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What Do You Do with Your Money? Download Bohikor and Keep Track of your expenses and income. In an economy like Cameroon where immediately FCFA 10,000 changes to FCFA 9,000, the money finishes in seconds, a timely solution has been launched to help users track their expenses and income. It is normal to find a Cameroonian earning FCFA 200,000 monthly asking for ‘urgent 2k’ at mid-month. A woman selling fruits at the roadside and making a daily profit of FCFA 15,000 will tell you she doesn’t know where her money is going. At the same time, a student on FCFA 20,000 monthly allowance complains as if he/she has a leaking pocket that misplaces money. The President of Bohikor startup, Ayuk Etta, has described these situations as financial illiteracy. “Cameroonians have not yet understood how to manage their financial life. You discover that a woman goes to the market to buy…

Not Every Job is For You. Hi! I am Eduke, the village girl and I want to share with you some mistakes I have made in my professional life over the years. It is a lesson I have learned and I thought of sharing it with you.  See guys, it is not every job you have to accept. I understand there is that desperation to get a job, make money and take care of your bills, improve your skills while hoping for a better tomorrow. Nine months after I quit my beloved and first job at a tech hub, I was seduced with another after freelancing for 9 months. That anxiety to finally work again was there. I had my monthly ‘njangi’ to take care of and other bills to cater for. I was recommended to this entrepreneur who had an amazing business idea. After the person had pitched to…

Recap of day 2 of the 2021 Silicon Mountain Conference. The largest tech event in Cameroon, Silicon Mountain Conference is currently going on in Buea in the campuses of ActivSpaces, Catholic University Institute of Buea (CUIB), Higher Institute of Management Studies (HIMS), University of Buea and Chariot Hotel Complex. Cameroon Tech News brings to you highlights of Day 2 of the event at the university of Buea. A recap of Day 1 hereA recap of Day 1 here For day 2, it was as follows Panel Discussion *The day opened with a panel discussion on the overview of the Silicon Mountain ecosystem to help the audience understand its history, components, problems and ways forward. – 2 Panelists were pioneer members. The community got its name from Silicon Valley and the Fako mountain after many deliberations from techies then. -The community has evolved from being just a tech community to encompassing…

The largest tech gathering in Cameroon, SILICON MOUNTAIN CONFERENCE will happen from November 9th -13th 2021 in Buea, South West Region of Cameroon. The organizing committee is rounding off with preparations for the historic event themed, “THE SHOWCASE.” Though envisaged to harbour over 2000 participants, many who do not understand the tech ecosystem doubt the activities of the community members. Lately, it is common to find a non-techie term Silicon mountain community members scammers, computer repairers, thieves or even computer vendors. What Is The Silicon Mountain Exactly and how did it come into existence? Since the early 2000s, computer enthusiasts like Churchill Mambe, Valery Colong (Co-founder of ActivSpaces), Otto Akama, Churchill Nanje Mambe (Founder, Njorku), Fua Tse (Founder, Zinger Systems), Tata Cyril had dreams of having a community where tech lovers can come together and learn from each other. Then support structures like Activsapces popped up and served as a…

 The village girl, Eduke Nadesh awarded best female blogger? How, Why? When and By Who.  All answered in this blog post Eduke Nadesh, fondly known as the village girl also lead content creator at Eduke’s Ink has gone home with the prize of Best blogger in the female category. The awards organized by the Cameroon Bloggers Association, (L’Association des Blogueurs du Cameroun) had four nominees for the Best female category.  This category has been mistaken to mean best female blogger. But in the actual sense, the category is on blogs that create content advocating for the well-being of women and the girl child in the society. After deliberations and scrutiny from the 7-person jury, Eduke Nadesh was awarded Best Female blogger on Friday, October 15, 2020 in Cameroon’s capital, Yaounde. Eduke’s win comes 2 years after she and her friends created a blog, edukesink.com There, she shares her experiences as…

The Women Techmakers Limbe together with a Ghanaian boy has won the second prize of the 2021 Ideathon for Women’s Online Safety organized by Google’s Jigsaw and Women Tech Makers for women and girls in Central Africa. Ange Taffo said despite the challenges the internet connectivity in Cameroon posed, Team Sentinel was able to emerge as the second winner of the competition which challenged participants to propose and present solutions on harassment and bullying of women online. The team has gone home with 150.000frs as second prize winner after another team from Bambili, Bamenda, North West Region emerged first. Cameroon was topping the competition. The online competition which began in August 2021 was organized as a result of the fact that women face bullying and harassment online more than men do. Also read: 2 powerful Silicon Mountain Tech Women making it to Google Summer of Code 2021. How I got…

The largest tech event in Cameroon, the Silicon Mountain Conference, is coming up this November under the theme “THE SHOWCASE.” Preparations towards the tech-driven event have climaxed, with the organizing committee dotting the “Is” and cutting the “Ts”.  The event, which always brings together more than 1,000 participants, has been described by marketers as a client pool for companies that will be sponsoring. This is because the audience will comprise persons from diverse institutions like training centers, government institutions, and individuals like software engineers, business owners, academicians, freelancers, etc who are potential clients, partners, and employees to every business. Marketers are always looking for the opportunity to meet their clients face-to-face and this conference is offering companies to meet physically with over 2,000 clients within 5 days. The organizing committee and secretariat of the 2021 Silicon Mountain Conference are calling on all companies wishing to showcase their products to sign…

Since the COVID-19 pandemic reared its head in Cameroon in 2020, Cameroonian youths have learned to take online courses, acquire relevant skills to get jobs and earn a living. With the available platforms like Upwork, Design crowd, Fiverr, etc, those who learn these online courses can easily do freelance jobs and get paid. However, many still have the challenge of not being able to receive payments after completing jobs on these platforms. Why? Because most of the payment methods are not easily available to Cameroonians. Cameroon Tech News (CTN) took its microphones to the streets to ask freelancers how easy it is for them to get paid after completing freelance jobs. Agbor Daniel, a Graphic Designer in Buea, Southwest Region of Cameroon, lamented that it’s been more than a year since his 80,000 CFA got stuck on the Payoneer platform. He has been unable to get the money after struggling…

Graduate Trainee Program at ActivSpaces and a paid Volunteer position are the two opportunities available in the tech Hubs in Buea. Do you have a Bachelor of Science (BSc), Master of Science (MSc), or Master in Business Administration (MBA) and lack the required experience or skills to achieve your dream as a Business Consultant or Business Development Specialist? If so, then apply as a Graduate Trainee at the ActivSpaces Tech Hub Buea. The selected candidates(s) will receive free training and apprenticeship in Business Consulting and Coaching for  6 months depending on aptitude. After that, they will be allowed to join the ActivSpaces team in Buea, Douala or Bangangte as full staff or jobs placed in other organisations.  Desired requirements for the Graduate Trainee Program  Good communication and writing skills are necessary. Computer literacy and the owner of a laptop.Willingness to explore, learn and grow as a business consultant, coach…

BUEA, Cameroon, August 7, 2021ー A monumental change is coming to Africa’s content creation ecosystem with the launch of Prymefans, a subscription-based platform that allows African content creators (musicians, celebrities, influencers, comedians, entertainers, mentors, and creators from all genres) to convert their social media followers into paying fans to have the first taste of their works and exclusive access to their lives and arts. Social media has grown and become a primary source of income across the world to most influencers and social media celebrities. Yet, Africans still find it difficult to benefit from the opportunities that come with owning a social media account or having a huge following. With Prymefans, Africans can harness the full potential of social media; with no content restriction, full accessibility and control of their data, and they can earn real income from their followers, fans, and subscribers without any interference. According to the owners,…