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Joining Andile Masuku and guest co-host, Vije Vijendranath, for this episode of the African Tech Roundup podcast is Kenyan repat, founder of Impact Africa Network and host of the Chini ya Maji Podcast, Mark Karake.

Following professional stints in Silicon Valley, working for the likes of Google, TrustArc and Oracle, Mark decided to return to his native Kenya in March 2018 to get involved in early-stage startup acceleration and investment activities in Nairobi.

In this show, Andile, Vije and Mark will unpack three weighty questions:

1) What is behind the new wave of banking currently sweeping South Africa? [18:28]

2) Is the African Union's decision to maintain Huawei's preferred partnership status well-advised? [47:07]

3) What are the critical, yet not-so-obvious grassroots issues in Nairobi's early-stage startup ecosystem that must be seen to if a sturdy pipeline of local investible prospects is to be built? [59:10]

Resources referenced in this episode:

Killing Karoline by Sara-Jayne King (MFBooks Joburg)

Born the wrong colour - so I had to die by Andile Masuku for BBC Outlook

Pre-Suasion by Robert D. Cialdini (Cornerstone Digital)

Becoming by Michelle Obama (Penguin)

African Tech Roundup Ep. 57: "Vodacom Admits That M-Pesa Roll-out in South Africa is a Flop"

Here’s how many branches banks have shut in the last decade by Hilton Tarrant for Tech Central

Inside Discovery's New Bank by Ferrial Haffajee for Fin24

TymeBank nearly at 500,000 clients, ARC Investments says by Nick Hedley for Business Day

The African Union is doubling down on deepening its relationship with Huawei by Abdi Latif Dahir for Quartz Africa

Banning Huawei may jeopardize Africa’s digital future by Li Qingqing for Global Times

The biggest mobile phone maker in Africa is going public in China by Yomi Kazeem

Is China really using Huawei to hack the world's communications? by Matt Burgess for Wired

Chini ya Maji Podcast by Impact Africa Network

Image credit: Shalom Mwenesi