Smart City

MOBILE AND TECH PENETRATION IN AFRICA IS GROWING AT AN ASTRONOMICAL RATE AS A RESULT, AFRICA IS GRADUALLY TURNING INTO A SMART CITY

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Name one country in the world, whether in Africa or someplace else that has experienced any form of economical advancements that it did not thrive under the aegis of technology, and we will delete this piece. Over the years there has been several talks about how the world is becoming a global village – news flash; this has already happened, as people are as close as a click of button. Now that this has been achieved, the quest for Africa to become a smart city is very well in view.

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In our previous article we mentioned how that the adoption of technology is one of Africa’s superpowers; this my friend is the real deal. Everything is going smart, from homes, to cars, to appliances, offices, even signage. The penetration of mobile devices and internet is the life wire of this direction.

Africa will not be left out of the technological wave sweeping across the face of the universe and smart business who are agile enough to take advantage of this trend will win.

Africa; an Emerging Superpower

Like Clark Kent and Peter Parker; African has hidden its inner Superman and Spiderman for far too long and now it’s coming out.

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Africa has a few things brewing in every facet of the economy and its superpowers are coming to the fore, therefore making Africa a contender for the world power spot in a couple of years. Over time, Africa has been referred to as poverty stricken, war torn, and corrupt but we are beginning to see a change in that narrative as everything is taking a different turn.

The ease of doing business in Africa has been greatly improved due to its superpowers and as such has been able to attract global attention in terms of investments and other interests.

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I’m sure you are itching to know what these superpowers might be, well here you go:

1. Large youthful workforce: Africa’s youth population is steadily on the rise and this growth rate has forced the improvement of several sectors in order to cater for the increase.

2. Technological adoption: Africa is embracing technology better than ever before and with tech comes advancements. We are no longer lagging in this front.

3. According to the book “Africa’s Business Revolution: How to Succeed in the World’s Next Big Growth Market” released by McKinsey, Africa has well over 400+ companies in Africa with revenues over $1 billion

4. Same report as 3 above showed that Africa has a total of $1.4 trillion in consumer spending—more than in India – and is set to grow

5. Literacy rate is set to climb: despite infrastructural concerns, Africa is taking steps to improve its educational systems.

The continent has set sail to rug shoulders with every BRICS ATATF So like Superman and Spiderman, Africa is positioning itself to save the world.

African Youth; a Ticking Time Bomb

THE YOUTH POPULATION IS STEADILY GROWING AT AN ALARMING RATE AND THIS MAY BE GOOD OR BAD EITHER WAY IT’S GOING TO BE EXPLOSIVE

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Let’s start this article with a brief stats released by Worldometer as of Monday, 4th of February 2019.

• The current population of Africa is 1,306,868,793, based on the latest United Nations estimates.

• Africa population is equivalent to 16.64% of the total world population.

• Africa ranks number 2 among regions of the world (roughly equivalent to "continents"), ordered by population.

• The population density in Africa is 45 per Km2 (115 people per mi2).

• The total land area is 29,648,481 Km2 (11,447,338 sq. miles)

• 41 % of the population is urban (541,028,160 people in 2019)

• The median age in Africa is 19.4 years.

As interesting as those stats are, that is still not what I want you to see; this right here is what I want to call your attention to – nearly 50% of the African population are youth and by 2050, Africa would have the largest youth population in the world. Great news right? Like they say “there’s strength in numbers” but when there isn’t enough pieces of pie to go around, then some people are prone to go savage.

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The fact that Africa is sitting on a goldmine of human resources makes it imperative for governments to implement policies that cater for this large population otherwise all that youthful energy would wreak havoc on the continent – no one wants that.

The enormity of potential for various sectors due to this large population is vast. For marketing, health, security, education, and so on, but when amenities aren’t seemingly catering for them and the economy continually gets tougher then this time bomb is going to explode in our faces.

The time to act is now.

Moving to the Movies

WE ARE YET TO SEE THE MOVIES 2019 PROMISED AND THE ANXIETY IS BUILDING.

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So January just ended like 2 days ago and February is beaming its light of love upon each one of us. However, 2019 is yet to start as far as I am concerned because it is yet to deliver on its entertainment promises. If you are movie lover you would immediately get where this is going.

In 2018 there was quite a buzz around movies to look forward, now this is 2019 and the anxiety is up to my gut and it’s about to jump out of my throat and I speak not for myself alone but for the love of Africans as we are still basking in the euphoria of the block buster movie – Black Panther.

There are so many movies to see this year and soon Africans would be moving to the movies. We would literally carry our blankets and water bottles to the cinemas as soon as these movies hit the screens.

These are the movies I remember and i’m looking forward to; so feel free to add the movie you are waiting for in the comment section below.

  1. Spiderman - Far From Home

2. Lion King

3. Game of Thrones - Season 8

4. Avengers 4 - End Game

5. Glass

6. Dumbo

7. Men in Black 4

8. Fast and Furious: Hobbs and Shaw

9. Madeas Family Funeral

So are you with me on this one?

Positive Vibes Only

AFRICA IS BEING FACED WITH CHALLENGING TIMES AND ELECTIONS IN MANY PARTS OF THE CONTINENT IS ONE OF THEM, THERE’S NO BETTER TIME TO BE OPTIMISTIC THAN NOW.

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This year 2019 is certainly a big year for all of in this rich African continent as we are faced with a very important obligation – elections. A host of African nations will be conducting elections; especially presidential. This great obligation charts the course for every nation across the globe and as such must be properly attended to.

Africa has been plagued with unpleasant situations over the years, such as, poverty, epidemics, food scarcity, recession, inflation, lowered literacy rate, population imbalance, corruption and so on. Even though the stories of corruption across Africa is no longer news as some others have seen the word as a synonym for the continent. Albeit, the time has come for each one of us to carry out our civil obligation and we must all come out in mass to cast our votes, not just for ourselves but for the future.

With all these happenings, there is no better time for optimism- positive vibes only.

Source: Ventures Africa

Source: Ventures Africa

List of African Countries Conduction Elections in 2019

• Nigerian general election, 2019 16 February 2019

• Senegalese presidential election, 2019 24 February 2019

• Guinea-Bissau general election, 2019 10 March 2019

• Malagasy general election, 2019 20 March 2019

• Algerian presidential election, 2019 April 2019

• Beninese parliamentary election, 2019 28 April 2019

• Malawian general election, 2019 21 May 2019

• Botswana general election, 2019 October 2019

• Mozambican general election, 2019 October 2019

• Tunisia:

o Tunisian parliamentary election, 2019 October 2019

o Tunisian presidential election, 2019 December 2019

• Namibian general election, 2019 November 2019

• Chadian parliamentary election, 2019

• Guinean legislative election, 2019

• Mauritanian presidential election, 2019

• Mauritian parliamentary election, 2019

• South African general election, 2019

Apparently, the future is now and it is totally your responsibility.

Remember Positive Vibes Only