Pelikin CEO Interview: We Plan to Reach 30k Users by the End of 2020

In a recent interview with, Pelikin CEO and Founder Sam Brown explained they are helping Australian travelers to handle their funds while exploring the world. At the same time, he mentioned they want to reach 30,000 members by the end of 2020.

President’s International Scholarship Scheme At University of Leicester – UK 2020

The University of Leicester – UK is awarding the President’s International Scholarship Scheme to Individuals interested in pursuing a degree program at the Institution.

The President scholarship award value is £2,500 for students achieving A level grades ABB or their equivalent, or £4,000 for students achieving AAA or the equivalent. This award is for each year of full-time study at the University, up to a maximum of three years.

North American Smart Home Market to Reach $49.5 Billion by 2023

North American Smart Home Market to Reach $49.5 Billion by 2023

With more than 40 million installed smart home systems at the end of this year, North America is the most advanced smart home market in the world. According research, a strong upward trend is expected to continue in the following years, with market revenue reaching $49.5 billion by 2023.

70% of the U.S. Population is Now Active on Facebook

According to a recent report released by the financial news portal, over 70% of the U.S. population has a Facebook account. Facebook is also increasing the number of users monthly, showing the interest for this platform remains among the population. Other social media platforms are also growing but remain far behind Facebook.

Peregrine Ventures Raises $115m for its Fourth Fund Bringing Total Managed Funds and Co-Invest Capital to $400m

Eyal Lifschitz, Managing Partner at Peregrine: “The greatest investment opportunities today are in the med-tech and life science fields in Israel, where we have been successfully investing since 2001”

CBN, Banks, NIPOST Establish Nirsal Microfinance to Drive Financial Inclusion’s

To fast track the financial inclusive project, and boost economic diversification, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), in collaboration with the Bankers Committee, and NIPOST, have jointly established a N5-billion NIRSAL Microfinance Bank, with branches all the 774 local councils in the country.Already, seven of the branches have commenced operations, according to the CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele, Wednesday, while inspecting one of the branches at the Gwagwalada Post Office, Abuja.Unlike other microfinance banks whose lending are almost beyond the reach of the ordinary citizens, Emefiele said NIRSAL Microfinance five per cent interest rate is very competitive, using the project as collateral, under a seven year tenor, plus two years moratorium.He said: “This is a collaboration between NIRSAL, bankers Committee, and NIPOST, and I want to say that we really need to set up microfinance banks that will reach out to the unbanked. The biggest problems that small businesses have always had is access to credit; and I’m happy that with the establishment of this microfinance banks, with at least one located in each of the 774 local governments in the country, we would be able to have a financial institution that will help deepen financial inclusion. This will make it easy for people to access credit, particularly the small and unbanked people, because we have always said that these are the very weak.

“We use this to improve access to credit and the technology that would be used will be a fintech technology. We have already set a target for ourselves that by 2020, the rate of financial inclusion must increase to 80 per cent from about 48 per cent a year and a half ago. So this is just part of our initiative to deepen financial inclusion in Nigeria.”He said the loans will be disbursed through the Bankers Committee’s AGMEIS scheme, being five per cent of profit after tax set aside by banks to support small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in agriculture or other small businesses badly in need of finance to scale and enhance their competitiveness and profitability.

“The existing microfinance banks are doing their best, and I’ve heard this is an attempt to crowd them out, but this is not true, but to complement their services, and see to it that whatever service is being provided by these microfinance banks should be seen to be fair to their customers.”

I also know some rural communities where microfinance banks charge very prohibitive interest rates, but here, we are talking about making fund available to these people. This will help to create some form of competitive landscape so that those kinds of practices will no longer arise. “We are just inspecting one out of the first seven, and we are scaling up to the next 50 in the next phase. We believe that before the end of this year, we would have moved substantially in making sure that they are set up and able to provide finance to small businesses.”

Lagos Landlords To Obtain Licence To Drill Borehole From 2020

Lagos State government of Nigeria has said by the first quarter of next year, it would begin to issue licences and permits before any borehole is drilled for water in any part of the state.

Executive Secretary of the Lagos State Water Regulatory Commission, Mrs Funke Femi Adepoju, while addressing stakeholders at a meeting, explained that this move was to safeguard residents of the metropolis.

PTDF Overseas Scholarship Scheme For Nigerians – 2020/2021

The Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF), invites applications from suitably qualified candidates for Overseas MSc and PhD Scholarships to institutions under its strategic partnership initiative. Successful candidates will be awarded scholarships to study in France/Germany/China/Malaysia.

The award includes the provision of flight tickets, payment of health insurance, payment of tuition and bench fees (where applicable) as well as the provision of allowances to meet the costs of accommodation and living expenses. The programmes will also include language classes to aid scholars to settle into their new environments (where applicable).



  1. A minimum of Second Class Upper (2.1) qualification in their first degree or a Second Class Lower (2.2) with relevant industry experience
  2. Must have completed the mandatory National Youth Service (NYSC)
  3. Must be computer literate
  4. Possession of 5 O/level credits including English Language.


  1. Must have completed the mandatory National Youth Service (NYSC)
  2. Must be computer literate
  3. A minimum of Second Class Lower (2.2) in their first degree and a good second-degree certificate;
  4. Must submit a research proposal relevant to the oil and gas industry (of not more than 5 pages) to include: Topic, introduction, objective, methodology and mode of data collection (sample template of the proposal is available on the scholarship portal (;
  5. Applicants must also include their master’s degree project

How To Apply

Application Forms can be obtained on the scholarship portal (

Required Documents

Applicants are advised to scan copies of the following documents and attach to their online application forms:

  1. First Degree Certificate or Statement of Result
  2. NYSC discharge certificate
  3. WAEC/GCE/SSCE/NECO results as well as the PIN numbers on the application forms to enable PTDF view the O’level results on the relevant website).
  4. Recent Passport Photograph
  5. Local Government Identification Letter
  6. Master’s Degree Certificate (PhD Applicants only)
  7. Evidence of membership of professional associations

Selection Process, Criteria & Requirements

PTDF scholarships are highly competitive and only applicants who are outstanding across board are selected. A selection committee will be constituted to assess applications using the following criteria;

  • Academic merit as evidenced by quality of degrees, full academic transcripts, other professional qualifications acquired, and relevant publications to be referenced by applicants
  • Membership of professional bodies
  • The viability of the study/research plan (PhD Applicants only).
  • Applicants are required to make a case for their scholarship by submitting a statement of purpose (maximum 500 words) stating the reason(s) they want to undertake the study, the relevance of the proposed study to the oil & gas industry and its expected impact on national development (MSc Applicants only).


  1. Applicants must have a National Identity Number (NIN) before applying for the scholarship. Applicants are also expected to upload a NIN Verification Report before completing the application. The report can be obtained from (charges may apply).
  2. Ongoing PhD Applicants could only apply provided their Universities are among the PTDF Partnership Universities as listed above;
  3. Applicants who have benefitted from any of the PTDF scholarships in the past cannot apply for the same category of degree, except a higher degree;
  4. Applicants who are in possession of a higher degree cannot apply for the same type of degree;
  5. Applicants interested in German Institutions should choose Abuja as their preferred interview location;
  6. Applicants who are beneficiaries of any other scholarship need not apply;
  7. Applicants who successfully scale through the first round of screening will be requested to submit their transcripts; all applicants are therefore advised to prepare their transcripts for submission in anticipation of such a request.




2020 Agnes Paykel Scholarship At University Of Auckland, New Zealand

Are you an International student willing to study in New Zealand? The University Of Auckland, New Zealand is offering the Agnes Paykel Scholarship to high achieving applicants who are willing to undergo a degree program at the Institution.

The main purpose of the Scholarship is to support a full-time doctoral student in the Liggins Institute engaged in basic or clinical research.

2020 OTS South Africa Programme At VU University Amsterdam – Netherlands

The Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is collaborating with OTS to attract Individuals to study for a degree program at the Institution. We encourage South African students to apply for the combined OTS/VUFP South Africa scholarship programme.

The VUFP/OTS South Africa scholarship is for talented, motivated South African students who need financial support to study at VU Adam. The VUFP/OTS South Africa scholarship covers the tuition fees. It does not provide any additional allowance towards study or living costs.