Microsoft appoints new country manager in Ghana: Meet Otema Yirenkyi

Posted by Hennie Loubser, General Manager of Microsoft West East Central Africa and Indian Ocean Islands It’s been a great 10 years for Microsoft in Ghana so far. We’ve seen tremendous growth in the country’s ICT sector, particularly its mobile and internet penetration rates, and our initiatives have reached over one million youth to date….


Mobile for development in Africa

By Fernando de Sousa, General Manager of Africa Initiatives at Microsoft Africa is home to some of the fastest growing mobile phone penetration rates in the world. With a liberalized telecommunications sector and increasing service affordability, mobile penetration in sub-Saharan Africa alone has increased 44% since 2000, according to the GSM Association (GSMA). As a…


Protecting local talent in Africa

By Daniel Kamau, Anti-Piracy Director for Microsoft West East & Central Africa and Indian Ocean Islands When I say ‘Intellectual Property’, what do you think of? Copyright laws? Trademarks? Patents? Those are all big legal words. Words that don’t sound like they really make an impact on any of us. But what if I told…


Interview with Abiola Olaniran: Taking on the Windows Games world by storm!

By Dele Akinsade, Platforms Evangelism Lead, West, East, and Central Africa, and Indian Ocean Islands A fun-loving, piano-playing, visionary geek. Abiola Olaniran dreamed about the dramatic rise of the mobile space in Africa, and of his own tech empire to go with it. Five years later he is Nigeria’s highest paid Windows Game developer and…


Microsoft invests in the future of South African SMEs

By Mteto Nyati, Vice Chair of the 4Afrika Advisory Council and MD of Microsoft South Africa When we launched the Microsoft 4Afrika Initiative in February this year, we set out to improve Africa’s economic competitiveness. Key to this is our goal of getting one million SMEs online in three years, and it as my honour…


Partnering to accelerate African innovation

By Leila Charfi, Director, Innovation Partnerships, Africa Initiatives What do we mean when we say we see boundless potential in the people of Africa? To be boundless is to be limitless. Abundant. Infinite. To have potential is to have qualities and abilities that can be developed; that can lead to future successes. To have boundless…


Be the next big thing in Africa

Posted by: Dele Akinsade, Developer Platforms Evangelism Lead, sub-Saharan Africa and Indian Ocean Islands I must have the best job at Microsoft. I get to experience the passion of young people using technology every day, and how a little imagination can solve seemingly impossible problems. Like this year’s Imagine Cup winners of the United Nations…


Microsoft Ventures provides support for African entrepreneurs

By Amrote Abdella, Director 4Afrika Venture Capital and Startup Programs As leading Harvard Professor, Michael Porter, once said: “Innovation is the central issue to economic prosperity.” At Microsoft we couldn’t agree more, which is why one of our goals is to empower Africans to make the most of, and monetize their own business ideas. There…


Listening to Africa: Microsoft Forms 4Afrika Advisory Council

By Mteto Nyati, MD of Microsoft South Africa and Vice Chair of the 4Afrika Advisory Council  Last Friday in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, I was honored to take on an additional role and responsibility as vice-chair of our new 4Afrika Advisory Council, led by His Excellency, Benjamin Mkapa of Tanzania. The first meeting of our…


Microsoft’s YouthSpark turns one – and gets ready to target more African youth

By Djam Bakhshandegi, Corporate Citizenship and Partners in Learning West East Central Africa & Indian Ocean Islands Microsoft’s Partners in Learning isn’t the only initiative to celebrate an anniversary this year. On the 23rd of September 2013, Microsoft’s global YouthSpark programme officially turned one. Over the past 12 months, we’re proud to say that this…