WhatsApp update to expand data sharing sparks criticism
WhatsApp asked its users to agree to its new updated terms, which would allow the service to share users' data with Facebook and facilitate e-commerce.
For Sahel artists, a lifeline in WhatsApp recordings
US-based record label "Sahel Sounds", which specialises in music from Africa's semi-arid Sahel, releases monthly EPs online which local artists record on mobile phones and send to Portland, Oregon over WhatsApp.
The Guardian Dreamers & Doers: Christie Brown (Christie Brown)
Since winning the 2009 Emerging Designer of the Year Award at the inaugural Arise Africa Fashion Week in Johannesburg, South Africa, Christie Brown has grown to be one of the top African fashion brands to reckon with. From winning that award, the label has catered to international celebrities like Beyonce and public figures alike whilst showcasing unique and eccentric designs. Behind the rising African label is Aisha Ayensu, the founder and Creative Director of Christie Brown credits the success of the fashion house to her embrace of the modern African woman. As Christie Brown continues to catch the eye of various women around the globe, it’s clear the label founder has her sight set on something bigger.
What if Facebook is forced to ditch Instagram, WhatsApp?
In a bold move, US antitrust watchdogs have sued Facebook, arguing the social media giant needs to be broken up. Momentum is on the regulators' side, experts say.
The Guardian Dreamers & Doers: Gina Ehikodi (Foodies and Spice)
The initial idea when Foodies and Spice started was to have a big television show modelled after the likes of Oprah Winfrey show, but Gina Ehikodi Ojo soon realized it was going to be quite an expensive venture to launch into. Undeterred by the hurdles, she opted for an easier format because of her love for cooking.
The Guardian Dreamers & Doers: Oluwatoyin Onigbanjo (AugustSecrets)
AugustSecrets was born out of necessity when Oluwatoyin Onigbanjo had her child, Jaden, outside her country, Nigeria. Upon returning, she bought all available infant meals only for her baby to keep rejecting them. It was a frustrating experience for a first-time mother. Since she couldn’t watch him starve to death, she began the journey into looking into alternatives, it was in the process of searching she found solace in African and Nigerian foodstuffs.
The Guardian Dreamers & Doers: Samiah Oyekan-Ahmed (The Gift Source)
Samiah Oyekan-Ahmed founded The Gift Source, a leading supplier of top quality and aesthetically pleasing gift products sourced locally and internationally, in 2013 to fill the void she noticed in Nigeria’s gift market. Trained as a Medical doctor, her voyage into entrepreneurship was not smooth. When she started out seven years ago, she was quite inexperienced but she had a fierce determination to succeed.
Dreamers and Doers original series premiers on Guardian TV
From November 18, GuardianTV will showcase the stories of some of Africa’s brightest minds who have used social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp to market their products, contents, and services. We call them Dreamers and Doers. And you too can learn how these young entrepreneurs moved from mere dreaming to working to realise their ideas.
WhatsApp’s vanishing messages
You can send messages that disappear on WhatsApp by turning disappearing messages on. Once enabled, new messages sent in the chat will disappear after seven days. The most recent selection controls all messages in the chat. Messages sent or received before disappearing messages is enabled won't be affected.
Magu: VP Yemi Osinbajo's lawyer writes IGP, demands probe of 4bn allegation, Jeff Bezos' net worth now $180 Billion
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Germany's data chief tells ministries WhatsApp is a no-go
Germany's data privacy chief has told federal bodies not to use WhatsApp, amid concerns that it feeds Facebook with data. Ulrich Kelber said it appeared that the government has failed to establish enough safe services.