Firstly, welcome to African Tech Story. We have a simple aim - to tell the story of Africa’s technological revolution as it happens. Why? Because we don’t think it’s getting enough coverage. As African citizens we can do a better job of taking our technology growth story to the world.
We need both sub-saharan and north Africa to coalesce and create a unified entrepreneurial narrative that positions Africa as a serious contender on the startup world stage.
Historically Africa as a continent has seen a number of epithets ascribed to it resulting from famine, droughts, civil wars, poverty, corruption and totalitarian regimes. Even when one does a simple Google search for “famines”, Africa features in the autocompletes.
This has created a certain global perception and prejudice which has impacted the continent when it comes to socio-economic advancement.
African countries often lose out in trade deals, borrow on unfavourable terms, and see their raw materials exported with little value created on home soil.
In spite of this, some countries in Africa still outshine many western countries in GDP growth, albeit from a relatively low base.
As we now find ourselves deep within the grips of a mobile-first information age, the African continent is seizing this moment to leapfrog older technologies and drive innovation forward in new and fascinating ways.
The next century belongs to Africa - Former UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon
Bright minds across the continent are using technology to solve a plethora of problems in areas where some governments have failed such as in education, healthcare, and transportation.
Like using drones to deliver blood to remote hospitals or turning mobile phone numbers into virtual addresses. In other instances African entrepreneurs are simply disrupting industries which for have been stagnant for decades such as financial services.
African tech is a truly exciting space to be in right now. Come and join us on the journey! Each week we’ll be telling the stories of some of Africa’s most innovative and interesting entrepreneurs right here in this newsletter.
Well, that’s it for our opening edition. Next week we’ll be taking a deep dive into the African startup landscape and telling that story through some very interesting data sets. So stay tuned. If you’re new here, and want to get this newsletter in your inbox every Thursday then subscribe below.