Inspired by global technology success stories, this self-taught developer and innovator from Kumasi in Southern Ghana, realised he too could deliver innovation where it was most needed, starting with his very home town. “Seeing how the big tech companies used innovation to solve some of the world’s biggest problems made me realise how important it is to learn to code,” he says. “I looked online for any free courses that could help me develop coding skills and completed as many as I could.”
He wasn't even 18 when he first developed a potentially life-saving Artificial Intelligence solution for women across the continent. And that was just for starters. A couple of years later, he co-founded the Okuafo Foundation in Ghana which has been awarded $600,000 by the Zayed Sustainability Prize as the global winner in the food category for the 2020 edition of the prize. To date, the Okuafo AI app has helped 30,000 farmers across 4 countries to reduce their crop losses and improve their harvest by 50%.
Mustapha has also been lighting the coding spark in young Africans' hearts as the Africa Code Week Youth Ambassador since 2019. "Being appointed Youth Ambassador for ACW is a dream come true, and a unique opportunity to inspire change on a global platform, encouraging young talents across the continent to learn digital skills and code the change they want to see in their community,” he says.
Washington Fellow Faith Mangope is a young professional with an intellectual climate to back up her captivating broadcasting skills. She is currently the anchor of “News Hour With Faith Mangope” on ENCA. She is also the Head of Business Development at the urban and innovative digital radio station, Massiv Metro as well as former host of e.tv’s breakfast television show, Sunrise.
Faith has been recognized as one of the Top 200 South Africans by the Mail and Guardian as well as Top 100 Young South Africans by the Independent Newspapers. Following her induction as a Washington Fellow, Faith was the first South African to be solicited to intern at Africa.Co, an entrepreneurship organization powered amongst other institutions, by the US State Department as well as Global Entrepreneurship Week.
Founder of FTA Media Communications, a media and Public Relations related corporation, as well as the New G in Business Forums, Faith also founded the New G App, a mobile application designed to provide access to job opportunities for graduates on their mobile device. She is also a faculty member at Ivy League institution Duke University, where she not only facilitates content to top company executives but also produces learning programs for partners of the University.
Her latest endeavor is The Faith Mangope Technology and Leadership Institute where she has partnered with multinational Fin Tech company, XH Smart Technology Africa to educate, empower and equip particularly African women and youth with skills and insights aligned to the Fourth Industrial Revolution.