African Tech Roundup
African Tech Roundup is a Johannesburg-based media company which tracks the progress of Africa's emerging tech industry and delivers ecosystem-focused analysis and insight.
UNAJUA S1 EP1: How significant is the opportunity for tech companies in Africa? feat. Derin Adebayo
For this Unajua Series opener, Derin Adebayo factors in on the size of the commercial opportunity for tech companies in Africa and offers a take on whether the apparent lack of exits should cause worry.
Is Development Finance Really Better Than Foreign Aid? with Jean Bosco Iyacu
Banker-turned-development financier Jean Basco Iyacu factors in on everything from the challenge of selling local financial services incumbents on innovative development finance approaches to the need to induct open banking policy.
Three Arab Women Innovators Factor in on the Economic Benefits of Backing Female Entrepreneurship
Libyan Hala Bugaighis and Palestinian nationals Jumana Salous and Lamia Tarabiah unpack why they believe that supporting women entrepreneurs in their parts of the world is not only the politically correct thing to do but also economically sensible.
Ozow's Mitchan Adams On COVID-19: Well-positioned South African digital payments players are coining it right now
South African Mitchan Adams, Ozow Co-founder & Head of R&D, explains why the COVID-19 pandemic is yielding some rather lucrative business opportunities for some fintech startups operating on his home turf.
Is The Super-Platform Hype Surrounding Africa's Mobile Gaming Industry Real? feat. Lucy Hoffman
Co-founder and VP, Operations of mobile gaming startup Carry1st Lucy Hoffman explains the business fundamentals of Africa's mobile gaming industry and sheds light on the sector's unique super-platform potential.
Shift The Power: Challenging Development Cooperation Power Dynamics Between The Global North & South
Joining Andile Masuku for a provocatively-themed live conversation dubbed #ShiftThePower is the Dutch Ambassador for Youth, Education and Work, Tijmen Rooseboom, Evelijne Bruning of The Hunger Project and Samar Dani of INJAZ Lebanon.
Accion's Michael Schlein on Financial Inclusion, Fintech & Impact Investment Sceptics
Accion CEO Michael Schlein explains why he's bullish on fintech startups and shares how his organisation is leveraging investments in tech-led microfinance innovation to reach the more than two billion people who are currently invisible to and/or poorly served by the global financial system.
Unpacking Arab Identity & Socio-economic Dynamics with Arab Economies Researcher Salam Said
In this helpful introduction to the dynamics of Arab economies, Dr Salam Said of the University of Bremen sheds light on some of the ways Arab identity and geopolitical dynamics (past and present) inform the socio-economic policies of Arab nations in Africa and the Middle East.
South Sudan: Micro-finance Diaries with Yengi Lokule of Rural Finance Initiative (RUFI)
This relaxed diary session with South Sudanese Yengi Lokule, Co-founder and CEO of micro-finance and cross-border remittance firm Rural Finance Initiative (RUFI), addresses oversimplifications related to promoting the financial inclusion of displaced people living in post-conflict environments.
African Fintech Signal Check 2019: What Can Africa Learn From India? (Part 2) feat. Arunjay Katakam
Indian tech founder Arunjay Katakam joins Andile Masuku and Osarumen Osamuyi to factor in on what African markets could learn from India's tech and innovation experience in order to capitalise on the current hype surrounding the continent's fintech scene.
African Fintech Signal Check 2019: Nigeria's Killing It! (Part 1) feat. Wiza Jalakasi
Malawian mobile tech entrepreneur Wiza Jalakasi joins Andile Masuku and Osarumen Osamuyi to discuss the implications of the unprecedented venture capital investment that has flowed into Africa's fintech scene in the last quarter of 2019.
Is The Africa-China/China-Africa Tech & Innovation Dynamic Win-win? feat. Iginio Gagliardone
Researcher and author of "China, Africa and the Future of the Internet" Iginio Gagliardone joins Andile Masuku and Osarumen Osamuyi for a candid, context-setting discussion about the growing tech and innovation relationship between Africa and China.
Dr Shingi Munyeza & Allon Raiz on Entrepreneurial Strategy and Zimbabwe's Commercial Potential
Zimbabwean businessman and presidential advisor Dr Shingi Munyeza and South African entrepreneur and investor Allon Raiz join Andile Masuku for a relaxed, pragmatic discussion about entrepreneurial strategy and backing Zimbabwean entrepreneurial ventures.
How Hype-worthy is the Motorcycle Taxi Uberisation Trend? + An African AI Revolution? feat. Babusi Nyoni & Osarumen Osamuyi
Zimbabwean AI Practitioner, Babusi Nyoni and Nigerian Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Africa's Talking, Osarumen Osamuyi join Andile Masuku to discuss Africa's motorcycle ride-sharing investment trend and to gauge the continent's potential for leading a global AI revolution.
Will Facebook's Digital Currency Libra Be Good For Africa? feat. Michael Kimani & Simon Dingle
Kenyan digital money analyst Michael Kimani, South African crypto entrepreneur Simon Dingle and Andile Masuku keep it all the way real as they tackle the question, "Will Facebook's digital currency Libra be good for Africa?"
South Africa's New Banking Wave + Huawei or the Highway? + Kenyan Repat Diaries feat. Mark Karake
Kenyan Repat and Impact Africa Network Founder Mark Karake joins Andile Masuku and Vije Vijendranath to unpack three weighty questions including, "Is the African Union's decision to maintain Huawei's preferred partnership status well-advised?"
Jumia's NYSE Listing + Are Blockchains Safe? + Security Token Offerings, Yay or Nah?
Entrepreneur, investor and incurable blockchain technology fanatic, Simon Dingle, joins Andile Masuku and Musa Kalenga to chat through three big questions including, "What shall we make of Jumia’s much-publicised NYSE listing?"
Investment Diaries With Dr Nigel Chanakira - Part 2: Patient capital and savvy commercialisation
Zimbabwean economist turned banker, entrepreneur and investor Dr Nigel Chanakira shares sage wisdom around commercialising market-relevant tech and innovation and explains why he remains pragmatically bullish about Zimbabwe’s investment prospects.
Investment Diaries With Dr Nigel Chanakira - Part 1: Worst investment decision in Zimbabwean history?
Zimbabwean economist turned banker, entrepreneur and investor Dr Nigel Chanakira shares his fascinating personal and professional origin story and unpacks why he may well hold the record for making the worst investment decision in Zimbabwean corporate history.