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Kenyan fintech startup, Hisa, launches app for real-time online stocks trading

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Kenyan fintech startup, Hisa, has launched an app that allows users to invest in the stock market real-time directly from their phones using mobile money.

The multi-faceted investment platform, according to Hisa’s co-Founder and CEO, Erick Asuma, “will help users to follow discussions, read the latest business and finance news from reputable media partners.”

“Users will also get real-time market updates, learn from experts and listen to podcasts on topics ranging from technology, and personal finance as well as interviews with thought leaders.

“Today, we are very excited to launch Hisa which will allow Kenyans to invest and build wealth with minimal investments,” Asuma said at the launch of the app on Tuesday.

“Through Hisa, anyone in Kenya can invest in their favourite companies such as Safaricom, KCB, Equity, Tesla, Apple, Microsoft and many more,” Asuma added.

The company has so far received regulatory approval from the Kenyan Capital Markets Authority(CMA) and will be working closely with the Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE) to unveil the fractional investing of Kenyan stocks, he said.

“Hisa aims to democratize the Africa retail investment space, which suffers from limited investment options, lack of information and very low financial literacy levels, through micro-investments,” Eric Jackson, co-Founder and CTO, also said, adding that the company aims to empower Africa to be financially independent by providing simplified investment solutions and educational content.

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Kenyan techpreneur wins Microsoft’s 2022 MVP award

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A Kenyan techpreneur, Shadrack Kiprotich, has been awarded the coveted 2022 Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Award for “actively sharing high-quality expertise with other technology professionals.”

Kiprotich made the list of over 3,000 awardees worldwide for the Microsoft MVPs, which is an “elite group of experts who share a passion for technology, a willingness to help others, and a commitment to community, making them exceptional leaders who contribute to the industry’s success through knowledge-sharing to solve problems,” according to Microsoft’s website.

After the announcement on Monday, Kiprotich, who was also nominated in the Business Applications category, said he will continue to “deliver amazing work in his local community and will hope to open up more opportunities for others to do the same.”

“The MVP award program will play a huge role in my journey since this is something I love; advocating for tech for all and making contributions to the community,” he told journalists in Nairobi.

“As the only Kenyan MVP at the moment, I am looking forward to more people joining the program and we will be able to grow the MVP community in Kenya and get to empower more people,” Kiprotich said.

Ruth Ferland, the Microsoft Africa Development Center Senior Program Manager for Ecosystem Engagements, noted that Shadrack’s journey to the award indicated the importance of introducing technical skills early, and maintaining a strong talent development pipeline for the technology industry.

“As we congratulate Shadrack Kiprotich for his unwavering efforts to becoming one of the elite global technology professionals, we must consider the value of providing technical skills early on in people’s lives,” said Ferland.

Kiprotich who holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree, picked up his programming skills by learning from a friend and honed them in the Microsoft Learn Student Ambassadors program, before going on to be a team lead in Season 2 of the Microsoft Game of Learners hackathon in 2021.

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Equitorial Guinea accuses French telecoms operator, Orange SA, of giving away its domain name

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Equatorial Guinea has accused French telecoms giant, Orange SA, of “fraudulently” giving out its “.gq” domain name to the Netherlands, thus forcing the African country’s institutions to pay to use the domain.

The country’s Vice President, Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, who made the accusations on Saturday, said officials in Equatorial Guinea had “discovered that the French from the Orange company engaged in fraudulent manipulation by ceding our domain .gq to the Dutch”.

The .gq domain name, according to local media, was launched in 1997 by Equatorial Guinean mobile operator, Getesa, but was reported to be prone to spam, phishing and other malicious use.

While speaking at a press conference, Nguema said:

“Now, we have to pay them to use our own domain, which makes it challenging to set up an institutional website with .gq for the country,” he said at a press conference.

“What have we done to France for it to plunder African countries in this manner? We are once again hindered by their trickery. The West should stop taking advantage of Africa,” he added.

This is not the first time the son of long-serving President Teodoro Obiang Nguema, has accused European countries of various infractions in his country.

He has previously accused the United States, Spain and France of interfering in his country’s internal affairs.

In one of such instances, a French court in 2020, fined him €30 million for embezzling public funds, giving him a suspended jail term and ordering the confiscation of his assets.

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