Where Africa and Technology Collide!

The Carnival of African Enterprising (3rd Edition)

I’m proud to host the 3rd Carnival of African Enterprising, following in the fine footsteps of AfricanPath and African Loft. Each host of a Carnival has some freedom in how they choose to put their piece together. In mine, I’ve decided to pick what I considered the top 5 most interesting articles on African business and economy that were submitted.

  1. John Wesonga on the importance of African technologists to be innovators not imitators.
  2. Ken Teyie claims that the United States of Africa is already here in practice, using technology and banking to show how business dictates change.
  3. Joshua Goldstein talks about the emerging Cameroonian film industry that is engaging in the lives of everyday Cameroonians.
  4. Benin Mwangi interviews Mr. Tunde Noibi, co-founder of AfroKicks, a shoe company that creates customized “African” sneakers.
  5. Gavin Chait discusses Zimbabwe’s failed economy and how it might be saved by the South Africans, on Scholars and Rogues.
  6. Bonus (Okay, this wasn’t submitted, but I really enjoyed it…)
    The Annansi Chronicles raises some very thought provoking commentary on what role the ultra-rich African play in the scramble for Africa’s resources.

Host a Carnival on your site
If you would like to host a carnival (which I highly suggest doing) – talk to Benin Mwangi. To submit to next months edition, follow this link.


  1. Hash:

    Great job, it looks very good. I appreciate your selectivity. The logo that you made is very nice too.

    Now I have some real reading to do…Thanks again for the good work.

  2. what good company to be among. Thanks for choosing me!


  3. Joshua G:

    Kudos to you too. I never knew that Cameroon was jumping into the films industry too. Now there are Kenya, Tanzania (Bongowood), Nollywood (Nigeria), Mali, Burkina Faso, Ghana, S. Africa, and now Cameroon that are representing the continent’s film industry. I think there are several in the northern region of the continent too.

    Thanks Joshua.

  4. Hash,

    Just submitted an article for your next blog carnival.

    Nii Simmonds

  5. Hi Nii, tradition has it that the carnival should hop from one contributing blogger to the next. Have you talked to Benin about hosting it at some point?

  6. Benin – when do you want me to host blog carnival next?


  7. Nii:

    September would be wonderful. You have my email address right? Drop me a line and we can discuss the details.

  8. Wow, I am so flattered that I made it to the carnival in my first attemp. Thanks for the selection. I have to confess that the rest of the selections are great. Let me read on before I make more responses.
    PS: Benin, I can host one of the future carnivores at The African Executive (http://www.africanexecutive.com), I would want to talk about “Rebranding Africa : The African way”
    Drop me a line lets see how it goes.

  9. I thouroughly enjoyed J. Wesonga’s article. Keep up the good work.

  10. Ken:

    That sounds good. I will contact you offline. Thanks for your excellent contribution it was certainly excellent material and so it made the cut.


    True indeed. J Wesonga is good. I really like their Peupe project too.

  11. On John Wesonga’s importance of African technologists to be innovators not imitators:

    John use an interesting word…”mentorship.” This and a means of formal and practical training is what these folks need to take them to the next level. This is how Asia became what it is today…

    I think he have identified a critical need in the African IT sector…and the right mindset is not to be overly critical, but see this an opportunity to impact some people positively in the areas of training and tutelage.

  12. Comment above is incomplete and loaded with several errors …but the message is clear.

  13. Great initiative!!!
    Has our support.

    But it is, here in the Western Cape, South Africa, a battle to get something off the ground. Too much local politics and since we’re Dutch …
    But we are getting to it.
    Involving local community; developing new innovative handcrafted products; supporting local farm workers primary school with practical and theoretical garden education (very unusual in this ‘outback’ of South Africa). At the end it’s all rewarding and beneficial for all parties involved.

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