is the easy part, building the business around the tech is tricky.”

“The concept of Business Development has always interested me so this is my way of exploring the processes behind developing and implementing growth opportunities within and between organizations.”

The idea behind Nigerians in the Diaspora, now established as a euphemism for Nigerians living outside the country, particularly in Europe and America, is fascinating. Nevertheless, lanes should be opened for youths skilled or educated in the West to return and contribute towards the process of achieving real growth in the country. The drive and resourcefulness of people like Ope in different sectors of the country are important as Nigeria moves towards becoming a globally competitive nation. Questions surrounding how experience gained by these Nigerians can be harnessed for the direct benefit of the country needs to be asked, alongside awareness campaigns spreading the word of the opportunities that are beginning to spring up in the country.

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Nissan Rogue Sport crossover is next to get ProPilot Assist

Subscribe Nissan is expanding its ProPilot Assist semi-autonomous system to two more crossovers in North America in late 2018. The

Nissan is expanding its ProPilot Assist semi-
autonomous system to two more
crossovers in North America in late 2018. The
Rogue Sport in the U.S. and the Qashqai in
Canada will get the technology, which
Nissan says is now in more than 120,000 vehicles globally.

For the U.S., the
Rogue Sport is the fourth Nissan model to get the technology, joining its kin the top-selling
Rogue, the all-electric
Leaf and the
2019 Altima midsize sedan, which of course isn't yet on sale. It made its debut in 2016 on the Japanese-market Serena
minivan and also is offered on the European Qashqai and Japan's X-Trail.

ProPilot is a semi-autonomous driving technology that provides assistance with steering, acceleration and braking on highways. It also helps drivers stay centered in the lane, recognizes other cars and adjusts speed accordingly, navigates stop-and-go traffic, and maintains a set speed and distance from vehicles ahead.
Autoblog most recently
test-drove a 2018 Rogue fitted with ProPilot from Detroit to Chicago.

Nissan says 20 models in 20 markets will adopt ProPilot by the end of its fiscal 2022.

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WhatsApp ‘Text Bomb’: Emoji Messages Crash Apps And Smartphones In Seconds

It may look innocent, but a simple WhatsApp message containing a small black dot emoji can be used to crash

It may look innocent, but a simple WhatsApp message containing a small black dot emoji can be used to crash your app or smartphone in seconds.

Inside the Reddit community for the Facebook-owned chat service, users have complained for days about the glitch—known as a “text bomb”—which stores thousands of hidden characters that will overwhelm the app if clicked. The text in circulation shows the emoji and a short message reading: “Touch here.”

While invisible on the screen, the text bomb stores approximately 6,000 Unicode characters that are used to dictate how letters display in order of left-to-right or right-to-left. Multiple computer experts who analyzed the backend code suggest WhatsApp is currently unable to process changes of text direction at scale.

It is believed that the booby-trapped texts mostly impact devices on Google’s Android OS. WhatsApp and Google did not respond to a request for comment.

The WhatsApp logo is seen on a smartphone. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration

Tom Scott, computer coder and popular tech YouTuber, said in a video that Android developers would likely release a fix within the next two weeks. The black dot could be substituted for any other emoji and still work, he added. “The black spot itself almost certainly isn’t the cause of your phone’s doom,” Scott explained.

A separate crash text—which again surfaced on a Reddit thread—was recently designed to read: “This is very interesting!” alongside a smiley-face emoji.

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The alleged developer of the attack, who uses Instagram under the name Jens Hindersmann, wrote: “Sometimes not only WhatsApp is crashing, my whole system process got stuck, and I was forced to restart my phone. Use it carefully.”

In an update to the thread, the coder added: “I discovered this glitch! Be careful, these text messages can crash WhatsApp, Reddit, Instagram and/or the whole smartphone.” He commented: “Funny little thing to play with.”

A YouTube video uploaded on May 4 showed the bug in action. In each case, the emoji plays no role—it is the hidden mass of characters to blame for the issue.

Text bombs have existed in various forms for years. Earlier this year, it was confirmed that Apple devices could be stalled with the use of a single letter from Telugu, an Indian language. Security experts stress that the crashing is unlikely to cause lasting faults to a smartphone and are typically described as a nuisance.

via NewsWeek

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Ohio wants to be the ‘Wild, Wild West’ for self-driving cars

Subscribe Ohio has become the latest state to open its roads for testing self-driving vehicles, in a boost to a

Ohio has become the latest state to open its roads for testing self-driving vehicles, in a boost to a nascent industry that has been facing increased scrutiny after a well-publicized death involving Uber's
self-driving car testing.

In Ohio, self-driving vehicles will have to meet safety requirements and comply with the state's
traffic laws, Republican Governor John Kasich said in an executive order. It allows companies to test on any public road in the state, including without a driver behind the wheel. A licensed driver does need to at least monitor the vehicle remotely and “have the ability to avoid accidents if the car's system fails,” according to
Bloomberg.

While announcing the order, Kasich said he wants Ohio to be the “wild, wild west” for self-driving car testing.

”We have to move forward and we have to invest in this technology,” Kasich said, as reported by
Automotive News. “Computers do not comb their hair. Computers do not text. Computers do not talk on cellphones ... And this technology, which is going to be the 21st century technology, is going to save lives.”

Autonomous vehicle testing is also under way in Michigan, Pittsburgh, Arizona and California.

The Ohio order mandates that the self-driving vehicles register with Drive Ohio, created by Kasich in January.

(Additional reporting and text by
Reuters)

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This kind of creepy Ghost Minitaur robot looks freaky fast

Subscribe GhostRobotics has created a small robot that is capable of jumping obstacles and climbing structures. Ghost Minitaur was developed

GhostRobotics has created a small robot that is capable of jumping obstacles and climbing structures.
Ghost Minitaur was developed for scientific research, public safety, and warfare. The all-terrain robot is agile and adaptable to its surroundings. Learn more at ghostrobotics.io

Transcript: This robot looks freaky fast. Ghost Minitaur from GhostRobotics is a lightweight unmanned robot. Developed for scientific research, public safety, and warfare. This all-terrain robot is able to lower itself by 11 inches to reach its destination. It's also capable of jumping over obstacles and climbing structures.

Ghost Minitaur uses new tech called 'torque estimation' which allows it to use its motors as sensors. This allows the bot to react quickly and adapt to unique surroundings and surfaces. Ghost Minitaur starts at $11,500. Do you think this robot is cute or creepy?

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Twitter Urges Users To Change Passwords Over “Unmasked” Software Bug

Twitter has urged its users On Thursday to change their passwords saying they had been unintentionally “unmasked” inside the company by

Twitter has urged its users On Thursday to change their passwords saying they had been unintentionally “unmasked” inside the company by a software bug.

The social media company urged over 300 million of its users to change their passwords for safety reasons  while resssuring them that the company said it found no sign that hackers accessed the exposed data.

Twitter practice is to store passwords encrypted, or “hashed,” so they are masked to even people inside the company, Twitter chief technology officer Parag Agrawal explained in a blog post saying “due to a bug, passwords were written to an internal log before completing the hashing process. We found this error ourselves, removed the passwords, and are implementing plans to prevent this bug from happening again.”  

“Out of an abundance of caution, we ask that you consider changing your password on all services where you’ve used this password. We are very sorry this happened,” he said.

The stumble comes as the sector faces intense scrutiny over the protection of personal data online, in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal which saw information from tens of millions of Facebook users hijacked and misused. Twitter shares ebbed about a percent to $30.36 in after-market trades that followed word of the password mishap.

Anheuser-Busch orders up to 800 Nikola hydrogen-fueled big rigs

Subscribe Budweiser beer maker Anheuser-Busch said on Thursday it reserved up to 800 hydrogen-fueled semi-trucks from Nikola Motor Company as

Budweiser beer maker Anheuser-Busch said on Thursday it reserved up to 800 hydrogen-fueled semi-trucks from Nikola Motor Company as part of plans to convert its dedicated long-haul fleet to renewable powered trucks by 2025.

The order would be large when compared to pre-orders so far for Tesla Inc's all-electric Semi and is further evidence that fleets needing to move cargo hundreds of miles are willing to give nascent, costlier technologies a try.

Truck makers such as Daimler AG, Navistar International and its partner Volkswagen AG are also investing in electric models in a bet that the market will shift over the next decade.

Anheuser-Busch expects to integrate the trucks into its fleet beginning in 2020, it said, but both companies declined to say how much if anything Anheuser-Busch plunked down to reserve the trucks or how many would ultimately be added to the beer maker's network.

Salt Lake City, Utah-based Nikola said its trucks will have a range of between 500-1,200 miles and take about 20 minutes to re-fuel, shaving minutes off the average time it takes to fuel up a diesel rig.

Time-tested diesel trucks are capable of traveling up to 1,000 miles on a single tank of fuel and cost about $150,000 on average.

Nikola said it plans to charge $400,000 on average for its trucks, but tractors can be leased as well. Truck leasing firm Ryder System Inc will be providing the dealer network for sales and service, Nikola said. Ryder did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Nikola Chief Executive Officer Trevor Milton said the company plans to build more than 700 hydrogen stations across the United States and Canada by 2028 and the company has nearly $9 billion worth of pre-orders, though its trucks are still in the prototype phase.

“We are building to order, not speculation, and are very excited for what's to come,” Milton said, in a not-so-veiled dig at Tesla, which launched its all-electric Semi in November.

Tesla promises its Semi will be delivered next year with a range of up to 500 miles on a single charge. It has more than 450 reservations so far – including 40 from Anheuser-Busch — but faces skepticism over range, payload, and cost.

The fight between Nikola and Tesla — both companies named after the Serbian inventor Nikola Tesla — spilled from the highway to the courtroom this week when Nikola sued Tesla alleging design patent infringements.

Reporting by Eric M. Johnson

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Diamond Bank Partners Major ICT Companies to Unveil TechFest

Diamond Bank is partnering with major players in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) industry in launching “Tech Fest”, a

Diamond Bank is partnering with major players in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) industry in launching “Tech Fest”, a platform for technology entrepreneurs, to showcase their innovations.

About the Event:

Tech Fest is an open invitation to anyone who wants to explore, debate and celebrate homegrown start-ups who are using technology to change the narrative. Tech Fest will be a catalyst for Nigeria’s growth engine and connect entrepreneurs to investors and venture capitalists, improving the chance of business success.

 

The platform emphasizes co-creation, collaboration, and partnerships as the way forward in the industry.

According the official unveiling of Tech Fest in Lagos, Chief Executive Officer of Diamond Bank (CEO), Uzoma Dozie, said:

Tech Fest, for me, is a platform that we can share with our customers to help them get the best of technology and to partner to run better businesses.  If there was one thing we have learned at Diamond, it is that you can’t do everything on your own and you need to collaborate if you are going to win and be the best at what you do.

The event also featured partners like Microsoft, Beat FM and NIBSS who affirmed that Tech Fest will provide opportunities for SMEs and young tech entrepreneurs to network and meet sponsors, financiers and partners that will help them grow their businesses.

Eligibility:

Tech Fest is open to all who want to connect, collaborate and co-create new ideas that solve real problems for Nigeria. It is an open invitation to anyone who wants to explore, debate and celebrate homegrown start-ups who are using technology to change the narrative.

Benefit of Event:

  • Showcase technological solutions for businesses, connect technology providers with new markets, provide access-to-market opportunities for tech start-ups amongst others.
  • Connect entrepreneurs to investors and venture capitalists and also encourage collaboration, and partnerships.
  • Provide opportunities for SMEs and young tech entrepreneurs to network and meet sponsors, financiers and partners that will help them grow their businesses.

Date/Venue of Event:

The event is scheduled for Tuesday, 15 and Wednesday, 16 May 2018 at the Landmark event Centre, Oniru, Lagos.

How to Apply:

Click here to register.

 

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