- Josua Nghaamwa is an IT innovator who is working hard to better the lives of people living in Africa
- The 30-year-old developed a love for technology from a young age and he hopes to use his knowledge to help put Africa on the IT map
- The self-taught tech genius developed a device that helps improve network coverage for people who live in rural areas
Often when we think about technology we visualise countries like Germany, America and Japan. But, the reality is more and more African countries are joining the big names in the world of tech.
One man, Josua Nghaamwa, is proving that Africans have what it takes to make groundbreaking developments in all industries - including IT.
Josua, who grew up in Namibia, developed a love for all things technological when he was still in primary school.
Soon, his love for technology turned into his career choice. The 30-year-old taught himself how to code and build tech devices.
When he was in high school in 2008, Josua designed a cellphone that could communicate across 1 000km without airtime.
After matric, Josua enrolled at the International Training Lingua College in Windhoek where he eventually obtained a diploma in tnformation Technology.
In 2010, Josua discovered that so many people still have trouble with connectivity in villages. so he decided to develop a device that helps improve the signal to poor and rural areas.
He told Briefly.co.za:
"I came up with this idea of the Digital Smart Box in 2010 when I was at the village and there was no network, and I had to do my assignment for school. I was left with no choice but to come up with a solution that can save me from poor network connection."
Initially, Josua used recycled parts to build the Smart Box and he ended up winning the international ICT summit in Cape Town as well as Go Continental, Africa.
Josua dreams of one day having his own IT lab where he can provide opportunities for young people with brilliant ideas.
"My dream is to have a lab where young Africans that have brilliant ideas to change our continent and improve ICT infrastructure can come together and make it happen."
In other news, Briefly.co.za reported on another inspiring African. Not all children develop at the same speed and some are so ahead of their time that they are dubbed young geniuses. Taida Drucilla Mapara, who resides in Harare, Zimbabwe, is one of those gifted young people.
At the age of only 14, the teen is already heading to university after enrolling at Malawi's College of Medicine. Mapara dreams of one day becoming a cardiologist and she is well on her way to realising it.
Mapara hails from a poor background but her exceptional intellectual abilities have opened doors for her.
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