Kenya and Africa as a whole has in the past decade been the subject of the media and recieved alot of attention what with creating a vibe that is tech fueled. Ignore the fact that for now most of this technology or the tools used to build it are foreign.
Wikipedia describes technology as the making, usage, and knowledge of tools, machines, techniques, crafts, systems or methods of organization in order to solve a problem or perform a specific function. It can also refer to the collection of such tools, machinery, and procedures.
By this definition Technology is a very broad spectrum that encompasses all disciplines. Reading the local dailies or local blogs in Africa yields a different picture. Technology here refers to computers, phones and related fancy wizardry in the name of software solutions by the plethora of foreign/local IT firms. The efforts of a guy trying to build a helicopter from scraps that he picks around will likely not get even a passing mention.
This lopsided view is going to be detrimental to our country’s well being in the long run. This is because focus and effort will not be directed towards ‘jua kali’ technology developed by the youth in village workshops but to the mac-book totting urbanite counterparts spending daddy’s money at the many hackathons and competitions. This in my opinion is not Africa’s future. It’s a haze created by the comparable effect that silicon valley has had on the American economy. Its a different ball game over here.