Aug 30 2012

Science and Innovation in Africa: invisible no more

Category: Uncategorized<ADMINNICENAME> @ 6:02 PM

Bravo to two South African scientists to drawing attention, in the influential pages of Science magazine, to the revival and advance of scientific research in Sub-Saharan Africa. The new vitality in scientific research in the region is paralleled by a deepening interest in innovation by entrepreneurs, engineers and ordinary people in the region. The new appreciation for science as an activity and innovation as way of life should benefit Africa and Africans in a multitude of ways, most which remain obscure. But surely as Africans are emerging as important consumers, they will also become increasingly important to the world as producers — and innovators. As I wrote recently in a column for Spectrum magazine on indigenous innovation in Africa, “No longer content to import technology, Africans are using cellphones to spur indigenous innovation.”