Mobile Africa

The Story of a Tech Revolution

Mobile Africa is a film project documenting the extraordinary rise of mobile technology across Africa and its impact on the continent's new generation of tech entrepreneurs. It is produced by Christopher Larson, Scott Gorman and Nnamdi Oranye.

CHRISTOPHER LARSON 

Christopher is primarily an entrepreneur, and a photographer and videographer on the side. He grew up in Colorado, completed a BA in Russian at Brigham Young University before completing two masters at Oxford University - a MSc in Russian and East European Studies and a Master’s in Business Administration. His passion is conveying stories through photography and film. Scott is also an entrepreneur and avid fan of film and documentaries. 

SCOTT GORMAN 

Scott was raised in Vermont, completed a BA at Yale, a JD at Berkeley, and most recently a MBA at Oxford University. He has a passion for storytelling and social impact. 

NNAMDI ORANYE

is a writer and media contributor based in Johannesburg, South Africa. He is an innovation contributor to Power FM, a columnist for Destiny Man Magazine and the author of Disrupting Africa: The Rise and Rise of African Innovation. Nnamdi is also the Partnership Manager: Card and Emerging Payments at Standard Bank, one of South Africa’s top banking institutions, and the co-founder of the Disrupting Africa Forum. 

WHY MOBILE AFRICA 

The extraordinary success of mobile technology in Africa came as a shock to many. In the early-1990s, Africa appeared to be an unlikely destination for mobile phone subscriptions. The continent was viewed as high risk, with questionable rewards. In 2000, around 1% of homes across Sub-Saharan Africa were connected by landlines, while today there are nearly 557 million unique mobile subscribers. How did Africa leapfrog almost a hundred of years of telephony development and infrastructure? And what does this technology mean for everyday Africans? Mobile technology has had a profound impact on all segments of African society, but people living at the bottom of the pyramid have the most to gain.

 Mobile Africa highlights everyday people whose jobs are made possible by the mobile economy and small business owners whose livelihoods have been transformed through mobile connectivity. It includes perspectives from academics who place the societal impact of mobile phones into context, and government regulators who discuss their plans for encouraging future innovations within their respective countries. Yet every light casts a shadow. 

For all the success of mobile technology, drawbacks and unintended consequences exist. Increased connectivity creates the potential for abuse, especially among governments with authoritarian tendencies. There is also concern that mobile technology is increasing inequality between the connected and those who lack access to information. Challenges remain, but the story of mobile technology in Africa is an overwhelmingly positive tale that we're excited to tell with your help. 

Their Story

While conducting research on entrepreneurship in Africa the team met inspiring innovators across the continent. Partnering with noted technology author Nnamdi Oranye, they're spotlighting incredible stories of African innovation and entrepreneurship in order to bring more attention to exciting startups, contribute to the rising ecosystem of African tech, and help inspire future innovators and entrepreneurs throughout Africa and around the world. During the first trip to Africa we visited South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, and Botswana. 

With connections made and the first interviews conducted, they went back for six weeks during July and August for primary filming. Over the six weeks, five countries were visited and over 30 people were interviewed. They have recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to aid them in the post production process, to finish the last interviews, and, if extended goals are met, extend the length of the documentary by visiting more countries.

Follow their amazing journey on these platforms

Facebook: Mobile Africa Film
Instagram: @mobileafrica.film
Kickstarter
: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/5871475

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