Nigeria

Open access to spectrum for development
Open access to spectrum for development 20 May 2010

Wireless technology could radically transform the lives of millions of people living with poor connectivity — but only if the policy makes sense. Our research critiques the situation in Africa, Asia and Latin America.  

Blind people in rural Nigeria get their teeth into job opportunities
Blind people in rural Nigeria get their teeth into job opportunities 12 May 2010 Kelechi Michaels

Last year, rural non-profit the Fantsuam Foundation trained almost six hundred locals in computing to improve their livelihoods – but only one was a person with physical disabilities. Now incorporating JAWS – a Job Access With Speech screen reader – Fantsuam will open their basic and advanced computer skills classes to people who can’t see.

GEM in Hard Times: Sectarian violence in Nigeria can be beaten
GEM in Hard Times: Sectarian violence in Nigeria can be beaten 12 March 2010 John Dada

Since January, sectarian strife has ripped through Nigerian communities. “A mass burial took place the day before yesterday and body counts are close to three hundred with over 80% of them women and children,” APC member John Dada told APC. “It is ironic that in the month of the Celebration of Women’s Day, such atrocities are being visited on innocent women and children.” Women are cu...

Rural Nigeria: Radio and mobile phones change women's lives
Rural Nigeria: Radio and mobile phones change women's lives 11 February 2010 AL

In Nigeria, a small radio association is using theatre to teach rural populations practical skills like how to how to obtain small loans, and also discusses issues related to gender inequality. Thanks to a small grant by the Gender and Agriculture in the Information Society (GenARDIS) initiative, the project called Majalisar Mata Manoma has come a long way from being a simple radio programme. ...

Nigeria's first rural internet service tower collapses during heavy rain storm
Nigeria's first rural internet service tower collapses during heavy rain storm 24 April 2009 KAH

APC member, Fantsuam Foundation established the first rural community wireless internet service provider (ISP) in Nigeria in 2006. On Tuesday April 21 the ISP took a huge blow as the central communication tower was destroyed in a storm. Several buildings including the old network operation centre, a Cisco Laboratory and a neighbouring building were seriously damaged. No people were hurt. This ...

Fantsuam Foundation
Fantsuam Foundation 06 March 2008

Fantsuam Foundation is a rural-based non-governmental organisation that works with local communities to fight poverty and disadvantage through integrated development programmes. Fantsuam Foundation was founded in 1996 to empower community members, particularly women, to find means of employment and income and meet their own development needs. Working in 53 communities across seven local governm...

Blogs for African Women get Nigerian women hooked on technology
Blogs for African Women get Nigerian women hooked on technology 29 March 2007 ES for APCNews

In releasing the list of successful applicants in one of its small grants initiatives, APC’s women programme in Africa injected some real-life into the Swahili word "harambee" in March 2007. Blogs for African Women (BAWo) has taken hold of the Nigerian blogging spirit to strengthen women’s activism and by the same token, got awarded one of six Harambee small grants. Read about Netwo...

The Zitt Geeks - Young Nigerians turn to computing to improve their job prospects
The Zitt Geeks - Young Nigerians turn to computing to improve their job prospects 02 September 2004 Karen Higgs

The Fantsuam Foundation provides refurbished computers to civil society organisations and partners, runs computer training centres and offers the only internet connection for hundreds of miles around in rural Nigeria. All this in Kafanchan State where electricity is often unavailable and innovators power their computers using car batteries. The Foundation’s work is supported by a home-grown c...

The challenge of getting online - Fantsuam brings satellite internet to villages in rural Nigeria
The challenge of getting online - Fantsuam brings satellite internet to villages in rural Nigeria 30 July 2004 Karen Higgs

APC member in rural Nigeria, Fantsuam Foundation, has recorded yet another first in rural ICT programmes. Earlier this year, Fantsuam launched a VSAT facility which provides the first rural-based internet access in Kaduna State, if not in Nigeria. APCNews talked to Fantsuam’s director, John Dada, about the impact the new internet satellite connection is having on the community and the Fou...

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