10 Most Technologically Advanced Countries in Africa
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Top 10 Most Technologically Advanced Countries in Africa
Technology is growing very rapidly with United States at the fore front while Europe and Asia is also within the circle. Africa is comparatively lagging behind and a lot dependent on acquisition of already invented technology. However, Africa is not willing to keep lagging behind forever and some of the countries in the continent are at the fore front of technological advancement. We are beginning to see rapid growth in technological advancement in countries like Kenya, South Africa, Nigeria just to name a few. Below is the list of African countries with the most Advanced technology, take a look at it and hopefully you’ll find it interesting, I look forward to reading your comments.
A country in the southern Africa, Zimbabwe has experienced a slurred GNP annual growth rate. Technologically, the country is not experiencing a revolution in tech but is is strong enough to be regarded among the top ten technologically advancing countries in Africa. With stability in the government of Zimbabwe, there is much room for improvement. The country has a lot of human skills that can easily be harnessed for greater good in technology.
Uganda, a country that is mostly remembered with the mention of Idi Amin should perhaps also be remembered among the top countries in Africa with an advancing technology. According to a study conducted by Martin Prosperity Institute of the US, Uganda is one of the three African countries that has been ranked among the countries with advanced technological and innovation capabilities in Africa. In the report, Uganda is second to South Africa and followed by Madagascar. Across the globe, Uganda is among the 82 countries of the world that has advanced technological and innovation capabilities.
The science and technology industry in Angola remains limited but there is increasing awareness hence the country is getting on the right track when it comes to information and technology development. There may not have been a lot of ground breaking and jaw chattering inventions coming from the country but it is expected that with sustained growth and development, Angola would come up to be a tech giant in Africa.
Botswana is one of the most stable and successful economies in the whole of Africa. Technology is fast becoming a measure of international devlopment and Botswana is not willing to be left behind. The Botswana’s Innovation Hub backed by the government is designed to throw start-ups, global corporations, and research and health organizations under one massive green roof to facilitate the growth of technology in the country.
Rwanda is a country ravaged by civil war and genocide in the past and right now, the country is aiming to become a regional hub for African information technology. In this regard, the country is already in the process of laying a broadband network. The country is engaging rapidly with all kinds of technology at once and perhaps we’d soon be able to see mind blowing inventions.
With a much more stable and growing economy, Ghana is poised to have one of the best environments that support advancement in technology. Quite a lot of technological innovation has emanated from the west African country of 25 million people. Using compressed gas to generate electricity invented by Mr Freddie Green is one of the out of the box thoughts that became real in the country. An affordable video conferencing system was also developed by a Ghanaian. The country is being looked upon as the next great African country.
Kenya is definitely among the top 4 African countries to be envied when it comes to technology. With the country seeing a lot of startup companies especially in the information technology world, The country is bound to continue seeing a lot of start-ups that may eventually form International platforms for further technology growth. Some of the inventions from Kenya include: Kasha, Mocality, alarm-fitted television created by a 44-year-old man who resides in Nairobi. The alarm can be set off with a simple jostle of movement and can sound for up to eight hours, the creation of a charcoal stove and s solar powered refrigerator which allows medications including vaccinations and valuable perishables to reach remote areas of rural cities where there is no hope of finding electricity
The most populous country has not been left out in technology and innovative developments across africa. Coming at the third slot, Nigeria is a technology giant with lots of potentials in the industry. In recent times, the country saw the famous demonstration of a urine powered generator developed by school teenagers; a Moringa plant technology that would enable Nigerians to use Moringa plant for water treatment, toward increasing the accessibility to portable water in the country. There are also a lot of achievements in mobile and web apps development in the country. Though the internet penetration is still low, Nigeria is a country with a lot of potentials producing the most talented people when given the opportunity.
It was said that civilization started in Egypt. Egypt has been at the associated with discoveries and innovations. From the Egyptian Pyramid to the use of calender and written language. The Northern African Country has not relented in spearheading science and technology in Africa. Egypt has some of the best universities in Africa that support development in technology. Egypt has gone this far because the government embrace technology with an attitude spread across all Industries.
1. SOUTH AFRICA
If you are waiting to see the country that occupies the number 1 spot, it is definitely South Africa. South Africa cannot easily be compared with most other countries across Africa. The country supports her human potentials and that is the reason you see a lot of development in the IT field springing up from South Africa. With South African Universities constituting most of the best universities in Africa, the country is bound to keep producing some of the amazing inventions. The list of discoveries that are worth mentioning are quite enormous. Linux Ubuntu developed by Mark Shuttleworth, Multichoice (DSTV) is a south african company with a global influence, Thawte which was eventually acquired by Verisign now owned by Symantec, PayPal which was co-founded by a South African who also founded SpaceX and Tesla Motors, CAT scan, SASOL technology that converts coal into oil just to mention a few.