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Africa-focused technology, digital and innovation ecosystem insight and commentary.

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ATRUC S2 EP4: Can AI be trusted? with Jania Okwechime & Wessel Oosthuizen

October 3rd, 2022


In this African Tech Conversations episode, guest host Kate Bryne chats with avid AI proponents Jania Okwechime (Partner at Deloitte - West Africa Data Analytics Leader) and Wessel Oosthuizen (AI Lead - Deloitte …

UNAJUA S13 EP3: Is the "play-to-earn" trend over-hyped? feat. Kate Byrne

September 12th, 2022


In this UNAJUA episode, Kate Byrne parses through majorly-hyped trends like "play-to-earn" to pinpoint the true potential of the extraordinary new level of connectivity and engagement enabled by applied Web3 …

UNAJUA S13 EP2: How is the world taking to the crypto meltdown? feat. Kate Byrne

August 29th, 2022


In this UNAJUA episode, Kate Byrne gauges the ongoing fallout of the current global meltdown in crypto markets and speaks on the current international tenor in crypto adoption.

This is the second instalment of a …

UNAJUA S13 EP1: Are NFTs over? feat. Kate Byrne

August 18th, 2022


This is the first episode of a UNAJUA Series focused on distilling a handful of global Web3 buzz trends like crypto, NFTs, the metaverse and even AI— …

UNAJUA S12 EP3: What is 'Delegated Proof of Stake'? feat. Jordan Muthemba

August 2nd, 2022


This is the final episode of the three-part UNAJUA Series focused on what sets blockchains apart. Seasoned Kenyan blockchain developer and Web3 enthusiast Jordan Muthemba is on strike for this series.

In this podcast, …

UNAJUA S12 EP2: What are 'Proof of Work' and 'Proof of Stake'? feat. Jordan Muthemba

July 25th, 2022


This is Part 2 of a three-part UNAJUA Series focused on what sets blockchains apart from each other. Seasoned Kenyan blockchain developer and Web3 enthusiast Jordan Muthemba shares insights on this series.

Jordan is a …

UNAJUA S12 EP1: Are all blockchains the same? feat. Jordan Muthemba

July 11th, 2022


This is Part 1 of a three-part UNAJUA Series focused on what distinguishes different types of blockchains from each other. Seasoned Kenyan blockchain developer and Web 3 venture builder Jordan Muthemba shares insights …

Gqom: The Babusi Nyoni Story

June 21st, 2022


This special piece of podcast storytelling offers a compelling glimpse into the heart and mind of one of Africa's most gifted multi-hyphenate …

ATRUC S2 EP3: Journey Into The Cryptoverse With Hope Ditlhakanyane & Nzwisisa Chidembo

June 2nd, 2022


Standing in for Musa Kalenga on this African Tech Conversations instalment is Andile Masuku, whose day job is serving as Head of Community at Founders Factory Africa (FFA).

Andile extends a recent lunch break exchange …

UNAJUA S11 EP3: How do you vet the investment worthiness of blockchain startups?

May 3rd, 2022


This is the final episode of a three-part UNAJUA Series focused on the Blockchain Africa investment opportunity, featuring venture capitalist Hope Ditlhakanyane and venture builder Nzwisisa Chidembo.

In their respective …

UNAJUA S11 EP2: Crypto as a personal investment opportunity? ft. Hope Ditlhakanyane & Nzwi Chidembo

April 24th, 2022


This is the second episode of a three-part UNAJUA Series focused on the Blockchain Africa investment opportunity, featuring the passionate South African venture capitalist Hope Ditlhakanyane and seasoned Zimbabwean …

UNAJUA S11 EP1: Is African VC into blockchain tech? ft. Hope Ditlhakanyane & Nzwisisa Chidembo

April 10th, 2022


This is the first episode of a three-part UNAJUA Series dealing with investing in African blockchain tech. And we're stoked because it's the first to feature two voices.

The first voice you'll hear is that of Hope …

BONUS: Can PAXFUL deliver on being Africa's 'Uber for money'? feat. Ray Youssef

March 17th, 2022


This throwback bonus episode features a chat with Ray Youssef taped in 2019. Ray is Co-founder and CEO of Paxful, a US-headquartered peer-to-peer …

ATRUC S2 EP2: Convening 'Blockchain Africa' proponents with Sonya Kuhnel

March 16th, 2022


This African Tech Conversations episode features Sonya Kuhnel. In 2014, Sonya co-founded Bitcoin Events, a company that hosts some of South Africa's leading cryptocurrency and blockchain events - not least, the annual …

UNAJUA S10 EP3: Should you set up a DAO? feat. Justin Irabor

March 13th, 2022


Thinking about starting or joining a DAO? In the last of a three-part share focusing on how DAOs work, Nigerian creator, scientist and knowledge …

BONUS: Binance is bullish on the 'Blockchain Africa' opportunity feat. Emmanuel Babalola

March 7th, 2022


Self-taught software developer and serial digital product creator Emmanuel Babalola is Director for Africa at the world's largest crypto exchange, …

UNAJUA S10 EP2: How do you set up a DAO? feat. Justin Irabor

March 1st, 2022


This is the second of a three-part share explaining how DAOs work. In this episode, Nigerian creator, scientist and knowledge worker Justin Irabor offers pointers on setting up a DAO.

OP-ED: How African Digital Currency …

UNAJUA S10 EP1: Why DAO? feat. Justin Irabor

February 20th, 2022


This is the first episode of a three-part UNAJUA series that explains how Decentralised Autonomous Organisations (DAOs) work.

Nigerian creator, scientist, and knowledge worker Justin Irabor presents the series. ‌‌On this …

ATRUC S2 EP1: You Had Me At Blockchain with Michael Kimani

February 13th, 2022


In this instalment of African Tech Conversations, Michael Kimani talks Musa Kalenga through his somewhat unlikely personal blockchain journey—a story that begins with a laptop, $600 and repurposed writing skills and …

African Creative Business, Today S1 EP2: Ayanfe Olarinde - Visual Artist

February 6th, 2022


This is the second episode of the African Creative Business, Today (ACBT) capsule mini-series, which explores in-trench personal and professional …

UNAJUA S9 EP3: Noteworthy African Web3 Plays feat. Michael Kimani

January 30th, 2022


This is the third and final instalment of our three-part Web3-themed UNAJUA series featuring Kenyan blockchain enthusiast, data wrangler and entrepreneur Michael Kimani.

On this podcast, Michael will draw on his live …

UNAJUA S9 EP2: What Is A DAO? feat. Michael Kimani

January 21st, 2022


On this UNAJUA podcast, Michael Kimani briefly introduces Decentralised Autonomous Organisations (commonly known as DAOs). He also shares a bit of the emerging trend of building internet businesses designed to share the …

UNAJUA S9 EP1: What Is Web3? feat. Michael Kimani

January 14th, 2022


In this opening episode of an UNAJUA Series focused on demystifying the ‘Web3’ trend and unpacking how it is unfolding within an African context, …

UNAJUA S8 EP3- Can Streaming Help David Take On Superstar- Feat. Yaw Asamani

November 9th, 2021


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In the third and final episode of this music industry-themed UNAJUA series featuring Yaw Asamani, Yaw takes sets out the pros and pitfalls of music streaming and outlines the …

UNAJUA S8E2-Are Homegrown Music Platforms Key To Profitability For African Artists-ft. Yaw Asamani

November 1st, 2021


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The second instalment of this music tech-themed UNAJUA series featuring Yaw Asamani addresses how global streaming platforms aren't necessarily geared towards enabling African …

UNAJUA S8 EP1: Artists Using Tech To Stand Out In A Crowded Global Field ft. Yaw Asamani

October 25th, 2021


In this music tech-themed UNAJUA series, Yaw Asamani taps his live industry experience to explore how African artists are using a plethora of social …

BONUS: Scaling What Works And Ditching What Doesnt With MiWay Blink feat. Christiaan Steyn

October 19th, 2021


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Christiaan Steyn is the head of a new South African insuretech startup called MiWay Blink. In the second episode of this two-part conversation, Christiaan lets us in on …

UNAJUA S3EP4-Does Society Need Centralised Financial Institutions To Mediate Value-Ft.Ronit Ghose

October 18th, 2021


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In the fourth and final instalment of this blockchain-themed UNAJUA series with Citi Group's Ronit Ghose, Ronit explores the philosophical basis for backing the centralisation …

BONUS- The Emotions And Economics Of Live Music Curation In A Post-COVID Scene Ft. Christine Msibi

October 15th, 2021


Enjoy the first episode of the four-part mini-series African Creative Business, Today (ACBT) capsule mini-series in a slight change of pace. The ACBT …

BONUS: Why would anyone launch a car insurance startup in a pandemic? ft. Christiaan Steyn

October 12th, 2021


Christiaan Steyn is the head of a new South African insuretech startup called MiWay Blink. In the first episode of this two-part conversation, Christiaan reflects on how the COVID pandemic has delivered growth …

UNAJUA S7 EP3: How are mobile telcos disrupting incumbent financial institutions? ft. Ronit Ghose

October 11th, 2021


In this blockchain-themed UNAJUA series instalment, Citi Group's Ronit Ghose talks about how mobile telcos are eagerly peddling digital banking services— disrupting traditional financial corporations in the process. …

UNAJUA S7 EP2: Digital Money 2.0 - Whose Liability Is It Anyway- Feat. Ronit Ghose

October 5th, 2021


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In the second episode of this digital money-themed UNAJUA series, Ronit Ghose breaks down the fundamentals of Digital Money 2.0. Listen in to hear Ronit frame terms like …

UNAJUA S7 EP1: Will blockchain-enabled fintech disrupt the global financial system ft. Ronit Ghose

September 27th, 2021


This opening episode of a crypto-themed UNAJUA Series featuring Ronit Ghose takes a close look at how blockchain tech is (re)shaping the global financial services industry.

In this podcast, Ronit answers the question, …

UNAJUA S6 EP3: African Insuretechs- To Collaborate Or Disrupt- That Is The Question Ft. Henry Mascot

September 20th, 2021


The final instalment of this UNAJUA series featuring Henry Mascot addresses how insurtech startups are either looking to collaborate with insurance …

UNAJUA S6 EP2: How might insuring Africa drive broad socioeconomic impact? ft. Henry Mascot

September 13th, 2021


In this UNAJUA episode, Henry Mascot highlights the untapped gains of Africa's insurance market. Henry suggests how technology might fuel social and …

UNAJUA S6 EP1: Is Africa's insurance industry poised for a steep growth trajectory ft. Henry Mascot

September 6th, 2021


This UNAJUA series opener featuring Nigerian insuretech founder Henry Mascot shares in-trench perspectives about Africa' growing insurance industry. Henry offers insights about the dynamics of insurance adoption, …

UNAJUA S5 E2: Can technology disrupt Nigeria's open drug markets? ft. Vivian Nwakah

August 31st, 2021


In this UNAJUA episode, Vivian Nwakah offers insight into the dynamics of Nigeria's open drug markets. Vivian highlights the counterintuitive ways …

UNAJUA S5 E1: What is the state-of-play In Nigeria's healthcare sector? ft. Vivian Nwakah

August 23rd, 2021


In this UNAJUA series opener, Vivian Nwakah breaks down Nigeria's healthcare scene—highlighting the size of the sector as well as the disparity of healthcare access between the rich and less well off.

Vivian Nwakah is …

UNAJUA Throwback S1 EP2: Can gaming startups compete with Facebook & Tencent? ft. Lucy Hoffman

August 17th, 2021


Part 2 of this UNAJUA Throwback series takes us back to when Lucy Hoffman, co-founder and head of operations at the Cape Town-based mobile content development startup Carry1st, joined Andile Masuku and Osarumen Osamuyi …

UNAJUA Throwback S1 EP1: Does African mobile gaming have super-platform potential? ft. Lucy Hoffman

August 9th, 2021


This UNAJUA Throwback episode takes us back to when Lucy Hoffman, co-founder and head of operations at the Cape Town-based, American mobile content development startup Carry1st joined Andile Masuku and Osarumen Osamuyi …

UNAJUA S4 EP3: Can Africa's agri-supply chain be fixed? ft. Karidas Tshintsholo

August 2nd, 2021


This UNAJUA podcast is the third and final episode of a three-part series featuring agri-tech founder, Karidas Tshintsholo. In this episode, Karidas …

UNAJUA S4 EP2: Does access to certified inputs impact farmer success? feat. Karidas Tshintsholo

July 26th, 2021


In this episode, South African agritech startup founder Karidas Tshintsholo addresses questions like What effect does access to certified inputs have …

UNAJUA S4 EP1: What lies are often told about Africa's agriculture sector? ft. Karidas Tshitshonlo

July 19th, 2021


This UNAJUA series features a South African agritech founder called Karidas Tshitshonlo. Karidas has a lot of insight to share from his agribusiness adventure thus far, but before we get to that.
Karidas T. shares his …

UNAJUA S3 EP2: Does Brachiaria trump Napier grass? feat. Mwihaki Mundia

July 12th, 2021


Mwihaki Mundia gives a perspective of how brachiaria grass is exceptionally suited for the Sub-Saharan African livestock farmers especially looking at what climate and soil type does it thrive in. She further weighs in …

UNAJUA S3 EP1: Should brachiaria grass be a big(ger) deal across Africa? feat. Mwihaki Mundia

June 29th, 2021


This UNAJUA Series - presented by Kenyan die-hard environment advocate and comms pro, Mwihaki Mundia - offers a minimum actionable response to the …

BONUS: Unpacking The $ATRU Social Token With Andrew Berkowitz Part 2 - How To Earn $ATRU Token

June 25th, 2021


In this bonus, episode (the second of a two-part conversation), Socialstack Co-founder and CEO Andrew Berkowitz joins African Tech Roundup Co-founder and Executive Producer Andile Masuku to discuss some of the …

UNAJUA S2 EP2: Can an African research insights startup be commercially viable? feat. Peter Kisadha

June 21st, 2021


This podcast is the second in the two-part UNAJUA series unpacking the question, "What does it take for a Ugandan research insights startup to become a commercial success?" presented by founder and researcher Peter …

BONUS: Unpacking the $ATRU Social Token with Andrew Berkowitz Part 1 - Re-imagining Media Ownership

June 16th, 2021


In this special bonus episode (the first of a two-part conversation), Socialstack Co-founder and CEO Andrew Berkowitz joins African Tech Roundup Co-founder and Executive Producer Andile Masuku to unpack the rationale …

UNAJUA S2 EP1: Why would anyone launch a research insights business in Uganda? feat. Peter Kisadha

June 15th, 2021


This UNAJUA podcast the first of a two-part series highlighting ecosystem insight gaps that African research startups might help to address.

Presenting the series is Ugandan founder and researcher Peter Kisadha. Peter …

UNAJUA S1 EP3: What is driving the capital boom in Africa's tech ecosystem? feat. Derin Adebayo

June 7th, 2021


In this final instalment of our UNAJUA learning series themed: "Is the African technology ecosystem at an inflection point?" Nigerian analyst and …

UNAJUA S1 EP2: What have founders learned from Africa's early internet startups? feat. Derin Adebayo

May 31st, 2021


This UNAJUA installment features Nigerian analyst and researcher, Derin Adebayo's second "minimum actionable response" to the question:
"Is the …

UNAJUA S1 EP1: How significant is the opportunity for tech companies in Africa? feat. Derin Adebayo

May 25th, 2021


Welcome to the first episode of African Tech Roundup's new learning podcast series called Unajua. The word 'unajua' is a word in KiSwahili that means "do you know?"

Here's how the Unajua Series will work... First, we'll …

Constructive Development Finance Frameworks With Jean Bosco Iyacu

May 14th, 2020


In this conversation with Andile Masuku, Jean Bosco Iyacu thoughtfully interrogates the sustainable impact of progressive development finance versus …

Contemplating COVID-19's Impact on Africa's Economic Outlook with Landry Signé & Iginio Gagliardone

April 28th, 2020


Professor and Founding Co-Director of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and Globalization 4.0 at Thunderbird School of Global Management Landry Signé …

Ozow's Mitchan Adams On COVID-19: Well-positioned South African payments players are coining it

March 30th, 2020


Ozow Co-founder & Head of R&D, Mitchan Adams, joins Andile Masuku and guest co-host & Lettuce Co-founder Simon Dingle for this beefy flagship episode to discuss the current state-of-play in South Africa's …

Is The Super-Platform Hype Surrounding Africa's Mobile Gaming Industry Real? feat. Lucy Hoffman

March 10th, 2020


In this instalment of the African Tech Roundup podcast, Andile Masuku and Osarumen Osamuyi are joined by Lucy Hoffman, co-founder and head of operations at the Cape Town-based, American mobile content development …

Vietnamese-style Africa-focused Fintech Innovation With Quan Le of Binkabi

February 25th, 2020


Andile Masuku catches up with Binkabi CEO, Quan Le to learn how his company is working to lower the world's reliance on the US dollar for imports and …

Accion's Michael Schlein on Financial Inclusion, Fintech & Impact Investment Sceptics

January 28th, 2020


Michael Schlein is a huge fintech fan, and as the President and CEO of Accion, one of the world's largest nonprofit impact finance organisations, he's backing startups which seek to advance financial inclusion by giving …

Shift The Power: Challenging Development Cooperation Power Dynamics Between The Global North & South

January 9th, 2020


This brief firelighter conversation was taped live on-stage at SPARK’s 7th Annual IGNITE Conference in Amsterdam ( It was a discussion provocatively themed “Shift The Power” – …

Unpacking Arab Identity & Socio-economic Dynamics with Arab Economies Researcher Salam Said

January 9th, 2020


In this podcast, Andile Masuku chats with Dr Salam Said, a seasoned Middle Eastern economics researcher who specialises in Arab economies, Arab trade …

South Sudan: Micro-finance Diaries with Yengi Lokule of Rural Finance Initiative (RUFI)

January 8th, 2020


African Tech Roundup and SPARK ( have partnered to produce a seven-part podcast miniseries interrogating the progress being made in advancing entrepreneurship and job creation in some of the world’s …

African Fintech Signal Check 2019: What Can Africa Learn From India? (Part 2) feat. Arunjay Katakam

December 20th, 2019


So, unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll have noticed that a 'brick' several hundred million dollars heavy has descended on the continent …

African Fintech Signal Check 2019: Nigeria's Killing It! (Part 1) feat. Wiza Jalakasi

December 12th, 2019


The last couple of months or so have been rather eventful for Africa's fintech scene— particularly in Nigeria where Interswitch notably attained …

Is The Africa-China/China-Africa Tech & Innovation Dynamic Win-win? feat. Iginio Gagliardone

November 8th, 2019


In this episode of the African Tech Roundup podcast, Andile Masuku and The Subtext’s Osarumen Osamuyi are joined by Iginio Gagliardone for a candid introductory chat about the budding Africa-China/China-Africa tech …

Dr Shingi Munyeza & Allon Raiz on Entrepreneurial Strategy and Zimbabwe's Commercial Potential

October 7th, 2019


After hosting of a live panel session at #Leaderex2019 in Sandton, Johannesburg themed, "Accelerating Zimbabwean Entrepreneurial Ventures", Andile Masuku, sat down with Zimbabwean businessman and presidential advisor Dr …

Africa's Motorcycle Taxi Hype + Africa's AI Revolution? feat. Babusi Nyoni & Osarumen Osamuyi

August 21st, 2019


In this episode of the African Tech Roundup podcast, Andile Masuku is joined by the Zimbabwean AI Practitioner, UX Designer and UNHCR …

Will Facebook's Digital Currency Libra Be Good For Africa? feat. Michael Kimani & Simon Dingle

July 19th, 2019


In this in-studio taping of the African Tech Roundup podcast, Andile Masuku is joined by the Kenyan digital money analyst Michael Kimani and the South African crypto entrepreneur Simon Dingle to discuss how Libra and …

Ray Youssef believes Paxful is the "Uber for money" crypto platform Africa's been waiting for

July 8th, 2019


Ray Youssef is Co-founder and CEO of Paxful, a US-headquartered peer-to-peer Bitcoin marketplace he dubs the "Uber for money". The platform allows …

South Africa's New Banking Wave + Huawei Or The Highway? + Kenyan Repat Diaries feat. Mark Karake

June 12th, 2019


Joining Andile Masuku and guest co-host, Vije Vijendranath, for this episode of the African Tech Roundup podcast is Kenyan repat, founder of Impact Africa Network and host of the Chini ya Maji podcast, Mark Karake.

Jumia's NYSE Listing + Are Blockchains Safe? + Security Token Offerings, Yay or Nah?

April 25th, 2019


Good friend of the show, entrepreneur, investor and incurable blockchain technology fanatic, Simon Dingle, joins Andile Masuku and Musa Kalenga to …

Investment Diaries With Dr Nigel Chanakira Part 2 - Patient Capital & Savvy Commercialisation

April 15th, 2019


This is the second and final part of an insight-filled conversation Andile Masuku had with one of Zimbabwe’s most well-known and well-respected business people, the economist turned banker, entrepreneur and investor, Dr …

Investment Diaries With Dr Nigel Chanakira Part 1 - Worst investment decision in Zimbabwean history?

April 12th, 2019


This podcast is the first instalment of a two-part conversation Andile Masuku had with one of Zimbabwe’s most well-known and widely-respected business people, the economist turned banker, entrepreneur and investor, Dr …

London Village Diaries With Dayo Akinrinade of Africlick Part 2 - Pan-African dating solutions

April 8th, 2019


This is the second instalment of a 2-part conversation with Africlick founder Dayo Akinrinade, which was taped at the fringes of the London stop of Afrobytes' 2018/19 International Event Series.

Africlick is a new dating …

London Village Diaries With Dayo Akinrinade of Africlick Part 1 - Working in tech while black

April 2nd, 2019


Dayo Akinrinade is the Founder of Africlick, "a new dating/networking app for professionals and creatives of African and Caribbean heritage".

Dayo …

Conservation Meets Conscious Capitalism With The Desert Date Company's Lauren Servin

March 22nd, 2019


This bonus podcast miniseries episode features Lauren Servin, the American Founder and "Chief Tree Officer" of the Desert Date Company. The Desert Date Company is a natural ingredient supplier and skincare brand based …

Kahawa 1893's Margaret Nyamumbo on disrupting fair trade in the global coffee industry

March 8th, 2019


Kenyan Margaret "Maggie" Nyamumbo is the Founder and CEO of Kahawa 1893, a San Francisco-based coffee company intent on revolutionising the global …

Heidi Lovett of Swerve Robotics on plans to ignite enthusiasm for STEM in Botswana's youth

March 1st, 2019


Former live theatre production specialist Heidi Lovett is the Executive Director of Swerve Robotics, a Washington-based organisation which uses applied-STEM education programmes to empower young people to pursue …

Simanga Madhlabuta of Zimbabwe Investment Tours & Wisdom Gakaka of Cyrex on thriving in Zimbabwe

February 26th, 2019


Mere days before 2018 came to a close, Andile Masuku sat down two bright, young Zimbabwean entrepreneurs to learn what it takes to engineer business success in Harare.

Simanga Mdhlabuta is commercial sales and business …

Wajenzi's Alain Nkurukiye on Galvanising Diasporans to Back Economic Growth in Africa

February 15th, 2019


Alain Nkurukiye is a Corporate Strategy and Economic Policy MBA who hails from Burundi, but has lived and worked in the Netherlands for the better …

The Joy of Missing Out - Should African Founders Reject Hypergrowth VC Doctrine?

February 6th, 2019


Co-founder and Co-MD of Secha Capital Rushil Vallabh joins Andile Masuku and Musa Kalenga for the very first in-studio taping of 2019. Andile, Musa and Rushil chat through some notable signals and trends they've …

Talking Successful Social Enterprise with Jordanian Raneem Muqbel of TEENAH

January 28th, 2019


Jordanian Raneem Muqbel is the co-founder of a social manufacturing enterprise called TEENAH that works with Syrian refugees and their host communities in Jordan to produce high-quality custom printed bags for clients …

Development Finance Diaries with Musa Sillah and Mohamed Alhadi of the Islamic Development Bank

January 18th, 2019


This podcast features two separate conversations Andile Masuku had with senior executives working for the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB). Both exchanges yielded intriguing insight into the values, investment outlook …

WeThinkCode's Dylan Richts on developing South African coding talent and pursuing regional growth

January 14th, 2019


South African Dylan Richts is Head of Partnerships at WeThinkCode, a Cape Town-headquartered non-profit organisation which works with public and private partners to "source and train world-class African digital talent" …

Shaqodoon's Mustafa Othman on the State of Somalia & Somaliland's Entrepreneurship Support Ecosystem

December 19th, 2018


In this podcast, Andile Masuku chats with Mustafa Othman. Mustafa is the Somali Co-founder and Communications and Technology Manager of an …

Gutsy Entrepreneurial Moves With Morris Dougba of Green Gold Liberia and Ayham Maksoud of Al-Maksoud

December 12th, 2018


This candid conversation - led by Andile Masuku - features two remarkable entrepreneurs. The first is Morris Dougba, a second-generation Liberian cocoa farmer and University of Liberia accounting graduate who fled his …

Dotun Olowoporoku of Starta on identifying billion-dollar startup potential in Africa

December 11th, 2018


Academic turned startup founder and investor, Dotun Olowoporoku, is the Managing Partner at Starta, a platform that "makes it easier to build, discover and track high growth businesses in Africa through startup …

University of Oxford's Alexander Betts & SPARK's Yannick Du Pont on Innovative Foreign Aid Strategy

December 5th, 2018


In this relaxed three-way conversation, Alexander Betts, Professor of Forced Migration and International Affairs and William Golding Senior Fellow in …

The African Fintech 2018 Retrospective with Viola Llewellyn of Ovamba Part 2

December 3rd, 2018


2018's last in-studio taping of the African Tech Roundup podcast is a two-part affair which guest features the force of nature that is Viola …

The African Fintech 2018 Retrospective with Viola Llewellyn of Ovamba Part 1

November 27th, 2018


2018's last in-studio taping of the African Tech Roundup podcast is a two-part affair which guest features the force of nature that is Viola …

TransUnion Africa's Lee Naik on embracing collaboration and harnessing democratised technologies

November 23rd, 2018


Lee Naik is the CEO of TransUnion Africa, a subsidiary of the giant American consumer credit reporting agency, TransUnion, that’s listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Prior to joining TransUnion Africa, Lee spent 18 …

MzansiSat's Bernard Greyling can't wait to launch African geostationary broadband satellites

November 16th, 2018


In this conversation with the Chief Technical Officer at MzansiSat, Bernard Greyling, Andile Masuku learns about the South African geostationary broadband satellite startup's mission to partner with African states in …

EOS Nairobi's Felix Macharia and Raise's Marvin Coleby unpack the African Digital Asset Framework

November 13th, 2018


In this podcast - the second episode in African Tech Roundup's ( three-part miniseries on digital assets ( - Andile Masuku chats with two gifted distributed …

Talking Transsion, Android vs iPhone and Xiaomi's Pocophone F1 with Nendo's Mark Kaigwa

November 9th, 2018


Following a sunny Johannesburg lunch al fresco, Nendo ( Founder and CEO Mark Kaigwa and Andile Masuku chat about a few consumer …

African IP diaries with UCT's Prof Caroline Ncube and Thomson Reuters' Saidah Nash Carter

November 5th, 2018


This podcast is the first instalment of a three-part miniseries ( produced by African Tech Roundup ( to spark a broader debate about the nature and value of …

Is Venture Capital a Ponzi Scheme? feat. Grant Phillips of PhilTech Consulting

November 2nd, 2018


Joining Andile Masuku and guest co-host Rushil Vallabh of Secha Capital on this African Tech Roundup podcast is Grant Phillips. Grant is the Founder …

Sureswipe's Paul Kent on competing in South Africa's crowded payments startup scene

October 25th, 2018


Paul Kent is Co-founder and Managing Director of Sureswipe, a South African payments solutions startup dedicated to making card payment acceptance …

Lyndsey Duff of What3Words on inducting a new global addressing standard

October 17th, 2018


South African Lyndsey Duff is the South Africa Country Manager at What3Words— a British startup which provides a precise physical location solution …

Masakhe Foundation's Mpilo Ngcukana & Thulani Fesi on why KwaLanga Cape Town needs a youth tech hub

October 12th, 2018


On this podcast, Andile Masuku chats with two exceptional, Cape Townian entrepreneurs who are both actively involved in a youth-focused tech hub …

Gig economy diaries with SweepSouth's Aisha Pandor and LULA's Velani Mboweni

October 11th, 2018


This podcast features two South African startup founders working the trenches of the emerging gig economy.

Human geneticist-turned-entrepreneur Aisha Pandor is the Co-founder and CEO of SweepSouth, an on-demand booking …

Cachet Consulting's Anita Mendiratta on how Africa's tourism industry has progressed since the 90's

October 10th, 2018


Anita Mendiratta is the Canadian Founder and Managing Director of Cachet Consulting, a firm which services governments, multinational corporations …

Google South Africa's Mich Atagana on reflecting everyday Africans online

October 5th, 2018


This super-chill conversation, taped at the fringes of Africa Tech Summit 2018, features Google South Africa’s Head of Communications and Public Affairs, Mich Atagana. Mich is an exceedingly well-travelled …

Kenya's Tourism and Wildlife Minister Najib Balala on progressive policy frameworks

October 3rd, 2018


Honourable Najib Balala is Kenya’s Minister of Tourism and Wildlife. After previously serving in that cabinet position once before, from 2008 to 2012, and subsequently serving as Chairman of the United Nations World …

Travelstart's Stephan Ekbergh on startup success in Africa's online travel booking industry

October 1st, 2018


Stephan Ekbergh is the Founder and CEO of Travelstart. He is a Swedish entrepreneur who is probably best known for growing Travelstart from a provocative online travel startup in Scandinavia to one of the world’s …

The Sunday Times' Pearl Boshomane Tsotetsi on lifestyle journalism politics & travelling while black

September 27th, 2018


Pearl Boshomane Tsotetsi is the Lifestyle Editor at the Sunday Times (South Africa). Pearl was voted one of Mail and Guardian's Top 200 Young South …

Airbnb's Chris Lehane on growing the sharing economy and democratising travel and tourism

September 26th, 2018


Chris Lehane is Airbnb’s Head of Global Policy, Public Affairs and Communications. Chris engages with policymakers around the world to safeguard the …

Pesapal's Mark Mwongela talks fintech's impact on Africa's travel and tourism industry

September 24th, 2018


Mark Mwongela is the Co-founder and CEO of Pesapal, a leading Kenyan mobile, online and point-of-sale (POS) payment platform operating in seven African countries including Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania, Zimbabwe and Kenya. …

Hacking Remittances and Other Stories feat. Herbert Banhire of AMA.ZING (Zing Holdings)

September 17th, 2018


According to a recent World Bank report, it's more costly to send money to Africa than to anywhere else in the world. On average, a 12% remittance fee is charged for every USD200 sent to the continent. Just last year …

Tonjé Bakang of African Leadership Academy on Afrostream's demise and failing forward

September 7th, 2018


You might recall that in September 2017 the Cameroonian former Founder & CEO of Afrostream and current Chief Brand Officer of African Leadership Academy's Anzisha Prize, Tonjé Bakang, published a heavily-publicised …

Konnect Africa's Jean-Claude Tshipama on Eutelsat's African satellite broadband strategy

August 30th, 2018


Congolese Jean-Claude Tshipama is the CEO of Eutelsat's Konnect Africa subsidiary which delivers satellite broadband connectivity services in Africa.

Uber crypto-geek Simon Dingle unpacks his book In Math We Trust: The Future of Money

August 23rd, 2018


South African Simon Dingle has worked with Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies since 2011, designing products that make it easier to engage in an increasingly digital world. He has proved to be especially gifted at using …

Ìmísí 3D's Judith Okonkwo is bullish on VR and AR tech adoption in Africa

August 17th, 2018


At the fringes of Afrobytes Tech Marketplace 2018, Andile Masuku caught up with virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) evangelist, founder of the Lagos-based Ìmísí 3D and co-founder of the We Will Lead Africa …

Thomson Reuters' Sneha Shah on delivering market-relevant data, insight & tech business solutions

August 7th, 2018


As Managing Director of Thomson Reuters Africa, Kenyan-born Sneha Shah oversees the firm's Financial, Risk, Tax and Legal businesses across the continent. Initially founded as a news agency in 1851, today Thomson …

aKoma Media's Chidi Afulezi on viable digital media models and backing African content creators

August 2nd, 2018


aKoma Media Co-founder and COO Chidi Afulezi is "a Naija boy true and true". Chidi is an electrical engineer with product-development experience …

Gebeya's Amadou Daffe &'s Adewale Yusuf talk Ethiopian tech swag and taking on Andela

July 27th, 2018


This year's Afrobytes Tech Marketplace event attracted a large, impressive Ethiopian delegation of tech innovators sporting some serious swag. …

BongoHive's Simunza Muyangana on delivering context-relevant tech ecosystem support in Zambia

July 19th, 2018


BongoHive Co-Founder and Director of Entrepreneurship, Simunza Muyangana reckons that Lusaka has what it takes to become one of Africa's choicest tech and innovation hubs. When it launched in May 2011 BongoHive was …

#VillageDiariesAmsterdam Pt 2 w/ Augustina Austin, Babusi Nyoni, Danai Musandu & Tania Habimana

July 9th, 2018


On Tuesday, June 5th, 2018 the international African Tech Roundup LIVE Tour launched with a live podcast event in The Netherlands dubbed #VillageDiariesAmsterdam.

For the second (and final part) of the evening's …

Secha Capital's Rushil Vallabh & Brendan Mullen on proving a hybrid SME investment model

July 5th, 2018


South African Rushil Vallabh and American Brenden Mullen are the co-founders and co-managing directors of a Johannesburg-based, venture capital …

Cellulant's Ken Njoroge & Velocity Capital's Allard Luchsinger on 2018's biggest fintech deal so far

June 28th, 2018


A couple of hours before the recent #VillageDiariesAmsterdam event went down, Andile Masuku managed to land a sit-down with Cellulant Founder and …

#VillageDiariesAmsterdam Pt 1 - A fireside chat with HYBR Founder & CEO Charles Ojei

June 22nd, 2018


On Tuesday, June 5th, 2018 the international African Tech Roundup LIVE Tour launched with a live event in The Netherlands dubbed #VillageDiariesAmsterdam.

For the first part of the evening's programme, hosts Andile …

Joel Macharia of Abacus on creating access to African financial markets via micro investments

May 28th, 2018


Joel Macharia is the Founder and CEO of Abacus (, a Kenyan fintech firm that builds web and mobile software designed to help people anywhere in the world gain access to African financial markets.

Edmund Olotu of TechAdvance on building out digital payments infrastructure in Nigeria

May 21st, 2018


In this conversation with Andile Masuku, TechAdvance CEO, Edmund Olotu, sketches Nigeria's digital payments infrastructure landscape and explains why he feels the time is right for his company to participate more …

Interoperability, Data Ownership & Steward Ownership feat. Oliver Sauter of WorldBrain

May 13th, 2018


In this episode of the African Tech Roundup podcast, Oliver Sauter— Co-founder and Head of Strategy, Product & Operations at, joins Andile Masuku and Musa Kalenga for a meandering conversation …

Boomplay Music's Chinasa Udeala on delivering Africa-relevant music streaming services

May 10th, 2018


Chinasa Udeala is Regional Director for East Africa at Boomplay Music. The music streaming platform is a subsidiary of the Chinese firm Transsnet Ltd which also owns TECNO Mobile.

In this quick chat with Andile Masuku, …

Helen Anatogu of Nigeria's iDEA incubator on how African founders should position to land funding

May 2nd, 2018


Helen Anatogu is the Chief Executive and Programme Director of the Information Technology Developer Entrepreneurship Accelerator (IDEA) in Nigeria.

In …

YegoMoto's Karanvir Singh on surfing the mobility wave to launch an ambitious platform play

April 24th, 2018


Kigali-based Singaporean, Karanvir Singh, is the CEO and MD of Yego Innovision Ltd— a company which has launched a cashless transport service called YegoMoto in Rwanda, which is essentially an 'Uber for motorcycle …

Facebook's Breach of Trust + Blockchain Straight Talk feat. Marvin Coleby of Raise Impact

April 12th, 2018


It's fair to say that Facebook is the elephant in pretty much every room at the moment. In this month's instalment of the African Tech Roundup …

NISK Capital's Sara Oon on providing turnkey startup and SME advisory in East Africa

April 6th, 2018


The Kigali-based Sara Oon is Co-Founder and Partner at NISK Capital, a Nairobi-head quartered boutique advisory and investment outfit serving Kenya, …

RapidLion Film Festival's Eric Miyeni on African cinema asserting itself on the global stage

April 2nd, 2018


The runaway global success of the Marvel blockbuster sensation, Black Panther, has ignited debate about the influence and business potential of African cinema.

In this Mapo Radio ( interview, …

Caine Wanjau of Twiga Foods on the challenges of scaling an actual business and why not to ICO

March 26th, 2018


Caine Wanjau is the Chief Technology Officer of Twiga Foods, a Nairobi-based distributor of fresh fruit produce that's leveraging tech to introduce …

Insight Publicis Nigeria's Feyi Olubodun on his book The Villager: How Africans Consume Brands

March 20th, 2018


Feyi Olubudun’s new book, The Villager: How Africans Consume Brands, puts forward a lens for helping Africa-focussed brands and businesses achieve commercial success by correcting their perception of the African …

Lagos Angel Network's Collins Onuegbu on traditional angel efforts vs. business angel investment

March 12th, 2018


Collins Onuegbu is the Nigerian Founder of Signal Alliance as well as a Director of the Lagos Angel Network.

In this conversation with Andile Masuku - …

A Peek Under the Hood Of South Africa's Mobility Scene feat. Obakeng Morapeli Matlhoko

March 8th, 2018


Back on the show for the first time since contributing his fair share of involuntary hot takes on Episode 109 entitled "Investor Bias Debate 2.0 + …

Andela's Wambui Kinya unpacks Andela's gig economy strategy and addresses common misconceptions

March 5th, 2018


Wambui Kinya is the Chief Strategy Officer at Andela-- a startup helping companies overcome tech talent shortages by delivering high performing distributed engineering teams that leverage some of Africa's finest coding …

Karabo Songo and Musa Kalenga of House of Brave on evolving creative agency models

February 25th, 2018


Karabo Songo and Musa Kalenga are the savvy business minds behind FastGro-- the 100% black-owned investment firm which just acquired a 25.1% share of the independent agency, House of
Brave (HOB). As part of the deal, …

Venture Garden's Bunmi Akinyemiju on Sure Remit's ICO success and executing smart platform plays

February 22nd, 2018


Bunmi Akinyemiju is Co-founder and CEO of Nigeria's Venture Garden Group-- a global technology firm which owns several fully-developed SaaS …

What's Trending at #ATRULive Meetup Kigali (Feb 13, 2018)

February 19th, 2018


So, we invited friends of the African Tech Roundup podcast to join us for drinks at the Kigali Marriott's Iriba Bar between 4:30 PM and 6:00 PM on Feb 13th, 2018-- the day before the Africa Tech Summit Kigali …

The Fake News Episode feat. Anim Van Wyk of Africa Check

February 5th, 2018


We aren't even halfway through the first quarter of 2018 but already, we've seen a fair amount of questionable 'factual' content do the rounds on social media.

In this episode of the African Tech Roundup,

Lidya's Tunde Kehinde on addressing Nigeria's $30 billion small business credit gap

January 30th, 2018


Tunde Kehinde is the co-founder of Lidya, a branchless internet bank that aims to ease Nigeria's estimated $30 billion small business credit gap. …

Kola Aina of Ventures Platform reckons African capital and local context are underrated

January 22nd, 2018


Kola Aina is the Founder and CEO of the Nigerian-based pan-African seed-stage fund and accelerator, Ventures Platform. The firm's portfolio includes …

On Your Marks for 2018: Is the Lean Startup Approach Legit?

January 15th, 2018


In the first full African Tech Roundup podcast of 2018, Andile Masuku mulls over Gefira Solutions Founder and CEO Bert Bruggeman's assertion that we …

Bert Bruggeman of Gefira Solutions on why hardware development is key for Africa

January 12th, 2018


Bert Bruggeman is the Belgian Founder and CEO of the Silicon Valley-based technology advisory firm, Gefira Solutions. Bert has an impressive 25-year …

mSurvey's Kenfield Griffith on why he's bullish on 2018 and why data analytics is a gamechanger

January 4th, 2018


Montserrat native Kenfield Griffith is co-founder and CEO of mSurvey-- a data analytics SaaS startup based in Nairobi Kenya. In 2012, Kenfield …

Rich Tanksley of NeuBridges on the massive growth potential of commercial digital media in Nigeria

January 1st, 2018


Rich Tanksley is the Senior Vice President of Special Projects at the Nigerian-American consultancy, NeuBridges.

Formerly the CEO of, Rich …

Alec Fokapu of FiftyFor on bridging the cultural divide between big business and African SMEs

December 22nd, 2017


French-born Cameroonian Alec Fokapu is the founder and CEO of FiftyFor, a B2B rating platform for African companies.

FiftyFor uses an algorithm to compute ratings on governance structure, financial strength, operational …

The 2017 Year-end Rundown + African Venture Capital Done Right feat. Rushil Vallabh

December 13th, 2017


By this time last year, Africa's tech and innovation media community had started to go into hibernation for the Festive Season. But this year’s different…

Maya Horgan Famodu of Ingressive Capital on becoming a venture capitalist in 2017

December 11th, 2017


2017 has seen Maya Horgan Famodu transition from overseeing efforts to assist corporations and investors integrate into the African tech ecosystem via Ingressive's market entry and operations services, to becoming an …

Co-Creation Hub Nigeria's Femi Longe factors in on the #NotOurManifesto farce

December 5th, 2017


This Medium blog entitled, "Startups4Africa: This is NOT OUR MANIFESTO" by Co-Creation Hub Nigeria Co-founder Femi Longe has caused quite a stir on social media:

In this chat with Andile Masuku, …

Khaled Ismail on how KI Angel and HIM Angel funds pursue inter-Africa startup growth

December 4th, 2017


Khaled Ismail is the Chairman and Founder of two Cairo-based angel funds— KI Angel and HIM Angel. He also serves as advisor to Algebra Ventures, …

Ido Sum explains how TLcom Capital got in on Andela's $40M Series C

November 28th, 2017


Israeli investor Ido Sum is a Partner at TLcom Capital— a venture capital firm with a presence in Nairobi, Lagos and London. Since 1999, the firm has …

Kenyan post election reflections with Managing Editor Eric Mugendi

November 22nd, 2017


In this conversation, Andile Masuku asks Managing Editor, Eric Mugendi, to reflect on the unprecedented leveraging of digital …

Should Africa-focused Investors Hunt Gorillas, Gazelles Or Unicorns?

November 20th, 2017


Last week, Africa’s early stage investor community came together for the 4th annual African Early Stage Investor Summit (#AAIS2017). At this exclusive investor-only event, hosted at Workshop17 in Cape Town, South …

Timothy Kotin on how SuperFluid Labs delivers business value via data analytics solutions

November 10th, 2017


Timothy Kotin ​was born and bred in Ghana. ​​He is the co-founder and chief executive of SuperFluid Labs​--​ an ambitious African data analytics firm …

Do African Startup Pitch Competitions Offer Anything More Than Pre-allocated Peanuts?

October 30th, 2017


The Facebook-sponsored TechCrunch Startup Battlefield competition which took place in Nairobi recently brought together fifteen African startups for a glitzy pitch session that offered entrants the chance to win …

Yannick Lefang of Kasi Insight reckons reliable market research is key to business success in Africa

October 23rd, 2017


Electrical engineer, Yannick Lefang, is the Founder and CEO of Kasi Insight-- a research and advisory firm that provides African consumer data and actionable insights. Since 2013, Yannick's firm has been intent on …

Divercity's Sean Godoy says proptech could help Africa overcome post-colonial property challenges

October 19th, 2017


Sean Godoy is the Founder and Executive Director of Divercity Property Solutions. He has cross-sector experience in the property industry in both …

Adebayo Alonge explains how RxAll's AI-driven spectrometer authenticates medicines

October 13th, 2017


Adebayo “Ade” Alonge is the Nigerian co-founder of RxAll, a platform which provides patients in the developing world with authenticated and verified …

The Great Bitcoin Surge And Cryptocurency Mining feat. Simon Dingle

October 3rd, 2017


South Korea has reportedly become the latest notable nation to follow the likes of Nigeria and China by outlawing the use of cryptocurrency. Given …

Bertil van Vugt on how VC4Africa's new startup academy is boosting aspiring founders

September 29th, 2017


Bertil van Vugt is Business Development Lead at the Amsterdam-based organisation, VC4Africa.

In this quiet chat with Andile Masuku, taped at Afrobytes Tech Conference 2017, Bertil gives us a sense of the mind space tech …

Internet Society's Michuki Mwangi separates hype from reality regarding Africa and the internet

September 25th, 2017


Michuki Mwangi is the Regional Development Manager for Africa at the Internet Society where he has worked in the African Regional Bureau to promote Internet growth and sustainability since 2008.

As the Internet Society …

African Billionaire Watch And Other Political Conversations feat. Sinclair Skinner

September 20th, 2017


A few weeks ago, Africa's richest man, Nigeria's Aliko Dangote, baffled many pro-African investment proponents by telling Bloomberg that if things go the way he plans, come 2020, a significant chunk of his wealth will …

Adedana Ashebir on Village Capital's investor bias report + do expats & repats care about Africa?

September 6th, 2017


**Apologies for the poor sound quality**

Adedana Ashebir has recently been tasked with heading up Village Capital's business on the continent.

In this …

George Asamani on how DooWapp music messaging could become as ubiquitous as emojis

August 31st, 2017


George Asamani is an exceedingly well-traveled 39-year-old Ghanaian who currently calls Addis Ababa home. He is the co-founder of a music and …

Kenya's Twiga Foods Closes $10.3M Series A Investment Round Led By Wamda Capital

August 21st, 2017


The last few weeks have seen three promising African tech startups land significant investments-- namely, the Nigerian digital payments firm, Flutterwave ($10 million), the Kenyan mobile-driven food supply platform, …

Charlene Chen reckons Bitpesa is well-positioned to surf the blockchain wave

August 20th, 2017


Charlene Chen is the Chief Operating Officer of BitPesa-- an online payment platform founded in Kenya that leverages Blockchain settlement to lower the cost and increase the speed of business payments to, from and …

Eunice Baguma Ball explains why the Africa Technology Business Network is backing #FoundingWomen

August 14th, 2017


Eunice Baguma Ball is the Ugandan Founder and Executive Director of the Africa Technology Business Network (ATBN). For over 10 years, Eunice has …

Kenya General Election 2017: The fake news factor with Eric Mugendi of

August 13th, 2017


Eric Mugendi is the Managing Editor at In this chat with Andile Masuku, taped on Monday, August 7th, 2017 - a day before Kenya's General Election - he factors in on how fake news has influenced public …

Investor Bias Debate 2.0 + Should Africa Embrace Uberisation? feat. Vije Vijendranath

July 31st, 2017


A couple of weeks ago, a think piece by Andile Masuku entitled "We simply must not allow investor bias to persist" - featured in African Independent and Business Report - caused a bit of a stir on Twitter. The hubbub …

Barbro Ciakudia on how Invest Africa is stoking enthusiasm for African investment in London

July 28th, 2017


Barbro Mutombo Ciakudia is VP for Business Development at Invest Africa. Invest Africa is a private members club based in Mayfair, London and was founded by Rob Hersov in 2013 as a means for business leaders, private …

Jean-Paul Melaga went from Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi exec to co-founding Smart Phorce

July 24th, 2017


Jean-Paul Melaga is a recovering finance professional who's had a successful career in top-tier international banking. Jean-Paul worked for the likes …

Arthur Musah's documentary Naija Beta highlights the untold potential of Lagosian youth

July 20th, 2017


Naija Beta is a documentary that follows a team of Nigerian and Nigerian-American MIT students who dream of shaking up education in Nigeria and head …

Uber Drivers In South Africa Are Now Considered Employees Of The Ride-hailing Service

July 17th, 2017


According to a ruling made by South Africa's Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA), an employer-employee relationship does, …

Baba Zoumanigui reflects on his fruitful executive career at IBM

July 13th, 2017


In this chat with Baba Zoumanigui, IBM's General Manager for French Speaking Africa, he shares insights drawn from his international IT career.

Baba gives us a sense of the lucrative value IBM is determined on unearthing …

Rebecca Enonchong on #BringBackOurInternet and why she's fed up with African foreign aid

July 7th, 2017


Rebecca Enonchong is an award-winning Cameroonian-born technology entrepreneur who is affectionately known as the "Queen of African Tech". Rebecca is …

Cisco's Shaun Kirby on why the global mobility industry is ripe for disruption

July 6th, 2017


Shaun Kirby oversees product development for Cisco's automotive and connected car business unit. He is responsible for evangelising and acting on trends that will disrupt and transform the world's mobility industry. In …

Wolf Stinnes on Dimension Data's cutting-edge top-tier sport and health IoT solutions

July 6th, 2017


Wolf Stinnes is smart buildings and digital cities solutions architect at Dimension Data. In this conversation, he talks about some clever top tier …

Naspers CEO Bob Van Dijk Accused Of Blowing Roughly $25.6 Billion Of Shareholder Value

June 30th, 2017


It's no secret, Africa's largest tech company by market cap, Naspers, has been buckling under the pressure to perform for some years now. The fact is, the company hasn't scored any big wins in any of the legacy …

Rockwell Automation's John Lewis doesn't buy that factory automation is destroying livlihoods

June 26th, 2017


John Lewis is the Director Business Partnering at Rockwell Automation. In this conversation with Andile Masuku, taped at the Internet of Things World Forum 2017 hosted at London's Tobacco Dock (creaking floorboards and …

Malawi Secures $72.4 Million Credit Line From The World Bank To Advance National Digitisation

June 23rd, 2017


The Sub-Saharan Africa heads of the likes of Huawei, Oracle, Cisco, IBM and perhaps even Amazon, Facebook and Google, have no doubt already booked first class tickets to Lilongwe to advise the Malawian government on …

Anton Jooste outlines what's at stake if Africa doesn't gear up for the new digital economy

June 16th, 2017


Anton Jooste is Dimension Data’s Global Director for the Internet of Things. In this chat, he contextualises the promise of IoT for African enterprises and citizens, and candidly outlines what's at stake if Africans …

AppDynamics' Prathap Dendi unpacks the life-changing potential of IoT for the world's poorest

June 14th, 2017


Prathap Dendi is an engineer-turned startup executive with over 15 years of experience in technology leadership positions in companies ranging from …

Cisco Africa's David Meads is adamant that technology should benefit the average African citizen

June 14th, 2017


David Meads has lead Cisco’s Operations across Africa since 2012 and is responsible for the company’s go-to-market strategy across the continent as well as the field execution of that strategy.

As Cisco’s VP for Africa, …

Exclusive Africa-focussed Insights From IoT World Forum 2017

June 14th, 2017


This week's African Tech Round-up is dedicated to sharing insights gleaned from the recent Internet of Things World Forum (2017IoTWF)hosted in London.

The Global IT and networking giant, Cisco, convened the invite-only …

The Expat Founder Debate & A Busload Of Accidental Hot Takes feat. Mark Kaigwa

May 31st, 2017


Kenya's finest digital-head, Mark Kaigwa, joins Musa Kalenga and Andile Masuku on this week's African Tech Round-up for two glorious hours of straight-talk.

Using the biggest tech and innovation headlines from the past …

Etop Ikpe talks about life after the successful close of a $5M Series A for

May 29th, 2017


Etop Ikpe and his team at the Nigerian vehicle marketplace,, are no doubt feeling great following the successful close of the company's $5 …

Nigeria's Riding High After Landing $5 Million Investment

May 28th, 2017


Etop Ikpe and his team at the Nigerian vehicle marketplace,, are no doubt feeling great following the successful close of the company's $5 …

Scientists Successfully Remove HIV Virus From Mouse Cells Using CRISPR

May 15th, 2017


Scientists have found a way to remove the HIV virus from the DNA in mouse cells using CRISPR/Cas9 technology. According to the journal, Molecular …

Monica Brand Engel of Quona Capital on why impact investment gets a bad rap

April 25th, 2017


Monica Brand Engel is a Peruvian American investor and entrepreneur who has been involved with a number of investment vehicles and products aimed at …

Allard Luchsinger of Velocity Capital Private Equity talks making sound bets on African startups

April 18th, 2017


Allard Luchsinger is the Director for Private Equity at the Dutch VC firm Velocity Capital Private Equity.

Allard supports all of Velocity’s portfolio …

Stephen Ozoigbo of the African Technology Foundation on plugging startup pipeline gaps

April 16th, 2017


Andile catches up with Stephen Ozoigbo at the inaugural Enterprise Africa Summit that was recently hosted by the British Council in Accra, Ghana.

Talking Ladders and Trampolines With Musa Kalenga

April 6th, 2017


We’re still in celebration mode for crossing 100 weekly podcasts in a row. And so as promised, this week, we’re sharing more awesomeness from that event.

Enjoy this candid fireside chat with the talented digital …

Jacques de Vos of Mezzanine Ware on harnessing IoT to improve business efficiencies

April 3rd, 2017


Jacques de Vos is the MD of the Vodacom IoT subsidiary, Mezzanine Ware.

Mezzanine deploys mobile (GSM) enabled solutions and helps clients (primarily …

The Big 100: State of the Startup LIVE

March 29th, 2017


This is our 100th episode! To everyone who's ever listened in to the show, interacted with us via social media, recommended the podcast to other people, made an audio contribution, emailed a comment or question, been …

Talking Access To Higher Education With Bola Lawal Of ScholarX

March 22nd, 2017


It's been barely a week since we hosted the African Tech Round-up LIVE: State of the Startup event in Johannesburg, and believe it or not, next week will mark the 100th podcast we'll have published in consecutive weeks.

The Tech Minute 17-03-2017

March 17th, 2017


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Etisalat Nigeria's Creditors Call In Massive Debt + Simon Dingle On Bitcoin And Blockchain Tech

March 14th, 2017


Mobile telcos on the continent are certainly having a rough time of it on the continent. In the same week that MTN South Africa CEO, Mteto Nyati, announced his resignation, a consortium of banks including Guaranty Trust …

The Tech Minute 10-03-2017

March 10th, 2017


In this Tech Minute, Brian Lupiya shares the latest on Etisalat Nigeria's $1.72 billion credit dispute with a consortium of banks including Guaranty Trust Bank, Access Bank and Zenith Bank, and reveals which …

The Tech Minute 08-03-2017

March 8th, 2017


Oops... Amazon is still recovering from their embarrassing human error that caused a massive outage of their Simple Storage Service, leading to significant portions of the web to go down for several hours.

For more on …

Pule Taukobong of CRE Venture Capital on grooming African founders for success

March 8th, 2017


Pule Taukobong is a Founding Partner at CRE Venture Capital (CRE VC), a seed-focussed fund which invests in technology-enabled startup companies in …

Nokia's New Dumbphone Dominates Headlines + The Kalenga Conundrum

March 6th, 2017


Whatever you think of Nokia's re-introduction of the legendary 3310 device, you've got to hand it to HMD Global for completely owning Mobile World Congress 2017 in terms of capturing headlines. In fact, you'd be …

The Tech Minute 02-03-2017

March 2nd, 2017


In this Tech Minute-- media reports have surfaced alleging SAP South Africa Managing Director Lawrence Kandaswami's involvement in a kickback scandal …

Katlego Maphai of Yoco on innovating within South Africa's mobile payments scene

March 2nd, 2017


Katlego Maphai is the co-founder and CEO of the South African mobile payments startup, Yoco.
Yoco launched out of beta in October 2015 and the venture has since acquired over 6 500 merchants, has gone on to process …

The Tech Minute 22-02-2017

February 22nd, 2017


In this Tech Minute, Brian Lupiya unpacks how Kenyan banks have teamed up to take on the disruptive threat posed by M-Pesa, and touches on two other leading stories from the latest African Tech Round-up podcast.

Music …

Business Angels, Blackberry and Tech Bubbles

February 21st, 2017


We're often asked what informs our opinionated take on the biggest tech and innovation headlines each week. Our secret is having five to ten times as many conversations per week than most people.

From established tech …

Tomi Davies of ABAN on Africa becoming a serious tech investment destination

February 21st, 2017


While at the World Business Angels Investment Forum 2017, Chris Campbell, co-founder of both the African Business Angels Network (ABAN) and the South African Business Angels Network (SABAN) catches up with Nigerian …

The Tech Minute 15-02-2017

February 15th, 2017


In the same week that Neotel officially became part of Liquid Telecom (a subsidiary of the Econet Group), Anglophone Cameroon clocked a month of going without internet access. Brian Lupiya shares the details in this …

Alison Treadaway of Striata on the merits of South Africa's Protection of Personal Information Act

February 14th, 2017


Alison Treadaway is a director and shareholder of the South African eBilling and eMarketing software and services company, Striata. In this chat, …

The South African Reserve Bank Is Warming Up To Blockchain Technology

February 14th, 2017


The continent's two most prominent central banks-- the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the South African Reserve Bank (SARB), have decidedly different attitudes towards the notion of adopting virtual currencies.

While …

The Tech Minute 08-02-2017

February 8th, 2017


In this Tech Minute, Brian Lupiya gives the lowdown on an impressive large-scale green project in Cape Town, South Africa and touches on two other leading stories from the latest African Tech Round-up podcast.

Music …

Lionel Chmilewsky of Cambridge Broadband Networks is bullish on multipoint microwave tech

February 6th, 2017


Lionel Chmilewsky is the CEO of Cambridge Broadband Networks (CBNL), a UK-based, privately-held multipoint microwave tech firm which has an …

Internet Blackout Persists In Anglophone Cameroon

February 6th, 2017


The Indomitable Lions of Cameroon are probably still celebrating their win against The Pharaohs of Egypt in the AFCON final. How ironic that roughly …

The Tech Minute 01-02-2017

February 1st, 2017


Got a minute? This brisk, energetic podcast presented by Brian Lupiya delivers the top three digital, tech and innovation stories featured in the latest episode of the African Tech Round-up (

Kwesé TV Poised To Give DStv A Haircut

January 30th, 2017


Africa's 'high-end' VOD scene is hotting up, and for home-grown heavies, ShowMax and Kwesé, the race to achieving critical mass is on.

ShowMax is on the prowl for mobile telco partners that can help it hack growth while …

The Tech Minute 24-01-2017

January 24th, 2017


Got a minute? This brisk, energetic podcast presented by Brian Lupiya delivers the top three digital, tech and innovation stories featured in the latest episode of the African Tech Round-up (

Mastercard Launches 2KUZE Agtech Marketplace For Farmers In East Africa

January 23rd, 2017


Several well-respected voices we featured on the show last year predicted that we would see some major agtech plays happen in 2017. Sure enough, …

Fintech News Dominates Holiday Headlines + Insights From CES 2017

January 18th, 2017


The team at the African Tech Round-up has returned from the Festive break, and so we’re officially back to our normal programming.

At the tail-end of …

Discussing Inclusive Value Chains With Simon Carpenter of SAP Africa

January 9th, 2017


We are one week away from returning to our regular coverage of the week’s biggest digital, tech and innovation headlines, once the team at the …

Unpacking Africa's Solar Power Revolution With Chad Larson Of M-KOPA Solar

December 30th, 2016


This week's episode of the African Tech Round-up features a snippet from Andile Masuku's full-length sit-down with Chad Larson-- one of the three …

Talking Venture Capital With Eline Blaauboer of TBL Mirror Fund and Safaricom Spark Venture Fund

December 23rd, 2016


This week’s African Tech Conversations sneak-peek is drawn from an in-depth chat Andile Masuku had with Eline Blaauboer, Managing Partner at both TBL Mirror Fund and Safaricom Spark Venture Fund.

Eline’s worked in the …

Olivier Laouchez Of TRACE on evolving in the digital media space

December 20th, 2016


Olivier Laouchez, who hails from Martinique (French West Indies), is the charismatic co-founder and CEO of Trace, one of the world's leading urban …

Ringing In The Festive Season With Dr Solomon Assefa of IBM

December 15th, 2016


The team at the African Tech Round-up is on break, but while we’re away over the next four weeks, the show will go on!

In place of our regular …

Brett Parker of SAP Africa on helping large enterprise clients maintain their competitive edge

December 8th, 2016


Brett Parker is the Managing Director of SAP Africa. In this chat with Andile Masuku, he reveals some of the most critical strategic decisions made by SAP’s global leadership back in 2010, that helped the software giant …

Dr Chakib Bouhdary of SAP clears up commonly held misconceptions regarding digital transformation

December 8th, 2016


Moroccan-born Dr Chakib Bouhdary is SAP’s global Digital Transformation Officer. In this chat with Andile Masuku, he shares some of the most common misconceptions he encounters regarding digital transformation when he …

Zebra Cabs Raises $21.6 Million To Take On Uber And Taxify In South Africa

December 6th, 2016


SA Taxi-owned Zebra Cabs has raised just over $21.6 million from Futuregrowth Asset Management to expand their owner-driver scheme in Johannesburg, and to take on Uber and Taxify. Their big hairy audacious goal is to …

Dr Vukosi Marivate of South Africa’s CSIR on the importance of data security regulation

December 2nd, 2016


This is a lively chat Andile Masuku had with Dr Vukosi Marivate, a Data Scientist and Senior Researcher at South Africa’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). They speak about the trend towards …

Senegal Launches A New Electronic Currency

November 29th, 2016


Senegal is now the second African country after Tunisia to adopt an electronic currency. eCFA is equivalent in value to the country’s physical tender and will be available on all mobile money and e-wallet platforms. …

Milena Taieb on how Believe Digital Studios is disrupting traditional broadcasting

November 25th, 2016


Milena Taieb is the Head of Video for France, Africa and the Middle East at Believe Digital Studios— the world’s leading multi-channel network (MCN) …

Kenyan Agritech Startup WeFarm Secures $1.6 Million In Funding

November 21st, 2016


How much of an over-achiever is Elon Musk fixing to become, though? In the last week, he’s added providing global internet coverage via a massive satellite network to his audacious To-do List. In this week’s African …

Vodacom South Africa To Launch An SVOD Platform Called Vodacom On Demand

November 15th, 2016


Trace TV is fixing to launch arguably the most hotly anticipated SVOD offering of the year, Trace Play. Their ambitious roll-out will involve making …

Jason Njoku on iROKO exploiting traditional media plays on the way to a digital-led future

November 12th, 2016


Jason Njoku is the inimitable Nigerian founder and CEO of the internet and entertainment group, iROKO. In this chat with Andile Masuku, Jason talks about how his group of companies is making lucrative traditional media …

Ntambwe Harlem Mufoncol of Baziks Pulse talks taking on music streaming in the DRC

November 12th, 2016


Ntambwe Harlem Mufoncol, one of the co-founders of Baziks Pulse— a neat music streaming platform from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In this …

Highlights From DISCOP Johannesburg and Digital Lab Africa (featuring Jason Njoku of iROKO)

November 7th, 2016


Andile Masuku and Brian Lupiya spent three days last week at DISCOP Johannesburg— Africa’s biggest multi-screen, multi-platform marketplace, …

The Kenya Revenue Authority Says Uber Will Not Be Subject To Value-Added Tax

October 31st, 2016


In this week’s African Tech Round-up, we ask the question, “Should Uber’s wings be clipped before they change the world as we know it?”

Lawmakers on …

80: Kenya Commercial Bank Gets Hacked?

October 25th, 2016


So, Episode 80 of the African Tech Round-up, aka the episode that nearly never happened, is finally out.

In an interview Andile Masuku just taped for the upcoming season of the African Tech Conversations series, …

Rwanda Launches World's First Drone Delivery Service

October 17th, 2016


Rwanda has helped Africa beat the rest of the world to rolling out a commercial drone delivery service.

The land of a thousand hills has partnered …

Julian von Plato on how PockitTV & Stream.Digital are pushing short-form digital content

October 14th, 2016


Digital video content creator, streaming evangelist and co-founder of Pockitttv, Julian von Plato joins Andile Masuku to chat about VOD trends and …

Tecno Plans To Start Manufacturing Mobile Devices In Nigeria

October 10th, 2016


This week’s African Tech Round-up episode is jam-packed. Digital video content creator, streaming evangelist and co-founder of Pockitttv, Julian von …

The Co-Founders of Airbuy on promoting financial inclusion

October 5th, 2016


Andile Masuku chats with the four co-founders of a promising South African start-up called Airbuy— a business which plans to help people convert airtime into “airbucks” that they can use to purchase goods and services …

MTN Group Accused Of Sneaking Nearly $14 Billion Out Of Nigeria

October 3rd, 2016


There’s blood in the water. Nigerian lawmakers are flexing their might with a confidence rarely seen in decades past— at least as far as taking large …

Kenyan Solar Company D.Light Lands $22.5 Million To Fund Growth

September 26th, 2016


In a week which saw Yahoo announce that it had suffered the worst cyber-breach in history, and all three of Egypt’s incumbent mobile telcos opting not to bid for the 4G licenses being floated by the Egyptian government, …

Barclays Africa's Blockchain Transaction A World First

September 19th, 2016


It’s been a busy week for the continent’s fintech scene.

The past week saw MTN South Africa announce that it would be discontinuing its mobile money …

Ernesto Spruyt of on plugging the world into African coding talent

September 18th, 2016


Ernesto Spruyt is the founder of, an online market network that provides international clients access to African coding talent. He also happens to serve as Chief Mentor for Telegraph Media Group’s …

Ismael Rachdaoui on how nextwi is leveraging WiFi technology in innovative ways

September 15th, 2016


Ismael Rachdaoui is the young, Moroccan founder of nextwi, a marketing platform that leverages Wi-Fi technology to help small and large business …

Brian Ondari of AirKlip on building the perfect personal assistant for varsity students

September 15th, 2016


Brian Ondari is both the co-founder and Chief Operations Officer at AirKlip, a promising Kenyan startup that aims to become every university …

Harry Hare of DEMO Africa on unearthing promising founding talent

September 15th, 2016


Harry Hare is the founder and publisher of CIO East Africa, an ICT information platform that has a monthly print publication (CIO East Africa), an online ICT portal ( and a series of events including the …

Afrimarket Lands €10 Million To Deploy E-commerce Platform Across Francophone Africa

September 12th, 2016


The French e-commerce startup, Afrimarket, has raised €10 million from the Global Innovation Fund and the private sector arm of the French …

Lexi Novitske of Singularity Investments believes the world's next unicorn will be African

September 7th, 2016


Lexi Novitske is the Principal Investment Officer for Africa at Singularity Investments. Lexi is based in Lagos and has interesting insights on …

Mark Zuckerberg Goes On A Charm Offensive In Nigeria And Kenya

September 5th, 2016


Mark Zuckerberg’s much-publicised trip to the continent spawned dozens of think-pieces in the blogosphere this past week.

Many pundits clearly view Mark’s 'surprise' visit to Nigeria and Kenya as an affirmation of the …

Angel Investor Farouk Jivani on adopting a hands-on approach to investing in early-stage startups

September 4th, 2016


Farouk Jivani is a business consultant-turned angel investor who has invested in a couple of Kenyan startups-- one of them being the music downloads …

Tsholo Mogotsi on the City of Joburg's smart-city aspirations

September 4th, 2016


Tsholo Mogotsi in the Director for Economic Development Facilitation at the City of Joburg. In this chat with Andile Masuku Tsholo talks about the …

Amrote Abdella on Microsoft's efforts to remain relevant in the face of disruption

August 30th, 2016


Amrote Abdella is the Director for Venture Capital & Start-ups and Africa Initiatives (Microsoft 4Afrika) at Microsoft.

In this chat with Andile Masuku, Amrote shares what it’s like to be embedded in one of the …

Stephen Ozoigbo talks leaving investment banking to promote African innovation

August 30th, 2016


Stephen Ozoigbo is the CEO of the African Technology Foundation and the Managing Partner of the US State Department-backed Lions @frica initiative.

In …

Naspers Wilting In The Heat + DEMO Africa 2016 Highlights

August 29th, 2016


The gravy train may well be over at Africa’s largest tech company (by market value)— Naspers.

Naspers CEO, Koos Bekker, told investors late last week …

Econet Wireless Set To Roll Out Shine's Ad Blocking Service

August 22nd, 2016


Econet Wireless has recently announced that all ±40 million of their subscribers in Africa will benefit from Shine’s ad blocking service— starting with those in Zimbabwe.

This deal represents Shine’s first deployment on …

Not-so-little Trademark Faux Pas Leaves Safaricom and Craft Silicon Red-faced

August 15th, 2016


Safaricom and Craft Silicon both took an “L” this past week.

As it turns out, they neglected to trademark the Little Cabs brand name before launching their ride-sharing service some weeks ago. And now, they’ve had to …

Babusi Nyoni Of M&C SAATCHI Abel on the rise of AI-deployment

August 14th, 2016


Babusi Nyoni is a Cape town-based Zimbabwean digital all-rounder. Babusi is the Digital Creative Group Head at South Africa’s #1 ranked through-the-line agency, M&C SAATCHI Abel.

Andile Masuku catches up with Babusi …

MTN Group Reports Losses In Mid-Year Results For 2016

August 8th, 2016


MTN Group’s warning that their interim financial results for the period ending June 30th 2016 would be unpleasant did a lot to absorb the shock when …

Kinnevik's Half-Year Financial Report Sheds Light On Their Investment In Nigeria's Konga

August 1st, 2016


Who knew that a little quarterly update by a publicly-traded Swedish investment firm could get Nigeria’s e-commerce fraternity all worked up? Not we.

Telkom South Africa In The Lead With Game Changing Mobile Packages

July 25th, 2016


Data costs need to come down significantly if Africa is ever going to realise the dream of making access to the internet available to every single person living on the continent.

As things stand, according to a new …

Jaco Van Zyl Of PulseIt on navigating the challenges of the the online voucher business

July 18th, 2016


Jaco Van Zyl is the co-founder and MD of the South African startup, PulseIt— a company which is looking to give online voucher firms like …

Codeacademy Receives $30 Million Investment Lead By Naspers Ventures

July 18th, 2016


There’s no doubt that online education is a hot ticket at the moment.

While the folks at Andela are probably still celebrating landing $24 million …

Will Facebook's OpenCellular Crush BRCK?

July 11th, 2016


Last week, the global digital behemoth that is Facebook announced that they’ll be rolling out the OpenCellular system worldwide. OpenCellular is said …

African Spirit American Spin

July 4th, 2016


It’s the 4th of July, and in honour of the fact that our biggest audience outside of Africa is based in the USA, this week’s African Tech Round-up …

Kenya's Acquired by Trace TV

June 27th, 2016


One of the more surprising things that came out of a recent conversation Andile Masuku had with BT’s Managing Director for Sub-Saharan Africa, Oliver Fortuin is his answer when asked (somewhat unfairly) what disruptive …

Uber Domination

June 20th, 2016


Despite the considerable push-back Uber has experienced in certain African markets, the firm’s march towards utter and complete world domination continued last week as they launched in Tanzania’s capital city, Dar es …

Charles Murray of ttrumpet on the ultra-competitive world of lifestyle apps

June 13th, 2016


Ever wonder what it might be like to run a startup that’s owned by a successful tech company, backed by one of Africa’s wealthiest entrepreneurs? …

Is MTN Nigeria's Nightmare Over? (feat. Charles Murray)

June 13th, 2016


On Friday, June 10th 2016 MTN’s stock price on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange jumped by 20%. This happened in the wake of the news that the firm’s nine-month Nigerian nightmare might finally be coming to an end.

MTN has …

Naspers Now Worth Over ZAR 1 Trillion

June 6th, 2016


If there were a race to being Africa’s largest media and internet company, out of fairness to other firms in the running, Naspers would probably be …

Ghana's Police Threaten Social Media Blackout

May 30th, 2016


Turns out Ghana’s top cop— Inspector General of Police John Kudalor thinks that blocking social media access across the country might be necessary to …

Brian Anderson unpacks FIS Africa online stokvel (savings club) solution

May 23rd, 2016


Brian Anderson is the Head of Sales and Business Development at Fidelity National Information Services (FIS), a NYSE-listed firm specialising in …

Uber Driver Partners Attacked In Johannesburg (feat. Brian Anderson)

May 23rd, 2016


Late last week a violent attack on two Uber partner vehicles in the Sandton Central Business District led to the injury of three police officers who …

Vodacom Admits That M-Pesa Roll-out In South Africa Flopped (feat. Dominique Collett)

May 16th, 2016


Vodacom is finally pulling the plug on their disastrous six-year attempt to roll out M-Pesa in South Africa. (The service will be shut down on June …

What's The Big Deal With WiFi? (feat. Riaan Graham)

May 9th, 2016


Following our coverage last week of the partnership between VAST Networks and Ruckus Wireless to deliver on Africa’s largest single deployment of …

Vodacom Eats Humble Pie Over Please-Call-Me Idea

May 2nd, 2016


There’s no doubt Kenneth Nkosana Makate is celebrating Workers’ Day in style following a South African Constitutional Court judge ruling that Vodacom …

Tax Free Mobile Devices vs. Drone Delivered HIV Testing Kits

April 25th, 2016


There is so much hype around the potential of technological innovation to lift Africa out of poverty and usher the continent into an era of peace and …

A Year Of Great African Tech Conversations

April 18th, 2016


And so our First Birthday Celebration continues…

Celebrating The African Tech Round-Up's First Birthday!

April 11th, 2016


The African Tech Round-up turns one today, and it’s difficult not be sentimental.

It’s been an incredibly rewarding year! We set out to provide some …

Mbwana Alliy of Savannah Fund on the advantages of being a homegrown venture capitalist

April 11th, 2016


Mbwana Alliy is the founder and managing partner at Savannah Fund, an Africa focused Technology Venture Capital fund that runs both an accelerator …

Tawanda Kembo of BitFinance & Vusi Ndebele of PayNow on Zimbabwe's emerging tech scene

April 11th, 2016


At Afrikoin Joburg 2015, hosted at Alpha Code in December 2015, Andile Masuku spoke to two leading Zimbabwean startup founders with businesses in the fintech space, and asked them to unpack why Zimbabwe might be the …

Nigerian House of Representatives Calls For MTN Nigeria To Pay Over $10bn

April 4th, 2016


MTN’s West African headache is now officially a chronic migraine. Just as the MTN Group thought the worst was over, lawmakers in Nigeria’s House of Representatives decided to shake things up. Some members have declared …

Lungisa Matshoba Of Yoco & Shafin Anwarsha Of Giraffe on repping Africa's startup scene abroad

April 3rd, 2016


Lungisa Matshoba is a Co-founder & Director of the Cape Town-based fintech startup, Yoco, and Shafin Anwarsha is Founder & Head of Product at Giraffe— a Johannesburg-based mobile recruitment startup. The two are …

Geraldine Mitchley of Visa Sub-Saharan Africa on buying in innovation

April 3rd, 2016


Geraldine Mitchley is the Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships and Emerging Payments at Visa Sub-Saharan Africa. Andile Masuku caught up with her at's recent #WhatsNext #FinTech event in Johannesburg and …

How Ridiculous Is This? South Africa Is Looking To Ban Netflix!

March 28th, 2016


There are media reports doing the rounds regarding South Africa’s Film and Publication Board (FPB) Chief Operating Officer Sipho Risiba supposedly …

Dare Okoudjou of MFS Africa on the future of mobile money in Africa

March 25th, 2016


Dare Okoudjou is the CEO of MFS Africa-- a firm which specialises in “making simple and relevant financial services accessible through mobile phones …

Sechaba Ngwenya of Creditable on playing nice with financial services incumbents (for now)

March 25th, 2016


Sechaba Ngwenya is the co-founder of fintech startup, Creditable, that is currently enjoying the support of VC’s like while “playing nicely” with financial incumbents like DBS Hong Kong to establish the …

Will These FinTech Startups Disrupt Incumbents?

March 21st, 2016


Last week, the Standard Bank Incubator in Johannesburg played host to’s forum on finance and technology. The gathering formed part Nest’s …

Vodacom Accused Of Stealing An Idea, Again!

March 13th, 2016


Vodacom is reportedly fielding a lawsuit filed by a South African company called Ndabenhle Business Enterprises CC. Word is, Ndabenhle is alleging …

Aaron Fu on's distinct approach to deploying venture capital in Africa

March 13th, 2016


Andile Masuku had a lively chat with Aaron Fu, Managing Partner (Africa) at NEST recorded during his first proper visit to Johannesburg in December 2015. They talked about everything from what he’s personally looking …

Craig Wilson on the the best from Mobile World Congress 2016

March 13th, 2016


Andile Masuku chats to Stuff Magazine South Africa Editor, Craig Wilson, about all the biggest news to come out of the Mobile World Congress 2016-- that went down in Barcelona.

Mobile World Congress 2016 (feat. Craig Wilson, Talib Graves-Manns & Brien Jordan-Jack)

March 7th, 2016


Aspirational mobile trends like virtual reality are all well and good, but as Africans we must still grapple with the practical implications of having a massive percentage of mobile users on the continent continuing to …

Talib Graves-Manns And Brien Jordan-Jack on starting up while black in the US

March 6th, 2016


Andile Masuku got to hang with two interesting African-American entrepreneurs who were in South Africa on business, and gleaned insights on the start-up scene they hail from.

Talib Graves-Manns is the Entrepreneur in …

Nigeria's Communications Comission Accepts MTN Nigeria's 'Chump Change' Settlement

February 29th, 2016


It would seem that MTN might be off the hook over the small matter of the several billion dollars it owes/owed the Nigerian Communications Commission …

Museveni Won, But Did Uganda Decide?

February 22nd, 2016


Uganda’s most closely contested election in decades pitted the victorious incumbent, Yoweri Museveni, against seven other candidates, including his former doctor, Kizza Besigye, and ex-prime minister, Amama Mbabazi.


February 15th, 2016


Facebook is still smarting from having Free Basics kicked out of India. Clearly no one was more upset by India’s emphatic rejection of Mark Zuckerberg’s walled garden project than venture capitalist and Facebook board …

Siya Xuza And Dr Jerry Gule factor in on promoting homegrown tech innovation

February 14th, 2016


Siyabulela Xuza is a young engineering graduate from Harvard, who got his start in science very young, experimenting with rocket fuel in his mother’s …

Should Uber Leave Kenya?

February 8th, 2016


No doubt about it— it’s an unsettling time to be an Uber driver in Kenya. This past week, more reports of intimidation and violence against Uber …

SEACOM Experiences Second Major Outage In As Many Weeks

February 1st, 2016


The soul-destroying Twitter outages and more recent SEACOM broadband disruptions notwithstanding, the team at the has been …

Apple, Sony And Samsung Face Child Labour Allegations In The DRC

January 25th, 2016


We had to face a tough truth this week. The fact is that we are complicit in the perpetuation of horrible crimes against humanity. And if you’re reading this right now, it’s likely that you are too.

If you’re an …

Why Is South Africa Looking To Regulate Services Like WhatsApp?

January 18th, 2016


African lawmakers are struggling to come to grips with the opportunities and threats presented by various important innovations being spurred by …

Netflix & Buffering (featuring Emeka Okoye and Aaron Fu)

January 10th, 2016


We’re just loving this trend of brilliant Africans crashing our podcast recordings. The last time that happened we had a total blast with Rebecca Enonchong, Mark Kaigwa and Thebe Ikalafeng.

This week, Nigerian software …

Musa Kalenga & Kali Ilunga Get You, Digital Africans, Pumped Up For 2016

January 4th, 2016


Happy New Year!

The African Tech Round-up team is only one week away from being back on strike to bring you the most important digital, tech and innovation news from across the African continent.

This week though, we …

Craig Wilson, Kojo Baffoe and Jade Brennan Talk Gadgets & Apps Trends In Africa For 2015

December 28th, 2015


We let you in on a panel discussion from the Annual Round-up 2015 that covered some of the past year’s highlights from from a gadgets and apps perspective.

Andile Masuku leads this laid-back conversation with Deputy …

Andrew Taylor & Mich Atagana Discuss 2015 Tech Startup Trends For Africa

December 20th, 2015


In the second instalment of our four-part Annual Round-up 2015 insights series, we bring you a panel discussion on African startups featuring Google South Africa’s Head of Communications & Public Affairs, Mich …

Dominique Collett-Antolik & Brandon Doyle Talk 2015 African Fintech & Telecoms Trends

December 13th, 2015


Over the next four weeks the we are taking a much-needed break.

Cue peaceful ocean sounds

But we’ve made sure that over the next four weeks, in place …

Mbwana Alliy Talks About Startup Governance & Funding Tech Startups In Africa

December 7th, 2015


We attended Afrikoin Johannesburg on 3 December 2015.

At the event, Andile Masuku posed a question that led to a very lively debate about whether improved “access” to seamless, more affordable financial services does in …

Safaricom Becomes The Latest Mobile Service Provider To Be Sued

November 29th, 2015


We're still buzzing from the great time we had at the Annual Round-up 2015, that Tefo Mohapi and Andile Masuku hosted at The Wanderers Club in Johannesburg last week. Many thanks to those of you who made it out on …

The Angani Saga Sets Silicon Savannah Ablaze

November 23rd, 2015


Kenya’s tech scene aka Silicon Savannah is on fire! At least, that’s according to commentators like Brenda Wambui, who’s recent blog posted on Medium threw serious shade the way of some looming figures in Kenya’s tech …

The Mark Kaigwa, Thebe Ikalafeng & Rebecca Enonchong Episode

November 16th, 2015


This week's instalment of the African Tech Round-up was recorded at the African Media Leaders Forum, which wrapped in Johannesburg on the weekend. And what a treat it is!

The show is an all-Africa affair— what with Mark …

Dealdey Reportedly Sacks 60% Of Its Work Force

November 9th, 2015


With so few high-flying start-up successes in Africa’s tech eco-system, one has to wonder just how alarmed we should get when word of job cuts and …

MTN Nigeria Stunned By Unprecedented $5.2 Billion Fine

November 2nd, 2015


It’s been a truly awful week for the MTN Group— what with a $5.2 billion fine imposed on MTN Nigeria (the group’s largest and most profitable …

Massive Downsizing At iROKOtv And South Africa Considering Police Body Cameras

October 26th, 2015


This week’s African Tech Round-up is chock-full of important digital, tech and innovation news from across the African continent— not least, the …

Mobile Service Providers In Africa Call For Regulation Of OTT Services Such As WhatsApp

October 19th, 2015


Last week it was Strive Masiyiwa's Econet Zimbabwe alluding that OTT (over the top) services such as WhatsApp and BBM are the reason they are seeing a drop in voice calls revenue and overall revenue.

Now this week, MTN …

Everything Is Difficult & Other Nuggets Of Wisdom From Nic Harry's Tech4Africa Talk

October 12th, 2015


Tefo Mohapi was invited to speak at Tech4Africa 2015 last week. He shared on the important work that he and his team at iAfrikan are continuing to do in spearheading the ground-breaking Report Xenophobia campaign.

While …

Volkswagen Up In Smoke As The South African Government Investigates

October 4th, 2015


In what is arguably the largest cybercrime scandal affecting cars to date, Volkswagen has admitted to installing software in some of their …

What's The Big Fuss About Apple Ad Blockers?

September 27th, 2015


As avid consumers of new media, it’s hard not to love the ad blocking features Apple has worked into iOS9, and the clever ad blocking apps that are selling like hotcakes on mobile app stores everywhere.

But content …

How To Build Products For Africa And Avoid Failing Like The Altech Node

September 21st, 2015


Citing “increased competition” and “unfavourable market conditions” Altron is puling the plug on the Altech Node console and will discontinue its …

Cashflow Rules Everything Around Me Alludes iROKOtv's Jason Njoku

September 13th, 2015


Launching a start-up in Africa is not for the faint-hearted. Very few promising ventures-- even those that achieve solid traction, can expect to land …

Evolution Of Mobile Phones, What's Next?

September 7th, 2015


You probably remember how popular Nokia's 3310 device was when it launched back in 2000. Affectionately known as “Die Hard” by ardent fans, it was …

What Defines An African Startup? + The Week's Biggest News

August 31st, 2015


Back in Episode 3 of the African Tech Round-up we asked the question: “What is a startup?” A lively discussion ensued— inspired by an eloquent piece written by David Adamo Jr, a Nigerian Computer Science PhD student at …

Does Africa Need More Cheap Smartphones? + The Week's Biggest News

August 23rd, 2015


For many recently married couples, the diamond engagement ring is one of their biggest assets— albeit an emotional asset, symbolising love and …

Scary Software Upgrades + The Week's Biggest News

August 17th, 2015


Microsoft certainly got millions of people excited a while ago when they announced that their latest version of Windows would be free. However, …

Importance Of Accurate Data For Africa + The Week's Biggest News

August 10th, 2015


There is no doubt that "wherever there is chaos, there is opportunity". A popular conspiracy theory suggests that the lack of quality data on the …

Hackathon Hype Or Help? + The Week's Biggest News

August 3rd, 2015


You know it’s a slow news week when the week’s biggest news involves the CEO and the CFO of South African telecoms firm, Neotel, going on leave. …

What Are You Going To Do When They Come For You? + The Week's Biggest News

July 26th, 2015


Think back to high school. Remember how the new dude always got all the girls whispering, or how the new girl got all the boys trying to walk her …

Are Kenya And Ethiopia Violating Citizens' Privacy? + The Week's Biggest News

July 19th, 2015


Many people are conflicted about the need for “cyber mercenaries” like Hacking Team to exist. Blind idealism might contend that it is simply not right for corporatised hacking syndicates with dodgy ethical standards to … Launches In Africa + The Week's Biggest News

July 12th, 2015


Everyone loves a good love story. Especially when things go according to plan: start-up founder meets venture capitalist with deep pockets, tons of real-world experience, great contacts and, of course, a tried and …

Net Neutrality Conundrum + The Week's Biggest News

July 5th, 2015


As concerns continue to be raised over the potetial threat to internet neutrality posed by Facebook's aggressive roll-out of its …

Video Streaming Stuttering In Africa? + The Week's Biggest News

June 28th, 2015


The race is still on to discover the formula for successfully distributing digital content in Africa. In a recent blogpost, Jason Njoku, the …

Game Over For Startup Seed Funds? + The Week's Biggest News

June 21st, 2015


Nigeria's "company that builds companies", Spark, announced last week its plans to drop some startups it invested in. This announcement comes just a week after 88mph's notice that it will be "taking a break" from …

Everyone's Not So Favourite Driver + The Week's Biggest News

June 14th, 2015


Uber's Roman-style campaign to achieve utter and complete worldwide domination has encountered a teeny tiny setback in Kenya. Much to the surprise of many, the company is yet to enjoy the runaway success it has become …

Is This The Worst Internet Censorship Law Ever? + The Week's Biggest News

June 7th, 2015


The internet is undoubtedly the untamed "wild west" of the modern technological age. To counteract the malicious threats that lie in wait for …

Mark Vs. Marek + The Week's Biggest News

May 31st, 2015


Nigeria's tech scene was abuzz last week following Mark Essien's hotel booking platform securing international investment co-led by Omidyar …

Bitcoin and the Blockchain: Worth Embracing? + The Week's Biggest News

May 24th, 2015


There are three prevailing views on bitcoin and the blockchain: 1) that it's a scam, 2) it's one of the most fascinating technological developments …

Open Source vs. Proprietary Software + The Week's Biggest News

May 17th, 2015


As long as "Microsoft" remains synonymous with "Proprietary Software" the jury will be out on whether proprietary software is superior to open source software (OSS). For many ardent proponents of OSS, this debate is …

Are Tech Hubs in Africa Effective? + The Week's Biggest News

May 10th, 2015


Tech and innovation hubs are all the rage in Africa at the moment. With reportedly as many as 150 in existence from Cape to Cairo, these organisations are undoubtedly "da flava" in donor funding terms. However, it seems …

What Is A Startup? + The Week's Biggest News

May 3rd, 2015


The word "startup" is often used loosely in the world of tech, and frequently worn as a badge of honour by individuals and organisations who aspire to the glamour commonly associated with modern-day entrepreneurship. In …

Does Diversity Matter? + The Week's Biggest News

April 27th, 2015


On the second episode of the African Tech Round-up we get an update on progress being made by iAfrikan and Ushahidi’s Report Xenophobia Initiative (, find out which African country Facebook’s …

Introducing The Report Xenophobia Initiative + The Week's Biggest News

April 20th, 2015


In the very first episode of the African Tech Round-up Podcast, hosts Tefo Mohapi and Andile Masuku share a little bit about themselves before diving straight into the Africa's most noteworthy digital, tech and …

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  • Capture listener activity with affinity scores
  • Measure your promotional campaigns and integrate with Google and Facebook analytics
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Engage your fanbase

  • Deliver timely Calls To Action, including email acquistion for your mailing list
  • Share exactly the right moment in an episode via text, email, and social media
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Make money

  • Tip and transfer funds directly to podcastsers
  • Earn money for qualified plays in the RadioPublic apps with Paid Listens