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The Connecting Africa Podcast

The Connecting Africa Podcast

By Connecting Africa
This podcast tackles the biggest trends in African tech and interviews local startups disrupting their industries.

The hosts are Connecting Africa Editor Paula Gilbert, Venture for Africa Co-Founder and CEO Tobi Lafinhan and Informa Tech Senior Video Producer Tien Fu who may come from three different geographies and cultural backgrounds but who all have a love of tech and an interest in Africa's startup scene in common.

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Paula - @paulajgilbert
Tobi - @TobiLafinhan
Tien - @tienchifu
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Ep. 9 – Tackling the digital divide
In the season finale of the Connecting Africa Podcast, the hosts share their insights on Africa's digital divide and what needs to be done to bridge the gap.
November 29, 2021
Ep. 8 – Edtech for the future of work
In the penultimate episode of Series One, the team discusses education and particularly technology skills training for Africans and our guest is Eyitayo Ogunmola, CEO of Utiva, which is a startup offering digital courses preparing young people for the future of work.
November 22, 2021
Ep. 7 – Coding for diversity
This week the team chat to Baratang Miya, founder and CEO of Girlhype, who has been running a coding school for underprivileged girls in South Africa for almost 20 years. She shares her fascinating story about how as a struggling student and mother she fell in love with ICT and has now made a career out of fighting for diversity and inclusion in tech.
November 15, 2021
Ep. 6 – Rise of the super app
This week, the Connecting Africa team discusses the rising trend of super apps in Africa with Gozem co-founder, Raphael Dana, who gives us the backstory to the francophone Africa-focused platform that evolved from a ride-hailing service into an integrated app for on-demand transportation, delivery, and cashless payment solutions.
November 08, 2021
Ep. 5 – AI vs. Humanity
This week Tunisian startup InstaDeep's co-founder Zohra Slim joined the podcast and shared the human story behind the successful artificial intelligence and machine learning startup and how you maintain startup culture even when your company grows.
November 01, 2021
Ep. 4 – Cutting out the middleman
This week, the team caught up with Amitruck founder and CEO Mark Mwangi. The Kenyan startup has created a digital logistics marketplace and is helping Kenyans secure transport directly from truck drivers and owners by cutting out the need for brokers.
October 25, 2021
Ep. 3 – Startups, funding & failing fast with Zachariah George
This week the team chat to Startupbootcamp AfriTech co-founder Zachariah George about venture capital and angel investing in Africa and what he is looking for in the next generation of tech startups on the continent.
October 19, 2021
Ep. 2 – Life, death & affordable legal tech
In the second instalment of the new Connecting Africa Podcast the team chat to Life.file co-founders Sinal Govender and Claire Keet who are approaching legal tech in a very unique way and helping people get their ducks in a row before they die.
October 11, 2021
Ep. 1 - Creating a fintech giant
This is the pilot episode of the new Connecting Africa Podcast. In this episode the team talk about M-Pesa's origin story, the evolution of mobile money beyond just payments and how telcos are now offering financial services. We also discuss the rise of the African 'Super App' and whether the continent is embracing crypto currencies.
September 30, 2021