Rwandan entrepreneur pioneers One Laptop Per Teacher program

“We can’t teach tomorrow’s children the way we taught yesterday.” Her father was a mathematician. Her mother was a teacher and member of the Ministry of Education for over 10 years. And now Nadia Uwamahoro, co-founder of GiraICT, is making her mark on local education. Her goal? To put computing devices into the hands of…

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Does my startup look big in this? Mixing startups and style

By: Editorial Team  What can entrepreneurs learn from fashionistas? More than you would think, says Perry Kamel, business development lead for Microsoft 4Afrika. At first glance they may seem poles apart. But as a lover of fashion and through her role supporting African small and medium enterprises (SMEs), Perry has found the parallels useful in…

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There’s no limit to what you can achieve as a woman in ICT, says Somtochukwu Ochuba

Posted by the Editorial Team  In the spirit of International Women's Day on 8 March, we are speaking to some of the inspirational women at Microsoft. Somtochukwu Ochuba is one of our MACH's (Microsoft Academy of College Hires) in Nigeria. After spending 2014 as a 4Afrika intern in Nigeria, she has now moved on to…

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Talking about African startups with Amine Chouaieb

Posted by Editorial Team CEO of Tunisian startup, CHIFCO, is passionate about doing work that impacts the community. With the help of a Microsoft 4Afrika grant, he has been able to do just that by developing technology that taps into the Internet of Things to give African users access to products and services that solve…

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IT skills give Mauritian NGO’s the tools they need to make a real impact

Guest blog post by Lindsay Pointu, e-Inclusion Foundation We live in a fast-paced digital era where new technology comes into play every day. For any organisation to flourish, it is essential that it incorporates this technology into its workings to improve productivity and efficiency – and NGO’s are no exception. NGO’s in Mauritius play an…

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Celebrating women in ICT with Tonia Kariuki

Posted by Editorial Team  In celebration of International Women’s Day, which took place on 8 March, we wanted to profile one of Microsoft’s leading ladies – Tonia Kariuki, the Marketing Director for our 4Afrika Initiative. Tonia loves being a woman in the ICT industry because of its energy and innovative nature. She is a strong advocate…

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Bridging the gender gap and empowering women in ICT

“No country can get ahead if it leaves half of its people behind,” said the US Secretary of State, John Kerry. He was talking about the importance of gender equality, which is something Microsoft takes very seriously, especially in Africa where the gender gap can be wide. It is also an important consideration considering that…

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Esther Olatunde - from the slums to software developer

[View:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-OZsy3ryTw&feature=youtu.be:0:0]   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…

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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…

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5 African startups that secured Microsoft 4Afrika innovation grants

By Amrote Abdella, Director – Startup Engagement & Partnerships: Microsoft 4Afrika Initiative Whenever we come across an entrepreneur looking to start a business in Africa, our first piece of advice is this: Develop solutions relevant to Africa. At Microsoft, we’re always working to identify and engage with promising startups – startups who not only have…

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