Confessions: Never Too Late to Start Again

Posted on May 27, 2015

I am a technology fanatic. This should always be clear. I am Angolan, young, and fascinated by the meeting of imagination and creation that technology always facilitates. My relationship with technology proves to me, every day, that I (as an individual) and we (as a population) are creators first and creatives at best.

Although a country with a burgeoning tech goods and services industry, it is clear that currently Angola is not yet a bountiful country in this regard. As the last frontier for big tech giants on the African continent, the industry is just getting started: expanding at a fast pace; pervading societal interactions and becoming a source for change in the lives of many Angolans in a significant way.

At first it was extremely difficult for Angola to stay immune to the wave of technological development that has hit the rest of world in the last decade or so. But once it caught the bug, legislation and economic policy quickly changed focus to facilitate the drive to make Angola the tech hub of at least Sub-Saharan Africa. There has been a concerted effort by the government to lay down the regulatory foundations. It has also invested in infrastructure that will allow for faster development. Angola is currently connected to the world through sub-marine optical fibre which run between Europe and South Africa, but the nation wants to enjoy independence from South Africa in terms of internet and future information and communications technology (ICT). It has been actively pursuing the opportunity to do this through two projects, which are currently underway – seeking to connect Angola and South America (Brazil), and from there, North America through sub-marine optical fibre cables.

It is important to me to always make clear the picture of the environment in which I reside. I am passionate about technology, and so is my country. This makes for an entrepreneurial environment in which I can thrive in. Although the startup scene is currently skewed towards restaurants, small corner stores and fashion boutiques, technology is appreciated so there are opportunities for investments and support. From my experience, I feel that it is important to rather start lean, as although it is relatively easy and cheap to start a business, it is not that simple to keep it going.

In general, I find it fascinating how Angola (and other African countries) compensate for weak infrastructure and overcome major obstacles by embracing solutions that are nearly grid-free and simple to use. It is a constant reminder, every day, to all people, that solutions can be created from what we have presently.

Admittedly, I have recently failed in my first endeavour of enterprise. I started too big, and suddenly found myself working my way down. I couldn’t meet the demand of the consumers of my data services. I am, however, working on my next endeavour.

It’s never too late to start all over again.

Nyanga Pedro