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Sanwo-Olu launches Nigeria’s first electric car, to complete Lagos-Badagry expressway

Sanwo-Olu unveiled the first Nigerian electric car named Hyundai Kona.

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The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Friday, November 13, 2020, unveiled the first Nigerian electric car named Hyundai Kona.

The car, which is a product of Stallion Group, was launched at the VON Automobiles Nigeria in Ojo, Lagos State where the car was manufactured.

The new Kona, an Electric car is regarded in European motoring industry as the world’s number one, with the cost, put at about N24 million

While speaking during the unveiling of the product, Sanwo-Olu observed that VON has over 40 to 50 years of vehicle manufacturing history, when they were assembling various Volkswagen products.

The governor was full of commendation for Stallion Group for the noble initiative, just as he promised that Lagos State Government will make provisions for electricity charging points for the vehicle across the state, to make it easy for users to enjoy their Electric Vehicles (EV).

The Governor also promised the completion of the Lagos-Badagry Expressway, which was started under the administration of former governor of the state, Babatunde Fasola, in order to facilitate business activities in the state.

Sanwo-Olu said, “Lagos-Badagry Expressway which has been expanded from 2 to 10 lanes will soon be complete, we are not rushing the road; we are building a first-class road construction project.’

The Managing Director, VON Automobiles, Mr Rohtagi Manish, while explaining the essence of the launch, pointed out that Kona will change things positively in the Nigerian auto market.

According to Manish, the changes in global temperature and weather patterns are seen today are caused by human activity. Kona, he said, is one way to respond to the global weather challenges, so as to achieve a greener environment.

This appears to be a huge boost for the promoters of more environmentally friendly automobile and subsequently promote a green environment. This will also help to drive the Federal Government’s efforts to shift focus from petrol-based automobile to vehicles with a cheaper source of energy

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WhatsApp shares updated plans for its new privacy policy

WhatsApp has shared its updated plans and asking users to review and accept its updated terms and privacy policy.

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In an effort to maintain its users’ trust globally, WhatsApp has shared its updated plans and asking users to review and accept its updated terms and privacy policy.

The company noted that it will be sharing its values and updates to its users through the status feature available on WhatsApp.

In the coming weeks, Whatsapp plans to display a banner on their App that will provide users with information on its new privacy policies that they can read at their own pace. And they will subsequently remind users to review and accept these updates to keep using the platform.

Over 175 million people message a WhatsApp Business account every day and more will want to do this in the future.

WhatsApp charges businesses to provide customer service on WhatsApp – not people. So, this new update is about optional business features that are a part of the broader efforts to make communicating with a business secure, better, and easier for everyone.

The company is building a business that puts people in control – what people choose to send to a business is up to them, not to WhatsApp.

WhatsApp also reminded its users that they are committed to protecting users’ privacy and security, so personal messages will always have end-to-end encryption, so WhatsApp can’t read or listen to them.

In case you missed it

  • Earlier this year, WhatsApp announced that it will start sharing users’ personal information with Facebook.
  • The tech giants got a lot of backlash from people concerning this privacy update and they have worked round the clock to clear the misinformation.
  • Whatsapp’s new policy forced some users to seek Signal and Telegram as an alternative, as they consequently both experience a surge in downloads.
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Jumia plans to spin off logistics and payment unit in a bid to become profitable

Jumia Technologies is laying out longer-term plans to spin off divisions and enter new countries.

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Jumia Technologies announced a plan to spin off its logistic unit in Africa in a bid to boost revenues, which have been helped by the pandemic as e-commerce activities rose during the period.

This was disclosed by Co-Chief Executive Officer, Sacha Poignonnec, who said its time Jumia lays the foundation for future growth, in a Bloomberg report.

He added that the unit to be focused on is responsible for goods transport in 11 Africa countries it has operations in, including Nigeria and also the payments unit of the company, which enables Jumia to settle transactions.

The co-CEO said the company is exploring spinning off both units.

We created something that does not really exist in Africa, which is an end-to-end logistics partner on the continent. We have built it from the get-go so that one day we are in the position to carve it out if we want to.

Poignonnec added that Jumia in recent years has opened up its logistic units, enabling 3rd party suppliers in negotiating shipping and transport costs.

The focus is on reducing losses and controlling costs, and deciding where to allocate our resources. No one questions the relevance of e-commerce as a business — and the opportunity in Africa is massive. Seven years ago, people were questioning how we are even going to do this, now the only question remains on profitability.”

He also added that as Jumia exits operations in some African markets, it still sees opportunities in some, especially Ethiopia, as being African focused enables the company and shareholders to have an exposure to the entire continent, citing institutional investors like MTN and MasterCard working with Jumia across the continent.

Jumia’s stock price has increased by more than 500% in the past 12 months.

What you should know 

It was reported in August that Jumia recorded a loss after tax of N17 billion in the second quarter of 2020, despite the rampaging effect of COVID-19.

It was also reported last month that apart from the rebounding stock price, the company is recording positives in almost all performance indices in the year 2020.

In the Q3 financial results released on 10 November 2020, Jumia’s gross profit was €23.2 million ($27.3 million), a YoY increase of 22 percent.

Jumia’s gross profit after fulfilment expense reached €6.6 million, compared to a loss of €1.7 million in the third quarter of 2019, marking the first time that the Jumia Group scored a positive in its gross profit after fulfilment and advertising expenses.

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Apple newest flagship phones draw mixed reactions

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Apple, at the iPhone Launch Event on October 13, 2020 introduced its newest flagship phones through a virtual launch event.

The iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro and the iPhone 12 Pro Max, which offer powerful features, and are all equipped with the 5G network.

The iPhone 12 (6.1 inch) and iPhone 12 mini (5.4 inch) will be available in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB in blue, green, black, white, and red.

The iPhone 12 price starts from $799 (N304,419) while the iPhone 12 mini price starts from $699 (N266,319). They will be available for pre-order on 6 November and will be available for shipping starting 13 November.

The iPhone 12 Pro (6.1 inch) and iPhone 12 Pro Max (6.7 inch) will also be available in 128GB, 256GB and 512GB and in graphite, silver, gold, and pacific blue.

The iPhone 12 Pro price starts from are $999 (N380,619) depending on the storage while the iPhone 12 Pro Max price starts from $1099 (N418,719) depending on the storage. It will be available for pre-order starting 16 October and it will start shipping in the US by 23 October.

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iPhone 12 launch draws mixed reactions all around the world from YouTubers to Tweeps to magazines, among others.

The iPhone 12 won’t be coming with a charger and earphones. So it means when you order or preorder your iPhone you must also do the same for a charger and earphones.

The iPhone 12 structure and design was compared to that of iPhone 5 and very different to that of iPhone 11 and co.

The iPhone 12 launch was also criticized because it boasted of the screen of the phone being very strong. But we all know how it goes with the screens.

Some people also said apart from the new 5G feature, there were no other new additions.

In China, of 24,269 respondents to a Caljing magazine poll, 10,000 voted against getting the new iPhone. 9269 were in support of getting a new one while the rest 5000 were neutral about it.

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