The Rise of Tech in Africa

By Michael Kachitsa

1.2 billion people live in Africa, and for the large part, the talent there has been underutilized from a global perspective. Previously this was largely due to geography – Africa is quite far away from the rest of the world, and transportation infrastructure is not well established. 

However, with modern technology allowing anyone to work anywhere, improving connectivity in the region is making it easier than ever for companies to risk expanding into new African countries.

For tech specifically, investing in growing socio-economic regions is always beneficial. For companies like Google and Facebook, getting in on the ground floor of the entire continent’s technological underpinnings could present a massive win. It’s no wonder too when the continent represents 1/7th of the entire global population.

The Technology Industry in Africa is Growing

Africa has the world’s oldest record of human technological achievement: the oldest stone tools in the world have been found in eastern Africa, and later evidence for tool production by our hominin ancestors has been found across Sub-Saharan Africa. The history of science and technology in Africa since then has, however, received relatively little attention compared to other regions of the world, despite notable African developments in mathematics, metallurgy, architecture, and other fields.

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