An exceptional keynote speech at IndabaX Nigeria 2023, by the renowned Professor Abejide Ade-Ibijola, a Professor of Articial Intelligence and Applications, University of Johannesburg, South Africa. It was an enlightening session that explored Africa's journey towards progress, delving into its challenges, available technologies, noteworthy projects, and the ground-breaking current project at the University of Johannesburg in South Africa.
Professor Ade-Ibijola shed light on the critical challenges faced by Africa. From poverty and inadequate infrastructure to limited access to quality education and healthcare, insecurity, social cohesion, gender inequalities, transportations, housing and caring for the disabled our continent grapples with obstacles that hinder its growth and development. It was an opportunity to reflect on these issues and ignite the spark of change within ourselves.
In the age of technological advancement,he highlighted the incredible potential of available technologies in transforming Africa. Mobile and Digital technologies have already begun to bridge gaps by providing Financial services, Education, Healthcare information, and connectivity even in the most remote areas. The emergence of renewable energy sources also presents a promising opportunity for sustainable solutions.
Projects Around Africa:
The keynote speech showcased the remarkable projects being undertaken across the continent. From agricultural advancements and water management initiatives to healthcare innovations and smart city developments, African nations are stepping up to address their unique challenges. These projects serve as beacons of hope, demonstrating what collaboration and innovation can achieve.
Current Project at U.J South Africa:
Professor Ade-Ibijola introduced us to the current ground-breaking project at the University of Johannesburg. The project focuses on deaf people, prediction of student success and receiving lectures in video games, proctoring system using computer vision, sell Bot for small businesses By this project aim to solve problems and foster economic growth. It was inspiring to witness the impact this project is making.
Professor Ade-Ibijola emphasized the importance of adopting a holistic approach. By identifying priorities, mentoring, investing in education and research, Government and Industry involvement, and leveraging technology, we can pave the way for a prosperous and sustainable Africa, “Only Africans can fix Africa” he said. The keynote speech at IndabaX Nigeria reminded us of our collective power to drive change. By sharing knowledge, collaborating, and working towards innovative solutions.