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What’s next after the “Japa” surge of African IT talent in 2022 for tech employers?



For the past two months, the hashtag “#japa” has been among the top 10 trends on social media, and it is clear why. The top talent in practically every industry has been taken by the Japanese wave since the beginning of the summer. The tech sector has almost certainly been the worst affected by this tsunami.

Osaretin Victor Asemota, a tech CEO and investor, tweeted on the impact that Japan’s economic sanctions have had on tech, particularly software used by Nigerian banks. Check out the banks in Nigeria. They don’t smile. They are being severely wounded by Japa. In the tech departments…

A tier-one bank’s mobile application was down for nearly 48 hours just last month, and there was a long online queue of complaints and call-outs. Customers’ complaints of lost money, unfinished transactions, and waiting transfers flooded the banking rooms. When they were unable to obtain the intended outcome, they vented their frustration on social media. It was discovered at the height of the mobile application issues that the bank’s senior techies, who should have managed the situation, were on the Japa train and had departed the organization.

There are two potential solutions to the current issue. The first step would be to develop alluring possibilities that can successfully engage Nigeria’s digital talent while paying them a salary that can at least approach the worldwide average pay for their expertise. But that raises the question: How plausible is this?

In Faseun’s detailed post, he noted this; “Let’s NOT focus our attention on those who are leaving. They left (quite quitting) a long time ago before their actual resignation.”

According to the business leader, who has three decades of multi-sector experience, if Nigeria can be focused on building and contributing talent, there would really be little worries over migration. After all, those leaving are actually making room for the underemployed and unemployed to step into their shoes.

While this is very true, do organizations want to risk their reputation by hinging their business processes on inexperienced hands, yet to be rigorously vetted and trained to compete globally? We guess not.

This brings us to our second way out. What if we had a system that could own the responsibility of connecting the top 5% of talents in the country to top tech employers within the Nigerian market and even outside the Nigerian market? A system positioned to meet the much-needed demand for quality tech skills, talents with great character who are leaders in their own right. A system with working processes in place to train and vet the best tech candidates for every company that needs to scale up. A system that creates balance in the tech ecosystem, replacing tech talents that leave the shores of the country, with an excellent stock of talent.

If this is done, then there would really be nothing to worry about; as there would be a sufficient pool of equally skilled talents, from which to shop their replacements.

This may not be a novel solution. In fact, many people may be thinking down this route. But it will ultimately come down to the “who bells the cat?”. Otherwise, we will remain in this recurrent cycle of companies getting stranded when a highly skilled “tech-bro” chooses Japa.

Nigerian startups will continue to receive funding from investors to build their startups, but unless this puzzle is resolved, they will struggle to find the talent needed to build it. How can Nigeria ever catch up with the global moves in tech, if every now and then, one person’s migration is throwing a tech startup into confusion?

While we think about this, we must also remember that, beyond skills, the talent of the future should be well-rounded. They must have the required tech skills quite alright, but most importantly they must have the requisite leadership skills and growth mindset companies need to thrive. So, perhaps, as we move on to a new headhunting and recruitment phase, we would look beyond skills and consider character. This is what makes the top 5% of talent in any organization.

Perhaps, when we finally unravel the answer to this, we just might catch up with the global moves in tech and solve the dearth of tech talents in Nigeria.


Africa Needs $173 Billion Annually To Tackle Climate Change



Africa Needs $173 Billion Annually To Tackle Climate Change

It is the obligation of industrialized nations to provide climate money to assist poor nations like Nigeria in overcoming the effects of climate change.

According to data from the African Development Bank’s (AfDB) 2022 African Economic Outlook, the continent of Africa is expected to receive between $4.76 trillion and $4.84 trillion in total climate money from 2022 to 2050. This equates to $163.4 billion to $173 billion every year.

It is interesting to know that the GDP per capita and climate change have a significant relationship. Things could get worse if climate finance is not given to Africans who are already disproportionately suffering from the effects of climate change.

To develop climate resilience and endure the effects of climate change, the African continent needs this climate financing.

Developed nations committed to a collective aim of generating $100 billion per year by 2020 for climate action in developing countries during the UNFCCC’s 15th Conference of Parties (COP15) in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The money raised was intended to be utilized to take significant climate change mitigation measures in Africa. The promise has not yet been carried out.

According to Akinwunmi Adesina, head of the African Development Bank (AfDB), climate financial commitments from rich nations are urgently needed for Africa. He stated:

“Africa is suffering what it didn’t cause. The developed world, a long time ago, promised $100 billion a year in support of climate finance for developing countries. What we get now is a lot of talks and zero financing. It’s time to pay up because Africa is suffering tremendously from the impact of climate change. It’s Africa’s COP, so let’s deal with Africa’s problems by putting the money on the table.”

Earlier, the AfDB recommended in a report that the $100 billion commitment should be treated as new or additional financing rather than being lumped together with commitments to provide Official Development Assistance (ODA) and funding from multilateral development banks (MDBs).

Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the All Peoples Congress (APC) candidate for president, has recently come under fire for suggesting that before acting as president of Nigeria, the West must support climate efforts in Nigeria.

Africa Needs $173 Billion Annually To Tackle Climate Change

This was said by the politician in response to a query about how he intended to combat climate change at the Arewa House in Kaduna.

The lawmaker was criticized primarily for allegedly not understanding how climate financing operates. But based on all the evidence, it appears he is justified.

Nigeria’s fight against climate change will require around $247 billion between 2020 and 2030, according to the AfDB’s projections.

Nigeria’s shift to a low-carbon economy brings to light the challenges the nation’s oil industry and energy infrastructure are experiencing. More than 85% of exports and over half of income come from oil and gas.

The move to higher incomes will be slowed down by the elimination of fossil fuels, but inclusive and environmentally friendly development is still a possibility.

Emission limits for 2030 were set at 453 million tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MtCO2eq) in the updated NDC 2021 to 2030 and National Adaptation Plan 2021, or around half the level predicted in 2015.

With a total finance forecast of $177 billion, this represents an increase of 2.6% annually.


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Youth Agripreneurs To Receive $140,000 In AgriPitch Competition



Youth Agripreneurs To Receive $140,000 In AgriPitch Competition

A virtual information session on how to obtain training and seed financing will be part of the yearly African Development Bank (AfDB) seminar via its AgriPitch platform.

Young African “agripreneurs” are invited to attend an online seminar hosted by the African Development Bank (AfDB) in order to enter the bank’s AgriPitch competition.

A share of $140,000 in seed money and a position in the competition’s business development boot camp are up for grabs for the best agripreneurs on the continent who compete on the AgriPitch platform.

The competitors in the 2022 AgriPitch competition will get help developing concepts and coming up with new ideas that will promote sustainable nutrition across the entire continent of Africa, strengthen the food systems in Africa, and minimize the effects of gender marginalization.

The AgriPitch competition, which is an annual event and a major component of the AfDB’s Enable Youngsters Program, helps youth gain technical capacity-building skills and improve their access to financing.

The AgriPitch 2022 competition, which aims to foster an innovative culture and technology-led agricultural innovations, was presented at the webinar that was scheduled for Monday, October 17.

AfDB representatives will outline the application procedure, respond to applicants’ inquiries, and introduce the partners of the AgriPitch 2022 competition during the seminar.

The theme of AgriPitch 2022 is The Role of African Youth within African Food Systems.

Edson Mpyisi, Chief Financial Economist and Coordinator for Enable Youth at the AfDB, commented on the contest as follows:

“With the increased effects of climate change and the resultant impact on food systems within the continent, this competition serves to showcase timely and scalable youth-led opportunities.”

The AgriPitch Competition, he continued, aims to empower African agripreneurs by making their businesses more bankable and making sure they are “pitch ready” for potential investors.

The Employment for Youth in Africa Strategy of the AfDB aims to develop human capital, enhance inclusive employment and entrepreneurship, and create permanent ties with the labor market.

Youth Agripreneurs To Receive $140,000 In AgriPitch Competition

Those that succeed in the competition this year will receive coaching and mentoring throughout an exciting, personalized virtual two-week Bootcamp.

The Bank believes that entrepreneurship is a pathway to a secure job and viable socio-economic growth that is inclusive and promotes sustainable development. Therefore, Africa’s emerging vibrant wave of entrepreneurs must be supported and nurtured for the continent’s prosperity,” explained Damian Ihedioha, AfDB’s Division Manager for Agri-business.

The 2022 semifinalists will also get the chance to work one-on-one with a mentor, present their business proposals to possible investors in the AgriPitch deal room, and have access to online resources after the competition.

African adolescents who work in the agriculture value chain and are between the ages of 18 and 35 are eligible to enter the AgriPitch competition.

Early Startups (0–3 years in business), Mature Startups (3–+ years in operation), and Women-Empowered Businesses (companies with at least 51% female ownership or started by a woman) are the three competition categories for AgriPitch 2022.

Visit the competition page to find out more and to participate in the 2022 AgriPitch competition here


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What Seizure of Obajana Cement Plant does to Investors



What Seizure of Obajana Cement Plant does to Investors

The Kogi State government recently ordered the closure of the largest cement mill in Nigeria, Obajana, which is powered by Dangote Industries, after claims that the plant’s purchase was defective.

The world community has once again received troubling signals from this, particularly when it comes to investments, mergers, and acquisitions.

Businessman and Group President Aliko Dangote has shown an incredible dedication to investing in Nigeria, and the Obajana Cement facility is just one of them.

An unpleasant event in Nigeria’s political history is the plant’s forced closure, which has resulted in the loss of jobs for young people, income for the Kogi State administration, and infrastructure for the populace.

The Kogi state government’s actions are surprising at a time when the African continent is moving quickly to establish the “AFCFTA,” or Free Trade Agreement Area, intended to promote industrialisation, trade, and growth.

Given the benefit of the doubt, Nigeria is a democratic state with concerns regarding a multinational’s operations there.

What Seizure of Obajana Cement Plant does to Investors

There are four explanations for why the recent action taken by the Kogi state government regarding the Obajana Cement project signals to investors.

Whether at the federal, state, or municipal level, government’s responsibility includes creating an environment that encourages economic growth. This is undermined by Kogi State’s activities, which also make the business environment unfavorable.

Nigeria is succeeding in luring foreign direct investments, which were less than $500 million in Q2 2022. Potential foreign investors may experience additional shocks as a result of the current action because they will be alarmed by the treatment given to a significant domestic investor.

It will bring up the crucial issue of how Nigeria views the sacredness of contracts and engagements. The best course of action for problems identified by the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria is to take legal action. Without adherence to the rules of engagement, investors will lose interest in making investments in Nigeria.

Kogi State had a stellar reputation for community and asset security prior to this tragedy. Government measures must be taken to settle the disputes amicably and restore calm to the state in light of reports that persons were shot during the forcible shutdown.


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