South African entrepreneur, Thato Kgatlhanye, is the co-founder and CEO of Repurpose Schoolbags, a set of bags with solar power technology that lights up at night, helping children with reading.
Rasheeda Yehuza is a Ghanaian software engineer and social entrepreneur. She is the founder of Nasara Tech and co-founder of Tech Needs Girls Ghana.
Ghana Code Club, a coding initiative is making laudable efforts to empower children with digital literacy skills. The programming lessons are currently being offered in five schools and the club aims to launch in 20 or more schools within the first quarter of 2016, reaching no less than 20,000 children.
Brothers Osine and Anesi have developed an Android web browser, Crocodile Browser Lite, which has been well received on Google Playstore. The duo is now working on a new project called ‘Project CrocChat’, which they say is ‘our first entry in the peer-to-peer communication space’
Malawi’s Minister of Agriculture, Allan Chiyembekeza says the country has approved plans to grow industrial hemp for export on a trial basis and defended the plans because of the crop’s close relationship with marijuana
To describe 2015 as an interesting year in the quest for a nuclear weapon-free world would be an understatement.
Achille Mbembe discusses the history and horizon of digital communication and identity in the African continent with Bregtje van der Haak. Mbembe suggests that what some regard as the explosion of the Internet is really just the continuation of the age old cultures in the new age of the Afropolitan.
The euphoria concerning the potential of new technologies to transform society and increase democracy is based on a flawed instrumentalist assumption that technologies by themselves have transformative power, but ICT access and online political deliberation or activism in sub-Saharan Africa cannot automatically be interpreted as a sign of deepening democracy and accountability
Kagiso Mnisi caught up with Just A Band, from Nairobi, to talk about the promise of the digital age, the merits of Afrofuturism, and other trends coming out of a continent where personal stories are starting to take centre stage.