From the CEO
With 2016 winding down and a few days left before 2017 starts, our Editor-at-Large and my colleague, Eric Mugendi, is somewhere in the North Pole, apparently he is handing out treats and singing along asking everyone there "Do you want to build a snowman?".
Given his brief absence as he does whatever Father Christmas does, I bring you our final iAfrikan Weekly Digest for 2016 as we present the Most Popular In 2016 (Criteria: Most Read or Most Listened To Or Most Watched).
I hope you are enjoying the holiday season with loved ones as we take some time to look back at some of the big stories of 2016. We also hope to see some of you, our readers, at our annual event, the "Annual Tech Round-Up" 2017 that will be taking place in Nairobi on 26 January 2017.
How was 2016 for you? What development on the continent drew your attention? What would you like to see more of in 2017? Talk to us at [email protected]
Tefo Mohapi // Founder & CEO
Top 10 Most Popular In 2016 List
Without further waiting, here is the countdown of the most popular articles and podcasts on iAfrikan.com in 2016.
Brexit, just like Trump, swept through. We're not dead yet. Africa's tech giants are not dead yet. There will be ups and downs, sometimes severe. But only because of the natural laws of mean reversion.
“We are now focused on making [digital] music affordable, available, and accessible to Africans. After we’ve done that, we’d go after those illegal distributors.” — Tola Ogunsola, Co-Founder, MyMusic
Vitaly Popov, a Russian Hacker, went on to register websites that use the Cyrillic version of letters like he did with C and K in lifehacker.com, swapped out for с and к, which may appear the same as their original namesakes, but direct visitors elsewhere. Popov also used these domains to spam almost everyone's Google Analytics with "fake traffic" which registers as legitimate traffic on Google Analytics by exploiting a "Language setting" variable on Google Analytics and including pro-Trump messages when you dig further on your Analytics dashboard.
In the podcast, Adebayo Adegbembo, who is founder and lead programmer at Genii Games, chats to Balungile about the importance of using imaginative games and activities, to help young African minds connect with culture.
Balungile chats to Luntente "Lu" Ndyamba, the Chief of Staff and Head of Business Development at Barclays Africa about his experiences as a business development expert operating within sub-Saharan Africa.
"The evolution of technology is certain and expected but it is never a under a pick and replace model. What we think are vestiges from our past still continue to play a pivotal role in our lives even as we innovate on what is next." - Mbugua Njihia, CEO of Symbiotic Africa
4. Following A Series Of Violent Protests, Ethiopia's Government Has Shut Down The Internet In A State Of Emergency
On the whole, apart from Ethiopia, twenty cases of internet shutdowns have been documented worldwide over the last six months. In response to this, Access Now is leading a campaign dubbed #KeepItOn to document and raise awareness about internet shutdowns around the world.
The story of how an American, Perrin Vidal Clark, played "catch me if you can" in Silicon Savannah as he robbed a dev school and several others in the process.
Senegal has recently become only the second country in the world which will introduce a new national digital currency. Named eCFA, the digital currecy will be blockchain based and will be legal tender just as their current currency, CFA Franc, is. Senegal’s eCFA comes from a partnership by Banque Régionale de Marchés (BRM) and eCurrency Mint Limited.
KCB Bank, one of Kenya's largest banks by customer numbers, appeared to had suffered a massive data breach as a file with the details of more than 500,000 customers, including their names and phone numbers was presented to iAfrikan by a "hacker" from Burundi. KCB went on to deny this and threatened, in a press release, to sue iAfrikan and the hacker but to date no law suit has happened. Only other thing has been KCB meeting with iAfrikan and requesting we, along with the hacker, demonstrate the flaw in their app.