As you can see below, there are growing ties between Silicon Valley and Nigeria.
Goldman Sachsis a major backer of Jumia, the Nigeria headquartered e-commerce venture that became the first VC funded tech company in Africa to IPO on a major exchange, the NYSE in 2019.
Goldman also led a $20 million round last year for Nigerian trucking logistics companyKobo360.
The U.S. bank’s investment in tech companies operating in Nigeria runs parallel to those by Visa, Mastercard, and SalesForce Ventures.
Nigerian tech is also home to a growing number of founders with ties to the U.S. and startups with operations in both countries. Nigerian fintech companyFlutterwave, whose clients range from Uber to Cardi B, is headquartered in San Francisco with operations in Lagos. The company maintains a developer team across both countries for its B2B payments platform that helps American companies operating in Africa get paid.
MallforAfrica — a Nigerian e-commerce company that enables partners such as Macy’s, Best Buy and Auto Parts Warehouse to sell in Africa — is led byChris Folayan,a Nigerian who studied and worked in the U.S. The company nowemploys Nigerians in Lagos and Americansat its Portland processing plant.
Africa’s leading VOD startup,iROKOtvmaintains a New York office that lends to production of the Nigerian (aka Nollywood) content it creates and streams globally.
Andela,a tech-talent accelerator with over $180 million in VC, was co-founded by AmericanJeremy Johnsonand Nigerian entrepreneurIyinoluwa Aboyeji.The company has offices in New York and Lagos and employs over 1000 engineers.
Over the last five years, Silicon Valley’s ties to Africa and Nigeria have grown. There are a number of Nigerians working in senior positions in the Bay Area, such asIme Archibongat Facebook — the U.S. company that opened an innovation lab in Nigeria in 2018, calledNG_Hub.
Following the initiative of South West states to form a security force code named Operation Amotekun, the Federal Government has ordered the recruitment of special constables in a bid to start community policing in the country.
A police wireless message with reference DTO:231704/01/2020, announcing the start of the recruitment, was sent to Zonal Assistant Inspectors-General of Police, departments and formations.The message reads:
“INGENPOL (IG) directs that you be informed that (the) Federal Government has given approval for recruitment of special constables as a step forward to enhancing (the) community policing policy nationwide.
“INGENPOL further directs all commands’ CPs, ACPs and DPOs in your respective commands to liaise with traditional rulers and community leaders in your respective areas to form screening committees that will screen volunteers who must be of good character and who will eventually be recruited as special constables.
“All those to be recommended must be resident in their respective communities and must also be between the ages of 21 and 50 with (the) willingness to serve the community.”
Online commentators have however raised concerns about the timing of the recruitment, which is coming at a time when Operation Amotekun is causing national debate.
It is not known if there are plans to take the operation to the National Assembly for added legal backing.
We bring you some safety info about Lassa fever that has taken the life of several Nigerians in the past few days.
How Lassa Fever Is Transmitted From Human To Human
Humans usually become infected with Lassa virus from exposure to urine or faeces of infected Mastomys rats. Lassa virus may also be spread between humans through direct contact with the blood, urine, faeces, or other bodily secretions of a person infected with Lassa fever. There is no epidemiological evidence supporting airborne spread between humans. Person-to-person transmission occurs in both community and health-care settings, where the virus may be spread by contaminated medical equipment, such as re-used needles. Sexual transmission of Lassa virus has been reported.
Lassa fever occurs in all age groups and both sexes. Persons at greatest risk are those living in rural areas where Mastomys are usually found, especially in communities with poor sanitation or crowded living conditions. Health workers are at risk if caring for Lassa fever patients in the absence of proper barrier nursing and infection prevention and control practices.
But some Nigerians would rather he came quietly to Nigeria, rather than announce it, fearing that some Nigerian officials might use money needed in other sectors like education and health to sponsor a celebrity visit.