Ndubuisi Ekekwe founded African Institution of Technology (AFRIT) when he noticed that Africa was lagging behind in the technology race. As a doctoral engineering student in the Johns Hopkins University, USA, he came to the realization that without helping Africa to develop a technology diffusion roadmap, the continent could face severe crises in the future: if nanotechnology could mature and displace commodities like cotton and rubber as raw materials, pushing farming unemployment high, the security of most African nations could be in jeopardy. He got into action and has authored major documents for the African Union and African governments. AFRIT facilitates the diffusion of emerging technologies into African economies by working with universities, small and medium scale enterprises, and governments through technical and non-technical services. Ndubuisi holds another doctorate degree with four master’s degrees and has authored three books and filed US patents.
Description of Organization
Within the last few centuries, technology has emerged as a key driver of global economic growth. It has redesigned international competition and has become the most important enabler of national wealth creation and productivity. As the world moves towards knowledge-based economic structures and data-driven societies, most African economies have not developed the capabilities to transition from dependence on minerals to knowledge.
The African Institution of Technology works to facilitate this transition. It is focused on diffusing new technologies such as nanotechnology, microelectronics and creative ICT through technical workshops, seminars, entrepreneurship courses, business plan competitions, creating new firms, and mentoring. We go beyond talking to help create independent companies and assist them to succeed. For instance, First Atlantic Semiconductors & Microelectronics Nig. Ltd was founded after series of programs in Nigeria to provide support to local technical companies, schools and universities in the areas of microelectronics and semiconductors. Our studies have shown that most firms prefer being supported by non-NGOs.
There is an understanding that technology improves productivity. Without it, the world would not have experienced changes in living standards over the last 500 years. The goal of AFRIT is to be an advocate of emerging technologies into developing economies where they can use them to create wealth and prosperity. We are change agents to position Africa to survive the new technology era like nanomics by helping firms innovate, differentiate and compete internationally. We help nurture a new generation of technical leaders from Africa.
- Donate old or new books, lab and CAD tools to African universities
- Help develop microelectronics courses and lab manuals for universities
- Help with building a microelectronics themed website for African schools
- We carry technology economics studies in Africa and we need foreign collaborators
- Need experts in our research on technology sector of Africa’s informal economy
- Our work on mapping African tech clusters and districts needs experts and support
- Invitations for our small business owners to attend your short management programs
- Give us an opportunity to do technology market study for you in Africa
- Mentor new entrepreneurs out of our activities and business plan competitions
- Give business to Fasmicro – product of our One Firm per Year
- Promote our services to your networks and ask them to give us business
- Opportunities to assist you when you want to invest in Africa
Here’s a quote from Ndubuisi about what has happened after his pitch in Amsterdam:
TEDxChange has provided a platform to redesign the future of Africa’s education by providing a portal that showcases the creativities and ingenuities of African institutions to the world. The resolute and absolute commitments of my table guests have also provided new insights to shape a new start-up in Nigeria, product of our non-profit, poised to reinvent the African continent through diffusion of microelectronics and semiconductors. And interestingly, to meet the requirement of a table guest, we reshaped the business plan, which has qualified for final stage of Wharton Business School African Business Competition in the U.S.