Smart Monkey TV Reviews en-us Smart Monkey TV Copyright 2012, Smart Monkey TV April 26 2017 {gmt_date format="%Y-%m-%dT%H:%i:%s%Q"} TV Judy Kibinge, Docubox on three documentaries it funded that are just nearing completion

Judy Kibinge, Docubox talks about: being the region’s first documentary film fund; opening a mini-hub for film-makers; and three interesting documentaries Docubox funded.

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 17:07:00 PDT Editor
Gillian Ezra and Phil Moore, Deezer on how music streaming needs to change in Africa

Gillian Ezra and Phil Moore, Deezer talk about: the extent of Deezer’s roll-out in Africa; how it makes sure it carries local music and the percentage of it; who its users are; and two ways in which the models for music streaming in Africa need to change.

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 17:04:00 PDT Editor
Tosh Juma, Nairobi Design Institute on the setting up of a human-centred design course for companies {

Tosh Juma, Nairobi Design Institute talks about: what Nairobi Design Institute wants to do; how it is prototyping its first course course; the project-based way it will teach; its fundraising; and its longer-term ambitions.

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 16:57:00 PDT Editor
James Kabiru, Olive Tree Media on how SMS is a key medium for health and agricultural services

James Kabiru, Olive Tree Media talks about: the health and agricultural services it has carried out using SMS and the number of users; and the continuing role of SMS and why it works so well.

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 16:48:00 PDT Editor
Ghana: Emmanuel Noah on start-up BenBen’s roll-out of its Blockchain land registry {

Co-founder Emmanuel Noah, BenBen talks about: how BenBen came to be launched; how it works; the initial pilot; investment in the company; and its roll-out plans.

Sun, 12 Mar 2017 18:03:00 PDT Editor
Start-up founder Jessica Colaco, Brave Ventures on Big Data in Africa and need for data scientists

Jessica Colaco, Co-Founder, Brave Venture Labs talks about: the state of Big Data in Africa; the number of data scientist-related jobs advertised in Africa; how Brave Venture Academy will address the shortage of data scientists in Africa; its expansion plans; and its capital fundraising.

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 15:36:00 PDT Editor
Warrick Percy, Capasso on the switch to digital music and being the African mechanical rights hub

Warrick Percy, Capasso talks about: what Capasso does and how African songwriters and composers benefit; the increases in its collection revenues over the last 3 years; the split between analogue and digital revenues; why Capasso calls itself the African Mechanical Rights Hub; and its spiky relationship with the mobile operators.

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 15:31:00 PDT Editor
Domestly Co-Founders Berno Potgieter and Thatoyaone Marumo on being the Uber for cleaners in SA {

Domestly Co-Founders Berno Potgieter and Thatoyaone Marumo talk about: how the idea for Domestly came about; what it does and how it works; the number of people using it; and the company’s investors.

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 15:29:00 PDT Editor
Julius Nyingmeh on how Vivabox wants data partnerships with African mobile co’s to deliver VoD

Julius Nyingmeh, Vivabox talks about: the technology underlying Vivabox; its transition to delivering content in Africa and the countries it’s going into; the monthly price of a subscription; its desire to form data partnerships; and future expansion plans.

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 12:40:00 PDT Editor
Ingrid Kopp, Electric South on funding five African Virtual Reality projects

Ingrid Kopp, Electric South talks about: how Electric South was set up; three examples of projects it’s funding, including one by Jim Chuchu; the funding behind Electric South; the state of VR in Africa and global comparisons; and running workshops and training.

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 12:36:00 PDT Editor
Start-up founder Mary Mwangi on creating an automated system for collecting cash from Kenyas matatus {

Mary Mwangi, CEO, Data Integrated talks about: the Kenyan Government’s cashless initiative for Saccos running matatus (buses); the problems with the approach; how she became involved; the system she has developed for collecting cash; the impact on cash collection; and whether there will ever be cashless systems on the buses.

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 12:28:00 PDT Editor
Sara Hilliard Garrett on Vula Mobile’s app that connects rural nurses to medical specialists

Sara Hilliard Garrett, Strategy and Legal, Vula Mobile talks about: what Vula Mobile’s app does; how the founder came to start the company; how rural health workers can use the app to communicate more effectively with medical specialists;where the app is being used in South Africa; the current use stats; its expansion plans outside South Africa; and its business model.

Sat, 07 Jan 2017 11:47:00 PDT Editor
Mary Njoku, Rok Studios on its five new planned TV series telling traditional African stories

Mary Njoku, Rok Studios talks about: iRoko TV’s new channel on Sky in the UK; the TV series it has planned; the five Nigerian languages they will be shot in; the producers they will be working with; the challenges of shooting in Nigeria; and the passion that drives her on.

Sat, 07 Jan 2017 11:40:00 PDT Editor
Yannick Lefang, Kasi Insights on Africa’s elusive middle class and what apps people use and why

Yannick Lefang, Kasi Insights talks about: how big Africa’s middle class is and the best way to measure it; what creates a willingness to pay by African consumers; his study on mobile apps and what it shows; and the urban sample of his market research surveys.

Sat, 07 Jan 2017 11:34:00 PDT Editor
Stanley Gazemba on a dark collection of short stories, Nairobi Echoes and Kenyans’ view of eBooks

Author Stanley Gazemba talks about: his latest collection of short stories Nairobi Echoes published by Bahati Books; his first novel that will be published in the USA; his and Kenyans’ view of eBooks; and the limitations of the Kenyan publishing market.

Sat, 07 Jan 2017 11:28:00 PDT Editor
Afua Osei on how She Leads Africa helps young women realise their start-up or career potential {

Afua Osei, Co-Founder, She Leads Africa talks about: what She Leads Africa does; how the Incubator it runs works and where it’s being run in 2017; and examples of how they have helped African women succeed.

Sat, 07 Jan 2017 11:23:00 PDT Editor
Olivier Laouchez on how Trace TV’s digital offer will make 50% of its revenues in 3 years time {

Olivier Laouchez, CEO, Trace TV talks about: its mobile offering in South Africa and its number of subscribers; the forthcoming launch of Trace Play and what content will be on it; its digital opportunities in Nigeria; how it is creating a multi-platform strategy; its new radio stations; and the obstacle of the mobile operators and how it will be overcome.

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 10:07:00 PDT Editor
Jessica Hope on why African start-ups need media coverage and how to get it

Jessica Hope, Wimbart talks about: the reasons start-ups need to get media publicity, including for investment purposes; what about an African start-up might be a story in media terms; what journalists don’t always find interesting; why you might need to be in the international press; mistakes that people make; the So What? factor; and the link between coverage and the substance of the business.

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 18:57:00 PDT Editor
Satirist Elnathan John on his blogging audiences, freedom to speak in Nigeria and his first novel

Writer, satirist, novelist and lawyer Elnathan John talks about: the relationship between writing his blog and print writing; the audiences for his blog; why satire tends to attract smaller audiences; how people read online; the impact of monetization on the Nigerian blogosphere; the freedom to speak in Nigeria and how it has changed; and his first novel Born on a Tuesday.

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 18:45:00 PDT Editor
Nate Anderson on Uber’s successful roll-out in East Africa and UberEats in Johannesburg {

Nate Anderson, General Manager - East Africa, Uber talks about: the growth it has been experiencing in East Africa; how Kenya was one of its first trial markets for cash; the number of driver partners and riders it had in May 2016; the competition it’s been experiencing; its work ethos and number of staff; and UberEats in Johannesburg and a possible roll-out in Kenya.

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 18:39:00 PDT Editor
Kofi Dadzie, Rancard Solutions on how its Social Graph Rendezvous provides engagement marketing

Kofi Dadzie, Rancard Solutions on how its Social Graph Rendezvous provides engagement marketing

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 18:11:00 PDT Editor
Gersy Ifeanyi on how Digitalback Books wants to curate deliciously diverse African e-books

Gersy Ifeanyi, Founder, Digitalback Books talks about: what Digitalback Books does and its vision; the frustrations that bought about the idea; its agreements with publishers; the subscription system it operates and what it costs; and overcoming the challenges of e-publishing in Africa. The interview was conducted by Barbara Njau and filmed by Blue Mirror Visions.

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 18:05:00 PDT Editor
Bunmi Okunowo on the start-ups selected at Start-Up Friday to get seed and accelerator funding {

Bunmi Okunowo, National Co-ordinator, Office for ICT Innovation and Entrepreneurship talks about: why and how Start-Up Friday was set up; what the events do, the speakers and the numbers attending; the start-ups selected to get seed and accelerator funding; and the franchised roll-out of Start-up Friday across Nigeria.

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 18:02:00 PDT Editor
Chronicles of a Runs Girl blogger Leye Adenle on his first novel, Easy Motion Tourist

Blogger and author Leye Adenle talks about: the plot in his first novel Easy Motion Tourist; how the idea to write it came to him; the idea of decriminalising or legalising prostitution; his Wazobia Report published Chronicles of a Runs Girl; how many people read it online; and how his online writing (Wazobia Report and Auntie Ngozi) led to the print publication of his first novel with Cassava Republic.

Sun, 04 Sep 2016 14:18:00 PDT Editor
Juliet Ehimuan, Google Nigeria on why the Internet of Things matters for Africa and how to use it {

Juliet Ehumuan, Country Manager, Google Nigeria talks about: what the Internet of Things is; how big it is likely to grow; examples relevant to Africa now; and how the continent might make use of it in the future. This video was shot at Digital Africa and a longer video version can be found on: ..

Sun, 04 Sep 2016 14:13:00 PDT Editor
Oludotun Babayemi - How Follow The Money uses traditional and online to get Govt to keep promises

Oludotun Babayemi, Co-Creator, Follow The Money talks about: why it was set up and how it works; and gives two examples of working with communities in Northern Nigeria that produced results.

Tue, 09 Aug 2016 13:42:00 PDT Editor
Biola Alabi on her new TV series Bukkas and Joints about making and eating African food

Biola Alabi talks about: how she came to make the programme; the format of the TV series; where the show will be aired; and life after DStv as an independent.

Tue, 09 Aug 2016 13:39:00 PDT Editor
Bilikiss Adebiyi-Abiola on how Wecyclers is creating a business model for recycling in Lagos

Bilikiss Adebiyi-Abiola, CEO, Wecyclers alks about: how the idea for business started in an MIT class; how the service works; the incentives people receive to recycle; how it works financially for this social enterprise; and her ambitions for the business.

Tue, 09 Aug 2016 13:33:00 PDT Editor
Catherine Luckhoff, NicheStreem on bringing Afrikaans music and Nigerian gospel online

Catherine Luckhoff, founder and CEO, NicheStreem talks about: what the company does; its first streaming service aimed at Afrikaans music lovers; why a niche streaming service will work; its plans for a Nigerian gospel channel and its other plans for Iran and Brazil; and why it can break even earlier than other streaming services.

Sun, 07 Aug 2016 18:00:00 PDT Editor
Binta Coudy De, JJiguene on how it helps women street sellers go online to sell food products {

Binta Coudy De, Co-Founder, JJiguene talks about: its role as the first womens’ tech incubator in Africa; the programmes it runs for kids and adults; the attitude of parents to girls coming to their programmes; and the inspiration for setting up the incubator.

Sat, 06 Aug 2016 17:33:00 PDT Editor
Dr Adejobi Adeloye, NovaDOC on an app subscription service that provides doctors on call

Dr Adejobi Adeloye, NovaDOC talks about: making changes in healthcare in Nigeria; providing a doctors on call platform; and how the service might be used in rural areas.

Thu, 21 Jul 2016 15:02:00 PDT Editor
Kenneth Ashigbey on how Graphic’s newspapers will become a multi-media platform

Kenneth Ashigbey, Managing Director, Graphic Communications talks about: the different titles that make up the Graphic brand; halting a ten year decline in circulation; the Android app for Graphic online; the number of monthly uniques and page views; online ad revenues; how news is changing; and the online newsroom of tomorrow.

Thu, 21 Jul 2016 14:50:00 PDT Editor
Chika Nwobi, L5 Labs on the lessons of seed investing in Nigerian start-ups

Chika Nwobi, founder, L5 Labs talks about: the size and number of investments he has made in Nigerian start-ups; the levels of profitability of companies in his portfolio; the three lessons from his seed investing and why he’s stopping; and the potential for start-up companies in Nigeria.

Thu, 21 Jul 2016 14:45:00 PDT Editor
Kudakwashe Kamupira and Barbara Njau, Bahati Books on e-publishing in Africa

Kudakwashe Kamupira and Barbara Njau, Bahati Books talk about: what Bahati Books is doing; the session it has organised at Africa Writes in July; the spread of e-publishing in the continent; comparisons with the spread of mobile money; and some of the authors Bahati Books is publishing.

Thu, 21 Jul 2016 14:40:00 PDT Editor
Jennifer Chizua on launching Startpreneurs, Abuja’s first start-up accelerator {

Jennifer Chizua, Founder, Starpreneurs talks about: her experiences as an entrepreneur in the UK; what sectors Abuja’s first accelerator incubator will focus on; the current portfolio of start-ups; the pipeline for new start-ups; and her partnerships with global accelerators.

Thu, 21 Jul 2016 14:35:00 PDT Editor
Historian Ed Keazor reflects on what happened during the 1966 military coups in Nigeria

Historian Ed Keazor talks about: the two military coups that took place in 1966; who was involved in each of the coups and who was killed; the element of revenge by Northern army personnel; and the creation of a permanent rift in Nigeria in the army and the Nigerian polity.

Fri, 27 May 2016 08:27:00 PDT Editor
Obi Emelonye on his next film Code 24 about the American President going missing in Kenya

Nollywood film-maker Obi Emelonye talks about: why his film project Safari is on hold; his latest film Code 24; the story in Code 24; and its release before Obama leaves office.

Fri, 27 May 2016 08:22:00 PDT Editor
Mortimer Harvey’s Luisa Mazinter on how digital is changing the African advertising agency

Luisa Mazinter, Group Chief Innovation Officer, Mortimer Harvey talks about: what Mortimer Harvey does across Africa; the impact of digital on its own business and the African advertising business more generally; how it uses branded content; and how digital data is more powerful than market research.

Fri, 27 May 2016 08:17:00 PDT Editor
Bakahika Bruno, Kapital Movies on a South Sudanese film about a rich man’s land grab

Bakahika Bruno, Operations Manager, Kapital Movies talks about: what Kapital Movies does; its latest short film and story and characters in it; and its ambitions in terms of the company and its growth.

Fri, 27 May 2016 08:12:00 PDT Editor
Biola Alabi on two Nollywood films - Dry and Wives on Strike - that tackle the issue of child brides {

Biola Alabi talks about: two films - Dry and Wives on Strike - that tackle the issue of child brides; the different stories and approaches of the two films; and he social media campaign of Wives on Strike.

Fri, 27 May 2016 08:03:00 PDT Editor
Gallo’s Tsholo Moraba on its label acquisitions and how tech is increasing royalties collection

Tsholo Moraba, General Manager, Gallo Music Publishers talks about: the label and publishing acquisitions Gallo has made; the opening of a rights office in Kenya; selling rights across the continent; his involvement on the board of SAMRO; its implementation of a digital rights management system and the increase in revenues achieved through it.

Wed, 27 Apr 2016 16:52:00 PDT Editor
Abi Adisa, Amara Suites on raising £1 million using the Emerging Crowd platform {

Amara Suites CEO and founder Abi Adisa talks about: how it offers serviced apartments; its regional and international ambitions; the quality and services in its apartments; the business model; and raising funds using the Emerging Crowd platform.

Wed, 27 Apr 2016 16:46:00 PDT Editor
Corbyn Munnik on start-up Sliide, an African mobile Flipboard with free data, launched in Nigeria

Corbyn Munnik, CEO and Founder of Sliide talks about: the launch of Sliide in Nigeria; how it delivers content to the mobile home screen; the type of content you can get; how it uses its ad revenues to buy data for its users; how it raised funds in the UK, Nigeria and Silicon Valley for its launch; the attitude of the mobile operators; and the type of local content it offers.

Tue, 29 Mar 2016 16:59:00 PDT Editor
Babacar Birane, Concree on wanting to be Africa’s first virtual incubator & its successful start-ups

Babacar Birane, Co-Founder and CEO, Concree talks about: how the virtual incubator works; how many entrepreneurs there are in the community; examples of successful start-ups it has helped; and its ambition to become Africa’s virtual incubator.

Tue, 29 Mar 2016 16:55:00 PDT Editor
Amil Shivji on his latest documentary film Wahenga about Tanzania’s Zilipendwa music

This video opens with a clip from the documentary Wahenga and then director Amil Shivji talks about: what Zilipendwa music is; the connection between the music and the socialist policies of the 1970s and 1980s; and the state of the film industry in Tanzania.

Tue, 29 Mar 2016 16:43:00 PDT Editor
Tech Cabal’s Bankole Oluwafemi on making Lagos a Playable City - The Mirror that talks back to you {

Tech Cabal’s Bankole Oluwafemi talks about: the Playable City scheme it is carrying out with Watershed in Bristol and the British Council; the different projects from the three teams; why Lagosians don’t use the many public parks in the city; why the site of some of the projects, Freedom Park, is very different; and how the project might generate a discussion about changing the city.

Tue, 29 Mar 2016 16:40:00 PDT Editor
Emmanuel Mbisimo on South Sudan’s first tech incubator J Hub and its Open Solar event

J Hub’s Community Manager Emmanuel Mbisimo talks about: what J Hub is and how it was launched out of a Peace Hack Camp; the events its has organised; its Open Solar event; the kind of start-ups it’s fostering; and the importance of peace for more start-ups to develop.

Tue, 08 Mar 2016 18:34:00 PDT Editor
Future of the Newsroom: Penplusbytes’ Kwami Ahiabenu on the impact of digital on the news

Penplusbytes’ Kwami Ahiabenu talks about: what Penplusbytes does and the connection between accountability and journalism; its event looking at the future of the newsroom; why mobile companies are critical to the future of the news; the need for affordable and reliable bandwidth; social media activism; and the New Media Lab it runs.

Tue, 08 Mar 2016 18:28:00 PDT Editor
Elias Schulze, Kana TV on launching an Ethiopian free-to-air satellite entertainment channel

Elias Schulze, Managing Director and Co-Founder, Kana TV talks about: how the new TV channel came to be launched; when the channel will start; a major market survey it did of the Ethiopian TV market and the insights gained from it; the dubbed in Amharic content it will be running, the size of the TV advertising market and how it will grow.

Tue, 08 Mar 2016 18:23:00 PDT Editor
Tebogo Malope on his film For Love and Broken Bones, loneliness and the dream that started it all

South African film-maker Tebogo Malope talks about: how the mood and the idea for For Love and Broken Bones came to him in a dream; the story in the movie; how the film was distributed and the prize it won; and his for two new films.

Tue, 08 Mar 2016 18:17:00 PDT Editor