#CITITRENDS S04 EP 20: Nokia 7 Plus – A Real Contender with Emmanuel Ossai, the Business Manager, West Africa for HMD Global Oy

Show Promos-2For a long time in my life, the only mobile device that was worth having a dream about was Nokia. For some people it still is.

Years later, HMD Global Oy, the home of Nokia phones has brought the giant back to life.

We had the pleasure of playing around with the current flagship Nokia 7plus for a couple of days and I can’t help but say it has been refreshing to see this device. 

Emmanuel Ossai, the Business Manager, West Africa for HMD Global Oy joined me to talk about the device and the idea behind the new line of devices.

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#CITITRENDS S04 EP 19: Accelerating development through STEM & Social Media Week Accra 2018

Show PromosThere is a lot of chatter about reimagining education along the ‘Science Technology Engineering Mathematics’ trajectory and rightfully so. It appears that is the way to go.

Some have argued for Arts to be made a strong feature in this as well.

At the end of the day though, what matters is the growth of a transformation-minded population of people.

It was these issues and many others that we discussed the show this week with Peter Asare-Nuamah, who is currently pursuing PhD in Governance and Regional Integration at the Pan African University, Cameroon and Gameli Adzaho who is focused on ‘shaping Africa and shaping youth’ as he curates Global Lab Network.

The folks from Social Media Week Accra also joined me to chat about the upcoming event which happens September 10-14, 2018 at the Accra Mall.

Enjoy the show.

#CITITRENDS S04 EP 18: Samsung Note 9: Worth The hype?

Show Promos-2So finally the Samsung Note 9 has been released.

Finally I have had it in my hands for more than about a week.

I have to say, it is a very impressive device.

Michael Kwadade-Cudjoe of Tech support at Samsung, Baba Musah Al-Hassan who is a Key Account Manager and Master Trainer and also Jemima Stewart Codjoe, another Key Account Manager and Trainer joined me to answer some questions regarding the device.

My verdict after the using the device for a week however is as follows:

This is the best device battery I have seen on a mobile phone. It is not for everyone. If you are a power user, you are on the road a lot, you need a lot storage (not just for pictures)… this is your phone. Also if you want a one device and nothing else, this is it. Any mobile device that gives you 1TB of storage space is worth holding on to. Bixby is trying hard but has a long way to go. Security works if you use the traditional options, there is work to be done on the iris scanner and face detection. The camera offers a lot of options but there is little difference between that and the Galaxy S9. With this phone you have a very powerful all round device with amazing storage capacity and and a great build. 

Now, enjoy the show.

#CITITRENDS S04 EP 17: Growing a technology-centred business with Claire Butler, Global Communities at Figma

Show PromosEvery Tuesday evening, I try to do right by you. 

I try to give you conversation that stimulate your mind and provoke you to think deeply about the technology echo system we are building in Ghana.

This week, well, I continued that tradition. 

Claire Butler in charge of Global Communities at Figma, the first interface design tool based in the browser, making it easier for teams to create software.

She shared thoughts about what it takes and the considerations one needs to make when growing a tech-centred business. 

Jeff joined me for a chat about mobile applications for you and also shared his thoughts on the top trending technology stories of the week. 

#CITITRENDS S04 EP 17: Competent Digital Skills Gap: A Threat To Ghana’s Digital Agenda with Jorge Appiah, CEO of Kumasi Hive

Show Promos 32A ‘real’ talker is often hard to come by.

A talker who is a doer as well is even harder.

My guest this week checks all the boxes and even more.

Jorge Appiah, CEO of Kumasi Hive and Executive Chairman for Ghana Tech Hubs Network.

His main argument is that there is a far greater threat to the development of the tech ecosystem in Ghana than money or any other issues. He argues that competent skills are missing and the sooner we addressed the gap, the better. 

Enjoy the show.