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Innovation hub opens centre in Namibia

The Co-Creation Hub (CcHUB) has set up an innovation centre in Namibia.

The centre is a platform for technologists, social entrepreneurs, the government, technology companies, impact investors and hackers to find new solutions to social problems.

Speaking at the centre’s launch last week, the founder and chief executive of the Co-Creation Hub Nigeria, Bosun Tijani, said technology allows creatives to express themselves and connect their creations to the rest of the world.

“It gives us the opportunity to monetise them as well,” he said.

Tijani said technology also aids creatives in adapting to societies’ needs.

He said the organisation chose Namibia because the country has a lot of untapped potential which can benefit both Namibia and other African countries.

“This is a beautiful country that is blessed in such a way that prosperity can be created here, and innovation can be inspired, and the rest of the continent can benefit from that as well,” he said.

The executive director of research at the Namibia University of Science and Technology, Anna Matros-Gorases, said the partnership between the university and CcHUB is based on the need for an inclusive impact.

She said conversations around income versus impact are topical among start-ups and community members, especially in the space of entrepreneurial development.

“There’s always been this notion of income versus impact . . . Are we doing this for income generation to maintain a living, or are we doing this to make a difference in terms of impact?” Matros-Gorases asked.