Welcome to the Digitizing Africa Project

I envision an African
Continent leveraging
digital technology as a
means to sustainable growth.

Frederick R. Coleman '17 '19G

Project Investigator

I am the principal researcher for the Digitizing Africa Project (DAP). I am currently pursing my master of engineering degree in Technical Entrepreneurship. I graduated from Lehigh University's College of Business and Economics with a bachelor's in Business Information Systems. Prior to my experiences in Africa, I participated in the Smart Spaces Project (NSF-REU sponsored) as part of the Lehigh University Mountaintop Project Initiative in the summer of 2014.

Professor Kwame Essien, Ph.D. is the principal project faculty adviser for DAP. A professor with joint appointments in the Department of History and the Department of Africana Studies, he is the Director of the Lehigh in Ghana Study Abroad Program. He has worked with me for the past three years with the Digitizing Africa Project. He has provided academic coordination and preparation for the project to ensure academic success and student growth in this field of study.

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A Digitizing Africa

With a growing digital footprint, I believe in four pillars which will make the Continent condusive to sustainable growth.

Knowledge Capital & Education

Exploit and centralise the knowledge capital in African technological advances.

Changing Lives

Transform the digital frontier in Africa that better impact lives of all Africans.

Multinational Cooperation

Requires cooperation of several African countries and the diaspora to combine insights to further growth on the Continent.

Safety & Security

Ensuring a safer and more secure Africa in terms of information commerce and technology development.

Recent Travels

I have met with leaders and academics across the Continent.

University of Nairobi

Nairobi, Kenya

From right to left: Prof. Andrew Kahonge, Prof. Wandera Ogana, Frederick Coleman, Lyne Libale

7th National Conference of NSBE Ghana

University of Cape Coast, Ghana

Presenting to high school students the importance of engineering and STEM college programs. It is critical to encourage the youth to be engaged in STEM in their early stages.

Harvard Africa Business Conference

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Attended the Africa Business Conference and forged new connections as well as gaining inspiration to build an enterprise in Africa.

Wharton Africa Business Forum

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The Wharton Africa Business Forum is a premiere event to network with professionals and academics who are involved in building enterprises in African countries.

Professor Kwame Essien, Ph.D

Lehigh University

Professor Essien is the faculty adviser to the Digitizing Africa Project.

Ghana Ministry of Communication

Accra, Ghana

From right to left: Danielle Tait, Frederick Coleman, Dep. Minister Edward Ato Sarpong, Prof. Kwame Essien.

My Sponsors

Through their generous support, Digitizing Africa Project is successful because of these organisations

“We cannot wait for governments to do it all. Globalization operates on Internet time. Governments tend to be slow moving by nature, because they have to build political support for every step.”

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Kofi Annan Former Secretary-General, United Nations

“In Africa today, we recognise that trade and investment, and not aid, are pillars of development.”

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Paul Kagame President, Republic of Rwanda

“Citizens’ perceived usefulness of technology in engaging with government is influenced by the availability and accessibility of such technology.”

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Omobola Johnson Former Minister of Comm. Tech., Federal Republic of Nigeria

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