Growing Raspberry Pi’s presence in Africa @Raspberry_Pi #PiDay #RaspberryPi
Ken Okolo has joined Raspberry Pi as Strategic Partnerships Manager. His focus will be on the African countries of Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, Tanzania, Rwanda, Cameroon, and Uganda. Here’s more from Raspberry Pi Blog:
So far, our presence in Africa has been through our approved reseller PiShop in South Africa, which also has some commercial operations into other countries in southern Africa. Much of West, East, and North Africa has been underserved, and consumers in these regions have often obtained Raspberry Pi products via e-commerce websites in Europe, North America, and sometimes China. This has meant high costs of shipping products into Africa, which undermines our goal of ensuring affordability and availability across the continent. To address this, we have begun work to provide African customers with easy and reliable access to Raspberry Pi products at an affordable price point.
Africa has seen an explosion of technological advances in recent years, with investors funding innovative businesses built around technology. The continent is facing challenges ranging from accessibility to uninterrupted energy supplies, climate change, enabling agricultural potential, and building smart cities, and Africa’s mainly young population is meeting them head on.
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