The first edition of the African Innovator magazine has been officially launched by the publishers of IT News Africa. This quarterly magazine is dedicated to the coverage of information communication technology and its impact on Africa.
African Innovator Magazine showcases innovative solutions to business challenges within the ICT sector in Africa. This is achieved by talking to African business leaders responsible for driving innovation within their organisations. The publication will also highlight innovative ICT solutions to socio-economic challenges on the continent.
On the front cover of the first issue readers are asked "What is Innovation?", a recurring theme throughout the edition. There are several articles that deal with innovation in and from Africa, including profiles on Ndubuisi Ekekwe (a doctor of innovation) and Saheed Adepoju, a Nigerian tablet PC maker, as well as South African born innovator Elon Musk.
There is also a list of Africa's most influential women in science and technology, as well as an article about the key to accelerating progress towards the millennium development goals by Dr. Hamadoun Touré, the secretary-general of the International Telecommunication Union.
The voice of Africa's ICT community
Speaking at the launch publisher Abby Wakama said the magazine meets a growing need for news of technology development, innovation, application and integration in key regions throughout Africa. "African Innovator will be initially distributed in South Africa with plans to further expand the footprint to Kenya and Nigeria. Our aim is to grow the reader base and branch out into new regions. The vision is to be the premier voice of Africa's larger ICT community, covering issues that impact on commerce, trade, industry and the lives of everybody who uses IT," said Wakama.
"Readers do have a choice of publications that talk about ICT, that cover technology and products. But there are very few that have an inside track into innovation in Africa. There are not many publications that discuss how technology is making an impact in the lives of Africans. Our objective is to empower senior executives and decision makers with information that is relevant to any sized operation within an environment that is constantly changing," Wakama adds.