Ben Wolford, 2:00 am AFKI Original
Tanzanians fly the way Europeans travel by train. It’s the main mode of city-hopping transportation. But there have really only been two ways to book a domestic flight between the country’s dozens of airports: through the airline directly or through a travel broker — for a fee. That changed last week when a pair of digital entrepreneurs launched the country’s first booking website, Flyezee.com.
Ben Wolford, 5:30 am AFKI Original
The developers of Saya call their Ghanaian chat app the “SMS killer.” Meanwhile, an app called TanaMe is fighting for a niche by aggressively undercutting Skype prices in Zimbabwe. And one CEO from Nigeria is so committed to his infant chat start-up that he’s funding the entire endeavor with the salary he earns from his day job at Ericsson. “I don’t sleep,” he says.
Ben Wolford, 11:36 am AFKI Original
In 1990, Ghana’s economy and politics were on the cusp of a turnaround. Dominated for years by coups and military heads of state, the West African nation was heading into an era of democratic elections and privately created wealth.
Ben Wolford, 10:54 am AFKI Original
Frank Muscarello always knew his idea of an exchange for used IT equipment had legs in developing countries. But he assumed places like Uganda would be the ones looking to buy, not sell. Not so, he quickly realized.
Ben Wolford, 9:00 am AFKI Original
Robert Marx, 54, is one of the American connoisseurs of South African wines, and he’s one of the reasons the U.S. lands in the top four importers. Marx is from Minnesota, but in 1980 he was a young man in Cape Town, a Marine stationed to guard the U.S. consulate there. “As a 21-year-old guy I was introduced to wine,” he said. Years later, after retiring, he was on a plane back to Africa with a copy of “Red Wine for Dummies” in his lap.