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Welcome to this week’s edition of AI-Safari, your one-stop source for all the major happenings in Africa’s AI landscape. Let’s dive in!

AI News:

  1. Vodafone and Microsoft’s $1.5 Billion Investment: The adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) and cloud computing in Africa has been bolstered by a $1.5 billion investment deal between Vodafone and Microsoft. Over the next decade, Vodafone will invest in developing cloud and customer-focused AI services in collaboration with Microsoft. Link
  2. Bill Gates on AI in Africa: Microsoft’s founder, Bill Gates, emphasized the need for African countries to harness Artificial Intelligence (AI) to tackle the existing shortage of teachers and doctors. Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Gates revealed his commitment to funding pilot studies in Africa to realize AI tutors and AI doctors, aiming to bridge the technology adoption gap between rich and poor countries. Link
  3. Malawi’s AI Demo Day: The National Commission for Science and Technologies (NCST) in Malawi is organizing an AI demo day to exhibit local AI products and stimulate policy discussions that would thrust the country into the vanguard of emerging technologies.

New Products Launched:

  1. inq.'s AI and IoT Solutions: inq., a Convergence Partners company, has launched a comprehensive Edge Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), and Edgedock data insights solution to revolutionize business operations across various sectors in South Africa. Link
  2. Health-Focused Chatbot by Oludayo Ojerinde: AI specialist, Oludayo Ojerinde, has introduced a health-focused chatbot to cater to people’s healthcare needs. Link

People Making Waves in Africa’s AI Ecosystem:

  1. Kate Kallot: At just 33, Kate Kallot leads Africa’s only AI-based climate data aggregator and was named one of Time Magazine’s 2023 100 most influential people in AI.
  2. Avishkar Bhoopchand: A South African research engineer, Avishkar Bhoopchand, is making strides at Google DeepMind in London.
  3. Oludayo Ojerinde: An AI specialist from Nigeria, Oludayo Ojerinde, recently launched a new health-focused chatbot in Lagos, set to transform healthcare access in Nigeria.

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AI 2024 Trends (Insights)

  1. Nigeria’s readiness for Artificial Intelligence is explored, focusing on its potential to revolutionize sectors like business and healthcare, while considering challenges such as unemployment and infrastructure needs. Link
  2. Six strategies for growing Africa’s impact ecosystem are discussed, including recognizing impactful businesses, enhancing local and external financial relationships, and changing the narrative around impact investing. Link
  3. The Independent Uganda identifies ten key trends in Africa for 2024, including e-commerce growth, climate initiatives, AI advancements, and the evolving music and art scenes. Link
  4.’s overview on AI discusses generative AI advancements, AI’s role in consumer assistance, and predictions about major companies’ involvement in AI development and its impact on software companies Link
    ▫️ We hope you find these updates insightful. Stay tuned for more exciting news from Africa’s AI frontier!
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