10 African Tech Startup Founders You’ve Never Heard Of Who Are Disrupting Traditional Sectors

Written by Peter Pedroncelli
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A Ghanaian woman is using the internet of things (IoT) to help farmers track their livestock in real time.

A young Cameroonian entrepreneur recently made it onto the Forbes Under 30 list for building an online professional services platform.

These business women and men are using innovation and tech to evolve sectors which have typically experienced little change.

Education, healthcare, agriculture and more, these are some of the industries across Africa that are benefiting from the efforts of a new wave of entrepreneurs.

Here are 10 African tech startup founders you’ve probably never heard of who are disrupting traditional sectors.

Bamai Namata

Founder of tech firm Maibeta Inc, Bamai Namata is one of the younger entrepreneurs on this list, and at 26, he is already a force to be reckoned with. He is the only Cameroonian this year to feature on the Forbes Under 30 list, creating the digital service platform that connects private and institutional customers to vetted service professionals and technicians for maintenance, repair, and construction industry work.

Brenda Katwesigye

Brenda Katwesigye is the Ugandan entrepreneur behind Wazi Vision, a startup using the virtual reality tech to provide affordable eye care to school children. Her inspiration came from the fact that she herself requires glasses, and she noticed the unreasonable cost for eye care considering the average income. She aims to make eye care accessible and affordable to everyone regardless of their income status, according to Lionessesofafrica.

Onyeka Akumah

Onyeka Akumah is the founder and CEO of Nigerian agritech startup, Farmcrowdy, a digital agriculture platform which connects working class people as farm sponsors with farmers in order to increase food production while promoting youth participation in agriculture. Under Akumah’s guidance the startup received the Digital Business of the Year award in Africa in recognition of the platform’s efforts to empower the agricultural community through tech. Akumah was previously the chief commercial officer of Travelbeta, a leading Nigerian online travel agency.

Abraham Omani Quaye

Motivated by a love of technology and his passion for farming, Agrocentry’s Ghanaian founder Abraham Nii Omani Quaye, built a system designed to end poverty and hunger in Africa. The startup’s online farmers’ market, Farmart, is a digital market that allows farmers to reduce post-harvest losses and consumers to have access to fresh produce from their mobile devices or computers, according to ITNewsAfrica.

Faraja Nyalandu

Faraja Nyalandu is the Tanzanian edupreneur who founded Shule Direct, a startup that produces accessible, localized digital learning for secondary students, improving access to quality learning resources for children and young people in Tanzania. Nyalandu’s passion for education has inspired her to give young people access to digital learning content via mobile phones and through online learning portals.

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Yoco CEO Katlego Maphai (second from left) along with his co-founders. Photo – Yoco

Katlego Maphai

Katlego Maphai is the successful co-founder of South African fintech startup Yoco, a point of sale payments provider which recently raised $16 million in a Series B round of funding. The CEO previously worked at Rocket Internet, Delta Partners and Accenture. The latest round of funding brings total investment in the business up to $23 million, thanks to Maphai’s leadership.

Edith Brou

Ivorian tech founder Edith Brou is an influential entrepreneur within West Africa, but not very well known outside of the region. 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.

Niyi Adegboye

Nigerian Niyi Adegboye is the founder of cloud accounting platform, Accounteer, which recently won the inaugural MEST Africa Challenge organized by the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology. Adegboye has a degree in chemistry and is certified in project management, but he had a passion for startups and his venture has now taken off. The fintech startup offers accounting and payroll management software that is specifically developed with the needs of African small and medium businesses in mind.

Ink Eze

Ink Eze is the Nigerian founder of Aso Ebi Bella, an online community that connects traditional fashion enthusiasts with small and medium-sized businesses in the fashion, beauty, and wedding industries, in Nigeria and other parts of Africa. The trend-setter was previously an editor at Nigerian entertainment news site BellaNaija, and has focused a great deal of effort in growing Aso Ebi Bella’s social media presence, with over 1.5 million followers across the brand’s social media, according to SheLeads.

Winnie Akoko

Ghanaian Winnie Akoko is the entrepreneur behind AniTrack, an internet of things startup that enables farmers to track their livestock in real time, offering a service to the agricultural industry that is very valuable. The female CEO and her team have driven the agritech startup towards success, and it recently launched a product called Animartt, which is essentially a classifieds platform for livestock. She is incredibly passionate about her company, using her personal social media channels to market the startup and its benefits.