What is the African dream? This is the question on our hearts, the hearts of the true African child. At AfriTech XYZ, we have a dream - raising awareness of the developments in the African tech space to millions of people across the world.
What is your dream for Africa? We went ahead and asked some of our favourite African tech founders this question. Here’s what they had to say.
What is your dream for Africa?
Chioma Okotcha, Payhippo - Growth. Development. Innovation. Hub for creation.
Charlotte Odunlade-Akeju, Tremendoc - To be the most vibrant and innovative continent in the world.
Eyitayo Ogunmola, Utiva - A continent of 650 million young people with the right skills that global companies can’t resist.
Josh Nzewi, Eze - Self-sufficiency. Being able to rely on our own resources without having to import finished goods or rely on any outside influences for the sustainability of Africa.
Adewale Yusuf, TalentQL - Africa my Africa. I honestly want our leaders to have more sense. More sense brings more opportunities. We are not disabled but our leaders are greedy and have left the citizens in a begging position. We are not victims, we have a lot of resources but we just need better governance and infrastructure in order for Africa to thrive.
Tunde Kara, Vendease Africa - My dream for Africa is that people will be less reliant on faith and more reliant on systems that work. The average African prays for things that are easily accessible in more developed nations.
Angie Madara, Growd - I dream of an Africa where everyone has got access to different services that will help them compete globally on an equal playing field. For this to happen, the private sector, public sector, donor communities and media should work together.
Ikenna Nzewi, Releaf - Our goal is to catalyse agro-based industrialisation across the continent for shared prosperity. No phenomenon in the history of the world has moved more people out of extreme poverty and into shared prosperity than industrialisation and we want to drive this development across the continent immediately.
Joe Kinvi, HoaQ - Economic empowerment for every single African. One where people don’t think about immigration anymore because they are successful within the continent and technology is at their disposal, enabling things. When you can generate impact wherever you are, there is prosperity. When everyone plays their part, we can get very far as a continent. We have the resources, as we have the youngest population in the world who are super talented. An Africa where we no longer need international aid, gain political stability and can prosper as a continent.
Seun Runsewe, Biamo Money - For it to work so I don’t have to go somewhere else. I grew up African, I identify as an African woman and so I don’t understand being anything else. I’m open to learning but I don’t need to explain my existence here. I take up space here, much better than I do outside of Africa. I don’t think I would have had the career growth I’ve had if I spent the last 10 years in another country. I’m confident that that won’t have happened. So I wish that it worked so that the brilliant people that are taking flights every day and leaving wouldn’t have reason to. The collective experience of the average Nigerian/African is just so bad that they are willing to embrace being less than or something else in another country because it just doesn’t work here in Africa and that to me is the most heartbreaking thing.
We cannot wait for Africa to become self-sufficient. We have the resources, we have the talent, we have the tech, we just need our governments to be more receptive to the innovation that comes forth from such a blessed continent.
Tell us, what is your dream for Africa?
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