Huawei in line with its commitment to the Zambian community and its determination to continue with its consistent corporate responsibility work’s and support ICT Talent development in Zambia, has trained 30 ICT Lecturers from top Zambian universities as well as Network Engineers from Smart Zambia Institute as instructors and engineers in Networking (Routing and Switching).
As a leading global provider of information and communications technology ( ICT ) infrastructure and smart devices we held the first of its kind and a high magnitude training in ICT at the state of the art ICT Center of Excellence building in Ndola (Zambia ICT College). The group was trained by an expert instructor from Huawei.
The vigorous training was in basics of networking to the advanced levels of networking. The trained tackled both theoretical aspects and intense practical during labs. Huawei is optimistic that the trained instructors and engineers will be fully equipped to carry out their duties efficiently.
The lecturers underwent a solid Instructor training program to equip them for the Huawei ICT Academy program to be run at various Zambian universities partnering with Huawei namely University of Zambia, Copperbelt University, ZCAS University, Mulugushi University, Zambia ICT College and Northrise University. This is a real demonstration of Huawei’s contribution and support to Zambia in ICT Talent development.
The program will subsequent see the training of over 1000 students in various ICT related fields such as networking, security and cloud computing. Upon completion, the long term program was launched in Lusaka with a Huawei ICT competition for universities and colleges in Southern Africa.
So far, over 1, 000 Students from over 9 tertiary Institutions have registered for the competition and will be certified and awarded with certificates of competence. Company Vice President for the Enterprise Business Group in Southern Africa, Michael Meng says he is hopeful that more than 30 Institutions will register for the program next year and over 20 thousand students are expected to be trained through the program in the next five years.
And recently Government through the Ministry of Transport and Communications Permanent Secretary Engineer Misheck Lungu at the Zambia ICT Talents Development Summit and Huawei ICT Competition Launch Ceremony in Lusaka called on the Zambia information Communication Technology Authority (ZICTA) to ensure that the Universal Access Fund is used to develop research in the ICT sector.
Mr. Lungu advised young people to spend time creating innovative ideas that can create jobs for others in the country and promised those participating in the competition that those that emerge the best may have a job secured for them.
And Smart Zambia Coordinator Dr. Martine Mtonga says Zambia and Huawei will work together towards enhancing student capabilities and obtain more job opportunities and creating a platform for students and teachers to share knowledge among other things.
ICT Association of Zambia President, Alick Siankumo notes that the development will enhance the progressive framework for the ICT industry in Zambia. According to Zambia’s 7th Five-Year Development Plan, ICT has been identified as an important catalyst for socio-economic development and a driving force for good governance. In order to fulfill this mandate, Zambia needed to create a national program to train ICT talent. The Zambia government expects that the expansion of educational opportunities for ICT managers and technicians will increase the employment rate and lower the costs of operation for Zambian ICT enterprises.
Black Professionals in Tech Network launches in Zambia
The Black Professionals in Tech Network (BPTN), the largest network of Black tech professionals in North America, with over 60,000 Black tech professional members globally, has officially launched in Zambia.
BPTN which launched on Friday 22nd July at Bongo Hive Technology Hub Lusaka provides a dynamic platform (obsidi.com) for global tech companies to build relationships with Black tech professionals across North America and in other global cities, enable large employers to hire talent and be seen as “An Employer of Choice” for Black tech professionals.
Mr. Lekan Olawoye, Founder of BPTN said he is confident that the launch of BPTN in Zambia will create an enabling platform for tech professionals to soar in their careers through provision of mentorship, master classes and resources as well as tap into BPTN network of career growers who are constantly seeking to hire Black tech talent, using this platform. Renowned company partners include Microsoft, IBM, LinkedIn, Deloitte, PwC, HPE, Intuit, Yelp, RBC bank, and many more global companies.
“BPTN is here to stay and will be investing $500,000USD yearly into the Zambian economy through hiring 17+ Fulltime staff, renting an office space in Lusaka and purchasing of equipment. Our Zambian office will be our Software engineering office, and it will help BPTN Inc build and maintain its global platform (obsidi.com). “He added.
In addition, BPTN offers support to partner companies through training sessions rich with relevant and culturally accurate content to enable the company to understand the Black tech professional experience, thereby supporting them to transform their systems and structure to better attract and retain talent.
We are a full-service firm that is a go-to partner for all things Black talent. This is what makes us a leading company, our ability to be the intimate partner for leading companies to solve their strategic hiring and retention needs.
Meet Gilbert Banda – Loyale Transportation Limited #Yango
- The story of partner before joining Yango
Meet Gilbert Banda an entrepreneur in the transport sector and CEO of Loyale Transportation Limited and one of Yango’s official partners. Before becoming a Yango Partner, the company ran several taxis and faced challenges in operating the business such as a lack of a good and consistent customer base, as well as lack of capital to expand as an SME.
When Yango entered the market, Mr Banda did not think twice about jumping on the opportunity of becoming a partner. The partnership offered great new prospects and exciting adventures. such as profits, benefits, and access to a ready customer base.
“This to me is a great partnership for local empowerment, especially for an SME like Loyale Transportation Limited where our focus is on expansion, good quality service delivery within the sector and the empowerment of a great many drivers. An added advantage is that Yango has brought competition in the sector which will greatly improve the service delivery within the sector.”- Mr Banda
- Success story
Benefits of joining Yango. challenges and advantages. Current results and success. Working places for drivers. Monthly turnover.
There are many benefits of partnering with Yango. Firstly, we are now managing more than 1,000 cars and this is sharpening both our management and leadership skills. The challenges that come along with this type of growth are simply an opportunity to improve and grow.
We have heard testimonials from many of our drivers on how using the Yango has drastically changed their financial positions in less than 2 months. Starting from failure to pay off loans or credit to being debt free and even acquiring assets like land. Soon many of our drivers will own their own taxis and become their own bosses which is a big plus for us because therefore we wake up early in the morning – to see our people progress.
- Plans to further expand
Loyale Transportation Limited is an SME run by a young, fresh, and youthful team with great millennial ideas. Where we previously lacked capital to realize these ideas, the Yango Partnership has made this possible. Our goal is to expand and continue to grow through a major shift in technological advancements.
Lastly, our expectations and aspirations are to see to it that the Zambian transportation sector continues to grow and develop.
We encourage Yango to invest more in marketing and advertisements, to increase the customer base, which then will directly improve local partner expansion and inevitably improve the lives of thousands of drivers.
It’s Here! BIG BROTHER NAIJA Season 7 Premieres July 23 on DStv and GOtv
AFRICA’s Most Popular Reality Show, Big Brother Naija, will return for its seventh season this July with a double launch show on Saturday, 23 July and Sunday, 24 July 2022.
Both shows will air from 7pm on Africa Magic Showcase, Africa Magic Urban and Africa Magic Family channels and the 24-hour show on DStv channel 198 and GOtv channel 29. BBNaija fans across Africa will also watch the show live via the African online streaming service, Showmax.
The headline sponsor for BBNaija season 7 is Pocket by Piggyvest and the associate sponsor is Flutterwave.
BBNaija is staying true to its reputation of having the biggest cash prize for any reality competition on the continent. This season’s winner will take home a grand prize worth 100 million Naira that includes 50 million Naira cash and other exciting prizes.
For the seventh season, the show will witness a return of a few pre-COVID 19 elements including the fan-favourite ‘Ninjas’ and a live studio audience. Fans can also expect a line-up of more engaging tasks, unpredictable twists and Big Brother’s wit. In addition, 30 fans of the show will also win 1 million Naira each in the Fave Lock-In promo exclusive to DStv and GOtv customers.
The show will also retain its voting style from last year. Voting will only be on the Big Brother Naija website, mobile site, and the MyDStv and MyGOtv apps for active customers. The number of votes each subscriber will be determined by their subscription packages, with DStv Premium and GOtv SUPA subscribers receiving the most votes.
DStv customers who would like to opt out of viewing the show can do so by sending “Smart card number [space] BBOUT” to 30333, while GOtv customers can do same by sending “IUC Number [space] BBOUT” to 4688. Additionally, customers can activate the parental control option on their DStv and GOtv decoders for viewers younger than 18 years.