Technology advancement, they say, is one way a country or in a smaller sense, a community is perceived to have developed. I feel overwhelmed when I realize that a lot of things are developing technology-wise, especially with the news of Africa’s first humanoid launched in my country! although it’s a good course, are we all ready for these diverse technological changes? oh well, I think we’d just have to take things one step at a time. My way of taking things slow is still choosing to write with a pen and notepad, instead of a tablet or my phone note app. *winks*. This week’s Creative Round-up is mostly centered around the good cause of technology. Let’s get started!
1. Africa’s First Multi-Lingual Humanoid Launched In Nigeria
Omeife, Africa’s first humanoid to boost Artificial Intelligence (AI) and technological development in Nigeria and the continent was launched in Abuja on Friday, December 2nd. Omeife is with near-human resemblance, language competency, movement, navigation, and behavioral intelligence using AI and computer vision capabilities.
Omeife could speak eight different languages, which include: English, Yoruba, Hausa, Igbo, French, Arabic, Kiswahili, Pidgin, Wazobia, and Afrikaans.
2. Airtel Receives Nigeria’s Second 5G License
With a reserve of $273.6 million, Airtel Africa has emerged as the sole bidder in Nigeria’s second 5G license auction. According to the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), two companies – Airtel and Standard Networks & Connections Limited – applied for the 3.5GHz spectrum, but only Airtel made the initial payment of the “intention to bid deposit” required.
3. Brittle Paper Unveils 100 Notable African Books Of 2022
Brittle Paper shared its 100 notable African books of 2022 list. Nigerian literature Professor and Editor-in-Chief of Brittle Paper, Dr. Ainehi Edoro-Glines, said the list introduces readers to the wealth of contemporary African writing, writers, and publishers working hard year-round to keep the African literary space vibrant and well-stocked with good books.
4. Meta introduces Avatars to WhatsApp
Thursday, December 7th, Meta announced it is introducing avatars to WhatsApp as a new and personalized way for its users to express themselves.
On WhatsApp, users can now use their personalized avatar as their profile photo or choose from 36 custom stickers reflecting many different emotions and actions.
5. Lagos Launches Mobile App To Combat Domestic, SGBV Violence
To combat domestic, sexual, and gender-based violence in the state, the Lagos State Government has launched a mobile application. It will handle and manage sexual and gender-based violence cases.
The Case Management Mobile Application would be both a mobile (Android and iOS) and web portal which will aid in operational efficiency
6. NCC Declares Dangers Of New TikTok Challenge
Nigerian Communications Commission has warned about the potential harm of taking part in the ‘Invisible Challenge’ on video hosting service, TikTok, revealing that it exposes the devices of Nigerians to Information-Stealing Malware known as the WASP (or W4SP) stealer.
So many actions toward creating a better world to live in are starting to take place and it’s such a great thing to behold. The app launch to combat SGBV is a good place to start, and this is me saying cheers to better decisions toward making the world a better place. It’s a wrap!
Till next time, Stay Creatively Informed.