Africa holds the youngest and largest population according to the current African Economic Outlook Report, therefore; Africa is definitely the next largest and fastest growing digital consumer market.
At the recently concluded UN General Assembly in New York City, 193 world leaders committed to 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which strive to reduce poverty, fight injustice and even end climate change by 2030, #2030NOW. I have hopes that SDGs will be achievable by 2030 even with challenges that we still face today. Africa’s long-term prosperity, productivity and stability are in the right path. We have to foster growth and create jobs through partnerships in-order-to achieve these goals.
My first time to touch a keyboard was in 1999 after completing my studies at secondary school. I was very excited and developed a desire to learn more about computers. Computer did not only create a career for me but gave me an opportunity to be who I am today. I am an Emerging Global Leader through Atlas Service Corps Fellowship #AtlasCorpsRepresent! Having access to Internet not only makes you smatter, you become diverse and have plenty of opportunities on your table. You literally become transformed to see a new world around you.
Every child in African deserves the opportunity to be part and parcel of the #2030NOW. Digital literacy must start at an early age to ensure tomorrow’s workforce. If we give children a chance to develop skills digitally, they will gain skills and succeed in a digital world. This will help create jobs and boost social and economic development in Africa. “Empower the Children Shape the Future,” is a YouTube link that can help us understand more of this kind of an initiative.
Facebook drone concept to bring Internet connectivity to areas without is brilliant. This is a MUST for a better world. Parents and teachers must take advantage of this Facebook-led initiative that will bring together technology leaders, nonprofits and local communities to connect the two thirds of the world that doesn’t have Internet access. “If someone can’t afford to pay for connectivity, it is always better to have some access than none at all,” Zuckerberg
The mobile phone revolution from services and applications like M-PESA in Kenya have ignited an interest from many investors around the world in the technology sector. Kenya as a whole is an emerging market that is waiting to be served. Internet and technology, is all about hope, possibility, and being part of a greater society that has potential for real change.
We shouldn’t wait any longer, let’s empower our kids to shape the future. You can reach me for comments at: https://ke.linkedin.com/in/danfriday