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3 Apps To Download To Legally Stream All 2018 FIFA World Cup Matches

This article may be late but as they say, better late than never, right? Ever since the first match of the 2018 World Cup, I have relied on my smartphone to watch over 50% of the matches

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By Kaluka Wanjala

This article may be late but as they say, better late than never, right? Ever since the first match of the 2018 World Cup, I have relied on my smartphone to watch over 50% of the matches. And no, I am not talking about illegally streaming the matches using some shady website or using one of those apps that you download and hope it works all the time and does not bombard you with pop ads left, right and centre.

The reason why I have watched most of the 2018 World Cup matches on my phone has to do with the fact that I am not always at home when they start. With most of the afternoon matches, I am always out and about or just not near my TV and not having my phone would mean that I miss most of these matches. If you are like me, you probably are in school or at work by the time the first match kicks off and need ways to watch all the matches you want on the go.

Kwese-Iflix App

This is the app I have been using for the last couple of weeks. I am meant to understand that Kwese and Iflix joined forces recently as previously they were independent companies. I have known about both Kwese and Iflix for sometime but I have never subscribed to any of these services before.

The DStv Now App

If you are a DStv subscriber, you do not have to rush home everyday just to watch the live matches. You can do so on the go through the DStv Now app. I personally did not know DStv offered such an option until two weeks ago. The app is available on both Android and iOS and once you get it, go to LiveTV > Sport and stream the matches on the relevant SuperSport channel.

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The StarTimes App

I have never been a fan of StarTimes and I would be the first to admit that I do not know the channels it offers. Even with that said, they got into my radar recently as they were among the first pay TV providers who announced that they would be streaming all 64 world Cup matches this year. We already knew DStv was going to stream all matches but we have already established that the MultiChoice-owned company is very expensive. This is why the announcement by StarTimes got my attention, Yes I know, I like cheap things.

Conclusion

I am a big fan of companies that create products specifically for smartphone users. Not everyone is willing or able to watch live sports on their TV and having an option to do that on your phone is necessary. The ability to stream live sports on your phone legally will definitely introduce new products to consumers and introduce new subscribers to the Pay Tv services. Not everyone is willing to spend thousands of shillings every month on a Pay Tv service yet they only want the live sports action. Still on this, not everyone is willing to spend a ton of cash on data so as to watch their favourite team play. This is why this partnership between these three service providers and Safaricom makes sense, the service providers benefit, Safaricom benefits and most importantly, the users of these services benefit.

I hope this is the start of a new era and we should be seeing additional products from Telcos such as Safaricom and Pay Tv or Video On demand service providers.

The apps listed above are just the ones that got my attention and have local payment options. There are a ton of other international apps that you can get but why should you when you have these?

Fun Fact about this world cup: Every team I have supported have lost, I am beginning to think that I should support the teams I want to see eliminated for the sake of my sanity.

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IFC to support 100 women-led startups through She Wins Africa

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The International Financial Corporation (IFC) has selected 100 women-led startup owners to support through the She Wins Africa program, an initiative led by the IFC aimed at accelerating access to capital for female-led startups across Africa.

The selected women, according to the IFC, a member of the World Bank group, will “participate in comprehensive interventions that will strengthen their companies’ investment readiness, including advice and mentorship, and provide access to potential investors, industry leaders, and peers through matchmaking and pitching opportunities across Africa.”

“The initiative is a part of IFC’s broader commitment to promote gender equality and empower women entrepreneurs in emerging markets,” Nathalie Akon Gabala, Director of Gender and Economic Inclusion at IFC, said in a statement.

She added that the 100 participants announced on Wednesday were drawn from almost 3,000 applicants comprised of women entrepreneurs across Africa in sectors ranging from ag-tech, climate-tech, e-commerce, ed-tech, health-tech and fintech etc.

“Sub-Saharan Africa has the highest rate of female entrepreneurs globally, with approximately 26% of female adults involved in entrepreneurial activity. However according to a 2021 World Bank report, women founders in Africa receive only about three percent of start-up finance,” she noted.

“In addition to the investment-readiness program for the 100 selected participants, She Wins Africa will roll out other initiatives, including a bootcamp to help lead 200 pre-seed women-led startups into acceleration phase

“An initiative to open up acceleration support for an additional 200 women-led startups in areas where such support is not easily available; and
a program to create a coalition of funds, venture capital firms and gender-lens investors to improve access to finance for women and their businesses across Africa.

IFC’s She Wins Africa empowers women entrepreneurs through coaching, training, and financing, accelerating their growth and investment readiness throughout sub-Saharan Africa.

“It’s time for investors to step up and fund women. A strong entrepreneurship ecosystem benefits us all,” she said.

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IFC partners Ethiopia’s Zemen Bank to strengthen trade financing

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The International Finance Corporation (IFC) has partnered with the Zemen Bank of Ethiopia to strengthen trade financing in the country.

The deal, according to Ato Dereje, CEO of Zemen Bank, sees IFC welcoming Zemen Bank as the newest member of its Global Trade Finance Program (GTFP) and provides the bank with a trade finance facility to support Ethiopian exports and imports.

Zemen Bank has been taking different impactful initiatives since its establishment, such as this one, aimed at facilitating the financing of vital trade in goods and fostering the establishment of new trading alliances for Ethiopia,” Dereje said.

“Concurrently, the program will significantly boost trade finance for numerous import-export enterprises, particularly during periods of global economic volatility.”

The bank CEO further noted that IFC’s $30 million trade finance facility guarantee will help strengthen Zemen Bank’s trade finance operations and assist in developing new trade partnerships for businesses in Ethiopia.

Madalo Minofu, IFC Country Manager for Ethiopia who also spoke at the signing ceremony, said IFC’s trade financing is also part of its $1 billion Africa Trade and Supply Chain Finance Program (ATRI), which is supporting Africa’s regional trade development and helping to reduce the continent’s reliance on imports.

“Increasing access to trade finance is critical to boosting trade in Africa. Our partnership with Zemen Bank through IFC’s Global Trade Finance program will contribute to strengthening Ethiopia’s ability to finance essential trade of goods and open the door to new trading partnerships for the country,” he said.

“IFC is committed to supporting Ethiopia’s private sector growth, which is focused on strengthening agribusiness value chains, supporting the growth of manufacturing, and increasing access to digital connectivity,” he added.

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