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Google should buy WhatsApp and develop a solid BBM competitor for Android.  Discuss. 

Fuata Sheria lyrics.   Powerful.


Sheria by Sarabi Band Feat. Juliani
Verse 1:
Nalipa tax na hata siwezi afford kupanda taxi
Kwa banki sina kakitu siwezi afford hata shati
Maji naywa ya kanjo, yako ya chupa za mapambo
Nalipia mtoto wako elimu ya bure ya juu
Unanipa ya bure lakini ya uduu


Pre- Chorus:
So nitapata wapi majibu ya maswali, Mahindi ilienda wapi
Pia shilingi ya shule za msingi, Paulo mtume mbona jela usimtume
Lazima abuniwe tume
Lazima abuniwe tume


Verse 2:
Mabenz ndizo hali, Ma-Passat tulificha kwa kabati
Kazi kwa vijana, Pesa kwa wazee
Tulimangamanga hadi za ma-dead, I say
Lazima abuniwe tume
Lazima abuniwe tume

Chorus:
Sheria oaa,
Sheria, Sheria
Fuata Sheria

Sheria wo wo,
Sheria ye ye
Fuata Sheria

Sheria ee ee,
Sheria wo wo
Fuata Sheria
Sheria

Verse 3:
Pia wewe mwananchi, tabia zako ziko chini
Unapenda kulipa hongo na kutumia njia za uongo
Una mipango na hata watoto wa kando, haujui hata majina yao
Kura yako, uliuza, maini figo ukakulia hadi dini
Kisha wasema tukudhamini

Na wewe hapo, hauaminiki
Na wewe hapo, haupangiki

Juliani Rap:
Wapi Kidero when you need to slap somebody
Complain ufisadi kwani ulidhani
Tshirt 50 bob leso siku ya campaign ilikuwa free

Ni five year loan investment utalipa akiingia parliament
We are one, ama ni we are wanaaa. Utumishi kwa wote
Utu missing, CCTV, we were watching
Patients, insecurity na job opportunities
Ni kaa mti ya kibiriti. Side moja heavy

Usiniambie Kenya kuna umaskini
Kwani hizi fat fingers zinaibia nani?
Ma scandal ina threaten our survival
Media define leadership na sura ukieka frontpage ina improve readership

Ambia wasee wa twitter wa-hashtag hii
Ama harsh reality doesnt make a good TT
Commission of inquiry, wanakula commission bila kutupa ukweli

Ni kubaya mpaka kukiwa kuzuri unashindwa nini mbaya?
Machozi ya perpetrator inaweza dilute damu ya victim ilimwagika

After all is said and done, all will be said nothing will be done.

You are not my tribe, but you are my blood type
Lakini it doesn't have to take tragedy to know that

Chorus:
Sheria oaa,
Sheria, Sheria
Fuata Sheria

Sheria wo wo,
Sheria ye ye
Fuata Sheria

Sheria ee ee,
Sheria wo wo
Fuata Sheria
Sheria

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Kenya: An African  Success Story?

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Why is Facebook losing active users in Nigeria?

Facebook, the social network giant, has lost more than 1 million (24%) Nigerian users between January and April 2013, according to data from social media monitoring firm, SocialBakers (http://www.socialbakers.com/).

Facebook monthly active users (MAU) in Nigeria peaked at 6.5 million and by end of April they were down to 5.2 million but this does not mean that users have left Facebook altogether.

This means that over one million people have not logged into Facebook between January and April 2013. Nigeria is ranked 35 on the list of countries with most Facebook users.

Facebook , once the top social network in Nigeria, is now losing steam to mobile chat (messaging) and flirting platforms like 2go, Whatsapp, Badoo, Eskimi and other social networks like Twitter . 


What can be attributed to this trend?


With my knowledge and insight on the mobile landscape and ecosystem in Africa and especially Nigeria, I have identified the factors behind this trend which can be attributed mostly to social behaviours and platform influence.

The factors are as follows:

- Facebook is still the platform of choice to make new friends or meeting people for the first time due to its large user base but once the friendships have been cultivated and cemented, Facebook loses its novelty in taking these friendships or relationships to the next level of socialization which requires real-time interactions like Whatsapp, 2go, Twitter .

- Facebook will continue to grow in registered users but the generation 'Z' (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Generation_Z) and the earliest registered users seemed not to be too excited about using Facebook always.

- Facebook , with its huge digital assets and properties and the large business (advertising) content, is best experienced with smartphones. There are only 4 million smartphones out of the 100+ million phones in Nigeria. Facebook app is not efficient with data in a country where internet access and electricity has made browsing the web in a smartphone an expensive luxury.

- The majority of Facebook users, who are on feature phones are not having the same experience with that of smartphone users so they switch to other platforms where they can easily communicate with their friends singly or in group conversations and easily share photos and videos in real-time on feature phones with less keypad clicks practically for free. Facebook is simply too complex for these tasks.

- The likes of 2go, Whatsapp allows you to communicate with those you already have a relationship with, so most likely people are spending more time with those they know very well and they are not more than 10 meters away from their phone

- Whatsapp and 2go are known to perform well at low bandwidth connections and consume less data. 

- The likes of Whatsapp and 2go are serving as a cheaper replacement for SMS among the youth (65% of Nigerians are youths).

The Shift

The shift towards real-time platforms is not only happening in Nigeria but in other African countries like South Africa and also in Asia like in Japan and Korea (http://twitter.com/emekaokoye/status/328832381337358336).

 In Nigeria, Twitter is gaining from the drop in Facebook active users (http://twitter.com/emekaokoye/status/335028543425740800). It is important to understand that emerging markets consume digital media in a different way to developed markets.

Also note that recently we’ve seen a lot of posts and news articles that analysts have predicted about the potential for chat apps to take over the role of SMS.

 In Nigeria, 2go has 13+ million users, whatsapp has an estimated 6 million users, Eskimi has more than 5 million users and Twitter has more than 3.5 million users.

In conclusion, Facebook has not delivered a simple, real-time and cost efficient experience to meet the needs of most of their users in Nigeria.

Tags:   #Nigeria   #facebook   #2go   #whatsapp   #Eskimi   #Twitter   #socialmedia   #Africa     #Messaging   #Chat   #SMS   #Mobile   #Social   #Network  

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What policymakers should be doing to leverage the Internet for economic growth and development. 

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Interesting piece, no one wants to support non-sexy start-ups.  "Innovation-ville" where African money-making start-ups go to die. 
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