Day 1 - Digitisation: The New Frontier

The first day of FutureFest-ALU 2021 was focused on the topic - Digitisation: The New Frontier.

The recordings of the Opening Address by Dr Nhlanla Thwala and the Keynote Speech by Gerd Leonhard are now available. The Keynote speech, panel discussion, and interviews will be made available soon. Keep your eyes peeled for the updates. Till then, enjoy Dr Thwala's insightful and system-challenging speech below.

Opening Address -
African Education and Digital Technology: Opportunities for Disrupting Education in Africa by Dr Nhlanla Thwala

In this video, Dr Nhlanla explores how digital technology will enable Africa to achieve the democratic education ideals proposed by John Dewey, a renowned philosopher and education reformer.

It is a very insightful speech that promises to challenge the current paradigms on which the African (and most) education systems are built. A must watch for anyone interested in revolutionising education in the world.

Keynote Speech -
The Future and Africa: The 3 Ds by Gerd Leonhard

Ever wondered how to prepare for the future? Or thought of what Africa's could be? If yes, this is the speech you need to hear.

In his keynote, Gerd Leonhard, a digital futurist based in Zurich, Switzerland, talks about the Future of Africa in light of 3 Ds: Digitisation, Decarbonisation, and Democratisation. He gives a more nuanced view on current digital developments, shifts regarding carbon/fossil-fuel use, and increased access to digital technology. Moreover, Gerd's talk sheds insights on how we can leverage technology without losing our humanity. As he says, we must "embrace technology but not become it!"

To get Gerd's book “Technology vs Humanity”, go to

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Panel Discussion - Digital flourishing for all: Benito Elisa (CEO, Wakanda Tech), Sunday Jerome Salami (Youth Blogger); Nicole Wambui (Moderator)

Coming Soon

  • Digital Entrepreneur Interview: Chao Tayiana Maina, African Digital Heritage Kenya; Antionette Prophy, Founder, 88 Business Collective (Host)