January 22, 2022
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The Growth of Tech in Africa

For the past few years, Africa’s tech industry has experienced a great surge, and Facebook FB, +1.52 Google GOOG, +0.54% , Microsoft MSFT, +0.04% and also Huawei  took notice and stated fishing for young talent among developers and tech specialists. These entrepreneurs and companies are well aware that there’s much more to Africa than safaris. Growth of technology ecosystem According to Briter Bridges, the number of active tech hubs (currently active organizations with a physical local address that offer facilities and support for digital entrepreneurs) in Africa has almost doubled over the past few years — from 314 in 2016 to 618 in 2019. This has sprung from multiple investment sources, including venture funds, development final corporate involvement as well as ever-growing, innovative communities. The greatest concentration tech hubs is in Nigeria (85), South Africa (80), Egypt (56) and Kenya (50). This is a great indicator of tech development that is taking place in Africa, and tech oriented companies are dead set on reaping the benefits — in human potential as well as product  know-how.
To date we have heard of tech forward stories that show how much African is invested in technology.

In Rwanda five humanoid robots have been delivered where they will assist in coronavirus screening, deliver food and drugs to patients, as well as act as video-conferencing links between patients and doctors.

Each robot has been given Rwandan name – Akazuba, Ikizere, Mwiza, Ngabo and Urumuri. Their main purpose is to reduce health workers’ exposure to Covid-19 patients, Rwanda’s Health Minister Daniel Ngamije told the BBC. “We need additional robots for other duties like disinfection in public space and we are working to get them,” he added. The robots are manufactured by a Belgium-based company. Rwanda’s health ministry says the units have a number of abilities, including: Screening 50 to 150 people per minute Recording and storing patient data Alerting health workers to abnormalities Warning people who aren’t wearing marks, or are wearing them improperly. Such stories tell and show how African is headed as a continent

Also in 2019 October, Rwanda launched the first phone to be manufactured in Africa, the ‘Mara’.

South Africa is building African’s largest tech hub and also some companies are attempting to make African car brands which will be manufactured in Africa. All this is showing how tech has grown in  African technology and will continues to grow

Let us know in the comments, what you think Africa can do more in advancing its technology and Science sector

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