Konnichiwa!

I’ve been working on this for a while, but I feel like it’s now at a point where we can share. You might be aware that we’re hosting an AMA with Fola Olatunji-David of Ventures Platform. That is actually the first of a full-fledged AMA series that will last at least 12 weeks, and span a broad range of topics and geographies. I will lock down and release the full schedule before or on Monday next week, but in addition to Fola, we’ve got four other AMA guests confirmed, and more to come.


Nanjira Sambuli

Nanjira is a Kenyan researcher and analyst with a focus on how technology intersects with governance, media and culture. She currently leads the Web Foundation’s advocacy efforts to promote digital equality in access to and use of the Web. Before joining the Web Foundation, she was Research Lead at the iHub in Nairobi, where she helped shape governance and tech research, and provided strategic guidance for the growth of technology research in East Africa.

As prolific a writer as Victor Asemota (if not more), Nanjira’s favourite topics are internet/digital rights and freedoms. Net neutrality, internet as human rights, surveillance, the rise of citizen participation in governance on the back of digital adoption, and more…she’s got you. Get those questions ready.

 

Abis Soetan

Abis is a financial professional and investor in startups. He is currently a member of Greentree Investment’s executive team and advises their portfolio companies on finances, corporate structure and governance. Abis will be answering your questions about structuring your startup from day one and keeping your house in order. Major if you plan on raising funding. Trust me, you want to do this before you go out to talk to investors, or they come calling.

 

Olamide Bada

As the Managing Director of Jumia food, Olamide will be talking a lot about, well…Jumia food. But she’s also gotta answer questions about what her past life in the corporate borg ship, and what it is like to transition from a corporate to a “startup” (ahem), so I’m counting on you people!

 

Babusi Nyoni

Babusi is a user experience designer who’s passionate about technology, design thinking and human factor design. Originally from Zimbabwe, he currently resides in Cape Town, South Africa, from where he contributes to product innovation at Thomson Reuters.

Babusi will be answering your questions about deploying big data, machine learning, and artificial intelligence to solve African problems. If you wanna get fired up about that, you should watch his TED talk here about using AI to predict where refugee crises are most likely to occur.


One more thing.

Along with the full TechCabal-hosted AMA schedule, we will also be publishing guidelines for anyone who wants to use Radar’s AMA function to share insights, experiences and lessons with the community. Terms and conditions will of course apply, but that means that going forward anyone can start an AMA on Radar.

Let us know what you think, and don’t forget to come through for tomorrow’s AMA. Arigatou gozaimasu :pray:

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