It is irrefutable that tech innovation can affect change and development. For Africa to progress, it needs to find solutions to the problems on the continent through groundbreaking innovation and technology. The Africa Rising agenda is mere rhetoric if the change needed in the region is not led and designed by Africans in Africa for Africans.
Many illustrious sons and daughters of the land are contributing immensely to the development of local solutions for local problems. They are building the future of Africa and harnessing the power of engineering and technology to address many of the problems on the continent.
This article focuses on five young African innovators and entrepreneurs whose cutting-edge solutions are worth celebrating. These five people are winners/finalists of the Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation. This scheme is founded by the Royal Academy of Engineering, and it is Africa’s biggest prize dedicated to engineering innovation. The Africa Prize offers a unique benefits package for up to 16 shortlisted participants to help accelerate their business including access to business and technical expertise and sector-specific engineering mentoring, an eight-month tailored training programme, and prize money of up to £25,000.
Now, in no particular order, meet the innovators: