Wednesday, 26 February 2014


The energetic and dynamic African youth is full of creative ideas which is ready to emerge in Microsoft 4Afrika Initiative – a new attempt through which the company will vigorously engross in Africa’s economic development to expand its global competitiveness. The Microsoft 4Afrika advisory council is an external board of advisers tasked with directorial strategic investments commenced by the Microsoft 4Afrika Initiative. Microsoft’s 4Afrika initiative was launched a year ago and intended to help Africa improve its global competitiveness and facilitate Microsoft’s active rendezvous in Africa’s economic development.

Microsoft's 4Afrika initiative has carefully chosen four youth members to be the reps of Africa’s youth demographic for its advisory council. Rwanda’s Akaliza Keza Gara, Chude Jideonwo from Nigeria, Tayeb Sbihi from Morocco and Cameroon’s Olivia Mukam were selected from standing African youth leadership groups such as US President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative and the African Leadership Network. According to the officials, the new members symbolize the issues facing Africa’s youth across rural and urban populations in areas such as unemployment, education and entrance to technology. The new members bring with them skills from multiple sectors counting non-profit, technology, design and more, the technology company stated.

According to the Chairman Microsoft 4Afrika Advisory Council, Benjamin Mkapa "The information and communications technology (ICT) field is not only redefining how we conduct our major businesses on the continent, it is increasingly improving the efficiency of critical support services, such as education, health, and disaster mitigation and management. The young demographic is playing a big role in integrating new solutions to these services, and this has helped create new industries and employment opportunities.”

"We are excited about the induction of the new 4Afrika advisory council youth members because it helps the initiative stay true to the spirit of youth, enterprise and innovation," he added. Further Mteto Nyati, Vice Chair of the Microsoft 4Afrika advisory council added, "Africa has a relatively young population. This can be either a curse or a blessing. The aim of our 4Afrika Initiative is to unleash the potential of Africa’s youth. Our Ambassadors will guide us as we strive to achieve this goal."


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