Maker Faire: Cultivating a community of African makers

Emeka Okafor , is a British Nigerian living in New York who sees himself as venture capitalist for Africa. He is the curator and director of Maker Faire Africa and speaks about what the event means for Africa, and the need for manufacturing on the continent. This interview originally appeared on http://smartmonkeytv.com/ SmartMonkeyTV: Emeka you have been the organiser of Maker Faire in Africa with others. How did that come about? Emeka Okafor: A number of us who founded Maker Faire thought that there was a disconnect behind the idea of hardware, the making of hardware, and the need for a greater interest in manufacturing… the idea that we didn’t have an appreciation for people who were inventors and innovators in the more physical sense. We felt that there was a mother-load of individuals across the continent that were not getting their due, in terms of people 1) acknowledging that ... read more