The African Development Bank (AfDB) has launched an eLearning Digital platform to create nine million jobs in Africa\u2019s digital economy in the next 10 years. According to a statement from the bank\u2019s website, the Federal Government and Microsoft launched the Digital Nigeria eLearning Platform to provide marketable digital skills for the country\u2019s youth. The platform will leverage the AfDB\u2019s Coding for Employment initiative and build linkages between the public and private sectors. Mr Isa Pantami, Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, said the platform would support the development of a large pool of digitally literate and skilled citizens. \u201cWe are championing a paradigm shift that lays emphasis on skills. This is a growing trend across the globe. \u201cThe digital literacy and skills pillar recognises the fact that citizens are the greatest assets in any economy, including the digital economy,\u201d the minister said. Ebrima Faal, Senior Director for the bank\u2019s Nigeria Country Department, said the new normal had accelerated the demand for digital services and fourth industrial revolution technologies across all sectors. \u201cFrom artificial intelligence, the internet of things, social media communication, digital learning platforms, augmented and virtual reality, drones, 3D printing and so much more\u2013the world has undergone a massive disruption. \u201cThe African Development Bank is committed to supporting the Nigerian government to realise a fully integrated digital agenda,\u201d Faal said. Ghada Khalifa, Middle East and Africa Director for Microsoft Philanthropies, said that Microsoft was committed to creating inclusive economic opportunities in light of the economic crisis created by COVID-19. \u201cWe are investing in building the capacity of five million African youths by 2025, and excited about our collaboration with the African Development Bank and the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy in Nigeria with the launch of the Digital Nigeria platform to provide Nigerians with access to digital skills to meet the demand of the job market,\u201d Khalifa said. According to the statement, the eLearning Platform is a key component of the Digital Nigeria Programme, which aims to empower innovators and entrepreneurs with the skills to thrive in the emerging digital economy. It offers courses in web development, content creation and data science, among others. The platform also uses gamification techniques to teach problem-solving, collaboration, creative thinking and basic coding. It would be continually updated with new courses and leverage partnerships to provide training certifications. Content will be accessible via a website and a mobile app. The Digital Nigeria programme aligns with AfDB\u2019s strategic agenda to create 25 million jobs in agriculture, information communication technology and other key sectors by 2025. The agenda would also equip 50 million African youths with competitive skills. HEADLINES YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED FROM BRAND SPUR Orange becomes Premium partner to the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games Four years ahead of the Games, Orange has become Premium partner and official supplier to the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The partnership was announced by Orange\u2019s Chairman and CEO St\u00e9phane Richard and Paris 2024\u2019s President Tony Estanguet, in the presence of the Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo. World Cleanup Day: Coca-Cola Partners NGOs, Recovers Over 900kg of Plastic Waste (PHOTOS) World Cleanup Day, celebrated globally on September 19, 2020, saw diverse people come together to combat the solid waste problem through numerous community cleanup activities. Orange and Schneider Electric Run Industrial 5G trials in French Factory Schneider Electric, a leader in digital transformation, energy management and automation, and Orange, a global telecoms operator and leader in digital services, announced the first deployment of indoor 5G in the industrial sector in France on experimental frequencies as part of a trial. Ventures Platform launches paid traineeship in Lithuania for Nigerian data analysts, scientists Digital Explorers\u00a0has launched applications for the second cohort of the program.\u00a0This time, it is a female-only track that will select up to 15 female Data Analysts and Data Scientists at entry-level who will undergo up to 6 months paid traineeship in Lithuania. The program will consist of intensive training and a placement at a Lithuanian company.