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NCC selects VoguePay, Farmcrowdy, 4 others for ITU telecom world



The Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, has selected six startups to fly Nigeria’s flag in Durban, South Africa, where International Telecommunication Union, ITU, Telecom World 2018 (September 10-13, 2018) shall be hosted, can report.

A source at the Commission told that VoguePay, Farmcrowdy,, Dropque, and Zenafri, are the selected startups to represent Nigeria. had reported criteria set by NCC to select the startups following a publication by the telecom industry regulator in Nigeria.

In the publication, Director, Public Affairs, Mr. Tony Ojobo, recalled that Nigeria had a superlative outing in ITU Telecom World 2017, Busan, South Korea, when five of the country’s SMEs/Innovators made the final ITU Global listing for SMEs/Innovators awards. Three of them made the honours list.

He said that as part of the plan for this year’s ITU Telecom World, the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) published notices in the media recently, inviting Information and Communications Technology (ICT) practitioners and SMEs operating as e-Environment, Technology Hubs, Innovation Incubators, e-Education, e-Health, e-Commerce, e-Finance, Youth Empowerment and Employment to enlist for participation at ITU Telecom World 2018.

ITU Telecom World 2018 theme is “Innovation for Smarter Digital Development.”

The LOC listed the selected Startups/Innovators as having tech-enabled solution that are depict creative, innovative, and globally relevant.

“ITU Telecom World 2018 is an election year and Nigeria is vying for two positions: ITU Administrative Council and Director, in charge of Bureau for Telecommunications Development (BDT) for which Mr. Williams Ijeh is a candidate”, Ojobo explained.

The selected startups:

VoguePay offers safe and secure platform to accept payment in bitcoin. You can accept one-time payments, set up subscriptions, and even receive donations through the platform.

Farmcrowdy: The startup is Nigeria’s leading digital agriculture platform focused on giving people the opportunity to invest in Agriculture by connecting farm sponsors with real farmers.

PrepClass is an edutech startups that offers academic solution. They provide customized learning program for every student.

Dropque is a simple one-way video interviewing solution that helps applicants showcase their personalities and help recruiters streamline the process online.

Wesabi is a startup that helps individuals and businesses find skilled workers in their neighbourhood, through a website and a mobile app.

ZenAfri Limited (formerly Lizzie’s Creations), create brilliant fun apps and games for kids that showcase Africa’s unique Culture and tells it’s stories.

In April this year, Chief Regulator and Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) of Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta flagged off Nigeria’s campaign for the two positions, when he hosted a dinner for high profile ITU personalities including Secretary General, Mr. Houlin Zhao, officials of the global regulatory Agencies, Ministers, Regulators and global dignitaries in Geneva, Switzerland.

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Nigeria’s delegation will be led by Communications Minister, Chief Abdulraheem Adebayo Shittu, Chairman, NCC Board, Senator Olabiyi Durojaiye, the EVC NCC, Prof. Danbatta, including stakeholders/players, operators, Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs), among others.

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