Digital Africa: ‘It’s Africa’s Turn To Rule The World’

Stakeholders at the just concluded Digital Africa Conference and Exhibition 2015, say it is Africa’s turn to take the centre stage and rule the world at the global technology scene.

This position was unanimous in all the presentations made by various speakers and participants at the conference.

They said, African countries need to make technology and innovation a strategic priority from the standpoint of a world-view since that Africa can invent and innovate, and must do so in order to liberate itself from the oppressive dominance of globalization.

Chairman of the conference, Mallam Mohammed Hayatudeen in his speech, said the annual conference has made Africa an active participant in the creation and use of technology.

He said no developed nation will willingly transfer all its technological know-how to Africa because that knowledge is the basis of their competitive advantage and urged Africa nations to look inwards and maximize the potentials they are made of to leapfrog from their present state of underdevelopment.

“Industrial nations can at best give a developing country a cursory glimpse into their know-how, and even then only in the context of foreign investment deals and other personal interests.

“Despite low broadband penetration which is one of the biggest challenges we face today, Africa has always found a way to make the most of what we have. In Africa, as nowhere else in the world, technology is improving people’s lives in leaps and bounds, especially in industries.

“So, I see a glass half full. We have achieved a great deal of ICT penetration already. And we will achieve more in future.” (Vanguard)
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