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As of the second quarter of 2014, Facebook now has 100 million people coming to the platform every month across the African continent, representing half of the 200 million people connected to the Internet in Africa. More than 80% come to Facebook every month on mobile.

In addition to this being a significant milestone for Facebook, it also reflects the fact that people in high-growth countries want to be connected to the world around them and that mobile is providing unprecedented ways for that to happen.

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Innovation is happening all over Africa in all different sectors, from education to energy, banking to agriculture.

“It’s the best kind of innovation – the problem-solving innovation born out of necessity,” says Toby Shapshak, editor and publisher of the South African version of Stuff magazine says.

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With desktops living in the shadows of their much cooler friends, mobile phones, continental app developers are responding to the needs of Africans on the move.

When it comes to chatting, playing and sharing, more people are doing it with a phone in their hand, so it’s no wonder that mobile applications (apps) are becoming more and more popular on the continent.

big tech brands are now developing their own devices – like phones and speakers – for the African market

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late 2012, the World Association of Telecom operators said that sub-Saharan Africa has become since 2000, the most growing market in mobile telephony.

40% growth each year.

With these data, it is expected one billion mobile subscribers on the continent in 2015, attracted by the strong demand for connectivity and innovative services like mobile money and mobile internet.

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Young techies hunched over laptops in small offices across Africa want to create their own versions of California’s Silicon Valley and some are beginning to attract investors prepared to take a risk in the hope of high returns.

One such start-up, a South African social photography app called Over, last month beat 19 others from around the world to win funding from U-start, an advisor that matches mainly European investors with fledging businesses.

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The giant robotic policemen are preventing accidents – and racketeering by dishonest officials.

Drivers in gridlocked Kinshasa want them everywhere: two giant robots in the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, a metropolis of 10 million people with a considerable traffic problem.

The giant robotic policemen are preventing accidents – and racketeering by dishonest officials.

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Imagine an ID card that remembers all of your personal records. This one card serves as your driver’s license and a catch-all that includes information about your health insurance, tax payments, and bank accounts. Oh, and it’s a MasterCard.

Now imagine you’re required to have it to vote. By 2019, that will be the case in Nigeria, where the government is running a large-scale pilot program with MasterCard, the U.S. credit card giant. An initial 13 million Nigerians will participate in the pilot program, but all those above the age of 16 — a whopping 160 million people — are expected to carry the cards by 2019.

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Three students had time on their hands in the summer of 2009 when their university lecturers in Nigeria went on strike.

Instead of slacking off, Ayodeji Adewunmi, Olalekan Olude and Opeyemi Awoyemi started an online job search company.

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The Minister of Science and Technology, Mr Abdu Bulama, has urged stakeholders in the sector to support the country in the promotion of knowledge-based economy driven by innovation.

Bulama made this known at the inauguration of the Technical Advisory Committee of the Nigerian Building and Road Research Institute (NBRRI) in Abuja on Tuesday.

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