Back in Rwanda after an absence of several years, Milton Nkosi, BBC correspondent in South Africa, recounts the astonishing technological changes that the country has undergone. The Rwandan capital Kigali was as active as a beehive the week of May 11-13, 2016 as the city hosted the World Economic Forum on Africa. The country of …

The “AppsTogo” competition launched on September 1, 2015 by the Ministry of Posts and Digital Economy to reward the best innovative and useful applications “made in Togo” now knows its winners. Out of 91 applications, 33 applications were selected and 8 were awarded this Tuesday, May 17 during a major award ceremony in Lomé. Subdivided …

Greenwash Africa is a project of the Senegalese entrepreneur Marieme Mbaye, which consists of ecological cleaning of vehicles. Unlike traditional washing methods, Greenwash does not require water. It uses a proprietary polymer-based technical process that lifts the surface dirt off the paint and encapsulates it in a lubricant. The dirt is then removed using a …

How to satisfy the 10 million Africans who enter the job market every year? To avoid the crisis, public authorities and investors are betting on the creation of businesses. Over the next fifteen years, the continent will experience the fastest growing working age population in the world. Demographers speak of the demographic dividend, that is, …

After a first phase of expansion which saw it settle in fifteen African countries in five years (2007-2011), United Bank for Africa plans a new wave of seven other establishments, mainly in the countries of the CFA Franc zone . However, the group still has to cope with the low profitability of certain subsidiaries. For …

South African doctor Imogen Wright is the creator of Exatype, software to improve the treatment of people living with HIV. Exatype allows doctors to determine which type of antiretroviral (ARV) is best for their HIV-positive patients. Exatype selects, on the basis of a data processing system obtained by sequencing the patient’s DNA, the ARV which …

Dr. Eddy Agbo, a Nigerian bio-technologist, created Urine Test for Malaria (UMT), a device to screen for malaria in the urine. With UMT, doctors will be able to tell, in just 25 minutes, whether a patient has malaria or not. The UMT is actually a rod that accurately detects the proteins of malaria-causing parasites in …

“Djangui”. This local appellation of tontines in Cameroon is also the baptismal name chosen by Jules Guilain Kenfack, computer and telecommunications engineer of Cameroonian nationality, to designate the application that he has just developed, and which makes it possible to manage tontines in line. Thanks to this application, explains its designer, friends scattered around the …

Introduction By Cynthia Okoroafor Last year Ventures Africa published 40 African Innovators to Watch and this year, the astounding talent pushed us to feature 42 innovators this time around. 42 African Innovators to Watch seeks to reposition how we consider innovation on the continent and by extension what it means to be an innovator. Each of …

The Nigerian Olufemi Odeleye invented, in 2016, the Tryctor, a mini-tractor that will make small farmers smile again. Indeed, getting a tractor requires a certain investment, not to mention the maintenance of the machine which can be excessively expensive. Most of the time, only farm owners can afford it. But with the Tryctor, all types …

African ingenuity this year reveals breakthroughs in the management of malaria and other public health pathologies, as well as innovative solutions in agriculture and in the energy field … The African Innovation Foundation (AIF) has announced the 10 finalists for its flagship program, the Innovation Award for Africa (PIA). The PIA, which celebrates its 5th …

Senegal will soon mine its second gold mine after that of Sabodala. The first construction works will start next June in Kédougou, in the south-east of the country. It will be the second active gold mine in Senegal after that of Sabodala, operated by Sabodala Gold Operations, a subsidiary of the Canadian Teranga Gold corporation, …

Moses Ngobeni, a Nigerian municipal electrician, assembled a remote-controlled sports car from his smartphone, combining parts from other vehicles and using used metal. He started assembling his car in 2013, based on sketches made in 1994, when he was only 19 years old. At 41, Moses gives substance to his old dream. With a BMW …

The East African power plant was built in less than a year. Jobs have been created and the country is well on its way to supply electricity to half the population by 2017. In the first year, the plant produced around 15 million kilowatt hours, transmitting energy at an intermediate station 9 km away, which …

These entrepreneurs all started from scratch and built huge fortunes in various sectors ranging from telecoms to construction. Discover the exemplary journey of these geniuses from the business world. Oumarou Kanazoé The late Oumarou Kanazoé was a “self made man”. This Burkinabé autodidact got into business at a very young age. He sold cotton in …