The Metaverse Will Open New Opportunities for Africa – And for the World

Solving these global issues requires coordination, time and hard work from all stakeholders. Africa has some of the fastest growing economies in the world, where startups and creators are leading a digital revolution well for a positive impact internationally. By developing technology that may one day shape the Metaverse, African leaders now have the opportunity to move the world towards achieving the SDGs.

The theme of this year’s United Nations General Assembly – “A watershed moment for transformative solutions to interrelated challenges” – is an urgent reminder of the road ahead by ensuring that no one is left behind. matter as we work towards a sustainable. in the future. Technological innovation efforts in Africa will help develop the transformative solutions needed.

The next chapter of the Internet is rapidly changing and changing development on a large scale, affecting the world economy.

Working for a sustainable future

Although Metaverse will take several years to develop, we can already see its potential for achieving the SDGs.

Virtual and augmented realities can support a variety of global goals, from remote training of doctors in support of improving health and well-being (SDG 3) to supporting local leaders in promoting various actions to reduce the effects of climate change (SDG 13). Metaverse’s potential across the African continent can contribute to these goals by promoting strategies that improve health, reduce inequalities and stimulate the economic growth needed to improve quality of life.

We are convinced that Africa can and will definitely play an important role in Metaverse by creating new opportunities for African brands to tell their unique stories and export culture and new experiences in immersive for consumers. This fact is no longer fiction because the African population will be the largest workforce in the world by 2035.

Digitalization is taking center stage across the continent and is changing the way we work, create jobs, communicate with friends and family, and access public services. Africa’s thriving startup ecosystem has been a great showcase of this booming growth, fueling a wave of innovation across the continent.
This ecosystem of startups continues to strengthen a digital community and anticipate the potential of Africa in the future of the internet, which is none other than Metaverse. A recent study conducted for Meta by the independent economic consultancy Analysis Group estimates that if the adoption of Metaverse started today and grew at the same rate as mobile technology in Sub-Saharan Africa, it could which is accompanied by a contribution of 1.8% of the regional GDP next. 10 years, or $40 billion by 2031.
So how can Africa join the movement and develop solutions not only for the continent, but for the entire sustainable development ecosystem?

Metaverse is also founded in Africa

In many ways, the Metaverse is the natural evolution of the internet. We are moving from primarily text-based web services to speech and video-based services. Metaverse is the next generation – a deeper 3D experience characterized by a sense of presence as if you are in another place with another person. This resulted in much more human experience on the internet than we know today. In fact, the latter will be more physical, interactive and speech-based than flat screens, full of texts and images. So Metaverse has the potential to open up a world of opportunity for Africans.

Although our vision of Metaverse is still far away, we see that African companies and innovators are already starting to build the foundations of this common future, with a will and a constant motivation to bring in this life project, here in Africa.

To give a glimpse of the current reality, the continent sits across the Metaverse table thanks to its many creative talents. The Nigerian Mosope Olaosebikan, the founder of the first digital museum in Africa, shapes the cultural and human narrative in his own way using immersive and innovative methods of heritage preservation, such as AR and VR. Pixel Chefs, an innovative South African creative agency, uses new digital technologies to create immersive and impactful experiences for its local and international clients. Finally, the Kenyan company Black Rhino VR, a virtual reality production company located in Nairobi, creates customized, adaptable and relevant VR and AR solutions and content for the African and international market.

Although tech companies like Meta are actively involved in building the continent’s Metaverse by investing in programs like the 2Africa project, which aims to facilitate access to fast and reliable internet in Africa, many more this to be done to continue. building a good and lasting collaboration for Metaverse in Africa.

The effective implementation of this project will require relevant alliances between companies, developers, creators and political decision-makers. We must work together to create an inclusive Metaverse for Africa that will bridge the digital divide and ensure equal representation of all people around the world, as well as on the continent.

The diversity and dynamism of the African continent fosters creativity, agility, innovation and freedom; necessary elements to build a Metaverse in the service of sustainable development in Africa.

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