In 2008, when I started about blogging about African technology, I had no idea where it would take me. I was just hoping to help draw attention to a number of inspiring stories and individuals I was learning about around the continent. Eventually, I was able to scrape up enough of my own meager funds to launch Appfrica as a physical place to incubate young technologists in Uganda. That went incredibly well, we evolved several times and eventually spawned several spin-off projects including the awesome Hive Colab and Abayima (which you’ll be hearing about soon).
Over the past few weeks I’ve been inundated with questions about what what’s going on with my own work, as well as Appfrica, Hive and my new venture, metaLayer. Well, I’m happy to say not much has changed. I had the dream opportunity to work with one of the world’s most revolutionary companies for a while leading the SwiftRiver project. What I learned from working with Ushahidi over the past few years is that my passion is technology, startups and big data problems. Eventually the pursuit of those passions was too strong to ignore. Again, it was a dream opportunity, a dream job, and they have a fantastic team so I’m really grateful for that period of my career.
I also had the opportunity to turn down several other dream job offers. But I had to ask myself why I was turning down opportunities I’d sort of waited my whole life for. The reality is, the only opportunity that I’ve been waiting for is the opportunity to control my own destiny and to empower others to do the same. I’m really grateful to still be able to do this. I’m also grateful for our team and friends in Uganda, who have all worked tirelessly in varying capacities to keep our in-country work going smoothly.
I no longer live in Uganda, Appfrica has evolved into an organization that funds HiveColab through its consulting work for enterprise companies and international NGOs. Our goal is to build capacity by engaging tech talent on the continent for the software projects we work on while directly financing philanthropic tech initiatives like Hive Colab. The more things grow and evolve, the more they remain the same.
Thanks for supporting us over the last few years so stay tuned, we’ve only just begun! =)