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HMD Global Launches Nokia C2 4G Smartphone

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HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones, today announces the Nokia C2, bringing long lasting entertainment and creative photography to fans, combined with 4G connectivity at the most affordable price point for a Nokia phone.

The Nokia C2 comes with a large 5.7” HD+ screen, a front facing camera with flash and HDR photography to brighten up your selfies and enough battery life to last from sunrise to sunset.

Fans can watch YouTube videos offline with YouTube Go and keep their memories automatically organized, easy to find, edit and share with Gallery Go.

Joseph Umunakwe, General Manager, West, East and Central Africa, HMD Global, said “One of our main objectives is to bring great smartphone experiences to as many fans as possible across markets and price points. We know that people are looking for a reliable way to upgrade to a 4G smartphone experience.

“Complementing the popular Nokia C1, with the Nokia C2 we deliver on our commitment to creating quality devices you can trust, while offering a more accessible path to 4G for selected markets. We’ve added features like the large HD+ screen, front camera with flash and HDR photography, to allow fans to fully explore creating and enjoying content on a 4G-enabled device, optimized with Android™ 9 Pie (Go edition).”

HD entertainment, and a battery that lasts from sunrise to sunset

Watch all your videos in stunning quality with the 5.7” HD+ screen. The Nokia C2 helps you discover a crisper, more immersive way to watch your favourite shows. Introducing YouTube Go, a brand-new way to help you download, enjoy and share videos. The app is designed to work well even with limited storage or slower network speeds, so you can watch your videos offline.

The Nokia C2 lets you store up to 3000 songs or 13 hours of HD video thanks to lighter apps on Android (Go edition). For those who want even more, just add a memory card to make room for even more photos, videos and music. Keep the chat and apps going from sunrise to sunset with the 2800mAh battery[i].

Snap the most share-worthy shot

Take your selfies to the next level with the Nokia C2’s front camera and flash. Shoot shareable selfies even after sundown. HDR photography is made possible using the rear camera for that extra level of detail.

The Nokia C2 brings Gallery Go to benefits to even more people, so they can edit their favourite photos with just one simple tap. Plus, find and manage shots faster with automatic organisation.

The best of Android (Go edition), with the new Google Assistant button[ii]

Discover more space for the things you love with Android Pie (Go edition) – enjoy YouTube Go, Google Go and millions of other helpful apps on the Google Play Store.

The Nokia C2 also comes with the Google Assistant button – the fastest way to your Google Assistant. You can ask questions, see your schedule and even dim the lights.

Pricing and availability

The Nokia C2 is available from purchase from Jumia and Konga, and comes in Cyan and Black at a retail price of N29, 400.


[i] Battery has limited recharge cycles and battery capacity reduces over time. Eventually the battery may need to be replaced

[ii] The Google Assistant is not available in certain languages and countries. Where not available the Google Assistant is replaced by Google Search. Check availability at https://support.google.com/assistant

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MTN Nigeria Tasks Accountants on IoT as Panacea for Pandemic

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MTN Nigeria has urged accountants in Nigeria to embrace Internet of Things (IoT) and go digital even as the profession is challenged by the outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic.

The chief transformation officer, MTN Nigeria, Olubayo Adekanmbi said stated this while speaking at the 50th annual Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) conference held from April 5 – 9, 2021 at the Abuja International Conference Centre (ICC), Abuja.

This year’s event themed “The Fourth Industrial Revolution: Boom for the Accounting Profession and Panacea for the Pandemic” hosts over 7,500 local and foreign delegates. The hybrid event (physical and virtual attendance) was streamed to participants who were unable to attend the event physically due to limitations posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

 Adekanmbi said,  “We at MTN Nigeria are so proud to be identified with this honorable profession and we are glad that we are helping to drive this conversation. This is our way of ensuring that in the wake of the pandemic, practising professionals remain up to date and add value to our nation in a changing world.” 

 Delivering his presentation on the importance of IoT in the Fourth Industrial Revolution,  Adekanmbi stated that “With IoT, things that takes us years in our auditing, asset tracking and efficiency can be fast-tracked and accelerated. IoT allows you to reduce operational costs because you can track anything, everything, everywhere and you can serve your customers readily.”

 “For IoT to work, there are certain things that are critical because it is one device talking to another device. It means that you need an internet that is super powered and that is what broadband does effectively. MTN Nigeria has one of the fastest, accelerated broadband quality in Nigeria. A few months ago, through the honorable minister, we were able to test 5G in Nigeria.

“These are the enabling infrastructure we are already experimenting in Nigeria. Once again, through the honorable minister, we experimented with what is called E-Sim, this means you no longer need a physical sim on your phone, you can virtualize your sim. We can say that Nigeria is on the path to start enjoying the benefits of the possibility of the Fourth Industrial Revolution based on superior policy support we have enjoyed,” he added.

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Nigerian Banks Lift USSD Restriction As MTN Reverts Back To 4.5% Commission

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  • Extends Partnership with Fintechs

MTN Nigeria, commercial banks and aggregators have agreed to revert back to the old commission formula for airtime vending on unstructured supplementary service data (USSD) and banking app channels.

The three parties have reverted back to the old 4.5 per cent commission charged for airtime vending through USSD and other banking channels. They reached for each other jugular over an impromptu reduction in the commission rate from 4.5 per cent to 2.5 per cent which too k effect on Thursday April 1, 2021.

At virtual meeting held yesterday by the chief executive officer of MTN Nigeria, Mr. Karl Toriola; the group CEO of Access Bank Plc, Mr. Herbert Wigwe who is also the chairman of the Body of Bank CEOs in Nigeria; Group CEO of Guaranty Trust Bank Plc, Mr. Segun Agbaje as well as MTN Nigeria’s chief financial officer, Modupe Kadri, they agreed to revert back to status quo ante of 4.5 per cent commission on USSD airtime.

MTN CEO, Toriola and addressed to Wigwe which was a follow-up on the virtual stated that, “In an attempt to resolve the current USSD impasse, given the intervention of our regulators, we hereby agree that the banks revert back to the status quo of 4.5 per cent commission.

“However, the banks and MTN Nigeria Plc shall sit to agree on various options that will result in the costs on 6th of April 2021.” The letter was copied to the Executive Vice Chairman/CEO of the NCC.

Elaborating further, he said in another statement that “the document was issued by me to the banks on the specific intervention of the CBN Governor and the Minister for Communications and Digital Economy. MTN’s intention has always been geared towards business optimization to the benefit of our customers and indeed the country.

“This is evidenced by the fact that through the USSD imbroglio, we never denied access to our customers. In the current case, customers have been denied access to services by the banks despite having monies in their accounts to purchase those services. MTN will naturally do all it can to minimise customer pain. It is not just about revenue for us.

“The good of our customers influence every decision we take. The CBN Governor’s intervention is in line with our core values. We acceded to his request and that of our Minister. We will continue to live our values that ‘everyone deserves the benefits of a modern connected life,” he concluded.

Meanwhile, the operator with over 70 million subscribers said it will continue to engage Fintechs to vend airtime. According to Funso Aina, Snr. Manager, External Relations, MTN, the links to access the various alternative platforms include:

1. MTN On Demand is on *904# and also via https://mtnondemand.flutterwave.com;

2. Barter By Flutter Wave is an app that can be downloaded here: http://tosto.re/getbarter;

3. Jumia Pay (app);

4. OPay (app);

5. MTN Xtratime airtime loans (*606#);

6. Carbon (app);

7. Kuda (app);

8. BillsnPay (web https://www.billsnpay.com/. They also have an app);

9. myMTN Web http://mymtn.com.ng;

10. Momo agent *223#

  The Apps can be downloaded from the Playstore and the Appstore.

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WizKid and Burna Boy Emerge Most Streamed Artists on Spotify in Nigeria

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On February 23rd, more than 70 million songs, 2.2 million podcast titles, and over four billion playlists became officially available to Spotify listeners in Nigeria for free.

Spotify launched with a tailored music experience for Africa with more than 100 expertly curated playlists across some of the most popular genres in the continent. But what got the fans listening?

The first 30 days demonstrated how much Nigerian listeners love their home-grown artists. Four out of the top five most-streamed artists are from Nigeria. Topping the list are the country’s beloved superstars:  WizKid, Burna Boy, DaVido, and Rema.  

Local hits are also resonating the most with Nigerian listeners. The most-streamed track in Nigeria over the past month is “Bounce” by Rema, followed by Wizkid and Burna Boy’sGinger” and DaVido and Teni’sFOR YOU”. 

With a strong appetite for local sounds, it comes as no surprise that Hot Hits Naija is one of the top-streamed playlists among users. Spotify’s Africa to the world playlist African Heat comes in second reflecting listeners’ keenness to discover music from all over the continent.  

Podcast listening may be a relatively new trend in Nigeria, but it is fast gaining momentum among Nigerians. In the last month, the most popular podcast on Spotify is “I Said What I Said,” with “Kwality Kontent” coming in second. “TED Talks Daily” came in third, followed by “Articulate One” and “The Daily Show With Trevor Noah: Ears Edition” in fourth and fifth position respectively.  

Residents of Lagos, Suleja, Abuja, Port Harcourt and Benin City account for the most Spotify streams in Nigeria. 

So how did the first month of Spotify in Nigeria sound?

 Top-streamed artists: 

  1. WizKid
  2. Burna Boy
  3. DaVido
  4. Drake
  5. Rema

Top-streamed songs:

 Rema – Bounce

  1. WizKid feat. Burna Boy – Ginger
  2. DaVido, Teni – FOR YOU
  3. Olamide, Omah Lay – Infinity
  4. DaVido, Focalistic, Virgo Deep – Ke Star – Remix

Most popular playlists:

  1. Hot Hits Naija
  2. African Heat
  3. Today’s Top Hits
  4. RapCaviar
  5. Gbedu

Top podcasts:

  1. I Said What I Said
  2. Kwality Kontent
  3. TED Talks Daily
  4. Articulate One
  5. The Daily Show With Trevor Noah: Ears Edition

Cities with most streams on Spotify:

  1. Lagos
  2. Suleja
  3. Abuja
  4. Port Harcourt
  5. Benin City
WizKid and Burna Boy Emerge Most Streamed Artists on Spotify in Nigeria, SiliconNigeria

Data based on Spotify user consumption between February 23 and March 22, 2021.

Download the Spotify app via the Android or iOS app store or by heading to www.spotify.com – to embed Spotify into a website – right click on any playlist, go to ‘share’ and copy embed code.

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