Africa’s problems present a call to innovate, not a flag to caution – Niyi Yusuf

Lagos (Nigeria), May 20, 2019 – Verraki Partners, a business and technology solutions firm recently launched in Lagos, Nigeria, has reiterated the call for indigenous companies to see the continent’s hurdles as opportunities to innovate and take advantage of the gaps to create uniquely local solutions. Verraki’s Managing Partner, Niyi Yusuf asserted that the current limitations provide unique testing grounds to build solutions fit-for-purpose for Nigeria and other countries on the continent.


Speaking during a media interactive session recently, Yusuf spoke on the negative narrative Africa has battled as the dark continent for long due to poor infrastructure, youth unemployment, leadership deficit and crass corruption among others, stressing that these provide a unique opportunity to think differently, innovate and create fit-for-purpose solutions. He asserted that some of Africa’s 54 nations have made significant progress in health, education, and standard of living over the past ten years, with real income per person increasing by more than 30%.


He opined that Africa’s and Nigeria’s hurdles provide opportunities to be a test-bed for innovation that can be exported to other continents. According to him, the next solutions and breakthroughs will only come from Africa, where the multiple challenges will foster newer, more innovative solutions.


“With an estimated population of 1.3 billion people, a median age of 19.4, Africa has the largest talent bulge, highest concentration of young people in the world and future workforce cum consumers. As the youngest continent, we must take advantage of the unique opportunities of human capacity development to improve productivity, coupled with vibrant entrepreneurs and growing tech ecosystems, to create a prosperous Africa for all of us. At Verraki, our mind-set is that we are in the most exciting time in the evolution of the development of the continent. Right now, we are in the intelligent economy that converges opportunities in digital, data, analytics and intelligent automation to create new ways of doing things. We believe that Africa’s challenges are opportunities as it were, for us to create solutions that have not been created before”, he said.


Expressing optimism with the outlook of the continent, Yusuf also pointed out that the implementation of the African free continental trade area in the second half of the year would make the continent one big common market with ease of entry for goods and services, people and movement across borders. There are opportunities to improve intra-regional trade, from the current 18% exports within Africa compared with 69% of exports in Europe, 52% in Asia, and 50% in North America. He noted more intra-Africa trade would boost the fortunes of African countries and guarantee one of the biggest opportunities for growth, job creation, and poverty alleviation.


Verraki is focused on implementing business and technology solutions designed inherently for Africa and specifically fit for purpose, while also curating business ventures to unlock new sources of growth across the continent. Led by foremost corporate professionals as well as former Accenture leadership in Nigeria, Verraki will apply its global expertise and local insights to partner with enterprises and governments to accelerate the development and transformation of Africa by providing business solutions uniquely tailored for Africa.


Verraki commits to working with enterprises and governments that don’t just require reports, but desire actions based on already existing and new capabilities to deliver tangible outcomes. The company is fully prepped to work with enterprises and governments to create solutions that will expedite the growth of Africa and propel the continent at the forefront of global competitiveness.