The Vision of an Informed Africa

COMPUTING

|
Image: Richwell Phineas. By BiztechAfrica
Richwell Phineas

By Richwell Phinias, founder and CEO of Dariro.com, a Zimbabwean online communication platform.

The Vision of an informed Africa involves an Africa that is connected with the world and in the same way connected among its own citizens.

Today, people of African origin across the globe share experiences, skills, knowledge and information among themselves but within the jungles of global communication platforms. Having learnt global languages, etiquette, value systems and technologies, we share what we share but at the same time trying to perfect our adoption of global tools at the distortion of our own beliefs.

The next wave of technology flowing through Africa will see the people creating their own platforms of communication in their own understanding.

As internet access reaches all corners of Africa, there will be a growing need for e-inclusion among even generations who might not be so schooled and exposed to global communication etiquette.

For example, with the penetration of 3G internet in rural Zimbabwe, it now means that folks in the rural areas with internet-enabled handsets are also coming on Facebook. That is coming to the internet without having used a computer before but just following the trend to reconnect with relatives and friends in urban areas and abroad.

Facebook makes communication quite easier and cheaper compared to telephones, fixed or mobile.

As more and more people become internet and technology savvy, it is creating opportunities for developers to work on platforms and applications from an African perspective.

Mobile applications addressing communication and knowledge sharing needs among farmers, traders, schools, health services, religion and other general spectrums of society will start mushrooming in Africa.

These applications are not going be just customization of similar applications from across the world, I believe not, for certain areas like traditional customs cannot be benchmarked from outside as some of the practice are only limited to Africa.

We are going to see as many mobile applications and communications platform developed with a heavy bias towards local content even in the mainframe of the systems.

We already have investors and developers coming from the Silicon Valleys out there coming to develop local content platforms for Africa but in the long run I am quite sure and certain that it is only those platforms and applications developed by the Africans themselves that are going to ultimately dominate the market.

Unlike all the other forms of business, the barriers to entry are low and what will rules will be the ability to innovate and a deeper understanding of cultural needs of the people which can only be executed and managed so well by the Africans themselves.

A couple of years ago I anticipated a future where Africans in the Diaspora who had first access to broadband services, skills and knowledge of the internet, would take advantage of the platform to tell the African story.

Today, that is a reality as we have as many locals fully utilizing various communication platforms from social networks, cloud computing platforms to even the ubiquitous email technology.

So as we move away from hindrances like online payment gateways for Africa and bandwidth access and cost, soon rather than later, Africa's economy, politics, religion and social life is going to embrace the internet technology on a broader scale.

At the moment the Asian tigers and China will really be an inspiration in as much as localizing technology is concerned.

In the coming few years as tablets and smart phones invade Africa making less attractive internet access devices cheaper, more and more people are going to be online. This is going to create lots of opportunities for business in web and mobile applications development.

The ecosystem which will also involve online payments is also going to create for us financially success stories that will motivate more business minded and innovative entrepreneurs. Just as such stories of technology luminaries as that of Bill Gates, Larry Ellison, the late Steve Jobs and recently Mark Zuckerburg have lighted the way for more adventurous and innovative entrepreneurs, the same is going to happen in Africa.

A few successful individuals are going to ignite a spark of innovation on the continent for the continent.

The vision of an informed Africa is in our control. The platforms will change, they will get renewed and re-launched but in the end the people of Africa will be more connected, networked and informed than before.

About Richwell Phinias

Richwell Phinias is an internet marketing consultant and website developer based in Zimbabwe. His burning vision is to see the development of local content on the internet allowing African communities and businesses to interact seamlessly first among themselves and then with the world. This will be achieved by creating online platforms that are easily adopted by people as for their various businesses.

He is the founder of Dariro.com, an online communications, networking and information sharing platform that opens up opportunities for business, artists, churches, NGOs and individuals to benefit from the advancement of internet technology. His passion and desire is to use the internet as an affordable avenue for various users to network and interact with their respective stakeholders, albeit on a global scale.

He believes that people are as developed as the information they can access.



Share the News

Get Daily Newsletter

comments powered by Disqus

MORE COMPUTING NEWS

WiniGroup, Ivetec train 500 Babcock lecturers on TCCDR

The 500 lecturers of Babcock University, Ilishan-Remo, Ogun State, have undergone a comprehensive training on technology usage on the platform of Total Classroom & Campus Digital Revolution (TCCDR) Project embarked upon by the university, which will see all their lecture rooms wirelessly connected. Read More

MainOne supports call for in-country data hosting

The management of MainOne’s Tier III Data Center, MDX-i is lending its voice to the call by the Office for Nigerian Content in Information and Communication Technology for Nigerian companies to host their data in-country, to avoid further foreign exchange losses. Read More

The importance of big data for Africa in 2016

Understanding big data, as a concept and an offering, will have a massive impact on the African continent, says PBT Group. Read More

Ericsson Data Analytics solution captures rise of the Internet of Things

Ericsson has launched the User & IoT Data Analytics solution that will help operators improve internal efficiency in managing data from subscribers and Internet of Things (IoT) devices while exploring new cross-vertical IoT applications. Read More

More network decomposition expected in 2016

Jason Dover, Director of Product Line Management at KEMP Technologies, looks at the changing network and more technology trends to look out for in 2016. Read More

Automotive Display Systems to grow to $18.6bn by 2021

Driven by continued innovation in vehicle connectivity and safety technologies, global revenue from automotive display systems will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of more than 11 percent to $18.6 billion by the end of 2021, says IHS.  Read More

Rack Centre honoured with Data Centre Impact Award

Rack Centre, Nigeria’s Premium Data Centre provider, has won the 2015 Data Centre Dynamics Award for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region in the Data Centre Impact Category. Read More

ITU members agree international standard for Big Data

ITU members have approved the first ITU standard on Big Data. The international standard details the requirements, capabilities and use cases of cloud-based Big Data as well a high-level ‘system context’ view and its relationships with other entities.  Read More

Ovum: move to digital services biggest telco IT trend to watch in 2016

Personalising the customer experience, improving operational efficiency and moving to new delivery models are some the top IT trends to expect from telcos in 2016, according to global analyst firm Ovum. Read More

10 hot consumer trends for 2016

Ericsson ConsumerLab's report on the 10 hottest consumer trends for 2016 and beyond finds that consumers believe artificial intelligence will soon enable interaction with objects without the need for a smartphone screen. Read More

PRESS OFFICES

Sage EnterpriseSAP AfricaSage Pastel AccountingTrust PayVMWareSamsung ElectronicsMitsumi DistributionPhoenix DistributionMTN BusinessSchneider ElectricMultichoiceMicrosoft 4AfrikaNetworks Unlimited

FEATURED STORY

Viber Spreads Good Vibes in Africa with the introduction of public chats Viber Spreads Good Vibes in Africa with the introduction of public chats

Viber, one of the leading messaging and calling apps with more than 664 million unique users worldwide, has opened its latest social channel ‘Public Chats’ to partners in Africa and the Middle East. 

IN DEPTH

Poised for greater heights – Roshi Motman, AfricaCom CEO of the Year WinnerPoised for greater heights – Roshi Motman, AfricaCom CEO of the Year Winner

Roshi Motman is not your average CEO. Since taking up the reins as the first female CEO of Tigo Ghana in 2014, she has led the Tigo brand through a remarkable transformation. 

COMPANY NEWS

DStv Eutelsat Star Awards winners named

Students from Ghana and Zimbabwe have scooped top honours at 5th edition of DStv Eutelsat Star Awards organised by MultiChoice Africa and Eutelsat.