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Africa: new technologies and local content at the heart of … – The Huffington Post

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“African startups should focus on local needs before considering the conquest of the world,” said Matthew Papakipos, CTO of Facebook, during the 2014 edition of Pivot East Kenya. “Show investors the proof that you have a successful product locally before talking expansion in other countries,” he started. Technologies are at the heart of the development of many startups in Africa. The new generation of African entrepreneurs consists of high tech buffs who initiate creative and innovative projects.

Video Games “Made in Africa” ​​

So in the gaming industry, young entrepreneurs are engaged in the design of games made in Africa promote African super hero. Cameroon, Olivier Madiba created Kiro’o games that claims to be the first studio in Central Africa video games. To finalize the development of the project, the startup has already raised 84,000 euros 183,000 euros required. To be self-financing, the small company has decided to sell shares. The project was divided into 1,000 shares of which 300 are put up for sale at a price of € 610 per share. 140 shares of the 300 were sold with 30 shareholders workforce around the world

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For its part, the Ghanaian Eyram Tawia founded Leti Arts structure which aims to create a which all young Africans can identify with video game . In this African technological upheaval, women are no exception. C. Awa Awa G. and Binta are three passionate young Senegalese computer. They established Jiguene Tech Hub, female first company specializing in network technology. They also jointly developed Dakar Madness the first Senegalese video game. In 2013, three young women participated in the world finals of the Imagine Cup in New York. They aim to develop video games and useful applications for their country and especially for women.

Also in Senegal, Seynabou Sylla created the start-up Cauriolis in order to reinvent the video game giving it an African feel. The young company has finished first in the competition Start-up TEKKI 48 which took place in June in Dakar. Cauriolis develops “Mansah” project, a series of video games featuring the heroes of African history.


The e-commerce sector is also booming in Africa. The website for online sales Afromania part startups that have experienced a large growth in the sector. This site African e-commerce, at first very high-tech oriented, now offers thousands of products (furniture, clothing, wine, etc..). The objective of its owner, the Burkinabe Thierry Kiatenga, is to achieve a turnover of 6 million CFA francs late 2014. Which does not seem unrealistic in view of the development of the e-commerce sector in Africa especially symbolized by the runaway success of Jumia, online sales site created in 2012 in Nigeria. The site is also present in Egypt, Kenya, Côte d’Ivoire and Morocco.


The audiovisual also known digital innovations. Launched in 2013, Yeelenpix
(Yeelen means Jula light and pix for pixels) will be the first image bank 100% African. The site in alpha version offers nearly 10,000 images and exclusive and varied illustrations in line with or Getty Images Shutterstock.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Jason Njoku 33 years has revolutionized the distribution channel of Nollywood films creating Iroko TV. Before the creation of this platform, the films produced in Nigeria were distributed on DVD. Iroko TV broadcasts more than 5,000 movies for free and receives a million unique visitors per month. The site is partly funded by online advertising. In addition, a subscription system provides access to the latest movies for 7.99 dollars per month. For its part, Iroking is the musical version of Iroko TV.

The digital ecosystem is full explosion in Africa, where young entrepreneurs develop startups with new technologies. Rooted in local contexts, these new companies have the ambition to revolutionize their respective industries and to contribute to sustainable development in the countries where they were created. More than ever, Africa remains a land of opportunities for investors

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