SO FAR, 2018 HAS DEFINITELY BEEN THE AFRICAN YEAR AND THERE’S NO TELLING WHAT 2019 WILL BE LIKE.
Given the sudden spike in quality of work that’s consistently being put out throughout Africa to the rest of the world, you would suddenly realize that no one is going to be caught sleeping in the incoming year. Although the year 2018 is a little far from rounding off as it still has 4 months still to go, Africa has already recorded tremendous progress in many industries and its being recognized globally and trust me, Africa isn’t slowing down.
Musical powerhouses Wizkid and Davido have gone ahead to shut down the O2 Arena in London; parking out the place with people. This feat has gained them international recognition as Wizkid signed a deal with Nike which ushered in the sale of the Star Boy shirt which was a global fashion hit. It’s beyond making hit tracks now; Africa is making sure everything it does has global impact. Need not mention; Sauti Sol of Kenya, Sakordie of Ghana and many more.
Also in the movie making industry, Netflix purchased the exclusive rights to broadcast one of Nigeria’s most decorated actress and producer’s new movie; Lion Heart. This made the movie the first African movie from the stables of Nollywood to be streamed on Netflix.
In Tech, a Nigerian born, Silas Adekunle is currently the highest paid robotics engineer in the world as he built the first ever gaming robot. The invention leverages on augmented reality to carry out certain personalized functions. The technology is so relevant, as gaming is such a big deal especially with the exponential rise in sports betting in Africa. He also signed an exclusive deal with Apple to sell his robot (Mekamon) in their stores. Oh I didn’t mention; he’s just 26 years old.
Owing to this trend in exceptional work ethics being exhibited by Africans around the world, there’s certainly going to be some level of disruption coming from this part of the world and as such, we are confident that 2019 is going to be the year where the sweet savour of the African flavor will be experienced.