5 Tech Ecosystem Cultural Differences: East Africa vs Silicon Valley

I have now been back in East Africa working in the Tech scene for 3 months after 7 years working in silicon valley. I attended one major conference, hang out  at incubators/workspaces in Tanzania and Kenya meeting with the startup community… Spent time in the rural areas of Tanzania on a solar tech pilot and […]

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Talking about Africa's Digital Content Future

The history of African peoples is filled with tons of folklore and a rich oral history. Our peoples in past times primarily disseminated information and preserved their culture in the form of folk tales, songs… content; and the primary platform of distribution was oral. Today, Africa stands to embrace it’s history of original content creation […]

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An East African Mobile Entertainment Overview: Music Discovery, Nano-economics and Mobile Money

Recently, All Amber invited Afrinnovator down to cover and participate in Mobile Entertainment Africa. Below is a summary of that first talk, which painted a snapshot of some trends and key learnings from the East African mobile entertainment scene. Silicon Savannah: the new catchphrase describing the East African and Kenyan region, the innovation and dynamism […]

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A Nigerian, Kenyan & South African Web Comic

Digital online publishing presents some great opportunities for African content creators and creatives. The digital/online medium presents a way around the all too often lengthy and costly publishing process associated with publishing a print version of the work. And so without much ad0 here’s a pick of three web comics we found interesting from Nigeria, Kenya […]

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3 'viral' Local YouTube Music Videos from Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa

Web video is one of those revolutionary inventions that has really opened up the world in dramatic ways. For example, 2011 YouTube statistics show that over 48 hours of video are now uploaded per minute, and YouTube has surpassed 3 billion views per day. TED’s Chris Anderson made the assertion that web video is powering global innovation in […]

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African Entertainment Online/Mobile

The inaugural Mobile Entertainment Africa conference was recently held in Cape Town, South Africa. The conference aimed to provide some perspective on the growing mobile entertainment industry across Africa. Following up on the conference, let’s look at a few online/mobile entertainment stores/companies from around Africa: Hewa.com We learnt about Hewa from the recent AppCircus Nairobi event where […]

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Africa Social Networking/Social Media Pulse Check

Back in 2008, in an article on socialmediatoday.com titled ‘Why Social Media in South Africa Will Fail’, the author makes a rather daring assertion: … social media and social media marketing and social media strategy is an almost pointless pursuit for businesses in South Africa… Perhaps the image projected of Africa may in times past […]

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East Africa Survey highlights uptake of Facebook among urban youth

Research firm Consumer Insight has published results of a survey among youth between the ages of 7 and 24 in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania have revealed interesting aspects concerning the accessibility and use of the internet among this age group. The survey was carried out among youth of this age group who live in urban […]

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BUGBOX Spawns ANT ARMY: The Animatics Division

Character animation studio, Bugbox Animation in Johannesburg announces the creation of Ant Army, the Animatics Division. A strong team of artists and animators has been deployed to this side of the business. Formerly Nite Cap Animatics, Ant Army is now better resourced to address the hefty storyboarding and pre-production needs of the TV advertising industry. […]

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The two giants of local social networks in South Africa

Social networking (and that could to some extent be read as ‘Facebook’) is quite a phenomenon across the African continent and especially amongst the youth. According to this article: According to Alexa statistics, Facebook is the number one or number two most visited site in most African countries. The social networking site has been witnessing high […]

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