I am a technology entrepreneur, building the future of Africa
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Interests

Stuff I (kinda? no... definitely) care about

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.

Aviation

"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.

Portfolio

Here's some work I'm proud of.

Gears for Careers Book Cover

Graphic Design

The Village Plaza

Graphic Design

Pam Globe Limited

Graphic Design

Malawi Police Service

Website Design

Tools for Enterprise and Education Consultants

Website Design

MwTunes

Website Design

Djuaji Research

Website Design

NISE

Website Design

SheDistinction Blog

Website and Logo Design

Insights from Authors Blog

Website and Logo Design

Revolutionary Educational Developmental (RED)

Website and Logo Design

USIU Africa Campus Map

Cartography and Map Design

Business Malawi

Concept, Logo and Website Design

History

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.

  • Right Now

    Architecting Progress

    I spend every day designing and building the African mobile technology of the future. I'm really interested in drones (UAVs) as well, and I spend a lot of time researching new technology in aviation.

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About Me

Well, computer people are people too.

Wiza Jalakasi

\wē-zä • jä-läkä-sē\

I was born and raised in Blantyre, Malawi, but I'm based in Nairobi, Kenya. I'm always looking for challenges and adventure, and don't worry, I won't get upset if you mispronounce my name. I like people, technology, aviation, Manchester United Football Club, great food and well-written TV series. I was the Google Student Ambassador at USIU Africa where I studied Information Systems Technology (and nailed it!) and while I was there, I co-founded a market research startup called Djuaji Research, we raised some venture capital too but I had to resign (long story).
Now, I work with another startup called Africa's Talking, we build APIs for mobile value-added services (SMS, USSD, Interactive Voice, Virutal Airtime and Mobile Money) across Africa.

Email: wjalakasi (at) gmail {dot} com

SMS/WhatsApp/Telegram: +254 708 663 158

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