By Abbas Bolanle
Lagos. August 8 2012: In a bid to report the story of Africa’s technology rise, the publishers of IT News Africa have launched African Innovator Magazine at the IT News Africa Innovation Dinner held in Johannesburg, South Africa.
The African Innovator Magazine is a quarterly magazine dedicated to the coverage of ICTs and its impact in across the continent of Africa.
IT News Africa says the launch event focused on the implications of Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology for Africa.
African Innovator magazine showcases innovative solutions to business challenges within the ICT sector in Africa which is achieved by talking to African business leaders responsible for driving innovation within their organizations.
According to IT News Africa, “the publication will highlight innovative ICT solutions to socio-economic challenges on the continent. On the front cover of the first issue readers are asked “What is Innovation?” a recurring theme throughout the edition.”
The company says that, “there are several articles that deal with innovation in-and from Africa, including profiles on Ndubuisi Ekekwe “A doctor of innovation” and Saheed Adepoju, a Nigerian Tablet PC maker who has attracted global acclaim, as well as South African born innovator Elon Musk.”
The magazine also contains a list of Africa’s most influential women in science and technology, as well as an article about the key to accelerating progress towards the millennium development goals by Hamadoun Toure, the Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union (IITU).
Commenting on the initiative, Publisher African Innovator Magazine, Abby Wakama, says “the magazine meets a growing need for news of technology development, innovation, application and integration in key regions throughout Africa.”
According to him, “African Innovator will be initially distributed in South Africa with plans to further expand the footprint to Kenya and Nigeria. Our aim is to grow the reader base and branch out into new regions. The vision is to be the premier voice of Africa’s larger ICT community, covering issues that impact on commerce, trade, industry and the lives of everybody who uses IT.”
Wakama, an entrepreneur and marketing specialist acknowledges that the publishing space, particularly that which is focused on ICT, is competitive while being adamant that African Innovator is differentiated by its service as a platform for individuals who influence the sector from Africa, to discuss, deliberate and debate the continent’s position.
African Innovator features several high calibre advertising partners, including MTN, NetApp and Dimension Data, adding that the publication helps to position sponsors and advertisers as leading innovators within their sector and offers an unrivalled opportunity to promote their products and services in a high quality, quarterly publication, one that is hand-delivered to a pre-qualified list of senior executives in the public and private sectors, he adds.