Over the last decade, the world has witnessed an impressive rise of African talents in all spheres – from art, culture and entertainment to tech and alternative finance.
It is evident that there is an African revolution unfolding in the global art, culture, lifestyle and entertainment scene. With the likes of Burna Boy winning his first Grammy awards, Wizkid selling out global tours, Davido and other African names becoming global household names, it cannot be over emphasized that African talents and innovative minds are currently on their way to dominating the world.
The rise of African talents is not just limited to art, culture and entertainment. This impressive growth is now apparent in the global tech and alternative finance space. We are currently witnessing a crop of African talents breaking into global mainstream tech and finance conversations.
One such African tech leader is Hanu Fejiro Agbodje, the founder and CEO of Patricia Technologies, a fast-rising Tech, Crypto and alternative finance firm. Hanu was the only African listed among the 15 innovative individuals in the inaugural AMPLIFY 2021 program. Not only was he listed in the AMPLIFY program, Hanu and the Patricia brand were globally recognized in the just concluded Money20/20 USA, which held from the 24th to 27th of October 2021, as the ‘Ones to Watch’ in Financial Services and Fintech.
Hanu’s reaction to this feat, doesn’t only show the importance of the AMPLIFY Program and Money 20/20 recognition to his personal growth, but also indicates the great significance it holds for tech founders of African Origin. According to Hanu “This is a proud as well as a defining moment for me and all tech founders of colour. The work we put into developing innovative solutions is being recognized and we are being called upon to lead conversations on the future of tech and finance. In the midst of global crisis, against all odds we continue to thrive and grow in our quest to make technology accessible for all. This feat is a beacon to everyone out there that has a dream, be it in tech, business or elsewhere, keep at it, keep doing the most and soon your work will be celebrated globally”
AMPLIFY 2021 is a fellowship program tailored to celebrate diverse rising stars across the Fintech ecosystem. The program is an offshoot of Money 20/20, the world’s leading, premium content, sales and networking conference for the global money ecosystem.
A recognition by Money 20/20 transcends just Hanu and the Patricia brand, but is a big plus for tech founders and youths of African origin. Asides that it beams the light on the African Tech space and the multitude of talents Africa holds, it reveals the innovative solutions being dished out to solve everyday problems faced by not just people in the continent, but the world over.
This rise of African tech talents is not looking to slow down anytime soon, not with the likes of Hanu Fejiro Agbodje, and the Patricia Technologies brand in the mix. The remarkable young man has taken up the mantle to continue to lead Crypto, alternative finance and tech growth out of Africa and this is evident in the current global expansion of the Patricia brand with their simple but profound proposition, Making Crypto easy.