Young Africans with ideas are springing up, there are new waves of companies trying to solve different problems we face in diverse sectors of our economy .
In this incredible number of young aspiring and teeming population, there is however an uncertainty about their future. Africa has been insanely inundated with all sorts of problems of under-development. The education system is in shambles, economy in the sewers.
Africa is still stuck with leaders who have held onto power for decades, and leave their large population uncatered for.
The African continent has one of the most populous youth population in world. Due to all of this backwardness, we have been left disconnected with the first world countries, even light years apart.
“Africa has missed two major revolutions. First, the agricultural revolution came, the whole world knows how to grow, process and preserve food. We’re still lagging behind in this.
Second, the industrial revolution came, the world started building machine lines, quicker transportation, better communications through telephones, industrialization thrived, infrastructure development far and wide but here we don’t have steady electricity, we’re still struggling to build roads. This next revolution is happening right now everywhere around the world, if we miss this, then we may not be able catch up.
We have to be involved in this tech boom now before we get left behind again.” Seni Sulyman, Country Manager, Andela.
Technology is where we can bridge this gap, but it still looks far and away.
One of the foremost African tech companies is Andela, a company backed by top companies across the world that includes, Spark Capital, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Google Ventures, Omidyar Network and many more. Pulse spoke exclusively to Seni about what Andela is doing all around Africa.
Bridging the technology gap between Africa and the rest of the world is one of the core reasons why Andela was founded in 2014. To build a network of technology leaders on the African continent and bridge the divide between the U.S and African tech sectors.
They’re doing this by leveraging a proven, data-driven approach. Bringing together high-performing engineering teams with Africa’s top developers to help companies overcome the tech talent shortage and build better products faster.
Entering the premises of the company in the Lagos office, the former Deloitte building, you can feel the excitement, the energy consumes you, a relaxed office scenery where young people are working together. Segments of the office named after different places where the companies has its offices.
If you don’t look very closely, you may think it’s a hangout spot where people relax after work, until you see the multitude of laptops, then you realise people are working here, a mission to find a seat for Africa in the global tech space.
Simple, To build the next generation of global technology leaders!
With Africa’s big youth population and all of the peculiar problems, technology is one way our young and inquisitive people can solve our problems. Africans have to be the ones to solve Africa’s problem. Talking about the company’s mission, Seni said:
“We have discovered that if there is light, food and water, getting to work won’t be a problem because people can devote more time into developing solutions our society needs. That is what Africa is depriving its youth of.”
“Young Africans with ideas are springing up, there are new waves of companies trying to solve different problems we face in diverse sectors of the economy such as health care, transportation, water, security, education, even end of life, all over the spectrum. Andela has developers trying to build these solutions.”
There is a sense of fulfillment when a developer sees his work being used by people and it affects the crux of the society in a positive way.
“Seeing your work being used in public domain gives incredible fulfillment. All the most popular apps (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) are built by developers and you can see how people use this application to affect change in their environment.
Take for example, the Arab spring a few years ago and the last Nigerian election in 2015, the role social media played in both events is very much visible. That is why people love software development.”
“The software development, and tech ecosystem are still new globally. So, many startups want to get their apps deployed. In other fields, there are so many stages that your work has to go through before it gets out. As a developer, you can write and see what impact it is making in little time.”