Weekly Roundup: Buhari Honours Late Abiola, Declares June 12 Democracy Day!


The Nigerian news landscape is an ever-changing one, and so taking stock of happenings from time to time is worth the effort. Today, we bring you our favourite highlights of the week!

Soccermonics Calculator to Predicts 2018 World Cup Winner

Are you ready for the World Cup?  You can now predict scores using Soccermonics!

Soccer is unarguably the most popular sport in the world and the World Cup is the biggest stage for the game. As a prelude to the next Mundial in Russia, renown African news platform, Reuters has provided a Soccernomics calculator that can help you predict who will win the World Cup, of course, using hard facts.

The BreakingViews Soccernomics calculator ranks the 32 contenders according to five metrics and uses these hard facts to predict which country will come out on top. The result from the five metrics is then analyzed to give the prediction.

In 2014, the software predicted correctly that the German national team will win the trophy and it has again predicted Germany to retain the trophy using different hard facts.

Now, you can see the game with a different perspective, a more intelligent one.

 Meet Nora Wahby, the New Head of Ericsson West Africa

It’s really interesting to see how women are participating very well in the Technology industry as the Swedish multinational telecoms company, Ericsson appoinT Nora Wahby as head of its West Africa operations.

With a vast experience working in Ericsson and Africa, Wahby will run Ericsson’s operations within the region. She will also play a symbolic role for Ericsson in the region by attending functions and other events.

Escape Lagos Traffic with Gokada, the Uber for Okada Riders
Most people dislike Lagos simply because of the traffic situation. They find it very difficult going about their daily activities without encountering traffic. However, with the new Gokada, you’d still be able to move about even in traffic.
Startup Profile: Escape Lagos Traffic with Gokada, the Uber of Okada Riders
Gokada, a Nigerian startup, is also using tech to transform the transport business in Lagos. While Uber disrupted taxis, Gokada has eyes on a more unsuspecting business: bike hailing. Founded in 2017, the service wants to change the way we take bikes (Okada) in Lagos.

So, with the introduction of Gokada, say no to Lagos Traffic and enjoy easy movement. How amazing!
Finally, Mastercard is Developing Cardless ATM

MasterCard Cash Pickup is designed to allow ATMs deliver cash to authenticated consumers without the use of an ATM card. With this service, customers, both banked and unbanked, use their mobile phones at a special ATM to convert Cash PickUp order.

Finally, MasterCard is developing Cardless ATMs
MasterCard’s Cardless ATMs

On the other hand, Cardless ATM powered by MasterCard is another truly revolutionary service. It allows bank customers to make cash withdrawals from a close by ATM using their bank’s mobile app. MasterCard calls the solution secure “since the majority of the transaction is handled through the banking app and the cloud, sensitive information is never exposed.”

Although both services are still in their pilot phases, the realization that a truly cardless future is here is exciting.

 Buhari Honours Late Abiola, Declares June 12 Democracy Day
Many Nigerians, including Senators, reacted over the week as President Buhari honours Abiola with GCFR, Fawehinmi, GCON, and Kingibe GCON.
Chief Moshood Abiola
In a landmark decision, President Muhammadu Buhari also proclaimed June 12 as the country’s Democracy Day to be celebrated as a public holiday from next year in commemoration of the momentous June 12, 1993 Presidential elections won by Chief Moshood Abiola.

President Buhari made the announcement himself.

However, many Nigerians think the appointment has something to do with the upcoming elections.

We hope you enjoyed this week’s roundup. Don’t forget to share and comment!

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