5 African Countries with the Most Patent Applications – WIPO 2018 Report

The number of patents applied for and registered is one way to measure innovation and development in an organisation or a country, as patents are rights protecting the outcomes of an innovation process or invention. According to World Intellectual Property Indicators of 2018, 3.17 million Patents were filed for various inventions worldwide by individuals, companies… Read More 5 African Countries with the Most Patent Applications – WIPO 2018 Report

NBA Basketball Star, Andre Iguodala Joins Jumia Board of Directors

According to a Press release sent to Scitech Africa, Jumia, a leading e-commerce platform in Africa has added Andre Iguodala, an NBA star player and tech “ambassador” on its Board of Directors. Andre Iguodala plays for the three-time reigning NBA champion Golden State Warriors and is widely recognized for his interest and knowledge in technology… Read More NBA Basketball Star, Andre Iguodala Joins Jumia Board of Directors

Nigeria has over 70,000 PhDs, Nearly 10,000 are Unemployed Despite Shortage of Qualified Lecturers

The recent Unemployment and underemployment report (Q4 2017- Q3 2018) released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) once again showed alarming figures for the unemployment rate in Nigeria, reporting a national unemployment rate of 23%. Worrying, but that’s not the gist in this article. The report contained some stat that caught my attention. First… Read More Nigeria has over 70,000 PhDs, Nearly 10,000 are Unemployed Despite Shortage of Qualified Lecturers

Why Developing New Drugs in Africa is an Effective Way to Develop its Pharmaceutical Industry

Several United Nation agencies have raised concerns about the high underdevelopment of Africa’s pharmaceutical industry and the need to develop the local industry to tackle the high disease burden and the low public sector access to medication in the continent. The UN Economic Commission for Africa estimates that public sector access to medication is less… Read More Why Developing New Drugs in Africa is an Effective Way to Develop its Pharmaceutical Industry

This Common Weed Growing Around your House can Cure more than Ten Ailments

When cutting bushes in most African countries, it is most likely that you would have to cut down a Sida Acuta (Wireweed), which fibrous stem can make your cutting work a little harder. Sida acuta, an invasive perennial shrub is a very common and widely distributed plant in the tropical and subtropical regions of the… Read More This Common Weed Growing Around your House can Cure more than Ten Ailments

How Sickle Cell Drug Niprisan (Nicosan) was Developed in Nigeria by Nigerians

When discussing nations’ scientific discoveries and contributions to medical science not much can be said about Nigeria. Research funding and output in Nigeria is low and the few tangible discoveries or prototypes from the country’s research institutes and centres in the country are hardly developed beyond the labs. However, the story of the development of… Read More How Sickle Cell Drug Niprisan (Nicosan) was Developed in Nigeria by Nigerians