Ovamba Solutions, Inc. and Microsoft have partnered to develop and produce the first African language driven “chat-bot” designed to serve the millions of African SMEs who face exclusion from Financial Services due to the challenges of functional and business literacy. The Chat-Bot was conceived, designed and created by Ovamba and Microsoft and will be rolled out via Ovamba’s mobile app, ‘Ovamba Plus’.
Ovamba’s President & Co-founder, Viola Llewellyn, and Chief Technology Officer, Prashant Mahajan expressed their innovative ambitions to Josh Holmes, Director of ‘Microsoft Partner Catalyst’ Division at Microsoft’s Seattle, Washington campus. In delving into the challenges of FinTech solutions on the African continent, Viola Llewellyn explained to Microsoft, “Current banking processes and some FinTech solutions are supposed to help the financially disenfranchised. Bank solutions, application forms and contracts assume that all SMES are fully literate, and actually end up further alienating those who may not be able to read or speak French, English, Arabic or any other colonial language. If we don’t address this then we are missing the true promise of FinTech and the opportunity to include the informal sector in GDP count”.
In response to the opportunity to serve the African Continent, Microsoft put a team together headed up by Shawn Cicoria, Lilian Kasem and Claudius Mbemba to help Ovamba create the chat-bot. Prashant Mahajan led Ovamba’s tech team on the project and commented on the potential to help the millions who need support to grow. He commented, “Ovamba has been supporting SMEs with “Growth-As-A-Service®” for the last year and realizes that business training and formal education is a luxury not afforded to some members of Africa’s entrepreneurial sector, and is often taught in western languages. We can help them to sustain growth by delivering business support and training in the language that they are most used to”.
Claudius Mbemba shared the Partner Catalyst Team’s enthusiasm for the project on the Microsoft Developer Blog stating, “We plan to continue our work with Ovamba, especially building an African dialect language recognition system to enable application localization and cater to the specific dialects of their customers”. The team also added, “We look forward to tackling these challenges and more in our future work with Ovamba”.
Ovamba (www.Ovamba.com) is a US-founded FinTech innovator that develops online platforms and mobile applications to serve Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in emerging markets with short term funding for growth. Ovamba raises capital from global investors to fund the SMEs and uses its tech to solve business and functional literacy challenges to promote financial inclusion. Ovamba’s application, ‘Ovamba Plus’ is available for Android phones as a download. Ovamba was co-founded by Marvin Cole and Viola Llewellyn in April 2013. Ovamba has offices in the USA, Cameroon, India, Mauritius, and Johannesburg. Expansions are planned for Ghana, Senegal, Sudan and other regions in 2018.
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MoRISC releases a blistering and detail 20 page report of the atrocities being caused upon the people of the Southern Cameroons / Ambazonia titled TEARS, JOY & CARNAGE
And in a surprise move and for the first time; MoRISC in the very first paragraph of this report has officially endorsed a total name change of the Nation from Southern Cameroons to AMBAZONIA.
With field report contributions from Tabe Napo, Ntumguia Ralph, John Ful, James Fru, Elvis Ngomba, Tanya Chi, and additional research by Innocent Chia, Vyviane Mbanwie, Catherine Nformangum, Sy Ambe, Jude Ozughen, Lambert Mbom, and Jude Ambe, the venerated spokesman of MoRISC Boh Herbert has with his strong team painfully and meticulously researched and has now put on paper a powerful document detailing all the carnage caused by the brutal regime upon Ambazonians as they joyfully and peacefully moved towards the restoration of their independence and are now in the stage of defending it. MoRISC by he sheer detail of this report has now cemented into all future Ambazonian history books the first official document put together by us Ambazonians as we seek to tell the world of the genocide ongoing in our sovereign nation. This is the type of document the United Nations Human Rights Commission will be needing to have on its table as they meet this Monday and Tuesday in Geneva to discuss the situation in the Cameroons. This is the type of documentation La Republique du Cameroun will never want to see the light of day.
Ambaflashpoint has also gathered that the legal team of the Governing Council is also in the process of putting together a similar type of document for use towards all legal moves against the government of Paul Biya as well as against specific persons. After going through the entire 20 pages of this fine document, Ambaflashpoint would like suggest that the legal team of the Governing Council should take advantage of this ready document and immediately liaise with MoRISC so as to coalesce all efforts as our Nation fights back against one of the only post colonial Colonialist regime of Yaoundé.
Franco-Cameroun govt agents issue "convocation" order to Lady Citizen of the State of British Southern Cameroons, who refused receiving money for her silence on govt abuse and killing of citizens.
October 13, 2017
FORCEFUL BRIBE OR ARREST HAS COME IN FROM BIYA.
This lady was summoned to AYABA hotel in Bamenda. She went there and discovered the game going on and left in anger. She was later called on Phone to go back to the same place which she rejected. Later on Friday 13 Oct. she was served convocation to appear before the colonel at up station Bamenda.
Please, whatever we do, we know the devil we are dealing with. If you collect the bribe and stay quiet, next year they will come and shot another family member and still give you 10 or 50 000. The next person to be shot might be you. So, Denounce or reject this SCAM going on. NO amount of money is equal to the life of our brother lost.
It was noted that many fons have collected bribes to stay out of the struggle. Many other people are there working with the agents to identify other fellow citizens such as this lady whose phone number was used by the police to call her while she never gave to them, her this convocation was served to her through the office of her BOSS, meaning there is someone who is giving details about her to the agents.
If only the compensation was to be done, how much has the government allocated for this. Now it is to enrich the agents carrying on the compensation because they will give you any amount of money and you do not have to question or bargain. You are forced to sign under gun point and threatened with arrest if anything comes up. You enslave yourself more by collecting bribe to stay quiet about your relative killed by your enemy you are now eating with.
May the blood of the dead be on anyone who will collect money to hide anyone shot and killed in this struggle.
Partial results from Liberia's presidential election show former football star George Weah has taken an early lead.
Figures from the National Elections Commission (NEC) put Mr Weah ahead in 11 out of 15 counties, although most votes have yet to be counted.
His main rival, incumbent Vice-President Joseph Boakai, leads in one county and is second in most others.
A candidate needs more than 50% of the votes for outright victory.If no-one achieves that, a second round will be held in November.
The results were released by Jerome Korkoya, Chairman of the National Elections Commission, NEC, at the commission’s headquarters in Monrovia.
The results of 1,232 polling units or 22.9 per cent of the total 5,390 polling units across the country were announced.
Weah of the Congress for Democratic Change, CDC, led other candidates in 11 out of the 15 counties that constitute Liberia in the results released so far.
He won in Bomi county with 3,763 votes, while Vice President Joseph Boakai got 2807 votes. In Bong, Weah got 28,233 votes, while Boakai got 24,367.
Weah also beat Boakai in Grand Bassa with 6950 votes. Boakai got 1786.
The county was won by Charles Walker Brumskine, the opposition leader and candidate of Liberty Party with 10,350 votes. He also won Rivercess county with 2970 votes. Weah came second here with 2873, while Boakai got 1089.
At Grand Cape Mount, Weah beat rival Boakai, with 2,663 votes to 2,152. Grand Gedeh also cast their lot with the ex-footballer, giving him 4462 votes to Boakai’s 704. A similar result emerged in Grand Kru, where Weah polled 3983 to Boakai’s 742 votes.
The UN Human Rights Committee, which monitors implementation by States of one of the main international human rights treaties, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), is meeting in Geneva from 16 October to 10 November 2017.
The Committee will review these countries on the following dates: (18-19 October) Australia, (24-25 October) Cameroon, (16-17 October) Democratic Republic of the Congo, (17-18 October) Dominican Republic, (19-20) Jordan, (23-24 October) Mauritius and (25-26 October) Romania.
The above are among the 169 States that have ratified the ICCPR and so are required to be reviewed regularly by the Committee of 18 international independent experts. The Committee will also hear from NGOs and national human rights institutions.
The public sessions, which will be webcast at http://webtv.un.org/, will take place from 10:00-13:00 and 15:00-18:00 at Palais Wilson, Geneva.
More information, including submitted reports by the States, can be found here.
The Committee’s findings, officially termed concluding observations, on the countries reviewed, will be published on 9 November 2017 here.
A news conference to discuss the findings is scheduled for 13.30 on Thursday, 9 November 2017, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva (Press Room 1).
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Human Rights Committee members are independent human rights experts drawn from around the world, who serve in their personal capacity and not as representatives of States parties. The Committee’s concluding observations are an independent assessment of States’ compliance with their human rights obligations under the treaty. Find more information about HRC here and watch HRC stories of impact here
The Bishops of the Bamenda Provincial Episcopal Conference, BAPEC, have gone under scathing attacks from Cameroon’s Minister of Communication and Government Spokesperson, Issa Tchiroma Bakary.
Tchiroma’s verbal attack came days after the Prelates issued a declaration, whose content, according to the Minister, is preaching secession.
In a strongly worded declaration dated October 4, 2017, following the ugly events of October 1 in the Northwest and Southwest Regions that led to killings through gunshots, BAPEC called on President Paul Biya to “stop the bloodbath and genocide that has skillfully been initiated in the Northwest and Southwest Regions.”.
The declaration was signed by the Archbishop of Bamenda, Cornelius Esua, the Bishop of Kumbo, George Nkuo, Andrew Nkea of Mamfe, Immanuel Bushu of Buea, Agapitus Nfon of Kumba, and the Auxiliary Bishop of Bamenda, Michael Bibi.
Tchiroma termed the Prelates’ declaration and a report by the Central Africa Human Rights Defenders Network, REDHAC, announcing that over 100 demonstrators were killed in the Northwest and Southwest Regions between September 28 and October 1 as false.
He debunked the claims at a press conference in Yaounde on October 9.
Picking on the BAPEC Bishops, Tchiroma said it was “surprising, and unconceivable that the moral authorities who are supposed to be above the quarrel, find themselves in the arena championing those who deliberately chose to breach the Constitution and the laws of the Republic to incite people to question their citizenship and their sacred duty of respect for the law and the authority of the State.” He maintained that Anglophones have heavily invested in Francophone Regions likewise the Francophones in the Anglophone Regions, and blamed the church authorities for claiming that Anglophones are being persecuted in the French speaking parts.
The Bishops had in the declaration, especially following reports of mass arrests in Anglophone dominated neighbourhoods of Yaounde, observed that “…Anglophones living in Francophone Cameroon are now targets.
The military have broken into some of their homes, looted and arrested people. The mere fact of being an Anglophone now looks like a crime in itself,” the Prelates wrote in their declaration.
According to Tchiroma, such a declaration is untruthful and geared at creating tension and antagonism between Francophones and Anglophones, two communities, which according to him, are living together in harmony.
He questioned what would have become of the two Regions if the defence and security forces had not invested in the protection of the population and property, institutions and persons that incarnate them, and territorial integrity of the nation.
“Through their messages of imaginations and untruths, one wonders whether, without their knowledge, these men of the Church have not become objective allies of these secessionists. If not, how can we speak in favour of those who burn down churches, student dormitories and place bombs to decimate an entire city and its people,” he quipped.
Apparently praising the defence and security forces, the Communication Minister declared: “How can we condemn with incomprehensible frivolity these men and women who, at the risk of their lives, protect and safeguard the territorial integrity of our nation, even though they are confronted with hordes armed with firearms and weapons with the aim of dividing our nation?”
He said soldiers know fully well that if they are caught in flagrante delicto of violations or brutality against the population, they would be taken to the military court, adding that they are forbidden from using firearms except in situations of legitimate self defence.
He appreciated the forces for “conducting their actions in strict compliance with the rules required in this regard.
Such ethics is based on the observance of international humanitarian standards to which Cameroon has duly subscribed.
“In any case, invested with the sovereignty of the people and conscious of its supreme mission, the Head of our nation will spare no effort to ensure that our country, with its cultural diversity and its ethnic plurality, continues to be this haven of peace…” he told reporters.
“As for those of our compatriots driven by unquenchable thirst for power, they would have to realise that by their excessive madness, they are inflicting suffering, loss of life, huge material damage, knowing that secession will never be on the agenda in Cameroon,” he affirmed.
On the other hand, Tchiroma hailed the President of the National Episcopal Conference, Mgr. Samuel Kleda, for calling for the preservation of the best interests, unity, dialogue, peace and saying no to secession, which according to that religious body, is not a solution to the problems Cameroon is facing.
He promised that “the arsonists, bombers and all those who took up arms against the Republic and their accomplices will be hunted down and brought to justice for their actions. “I avail myself to warn all those who, without any evidence, disseminate and relay allegations of the massacre of civilian populations against the devastating effects of such an undertaking. Let me remind them that they could be held accountable for spreading false news and inciting revolt if they persist in such a path.,” Tchiroma threatened.