The “Confessions of an African Coder” series chronicles the intersectionality of development, technology, entrepreneurship, governance, and society in Sub-Saharan Africa. The series is dedicated to topics that are close to the heart of aspiring entrepreneurs from Africa. Each article discusses issues that are underreported from the perspective of the entrepreneurs who have lived these realities.
Posted: 26 Aug, 2020
So you might ask, who are we and why are we doing this? Well, we are a group of software engineers, designers, technocrats, and data scientists who care deeply about what's happening in our continent. We see lots of opportunities to make a difference. More importantly, we see many of our colleagues, still on the continent making great strides in the absence of substantive support.
In documenting the experiences of entrepreneurs, technological innovators, and other professionals, we are hoping to help shed light on some of the barriers these individuals are facing, (or continue to face) as they bring their innovations to market. These individuals are often leading the charge when it comes to poverty alleviation, job creation, and development on the continent. Our goal in documenting their accounts is to give them a wider outlet with which they can provide insights that can help governments, investors, and society as a whole. It would enable them to look at critical issues that are impacting development and technological adaptation on the continent.
Now let's talk a little bit about Victor. Victor is not one individual entrepreneur. Instead, he is an amalgam of various coders, programmers, and business owners whose stories remain untold. ‘Victor’ is created to protect their identities. Victor represents the grit, determination, and ingenuity of many African entrepreneurs, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa, where the highest concentrations of poverty exist on the continent. That said, Victor embodies the very best of what that part of the world has to offer in terms of inventiveness; born of necessity and steadfastness in the face of insurmountable obstacles. Read the full article from here "Confessions of an African Coder".