It’s important we write and tell (i.e. broadcast, write, vlog, podcast, etc.) our stories as Africans. It is important that we do that across various sectors of society including in business and with regards to technology, lest many say we have never invented anything. Narratives serve, partly, to motivate, to illustrate how Africa not only has the potential but is actually building technology that really matters for the world. However, something else is more important than narratives.
Legally binding contracts.
For decades, if not centuries, as is/was the case with M-PESA, Africans are generally (of course there are many exceptions to this) emotional investors and emotional owners of things with nothing legally binding to really prove that, that thing belongs to an African. It’s important to dismantle narratives sometimes, to scratch below the surface and really ask what some find an uncomfortable question: if this is said to be African, does an African own it? Do Africans benefit from this monetarily?
Narratives matter, they are good marketing, but contracts matter more.