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OPIC commits $4.1m loan to support wireless internet expansion in Kenya

After an initial grant in 2013 from Microsoft’s 4Afrika initiative and the U.S. Agency for International Development, USAID, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the U.S. Government’s development finance institution, has committed a $4.1 million loan to support Mawingu Networks, a provider of solar-powered wireless Internet across rural Kenya.

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•Zuckerberg with Ebowe (middle) and some other friends at Andela

Meet the Nigerian lady Zuckerberg mentioned in live chat after visit

A LITTLE over three weeks ago, very few people knew Blessing Ebowe. Although a smart software developer, her fame was limited to friends, loved ones and her colleagues at Andela. Andela itself is another story altogether. Andela is a startup coding school, which recruits intelligent, local talent through a rigorous testing and interview process and then pays each student each month, with benefits.

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Still on unsolicited text messages

If there is a group of people that need to be told, “Do not disturb”, it probably should be the telecommunication operators in Nigeria. With unlimited access to all the numbers on their various networks, Nigerians are at their mercy with incessant unsolicited text messages, annoying mobile adverts and unwarranted short code calls that liken a subscriber to a lady forced to listen to a suitor’s advances.

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