In a very short period of time, Francis Onwumere has lead Prowork to become one of Africa’s hottest startups. With offers coming from investors in Silicon Valley as well as Africa and being named one of the Top 50 Global Entrepreneurs by Global Forum, one might wonder what makes them such a prize. In an interview recorded late last year, Francis shares a bit of the ProWork story!
Africa’s youth population (aged between 15 and 30) make up over 20% of the continent’s population and around 40% of the continent’s workforce. The usual story we hear is how this explosion of youth is tied to unemployment, civil unrest, and crime. But there is another side to this story. Whether it’s a Ugandan engineer teaching robotics to youth in remote villages, or a Malawian who taught himself to build a windmill which now powers his entire community’s village, or [...]