Tech Trend Talks: The Future of Technology in Africa

THE FUTURE OF TECH WILL BE WRITTEN IN LAGOS, NAIROBI, KAMPALA AND CITIES ACROSS AFRICA. TODAY THE CONTINENT CAN BOAST OF ABOUT 300 TECH HUBS IN 93 CITIES ACROSS 42 COUNTRIES IN AFRICA, COMPARED TO NONE JUST A DECADE AGO." - JEREMY JOHNSON, CEO ANDELA

Tech+Africa+TINK Africa

When talk turns to technology trends, it should also turn to Africa – because that’s where some of the world’s cutting-edge innovation is happening right now. As a result, TINK Africa, a Trends Intelligence Company in Lagos, hosted Tech Gurus and enthusiasts over the weekend to discuss The Future of Technology in Africa.

Professionals in mobile technology, e-commerce, tech hubs, tech story tellers, programmers, coders, gamers and other titles involved with tech came in for a heart to heart yet professional discourse on what role Africa will be playing technology-wise in the future.

Meet the Panelist

Wole Ogundare is currently the Managing Director at Yudala Limited. He has spent the last 22 years as an enterprise expert focused on business building, market expansion strategies, governance and financial inter-mediation for current and potential investors in Sub Saharan Africa. His varied experience portfolio revolves around the following sectors: retail, marketing communications, telecoms, FMCG, power, solid minerals, financial services, health and agriculture.

Tristan Hall is a Techie, Photographer, and Entrepreneur who is currently working as Smartphone Product Manager in Lagos, Nigeria for Samsung Electronics West Africa after a two-year period in the Africa Regional Office. Tristan has worked in Sales and Marketing roles even while writing, editing and publishing PhotoComment Magazine through first entrepreneurial years as co-founder of Comment Media.

Ndukwe Onuoha's Linkedin profile reads thus; I'm an ad man. I tell brand stories with human truths. I'm a poet; I put rhyme to reason. I love politics, and will someday want to work on a campaign strategy. I believe in Abia, and I know that one day, I will change it for the better. His specialties includes Campaign Strategy, Campaign Building, Scripting for Commercials, Branding, Political Strategy.

Muyiwa Matuluko is a co-founder, Editor-in-chief at Techpoint.ng

Here are quick points from the discourse.

If given a vote, technology should be the most used word after hello, given the fact that in Africa, as nowhere else in the world, technology is improving people’s lives – especially mobile services and applications. With minimal fixed line phone infrastructure, the continent has embraced the opportunity to leapfrog existing technologies, becoming a world leader in the delivery of such services as well as helping to break down the barriers to energy through off-grid electricity, solar-powered phone chargers and the likes.

Noted as a continent of innovation, creativity and technology with Nigeria and Kenya being recognized as the fastest growing of the innovation hubs on the continent, the world is watching as she makes effort not to be left behind in the scheme of things.

 

TINK Africa Gathers Experts to Discuss 'Future of Food in Africa'

EVERYTHING HAS A FUTURE INCLUDING FOOD. HERE'S WHY PEOPLE IN THE BUSINESS OF FOOD GATHERED AT TINK AFRICA FOR A BRAINSTORMING SESSION ON WHERE FOOD IS HEADED. READ THE STORY BELOW TO HAVE AN IDEA OF WHAT WENT DOWN JUST LAST WEEKEND.

It was a gathering of thought leaders in the food industry, experts, bloggers, cooks, chefs, foodies, food enthusiasts, foodpreneurs and anyone who eats at the Food Meetup themed “The Future of Food in Africa” which was organised by TINK Africa, a trends intelligence brand on Saturday, May 27, 2017 at the TINK Space in Ogudu, Lagos.

This event is the maiden edition of TINK Africa’s monthly trend theme which will focus on the different sectors of the economy for each month.

This chop and chat session included a panel of discussion session where these influencers, experts and anyone in the food business gathered to talk about the future of food in the continent. These contributors included the likes of Ozoz Sokoh, Food blogger and founder, Kitchen Butterfly, Tunde Badmus, CEO Food Africana, Stella Naiye, Founder Chillis Kitchen, Itorro Effiong-Bright, Founder Ibom Soups, with representatives of Naija Butcher, Café Neo, Splash Greens among others.

Meme Osuocha, Business Experience Manager, TINK Africa said that it is important that we know where we are coming from and where we are headed especially as it concerns the food industry. This event is important especially to those in the business of food because at the end of the event a report will be collated and made available for them to be guided as to where the food industry is headed. The smart ones should be able to key into these trends and use them to improve their businesses.

Tunde Badmus Founder, Food Africana commented that their brand would continue to export local content. People who are not in the continent should enjoy indigenous cuisines. He says.

Ozoz Sokoh, Founder Kitchen Butterfly who commented on how much the culture of food has changed in Nigeria said there is more outside of the home eating habit and more focus on indigenous cuisines thanks to social media who has helped more Nigerians embrace more indigenous dishes.

For Itoro Effiong-Bright, Founder Ibom Soups, food is becoming more than just from mouth to stomach, it will get to be a unifying factor in the sense that a lady from one culture learns how to make delicacy of another culture because she likes it.

In an appeal to food bloggers Ozoz said that good food media will help the perception of food both home abroad. These bloggers and media should write and present our local dishes in such a way that it looks visually appealing because now people eat first with their eyes.

As regards making other cultures aware of the Nigerian food, Kunle Shokunbi, Founder Naija Butcher urged indigenous chefs to travel to other countries to showcase our foods because food tourism will help get Nigerian food recognised overseas.

In a closing remark Meme charged entrepreneurs to study trends in whatever industry they find themselves in as trends show a little of the future.

The general from all in attendance was for the Government to look into and invest in the food industry.

To cap the trend meet up, TINK Africa will be producing a comprehensive Food Trend Report for the year 2017 with focus on Nigeria and the continent Africa. This report promises to take you through an exploration of man’s number one need and will cover every length and breadth of food, from planting to harvest, processing, packaging, preservation, sale and delivery. It will be made available and can be downloaded for free on here. 

The panelist discussing The Future of Food.

Audience participation,. questions and suggestions

Real time Practical sessions and Exhibition

The Food report will be made available and can be downloaded for free on here.  

Hurray! We're having a food meetup!

One of man’s oldest needs remains food. Man from the beginning has hunted animals and tilled the soil in hope of the reward of food. Feeding is as old as humanity itself. Everyone eats to survive and different people have adapted to different types of food over time and are today eating it in the most incredible yet unique way, practically forming an important part every culture.

TINK Africa, a Trends and Intelligence network in Lagos, Nigeria is bringing together a gathering of food lovers, foodies, food enthusiasts, food experts, chefs, cooks and everyone who loves to eat to discuss “The Future of Food in Africa”, with a focus on trends from the past, the present and the future; new technologies influencing food preparation, processing, packaging, ordering, delivery and lots more.

Join us this Saturday, 27TH May, 2017 as we embark on this amazing Journey.

Time: 1:00pm

Venue: 32b Ramat Crescent, Ramat Estate, Ogudu GRA

Panelist:  Ozoz Sokoh  (Food expert, Food blogger and Founder, KitchenButterfly)

Panelist: Ozoz Sokoh (Food expert, Food blogger and Founder, KitchenButterfly)

Panelist:  Tunde Badmus  (Founder/CEO Food Africana)

Panelist: Tunde Badmus (Founder/CEO Food Africana)

Panelist:  Itoro Effiong Bright  (CEO Ibom Soups, Founder Kitchen Integrity and Cook Like a Pro Workshop)

Panelist: Itoro Effiong Bright (CEO Ibom Soups, Founder Kitchen Integrity and Cook Like a Pro Workshop)

Panelist:  Fikayo Durosinmi Etti  (CMO, Neo Café Group)

Panelist: Fikayo Durosinmi Etti (CMO, Neo Café Group)

Special Highlights: Food and Drink Exhibitions | Insightful Discussions | Networking | Games

Connect with us @Tinkafrica

Further Enquires: Meme - 09026643736

TINK bschool Hosts Two Giant Strategists

JUST OVER THE WEEKEND, TINK AFRICA'S BSCHOOL HAD SOLOMON IKHIODA, ACE MARKETING STRATEGIST AND EMEKA OBIA, AFRICA'S  NO. 1 TRENDSPOTTER. TAKE A PEEK AT WHAT WENT DOWN.

It was an awesome weekend at TINK's bschool as the duo of Solomon Ikhioda and Emeka Obia functioned as bschool's guest faculties.

SOLOMON IKHIODA

Fondly called "Tai Solo" he is top notch Marketing and Communication Strategist with over two decades of experience. Mr. Ikhioda has designed strategy for leading global brands in Nigeria including Europe, Middle East, and Africa. He is a keen trend watcher and Advertising Creative Director. 

He gave insight to the topic 'Reimagining the Future of Advertising by Design'.

He can be reached on Facebook.com/solomonikhioda

EMEKA OBIA

Emeka is a brand and marketing Strategist, Trendspotter and speaker who is passionate about driving real market impact through innovation. He helps brands to succeed. He's approach to innovation and strategy is to help brands move beyond short-term solutions to position themselves for growth and sustainable market leadership. He has worked accross industries including non profit, media, consulting, technology and advertising. Emeka was named Africa's No. 1 Trendspotter by Trendwatching, a leading global consumer trend brand.

He can be reached on twitter @Emeka_talks.

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Excited by the session, Peter Nwabuoku, a bschool student revealed that "he has been inspired with ideas on how to be innovative using trends while focusing on human basic needs." He also said "I have learned that there is the need to be able to reconcile marketing with humanity to create long-term relationships. This is because you will always win when you understand the human condition. We should be able to create products that bring dignity to man." 

Tosin Baiyewu a Strategist in training said that the session has equipped her with the how-to for product/brand innovation. She says "Brands need to understand that the expectation of customers is constantly changing. This should always be put into consideration when developing new products."

To be a part of the selected few that gets access to lectures on strategy, please visit bschool

Geeky Octogenerian

MASAKO WAKAMIYA IS A JAPANESE WOMAN WHO JUST LAUNCHED HER OWN iPHONE APP. THIS GEEK IS 81 YEARS OLD!

81 YEAR OLD MASAKO WAKAMIYA

81 YEAR OLD MASAKO WAKAMIYA

Masako Wakamiya created and launched an app called, Hinadan, an iOS game based on Japan's traditional festival Hinamatsuri, or Doll's Day, which is celebrated in early March.

During Hinamatsuri, ornamental dolls representing the emperor and his entourage dressed in traditional clothing are displayed in a specific arrangement. In Wakamiya's app, users have to decorate the dolls and get them in the right position for Hinamatsuri.

She has become a model to many, especially to those who have reached retirement age and think all they need do is to tour the world and sip glass after glass of lemonade while sitting on a window facing the ocean.

Masako Wakamiya is a retired banker who fell in love with mobile games but couldn't keep up the speed of the younger generation. She began using the computer at age 60 when her elderly mother came to live with her. Caring for her mom restricted her movement. She couldn't go out and socialize that much and that was how she began to use the computer.       In her own words, "Back then, computers weren't so user-friendly and I recalled it took me three months to set up my computer and get online. My face was covered in sweat and tears." She revealed that she felt compelled to do something after noticing a shortage of fun apps aimed at people her age. After asking a bunch of people to create games for seniors, but no one showed interest, she took matters into her own hands and achieved something many people half her age haven't done.

She said " I wanted to create a fun app to get elderly people interested in smartphones and this took about half a year to develop because we easily lose games when playing against young people since our finger movements can't match their speed."

"You don't have to be a professional," she said. "If you have creativity, if you have a playful mind, you can create teaching materials." Wakamiya now gives computers classes and blogs regularly in Japanese (and English with the help of Google's translation tool).