5 Remarkable Creations That Represent Africa’s Emerging Tech Industry


Advanced High-Performance Reconnaissance Light Aircraft
The AHRLAC is Africa’s first home-grown military aircraft, and it first took off on Aug 13, 2014, in Pretoria, South Africa. What makes this plane special is that it took three years to develop and is used for anti-poaching missions, border patrols, anti-trafficking, anti-piracy, anti-insurgent, as well as anti-terror operations. This is a major milestone in the continent’s aviation history.


Ghanaian entrepreneur Bright Simmons created this SMS-based verification technology to check whether drugs are counterfeit. The tech detects if pharmaceutical drugs are real. Since its inception, the new tech has been used globally, especially in places like India.


iHub in Nairobi


iHub or Innovation Hub is a Kenyan-based technology community that serves as an open space for technologists, investors, tech companies and hackers in the country. This was the first community hub of its type created in 2010, and it helped inspire others to create these think spaces around Africa.



BudgIT was created by Femi Longe and Bosun Tijani in 2011. In 2012, their app helped draw tens of thousands of Nigerians onto the streets in January to protest against proposed government cuts by turning the country’s secret budget into easy-to-read infographics. Through tweets, interactive format or infographs, governmental funds are easily transported to the masses.

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M-Pesa or Mobile Money 

This electric money-wiring system and app was launched by Vodafone for Safaricom and Vodacom in 2007 in Kenya and Tanzania. The app allows users to pay bills, transfer funds, load cash on debit cards and other banking services without the need of a bank. This service has spread to Eastern Europe, the Middle East, South Africa and India.

source: Atlanta Blackstar


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