A List Of Top African Innovations 2019 by Tony Kwame Ansah Jr
A LIST OF TOP AFRICAN INNOVATIONS 2019
Almost every single day there’s an innovator/innovation or an inventor/invention coming out of Africa. Within the many African creators/creations in existence, there are some worth highlighting and shedding light on. Every month I will publish a list of the top ten to keep you updated and showcase the leaps and bounds Africans are making through entrepreneurship. So sit back and enjoy African innovations at their finest!
LIST OF 10 AFRICAN INNOVATIONS FOR APRIL 2019
The African Digital Asset Framework (ADAF) has released the first Pan-African blockchain standard of guidelines for entrepreneurs, consumers, & policymakers in Africa & the Diaspora to follow within ecosystem. This framework has been registered in Kenya. ADAF is helping to bring more power and control of blockchain applications into to the hands of African descendants throughout the world.
Kobo360 is a logistics platform that links supply of trucks with demand of transport by cargo owners and has the first bidding tool for drivers and consumers to assess price of trip before selection, which is not found on other transport apps. This platform was founded in Nigeria. Their way of doing logistics is helping to make trucks and transportation more efficient and less complicated in Africa.
Kudi is a startup that enables underbanked and unbanked locals to access money transfers, bill payments, and cash withdrawals via its agent network. Soon, they plan to become a “digital bank.” This payment facilitator was founded in Nigeria. Their financial services are helping to provide easier access to the banking sector in Africa.
GoBeba is a new logistics app and e-commerce platform that to allow locals (consumers & small businesses) to purchase goods online and have them delivered to their homes and workplaces within 1 hour. This online platform recently launched in Kenya. Their way of doing logistics is helping to make shopping for goods more convenient and less problematic in Africa.
Bongajum Lesley had the vision to create a bike, Bonga Power Bike, that converts mechanical energy from pedaling it to electrical energy, which can then be used to light up rural areas in African countries. This innovation was founded in Cameroon. The Bonga Power Bike will help with transportation, health, and electricity in Africa.
Bitpeza is using blockchain technology to provide remittance payment services. This fintech startup is based in Nigeria. Their blockchain is helping to solve the remittance payments challenge of costive fees in Sub-Saharan Africa.
CoachMe connects certified coaches with individuals and organizations who need services in education, finance, health, etc. This online platform was established in Nigeria. Their coaching app is helping people to find coaches in a simple way and is the first of its kind in Africa.
Westcape.co allows locals to buy household appliances, electronic gadgets, other items and pay for them later by way of monthly installments until paid in full. This digital platform resides in Ghana. Their e-commerce business is helping consumers to purchase expensive products through an affordable payment plan in Africa.
Sawa Minerals uses smart contracts to enable a transparent process of buying and selling precious metals, gemstones, and crystals from African countries. This blockchain platform is in Kenya. Their decentralized app is helping to do mining business in an open and safe manner and is the first of its kind in Africa.
Lifti is a ride sharing app that links car owners with passengers. This peer-to-peer transportation service was established in South Africa. Their ride sharing platform is helping people from the same area, traveling in the same direction, and at the same time to find short or long-distance rides to work or home, etc. in Africa.
Well, those were the African innovations for April 2019! May is coming soon… #AfricanInnovators!
LIST OF 10 AFRICAN INNOVATIONS FOR MARCH 2019
has built a digital platform to help travel & tourism businesses in Africa to gain & maintain an online presence, specifically for those who don’t use software or technology to run their business. This online application was founded by multiple co-founders in Namibia. Their website is helping travel & tour companies in Africa to effectively and efficiently manage and operate daily affairs.
is a nano-satellite that monitors the traffic of vessels along the coastline and soon detect fire incidents & help emergency services to respond quicker to intense fire situations. This satellite was built in South Africa by a group of South African engineers. Their engineering will help to keep Africa a safer place to live.
is South Africa’s first fully digital-driven bank based on “simplicity, transparency, & affordability.” This online bank was established in South Africa and founded by South Africans. Their bank will help make financial services more convenient for Africans.
is a community-based initiative in Ghana that uses proceeds from cocoa farms to run health clinic and tuition free schools for girls. This social enterprise was founded by of Ghana. His organization is helping farmers, families, and females to live a prosperous, healthy and literate life in Africa respectively.
develops simple & affordable baby delivery kits for African mothers. This social enterprise was founded by of Zambia. Her baby product package helps mothers in Africa to give birth in a healthy way and has recently won 2019.
makes handcrafts (baskets, vases, dining-ware, etc.) from water hyacinth (aquatic plant). This social enterprise was founded by of Nigeria. Her enterprise is helping to turn aquatic plants into everyday handcraft products in Africa, which is evaluated as a trillion-dollar opportunity.
invented 3d-3p industrial and agricultural dryer that extracts moisture from materials, such as grains or sawdust. This dryer invention was done by a Nigerian professor & engineer. His innovation will tremendously help agriculture and farming in Africa
is a business that turns plastic waste into affordable construction materials (interlocking blocks, paving tiles, foundation blocks & slabs) to build low cost homes. This housing material manufacturer was co-founded by of Ugandan. Her affordable home products are helping Africans to build and live in decent houses.
is a mobile money payment platform that can operate offline in areas with poor internet and Wi-Fi connectivity. This fintech application was co-founded by of Tanzania. His digital platform is helping to create a hassle-free way for Africans to send and receive money in Africa.
is eco-friendly & high-quality paper bag and envelope manufacturer of 35 different shapes & sizes. This paper manufacturer was founded by of Uganda. His manufacturing of bags and envelopes is helping stores, restaurants, hospitals, & multinational companies to serve their customers and clientele, which was the first of its kind in Uganda.
Well, those were the African innovations for March 2019! April is coming soon… !
LIST OF TOP 10 AFRICAN INNOVATIONS FOR FEBRUARY 2019
Carico Cafe Connoisseur uses blockchain technology to provide info on “type of coffee bean, the year it was harvested, and where it was grown,” which allows local consumers in Africa to trace journey of coffee from farmers to sellers. This blockchain application is run by CEO Mwambu Wanendeya in Uganda. His innovative technology is helping African farmers to make more money and yield more profits.
Smart Havens Africa builds low cost and sustainable homes for low-income people in Uganda, especially women who need such shelter to live in. This sustainable house concept was founded by Anne Rweyora of Uganda. Her low-income homes are helping to provide Africans an affordable place to live.
Fundi Bots is a hands-on approach towards practical Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM) education for African youth. This educative technology was founded by Solomon King Beng of Uganda. His innovative style of education is helping African children to learn in contemporary ways and was recently awarded Builders of Africa’s Future Awards by African Diaspora Network.
FlipFlopi Project built the world’s 1st ever dhow made of discarded plastic, which will travel on a few voyage expeditions this year via support of United Nation Environment & Kenyan government. This was primary built by Ali Skanda in Kenya. His clever work is allowing people in Africa to sail by way of plastic on water.
i-Pay is an online payment gateway that allows locals without credit or debit cards to pay for goods & services via SMS, email, QR code, and push payments. This platform is based in South Africa. Their innovative gateway is making it convenient for people in Namibia to shop online.
Phlenu (to buy) is a mobile app that connects African merchants and consumers together on one platform. This app recently launched in Ghana. They are helping buyers & sellers as well as employers & employees in Africa to exchange business with each other more efficiently.
Infinite Loop manufactures low-cost minicomputers called Lifebook PC. This small computer was created by Sam Kodo of Togo. His innovative computer helps Africans to access the internet through modern day technology.
Mara Group is setting up its first smartphone factory in Rwanda. This is a Pan-African multi-sector service provider based in Uganda. Their facility will help to increase access to cellphones, increase individuals connected to internet, & increase employment opportunities for Africans.
AgrInfo is an online platform that gives farmers in Africa access to credit & loans from financial institutions. This service was founded by Rose Funja of Tanzania. Her digital platform helps African farmers to determine size & location of their farm and crops they grow on them.
Binance Charity Foundation has a blockchain program called “Lunch for Children” that helps provide 2 meals a day to students & staff in Africa during school hours throughout 2019. This was recently launched in Uganda. Their cryptocurrency is helping to create transparency & accountability of electronic donations in Africa.
Well, those were the African innovations for February 2019! March is coming soon… #AfricanInnovators
LIST OF TOP 10 AFRICAN INNOVATIONS FOR JANUARY 2019
I-cut is an anti-female genital mutilation application that connects girls in Kenya to medical and legal assistant for this particular health-related issue. The app was created and founded by 5 Kenyan teenaged girls. Their innovative app is helping to improve health of females and has won the African of the Year Award 2019.
Cyprus45Factory recycles old tires and turns them into nice furniture for consumers to buy in Nigeria. This furniture company was founded and established by Olabanke Banjo of Nigeria. Her innovative products are helping to create an eco-friendly environment and produce furniture for both commercial and residential purposes as well.
Familov is an online platform that enables people from various parts of the world (outside of Africa) to buy products & services through certain supermarket chains in Cameroon, which are then delivered to local beneficiary within 36 hours. This platform was founded and established by Lydie Idel Makamdem Tchidjo of Germany-Cameroon. Her innovative platform is making it possible for people living abroad to purchase goods and services online for family and friends back home in Africa.
Flutterwave a mobile application from Nigeria that allows Visa cardholders in Africa (Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, etc.) to send and receive money home & abroad. It also allows non-cardholders to create a virtual card via the app. Their innovative app is making it easier for Africans to send and receive online payments inside and outside of Africa.
Green Plastic collects plastic bags, bottles and wrappers, shreds them in a machine, and transforms them into roof tiles and other recycled goods. This manufacturer was founded and established by Ahmed Abdullah and co-founder(s) of Somalia. His innovative products are helping to create an eco-friendly environment and manufacture tiles and goods for everyday needs as well.
Publiseer is a digital publishing platform that allows African artist of various talents to publish, promote, protect and monetize their body of work to the masses in Africa and elsewhere free of charge. This publisher was co-founded and established by Chidi Nwaogu & Chika Nwaogu of Nigeria. Their innovative platform is making it free and easy for authors and artist in Africa to publish their content everywhere books and music are sold online.
Red Cup Village uses 3D printing to manufacture drinking cups that are made from sugarcane and cornstarch. This cup manufacturer was founded and established by Luvuyo Ndiki of South Africa. His innovative 3D printing is making it possible to use natural resources to produce cups for both personal and business needs.
Remitfund is a concept that uses remittances as an investment fund for the African Diaspora to explore & participate in African Continental businesses, especially those interested in agribusiness & clean energy industries. This investment fund was founded and established by Grace Camara of Belgium. Her innovative fund is helping to give Africans living abroad a chance to invest in Africa remotely.
Shiri is a web application that helps Zimbabwean farmers manage their food production and reduce food shortage in efficient and effective ways and means. This website was founded and established by Tatenda Ndambakuwa of Zimbabwe. Her innovative platform is making it possible for hunger to be less of an issue in Zimbabwe and elsewhere too.
Solarpark is a school backpack with solar panel and lamp primarily for youth living in areas off-the-grid, which enables them to read and write at home during dark nights. This backpack was founded and invented by Evariste Akoumian of Ivory Coast. His innovate invention is making it possible for school children in Africa to do their homework at night. Well, those were the African innovations for January 2019! February is coming soon…#AfricanInnovators
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Tony K Ansah, Jr., M.P.A. is a self-published author and a social entrepreneur based in Rhode Island, U.S.A. He has written and published several books and content via poems, quotes, fiction, non-fiction, blogs and articles. Tony is also the founder and owner of Ansah Africa, a consulting and marketing startup that connects donors in the U.S.A. with nonprofits in Africa to solve global problems, which was established in 2017.
This article was originally posted on tonyansah.com January 31, 2019. The original article can be viewed here.