Smart Monkey TV Reviews en-us Smart Monkey TV Copyright 2012, Smart Monkey TV August 22 2017 {gmt_date format="%Y-%m-%dT%H:%i:%s%Q"} TV Willie Currie: His comic novel Blue Eland Foxtrot on apartheid & eerie present day parallels

Author Willie Currie talks about: his novel Blue Eland Foxtrot; the story in the novel and its autobiographical aspects; the impact of the UDF; whether Afrikaans nationalism was a cousin of Nazism; and the eerie parallels between apartheid and the present day Government.

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 13:30:00 PDT Editor
Alpesh Patel on Africa’s original start-up Mi-Fone, the hip-hop telecoms brand and why it failed {

Mi-Founder Alpesh Patel talks about: the founding of Mi-Fone and what it set out to do; its early success and later, its failure; the reasons for its failure; his book about his experiences, Tested; and what he’s currently doing to help start-ups.

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 13:25:00 PDT Editor
Kunle Afolayan on the 3 films he made in the last 12 months: Omugwo. Roti and Tribunal

Nollywood actor and director Kunle Afolayan talks about: how he came to make 3 films in 12 months; how easy it was to do it; the genres and stories in the three different films; and the next film that he’s working on.

Sat, 05 Aug 2017 07:24:00 PDT Editor
Michelle Andrade on how Lagos’ Workstation helps entrepreneurs turn ideas into reality {

Michelle Andrade, Head of Business Development, Workstation talks about: the type of co-working spaces it offers; the additional support services for members; its programme to help start-ups and its expansion plans.

Sat, 05 Aug 2017 07:14:00 PDT Editor
Christopher Baker-Brian, BBOX on how start-up BBOXX is providing off-grid solutions to Africa

Christopher Baker-Brian, CTO, BBOXX talks about: the idea for the company; how its off-grid service is supplied; the number of people using the service; controlling its off-grid boxes using mobile connections and its future expansion plans.

Thu, 06 Jul 2017 15:49:00 PDT Editor
Izu Ojukwu on his current film 76 and his forthcoming film about warrior Queen Amina of Zazzau

Nigerian film-maker Izu Ojukwu talks about: the story in 76; Nigeria’s “decision-making” decade; the importance of understanding history; and his latest film that is in post production about Queen Amina of Zazzau.

Thu, 06 Jul 2017 15:44:00 PDT Editor
Sara Gamay, Cairo Angels on its investments and the start-up sector in Egypt

Sara Gamay, Cairo Angels talks about: the founding of Cairo Angels and why it happened; some examples of the start-ups they have invested in; the scale of investment; how they assess start-ups; one of the key incubators in Cairo; the exits that have happened; and future opportunities.

Thu, 06 Jul 2017 15:39:00 PDT Editor
Chika Uwazie on Nigerian HR and payroll start-up TalentBase that is raising US$2 million to expand {

Co-founder and CEO Chika Uwazie, TalentBase talks about: how the idea for the company came about; why it’s timing was good; how it pays people without bank accounts; how it will get beyond orgaic growth; and its latest fundraising round.

Thu, 06 Jul 2017 15:33:00 PDT Editor
Missy Mwendwa and Roselyn Awili on how edtech start-up Eneza reaches 1.8 million students

Missy Mwendwa, Chief Business Development Officer and Roselyn Awili, Content Manager, Eneza talk about: how the platform works; the number of students active monthly on the platform; how it gets its revenues; the countries it operates in and the ones it is expanding to; how its content is created; teacher feedback for students; and the kinds of phones the service can be used on.

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 08:18:00 PDT Editor
Walt Banger on his Nollywood Noir film and his next film Area Dogs

Film director Walt Banger talks about: the story in; how it presents a different view of the Lagos police; when it will be released in Nigeria; why the film is very different; and the origins of Nollywood Noir.

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 08:13:00 PDT Editor
Joshua Mwaniki and Mbithe Nzomo on how Andela will create 100,000 African developers {

Joshua Mwaniki, Country Director, Andela and Mbithe Nzomo, Software Developer, Andela talk about: its ambitious target to close the developer talent gap in Africa; how it recruits and trains software developers; its Fellowships and the real-life projects they work on; its online distributed learning communities; its work with Google; and what it means to be a Fellow.

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 08:09:00 PDT Editor
Arnaud Blanchet, Last Mile for BoP on an app to help informal shops get cheaper goods

Arnaud Blanchet, Founder, Last Mile for BoP talks about: the problem of the poverty premium and how it affects those living in the townships in South Africa; how the app helps Spaza (informal) shop owners; what savings they are able to make; the social products it wants to sell to these outlets; the changing ownership of Spaza shops; and investors in Last Mile for BoP.

Thu, 25 May 2017 16:25:00 PDT Editor
Moses Babatope, Executive Producer, The Wedding Party on The Wedding Party Pt 2 Destination Dubai

Moses Babatope, Group Executive Director, Filmhouse Cinemas and Film One Distribution and Production and Executive Producer, The Wedding Party talks about: why The Wedding Party was the highest grossing film at the box office in Nigeria; the release on 15 December 2017 of The Wedding Party Pt 2: Destination Dubai; the success of The Wedding Party on Netflix; and the slate of five other films it has in production.

Thu, 25 May 2017 16:20:00 PDT Editor
Veronica Ogeto-Tchoketch on how Safaricom is investing in the Kenyan start-up ecosystem

Veronica Ogeto-Tchoketch, Head of Innovation, Safaricom talks about: how Safaricom views innovation, internally and externally; the investments made by its Spark Fund; its opening of an innovation space in August/September 2017; and the attitude of the telco to things like revenue share.

Thu, 25 May 2017 16:08:00 PDT Editor
Katlego on her collection of poems that question what’s normal in terms of gender

Katlego K Kolanyane-Kesupile talks about: his collection of poems On About the Same Old Things and the different topics they cover; why he never identified as either a girl or a boy; how he regards being normal; and his ambition to change the world.

Thu, 25 May 2017 16:03:00 PDT Editor
Serge Noukoue on why Nollywood Week is in Paris and his future plans for the festival {

Serge-Armand Kouami Noukoue, Founder and Executive Director, Nollywood Week, Paris talks about: why he decided to launch Nollywood Week in Paris; the changes since the festival started in 2013; highlights of this year’s festival; the competition with Netflix for premiers; and his future plans for Nollywood Week.

Thu, 25 May 2017 15:59:00 PDT Editor
Uchay Ariolu on his online food start-up Foodstantly for both meals and bulk purchases

Uchay Ariolu, founder and CEO, Foodstantly talks about: how its online marketplace for food in Nigeria works; the numbers of buyers and sellers on the platform; the kind of food sold and the ready-made meals that are popular; its expansion plans; the business model; and how the business was financed.

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 14:56:00 PDT Editor
Kenya: Mbithi Masya on Kati Kati, a film about an amnesiac women who wakes up dead

Film-maker and Just a Band member Mbithi Masya talks about: his film Kati Kati; where the film was shot; where the film can be seen; his next project and what other members of Just a Band are doing.

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 15:44:00 PDT Editor
Artist manager Sarah Jane Nicholson on Mi Casa, , digital platforms and working with brands

Sarah Jane Nicholson, SJN talks about: what SJN does; what the artist manager helps artists do; her work with Micasa and their creative collaborations with Sauti Sol and Eddie Kenzo; the ringback tones sales for Micasa’s last single; digital platforms and the success of Early Hours’ single on Sound Cloud; and which artist not on her label that she finds exciting.

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 15:39:00 PDT Editor
Thomas Imboywa, NAICCON on Kenya’s comic culture and its Nairobi Comic Convention

Thomas Imboywa, Naiccon talks about: what Nairobi Comic Convention is and how many visitors it attracts; the kind of comics being produced locally; and an app to help comic makers distribute their work.

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 15:34:00 PDT Editor
Start-up founder Nicole Kayode, Medixus on a peer to peer advice app for African doctors {

Start-up founder Nicole Kayode, Medixus talks about: how the Medixus platform will work; how doctors will benefit from using the platform; the business model; Kayode’s attitude to start-up investment; and its launch plans.

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 15:29:00 PDT Editor
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