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Made in Africa: An African Perspective to the Design, Deployment and Governance of AI

· 9 min read

The Nigerian Naira plunged 31% against the dollar , and the Kenyan Shilling lost 23% of its value in the past few months. These top two worst performers in Africa in 2024 are the continent's top two technology powerhouses. Therefore, while currency depreciation has had microeconomic implications, it highlights the dire need to take a critical look at Africa's innovation, technology, and AI ecosystem. Ory Okolloh, a prominent Technologist, Kenyan Investor and Philanthropist, posted this on her LinkedIn:

Her post represents the broader issue of access to computing in today's world and raises the question of digital sovereignty, a catchphrase used in the push for digital regulations.

In the first of a six-part paper, we have developed a framework through which we will contribute to Africans' discussions and perspectives on the design, development, and governance of Artificial Intelligence in Africa. This includes Data and Data Systems, AI Infrastructure, Talent, and Market.

How East Africa can use AI to unlock e-commerce billions

· 4 min read

This article was originally published in the Business Daily on 2024-03-07.

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) stands at the forefront of technological innovation. It promises to revolutionise industries and economies worldwide. According to a study by PwC, AI could contribute up to $15.7 trillion to the global economy by 2030. This staggering figure underscores the immense potential AI holds for driving economic growth and prosperity. However, for e-traders in East-Africa, individuals or businesses that conduct retail operations online, to fully capitalise on this opportunity they must not only embrace AI but also make a deliberate effort to understand its dynamics.

“The Testament of a Furniture dealer” - IKEAs Timeless Handbook on Values and The Visionary Legacy of Ingvar Kamprad

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Ingvar Kamprad with chair

"Only while sleeping one makes no mistakes. Making mistakes is the privilege of the active — of those who can correct their mistakes and put them right."
– Ingvar Kamprad (1926-2018)

Six years after his passing on January 27th, 2018, Ingvar Kamprad's vision and values continue to steer IKEA. His 1976 testament and 1996 dictionary laid out principles that fuelled IKEA's growth from a small business to a global furniture icon. As we mark the anniversary of Kamprad's death, his wisdom on leadership, serving people, embracing humility, and simplicity remains as relevant as ever. These documents were not fixed manifestos, but living guides that still motivate and inspire. By revisiting Kamprad's own words, we reconnect with the human core of IKEA's brand - the deeper purpose beyond products and profits. Though Kamprad is no longer with us, his voice carries on.

Google is not a tech company

· 7 min read

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On 24 January 2023, the US Department of Justice filed a civil antitrust suit against Google for 'monopolizing multiple digital advertising technology products'. On 27 September 2023, Google celebrated 25 years of existence.

In honour of all things Google, I want to argue that Google is not a tech company. Google is an advertising company that uses technology to corner and dominate the ad market.