Imagine a world where Africa is not a mere follower, a victim of exploitation, where our ideas, values and cultures have a chance to survive. A world where the average citizen of our countries is not poor. A world where we contribute to the progress of humanity, scientifically, technologically and sustainably.
Where nobody is left behind because of skin colour, nationality, gender or any minor difference.
Because those exact differences are valuable traits that can lift and carry all of us.
When i started to understand the world around me, and realised how everything is setup to exploit my people and to benefit the so called west, I repeatedly asked myself, how would Nkrumah, Sankaara, Malcolm X, Winnie Mandela, Cabraffl, and all those great woman and man we had throughout history use the technologies we have at hand today to save our continent.
See, they warned us. They said: “the real struggle is not against colonialism. “ The struggle continues, it does not end with independence, it is a constant, the struggle is a constant that has always been there and always will be. But unfortunately we let our guards down, and as a result, we are occupied again. New times, new means, new forms of exploitation upon the weakest.
They told us, the real fight is against neo-colonialism, but many of us don’t even know what neo-colonialism is.
Neo-colonialism is all the new ways in which they sneak into our economies and power structures to render them useless and obsolete. They managed to keep us at the position of least developed region, and Africans, blacks , browns whatever you want to call us, the least prosperous and most oppressed people in the world.
What our great leaders at the time, called neo-colonialism, for lack of a better understanding of this institutionalised system that was still in it’s infancy, I call digital colonialism, because the new whip is digital. Technological progress managed to make us dependent and to put us back at the servitude of the imperialists. Information is power, it is the new gold, digital colonialism is all about that.
See! Technology, the modern financial system, knowledge, data, all those things are used against us and disguised as being in favour of us.
But these same technologies have the potential to level the field and to equalise access to all basic human necessities, technology can not only help us, but also make us more human. If we have access to it, the knowledge to use it, and the right channels to raise our voice through it, if we make sure that solutions to our problems are implemented according to our own needs. Boy! Nobody can stop us!
They say before they came here, we did’n have history, but we know today that those times were the age of African prosperity, before slavery, before colonialism, before Europe got out of their dark ages we had our Golden Ages.
In Fact, it’s by plunging Africa into these dark ages that they made it out of their’s. It’s by enslaving, exploiting and plundering us that they build the wealth that allowed them to become what they are today.
Nobody can expect that half a century after our countries got independence they reach the level of progress at which the colonizers are. Especially when they keep standing in the way of our progress while pretending not to. Help is not what we need, paying the right price for our resources instead of exploiting them would have been enough. Because while our resources are under our feet, they remain in their hands.
It was not necessary to plunge Africa in a dark age of which we are barely recovering today in order to create wealth for other parts of the world. No!
It could have happened in a more equitable way, through trade not plunder, through partnership not exploitation. But it is not too late for that, we have to acknowledge our past, learn from it and work together as humanity, not as individual races, all of us as one. With our planet, and not against it.
Now we live in a new world, a different world, a digital world, human capital has a different meaning, while humans used to compete with physical forces, in order to fulfil mechanical labor needs, most woman and men are on the brink of reaching a potential obsolescence. Especially here in Africa.
After the physical obsolescence where machines replaced physical labour, comes the age of mental obsolescence, machines are thinking for us, making choices for us, penetrating and taking jobs that we never thought a machine would be capable of doing.
We have to develop the scientific and critical thinking skills of every single of our citizens in order to allow them to stay relevant in this new status quo. See we are not even using machines in the same way as they were using them 100 years ago, at least not at the same scale.
By using mechanical technologies in the first industrial revolutions, humans were able to liberate their hands and create disposable income and time, this new immaterial wealth was used to develop computational and information technologies that allowed us to automate those mechanical machines and freed our species even more, with every new invention, we got better at inventing, we grew, we evolved and we are still growing and evolving, now we rival evolution to a point where “Moors law”, a theory that defines the rate at which computational technology evolves, seems to be applicable to humanity itself.
Now, before invention surpasses us we will need to reinvent ourselves, to enhance humanity, we will be able to heal deafness and blindness, and once we heal blindness we will try to improve our vision beyond natural capabilities, because, why not! If we can we might as well…
But where is Africa in all of that…
I learned coding and developed my scientific skills by myself, exploring, researching, following scientific principles and technological progresses while always looking back at our societal and human needs in order to understand how these valuable discoveries and progresses can contribute to a better Africa.
Now, half of humanity is confined, quarantined, in order to protect itself and give itself time to adapt to a new threat, we had to distance ourselves from each other. I realise that many actually do not have the privilege to stay home, to stop working. And why? Because Poverty. Again.
We share a vision of a better future for all of us, it is rooted in our past, the Mali empire, Kilwa, the Kush, great Zimbabwe, all those cities and cultures that contributed so much to human progress and civil evolution.
What if there was a place on the internet, a virtual space in which all our greatness is reintroduced, an online platform that values everyone from the continent, that gives anybody access to technological progress and the necessary knowledge to use it.
What if we had a new Alexandria, the rebirth of the brilliant African Library which was humanity’s first attempt to centralise and democratise knowledge, what if we could bring it back and make it accessible to all. What if Timbuktu, the first university city of the world was alive, thriving online, and anybody could visit it, tap into the millions of books and the knowledge it once had to learn. What if the village it takes to raise a child was a place on the internet where we can use our community spirit to collaborate, and our sense of family and brotherhood to provide work and work for each other.
Songai dot cloud is this place, this virtual Africa where anybody can become a citizen, use the latest technologies freely in any sense of the word.
Songai is build with Africa in mind, our history, cultures, values, so that all of us can feel welcomed and at home.
Artificial Intelligence, blockchain technology, a scalable infrastructure and open source technologies make it a unique place. Songai Cloud is future proof, inclusive and agnostic of our cultures, traditions and everything that defines us.
This is not an app, it is not a mere service or website, this is Africa, in the cloud.