Strive Masiyiwa - Creating Wakanda: Youth, technology and entrepreneurship across Africa


The Marvel Studio’s Black Panther movie recently inspired a generation of Africans to see themselves as technological leaders in a sci-fi world and saw them portrayed with powerful voices defining their own futures. What does a real-world technologically driven future vision of Africa look like? How can this future be created by people from the continent themselves? And do Africa’s young entrepreneurs hold answers for Africa’s development challenges such as youth unemployment?

The answers to these and more questions are discussed by Professor Ngaire Woods, dean of the Blavatnik School of Government, and Strive Masiyiwa, founder of Econet and co-chair of the Pathways for Prosperity Commission on Technology and Inclusive Development. They are joined by Atherton Mutombwera and Jessica Price, two young entrepreneurs from the African continent who are interested in finding scalable solutions for the continent’s challenges. The discussion also reflects on the success of digital entrepreneurship in Kenya, and provides ideas about the eco-systems, regulations and incentives required to achieve that level of success in other countries as well.

This event is co-hosted by the Blavatnik School and the Pathways for Prosperity Commission.