Here are the technology news, startup, and VC deals we tracked across the African region this week.
- Smartphone sales in Nigeria grew 81% year-on-year in 2021, thanks to pent-up demand driven by digital adoption and the entry of new Chinese OEMs. Also, a snapshot of the country's smartphone market as of 2021 shows how Transsion brands dominate the market.
- Nigeria-based startup Norebase, which helps businesses and founders start, scale and operate in any African country, raised $1 million in a pre-seed round. The startup claims it can incorporate businesses within minutes in any African country.
- Zuri Health, a mobile telemedicine platform that helps patients to access and book certified healthcare services on-demand based on the availability, location, and specialization of the provider in Africa, launched its new digital assistant Vera.