5 Disruptive Innovations In Africa To Watch

We take a look at the five Disruptive Innovations in Africa shortlisted for an Innovation Award – Maria Ukpere.


Mastercard 2Kuze

2Kuze in Kenya, means ‘to grow together’ and eKilimo in Tanzania, means ‘eAgriculture’ and with that being said the MasterCard Lab has introduced a mobile solution that aims to digitize the agricultural value chain in East Africa by providing a mobile payment solution to East African farmers with 2Kuze in the hope of benefitting smallholder farmers and buyers alike.


Medsaf is a platform for African health institutions to get quality medication, they solve the problem of people being exposed to fake and substandard medication. Medsaf is making the process of buying and selling medication in Nigeria’s complex health system easy and efficient. They get medications directly from leading local and foreign manufacturers, eliminating issues relating to quality control and ensuring fair pricing, they deliver these medications to hospitals, pharmacies, and clinics all over the country saving hospitals time and stress. They also provide our customers with an inventory management system that allows them to see real-time stock levels for their medications, receive order reminders and alerts, and access historical sales data for forecasting.


What3Words aspires to Address the world by providing a really simple way to talk about location. They have divided the world into a grid of 3m x 3m squares and assigned each one a unique 3-word address. It means anyone can accurately find any location and share it more quickly, easily and with less ambiguity than any other system. The service can be used via the free mobile app or online map. It can also be built into any other app, platform or website, with just a few lines of code.

Trend Solar

Trend Solar has decided to help tackle the recurring problem of the energy supply crisis that’s hindering our growth in Africa. Trend Solar wants to light up the lives of millions of Africans living off-grid by delivering low cost, sustainable off-grid electrification and this is presumed to improve the lives of many while connecting them to the wider world, this is being done by introducing an affordable solar home system to provide one of the most basic necessities of life – electric light and going a step further by presenting a package that includes a smartphone giving people access to the internet and offering people a chance to really connect to the world.

Girl Effect – Tega

TEGA stands for Technology Enabled Girl Ambassadors, and this platform provides girls with a mobile-enabled research tool that delivers accurate, rapid insight into girls’ lives. TEGA uses certified data-collection techniques and mobile technology to teach girls aged 18-24 how to collect meaningful, honest data about their world in real time and equips girls with employable skills for the future. Girl Effect works with girls to help them realize their full potential and to help them break through the social constricts set up for them by society. They achieve this by empowering girls with skills, ideas and knowledge and connecting with girls in their communities while building confidence in their own potential. Their aim is to change the way millions of people think, feel and act towards girls and encouraging them to be the best versions of themselves no matter the circumstances.

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