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Airtel, Dynamiss Subsidize Online Education for Nigerian Schools

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In an effort to accelerate and deepen the growth of online education in Nigeria, leading telecoms operator, Airtel Nigeria, has announced a partnership with Dynamiss, an Educational Technology company, to subsidize data and mobile Internet for all Nigerian schools and students using the Dynamiss Learning Management Systems.

Under the partnership, both organizations are collaborating to ensure that Data access for educational purposes on any of the platforms provided by Dynamiss will now be subsidized and made more affordable for schools and young Nigerians.

Specifically, customers of Airtel Nigeria who access the Dynamiss platforms will now enjoy up to 50 per cent discount on data/mobile Internet charges effective immediately. This discount also applies to schools, students and even parents on the Airtel network who use any of the educational platforms provided Dynamiss.

Commenting on the new initiative, Valerie Sodeinde, COO of Dynamiss, said that “the discounted data from Airtel is a key game changer for the adoption of Online/Digital education by most schools in Nigeria.

“What Airtel is demonstrating with this particular initiative is a commitment to support education despite the unrelenting threat posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. As many more schools have now developed an appreciation for an online educational system, parents, teachers and schools will most certainly benefit from this very affordable data plan. This decisive initiative by Airtel is a positive response that will be welcome by educators and students alike.”

Whilst Online Education platforms cannot fully replace conventional schools’ they now constitute a whole new way of learning in the 21st century. In recent months since the COVID-19 pandemic struck, Microsoft has recorded that more than 350million subscribers now use its educational platforms and this number continues to increase daily across the globe.

Dynamiss, a Microsoft Partner Organisation, is one of the nation’s foremost Educational Technology companies and is currently providing Learning Management Systems (LMS), Virtual Robotics, Virtual Laboratories, Secure Examination Portals and Certified Online Training for Teachers on Digital Education Tools, for a variety of schools across the nation.

In collaboration with Microsoft and in a bid to help schools adopt digital technology rapidly, Dynamiss is currently giving every school in Nigeria its Dynamiss Learning Management LP365 System completely free till the start of September 2020.

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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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Keeping on Schedule has Never Been this Easy, Thanks to HUAWEI Assistant.TODAY

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Now more than ever our world is vastly less accessible than it was pre-COVID-19, and this will continue to be a reality well into the future. A future that is still going to be stay-at-home and work-from-home.

In this new reality, a good smartphone is a no brainer. In addition to this, an app that can help you manage your life and remind you to do things like attend your child’s virtual parent teacher meeting or plan for your next health check goes a long way, and the HUAWEI Assistant.TODAY app can do that and much more for you. 

The HUAWEI Assistant.TODAY app is like your smart personal assistant; it makes things simple. It allows for effortless searches on your smartphone, for things like locally installed apps, memos, emails, and calendar entries, either directly on your default browser, or you can scan your tailored newsfeed for items of interest.

 Here’s a breakdown of what your smart PA can do for you.

 Direct access to information

The HUAWEI Assistant·TODAY app allows you to enjoy everyday services, with maximum ease. Pin up to four shortcuts, like your notes, calendar, emails or an online grocery store app, directly on the home screen, to access your favourite content with a single touch. The app also learns your preferences and offers recommendations according to what you search for frequently. So, if you’re an online shopaholic, for example, whether buying food, clothes or books, these shortcuts will make doing what you love that much more easier and fun.

 Smart and efficient service

HUAWEI Assistant·TODAY utilises cutting-edge AI to provide you with real-time information and services, in a smarter and simpler way. The assistant directly displays notifications and reminders via smart cards, based on your needs and specific usage circumstances. Smart cards are generated based on the information on your phone, including information about weather, your calendar, missed calls, app use, mobile data usage and more. There are also smart cards for categories such as recipes, sport and even the stock market.   

Your personal curated news feed

HUAWEI Assistant·TODAY enables you to stay plugged into your world, drawing from leading media outlets and publications from across the globe, for engaging and up-to-the-minute news content. 

So, whatever reason you have for depending on your mobile device, an app that can keep you up to date on what’s happening in your life is very helpful, and the HUAWEI Assistant·TODAY is an intelligent, one-stop solution for all your needs. It proves you do not have to do it all yourself, as it conveniently centralises functions and features for ease of access and  use in a way Huawei users have not experienced before.  

The HUAWEI Assistant.TODAY app comes preloaded on most of Huawei’s new mobile phones and is supported by some older models. To access the app on your HMS device simply swipe right from the homepage and for older devices, install HUAWEI Assistant∙TODAY from the AppGallery, following the instructions to download and enable the service.

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Telegram Raises $1 Billion For Global Expansion

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Messaging service provider Telegram raised more than $1 billion in debt financing as part of plans to grow its global presence and drive a strategy to entice content creators and small businesses to the platform.

In a blog, CEO Pavel Durov said the amount was raised through a bond sale to global investors. Durove explained “some of the largest and most knowledgeable” global investors participated, with the funding enabling it to remain “independent” and work to become “a financially sustainable project”.

In December 2020 Durov outlined a goal of providing revenue to Telegram content creators and small businesses by adding features including premium stickers and advertising.

The company aims to begin generating revenue this year in a “non-intrusive way”. Telegram launched in 2013 and had amassed more than 500 million users by late January, when figures were boosted by an exodus from Facebook-owned WhatsApp.

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