TechCabal Day by day – The sCoup of the day

28 JANUARY, 2022


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On Monday, army officers in Burkina Faso a staged a coup that ousted President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré. 

Burkina Faso follows Mali, Chad, Guinea and Sudan to grow to be the fifth African nation to expertise a coup d’etat inside the previous 12 months. 

In at the moment’s version

  • Fast Hearth
  • Who received into #YouTubeBlack Voices Fund?
  • The historical past behind the nicknames of African cities
  • TC Insights: Funding Tracker
  • Job alternatives


Ernestina Berry is a Senior Account Supervisor at Wimbart, an unbiased PR company in London specializing in Africa and rising market tech start-ups. 

With over 9 years’ expertise in international communications, company public relations in addition to expertise in editorial work and publishing, she has experience throughout sectors together with aviation, training, NGOs, charities and tech.

Clarify your job to a five-year-old

I assist corporations share their actually cool tales to the world by means of newspapers, TV, radio and even the web. 

What’s one thing you would like you knew earlier in your profession/life?

It might be the significance of going out of your option to make issues occur by yourself and taking extra calculative dangers. This is applicable to life generally, however when it comes to my job, it means taking dangers in getting the most effective to your purchasers. Meaning pushing pitches to massive publications, even when it appears unlikely. You possibly can’t all the time inform what parts of a narrative publications can be considering. 

What’s probably the most promising factor about tech in Africa?

It’s the individuals. We’ve so many proficient younger individuals on the continent turning into effectively versed in so many sectors. For instance, in fintech, we’re creating so many options which can be aiding our economies to progress. There are such a lot of thrilling issues taking place and all of it boils down to those younger founders. It’s one thing that blows my thoughts since you’ll discover that plenty of these younger founders are beneath the age of 30 or of their early 30s. They’ve the eagerness and the intelligence to go these sectors that are inevitably shifting the continent ahead. 

What (singular) achievement are you most pleased with?

Can I say two? I’m Ghanaian, however earlier than 2012, I’d by no means lived there. So the primary can be shifting again to Ghana in 2012, connecting with my roots, turning into extra embedded within the system, and practising my language abilities. Ghana is definitely the place I began my skilled profession in PR. 

Very briefly, the second helps my husband efficiently maintain our two-year-old alive (laughs). Not everybody realises it, however it’s the toughest factor! I’ll not be capable of maintain crops, however not less than I can maintain a child alive. 

What’s one thing you like doing that you simply’re horrible at. And what’s one thing you actually don’t like doing that you simply’re nice at.

Singing. I can not sing. I’ve been identified to belt out Backstreet Boys songs however I doubt very extremely that they’ll be calling me anytime quickly to be a backup singer. 

I’m actually good at ironing, however I don’t prefer it. But it surely’s a crucial evil that needs to be executed. 

What ought to first-time founders find out about communications and [the] press?

At Wimbart, we all the time advise founders to consider their startup narrative, what makes your online business distinctive and fascinating, and particularly what you need to present for it.

It’s additionally vital to know that not each startup goes to want PR proper from the start. It’s essential that you simply lay your basis earlier than you begin on the lookout for PR. 

Then know who your viewers is and what kind of media they wish to eat. Lastly, comply with the related journalists, take a look at the kind of tales they cowl and ask your self / perform some research to seek out out if you happen to match the invoice earlier than you attain out to them.

What do you consider Web3?

Ooh, it is a arduous one. I believe that if Web3 encourages or forces massive tech corporations to loosen their grip on social networks and marketplaces, if it permits a really decentralised system, if it offers customers higher management over the information they share, then absolutely, that’s a superb factor? 

Time will inform.


In 2020, YouTube launched the #YouTubeBlack Voices Fund to spotlight black creators on its platform. The fund serves as YouTube’s dedication to “rising Black creators and music on our platform, by giving them entry to sources to assist them thrive on YouTube.”

There are over 51 million YouTube channels importing 500 hours of video content material each minute. Of this quantity, the highest channels with over 1 million subscribers are skilled content material creators primarily based within the US. The following nations with channels which have over 1 million subscribers are India and Mexico. 

What these numbers imply, based on researchers, is that the top-rated channels get 90% of the whole variety of viewership on YouTube whereas everybody else, tens of millions of channels and creators, are left to wrestle with the remaining 10%. 

And if you happen to ought to know something about YouTube, it’s that viewership = earnings. 

How #YouTubeBlack Voices helps

The $100-million Fund offers black creators with entry to sources that may assist them develop their channel and develop their content material. They’ll get workshops and masterclasses on manufacturing and content material curation and even seed funding. 

In 2021, twenty African creators had been chosen to be a part of the inaugural class. The record included South Africa’s Lasizwe Dambuza, Kenya’s Patricia Kihiro, and Nigeria’s Dimma Umeh. 

Who’s in 2022’s class?

Of the 135 creators chosen for 2022’s class, 26 are African creators with 4 from Kenya, 10 from Nigeria, and 12 from South Africa. 
The creators embrace Fisayo Fosudo, a Nigerian vlogger identified for his evaluations of tech merchandise; meals vlogger Mandi Sarro from Kenya; Michelle Knowledgeable, a South-African entrepreneur whose channel focuses on enterprise and gross sales; and The Critics Firm, a Nigerian staff creating sci-fi shorts with DIY tools.


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From time to time, we discover little bits of analysis with thrilling studies. Final 12 months, we shared this one by Tajmeeli which examined the most well-liked magnificence manufacturers on the continent. 

Yesterday, we discovered one other one which examines the historical past behind nicknames of iconic African cities. Now, whereas we didn’t discover out why Lagos is nicknamed “The Ghetto” (no shade meant to Nigerians), we did discover out some fairly fascinating information about different cities. 

Jury’s Inn—a resort group working throughout the UK—undertook analysis and uncovered the historical past behind the choice names for cities throughout Europe, North & South America, Asia, Oceania, and Africa. 

Right here’s what the examine says about African cities:

  • Rabat, Morocco–The Washington of North America: This capital metropolis is nicknamed the Washington of North Africa due to its broad boulevards, parks, monuments, embassies, and authorities buildings.
  • Khartoum, Sudan–Triangular Capital: This nickname is because of the close by Blue Nile River and the White Nile River that mix into the only Nile River, forming a triangular form. The Nile River then flows northward into Egypt.
  • Antananarivo, Madagascar–Metropolis of 1000’s: The capital of Madagascar, Antananarivo, is known as the “Metropolis of 1000’s” in honour of the hundreds of troopers who guarded the town within the seventeenth century on the time of a Malagasy King named Andrianjaka.
  • Johannesburg, South Africa–Metropolis of Gold: Johannesburg sits on the sting of the world’s largest identified gold deposit. Gold was traded right here for hundreds of years earlier than the realm was first declared open for public digging in 1886.
  • Maputo, Mozambique–Metropolis of Acacias: Maputo is called the “Metropolis of Acacias” as a result of lots of its streets and avenues generally being bordered by lush acacia timber.
  • Kumasi, Ghana–Backyard metropolis of West Africa: Due to its stunning inexperienced areas, Ghana’s second-largest metropolis Kumasi earnt the title of “Backyard Metropolis of West Africa” wherein dates to the Forties.


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This week, Tunisian synthetic intelligence (AI) startup InstaDeep raised a $100 million Collection B spherical— the most important quantity any African startup has raised to this point in 2022. The spherical was led by Alpha Intelligence Capital along with CDIB. Different buyers embrace BioNTech, Chimera Abu Dhabi, Deutsche Bahn’s DB Digital Ventures, Google, G42, and Synergie. 

Listed here are the opposite offers for the week:

  • Tanzanian fintech startup NALA secured  $10 million from Amplo, Accel, and Bessemer Companions, with participation from the founders of Monzo, Robinhood, Alloy, and Deel. and Peeyush Ranjan, the pinnacle of Google Funds. 
  • Senegalese startup PAPS raised a $4.5 million pre-Collection A spherical in an funding co-led by 4DX Ventures and Orange, with participation from present buyers similar to Saviu Ventures and Uma Ventures in addition to new buyers together with Yamaha Motors, LoftyInc Capital Administration, Proparco, the Google Black Founders Fund,, Kepple Africa Ventures, and Enza Capital.
  • South African fintech Floatpays secured $4 million in an oversubscribed seed funding spherical from World Founders Capital, Base Capital, Finca Ventures, Raba Partnership, and 4DX Ventures, Alan Rutledge, Shaun Hurwitz, Youcef Oudjidane and Olugbenga Agboola.
  • Ghanaian fintech startup OZÉ, raised a $3 million pre-Collection A spherical led by Speedinvest with the inclusion of Cathay AfricInvest Innovation Fund, Savannah Fund, and a number of other angels “skilled in working and investing in international fintech”.
  • Egyptian e-commerce startup ExpandCart secured a $2.7 million pre-Collection B bridge spherical. This was led by Hong-Kong-based Betatron Enterprise Group, with participation from Sawari Ventures and Agility Ventures.
  • South Africa’s TallOrder, a developer of superior cloud-based level of sale (POS) options, raised $3.1 million in extra Collection A funding. The funding got here from Investec Personal Capital, in addition to a consortium led by Nurture Funding Administration. 
  • Kenyan fintech startup Zanifu obtained $1 million in seed funding from Saviu Ventures, in addition to Launch Africa Ventures, Sayani Investments, and angel buyers from Kenya and Nigeria.
  • South African startup CompariSure raised $980,000 in pre-Collection A funding led by HAVAÍC and that includes 4Di Capital.

That’s it for this week!

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Written by – Timi Odueso & Mobolaji Adebayo

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