Moses Kemibaro

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28 December 2017 » Moses Kemibaro

Earlier today I received the latest sector statistics from the Communications Authority of Kenya for Q1 2017/8 which covers the period July to September 2017. This is generally a data-loaded document that can take ages to fully decipher. Therefore, I thought why not make an infographic of all the various mobile and Internet data points that I generally tend to track quite enthusiastically on all things digital in Kenya. Below, you can see what I was able to put together which I would encourage...

11 December 2017 » Moses Kemibaro

According to a press release I received this morning, Safaricom now has over 1 million active 4G users on its network. At the same time, Safaricom has 4G coverage in all 47 counties in the country which means that they have the widest 4G coverage of all mobile networks in Kenya as well. Safaricom’s 4G leadership stems from an expanded 4G network, increasingly affordable 4G capable mobile devices and lastly more cost effective mobile data bundles. Indeed, its possible to get 4G mobile devices...

05 December 2017 » Moses Kemibaro

OPPO is a mobile device brand that I have never used before so it was something of a new experience getting the A71 smartphone a few weeks ago to review. The dual-sim OPPO A71 launched in Kenya in late September 2017 and really started selling well around October 2017. It’s what I would call an ‘entry-level mid-range’ smartphone give its price point of approximately Kes. 20,000.00 depending on where you pick it up. Using the OPPO A71 was a great experience in that I found myself discovering an...

28 October 2017 » Moses Kemibaro

For various reasons, some in my control and others not, this post got massively delayed and its great to finally get it done! This is the third part that follows part one and part two of an interview I had with Kris Senanu a few months ago. In the second part of this interview, Kris spoke to me about the three key drivers that made him join Telkom Kenya from AccessKenya after it had been acquired by South Africa’s Internet Solutions and rebranded accordingly. He also explained why it felt like...

28 October 2017 » Moses Kemibaro

Its been a few months since Safaricom started piloting their M-Pesa 1Tap offering in Kenya which I wrote about here. Safaricom’s M-Pesa 1Tap is an NFC-based ‘tap and go’ merchant payment solution that is available using NFC-enabled cards, wrist bands and badge (that you stick on the back of your mobile phone). The thinking behind M-Pesa 1Tap is that Safaricom can simplify the process of making merchant payments for consumers in retail shopping scenarios which would enable them to make even...

21 September 2017 » Moses Kemibaro

I can still recall quite vividly the first time I got an ATM card from my bank many many years ago. This was around the time I entered the workforce after school and it was an exciting moment! I recall the freedom of being able to get money, any day and at anytime, provided I could access any of my bank’s ATMs (which was were few and far in between those days). The convenience was quite liberating at the time. A few years later, my bank at the time upgraded their ATM cards to proper debit cards...

14 August 2017 » Moses Kemibaro

Last week the Speedtest Global Index, a monthly ranking of global mobile and fixed broadband speeds was launched. This is part of Ookla’s mission is to make the internet faster by providing data and insights on real-world internet speeds. As part of that mission, Ookla is making Speedtest data available, for free, in an interactive format. The Speedtest Global index is based on billions of consumer-initiated tests taken all over the world using Speedtest, displaying the latest information on...

10 August 2017 » Moses Kemibaro

Its been nothing short of astonishing just how much the #Githeriman hashtag and meme trended on both Twitter and to a lesser degree Instagram in Kenya during the last couple of days. #Githeriman is the viral trending meme of Martin Kamotho, a Government Cleaner from Kayole who was photographed standing in a queue at a polling station on election day earlier this week holding a bag of ‘githeri’ (a meal made of maize and beans thats quite popular in Kenya). The #Githeriman photograph caught the...

06 August 2017 » Moses Kemibaro

I have been meaning to do this blog post for sometime now but I never did get round to it till today. Ever since Safaricom 4G launched in Kenya a couple of years ago(?) its been the fastest mobile network in the country when it comes to Internet speeds. However, since Telkom Kenya relaunched with 4G a few months ago the million shilling question for me has been which of two 4G networks is faster? Now, it should come as no surprise that Safaricom relaunched their upgraded 4G network as ‘...

04 August 2017 » Moses Kemibaro

Earlier this week I received a copy of the H1 2017 investors deck for the KCB Bank Group (KCB). The deck makes for interesting reading in terms of how well its doing as far as its digital and mobile channels are performing for the first half of 2017. In H1 2016, mobile accounted for 50% of KCB’s transaction and in H1 2017 this percentage rose to 57%. This effectively means that the majority of banking transactions at KCB are now mobile meaning that if we look at this growth trajectory it will...

03 August 2017 » Moses Kemibaro

It seems this is the week of catching up on blog posts of nearly fresh news that I think is quite relevant and important for this blog. Case in point is that earlier this week Safaricom announced somewhat quietly(?) that they launched a portal that makes it easier for businesses to integrate with M-Pesa using Application Programming Interfaces (APIs). Its a given fact that M-Pesa is a beast given that its the largest mobile money platform by far in Kenya and globally in terms of transactions...

03 August 2017 » Moses Kemibaro

A couple of days ago I received a press release on Mozilla-backed research carried out by Research ICT Africa that found that significant barriers to internet access remain in Kenya. The research aimed to understand, from a comparative perspective, how Kenyan citizens use the internet when data is subsidized, and when it is not. The research also revealed that many Kenyans remain offline due to prohibitive costs and security fears. The detailed findings include: Social media tops the list of...

02 August 2017 » Moses Kemibaro

The Nokia 6 Nokia, Is Back, In Kenya Nokia is back, in Kenya, with a bang. Yessir! I attended the launch last week of the Nokia 3, Nokia 5 and Nokia 6 which are all pure Android smartphones. Indeed, the back story of Nokia’s rise and fall is a poignant one. Nokia owned the mobile world a decade ago prior to the rise of the iPhone and Android duopoly. I seem to recall when the iPhone came out I was so Nokia loyal that I remember saying I had no intention of moving to the same as I was going for...

19 June 2017 » Moses Kemibaro

Is It 10 Years Already? Its hard to imagine that its been 10 years already since Safaricom’s mobile money offering, M-Pesa, took root in Kenya. I can recall quite vividly when this happened back then and how transformational it was. Indeed, I recall that one of the first reasons I started using M-Pesa was to send money to my mother. At the time, she had a bank account where I would normally deposit money for her but the caveat is that the nearest branch and ATM required her to travel a distance...

17 June 2017 » Moses Kemibaro

This is an interview I had with Hando Sinisalu, the Founder & CEO of Best Marketing International in Cape Town. Hando hosted the Best of Digital Global Marketing events in Johannesburg and Stellenbosch in South Africa on the 7th and 9th June 2017. He spoke to me about his take on various global digital marketing case studies and how they relate to Africa. His insights were invaluable! The post Digital Marketing Video Interview with Hando Sinisalu, Founder & CEO, Best Marketing...

17 June 2017 » Moses Kemibaro

Earlier today I received a press release that Safaricom has increased the royalties that they are paying Kenyan artists will earn from their SKIZA mobile music platform from 22% to 30%, a increase of 36%. This is a good thing when you look at it but what really caught my eye was the number of Safaricom subscribers who actually use the service who are now 11 million according to Safaricom. In addition, SKIZA has over 132,000 songs available for download which is a staggering number, all things...

09 June 2017 » Moses Kemibaro

In part one of this interview, Kris Senanu shared with me intimate details about the various positions he held in Kenya’s burgeoning Internet sector going back almost two decades in some of the fastest growing businesses of the day. He spoke to me about his time at Swift Global, at the time the second largest Internet Service Provider (ISP) in Kenya and his decision to leave and join the startup that would end up becoming AccessKenya. The brand AccessKenya and Kris become synonymous as he...

31 May 2017 » Moses Kemibaro

On Monday this week I was interviewed by NTV on questionable digital election campaigns in Kenya that have been running for the past week or two using Facebook Ads and Google Ads. Basically, several paid ads on these platforms had been noticed that pointed to either very negative or very positive digital election campaign destinations with regards to the main presidential candidates in Kenya. The interesting part is that I think this is the first time we have seen such digital election...

30 May 2017 » Moses Kemibaro

I have known Kris Senanu since he had a box cut in college that would be back to 1994 when we both attended the United States International University (USIU). Chris, as he was then known, was introduced to me through a mutual acquaintance and as it turned out he helped me locate a place to stay when the student housing was completely full. This led to us living in the same apartment complex in Parklands for a period and as fate would have it we became good friends from that time onwards. After...

21 May 2017 » Moses Kemibaro

The last few days were really busy for me so I only got round to watching the full recording of Google I/O 2017 keynote which happened a few days ago. As always, everything that Google announced was mind boggling and you can really see the future of computing coming to life. Indeed, the emphasis on Artificial Intelligence or AI and machine learning seemed be at the very core of everything that Google is working on. The fact that there are now over 2 billion monthly active Android devices...

18 May 2017 » Moses Kemibaro

Earlier today I received a press release that stated Microsoft intends to deliver the complete, intelligent Microsoft Cloud for the first time from data centres located in Africa. This is HUGE in my opinion given that this sort of thing has not happened before with a major cloud services player like Microsoft. Apparently Microsoft will deliver cloud services like Microsoft Azure, Office 365, and Dynamics 365, from data centres located in Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa with initial...

01 May 2017 » Moses Kemibaro

During this past weekend I attended the 2017 edition of the Kenya Homes Expo for a couple of hours and I noticed that both Safaricom and Zuku had stands there promoting their Fiber To The Home (FTTH) Internet packages.This was interesting given that the event basically targets anyone and everyone who is a stakeholder in the home real estate market and the Internet has indeed become one of the essentials in the urban Kenyan home – alongside utilities like water and electricity. The big draw of...

25 April 2017 » Moses Kemibaro

Like many of its 20+ million odd subscribers, I learned the hard way that even the super successful and behemoth that is Safaricom is NOT immune to Murphy’s Law which states that ‘anything that can go wrong, will go wrong’. Indeed, not being able to make phone calls or M-Pesa payments as well as not being able to get online for the better part of yesterday was nothing short of a nightmare – made real. Indeed, all sorts of conversations were happening on social media in Kenya (with some lovely...

25 April 2017 » Moses Kemibaro

Clearly there is change happening at Telkom Kenya since it was acquired by Helios Investment Partners last year. There has been major changes in terms of how many people have hired at senior and middle management. These changes are starting to manifest themselves in the marketing of their offerings as well as how they are packaged. As I understand it, from reliable sources, the rebranding of Telkom Kenya and its offerings will really start take of in May 2017 which should be quite exciting! One...

01 April 2017 » Moses Kemibaro

Nairobi, Kenya, April 01, 2017 – Inexpensive smartphones are enabling mobile subscribers to access the Internet at unprecedented levels across the African continent. However, it’s a challenge to keep mobile devices powered up, especially when access to electricity is often expensive, and unreliable.  It is estimated that as many as 600 million people in sub-Saharan Africa lack access to electricity, with the electrification rate as low as 14.2% in rural areas. Solar energy can be an...

29 March 2017 » Moses Kemibaro

I received information earlier today that Surf and Facebook officially launched Express Wi-Fi in Ongata Rongai. The basic concept behind Express Wi-Fi is that access to the Internet should be available and affordable for everyone in Kenya. Express Wi-Fi is designed to be a fast affordable public wi-fi hotspot service with more than 100 hotspots already live in areas such as Ongata Rongai, Limuru, Kiserian, Kitengela, Kiambu, Mlolongo, Ngong, Ruaka, Thika and Wangige. In addition, starting this...

23 March 2017 » Moses Kemibaro

Yesterday evening Safaricom launched its new flex bundles. Flex bundles are different from what Safaricom has offered to-date in that they are an integrated bundle that includes voice, data and SMS in a package that enables to use any or all of them based on what is called a flex unit. Each flex unit is the equivalent of 3 SMS, or 3 MB or 2o seconds of talk time. At launch, Safaricom’s flex bundles are as follows: Daily Bundle: Kes. 99.00 for 119 flex units @ Kes. 1.00 : 1.16 flex units Weekly...

14 March 2017 » Moses Kemibaro

Yesterday the Commercial Bank of Africa (CBA) launched Loop, their millennial focussed digital banking offering. CBA is not the first to go this route in Kenya as Safaricom did the same with their Blaze offering last year. It seems to me, that as is the case globally, every brand and business wants a piece of the millennial pie in Kenya as this has become the the holy grail in terms of acquiring new customers and by extension marketshare. The big fear is obviously that unless you capture the...

11 March 2017 » Moses Kemibaro

WARNING: Long blog post alert! Background Approximately one month ago Analysys Mason released a controversial (draft) telecommunication competition market study report as commissioned by the Communications Authority. The report was leaked in late February 2017 and the media, both local and international, were quick to point out that the report clearly states that Safaricom, Kenya’s largest mobile network, is indeed dominant. The draft report posits that in the best interests of Kenya’s...

01 March 2017 » Moses Kemibaro

Earlier today the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) has launched the Regional Electronic Cargo Tracking System (RECTS), connecting with Rwanda and Uganda in reducing the cost of cargo transportation along the Northern Corridor. RECTS allows revenue authorities in Rwanda, Uganda and Kenya to jointly and electronically track and monitor goods (whose taxes have not been paid) along the Northern Corridor from Loading (Departure) to destination within Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda RECTS replaces the existing...

28 February 2017 » Moses Kemibaro

Vodacom Tanzania, the leading mobile network in Tanzania has received the green light today to have an initial public offerings (IPO) as mandated by the Government of Tanzania for all telecommunications companies operating there.  Vodacom Tanzania’s Managing Director Ian Ferrao confirmed that the Capital Markets & Securities Authority (CMSA) has approved Vodacom Tanzania’s prospectus ahead of the IPO and subsequent listing of 25% of its shares on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange (DSE). The...

16 February 2017 » Moses Kemibaro

Earlier this afternoon I received an excerpt of the the annual “Mastercard Love Index”, an analysis of payment card transactions over a three-year period. The latest insights from the same have revealed that sentimental spending has increased by 49 percent and love is the latest thing to go digital, with a 37 percent increase in the number of online transactions. According to the same, Valentine’s day spending in Kenya has risen by 94 percent since 2014, noting a 163 percent rise in e-commerce...

15 February 2017 » Moses Kemibaro

The first time I became aware that ransomware had become a major ‘thing’ in Kenya was last year when a friend of mine who works in the IT department of a well-known business called me in a panic when their servers had been compromised and mission critical files had been encrypted – thanks to a ransomware attack. Up until that point, I was under the impression that this sort of thing didn’t happen here? Guess what, it does! My friend wanted to know if I could find an ethical hacker who could...

16 December 2016 » Moses Kemibaro

Liquid Telecom has received final regulatory approval to become the majority stakeholder in Raha, one of Tanzania’s leading Internet Service Providers which currently serves over 1,500 businesses as well as a growing number of retail customers with a range of connectivity solutions, including fibre, satellite, WiMAX and Wi-Fi. Raha operates a metro network throughout the Central Business District (CBD) of Dar es Salaam as well as other areas of the Tanzania capital. It also operates WiMax and...

15 December 2016 » Moses Kemibaro

Google yesterday released its annual Year In Search 2016, which uncovers searches and questions that drove Kenyans online throughout the year. Similar to last year’s Year in Search, 2016’s most trending searches were mainly driven by events and personalities. Here is what trended most in Kenya on Google in 2016: Kenya’s Trending Searches Euro 2016 Donald Trump Olympic Games Rio 2016 Jacob Juma Muhammad Ali Hillary Clinton Diana Chelele Lucy Kibaki Project X Achieng Abura...

15 December 2016 » Moses Kemibaro

Earlier this week announced the upcoming launch of their new Mobius II model. I wrote about this company ages ago on this blog here when they were just getting their start in Kenya and it looks like they are growing well and innovating massively as a homegrown automotive brand. The new Mobius II combines sleek modern styling with rugged performance engineering to handle all road conditions in Kenya. In many ways, its reminiscent of a Land Rover car with a ‘chunky’ design language and timeless...

11 December 2016 » Moses Kemibaro

Earlier today I took Cellulant’s recently launched Mula mobile app for a spin. Mula is a mobile app that is focussed on streamlining the process of paying bills via mobile channels. However, as events would have it, the very phone I used to do the review was stolen from me this afternoon in something of an unnerving experience. This means that all the screen grabs I had from using and testing the Mula mobile app were lost in process. That being said, since it was such a fresh experience, I do...

10 December 2016 » Moses Kemibaro

Azuri Technologies’ CEO Simon Bransfield-Garth Earlier this week, Azuri Technologies (Azuri), a UK-based provider of PayGo Solar home systems, and home entertainment satellite provider, Zuku launched the first complete pay-as-you-go satellite TV package targeting households without electricity in the Kenyan market. AzuriTV Combines solar home power, 24-inch TV, satellite dish and Zuku Smart+ entertainment with 48 TV and 21 radio channels for households outside the power grid offering affordable...

08 December 2016 » Moses Kemibaro

YouTube today morning launched YouTube Rewind 2016 – a reflection of the videos that captured attention of Kenyans from January to December 2016. YouTube Rewind is an annual collection of videos produced, created, and uploaded on YouTube and brings together the biggest music, trends, memes, and characters from the past twelve months featuring today’s biggest YouTube stars and mainstream personalities. . YouTube Rewind 2016 reveals that ‘Salome’ by Diamond Platnumz featuring Rayvanny is the top...

06 December 2016 » Moses Kemibaro

The Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure, Housing & Urban Development James Macharia (right) is taken through the features of the Resolution Ziara Plan by Resolution Insurance Group CEO Peter Nduati (left) during the launch of an accident emergency medical cover for commuters in Public Service Vehicles (PSV). Looking on is Matatu Owners Association Chairman Simon Kimutai I recently had the opportunity to conduct an interview with Peter Nduati who is the CEO of Resolution...

06 December 2016 » Moses Kemibaro

Antigone Davis – Head of Global Safety at Facebook How time flies! I recently had the opportunity to interview Facebook’s Antigone Davis (Head of Global Safety at Facebook) and Akua Gyekye (Public Policy Manager, Africa) following the recent launch of the redesigned Facebook Safety Center and Bullying Prevention Hub. I jumped at the opportunity to interview them after Itu from Idea Engineers in South Africa reached out to me. Since Facebook is a major Internet destination with close to 6...

06 December 2016 » Moses Kemibaro

Nyasinga Onyancha, CEO of SimbaPay SimbaPay yesterday announced the addition of Ghana and Uganda as remittance destinations on its international digital money transfer platform. Going forward, using the SimbaPay app or website, Ghanaians and Ugandans living in Europe can now send money to mobile phones in Ghana or Uganda instantly. “This is the perfect Christmas gift for Ghanaians and Ugandans living in Europe who have been asking when SimbaPay will expand coverage to their home countries” said...

05 December 2016 » Moses Kemibaro

Over this past weekend Kilimall gave me a Gionee Marathon M6 Lite to unbox. This is the very first time I have handled this brand and I was pretty excited to get down to business. The M6 Lite is a Dual SIM 5.5 inch Android Smartphone with an amazing 4,000 mAh battery as well as 3GB RAM and 32GB of ROM for a relatively affordable price of Kes. 15,000.00 on Kilimall. It also comes with a 13 megapixel back facing camera that can also shoot 1080P video. Basically, this is great value for money with...

13 November 2016 » Moses Kemibaro

It seems to me that Safaricom has what appears to be an unassailable lead as Kenya’s utterly and completely dominant mobile network. Its a behemoth of staggering proportions that seems to devour everything in its path. Everything, and I mean EVERYTHING that Safaricom touches seems almost always to turn to gold. Yes, there have been some failures here and there but more often than not Safaricom gets it right. They. Are. WINNING! However, it is also often said that every empire crumbles –...

13 November 2016 » Moses Kemibaro

I just heard from a team member at Brave Venture Labs (Brave) that they will be holding their inaugural Brave Data Festival this week on the 17th and 18th November 2016. One thing I know about the folks over at Brave is that they LOVE all things data so this first of kind event in Kenya is essentially a celebration of data science within a local context. Brave itself is a network science lab that aims to uncover secrets of of human performance to help people get better jobs and companies build...

28 October 2016 » Moses Kemibaro

Safaricom Director Consumer Business Unit Sylvia Mulinge and Safaricom Senior Manager Data and Messaging Julius Kundu enjoy a light 4G moment Earlier today Safaricom launched its expanded 4G network in Kenya which now covers the 7 cities and towns of Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu, Nakuru, Eldoret, Meru and Kisii. This also means that 30 counties in Kenya now have access to Safaricom’s 4G network. It was also announced during today’s launch that mobile data use per customer has grown by 77% on...

03 October 2016 » Moses Kemibaro

Kenya, together with Tunisia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Venezuela are just a handful of countries where Facebook’s Messenger Lite for Android is being launched today. The standalone Messenger Lite for Android is a slimmed down version of Messenger that offers the core features of Messenger for markets like Kenya with a slower average Internet speed and a prevalence of older Android smartphones. Messenger Lite enables users to quickly and easily send text, photos and links to anyone using...

01 October 2016 » Moses Kemibaro

This has been something of an interesting week in terms of data-driven statistics as far as mobile, internet and mobile money is concerned in Kenya. Earlier this week I attended a Google breakfast event where they shared their latest numbers from their Consumer Barometer surveys. In addition, yesterday, the Communications Authority sent me their latest sector statistics for the period April to June 2o16. In a nutshell, this is a week of lots of technology data insights for Kenya which is like...

08 September 2016 » Moses Kemibaro

It seems somewhat fitting that Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg dropped in on an unsuspecting Kenya last week as part of his first ever Africa visit to better understand the nascent yet fast growing technology scene here. Indeed, everyone now gets a sense that Kenya is most definitely at the epicentre of Africa’s burgeoning technology revolution driven by a mobile-first tsunami that is connecting millions on the continent to the Internet and by extension the world. Even this week, Microsoft...

07 September 2016 » Moses Kemibaro

Its that time of year again – its iPhone launch time! Today say the unveiling of the latest (greatest?) iPhone ever in the form of the iPhone 7. They announced that they have sold over 1 Billion iPhone to-date which is just insane but there you have it. I have to say that for the better part of the last 5 years or so its been a ritual of sorts for me to wait excitedly for the live stream to start and see what new things Apple has to launch. The live stream today was surprising sharp and smooth...

06 September 2016 » Moses Kemibaro

Press Release Focus on ICT training and skills development to empower youth to leverage new opportunities in fast-growing digital economy Over 500 participants from government, business, academia, non-governmental organizations and the United Nations family are meeting in Nairobi this week to formulate and optimize human capacity building strategies for the information and communication technology (ICT) sector, to improve’ digital skills and empower countries to take full advantage of strong...

02 September 2016 » Moses Kemibaro

As I suspected he would, Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg was in Nairobi yesterday after making his maiden trip to Lagos in Nigeria a few days ago. I had posited that he would have to come to Kenya since no technology trip to Africa would be complete without paying homage to the Silicon Savannah! Somewhat poignantly during his visit, Facebook lost their Internet.org satellite yesterday that was due to launch tomorrow with SpaceX when the rocket exploded whilst being tested on the launch pad. The...

01 September 2016 » Moses Kemibaro

According to a press release I received this morning, Zuku will offer 90 days free television subscription to new customers who purchase Zuku’s Smart TV bouquet. The offer takes effect from today, 1st September 2016. In addition, starting September 15, 2016, existing Zuku customers will be offered 30 days free television viewing on their current bouquet based on referrals they give for any new customer. The affordable(?) Zuku Smart bouquet has 36 Digital TV channels and 18 radio stations with...

01 September 2016 » Moses Kemibaro

Press Release The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which have been adopted as the successor to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are set to be achieved at a time of major digital technology transformation. Emerging technologies are increasingly becoming a reality which requires different sets of knowledge and skills across all sections of society. It is on this premise that industry regulator; Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) will be hosting the 2016 Global ICT Capacity Building...

31 August 2016 » Moses Kemibaro

I recently got my hands on the just launched dual SIM Infinix Note 3 which is something of a shocker since the Infinix Note 2 was only launched at the end of last year. The Infinix Note 3 basically has nothing in common with its predecessor from a design and build perspective except for the name and massive 6 inch screen. The Note 3 is a unibody smartphone made from aluminium, just like a premium smartphone but a fairly reasonable Kes. 15,000.00 at launch. The overall look and feel is...

30 August 2016 » Moses Kemibaro

Press Release Mark Zuckerberg is in Nigeria to listen and learn and take ideas back to California on how Facebook can better support tech development and entrepreneurship across Africa Mark Zuckerberg is visiting Nigeria this week on his first trip to Africa, using his time in the country to visit the Yaba technology hub in Lagos, meet with developers and partners, and explore Nollywood. Zuckerberg is in Nigeria to listen and learn and take ideas back to California on how Facebook can better...

26 August 2016 » Moses Kemibaro

I recently had the privilege of attending the relaunch of the Travel Discover Kenya (TDK) website by Yellow Pages Kenya. TDK is one of Kenya’s most comprehensive digital travel resources as of this writing that is aimed squarely at the local tourism market. Indeed, Kenya as we know has had a rough time in tourism in general where international tourists are concerned so many local travel destinations are increasingly relying on the local market to thrive. Therefore, it was really awesome to get...

11 August 2016 » Moses Kemibaro

Tourism in Kenya is has been struggling for awhile thanks to all manner of security incidents and negative publicity. However, in light of all of this, there is a silver lining of sorts for the domestic tourism sector. In particular, we have never seen rates for holidays being as affordable as they are at the moment and has been the case for the last few years. Indeed, I have had the privilege of working with a number of major players in Kenya’s tourism industry and my conclusion is that its a...

28 July 2016 » Moses Kemibaro

Given that there are now as many 12 on-demand taxi hailing mobile apps operating in Kenya, it was only a matter of time before Uber being the biggest one decided to flex its brawn and reel in the competition. According to a press release I received earlier this afternoon from Uber, they have dropped their prices by as much as 35%! This is mind boggling since Uber is already loads cheaper than using any regular taxi service in the marketplace, let alone other taxi hailing mobile apps that offer...

22 July 2016 » Moses Kemibaro

Just under a week ago I published a blog post on creating a video using Microsoft Powerpoint which is one the applications in Office 365. In this same blog post, I had partnered with Microsoft to run a quiz on Office 365 that if answered correctly would see one lucky person win a FREE Office 365 office home edition license for one year. During the last five days or so we had a total of three (3) entrants who took the quiz and now we can announce the lucky winner. Our winner is Felix Abur who...

17 July 2016 » Moses Kemibaro

Last month I attended an Office 365 immersion session with the Microsoft East Africa team in Nairobi, Kenya. The immersion session was specifically designed to educate bloggers like myself on some of the richer and not so obvious features that are available within their Office 365 offering. The Office 365 feature that really caught my attention was that you could create a video that includes animations and audio narration using Powerpoint and then export it as a video for upload to YouTube or...

17 July 2016 » Moses Kemibaro

Below is an unboxing video I made this weekend of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 Android Smartphone that was launched in Nairobi, Kenya a few months ago. I have to confess that this unboxing is way overdue since I had the Redmi Note 2 for awhile how but just couldn’t seem to get round to doing it for all sorts of reasons. Xiaomi is a global behemoth when it comes to making affordable and excellent Android smartphones to the extent that they are nipping hard at Samsung’s feet in terms of global sales....

05 July 2016 » Moses Kemibaro

Safaricom’s CEO Bob Collymore speaks at the launch of Little Cab Earlier this evening I attended the Kenya launch of Little Cab, the on-demand taxi hailing mobile app and service developed by Craft Silicon in conjunction with Safaricom. As expected, the Little Cab launch was well attended by the media and lots of cognoscenti from Kenya’s technology sector. At launch, Little Cab is only available on Android and Windows Phone so those on iOS mobile devices will have to wait for this mobile app...

03 July 2016 » Moses Kemibaro

The Sendy Mobile App showing the taxi hailing feature being active already prior to the official launch later this week Sendy is a business I have hugely admired for the past couple of years or so since it pioneered on-demand package delivery services in Kenya a couple of years ago. Meshack Alloys, the CEO of Sendy and his co-founders started the business and immediately received lots of media and market attention as one of the only home grown on-demand mobile apps that is making waves and...

02 July 2016 » Moses Kemibaro

Kenny Kinako, The CEO & Founder of Shield Finance Shield Finance is an innovative finance technology (fintech) business that has been on my radar for the past year or so? This is partly due to the fact that one of their investors is someone I know well. However, its their Founder and CEO Kenny Kinako who I met recently for a chat that I know lots better. Kenny and I used to work for Naspers through their MIH subsidiary a few years when I was running Dealfish East Africa (now known as OLX...

01 July 2016 » Moses Kemibaro

So. Earlier today I read in the Daily Nation and Business Daily that Taxify was launching its taxi hailing mobile app in Kenya. I found this somewhat surprising since we now seem to have a deluge of taxi hailing mobile apps in the market which led me to doing this blog post. Basically, I wanted better understand what the different pricing details are for ALL the taxi hailing mobile apps in Kenya. This proved to be an interested exercise and I found the media had most of the information I needed...

29 June 2016 » Moses Kemibaro

Below is a list of the most trending searches on Google in Kenya during the month of June 2016 that I was sent this morning. They make for interesting reading as to what Kenyans were most interested in searching for this month. Most Trending Searches Euro 2016 Muhammad Ali Copa America Brexit Moses Kuria NBA Finals Father’s day Christina Grimmie Stephen Keshi Orlando shooting Most Trending ‘What is’ searches What is Brexit? What is Ramadan? What is mubarak eid? What...

25 June 2016 » Moses Kemibaro

Its been approximately two months or so(?) since Safaricom launched their MySafaricom mobile app, first on Android and more recently on iOS. I installed the MySafaricom mobile app on my iPhone to take it for a spin since this is the first mobile app that Safaricom has launched that offers direct integration to many of its offerings? To be very honest, being a mobile network that currently has over 8 million smartphone users this was quite overdue for the behemoth that is Safaricom. They really...

25 June 2016 » Moses Kemibaro

  I did a blog post a couple of weeks ago when I attended Solar Africa in Nairobi to see the team from Cello Electronics’ who had just launched their Solar TV. Well, the story gets better. I’ve had a Cello Electronics’ Solar TV at home for 2 weeks and was able to do a complete unboxing and testing of the same as depicted in the gallery below. I have the 1920 X 1080P HD 22 inch model of the Solar TV which means it has a fairly small footprint and is highly portable and quite light. Unboxing the...

12 June 2016 » Moses Kemibaro

The Cello Electronics team of Owen Evans, Brian Palmer & John Rowe at their stand at Solar Africa in Nairobi, Kenya where they launched the Solar TV Earlier today I attended the Solar Africa exhibition at the Carnivore grounds in Nairobi, Kenya, which ran from the 10th to the 12th June 2016. The main reason I was there was to visit the team from Cello Electronics who had a stand where they were showcasing a range of innovative TV products targetting the African marketplace. Cello...

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