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#1

Hi there - I am Steve, from and based in Cameroon. Really good to be here!

I currently lead the product team at Kerawa.com, a classifieds platform for French-speaking Sub-Saharan Africa. I am quite sure it’s been long discussed here how challenging it is to build tech products on the continent, our case is not exception to that :sweat_smile:

I also curate UX Bantu, an email newsletter that showcases some of the minds, stories and thoughts on human-centered design across Sub-Saharan Africa. If keen on the matter, feel free to subscribe. Indeed, feedback always most welcome!

Very much looking forward to our conversations in here. Cheers!


#2

Consider me signed up!


#3

Much appreciated mate, looking forward to your feedback!


#4

Great stuff Steve. I have been to UXBantu a couple of times.

Keep fueling it. Awesome


#5

Thanks for the kind words mate. Have you considered subscribing to the email newsletter?
I guess you also noticed that you were in our 21st Issue 3 weeks ago! :slight_smile:


#6

Excellent newsletter! I’ve been subscribed for quite a while now. I also had the pleasure of meeting @amarast on a recent trip to Cameroon so he’s good people :slight_smile:


#7

You’re too kind, @yoowai. Thanks for bringing me here by the way, brilliant minds in here. Enjoying reading topics :slight_smile:


#8

Yes I have already subscribed.

Oh! Yes I saw that - Thanks alot UXBantu -


#9

I had the pleasure of meeting Amarast in person with @yoowai too and it was such a pleasure. The guy lives his craft!

I signed up immediately.


#10

Hi @amarast welcome to radar. Greetings from buea. I had the opportunity of meeting you at the silicon mountain conference. Really nice to see u here.


#11

@yoowai and @GbengaTotoyi next time u come to Cameroon, visit buea. We need more coverage by Cabal .


#12

Thanks for the kind words @GbengaTotoyi :punch:


#13

LOL! I am not an employee of Tech Cabal, although I’m a great fan of their work. I was in Douala on a totally unrelated project for a client. But since Radar is for everyone, you can always bring the necessary tech coverage from Cameroon to Radar :slight_smile:


#14

Gotcha! I got a like from @lordbanks , so I think the message got through :wink:

Other note: Areedi sounds interesting. I can see it helping startups scale once they reach product/market fit.


#15

@amarast, I’m so mad it took me a week to notice this, but it is real nice. How is the startup scene in Cameroon looking? The last time I heard from my research Cameroon had about 2 million Facebook users. Has that number gone up or down?


#16

Exactly. That’s what we’re here for :slight_smile:


#17

Thanks for your kind words @davidsmith8900! :slight_smile:
When did you carry out that research? FB users in 237 is still about 2M… So I guess it was quite recent?


#18

By the way, @product_guy, you remember our conversation at SMCONF? I told you your product should fit in a service flow, and you needed proper service design to see where precisely it would deliver its best value to customers… Well, ping @yoowai with your stuff. She’s super busy but could have a word or 2 to help you steer your ship the right way.


#19

Hi Folks - Steve here.

It’s been a year now that I have been curating UX Bantu. I really hope you guys find it relevant and enjoy reading it every Friday.

I thought I’d share the most important learnings from this first year: http://www.amarast.com/musings/one-year-of-ux-bantu-what-i-learned

Curious to know what you guys think? Thanks in advance!


#20

Hi Steve!

Well done - I can’t believe it’s been a year since you started this! I, for one, look forward to the newsletter every Friday. Keep up the good work.