Disrupting Africa Encyclopedia
Editor: Ryan Peter
Disrupting Africa Encyclopedia
The Disrupting Africa Encyclopedia is an online encyclopedia dedicated to African innovation, African innovators, and African entrepreneurs.. The Disrupting Africa Encyclopedia seeks to become the first information source for the African innovation landscape. Its stated vision is to write the stories of the 30 million Africans it believes will change the continent, and its stated mission is to empower Africans with objective information about African innovation, and to distribute this information effectively and globally.
The Disrupting Africa Encyclopedia is a subsidiary of the Disrupting Africa organisation, which promotes African innovation and uses a combination of mathematics, anthrophology, and technology trends to project the future needs of Africans and how Africa's innovative technologies can meet these needs.
The Disrupting Africa mission was originally conceived by Nnamdi Oranye in 2015, an African innovation thought leader, media personality, author and speaker. Nnamdi is the author of the books, “Disrupting Africa: The Rise and Rise of African Innovation” (2016, ISBN 978-0-620-77975-3; Revised 2018) and "Taking on Silicon Valley: How Africa's Innovators Will Shape ts Future" (2017, ISBN 978-0-620-77031-6). After releasing the 'Disrupting Africa Manifesto' in his book "Taking on Silicon Valley", and noting the distinct lack of media coverage for African innovation, and a distinct lack of information, Oranye began to solidify how to achieve the Disrupting Africa mission of promoting African innovation. Questions were asked, such as: How will we make the African working population, which would be the largest in the world by 2034, an asset rather than a liability? What opportunities and challenges lie ahead of us? What trends in technology, education, information, and access will shape our future? And what of these technologies can we harness and innovate on to work for Africa? These questions, along with ongoing discussion and research, led to a team beginning to form around a vision to chronicle the stories of African Innovators and Entrepreneurs.
The result was the Disrupting Africa Encyclopedia, a free online platform which showcases objective and accurate information about Africa's inspiring talent. The Encyclopedia was launched in October 2018 at www.disruptingafrica.com. Ryan Peter, a writer, journalist and editor who has worked with notable figures in South Africa, joined the Disrupting Africa team in 2019 as the Disrupting Africa Encyclopedia Chief Editor.
The book "Disrupting Africa" was endorsed by such notable figures such as Ashish J. Thakkar, who popularised the term "Africa Rising", Chris Gabriel and Victor Kgomoeswana. In June 2018, Oranye was recognised as one of the "Most Influential People of African Descent" for “media & culture” in the United Nations’ “Most Influential People of African Descent” (MIPAD) class of 2018. In support of the International Decade for People of African Descent, proclaimed by United Nations’ General Assembly resolution 68/237 and to be observed from 2015 to 2024, MIPAD identifies high achievers of African descent in public and private sectors from all around the world as a progressive network of relevant actors to join together in the spirit of recognition, justice and development of Africa, its people on the continent, and across its diaspora. The award was given as a result of the book "Disrupting Africa" and the ongoing work since the release of the book.