The Workchop Conversation with Neema Magarimba, co-founder of Sheria Kiganjani, Tanzania

The Workchop Conversations is an ongoing series of conversations with different players in both the law, tech & justice tech space, sharing about their work and innovative role within the space, promoting access to justice in Africa.

For this week, we have Neema Magimba, the Managing Partner of Extent Corporate Advisory law firm, and co-founder of Sheria Kiganjani, a platform that provides readily accessible and affordable legal services share with us the best piece of advise she has received and the impactful things she is doing at Sheria Kiganjani.

Tell us about yourself and what you do at Sheria Kiganjani.

My name is Neema Magimba, I am an Advocate admitted to practice law in  Tanzania Mainland and Zanzibar. I currently manage a corporate and intellectual  property law firm and I am also a co-founder and head of legal for Sheria  Kiganjani.  

Sheria Kiganjani (a Swahili word that translates to Law on Your Palm) is a  platform that provides easily accessible and affordable legal services through  mobile phones. The platform is available through smart phones, featured phones  and as a web platform (a website). Through Sheria Kiganjani, we provide  services such as 24/7 access to lawyers through calls and texts, templates of  different legal documents such as draft contracts or agreements, we link our  users to lawyers closest to them to save their money and time and we also  provide legal education in the most simplest and easily understandable way. The  whole platform is in Swahili language which is spoken by 80% of Tanzanians. We  have over 30k users and have resolved over 600 cases since the launch of the  platform is 2018.  

What’s the most impactful thing you believe you do at Sheria Kiganjani?  

Being able to bridge the justice gap in Tanzania. As of 2017, over 2Million  Tanzanians could not access justice due to financial and geographical  constraints. Being able to provide easily accessible and affordable legal services  to over 30,000 Tanzanians, enabling them to solve their cases or prevent legal  mishaps from happening is what we consider the most impactful thing we do at  sheria Kiganjani.  

How do you keep track of what you have to do?  

Personally, I am very conscious with how I use my time, I keep a to-do list to  keep track of everything I have to do for the day and how I distribute my time to  do it all. My google calendar keeps my time table on track as well, with reminders  to help me remember everything I have to do. As a team at Sheria Kiganjani, we  have a common team calendar that has tasks designated to every team member, 

We also have weekly meets ups at the beginning and end of the week which  helps align and be on track with what we have to do as a team.  

 What is the best piece of advice you have ever received? 

You become what you do with your time.  

How do you recharge or take a break? What do you spend time doing, besides work?  

I’m big on self-love, when I’m not working I enjoy visits to the spa, solo dates and reading (fiction), I also enjoy spending time with my friends doing the things we love the most.  

What are you currently reading, watching or listening to?  

Currently reading “Purple hibiscus” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, watching  Tribes of Europa (a show on Netflix) and I’m always listening to something on  Spotify depending on my mood haha.  

The Workchop Conversation with Sunday Fadipe

The Workchop Conversations is an ongoing series of conversations with different players in both the law, tech & justice tech space, sharing about their work and innovative role within the space, promoting access to justice in Africa.

For this week, we have Sunday Fadipe, Lawyer, Writer & Public speaker share with us what his typical day is like as an in-house lawyer in a fintech company and his favorite hack for staying productive.

Okay, tell us a bit about yourself.

I am a lawyer. I work in a financial technology company. Apart from lawyering, I write on diverse subjects and I like to read non-law books. (whispering) My pen is now dusty though. Surprisingly, I never thought I could work in-house. I thought I was too restless to do in-house and it would be boring.

Well, it is far from boring and financial technology has been a long term interest for me. And I don’t think I was born for that litigation stress. Have you ever had to file a process in Federal High Court in Lagos? Lool. I work with amazing people. That makes it really enjoyable. I also get involved in a lot of high-level transactions and conversations. That cannot be boring

What’s a typical day at work like for you?

On days that I am working remotely, wake up like 9am (please don’t tell my boss). I most times work really late into the night and I am generally not an early sleeper. I wake up to work most times as well. Wake up, say my prayers, take  a few steps to my workspace and fire down. I may not even eat until 1pm, 2pm or later. I have a bad eating habit. I take a few breaks in between, maybe some meetings in between as well and a lot of work calls.

For days that I have to work from the office, I wake up by 6am or 7am. and leave for work by 8am. Work resumes 9am. I work on transaction documents depending on my tasks sheet. Send several emails. Join or host meetings where necessary. Take break to have lunch, throw bants with some of my colleagues, and probably make calls too.

What is that one app that you think should be developed that will make your work easier but you’re surprised it isn’t in existence yet?

I think I have shared this with you before. I was thinking about an idea to make review of documents easier and voila! I found the feature on MS Word. But I’m still trying to refine the idea and maybe we’ll build it as an internal product in my company.

What apps, gadgets or tools can’t you do without?

Currently, my phone, WhatsApp, Cliq, Zoho, Twitter, Google Doc, Adobe Fill & Sign, and my dictionary app.

What is your favorite hack for staying productive?

Taking a lot of short breaks in between my work. 

What are you currently reading, watching or listening to?

I am currently reading ‘Alibaba: The House that Jack Ma Built’ by Duncan Clark and ‘How Successful People Lead’ by John Maxwell. I just finished ‘Stillness is the Key’ by Ryan Holiday. That’s one of my best reads so far. I am not currently listening to or watching anything long term.

Who would you like to answer these questions?

Enyioma Madubuike, my oga

Afriwise raises £1 million to accelerate its expansion into new countries and enhance technology

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Afriwise, an online platform in Africa that provides instant answers to legal and business questions, has secured a €1m investment from a pair of angel investors. Afriwise was created by Africans for Africans, and is extremely useful for anyone doing business in Africa.

Three years after being founded (end of 2018), Afriwise welcomes new investors to its shareholding, with Jacques Emsens and Christophe de Limburg Stirum joining the company’s board of directors, where they are welcomed by early investors Bart Sobry (Zoutman/Potrell) and Mathias Vandaele (Hectaar). The company announced that it has raised a €1 million investment from the Belgian investors. This is promising, as we don’t hear nearly enough about legal tech investments in Africa.

Afriwise is a subscription-based online legal know-how service founded by Steven De Backer, a former South African lawyer now based in Belgium. It offers up-to-date legal knowledge about African markets in real-time, thanks to a collaborative model with top local firms and proprietary, cutting-edge technology. The company has been recognized as the most authoritative and robust online legal-information solution across Africa, offering access to domestic legislation and bills, legal reporting, in-depth practical advice and legal-sourcing solutions, all from a single, centralised platform. Bolloré, Deloitte, Barloworld, Vodafone, Roche, General Electric, DHL, and MTN among others, have all implemented this ground-breaking solution.

Afriwise believes that by partnering with and completely incorporating the African legal sector into its platform, it is contributing to the advancement of the SDGs in the legal and justice space. Indeed, the company collaborates with over 100 law firms across Africa to provide the platform’s in-depth practical legal guidance, making it the biggest joint project ever unveiled in the African professional services sector. 

According to De Backer, the new funding will be used to provide users with more relevant content, accelerate expansion into new countries, and enhance the platform’s technology.

 Apart from Afriwise, other legal research platforms based in Africa include : Legal Doctrine, Judy, LawPavilion, JurisAfrica, etc.

The HiiL Justice Innovation Challenge 2021

The Hague Institute for Innovation of Law is a non-profit organization committed to making justice more available, understandable, and effective. Hiil’s vision is that by 2030, 150 million people will be able to avoid or address their most urgent justice issues, due to increased creativity and scaling what works best.

HiiL’s annual global Justice accelerator innovates and scales innovative services that can prevent or address justice challenges for all to help fill the Justice Gap and strengthen the justice system.


The HiiL Justice Accelerator, each year funds, trains, and coaches a global cohort of justice startups. In Africa, applications are welcome from East Africa, South Africa and West Africa. The Accelerator program is a four-month program that provides justice entrepreneurs with non-equity seed funding of €10,000, full preparation, coaching sessions, mentorship, and a chance to earn up to €20.000 at the Innovating Justice Forum’s pitch event, global exposure, and many more benefits.

How to register for this year’s challenge:
Between March 15 and April 30, 2021, justice entrepreneurs can apply for the Innovating Justice Challenge 2021. Startups that are admitted into the program receive €10,000 in non-equity seed capital, as well as the opportunity to pitch to an international jury and bid for additional cash prizes at the annual Innovating Justice Forum: €20,000 (1st place), €10,000 (2nd place), and €5,000 (3rd place).

Some of the startups from Africa Hiil has supported:
TransGov (Ghana), Stand to End Rape (Nigeria), MamaMoni (Nigeria), African Legal Factory (Morocco), Legal4ASM (Zimbabwe), Lenoma Legal (South Africa), Luma Law (South Africa), Kaoun (Tunisia), Peleza (Kenya) and so many more.

NextCounsel and its new all-in-one central management solution for law firms

NextCounsel is the most complete practice management solution for lawyers and law firms in the world. By offering a solution for CRM, case management, automated time and billing, document management system, human resources, and accounting, this product helps to minimize overhead and operation costs while still increasing sales.

The nextPLOS solution is a central management tool that manages the legal department’s internal processes which involves lawsuits, workflow tasks, meetings, and agreements. The NextPLOS solution makes it easy to coordinate, monitor, and handle all ongoing and completed legal activities in an organization. It is appropriate for any business that has a legal department, such as insurance companies, financial institutions, telecommunication organizations, etc.

How does nextPLOS work?
The nextPLOS has three main components to ensure the legal team’s effectiveness and productivity:

The Case Manager assists in keeping track of all case data. It strengthens team coordination, document organization, and deadline management. It allows the legal department to operate remotely while coordinating correspondence and enabling the retrieval of records.

The Agreement Manager maintains track of an agreement’s lifecycle. This application helps you to initiate, request, draft, and authorize initiated agreements, since most agreements come from the legal department. It also contains seamless templates to help the legal unit draft agreements easily.

The Meetings Manager recognizes a meeting’s agenda, manages schedules, conducts surveys, keeps track of attendance, and distributes the agenda to all attendees. It helps with collaboration, knowledge synchronization, and real-time alerts. With features like polling, agendas, and more, it makes taking notes and engaging in remote meetings simpler. Last, the meeting manager provides an environment of paperless meetings.

The solution has the following benefits:

  • The calendaring method assists your company in keeping track of deadlines and events.
  • Improves corporate governance by allowing all layers of management to work together.
  • Streamline meeting procedures and align management goals.
  • It enhances the standardization of the agreement process.
  • A workflow matrix to drive periodic events, among others.

To get a demo or make an enquiry, send a mail to hello@nextcounsel.com