Published On: Fri, Sep 8th, 2017

Africa Roundup: eBay expands, Google CEO visits Lagos, Ghana enters space

eBay non-stop adult a U.S. height to Africa by a partnership with Americans can now buy products on eBay from name vendors in 6 African countries, starting with sell categories of fashion, art, jewelry, and clothing.

For a new program, MallforAfrica selects a sellers and handles payments on a exclusive platform. DHL is a shipping partner. Online shoppers can crop a whole collection on eBay’s Mall for Africa Store.

The new online channel expands an existent attribute between a dual e-commerce companies. In  2016, they launched a eBay Powered by MallforAfrica height permitting U.S. vendors to sell in Africa.

The module taps products from merchants in Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, South Africa, and Burundi. “We’ll be adding some-more sellers and some-more countries,” eBay’s Sylvie de Wever told TechCrunch in this feature.


Google launched new Africa initiatives, on a behind of CEO Sundar Pichai’s new Nigeria trip.

While visiting Lagos he announced a tellurian internet services company’s skeleton to sight 10 million Africans in digital skills over a subsequent 5 years. Alphabet will also boost a appropriation to African startups, yield $20 million in grants to digital non-profits, and offer mutated versions of products (such as YouTube) in Africa―where internet users can face costlier information skeleton and slower download speeds than other Google markets.

“A lot of what we’re doing is creation it easier for a normal chairman to take advantage of a web,” Bunmi Banjo, Google’s Growth Engine and Brand Lead for Sub-Saharan Africa, told TechCrunch.

Ghana’s initial sattelite―GhanaSat-1―began a circuit recently, with a small assistance from some friends. The cubesat, built by a Ghanaian engineering group at All Nations University, was delivered to NASA’s International Space Station in Jun on a SpaceX rocket that took off from pad 39a at Kennedy Space Center, a NASA spokesperson.

Weeks later, GhanaSat-1 deployed into circuit from a Center and is now operational.

“This sold satellite has dual missions,” Project Manager Damoah told TechCrunch. “It has cameras on house for minute monitoring of a coastlines of Ghana. Then there’s an educational piece―we wish to use it to confederate satellite record into high propagandize curriculum.”

The GhanaSat-1 deployment outlines increasing seductiveness and activity in Africa toward space exploration.  Nigeria’s initial cubesat launched on a same SpaceX mission. Several nations, such as South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya and Ethiopia have space agencies. Angola announced a goal to launch a satellite over a entrance year.

And a African Union announced its African Space Policy and Strategy beginning final year call AU members states  “to comprehend an African Outer space Programme, as one of a flagship programs….of a AU Agenda.”

Could we see an African space hire someday in a future? It seems utterly ambitious. But afterwards again, not so many years sceptics doubted that Africa’s tech zone would ever attract large VC, blue chip IT companies, or furnish unicorns. All those milestones have been passed.

 More Africa Related Stories @TechCrunch

  • Ticket Applications Now Open for Startup Battlefield Africa
  • B2B Platform Releaf Helps African Businesses by Taking The Guesswork Out of Networking

African Tech Around a Net     

  • 3 Nigerian startups comparison for 500 Startups accelerator―@DisruptAfrica
  • World Bank’s XL Africa Programme Announces Its First Cohort―@TechCabal
  • Nigerian Startup Flutterwave Scores Over $10 million Series B―@PEHubNetwork
  • Facebook Switches on 600 Wi-Fi Hotspots in Kenyan Towns―@DailyNation
  • Ethiopia: 7 Promising Tech Startups Selected for Seedstars―@ITNewsAfrica

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