#CITITRENDS S04 EP 6: The Truth about being a technology entrepreneur in Ghana

Show Promos 92Technology literacy is the soul of #CitiTrends.

However, every now and then , we need a wake up call!

We need someone to jolt us into understanding.

That was the sole purpose of this week’s show.

Josiah Eyison, Co-founder and CEO of iSpace. A man passionately driven by social impact was on the show to talk about the truth about being a technology entrepreneur in Ghana.

He spoke about collaborations and partnerships gone wrong, he touched on financing and grants plus so much more.

He did not hold back and that was the magic of it all.

Farida touched on Snapchat’s latest updates and how Farmerline and Mpharma were named the two top most innovative companies in the world!

There was ‘Shush’ and ‘My Ordio’ as the new apps for the week with Jeff.

Enjoy the show.


#CITITRENDS S04 EP 5: Five Years of Farmerline and the harsh realities of working from the Accra Digital Centre

Show Promos-39Agriculture is indeed the backbone of the economy of any nation.

But how exactly is that true on the continent?

How much tech is being applied across the continent on farms and plantations?

Famerline is 5 years this year and so Lilly and Emmanuel joined me to discuss what the years have been so far and what lessons have been learnt. They also shared some insight on new practices on the continent.

Following our conversation about the Accra Digital Centre, it seems the tenant have a different notion of how the centre should be run based on their experiences.

Two of them, Duke and Kingsley, joined me in the studio to shed some light on the realities of working from there.

#CITITRENDS S04 EP 4: Blockchain applications beyond bitcoin and cryptocurrency

Show Promos82People talk about blockchain, cryptocurrency and bitcoin in the same sentence and often mix them up badly. They are very different however, as i learnt in this week’s show.

A great session with three insightful guests.

Dr. Gordon Adomdza (@DrGKAdomdza or @Ashesidesign) is a Senior Assistant Professor Design Thinking and Entrepreneurship at Ashesi University.

Cecil Senna Nutakor (@hyspah or @My_eCampus) is a leading authority on the use of technology for self-paced education in Ghana.

Yoofi Brown-Pobee is a student studying Management information systems at Ashesi University and the Organizing Lead for the Hackathon.

Together these three gave some of the best education on the topic you will find anywhere.


#CITITRENDS S04 EP 3: The Accra Digital Centre; The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Show Promos-36Building a sustainable technology echo system is not a walk in the park.

A lot of factors come into play to make it work and technology hubs are a key cog in the wheel.

There are number of privately run hubs across the country but how is government getting involved?

The Accra Digital Centre is a Business Process Outsourcing (BPO)/Information Communication Technology (ICT) Centre, under the Ministry of Communications with the vision to help position Ghana as an ICT hub of the sub region.

After about 4 months of operation, how is the location doing? What are the plans to scale and how will the average tech startup benefit from it?

Eric Ofosu Nkansah is the Acting Managing Director of Accra Digital Centre and he was in the studio with David Ofori  who is the Operations Manager.

Farida Shaibu shares stories about GhanaPost GPS, WhatsApp Business and more in the Trending Segment of the show.


#CITITRENDS S04 EP 2: Developing successful mobile application strategies

Show PromosIn the year when we celebrate 10 years of mobile applications, it is fitting we start the year with some eye openers for individuals, startups and corporates on what strategy to consider when building their mobile apps.

Abdul-Latif Issahaku (@abdulLissahaku), Data and Devices Manager, MTN Ghana, joined me to share some of his thoughts on the subject with us. He is a passionate marketing executive leading brands to drive products and services innovation.

Two mobile applications caught me by surprise in the Apps Segment and updates from Apple, Ghana Central Bank and Facebook lit up the Trending segment of the show.