Young Ivorians learn how to use a computer in Abidjan in 2004. Internet penetration in South Africa, the continent's economic powerhouse, is low compared to other leading economies in Africa due to high broadband cost and a lack of infrastructure, a study said Tuesday.
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A Congolese (Congo-Brazzaville) inventor living in France, Edgar Hardy has developed a solar lamp he has named Mona, which means "to see" in Lingala. This inventor has studied at the Ecole Centrale de Paris, and it is in partnership with the latter that he has developed the Mona lamp as an entrepreneur. Indeed, Edgar Hardy is heading Solar21, his own company.
The smartphone promised by Congolese inventor, after the Way-C, is now available. Just like the Way-C, Verone Mankou has designed his smartphone in Congo-Brazzaville and was then assembled in China (like other many electronics devices in the world).
The name of the smartphone is "Elikia" which means "hope" in Lingala language, and will be sold under the VMK brand (a company owned by Verone Mankou). The smartphone should be sold about $160. It took Verone Mankou about a year to design the device with an investment of about $120,000.
Here are some of the phone's characteristics:
Memory of 512 MB
Internal memory of 256 MB is expandable to 32 GB
650 MHz processor
5 megapixels camera
WiFi and Bluetooth (Built-in WiFi hotspot)
Verona Mankou represents a generation of young competent Africans who are showing that Africa is not only about misery. It is also full of exceptional talents who will become the future captains of industry in Africa
Verone Mankou, a young Congolese inventor aged 25, is the designer of a touchpad called "Way-C" for which the entire design and architecture have been conceived in Congo-Brazzaville.
The Way-C uses a customized version of the Android open source operating system and will be sold for about 150,000 CFA francs (228 Euros). Compared to the first generation Samsung Galaxy sold about 400,000 CFA francs (610 Euros) in Brazzaville, and the iPad 600,000 CFA francs (914 Euros), the Way-C is more affordable for the African market.
Update on Arthur Zang's works
August 13, 2012
Arthur Zang completed in June 2012 the assembly of 30 copies of the Cardio Pad with the financial support of the Cameroonian State (something rare enough in Africa not be noticed and applauded). Indeed, the Cameroonian government has allocated 20 million CFA francs (305,000 euros) to the engineer to materialize part of his project.
After traveling to China to acquire the necessary components for the manufacture of his invention, Arthur Zang managed to assemble 30 Cardio Pads in Yaoundé, Cameroon. The electrodes which are equipped with Bluetooth and that will be connected to the patients' chest have been manufactured, too. This system is important because it allows the transmission of heart rates to the Cardio Pad. Arthur Zang and his team must now succeed in connecting the Cardio Pad to operators' mobile networks with a license in Cameroon: MTN and Orange.
One will notice, among others, the quality of the design of the Cardio Pad which is a success. This shows that young Africans can combine performance, ergonomics and aesthetics in their work.
The need for a development like Eko Atlantic City has arisen because Lagos has reached its limits in terms of infrastructure, energy supply, mobility and economic growth. Royal Haskoning is responsible, as consultants to the project, for the master plan and the urban design of this new city that will be just off the coast of Lagos. “This includes environmental impact assessments, supervising the implementation of the maritime operations and above and below ground infrastructure”, explains Urban van Aar. “All disciplines within Royal Haskoning have been involved to coordinate the various roles, interests and technical issues.”
In a class of its own
The master plan and the urban design are now complete. The next task is to fill in the details of the design and layout. “Eko Atlantic City will be a new type of living and working environment in a class all of its own”, explains Urban. “In our European cities, interests are partitioned up with the environment, drainage, energy supply, etc. all in different camps. A new city like Eko Atlantic City opens up opportunities for new, interesting and sustainable combinations, such as a large, single utility company that would supply water and energy and be responsible for waste water removal and treatment. You could even include use of the tram on the island in the service costs.”
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Africa is the continent of the future, no question about it!
Sad part is Africa is being exploited by the super powers of the world.