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Mobile Technology

The mobile phone is easily the most significant invention of our time. Small slabs of glass and plastic that magically connect you to anyone, anywhere in the world.


"For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return."
- Da Vinci

Apps & Software

Software is eating the world. In the information age, programs play a more critical role in our daily lives than ever before throughout the history of civilisation.

About Me

Well, computer people are people too.

Wiza Jalakasi

\wē-zä • jä-läkä-sē\

I was born and raised in Blantyre, Malawi and I often spend my time between Johannesburg, South Africa, and Dubai, UAE. I've been writing code since I was 11 and been starting companies since I was 16. I'm always looking for challenges and adventure. I studied Information Systems Technology at USIU Africa ('15), nailed it! - 3.73 CGPA and I was the Google Student Ambassador that year.

For several years, I was part of the team that built Africa's Talking, an international mobile platform API business that generated over US$ 10 million in annual revenue in 2018.

I also previously led the Global Merchant Business team at Chipper Cash, where I built merchant solutions that processed millions of dollars every month, serving businesses all over the world. I am also a Google for Startups Accelerator Africa (Launchpad) mentor. I am a technical partner at Rally Cap Ventures

I write a bit on Medium and republish my best work on Quartz Africa.


We all start somewhere.

  • November 2009

    Humble Beginnings

    Fresh out of high school, with no knowledge of how the real world works, I stepped into the light. I landed my first few jobs around this time, doing small websites and computer maintenance for close friends and family.

  • March 2010

    Discovering Innovation

    I started out on a journey that would change my life forever. When my friend and I developed MwTunes, it was the first website of its kind in Malawi, and the technology we were using was far ahead of what everyone else was using, so much that it took nearly three years for the rest of the industry to catch up. That's when I knew that I wanted to design and develop more things and become one of the best at it.

  • May 2012

    Touching Independence

    I got accepted into USIU Africa in Nairobi, Kenya. After I left my hometown in Malawi to pursue a BSc in Information Systems Technology, I soon discovered that this was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life: to use technology to solve problems and make better things. During this time, I gained a lot of graphic design experience, working on artwork for school events and other odd jobs.

  • June - August 2014

    Major Milestones

    Working with Computer Plus Peripherals Ltd, I got the very rare opportunity to lead the design of a website for a pretty big government entity: the Malawi Police Service. It was tough work but I gained a lot of experience designing systems in a multi-user environment and also discovered that I was good at training non-technical people on how to use technical systems.

  • November 2014

    Bold Adventures

    Turning down a few lucrative internship opportunities, I took a risk and co-founded a technology startup. My co-founder Hungai had a genius idea and model for a solution to help solve a business problem that had plagued me many times. And so we created Djuaji Research.

  • May 2015

    Realised Dreams

    At only six months old, Djuaji Research got accepted into Savannah Fund's prestigious accelerator - one of the best in Africa. They helped us kickstart our business with amazing training, access to resources, networks and a $30,000 investment.

  • August 2015

    Crushing Goals

    I graduated Magna Cum Laude on a cool and windy day. It may not seem like such a big deal, but for me, it was validation that I was ready to tackle new challenges and put my 3+ years of serious learning to work.

  • December 2015

    Shaping Tomorrow

    The more time I spent around tech entrepreneurs in Africa, the more I understood the significance of the opportunity. Here I am talking alterative finance and blockchain with Jessica Colaço at the AfriKoin 2015 conference.

  • April 2016

    Going Live

    Nothing can really prepare you for the reaction from a product launch. We took Djuaji live with a prototype survey application that I hacked together in PHP and HTML5. It wasn't perfect, but it worked!

  • June 2016

    Second Chances

    We were out of cash, and out of time. I had made the tough choice of resigning from Djuaji Research a few weeks back, but I caught a lucky break. This was my first day of work at Africa's Talking (AT).

  • July 2016

    Moving FAST

    I had learned my lesson. Speed is everything. A month into my new role, I had already gone back to Malawi to setup a local AT office and close deals with 3 telcos. A week later, I was at the GSMA 360 in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania pitching Africa's biggest telcos.

  • November 2016

    Trial by Fire

    The Malawi office wasn't going to build itself, so I packed everything I owned into a few bags and boxes and moved to Lilongwe. It was showtime. But how were we going to build an API company in one of the poorest countries in the world?

  • May 2017

    Breaking Barriers

    I met Tim - he's one of the smartest people you'll ever meet. We decided to work together and it took six months of non-stop effort, but we finally started to see a lot of traction and demand for the services. We were still in the red but things were looking up.

  • October 2017


    A few months later, we were making national news. APIs were becoming hot and all the biggest technology players countrywide were getting interested. I gave the keynote presentation at the ICT Association of Malawi Innovation Forum in 2017 - pointing out how fundamentally broken Malawi's ecosystem was - and all the things we could do to fix it.

  • April 2018

    Scramble for Africa

    The the rest of the team in Nairobi, Dar-es-Salaam, Lagos, Kigali and Kampala was working just as hard - we'd closed an $8.6m Series A round led by the World Bank's International Finance Corporation - yes, that World Bank. With an all-star team running the show in Malawi, it was time to pack my bags and move back to HQ in Nairobi.

  • June 2019

    Birr, Rands, Kwacha

    Leading the International Expansion Team at Africa's Talking, we figured out how to scale into 15 African markets, including some interesting ones like South Africa, Zambia, Ethiopia and Côte d'Ivoire. With a headcount of close to 100 at AT, and over $10m in annual revenue, I figured things would be okay and it was time for me to find a new adventure.

  • August 2019

    Hover Up!

    Got a Twitter DM from one of the coolest CEOs ever, Ben Lyon and I joined the team at Hover, a startup building democratised infrastructure for developers and enterprises connecting to mobile financial services. By the time I was leaving, we had almost 2000 users from over 80 countries use our software. I left in December 2020 as the company pivoted to pure consumer, something I felt that I wasn't well positioned to lead with, and chose to resign. I still believe the pivot was the right decision for the business, but it needed someone with an entirely different set of skills.

  • January 2021

    Chippin' Away

    Prior to this moment, I had spent my entire career never having seen young, Black people who are my age as leaders in technology instutitions. Maijid Moujaled and Ham Serunjogi changed that. In just under 3 years, they had built a cross-border mobile money platform with over 3.5 million users all over the continent. I joined to help figure out how to make that financial scale useful for global merchants capturing the Internet economy opportunity in Africa.

  • April 2023

    Tudo bem?

    Chipper Cash was an absolute whirlwind. My team built out the entire Merhcant Business division from scratch, and within a year, we had signed up Carry1st as our first major global merchant. I discovered that I was really enjoying the work of building solutions for merchants, and I wanted to see how I could help solve for that problem at scale. Destiny smiled upon me once again, and I was offered the role to lead Africa market development at Ebanx - a global payment processor headquarted in Brazil, helping some of the world's biggest brands figure out payments in emerging markets. This was no longer about just Africa.

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