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Mac-Jordan Degadjor: Blog man of Ghana
Few Ghanaians had Internet access, and even fewer had their own computers.
But thanks in part to the promotional work of bloggers like Mr. Degadjor, Ghana is gaining attention as a growing center of high-tech innovation in Africa.
Degadjor – a 26-year-old social media entrepreneur with a passion for Internet and mobile-phone solutions – is one of Ghana's most prolific writers on technology, with an eye on Ghana's economic potential.
"People didn't pay attention to Africa, but today there are lots of ideas and projects being developed here," says Degadjor, whose macjordangh.com is one of the most popular and influential tech blogs in Ghana. "The time is coming when all the new ideas will come from Africa."
As a tech blogger, he has watched a slew of locally produced innovations, from banking transfers by mobile phone to instant crop price information for farmers on cellphones to online shopping for business equipment.
Now he is hoping to set up an innovation lab in Accra, affiliated with Nairobi's iHub, to help local software developers take their business applications to market.
"This is the time for people to step up, put their ideas forward," says Degadjor. "This is the future."
– Scott Baldauf
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