The Connecting Africa Podcast
By Connecting Africa
The Connecting Africa PodcastNov 09, 2023
Cassava Tech Talks Ep. 3: Connecting the next billion
In the latest Cassava Tech Talks podcast we discuss Africa's connectivity mix and how satellite and subsea cables factor into overcoming connectivity gaps on the continent. Guests are David Eurin, CEO of Liquid Dataport, and Dobek Pater, analyst and director at Africa Analysis. #sponsored
Cassava Tech Talks Ep. 2: Solving Africa's energy crisis
In the latest Cassava Tech Talks podcast we discuss the role of distributed energy as a solution for Africa's energy crisis. Guests are Norman Moyo, CEO of Distributed Power Africa, and Frost & Sullivan consultant Patrick Prestele. #sponsored
Cassava Tech Talks Ep. 1: Building African Intelligence
In the pilot episode of Cassava Tech Talks, powered by Connecting Africa, we discuss the transformative power of technology to reduce the digital divide by leveraging true African Intelligence. Guests are Hardy Pemhiwa, President and Group CEO of Cassava Technologies, and Hendrik Malan, Managing Partner and CEO of Frost & Sullivan Sub-Saharan Africa. #sponsored
S2 Ep. 10 – Financial inclusion reality check
On the final episode for season two hosts Tobi Lafinhan, Paula Gilbert and Matshepo Sehloho discuss financial inclusion in Africa and whether fintech services like mobile money are really making the impact they promise.
S2 Ep. 9 – Financial literacy & wealth creation
In this episode we speak to Bamboo co-founder and CEO Richmond Bassey about his fintech app which is giving Africans global investment opportunities and promoting financial literacy to help grow the wealth of the continent and its people.
S2 Ep. 8 – Empowering the African diaspora
In this episode we speak to Rahim Diallo, founder and CEO of fintech Jawudi, which is shaking up the money transfer space by using 20% of the profits from its remittance service to launch a fund which will invest directly back into startups across Africa.
S2 Ep. 7 - Gender-lens investing
In this Connecting Africa Podcast we discuss gender-lens investing in Africa and are joined by Eloho Omame who is the co-founder of FirstCheck Africa.
S2 Ep. 6 – Breaking into VC
In this episode the Connecting Africa Podcast team speak to Cindy Ai, co-founder of Dream VC, about why so many young Africans aspire to get into the venture capital game and how her investor accelerator is helping them do that.
S2 Ep. 5 – Next-gen funerals
In this episode we speak to South African startup Sendoff's co-founder Zolani Matebese about how the company is digitizing funerals to become Africa's 'Uber for funerals'.
S2 Ep. 4 – Agri-fintech, from kibbutz to Kenya
In this episode the Connecting Africa Podcast team speak to Israeli-Kenyan startup Avenews's co-founder and CEO Shalom Ben-Or about his fintech super app that has been built specifically for Africa's agriculture industry.
S2 Ep. 3 – Building fintech in Ghana
In this episode the Connecting Africa Podcast team speak to BezoMoney co-founder and CEO Mubarak Sumaila for a deep dive into Ghana's fintech ecosystem and how it differs from its counterparts in other African countries.
S2 Ep. 2 – Remittance revolution
This episode the team chatted to SendSprint founder and CEO Damisi Busari about Africa's remittance market and how she is trying to improve the experience that Africans in the diaspora have with sending money home.
S2 Ep. 1 – Talent wars
The Connecting Africa Podcast is back with a new season. We welcome new co-host Matshepo Sehloho to the team and discuss the tech skills gap on the continent. The team chats about Africa's talent pipeline as well as the battle between startups and global giants when it comes to hiring and maintaining that talent.
S1 Ep. 9 – Tackling the digital divide
In the season finale of the Connecting Africa Podcast, the hosts share their insights on Africa's digital divide and what needs to be done to bridge the gap.
S1 Ep. 8 – Edtech for the future of work
In the penultimate episode of Series One, the team discusses education and particularly technology skills training for Africans and our guest is Eyitayo Ogunmola, CEO of Utiva, which is a startup offering digital courses preparing young people for the future of work.
S1 Ep. 7 – Coding for diversity
This week the team chat to Baratang Miya, founder and CEO of Girlhype, who has been running a coding school for underprivileged girls in South Africa for almost 20 years. She shares her fascinating story about how as a struggling student and mother she fell in love with ICT and has now made a career out of fighting for diversity and inclusion in tech.
S1 Ep. 6 – Rise of the super app
This week, the Connecting Africa team discusses the rising trend of super apps in Africa with Gozem co-founder, Raphael Dana, who gives us the backstory to the francophone Africa-focused platform that evolved from a ride-hailing service into an integrated app for on-demand transportation, delivery, and cashless payment solutions.
S1 Ep. 5 – AI vs. Humanity
This week Tunisian startup InstaDeep's co-founder Zohra Slim joined the podcast and shared the human story behind the successful artificial intelligence and machine learning startup and how you maintain startup culture even when your company grows.
S1 Ep. 4 – Cutting out the middleman
This week, the team caught up with Amitruck founder and CEO Mark Mwangi. The Kenyan startup has created a digital logistics marketplace and is helping Kenyans secure transport directly from truck drivers and owners by cutting out the need for brokers.
S1 Ep. 3 – Startups, funding & failing fast with Zachariah George
This week the team chat to Startupbootcamp AfriTech co-founder Zachariah George about venture capital and angel investing in Africa and what he is looking for in the next generation of tech startups on the continent.
S1 Ep. 2 – Life, death & affordable legal tech
In the second instalment of the new Connecting Africa Podcast the team chat to Life.file co-founders Sinal Govender and Claire Keet who are approaching legal tech in a very unique way and helping people get their ducks in a row before they die.
S1 Ep. 1 - Creating a fintech giant
This is the pilot episode of the new Connecting Africa Podcast. In this episode the team talk about M-Pesa's origin story, the evolution of mobile money beyond just payments and how telcos are now offering financial services. We also discuss the rise of the African 'Super App' and whether the continent is embracing crypto currencies.