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A true UFO in the African high-tech landscape due to his way of thinking, Sénamé Koffi does nothing like everyone else. After pursuing studies in industrial design, art history, architecture and anthropology, in 2010 he founded L’Africaine d’Architecture to “propose concrete solutions and ensure that Africa modern has its own reference systems ”.
Inventor of concepts and follower of “radical innovation”, Sénamé dreams of democratizing NICTs on the continent by making high-tech accessible to local communities, especially those who cannot afford it. He arrived there, slowly but surely: in Lomé, his hometown, he created WoeLab, a creative and collaborative Fab Lab [1] which welcomes all types of profiles, – masons, carpenters, students, etc. – but very few engineers or computer scientists. This creative emulation gave birth to W. Afate, the first African 3.D printer, made entirely of recycled electronic waste, and voted “best invention out of a Fab Lab in the last ten years” [2].

Where did your interest in digital come from?

I investigated in anthropology, and, somewhat by accident, in the world of hackerspace in Paris in 2012. I saw that these singular places where autonomy was celebrated, were correlated with a funding model, events , concepts, etc. All professing distributed logics against the centralized capitalist model. A set of scattered signals which for me immediately became a system. A kind of conjunction that I call the movement of the Common.

In my opinion, the digital revolution at the service of the “Hacker Ethics” has opened a new chapter in the philosophy of production, which can now consider something that it had hitherto always failed to theorize: death Of the industry. It’s a perspective where Africa has a card to play.

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