Heads up Los Angeles—the future of tech is in Africa with innovation coming from Africa. This isn’t wishful thinking. It’s based on facts that were shared at the first annual Africa Future Tech Summit which took place in New York, last week. The summit was a deep dive into Africa’s growing influence in tech and it was organized to maximize vital information about tech developments and trends across the African continent. The one-day summit featured workshops and keynotes that taught the basics of startup development, investment, and ecosystem building. The summit concluded with an evening VIP networking session and private meetings with speakers, experts, and investors.
Co-founded by award-winning Haitian-American entrepreneur Christine Ntim — who recently hosted the Haiti Tech Summit —along with her husband, Ghanian-British entrepreneur Einstein Kofi Ntim.
Ntim is a mother of two and an award-winning Haitian-American entrepreneur & startup ecosystem expert for emerging markets. She is the founder of Vendedy, Partner at Global Startup Ecosystem Accelerators and co-founder of Africa Future Summit – a Meventum Network event which she runs with her husband, Ghanaian British, Einstein Kofi Ntim. She was selected and featured in Forbes 30 Under 30, AdAge 40 Under 40, Haiti Changemakers 1804 List, Singularity NASA, Entrepreneur Magazine, Huffington Post, Inc Magazine and more. She speaks on digital entrepreneurship, startup hacking, exponential tech AI, and personal branding at over 20+ global conferences a year- which includes former appearances at the U.S. State Department Tours, United Nations, TEDx, SXSW, Startup Grind Global, SeedStars World, European Union Forum and more.
Here is what Ntim had to share about tech, Africa, African Americans and ruling the world!
Los Angeles Sentinel: Why is it important to address technology in Africa?
Christine Ntim: The narrative around Africa has been completely skewed because technology started on the continent. If we’re being very clear. If that’s where humanity started any type of innovation started on the continent [Africa] and yet all futuristic conversation about AI, Blockchain [technologies ] or any type of futuristic technology is talked about outside of the continent.
So clearly there is a bias around what the real reality is. If there is any leap for humanity it has to start with Africa. I go back to the movie “Black Panther” I think that’s the first time that someone has an actual conversation about what technology and innovation and the future looks like in the Mother Land. One of the reasons we team up with so many media partners is to help reframe the narrative. It’s not just to get the story out but to reshape that narrative around Africa, and the continent. Not in a sob story way. People are always representing us in a sad way, [we are not coming] from a pity perspective but from a reality perspective.
LAS: Do you think African American kids are ready for the tech revolution? What do you—a parent—want other parents to understand?
CN: No, I do not. If our kids are not building the tech of the future then they will not be able to dictate our futures. I coded my first website in 2016 while I was pregnant with my firstborn. I launched a digital accelerator site – now 1000 entrepreneurs across 90 countries do our online digital accelerator program each year via www.globalstartupecosystem.com. I coded 20 more sites in 2017 to launch the event series of tech summits bringing tech communities together. Now we are the largest tech network for emerging markets on the planet: Africa Tech Summit | Ghana Tech Summit | Haiti Tech Summit Ai Tech Summit | Blockchain Tech Summit | Space Tech Summit | VR Tech Summit. Our daughters are very tech savvy and we hope they stay that way.
Technology is the heart of humanity’s progress. It’s imperative that people get the narrative straight- the future is Africa because it always has been. Ponder this, if humanity was born on the African continent, then the future of humanity needs to be solidified on the African continent.
One of the reasons that the film “Black Panther” was so successful was because it gave us a visual representation of Africa’s tech future.
Let me be clear, whoever runs the tech, runs the future.
LAS: What’s next for 2019 which is the 400 year anniversary of the slave trade?
CN: In 2019 the Africa Future Summit event will produce 20 summits around the world and half of which will be across the continent. Launching the series around the tech innovation conversation across the continent and showcasing the beauty of Africa’s tech future while touring around the world to share it.
LAS: Is Los Angeles part of the 2019 plans?
CN: Oh my goodness, I hope so. I do. I want the Africa Future Summit to come to Los Angeles, that would be a dream.
LAS: Perhaps I can help you with that part of the dream for the Africa Future Summit ?
CN: Lapacazo, that would be amazing. Remember, whoever runs the tech, runs the future.