Lesley Ncube, a South African tech innovator is on the verge of attracting countless investors to Africa through his technological innovations.
South Africa’s Lesley Ncube has etched his name in the encyclopaedia of tech innovators with his feat of launching his own Shumi smartphone at the age of 26.
It is the task of youths to use their potentials to attract investors to the continent. South African tech innovator, Lesley Ncube.
It all began with a dream when he was 14 years old, having fallen in love with technology at a tender age. Twenty-six-year-old South African student, Lesley Ncube, has launched his own smartphone. Ncube who says he fell in love with technology at the age of 14 began developing his Shumi smartphone in 2014.
Ncube who hails from the KwaZulu-Natal province of the country has no doubt Africa is a continent full of talents that can take the world by storm. According to him, it was the task of the youth to use their potentials to attract investors to the continent and position Africa as a global force, saying,
A lot can come from here.
Ncube who also runs a software and computer hardware company started under the name Thatha, which means ‘take’ in isiZulu. Disclosing that Thatha began as an online shop, Ncube said he had always had a vision for it.
With Thatha, I decided to go the traditional route by starting with developing hardware, then moving on to software. That’s when we developed the Shumi smartphone.
We manufacture all our products from the onset, including the software. This is also why we decided on a dot za [.co.za] domain so that people know that it was a local product and locally made, Ncube said.
The smartphone whose name comes from Ishumi meaning 10 in isiZulu sells for $243.169 (R4000) and, according to Ncube, “There’s support for the brand and what it stands for. I hope we can achieve something as big as Google or Microsoft right here in South Africa.”
A 2020 Diploma in computer science graduate from Tshwane University of Technology (TUT), Ncube acknowledged contribution to his development. For him he owes a lot to his time at Tshwane University of Technology, “that’s where I learnt the basics of what I know now and where I elevated my skills in technology.”
Currently pursuing his postgraduate studies as he nears the completion of his advanced diploma in computer science, Ncube believes it is important to not only focus on business, but one should keep on learning and educating themselves. “I strongly believe that the more one learns, the more one can grow.” He said.
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