Pause: It is time to create #PositiveDisruption in Africa!

Pause: It is time to create #PositiveDisruption in Africa!

__Asking smart questions, getting smart answers!

Today I’m going to share parts of an article I wrote that was just published about the potential of new health and education technologies to change our world #positively, and especially to create innovative, more impactful ways to help the world’s poorest and most marginalized people. Some of these new technologies have great potential to uplift future generations, if the right decisions are made now…

As most of you here know, I am a co-chair with Melinda Gates and Hon Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati of Indonesia on the Pathways for Prosperity Commission which just released a new report today called “Positive Disruptions: Health and Education in a Digital Age”: https://pathwayscommission.bsg.ox.ac.uk/positive-disruption

One key finding: There needs to be more listening to people on the ground at the community level to help guide Smart decision-making about tech choices and investments in schools and health facilities. If you’re interested, please share your ideas. I would appreciate your input here. Your voices will be heard. Forward it to others who might have ideas, too. Let’s talk!

My op-ed (opinion-editorial article) is a bit long so I’ll share the link if you want to read it all. The title is: “It’s time to create positive disruption in Africa!” Here goes:

“Africa’s tech entrepreneurs are generating a global buzz with home-grown start-ups now being mentioned in the same breath as the likes of AirBnB and Uber. Some see emerging technologies as a threat but I see the day coming when visionary young African tech-preneurs will also find themselves launching billion dollar unicorn IPOs with the potential not just to create wealth for themselves but transform the lives and livelihoods of their customers, communities, and even nations.

Last year six African ventures made it onto Time Magazine’s 50 Genius Companies List. They include a Kenyan mobile battery-powered Wi-Fi modem bringing the internet to remote areas, a Ghanaian platform using blockchain to help create land purchase records, and a Nigerian startup providing expectant mothers with pregnancy-related information and contacts.

Exciting tech-enabled innovations like these are springing up across the African continent, spearheaded by a young generation with solution-mindsets, launching edgy start-ups and increasingly using tech skills to tackle some of the continent’s most intractable challenges, such as quality health and education for all.

However, “smart” questions need to be answered – particularly around how countries can bring digital solutions to scale so they reach the poorest and most marginalised, not just the privileged few. . .

One key question that we and policymakers across the world must increasingly ask is this:

# What comprises a “good” education in the digital age?

# What jobs are our education systems preparing young people to do?

__I have long argued that financial literacy, tech skills, and entrepreneurship classes should be taught before young people graduate from secondary school.

The (Pathways) report – Positive Disruptions: Health and Education in a Digital Age considers examples of tech being used in health and education in Africa and beyond. While it finds many success stories, too often, the research reveals that new technology is introduced. . .without adequate analysis of the problem they’re supposed to solve and the wider management systems they’re supposed to transform.

__Systems and processes may not sound exciting but they matter!

An example is Peru’s “One Laptop per Child” programme. In spite of heavy investment, it had little effect on children’s math and reading test scores as it wasn’t supported by necessary changes across the education system; in particular the teachers were not really included in a consultative way.

In Kenya, on the other hand, they’ve had a lot of success with a national literacy programme called Tusome that uses digitised teaching materials and a tablet-enabled teacher feedback system. It’s boosted students’ learning performance by more than a quarter.

In Malawi, a personalised EdTech learning programme delivered via solar powered tablets by onebillion onecourse (who just won the Elon Musk Xprize for global education) is having a proven impact on math and literacy for children in grades one to three. It has also closed the gap between girls and boys in reading and math in first grade.

In health too, there are measurable impacts. In Uganda, the Mobile Vital Records System, a mobile web-based application has helped raise the proportion of births being registered from 28 to 70 per cent, helping authorities to track – and improve – individuals’ health.

And in Mali, digital monitoring and case-tracking tools used in a program designed by the non-profit Muso have cut child deaths in peri-urban areas where community health workers have used them to seek out the most vulnerable. . .

__Looking forward, it’s not just about the amount of money spent. Efficiency and sound strategy count for more than dollars. . .

In short, smart choices are required by citizens and policymakers alike, so millions of men, women and children who have been left behind, can have better access to better education, better health and get better jobs, thanks to innovations of the digital age.

#PositiveDisruption isn’t just a hashtag. It’s an imperative for future generations across the world.”

Now it’s your turn. Do you have ideas of positive ways technology can help your own world, right where you live? Your schools, your hospitals? What needs to be done better?

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If you want to read the full op-ed, here’s the link:https://www.cnbcafrica.com/zdnl-mc/2019/05/30/op-ed-it-is-time-to-create-positive-disruption-in-africa/

Author:Strive Masiyiwa

Strive Masiyiwa is the founder and Executive Chairman of the Econet Group. He serves on several international boards including Unilever, and the Global Advisory boards of the Council on Foreign Relations and Stanford University. A board member of the Rockefeller Foundation for 15 years, he also serves as Chairman of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). He is a co-founder of the Carbon War Room, Pathways for Prosperity, and the Global Business Coalition on Education. He and his wife, Tsitsi, co-founded the Higherlife Foundation and are signators of the Giving Pledge.

25 Replies to “Pause: It is time to create #PositiveDisruption in Africa!”

  1. Afterthought 2.

    “As the new Pathways report concludes: Data-driven new technologies have huge potential to be positive game changers in service delivery of health and education.

    But now is a critical moment to reflect on lessons learned to ensure, for example, that technology procurement choice and service delivery is #efficient, #equitable, #appropriate, #cost-effective, and ##genuinely improves lives, especially of the poor and most marginalized.”
    I know quite a number of you work in healthcare and teaching professions, also in government. Let’s talk about the “disruptive” technology that would help you do your jobs better and make a greater #positive impact.

  2. Afterthought 3.

    “These successes (cited in my article) are only a brief glimpse of what could be achieved in the near future, given the amazing pace of technological change. Innovations in machine learning, algorithms and communication technologies, for example, will very soon allow us to reimagine the delivery of health and education services, opening digital doors to understanding never possible before. . .”

    Who amongst you is studying these subjects? I’d love to hear.

    We absolutely have to transform our education curriculum so our young people are learning the skills of the future, the skills needed NOW!

  3. #Breaking News!
    You guys are in for some truly amazing opportunities !

    There are some amazing opportunities for you coming in the next few weeks. I cannot wait to tell you.
    Just keep an eye on my next posts.
    There will be no warning, but if you miss, you will kick yourself!

    Hint?
    Okay:

    #Agriprenuer opportunity!
    And a new competition

    #Trip to Ghana with a superstar who is going to give some of you a $1m!

    I have been busy for you, because I want you to get ahead, as an Entrepreneur!

  4. Ugwunweze Ikenna Gu’Jun Pyo writes,

    We are Currently Re-Imagining rural health and education thanks to the amazing opportunity you created for us in the Re-Imagine Rural series. MEDLIR AND PLATINUM HEALTH are Tech brands currently been developed by IEU Africa Limited to tackle rural health challenges as well as strengthen our health care team internal workforce mobilization with the sole aim of delivering speedy and excellent health care services in real time.

    My reply,
    Just amazing!
    Thank you

  5. Perseverence Zimbabwe FG writes,

    Strive Masiyiwa Africa is still lagging behind in terms of technology use, which is particularly unfortunate given how technology can help solve so many African problems. A lack of African engineers and scholars studying science, technology engineering and maths (STEM) is a direct consequence of Africa’s impractical education system. At The International Institute of Junior Coders and Engineers Tiijce we are aiming to change this. We teach children and juniors coding, programming, software engineering, robotics, artificial intelligence, data science, machine learning models, mechanical engineering, electronics, and drone piloting (including learning the algorithms of drone movement.) Basically we introduce them to advanced mathematics but simplified and applied in the real world. We realized mathematics is taught without real life examples but us we aim to show kids what a projectile (drone) does we demystify the norm that math is complicated and its for geniuses. Its not. Anyone can love and understand Math. When you hear our learners talking 6 year olds they talk about designs and algorithms “kumahumbwe”. Its exciting times. We know Impact Hub is doing the same in selected High Schools but we dont see them as our competition we are not in it to compete but we complement each other, we start at 3 year olds and we cover where they are not covering. We believe Africa needs to build a critical mass of engineers, developers etc people with serious practical and innovation skills. So we need more players and more seriousness from Governments to support these initiatives.

    My reply,
    What an amazing initiative!
    Well done!

  6. Edesiri Ekokota writes,

    In Nigeria and Africa at large ; their been a challenge and setbacks on data management by businesses, government and even security/police. Security agencies can’t keep track of previous cases, judiciary can’t properly keep record of previous rulings & verdict, hospital can’t keep data on patient health records and even businesses can’t keep track of their employees capabilities, customers identity..; this is really affecting their effectiveness and reliability. I saw this problem and I began speaking with a friend of mine who is also a programmer. Data analytics is at a fierce level in the world of tech right now; an am ready to be a major game player. #positiveDistruption #Enterpreneurshipwithpurpose Thank you Dr Strive ; I just finish reading all your 470+ for the second time. Am privileged to be learning from you

    My reply,
    You are a very serious person. I will be looking out for you.

  7. Austin writes,

    Thank you sir. I was just reviewing the pitches made by over 300 secondary school girls with regard to the U.S sponsored 2019 Technovation pitch competition the likes of the such that produced those five girls that came first in the U.S last year with Uchenna Onwuamaegbu Ugwu

    As I am deeply humbled to have been carefully selected by the organising committee on the regional Technovation pitch scheduled to take place at Onitsha in Anambra State Nigeria 31st May 2019.

    So far I’ve reviewed six out of 12 pitches, read all their business plans, scored them based on pitch points, Team presentation and I am making a 40 word minimum comments on each pitch in the pitch comment session for the entire 12 teams on my Judge dashboard.

    These young girls have all identified various health to education problems to pensions problems etc and have developed while some are still developing apps to tackle such problems. I’m very excited that this is happening at a time I’ve volunteered myself to hand down the knowledge you expose us to on this platform to our friends in secondary schools.

    Going through their pitches and business plans, I could see the urgency to have financial literacy and entrepreneurship as a compulsory curricular at primary schools. This can only improve their assessment abilities. These are interisng times and I see ability to empower each child with a digital education ability as a good education skill in digital age. The Technovation pitch is organised world wide by Iredicent Technovation.

    Technovation offers girls around the world the opportunity to learn the necessary skills to become tech entrepreneurs and leaders. Girls ages 10 to 18 learn to identify a problem in their community and create a mobile app solution to address that problem, and then learn how to communicate these ideas and translate them into a fully launched business.

    Technovation’s curriculum takes students through 4 stages of launching a mobile app startup, inspired by the principles of design thinking:

    Ideation
    Identify a problem in the community

    Technology
    Develop a mobile app solution

    Entrepreneurship
    Build a business plan to launch the app

    Pitch
    Bring the business to market

    Eligibility Requirements:

    STUDENTS

    Technovation is open for girls ages 10 to 18

    1) You will be placed in Junior Division if you will be 14 years or younger on August 1st, 2018

    2) You will be placed in Senior Division if you will be between 15 and 18 by August 1st, 2018

    No prior programming experience is necessary for Technovation studentsThe program has no pre-selection screening for participationTechnovation is free for all participantsEach team will need up to five girls (ages 10 to 18), a safe place to meet, a laptop with internet, and a smartphone or tabletA team can’t have more than 6 members (excluding mentors)Teams own the code and intellectual

    My reply,
    I’m proud of you!
    Your capacity is such an inspiration.
    Africa needs you to succeed because you have so much to give.

  8. Jerry Backus writes,

    You have come a long ways, praise God, please write me, blessings, Pastor Jerry

    Dear Pastor Jerry,
    I have shared with many people, even on this platform the story of a big American who walked into my office on the morning the government of Zimbabwe issued a statement:
    “Cabinet decided yesterday that Masiyiwa will never be issued a license.”
    The Financial Gazette Headline was “Masiyiwa’s dream crumbles, as government says No!”

    You were that Pastor, and you told me God had told you to come and buy service from me. When I showed you the newspaper headlines, you took out a big envelope with $10,000 and asked to pay for 12 months, and challenged me with this:
    “Whose report will you believe?!”

    Zac Wazara and I took your money, and you became the first customer of Econet.

    #FaithNeverFails!

    Good to hear from you, dear brother, after so many years.
    I heard you are now in Tanzania.
    The Lord bless you!

  9. [Name withheld] writes,

    what have we done with the technologies of the past that we should be studying those of the future.. Portable water production and distribution is still rocket science to blacks. road construction and maintenance, electrical power, many still still can afford a day’s meal even though their land is fertile, the educational system is copied from the west blindly with billions poured into teaching students useless courses that do not reflect the needs of the society. Advanced and responsible societies are talking of AI, Machine learning, data science because of the complex problems posed by their societies. We are not yet there. we should go back to school and continue learning how to build roads ourselves, efficiently produce and distribute electricity filter water and supply to people , produce food for everyone to eat, urbanize our localities etc.

    My reply,
    It is true that there are many challenges that we face on a daily basis in Africa.

    You personally must contribute something to solve some of these problems, otherwise nothing will be done. Don’t engage us in a “pity party” which will not solve a single problem.
    We all know what the problems are, and our online newspapers are full of them, complete with screaming commentary.

    “We can walk and chew gum at the same time” Barack Obama.

    Right now you sound like a politician, or social commentator.
    I personally have no intention of “going back to school”; there is no school out there which is equipped to teach me the skills of life.
    Use this platform as your school and you can share ideas with others on a daily basis, then go out to try something. That is the school of adults.

    Take a deep breath and just read some of the things your own peers are trying to do, in their own small way. They will inspire you—today— and tomorrow, YOU, will solve a problem for us.

  10. #Reflection:

    My cousin did not want to be a teacher:

    When my cousin left University, he spent almost a year unemployed. He was totally broken. Then one day someone suggested he go and get a “temporary teacher’s position”. He got the job, and remained temporary for 20 years. In his mind he never became a teacher. He did it because he failed to get a job!

    My friend’s daughter also went to University at one of America’s top, top universities . One day I asked her what she wanted to do:
    “Uncle, I’m going to be a teacher”. When she was approached by companies like Apple and IBM, she totally refused saying, “I want to teach”.
    She teaches because she wants to teach.

    When I was a child, the most respected job in our community was “teacher”. Teachers served on boards, and we invited to the most important events. They were next to the Pastor and the Priest. When the teacher walked by, everyone including adults showed respect.

    We underpay teachers, even though we entrust them with our future.
    We send people like my cousin, and ignore people like my friend’s daughter.

    There is no point in a good curriculum, if my cousin is the teacher!
    He barely pitches up anyway, and neither does the headmaster, and neither do the parents…

    If we are serious about educating our children to meet future challenges,
    we need to begin by getting the best teachers back into school, equipping them properly for a digital age, pay them well, show them respect, and as parents demand accountability by being there at the school.

  11. Pequeno Paulihna writes,

    Being a Motswana,we got land for ploughing (Masimo)lands,(moraka) cattlepost and land for living!
    October to December it’s ploughing season!
    In the past most parents hard 3plots as already stated!and as children when school closed most children will follow parents to go to the lands to help during ploughing season!
    We have 5major seeds we sow!Maize,sorghum,sweet reed,beans and water melons! Although it depends from family to family!
    January is weeding period,and from end of March to April most families reap waterline and sweet reefs a very exciting period !Even the lazy ones who shunned going to the lands goes this time!
    Immediately reaping is done ,the parents who were ultimate farmers will shift to cattlepost,where there are kraals to keep cows and goats and sheeps which are rare breed in Botswana farmers!
    Botswana got a population of approximately 2.8million ,over the years after independence education became fundamental and slowly,people moved to the cities and around the Millennium few families solely depended on Agriculture!
    Batswana still depends more on Agriculture to date we got approximately 1,7million cows being reduced from 2,3million which was the consensus 2014,due to Road accidents,draught and other factors!
    Driving in Botswana it is evident that we are farmers as cows are always waltzing in roads,except in Gaborone city where the city council takes much precautions and fines for farmers who let livestock roam the streets!
    Weather is so predictable,although it is well know that Botswana got the unreliable rainfall,The cows which am one of product of advantages of agriculture,there are farmers who persevere to farm under such harsh conditions!

    Why such long essay about my beautiful Botswana when Dr strive Masiyiwa is talking about agripreneus?The answer i wrote this to tell a little story of how we grew up farming and how to ya no matter we get educated you will see minister of foreign affairs ,farming in the village December time!We are agripreneurs by birth

    My reply,
    One of the main reasons I love your country so much.
    I’m also a Cattle Farmer [of sorts!]:

    One of these days we can talk about cattle.

  12. #Reflection on Education:

    I still have a picture which my grandmother [who died at 106] had on her wall:
    It was the day I went to school.
    For that one year when she took me to school, my grandmother would take me to the gate, and was waiting when I got out.

    “I cannot read or write she said, but I want those teachers to see me.”

    There are far too many of us African parents who are not really involved in the education of our children:

    We treat the school as nothing more than a place to look after “junior” whilst we are busy at [real] work. There is no more real work than parenting, and that means being involved with the education of our children [even when we don’t have children!]

    We are all dutiful to pay school fees and yet we do not ask accountability for the money. Billions are collected by governments and local authorities in school fees, and yet we have no say in the running of schools. It is almost as though school fees is a “tax” [even though we should demand accountability there too!].

    When one of my daughters was enrolled into an American High School, as parents we were required to spend at least one full day at school, attending classes with them. If you were not willing to do that then the child would have to leave the school!

    The education of children cannot be the responsibility of teachers alone. It is a joint responsibility with the parents.
    That also means the parent must be constantly looking for opportunities to supplement the child’s education. My wife and I had a “maths-edupreneur” for our kids!

  13. #Reflection on Education:

    The Japanese, South Korean, and now Chinese economic miracle had education as a foundational pillar:
    Parents took control of the education of their children.
    This is the story of the “tiger moms”:
    Women totally dedicated to the education of their kids.
    My friend Nancy Chadeumbe is a “lioness mom”: a trained banker and business woman, but I never saw such dedication to ensuring her children got the best out of the school. Both her and her husband were amazing!

    My friend Kennedy Odede and his wife Jessica, have an amazing school in the slums of Kibera Nairobi:
    Parents get free education on condition that they volunteer at the school. I visited the school and found parents cleaning, and cooking meals for the kids. Others were offered an opportunity to share their knowledge!
    This is the best school I have seen in Africa!

    How is it possible that there is truancy by teachers at a school where you a parent paid school fees?
    How? How?

    It’s not about curriculum:
    Before that we need a new compact between parents and teachers. It’s time to take education seriously, very seriously!

  14. #ShoutOut:
    Debby McKenzie,

    Our charity, McKenzie Clinic has a new rural,10 acre farm in Uganda where the children come for an hour a day to earn, same rate as an adult, money for school books, pens & pencils. We encourage the children to come and learn on our farm as we teach as we grow. We hope to provide them in return for their work also school fees…this is our aim.
    Our produce, onions, soya, watermelon & green peppers will supply the schools and local market & at present we employ around 15 farm hands per day. The 3 men running our farm were fishermen who gave up fishing to farm as the pay is higher & more consistent.
    Last month when I was in Zimbabwe, the places I visited had a severe short of water to grow, we are currently helping them to raise the funds to dig deeper bore holes so they may access the lake water.

    We have a special heart for street kids and the elderly & fully intend to keep one acre to produce free food for them.

    My reply,
    I love this?
    Do you have a website?
    I would love our ReImagineRural team to take a look at what you are doing. They will pick up this comment and reach out to you!
    Anyway:
    Here is another thought:
    Create a type of Franchise Model using this concept.

  15. Mark Nimi writes,

    In my State, Bayelsa State in Nigeria precisely where I come from, teachers are the less valued civil servants, salaries are delayed leaving them to rely on borrowing and consequently in hunger. My father was a primary school teacher who just retired 20th January this year, I knew how they treat them and I can really relate to this post.

    The same reason I almost dropped out of college in 2017 because salaries weren’t paid for almost a year. Teachers are truly ignored and taken for granted by the Government and most especially the parents who have their children’s future depending on them, it’s too sad.

    I have a vision to change this mentality and encourage teachers to be more valuable and well paid personnels, not just because my father suffered as a teacher or I love teaching (which I really do), but because people have to know that even that very doctor that they pay more and tried to honor more, was once taught by a teacher. It’s like an irony of life, but I know something must change and it’s all start with me!

    My reply,
    Well spoken.
    Imagine an oil rich state like Bayelsa unable to pay salaries to its teachers.
    Amazing!

  16. #Reflection:

    A few years ago I was invited to the New York offices of one of the biggest institutional investors in the world. They had $850bn under management.
    “We are one of the biggest investors in the world, and we own shares in every major company in the world. We have been studying how we can invest more money into Africa, and we wanted your advice,” the CEO explained.

    “We also finance real estate such as these gleaming skyscrapers here in New York. We are one of the biggest funders of Venture Capital and Private Equity Funds, that help companies like yours.”

    “All this money comes from teachers?!” I asked him.

    “Yes, but only from one state in America.” [I won’t mention the name]

    “…there is no government money here.”

    “We collect a small portion of the salaries of the teachers, for their pension. We want to make sure our teachers retire in comfort.”

    #Amazing to imagine that the largest investors in companies like Apple, IBM, Toyota, and Alibaba, are actually civil servants like teachers and municipal workers.
    The largest single investor in Africa is the Pension Fund for civil servants in South Africa, called PIC. They manage about $140bn.

    “We just don’t do enough in Africa. What can be done?” he asked me before I left.

  17. David writes,

    I left my job as a Telecom consultant to setup the Institute of ICT Professionals Ghana (#IIPGH)

    Our organization is spearheading an initiative to introduce coding in schools.
    #Coding is the skill of the future and the foundation for industry 4.0 including Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Internet of Things, Software Engineering etc…

    We believe that every young person must be introduced to coding at an early stage to help them develop critical thinking and problem solving skills.

    https://youtu.be/Hqp0K40NGBI

    Read more about our initiative https://iipgh.org/coding/

    My reply,
    Hats off to you David:
    You are a true ChangeMaker!
    When I come to Ghana, with my VVVV-IP [this guy is BIG O!] guest later this year, I want to come and see what you are doing.
    Then again I want to visit at least 10 businesses of my members on this platform.
    You guys vote on whom I should visit!

  18. Caroline Kusimba writes,

    I don’t own a piece of land however I keep reading Dr. Strive Masiyiwa posts and Agripreneur subject keeps coming up and as such opportunities to look for land have come up as well. I won’t be left behind time to feed Africa and the rest of the world is now.

    My reply,
    Years ago I wrote a series on the most valuable Real Estate in the World, and I urged you to get a piece of it. If you were not a member then go back and read it.
    You can make a lot of money in Food industry [I prefer to talk of “food” rather than Agriculture, these days] without any land whatsoever!

  19. #Vaya Tractor!

    With our partner, a start up from Ghana called TroTro, we have developed Vaya Tractor [the “Uber of tractors”]. Zimbabwe was chosen as the first country for Vaya Tractor. We have been quietly registering tractors on this platform:
    We now have 2000 tractors and drivers across all ten provinces. We really want to register 10,000 tractors over the next few months.
    My vision is all the tractors —in Africa within the next five years!

    Farmers are so excited and they have offered us more farming machinery that they have, so it can be leased out.

    Vaya Tractor is one of the 14 services available on our Vaya App.
    We will soon be launching the service commercially ahead of the planting season.

    This means I am really a “FoodPreneur” after all! Playing a small part in feeding Africa, and exporting food to the world.
    Bring it on!

  20. Biodin writes,

    Strive Masiyiwa, education is what we should all give an arm for, in our little ways, otherwise the children in Africa are left behind. I said in our little ways because as individuals, we can make a diffrence, if we all make the conscious effort. I love teaching and I am passionate about engineering/STEM in general, but as my schedule gets tougher with my recycling venture/main work, I adopted the use of technology (online) to continue to tutor/mentor a high school student I have been working with in Math and Science, in the last one year. This was a girl who was in average of 46%, and now consistently hitting 80-90%. I look forward to the weekly sessions with her because nothing makes me happier than hearing how well she did in a test/exam, and the joy it brings to her mom.
    Earlier in the year, I heard back from one of my students, in her words: “I never knew I could do engineering until you taught me Physics, I owe it all to you” – she was graduating in Mechanical engineering at a top university, and she had emaiied if I could travel to present her Diploma.

    I don’t like to talk about these, but I want to encourage every one of us on this platform who have been privileged to have Education, to take up someone (or a few) in your immediate community where you see the need. I know it is hard because we all have our life commtiments/work. However, some parents will gladly pay/appreciate you. Our African kids are seriously being left behind, but it is never too late to start. I respect and adore Edupreneur like https://edufuntechnik.com/, it is amazing reading through the impact they are making! However, as individuals, I want to encourage us to get involved and educate a child/our children! There’s no greater reward than hearing their success stories, and we can pull Africa out one-child-per-effort.

    My reply,
    I enjoyed going through your website.
    You are doing amazing work.
    Keep up the good work, and continue to promote it on this page.

  21. Lindsey writes,

    We were in Chimanimani ourselves doing some charity work and helping out and saw your team of cleaners at Ngangu school cleaning up after the homeless had been living there and the cleaners were getting it ready for the children to start school the next day – Once school started we saw your Higher Life lady in action – hats off and deepest respect for what you do..

    My reply,
    Thank you for the work you also do.
    We appreciate you very much.
    Thank you also for the #ShoutOut of our own team.

  22. Kayode David writes,

    Presently am a fourth year student of electrical and electronics engineering rounding up my Industrial training.
    Reading through your various post for some years now has given me an extra drive in tech.This has lead me to create my own small company called KayTech that is based on the following
    -wiring & electrical installation
    -solar panel design,construction and installation
    -security and CCTV installation
    -design and construction of imbedded systems and it’s installation
    -General electrical maintenance.
    I have been able to identify young tech-prenuers who are students like me and fresh graduates in this field.We are of the age of 21-27 years
    Furthermore, my IT gave me the opportunity to meet with various consultants, engineers and project managers on site who showed,taught me and made me kick start KayTech.These senior citizens in tech have really been of great help to me.
    Communication, power and building of eco friendly farming and and processing implements is an aspect I indeed to gear into in the nearest future so as to reach the local farmers in Nigeria and my state of residence Benue state which is known as the food basket of our nation.
    Lastly Bridging the gap between theory and real live application has been the issues hindering many young Africans and youths of Africa must rise up to conquer all this challenges if we want to make Africa great and a home of world tech gurus.

    My reply,
    You remind me of the “young me”!
    This is exactly how I started. The only thing I did not do was solar panels because they did not exist at the time.
    I did General Electric installations in people’s homes, and then gradually started to do bigger jobs.
    In a few weeks we are going to launch one of our biggest new platforms ever. I will talk about it closer to the time. This platform will help businesses like KayTech to get work.
    Keep an eye out for it.
    It will be in Nigeria!

  23. Niyi Thompson writes [edited]

    Strive Masiyiwa I beg to differ sir, it’s horrible. Save Lagos & a few other states in the country, civil servants are owed salaries in arrears in most states (sometime before the last elections, paying anything in these states was celebrated news).

    Teachers form the bulk of the civil service of most of these states & it’s painfully disturbing. No amount of syllabi review or organizational restructuring will make any difference if our communities continue to pay &/or treat these people like nobodies.

    My reply,
    I served for more than 3 years as a member of a UN Commission that looked at the state of education around the world. At one time I actually travelled to Nigeria with PM Gordon Brown.
    We met governors and the President behind closed doors.
    Niyi, I learnt a lot about the situation through out Africa, and I’m not going to single out any country.
    There is a lot that makes me sad.

    One of my great mentors, is Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and he coined the phrase:
    “I’m a prisoner of hope”.
    Let us continue to do whatever we can, with whatever we have, whenever we can. Anger is not a strategy.

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