News Catch Up | Around Africa

Ghana loses over $52million to online betting annually – Ghana’s caretaker Finance Minister, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu has disclosed that the country loses about $52,288,650 in revenue due to leakages in online betting. Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu said this when he delivered the 2021 budget statement of the Ghanaian government. He admitted that gaming has become a major source of income for many individuals across the globe. He added that gaming is also a significant source of revenue for the government. The caretaker Finance Minister said, to improve the revenue mobilization from online gaming, the government intends to create a new policy this year. Read more –

Lupita Nyong’o partners with Kenyan startup to produce Africa’s first kid superhero animated seriesNairobi-based media and tech startup Kukua has partnered with Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o to produce “Super Sema,” a new YouTube Originals kids and family program. Super Sema is one of nine shows that YouTube announced would join its Originals roster as part of a $100 million plan to invest in the future of kids’, family and educational programming. Super Sema is also Africa’s first kid superhero animated series, and the first few episodes have already been released on YouTube this week. The remaining 12 episodes will be released throughout March and April. Read more –

Burna Boy & Wizkid win big at the 2021 GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony – Burna Boy and Wizkid have also become Nigeria’s second and third Grammy winners after Sikiru Adepoju. Burna Boy has won the Best World Music Album for Twice As Tall at the 62nd GRAMMY Awards. The win marks Burna Boy’s first Grammy Award after being nominated last year. In what is clearly a big night for Nigeria’s music industry, Wizkid has also won a Grammy award for Best Music Video for “Brown Skin Girl” alongside Beyoncé & Blue Ivy at the 63rd GRAMMY Awards. Beyoncé, Blue Ivy & WizKid also won Best Music Video for “Brown Skin Girl” Read more –

Nigerians may not be able to use their bank’s USSD service in the country – Nigerians would not be able to use their bank’s USSD services due to the decision of Nigerian telcos’ to withdraw the platform from the country’s financial service providers. According to the Chairman of the Association of Licenced Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON), Gbenga Adebayo, this will begin on Monday (March 15, 2021).In a statement, Adebayo said it will make this disconnect because the banks owe them ₦42 billion ($102.4 million) for using the platform. Read more –