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Africa Digital World

The digital era has transformed human society irreversibly. Besides the hype of consumer products and services, much needs to be said about the impact of the digital era on commerce and industry. Big and small businesses alike, need to redefine their businesses to take advantage of digital opportunities and similarly, stave off the threats. The Africa Digital World podcast aims to create a platform for discourse on how businesses in Africa can navigate the digital revolution.
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14 Episodes

Africa Digital World - Are you ready for the 4IR?

Every aspect of business, and life in general, is being transformed by this phenomenon called 4IR. On this episode, we chat to Rendani Mamphiswana , a commissioner on the Presidential Commission on the Fourth Industrial Revolution. He shares insights into the research the commission has done to derive recommendations for…
18 Nov 2020 1 hr 07 min

Africa Digital World - Technology and the Law

Technology is advancing at an unprecedented pace and the development of any new technology product has a legal bearing. On this episode, we had Tendai Jangara, a legal expert, talking to us about Protection of Personal Information laws, cloud computing regulations and other legal insights that every techpreneur needs to…
3 Nov 2020 55 min

Africa Digital World - Building Africa's next Unicorn tech businesses.

On this episode, we talk about e-commerce businesses in Africa with one of the founders of Jumia - Marek Zmysłowski. How did Jumia overcome infrastructural and political challenges to build the first African tech company to list on the New york stock Exchange? Tune in and hear from a global…
27 Oct 2020 37 min

Africa Digital World - What entrepreneurs actually need from incubation hubs

On this episode, we took time to unpack the previous episode's discussion with Josh Romisher of the University of Stellenbosch LaunchLab. We shed light on some common challenges plaguing entrepreneurship in Africa that incubation hubs could alleviate.The role of incubation hubs is paramount, but, are there enough of them? Are…
19 Oct 2020 50 min

Africa Digital World - What do you need to build world-changing solutions in Africa?

On this episode, we continue building on our exploration of entrepreneurship ecosystems in Africa. After learning about the University of Stellenbosch LaunchLab incubation programme on a webinar featuring Josh Romisher and Steve Blank (famous for the Lean Startup movement) , we just had to get Josh onto the podcast. The…
12 Oct 2020 55 min

Africa Digital World - Can technology reduce economic inequality?

On this episode, we discussed financial inclusion. An important topic to cover on ADW because financial exclusion/inclusion is closely aligned with the digital divide. Lloyd Mwashita shared his knowledge of the digital financial services industry and brought light on the impact of financial exclusion on economic development, and how technology…
5 Oct 2020 1 hour

Africa Digital World - Wheel of Entrepreneurship Ecosystems

We continue exploring the "Wheel of Entrepreneurship Ecosystems". We had a first look at the role of Corporations in Entrepreneurship Ecosystems on episode 6 through the discussion with Ericsson. On episode 7, we zero-in on the phenomenon of the digital divide, as gleaned from the Ericsson discussion. What is the…
21 Sep 2020 54 min

Africa Digital World - How Ericsson is driving digitalisation in Africa

Digitalisation requires broadband. Affordable, equitable and ubiquitous broadband. On this episode, we host Todd Ashton, Vice President of South and East Africa at Ericsson and Managing Director of Ericsson Kenya. We unpack the role that Ericsson is playing to provide broadband services as a lever for economic development in Africa…
10 Sep 2020 43 min

Africa Digital World - Building Entrepreneurship Ecosystems for the digital era

On this episode, we had McKevin Ayaba as our guest. An Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Builder of note, McKevin shared his insights on our preceding episode entitled "Digital scramble for Africa". To enable and support the digital revolution in Africa , and to use it as a springboard for economic development, McKevin…
1 Sep 2020 1 hr 15 min

Africa Digital World - The Digital Scramble for Africa

Episode 3 was inspired by the article recently published by Vusa Nyathi entitled "Industrialisation or Imperialism? Three 4IR policy considerations for Africa". In the article, Vusa shared some insights about the need for a digital mindset at a macro level, i.e., a common continental consciousness about why Africa needs the…
20 Aug 2020 53 min

Africa Digital World - Unblocking The Chain for a better future

On this episode, we had John Lombela - an International Speaker, Entrepreneur,Investor and Business Consultant. John talked to us about Blockchain and digital currencies, and answered the profound question - "What is money and what is a currency?". This was not a technology debate, but rather a practical discussion on…
18 Aug 2020 1 hr 20 min

Africa Digital World - New World

This is our debut episode. We reflected on some of the major highlights of the digital revolution, albeit humorously, through the lens of Nas' 1999 song - New world. We spoke about the purpose of the podcast - to provide a platform for discussing the impact and influence of technology…
10 Aug 2020 41 min