Africa always seems to be laidback when it come to adoption of new technologies. However the continent has seen an amazing increase in the number of blockchain solutions since 2017. Most of these solutions are geared towards solving one or more of the numerous challenges facing the continent. Equally, there has been a rise in tech solutions that aren’t necessarily built on the blockchain technology. However most of these solutions are built by adults. But some teenage girls changed the narrative with a mobile application.
On the 10th of August 2018, 5 Nigerian teenage girls won the top position at the 2018 Technovation World Pitch Summit. The girls had won the Junior Division Finalists (App focus) category with their app named, FD-Detector. The girls who were from Regina Pacis Model Secondary School, Onitsha, Anambra, Nigeria had developed the application, ‘FD-Detector’ to tackle the problem of fake pharmaceutical products in Nigeria.
The all girl team was code named Save-A Soul and comprises of Jessica Osita, Promise Nnalue, Nwabuaku Ossai, Adaeze Onuigbo and Vivian Okoye. These girls are an indication that African children are aware of the problems facing their society and need to be prepared technologically to face these problems head on as well as be on the same technological level with their peers in other continent.
Already some schools in the U.S. are already introducing the blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies to its students. A typical example is Union Catholic Regional High School in Scotch Plains, New Jersey which has introduced cryptocurrencies to its juniors and seniors.
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