Kenya leads the way in Africa’s technology quest

Technology plays an important role in Africa’s development. The origin of Africa’s tech movement can be traced back to Kenya, which was home to several major technological innovations between 2007 and 2010. These innovations birthed Kenya as the Silicon Valley of innovation in Africa. Now, Kenya is known to all as the Silicon Savannah.

Based on research by Legato Consultancy, BDlive published an elaborate story on Kenya’s position in Africa’s technology development. According to BDlive, the Kenyan government has been at the forefront of technology development. Investors have been ‘lured’ to invest in Nairobi, and are heeding the call positively. The city has positioned itself as an investor-friendly city by being open to aid agencies, development funds and foreign nongovernmental organisations (NGOs).
Another positive aspect is the birth of the M-Pesa revolution that has inspired many to be tech entrepreneurs and to launch start-ups. “Finally, the launch of iHub in 2010 as an open space for start-ups positioned Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, as the future of start-ups, technology and innovation”, BDlive reports.

The article compiles many reasons for Kenya’s continuation on the innovation path and also looks forward: “E-commerce, digital finance, fintech, video on demand, app development and the sharing economy will create Africa’s tech first billion dollar home run, and Africans are vying for that to happen.”

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