#CITITRENDS S03 EP 32: Making Ghana’s Music Industry Profitable Again

Show Promos-31Always good to have conversation about the things i love most in the world.

Music!

Ing. Kenneth Owusu-Akyaw, a civil engineer and serial entrepreneur joined me to talk about the Ghanaian music industry and how it can be made profitable again.

he shed light on his platform GhudMusic.com and why we need to pay attention to it. Farida is back with the Trending segment and Jeff, as always, blows your mind with some mobile applications.

 

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The SnooCODE Debacle: Preliminary Thoughts

DSC_0447-2.jpgA lot has been said about SnooCODE’s failure to land a government contract for a digital property addressing system.

The debate has raged on various platforms.

Having interviewed snooCODE on a number of occasions, I have questioned the process myself. I have engaged in Facebook and WhatsApp debates.

Here are some preliminary thoughts as we continue to chase the truth and empower Ghana’s technology entrepreneurs for the future.

FACTS

– SnooCODE submitted a bid that was in excess of 3 pages. The executive Summary alone was more than three pages.

– SnooCODE was offering its platform to Ghana for FREE

– Till date, SnooCODE has not been officially communicated to as to why they were kicked out.

– I have not been employed, paid, coerced, hypnotized or influenced in any way by SnooCODE.
I do this for the tech community in Ghana who I believe have something incredible to offer this country.

– I fully support a national digital property addressing system which is done right and with the right people.

 

THE THEORIES

The word on the street is that Snoocode:

– Submitted a three paged ‘wrong’, ‘faulty’ and ‘incomplete’ document

– Was charging above and beyond what government was willing to pay for

 

THE QUESTIONS

Consider the following, if you care to think critically about how your nation is treating its technology entrepreneurs:

– How does an ordinary citizen or employee of Vokakom have access to the details of a closed bid? Are they members of the panel that reviewed the bids? If they are, is that not a far more serious case to worry about; that a member of the panel will use social media and online news portals to distribute confidential details of a bidding process?

– If the person or persons speaking ‘on authority’ about the details in SnooCODE’s bid is not on the review panel, then who is feeding them the information on the content of a SEALED bid?

– Where did the rest of the documents in SnooCODE’s bid disappear to? More than two copies of the bid were submitted; did all three copies have only three pages? Who stole the rest of the pages?

#CITITRENDS S03 EP 26: The Technology of Fashion, Ghana Cyber Security Week AND #MOBEX17 Closes

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Another packed show for you!

Chloe Asaam joins me for a chat about technology and how it is disrupting the fashion industry in Ghana.

We then spoke about the Ghana Cyber Security week happening next week and then brought you voices from #MOBEX17.

All that, plus the apps and trending segments of the show.

Press Play and enjoy.

 

Uber launches in Kumasi

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L-R: Fredrick Frimpong; Greenlight and Operations Manager, Uber Ghana, Jackie Omotalade; Policy Lead West Africa, Uber, Alon Lits; General Manager Sub-Saharan Africa, Uber and Kofi Agyare; Country Manager, Ghana at the launch of Uber in Kumasi.

The technology company, credited with disrupting the transportation space in across the world, has extended its services into Kumasi, making it the second city in Ghana and the 616th globally.

In a ceremony to mark the event, Alon Lits, General Manager Sub-Saharan Africa, Uber said: “We are immensely pleased to bring a technologically enabled transport system to the people of Kumasi. With it, Uber will provide them with an alternative way to get from point A to B, and ensure that they’re able to achieve their basic, everyday goals – whether they be business people, students or corporate workers – Uber is here to help support their socio-economic objectives.

The Kumasi launch was preceded by the launch of Accra, Ghana’s capital city in 2016. The company insists its operations in Ghana have seen marked improvement over the period.

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Cross-section of Uber Greenlight Hub experts at the launch of Uber in Kumasi

Despite its successes, the company has come under pressure in recent weeks following agitation from various taxi unions and groups who contend the company is breaching Ghana’s tax laws.

According to Elon however: “Uber is an innovative, pro smart regulation company; we intend to collaborate with government and work with necessary stakeholders to ensure that we create world-class, affordable systems that create economic opportunities, improve efficiencies and reduce emissions.”

On his part, Country Manager Ghana at Uber, Kofi Agyare added: “Since Uber launched in Accra in 2016, key members of the Uber Policy and Operations teams have been constantly engaging with relevant policy makers, regulators and stakeholders to showcase the benefits that technology can bring to public transport. We are convinced that if we continue to work together with the government, we can achieve our goal of continued creation of economic opportunities.”

 

The Uber network is now available in over 600 cities in over 80 countries spanning 6 continents.

#CitiTrends S02 Ep25: Social Media Research, The Ghana Election case

Magnifying Glass - Social NetworkWith just a few days to Christmas, it is very clear that we are excited.

On the show this week, we talk research and elections. Maximus Ametorgoh (@maxihere) of PopOut conducted and predicted the outcome of the 2016 elections quite accurately and he shares with us how he did it and also shares some lessons on using social media to conduct credible research.

The usual suspects are not far away and they join in for a great conversation.

Enjoy.