When I Discovered
Disruption in Africa
Sometimes it falls upon a generation to be great. You can be that great generation
- Nelson Mandela
I am fortunate that I had the pleasure to make a trip to Africa for almost a month. One of my greatest adventures and it was in June to July 2018. I hiked Kilimanjaro the mountain in Tanzania, did gorilla tracking at Bwindi, Uganda and met around 15 gorillas, walking at Soweto and admiring the role of Nelson Mandela in the history of South Africa. Then one thing, I found an interesting development about home-grown startups how they disrupt in Africa.
I am happy to meet fellow female entrepreneur in Zimbabwe and startups founders in Uganda. Uganda somehow does not look like a stranger to me. Uganda has SafeBoda, which is its online ojek. It has its vast online food order and delivery, making me comfortable ordering this and that. Online cab? Yes, they are available in those countries. But, there was something that I admired.
When I was in Uganda and met Uganda startups ecosystem building founder that also has a co-working space, I spotted that there was a startups that focus on something like social movement, democracy and transparency. Unfortunately I cannot remember the name.
What make me ponder is: how the founder seems trying to address social challenges by using a founder or startups or business approach. It looks to me that the founder reflects the quote by Mandela on being a great generation. A young one who want to change and interestingly, social change using business approach.
A young one who solve problem differently and disrupt. Entrepreneurship that beyond creating job, it also creates good changes for others too. A truly founder.
Dian Noeh Abubakar
Founder, CEO & Inclusion Driver
KVB | Kennedy, Voice & Berliner