The Brief: ECOWAS to Increase Electricity Access, AirtelTigo Appoint New CEO, and Nigerian Filmmaker Joins Oscars Voting Academy

In this week’s roundup, ECOWAS commits to increasing electricity access in West Africa with off-grid solar, Kaemba Ng’ambi appointed as new Chief Executive Officer of AirtelTigo Ghana, and Nigerian producer and filmmaker Femi Odugbemi becomes a member of the Oscars voting academy.

Economic Community of West African States Committed to Increasing Electricity Access in West Africa with Off-Grid Solar.

Good access to affordable electricity affects different sections of society. Households can fulfil daily tasks without existing in constant anxiety about reliable power supplies; businesses operate more efficiently as a result of better access to a diverse range of offline and online resources, and schools and healthcare centres can utilise technology to expand and digitalise their services.

Alongside stakeholders in the energy sector, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) discussed plans to spread electricity via off-grid solar panels access at the regional workshop in Accra, Ghana. This aim forms part of the Regional Off-Grid Electrification Project (ROGEP).

ROGEP believes that a greater spread of electrical power across West Africa and the Sahel region can be achieved through standalone solar systems, including solar lanterns, solar home systems, solar water pumps and solar mills.

Mahama Kappiah, the Executive Director of ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) stated that the project will train local entrepreneurs in the energy sector. This makes the energy more cost-effective for member states, as foreign entrepreneurs require higher salaries. ECOWAS will finance these business owners, and the company has $140 million in credit for the first phase of the project. Entrepreneurs can contract the money through banks at a low-interest rate.

Kaemba Ng’ambi Appointed as New CEO of AirtelTigo, Ghana.

AirtlelTigo appointed Kaemba Ng’ambi as the new CEO of the company on Monday. During her first day in this role, Ng’ambi expressed gratitude towards the company and its staff members. She felt honoured and privileged to lead such a significant business in Ghana and work with talented individuals.

Impressed by the company’s current status, Ng’ambi encouraged them to continue providing excellent customer experiences.

She has more than decade’s worth of experience in the telecommunications industry.

Airtel is a smartphone network, and Tigo is a premier international developer and operator of cellular telephone services, within emerging markets mainly across Latin America and Africa.

Nigerian Producer and Filmmaker Femi Odugbemi Becomes Member of the Oscars Voting Academy

Femi Odugbemi recently revealed that he is now a member of The Academy of Motion Picture, Arts and Sciences.

An achievement such as this comes at an important time where black narratives and voices are gaining a more prominent platform globally.

The Academy has more than 8000 accomplished people who work in cinema and is responsible for choosing nominees for the Oscars.

Odugubemi is the producer of Tinsel, a popular soap opera based in Nigeria.

The U.S. Government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation Discuss Business Opportunities in Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire

The U.S. Government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Chief Operating Officer, Jonathan Nash, is due to join a delegation from the U.S. Department of Commerce and the President’s Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa (PAC-DBIA) on a visit to Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana. The visit gives an opportunity for the delegation to gain an insight into market opportunities and challenges experienced by U.S companies in these rapidly developing economies.

The delegation will discover more about MCC’s economic-growth investment targeted at the private sector. The $524.7 million Côte d’Ivoire Compact helps the private sector by growing the workforce, whereas the $498 million Ghana Power Compact aims to change the power sector through providing affordable power to businesses and homes.

SV Hospitality Launch Innovation Hub in Nigeria  

Recently, SV Hospitality Innovation Lab released a four-month prototype initiative which supports inventors who wish to turn ideas into products and identifies a suitable market for these entrepreneurs. Located in SV Chrome Hotels in Jabi, Abuja, this lab collaborates with Co-Creation Hub (CcHub).

The lab comprises of shared-working spaces for entrepreneurs, technologists, students, freelancers, and innovators.

As well as providing an access to infrastructure, customers, and business-building tools, the programme has other benefits for selected teams such as access to 45 rooms in SV Chrome Hotel, and a possible funding of up to $5,000 from CcHub.

SV are searching for companies with a minimum viable product (MVP) or an incentive solution for the hospitality business.

Applications open July 3, with final selections being made on July 7. The successful teams must be based in Abuja or willing to relocate for the programme.

The programme begins on July 23.