Africa introduces its first ever locally manufactured Windows tablet

As the technology market in African continues to thrive, it makes sense to have devices that are tailored to local markets. Mayokun Onawola, a developer from Nigerian based technology firm, Brian Integrated Systems Limited, is part of a dynamic, entrepreneurial team that has assembled the first ever African tablet, the Brian Tab iw10, in Nigeria….


Creating future business leaders in Egypt

“My dream was to help other youth find their path,” says Ashraf Abou Zeid, Masr Ta3mal (Masr Works) trainer in Aswan Youth Center. And this is exactly what he has done. Ashraf, like hundreds of youth, was recruited by the Ministry of Youth, trained by Microsoft Egypt on the Career Coaching curricula, and became Masr…


The story of a Moroccan Entrepreneur

At only 33 years old, Tayeb Sbihi has a BSc in Computer Science, a Master of Science in Computer Networks and an Executive MBA in International business. He is also a member of the Microsoft 4Afrika Advisory Council, the CEO and founder of B2N Consulting, a member of CEED and the co-founder of, a…


Esther Olatunde – from the slums to software developer

[View:]   Esther Olatunde This Ajegunle-born youth became a software developer with the help of a Microsoft YouthSpark programme Growing up as a timid young girl with a low self-esteem in one of the most notorious slums in the suburbs of Lagos, Nigeria, Esther Olatunde could easily have become a miscreant (popularly known as ‘agbero’) or…


President Obama’s YALI fellows are coming to Microsoft!

By Lutz Ziob Dean of 4Afrika Academy “Desire! That’s the one secret of every person’s career. Not education. Not being born with hidden talents. Desire,” Johnny Carson There is no shortage of desire amongst African youth – desire to learn, desire to achieve, desire to make a difference. The goal of the Microsoft 4Afrika Initiative…


Team MTN-Qhubeka is riding on the flexibility of Office 365

Team MTN-Qhubeka, Africa's first pro-continental cycling team, is effortlessly taking on the world with the help of cloud software. Through Microsoft Office 365, the team of 22 riders and 35 ground staff has managed to connect nine countries. Douglas Ryder, the team principal and renowned cyclist, discusses how Office 365 has helped manage team logistics…


What do you want your legacy to be?

Posted by: Rotimi Olumide, Microsoft Windows Lead for sub-Saharan Africa When all is said and done, what do you want your legacy to be? That’s a career question that I ask a lot of people. It’s an important question, because it helps to shape a fulfilling career path. A lot of people in Africa aspire…


A look at Youth Month in South Africa

Posted by: Mteto Nyati, General Manager-MEA Emerging Regions, Microsoft The talent and potential of Africa’s youth should throb to the fast beat of the continent’s growth. But the opportunity gap and digital divide still prevents many of the 200 million youths on the continent, aged between 15 and 24, from reaching their full potential. I’ve…


Proof that Africa is home to some of the most innovative young minds

Posted by: Djam Bakhshandegi, Citizenship Lead, Microsoft West, East, Central Africa and Indian Ocean Islands. 1.65 million. That’s a big number. More importantly, it’s an exciting number, because it’s the number of students who have participated in our annual Microsoft Imagine Cup competition since its inception 10 years ago. Over the past decade, young minds…


Riham Mansour, a computer science researcher at Microsoft

Her objective was to challenge the idea that motherhood and professional life do not mix. "I told them you can do both," she says. At 36, Riham Mansour from Cairo is a computer science researcher at Microsoft, has a BSc and MSc degree, has won two awards and – on top of it all – is a…