Welcome to the first edition of our 'This Week in Tech' newsletter, where we round up all the latest in local and global tech news so you don't have to. Keep reading to find out all the exciting stuff that's been happening this week
GitHub Acquires NPM
Lagos State Government launches Ekocab
The Lagos state government has recently partnered with new ride sharing app Ekocab. The app aims to integrate the city's yellow taxis as well as private car owners into the digital ride sharing space previously dominated by Uber and Bolt, both foreign owned platforms. This announcement comes after the government ushered in a statewide ban on commercial motorcycles and kekes.
YouVerify Raises $1.5 Million Seed Round
Youverify, the identity verification startup that began in 2017, has raised a $1.5 million seed round. The company which previously had investments from Village Capital and Chinook Capital, now welcomes Orange Digital ventures and LoftyInc AfroPreneurs to its portfolio of investors. The startup aims to solve Nigeria’s identity crises by providing infrastructure which aggregates other existing verification methods into one accessible system. CEO Gbenga Odegbami revealed plans to expand beyond Nigeria and into at least 5 countries in 2020.