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In Conversation: The Founder of Afrobytes Tells Us Why the World Needs to Focus on African Tech – OkayAfrica PARIS—Afrobytes is a technology conference for Africa co-founded by Haweya Mohamed and Amin Youssouf with the ambition of being a technological innovation hub between Africa and the rest of the world and to extend a marketplace for African technologies.

“Europe tends to look at Asian tigers and Silicon Valley while ignoring Africa” Mohamed tells OkayAfrica in an exclusive interview. “Africa has to get involved in that business competition.”

Mohamed was born and raised in Fontainebleau, France. Her parents migrated to France in the early 1970s from Somalia. After getting her masters in communications her work in international broadcasting led her back to the continent of her origin. This helped her see Africa as a continent of opportunity instead of the “dark continent” as it was perceived growing up in Europe.

We reached Mohamed at Afrobytes headquarters in Paris where she shared her ambitions for a Silicon Africa that can boost the technology revolution on the African continent and catch up with technology in other parts of the world.

African Tech, Afro Tech, Afrobytes, Haweya Mohamed, Amin Youssouf, African Business, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMN

African Tech, Afro Tech, Afrobytes, Haweya Mohamed, Amin Youssouf, African Business, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMN

African Tech, Afro Tech, Afrobytes, Haweya Mohamed, Amin Youssouf, African Business, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMN


Somalia is a country located in the Horn of Africa. It is bordered by Ethiopia to the west, Djibouti to the northwest, the Gulf of Aden to the north, the Indian Ocean to the east, and Kenya to the southwest. Somalia has the longest coastline on Africa’s mainland, and its terrain consists mainly of plateaus, plains and highlands. Climatically, hot conditions prevail year-round, with periodic monsoon winds and irregular rainfall.

Somalia has an estimated population of around 16.3 million. Around 85% of its residents are ethnic Somalis, who have historically inhabited the northern part of the country. Ethnic minorities are largely concentrated in the southern regions. The official languages of Somalia are Somali and Arabic, both of which belong to the Afroasiatic family. Most people in the country are Muslim, with the majority being Sunni. (Wikipedia).