Meet our Man Crush Monday for today, 25 year-old Tanzanian Godfrey Magila the founder of Magilatech a firm, which deals in software development and security auditing established in 2012. Did we mention that he is self-taught? Magila taught himself computer programming, and his tech innovations earned him a $200 prize at a countrywide hackathon. The monetary prize came with a tech mentoring program.
The young entrepreneur who was recently listed on the Forbes 30 under 30 told the publication how the mentoring programme was a great eye opener.
“I learned a lot about tech entrepreneurship that completely changed my perception of life and what I wanted to do with my skills and knowledge,” he says.
The company recently started Tigobackup, a mobile security application offering content backup on mobile devices and anti-theft services. As of June over 3 500 lost or stolen devices have been recovered.
The company, which employs 14 people, raked in more than $1 million in 2016 and has app contracts with Airtel, Vsomo, Maxcom, Selcom and DayOne Softcom.
According to their website, software development services helps the community address evolving social and business technology challenges by defining, designing and building applications tailored to meet society requirements. They pride themselves in honesty and delivering service beyond the customer’s expectations.
Magila is a Microsoft Tot for the 4africa initiative specializing in mobile application development and a Country expert for WSA (World Summit Awards) in Tanzania. He also received a fellowship from the International Telecommunication Union, and his company was honoured to be one of the finalists in the Startup World Africa.
His success today is amazing considering the hurdles he has had to pass through. His father died when he was three months old and by age six he had lost both parents after his mother also passed away. His aunt and uncle took him in fortunately but both died in 2010 and 2011 respectively. Magila was fortunate to study at university through a government scholarship, earning upkeep money from small software development activities.
In a recent interview with AFK Insider, he spoke extensively on how he became a tech mogul explaining that the business began without a road map. However though there are challenges of running a small business in Tanzania, there are a lot of advantages.
“Tanzania is in a transition period to technology, so it is a good time to get into the sector. Also, it has a very peaceful business environment and a growing economy. And there is a lot of diversity of sectors and industries,” he said.