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2018's last in-studio taping of the African Tech Roundup podcast is a two-part affair which guest features the force of nature that is Viola Llewellyn. Viola is the UK-born, Cameroonian Co-founder and President of an award-winning fintech platform called Ovamba. Ovamba relies on proprietary technologies to connect African SMEs to sources of short‐term capital to fund their growth.

Viola has spent over 15 years working in the management consulting, technology and alternative finance sectors at firms like of IBM, Unisys, KPMG and Preston Gates Ellis. She currently serves on the Boards of Directors of ActivSpaces, AH Partners, the European Women in Payment Network and the International Women’s Think Tank.

In this, the first part of Episode 125, Viola joins Andile Masuku and Musa Kalenga as they start to factor in on a “hype vs. reality” themed conversation about the development of Africa’s fintech landscape in 2018. Listen in to hear Viola's candid take on the unfortunate current state-of-play in Cameroon’s Anglophone region.

Topics discussed in this episode:

Nigeria plans to build an additional 18,000km of fibre infrastructure [41:33]
Mara Group's Ashish Thakkar announces plans to launch a new smartphone brand [46:50]
Tanzania vs. journalists [51:29]
Anglophone Cameroon crisis update [53:29]

Resources referenced in this episode:

Nigeria's National Broadband Plan 2013-2018 | Nigerian Presidential Committee on Broadband

A new model of microfinance for Africa, and beyond | TED Institute

The Democratisation of Financial Services | SLUSH

26 Women of Colour Diversifying Entrepreneurship in Silicon Valley, Media and Beyond | Vanity Fair

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