Join Farmcrowdy’s Onyeka Akumah, Others at the Innovation Summit for Africa 2018

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Onyeka Akumah, co-founder and CEO of Farmcrowdy, Nigeria’s first digital agriculture platform,  is among the prominent African Tech players that will be speaking at the annual Innovation Summit for Africa which has been billed to hold in Nairobi on March 6, 2018.

This was disclosed in a tweet this morning by the company’s Twitter handle:

The event which has been organised by the Economist Events aims at bringing together a host of digital stakeholders including startups and investors to discuss how Africa can successfully fulfil its digital potentials.

The Summit will feature topics such as; Exchange African innovation in a drawbridge up the world, Policy as a driver for innovation, Africa’s next-generation innovators, The future of the mobile continent, and Can Africa be the world’s factory?

Although Africa holds the promise of significantly accelerating growth in certain technologies, it is still being held back by problems such as poor infrastructure, skills shortages, weak governance and a continual reliance on commodities. The event organizers have promised that the event bears the promise of proferring credible solutions.

In a build-up statement for the event, they said:

Africa undoubtedly offers potential, but the question remains: how will it be achieved? Are African governments doing enough to improve infrastructure, train their workforces, modernise regulations and ensure inclusive growth, to create a better business climate and boost trade? How can companies innovate and capitalise on advances in technology to scale up their businesses across the continent? Can Africa’s tech-driven startups become engines of future growth? And will a connected Africa be better for business and improve lives for people overall?

On the side, attendees will have the chance to meet and share ideas with business leaders, policymakers, entrepreneurs, technologists, and industry stakeholders. They will also get to explore opportunities and challenges for the expansion of digital transformation in the region.

Other speakers at the event include BitPesa CEO, Elizabeth Rossiello; Nailab Founder, Sam Gichuru; Andela Chief Strategy Officer, Wambui Kinya; MEST Managing Director, Aaron Fu; TPG’s Africa Managing Partner, Yemi Lalude; Managing Director iHub, Mary Gicharu and a host of others.


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