When Tolulope Komolafe first heard the pitch, she was skeptical. A fledgling company in Lagos, Nigeria, would pay her to learn how to write modern computer code and then offer her a good job in the high-tech economy. After inquiring, Komolafe found the offer was real. Today, she is a software developer and she dreams of starting her own tech company someday. Komolafe, a 27-year-old Nigerian, is one of hundreds of young Africans who have joined Andela, a fast-growing start-up based in New York.
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Peter Pedroncelli, 4:50 am
Airbnb has made a commitment to invest $1 million in community-led tourism projects across the African continent over the course of the next few years. Airbnb, the mobile app-based hospitality booking site which allows people to make their homes or spare rooms available to visiting guests for a fee, will invest $1 million in community-based African tourism projects between 2018 and 2020.
Peter Pedroncelli, 8:23 am AFKI Original
Africa is fast becoming a key global tech market, and many of the tech leaders of tomorrow are emerging from the continent. Well-educated, innovative and with leadership qualities that make them stand out among their peers, Africa’s current crop of young tech influencers are impressive. From techpreneurs to investors, business leaders to top innovators, this list of African tech personalities who are under 40 years of age is testament to the growing influence that Africa has in a global context.
Peter Pedroncelli, 5:51 am
Andela, a startup that trains and outsources African coders to work for global firms, has secured a Series C round of funding to continue the company’s expansion. The Lagos and Nairobi-based startup that recruits Africa’s best software developers has successfully raised $40 million in the most recent round of funding. The substantial investment was led by Pan-African venture firm CRE Venture Capital, while other investors include DBL Partners, Amplo, Salesforce Ventures, and Africa-focused TLcom Capital.
Peter Pedroncelli, 5:24 am
Somalia’s first innovation tech hub has officially opened in Mogadishu, supporting the growth of tech startups in the African country. The tech hub in the Somali capital is called iRise Hub, and it provides a co-working space, as well as research, incubation, and acceleration services for new startups. This is a first for Somalia, but Tech hubs continue to drive innovation across Africa, with 314 hubs currently operational in 93 cities across 42 countries.
Peter Pedroncelli, 2:20 am AFKI Original
Technology has an important role to play in Africa, and one of the most important ways that tech is improving the lives of Africans across the continent is by transforming healthcare. Advances in technology and innovative ideas are allowing for better healthcare and improved diagnostic efforts in communities throughout Africa, including in remote areas thanks to the wonders of mobile and the internet.
Staff, 8:32 am
An Egyptian tech school is shattering stereotyping in tech by enabling more women to learn programming, coding, and elements of building websites. AlMakinah initiated a program for women, “The Women in Tech Track,” with the aim of addressing the imbalances in gender. “The program includes sessions on front-end web development, data visualization, digital marketing and workshops on confidence and resilience and talks by industry experts about the tech field,” Hoda Hamad, program manager, said
Peter Pedroncelli, 6:23 am
The first data science training academy has been established in South Africa, with a $3.8 million investment by Business Connexion Group (BCX) enabling the launch of the academy. The substantial investment from information and communications technology firm, Business Connexion Group, has gone towards the establishment of the Explore Data Science Academy, which will aim to satisfy the growing demand for big data analytics and related skills in the country.
Tom Jackson, 1:11 am AFKI Original
Technology has not pervaded the legal profession as it has other industries, especially in Africa, where issues with access and affordability remain. There are a small number of African legal-tech startups – backed by international organisations – that are looking to propel that change with the use of technology. From South Africa to Nigeria, the legal profession is in the process of getting a tech boost.
Staff, 7:58 am
Is tech killing indigenous African languages? Prof. Leketi Makalela of the Wits School of Education talks back. Discussions on the status of African languages portray a dim view. For centuries, African languages have been under threat as one conqueror after another has imposed their preferred language on various nations on the continent. Subsequently, African languages have low status in our institutions and continue to be marginalized in all spheres of power, including government quarters.
Peter Pedroncelli, 6:38 pm AFKI Original
The World Bank Group is committed to supporting the growth of Africa’s digital economy through XL Africa, a business acceleration initiative that is providing a raft of benefits for the 20 most promising startups in sub-Saharan Africa. These African digital entrepreneurs have an opportunity to be mentored by various global specialists, increase their visibility on the continent and receive access to corporate partners and investors.
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