At the beginning of this year, one of the things we planned in Fasmicro Group (which I own) is to have a videocast. My colleagues have asked me to make time to share some of the insights and perspectives we have picked up as we build our business across continental Africa. The cast will be a medium to have deeper conversations on technology, business, education, entrepreneurship, etc on Africa – a changing continent in a globalized world.
I just returned from Kenya where I visited Kenya Red Cross, Craft Silicon and other entities. I met innovators solving local problems. Africa is working and the future is bright. From Lagos to Kigali, Cape Town to Nairobi, and around the continent, a new generation of leaders are redesigning the economic architecture of this continent, for good.
Every decade, African innovators fix one key industry problem. In 1990, they took care of banking. Before then, banking was extremely terrible. Legends in Nigeria started new banks and brought speed and automation in the sector. In 2000, it was time for telecommunications. Icons from South Africa and Zimbabwe redesigned the continent with their business skills and acumen, providing voice telephony to their fellow citizens. In 2010, we saw the age of data morphing and we are going to experience higher productivity in 2020 in agriculture and other sectors as IoT powers many sectors in the continent.
The fact is this – despite all the efforts from foreign governments and institutions, it is only when African entrepreneurs take action to fix a sector do we see real impacts. This tells me that only the locals understand how to fix the challenges we have. As I noted in a new piece in Harvard Business Review, the time for agriculture is now as digital technology makes way into farms. In coming years, our farmers will earn more and we will see the beginning to curing extremely hunger in the beautiful continent.
My plan is to use this videocast to break down what is happening, chronicle the people, companies and institutions leading them. I do hope that the time you will be spending with us will be worthwhile.
Tekedia Daily will appear online, daily, before 6.30 am Lagos time. The archives will be here and new casts will be posted on Tekedia homepage.
My colleagues in Fasmicro Group who curate Tekedia will help in sharing the casts across our social media platforms.
Good to have you here. Please stay around and check daily. Thanks.
NB: Tekedia is Fasmicro Group blog.