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Rwanda Launches First Made in Africa Smartphones – Mara X & Z

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Rwanda’s Mara Group have launched two smartphones, describing them as the first “Made in Africa” models and giving a boost to the country’s ambitions to become a regional technology hub.

The all new Mara smartphone will compete with the like of Samsung, whose cheapest smartphone costs 50,000 Rwandan francs ($54), and non-branded phones at 35,000 Rwandan francs ($37). Mara Group CEO Ashish Thakkar said it was targeting customers willing to pay more for quality.

“This is the first smartphone manufacturer in Africa,” Thakkar told Reuters after touring the company alongside Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame.

Companies assemble smartphones in Egypt, Ethiopia, Algeria and South Africa, but import the components, he said.

“We are actually the first who are doing manufacturing. We are making the motherboards, we are making the sub-boards during the entire process,” he said. “There are over 1,000 pieces per phone.”

The plant had cost $24 million and could make 1,200 phones per day.

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Mara Group hopes to profit from the African Continental Free Trade Agreement, a pact aimed at forming a 55-nation trade bloc, to boost sales across Africa, Thakkar said.

The agreement is due to begin trading in July next year, aiming to unite 1.3 billion people and create a $3.4 trillion economic bloc. But it is still in the very early stages and no timelines have been agreed for abolishing tariffs.

Kagame said he hoped the phone would increase Rwanda’s smartphone usage, currently at around 15%.

“Rwandans are already using smartphones but we want to enable many more. The introduction of Mara phones will put smartphones ownership within reach of more Rwandans,”

Mara X Specification

Mara X
Mara X
Display Type IPS LCD
Size 5.5″ HD
Resolution 720*1440 (18:9)
Protection Gorilla Glass
Platform Operating System Android 8.1 Oreo GO Edition
Chipset MediaTek MT 6739
CPU Octa-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53
GPU PowerVR GE8100
Memory RAM 1GB
Internal 16GB
External Expandable storage via MicroSD
Network Technology 4G LTE with VoLTE and ViLTE, VoWi-Fi
SIM Dual SIM
Camera Main 13 MP with phase detection autofocus, LED flash
Front 5 MP
Battery Size 3500mAh
Type Li-Ion
Colors Black, Gold, Blue
Features Fingerprint reader (rear-mounted), Dolby Audio 5.1
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Mara Z Specification

Mara Z
Mara Z
Display Type IPS LCD
Size 5.7″ HD
Resolution 720*1440 (18:9)
Protection Gorilla Glass
Platform Operating System Android One
Chipset Qualcomm MSM8940 Snapdragon 435
CPU Octa-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53
GPU PowerVR GE8100
Memory RAM 3GB
Internal 32GB
External Expandable storage via MicroSD upto 256GB
Network Technology 4G LTE with VoLTE and ViLTE, VoWi-Fi
SIM Dual SIM
Camera Main 13 MP with phase detection autofocus, LED flash
Front 13MP
Battery Size 3075mAh
TypeLi-Ion
Colors Black, Gold, Grey
Features Fingerprint reader (rear-mounted), Dolby Audio 5.1, face unlock

Mara X and Mara Z Price And Availability

The Mara X cost 175,750 Rwandan francs ($190) and Mara Z cost 120,250 Rwandan francs ($130) respectively.

At the moment, Mara X and Mara Z are available in Rwanda, South Africa and Dubai, however, if you wish to get one for yourself you can easily order for any of the device from the company’s official website.

What do you think about the all new Rwanda smartphones (Mara phones)? share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.

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NPower 2020 Recruitment Guidelines, Everything You Should Know

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N-Power 2020 Registration

Good news to all Nigerians who have been asking when the next NPower 2020 program application will begin. The firm has announced via its social media handle that the next batch of N–Power will be open to accepting 400,000 applicants on the 26th of June which is today.

According to NPower social media handle, “This week, the N-Power portal will re-open for registration. 400,000 beneficiaries will be taken from the application pool.”

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The application will be done via NPower online portal, as usual, while providing a level playing field for all applicants. The Ministry will review all submissions and publish a list of applicants that have been accepted into the program.

Those who have been accepted for the program in the past are not eligible to participate, however, those who submitted application and got rejected can reapply.

Over 450,000 Nigerians have benefited from the NPower 2020 program thus far – 200,000 from the first Batch (Batch A) which took place in September 2016 and 300,000 from Batch B which in August 2018. Now, 400,000 Nigerian will benefit from the NPower batch C 2020 recruitment.

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NPower 2020 Categories

NPower 2020 Recruitment

N-Power offers several programme’s, training youths (graduate/non-graduate) that are unemployed on different skills. All the program N-Power offers currently include;

  • N-POWER AGRO
  • N-POWER TAX
  • N-POWER BUILD
  • N-POWER CREATIVE
  • N-POWER HEALTH
  • N-POWER TEACH
  • N-POWER TECH HARDWARE
  • N-POWER TECH SOFTWARE

NPOWER AGRO:

The Federal Government is training qualified young Nigerians as Agriculture extension adviser in order to boost domestic production, archive self-sufficiency and diversify the economy. Qualified applicants will be engaged in a 2-year skill acquisition program while providing science and knowledge to farmers in the country to obtain the best results on farms.

Pre-requisites

  • Currently Unemployed
  • Graduate Degree (Bachelors or Higher National Diploma)
  • Must have completed the mandatory National Youth Service Corps Programme
  • Aged between 18-35

NPOWER HEALTH:

Qualified applicants will be trained to provide the following essential services:

  • Monitor health status to identify and solve community health problems.
  • Diagnose and investigate basic health problems and health hazards in individuals and the community.
  • Inform, educate, and empower people about health issues.
  • Mobilize community partnerships and action to identify and solve health problems.
  • Develop policies and plans that support individual and community health efforts.
  • Educate on laws, regulations and policies that protect health and ensure safety.
  • Link people to needed personal health services.
  • In addition, successful applicants will also benefit from a compulsory employability and entrepreneurship skills development programme.
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Pre-requisites

  • Currently unemployed
  • Must be a graduate (Bachelor’s Degree or Higher National Diploma)
  • Must have completed the mandatory National Youth Service Corps Programme
  • Aged 18-35
  • Selection Preference Disciplines: Bachelor’s degree or Higher National Diploma (HND)

NPOWER TEACH:

The N-Power Teach programme volunteers will be engaged in a 2-year development program to provide basic education support in public schools in the country. They will be deployed to support teachers across Nigeria in teaching, school management and other functions within the schools.

The will help boost the youths knowledge and gained the required skills to further their path as a teacher in the future.

Pre-requisites

  • Unemployed graduates
  • Must be a graduate in any field or profession (Bachelors or Higher National Diploma)
  • Must have completed the mandatory National Youth Service Corps Programme
  • Ages 18-35

NPOWER TAX

The NPower Tax is a new program which the Federal Government seeks to encourage non-compliant and partially compliant taxpayers to come clean and declare and pay their appropriate tax due to the government.

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The N-Power community tax liaison officers will have the following key responsibilities which will include answering online inquiries, customer management, creating awareness of tax compliance.

Pre-requisites

  1. Get your BVN ready.
  2. Ensure you are not an existing employee in any organization.
  3. Application is online.

The NPower 2020 program is now open for registration. To get started, visit, http://www.npower.gov.ng/. For non-graduates, visit NPower non-graduate program page to learn more.

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Facebook New Survey App Will Pay You $5 When You Complete a Survey

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Facebook has launched a new survey app called “Facebook Viewpoints” that pays you to participate in surveys. The app rewards users for helping the company change the face of technology by participating in surveys, tasks, and research.

To participate in the viewpoints survey and earn money at the same time, users will be required to create a Facebook Viewpoint account and earn points which will later be converted to the equivalent dollars.

Facebook says users will be informed of the information that will be collected, how it will be used and how many points will the user earn from that particular study.

The first available survey according to Facebook is the well-being survey, the survey which takes about 15 minutes to completed give users 1000point which is equivalent to $5 and paid into users PayPal account.

How to Participate in Facebook Viewpoints Research Survey

  1. First of, download Facebook viewpoints research app on Android here, or iOS devices.
  2. Set up your account after the installations have been completed.
  3. You’ll then be invited to join “survey programs”, the completions of which earn you points for your account. And for every 1,000 points you accumulate, Facebook will send you $5 via your PayPal account.
  4. You can exchange these points for cash sent directly to your PayPal account. For now, it is not clear what the maximum you can earn from one survey is, or how long the average program will be.
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The app is only available too people in the US (18+) with a Facebook account for now and will be extended to other countries next year, the company says.

You can check out more about it here.

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