By: Lesego Tanaka
In celebration of Africa day, we’ve highlighted a few Africans who have proven through ground-breaking innovations that Africa is indeed far from being hopeless.
Safiatou Nana (Burkina Faso), is the founder of SolarKoodo, a moveable solar water pumping system. Her mobile pump technology allows users to pull water from boreholes in off-grid regions. This system can also be used to power houses.
Walid Sulton Midani (Tunisia) launched DigitalMania, the first video game development studio in Tunisia. The company has now created more than 50 different games now available on platforms such as Facebook, Google play and Apple store.
Alan Nteff (Cameroon), established Gifted Mom, alongside Dr Conrad Tankou. This is a digital platform for pregnant women and new born babies who live in the rural areas of Cameroon, and serves as a reminder for vaccination dates and appointments.
Lemok Group CEO, Lebogang Mokubela launched Libra, the first proudly South African smartphone produced in Soshanguve. The phone boasts 128 GB internal storage and is the second African smartphone with Rwandan company, Mara Group, being the first company ever to entirely manufacture its phones in Africa.