10 African Tech Founders Worth Following On Twitter

10 African Tech Founders Worth Following On Twitter

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Twitter is a popular platform for African tech founders, with the likes of South African serial entrepreneur Vusi Thembekwayo tweeting his insightful and witty brand of wisdom on a daily basis through almost 30,000 tweets and counting.

Africa’s very own Richard Branson, Tanzanian tech founder and philanthropist Ashish Thakka has almost a million followers on Twitter, using the social network to advance his charitable agenda and discuss tech and business topics that interest him in a down to earth manner which endears the reader to the multi-millionaire adrenaline junkie.

Twitter therefore gives the average Joe the opportunity to interact and listen to the thoughts of some of Africa’s most successful techpreneurs, including inspirational women such as Khanyi Dhlomo, who built a media empire in South Africa from the ground up, and continues to inspire the next generation of women through some of her tweets.

From South Africa to Nigeria, African tech founders have gained many followers through their innovative startups and the inventive ways in which they are creating jobs while finding solutions to modern African problems.

Here are 10 African tech founders worth following on Twitter.

Ashish J. Thakkar – @AshishJThakkar

Tanzanian investor, entrepreneur and philanthropist Thakkar is followed by over 944,000 Twitter followers, and is very active online. He is the founder of Mara Group, a Pan-African conglomerate with interests in internet, telecom and communications, property, manufacturing and finance, according to Forbes.

Tayo Oviosu – @oviosu

Tayo Ovioso is the founder and CEO of Paga, the leading mobile payments company in Nigeria. He has over 14,500 followers, while he is incredibly active on the platform, having posted more than 24,000 tweets. The Nigerian entrepreneur recently spoke to Jamarlin Martin on his GHOGH podcast, discussing subjects related to his company, bitcoin’s prospects in Nigeria, why the African economic opportunity is really Nigeria, and whether Tayo would ever run for President.

Khanyi Dhlomo – @khanyidhlomo

South African media entrepreneur Khanyi Dhlomo tweets often in response to various topical issues of the moment. She uses the platform to publish her thoughts on women’s issues and entrepreneurship, having posted almost 5,000 tweets to over 90,000 followers. She is the founder and CEO of Ndalo Media, a leading multi-platform media company in South Africa which publishes many popular magazines.


Vusi Thembekwayo – @VusiThembekwayo

South African public speaker and serial entrepreneur Vusi Thembekwayo is the founder behind a number of businesses including Watermark Capital Partners, Speaker’s Bootcamp, Motiv8, The Inspiration Project, My Growth Fund and Iconoclast, according to his website. Thembekwayo tweets often, ammassing almost 30,000 tweets since joining the platform in July 2009. He has grown his following to over 284,000 people.

Edith Brou – @edithbrou

With over 133,000 followers on Twitter, Ivorian tech founder Edith Brou is an influential entrepreneur. She is the founder and CEO of Africa Contents Group, an internet media company specializing in social media management and digital content creation. The company produces African info-entertainment website BuzzyAfrica.com, according to Circumspecte.

Vinny Lingham – @VinnyLingham

Vinny Lingham is a South African internet entrepreneur who co-founded Gyft, a mobile gift card company backed by Google Ventures. He is now the founder and CEO behind Civic, a company that uses blockchain identity-verification technology to provide individuals with private and secure digital identities. He has over 153,000 followers on Twitter, many of which began following the tech founder on the South African versions of Shark Tank and Dragon’s Den.

Strive Masiyiwa – @StriveMasiyiwa

The Executive Chairman and Founder of the Econet Group has over 233,000 followers on Twitter, and he has been an active member of the social media site since January 2012. While he often retweets other posts, he does not post his own posts as often as others on this list. When he does, Masiyiwa comments on African business while publicizing news about his business interests.

Rebecca Enonchong – @africatechie

Cameroonian tech entrepreneur Rebecca Enonchong is the founder and CEO of AppsTech, a global provider of enterprise application solutions. With over 68,000 followers on Twitter following her aptly named handle @africatechie, Enonchong posts often with her most favorite topics involving women in tech as well as tech in Africa.


Jason Njoku – @JasonNjoku

With over 27,400 followers on Twitter, the Nigerian entrepreneur, film magnate and African startup investor founded iROKOtv, which gives millions of people all over the world the ability to view Nigerian television and film content via the internet.

TMS Ruge – @tmsruge

Ruge was born in Uganda and grew up in Uganda, Kenya and the United States. He is the co-founder of Remit Uganda, a mobile money service in the East African country, as well as JadedAid and Hive Colab, a collaborative work space and innovation hub in Uganda. He tweets to an audience of over 16,000 followers.