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Microsoft 4Afrika Assists 500,000 African SMEs in 5 Years



On February 4, 2013, Microsoft Corporation launched an Initiative through which the company would actively engage in Africa’s economic development to improve its global competitiveness.

Africa rising

The world has recognized the promise of Africa, and Microsoft wants to invest in that promise. Those were the exact words used by the General Manager, 4Afrika Initiative, Fernando de Sousa, the day Microsoft 4Afrika Initiative was launched.

“We want to empower African youth, entrepreneurs, developers, and business and civic leaders to turn great ideas into a reality that can help their community, their country, the continent and beyond,” said de Sousa. “The 4Afrika Initiative is built on the dual beliefs that technology can accelerate growth for Africa, and Africa can also accelerate technology for the world.”

The target

Microsoft 4Afrika was initiated to help

-place tens of millions of smart devices in the hands of African youth,

-bring one million African small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) online,

-upskill 100,000 members of Africa’s existing workforce, and

-help an additional 100,000 recent graduates develop employability skills, 75 percent of whom Microsoft will help place in jobs. 

The journey so far

Now in its 5th year, 4Afrika believes in empowering people across the continent, giving them the tools to turn great ideas into world-class technology solutions that improve lives and drive Africa’s digital transformation forward.

So far, 4Afrika has:

– launched 15 TV white spaces connectivity pilots,

-brought over 500,000 SMEs online,

-upskilled close to 800,000 Africans and

-helped over 150 local start-ups grow their ventures.


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In Nigeria, 4Afrika has worked closely with organisations – from the Tony Elumelu Foundation to the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment and start-ups including Gamsole, SpacePointe, Ekovolt and MyMusic – empowering Nigeria to be a leader in innovation.

Even more opportunities

We look forward to a meeting with Microsoft 4Afrika’s team led by the Regional Director, Amrote Abdella, and Country Manager of Microsoft Nigeria, Akin Banuso, who are to discuss how Nigerians can take advantage of the different opportunities 4Afrika offers.

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