By TONY KWAME ANSAH, JR.
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Almost every single day there’s an innovator/innovation or an inventor/invention coming out of Africa. Within the many African creators/creations in existence, there are some worth highlighting and shedding light on. The following are 10 of them that were written and spoken about for June 2019. Enjoy African innovations at their finest!
Gabriel Emmanuel built OBTranslate, an Artificial Intelligence (AI) tool that can translate 2,000 local African languages. His digital translator platform was established in Germany. This creation is helping Africans home and abroad to communicate in their native tongue through modern day technology.
Mara Corporation has locally made smartphones that will be available on the local and international markets within two months. This mobile phone is being produced in Rwanda. Their cellphone is going to help boost the local economy inside and outside.
SecureID is the first certified smart-card manufacturer in Africa for financial institutions, telecommunications, government, education, healthcare, and private sector. This card was produced in Nigeria. Their innovation is helping African countries to import less SIM and ATM cards.
MPost is a patented mobile technology that enables users to turn their phone into a unique postal address and postal box. This patented mobile address was produced out of Kenya. Their virtual address is helping locals for personal and business purposes.
ORide is a motorcycle-hailing startup that only carries 1 passenger per trip, includes first-aid boxes on-the-go, and allows users of their app to send and receive funds seamlessly. This transportation app was founded in Nigeria. Their ride hailing app is helping locals get from 1 location to another conveniently.
GoKada is launching a boat riding service called GBoat soon as an alternative transportation option for local commuters. This transportation app was founded in Nigeria. Their boat hailing app is going to help locals get from 1 location to another conveniently.
Seekewa is an online platform that allows internet users and companies to financially support small farmers in African countries via voucher system. This mobile funding app was founded in Ivory Coast. Their voucher system is helping to carry out agricultural projects for all involved participants.
MAX.ng is an app-based platform that coordinates safe and affordable motorcycle rides and delivery services for individuals and businesses. This transportation app was founded in Nigeria. Their ride and delivery app is helping locals to travel and collect deliveries conveniently. They plan to pilot electric motorcycle services soon too.
Techfrica is an African tech and mobile app/web development company. They’re based in Boston, MA, USA and recently created and donated mobile apps to 3 organizations as free gifts for their upcoming second year anniversary. Their technology business is helping Africans home and abroad to use and access online platforms.
Mamabird is looking to deliver low cost health innovations, ready-to-use therapeutic food, or clean birth kits. This startup was established in Washington, DC. USA. Their enterprise is going to be performed by way of drones to rural health centers in countries like Malawi.
Well, those were the African innovations for June 2019! July is coming soon… #AfricanInnovators!
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Tony K Ansah, Jr., M.P.A. is a self-published author and a social entrepreneur based in Rhode Island, U.S.A. He has written and published several books and content via poems, quotes, fiction, non-fiction, blogs and articles. Tony is also the founder and owner of Ansah Africa, a consulting and marketing startup that connects donors in the U.S.A. with nonprofits in Africa to solve global problems, which was established in 2017.
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