2015-07-23 maker, africa, hardware
The Maker movement in Africa has been getting a lot of attention recently. While we may all be makers, though, we're not all the same kind of makers. What we can make, and how we approach the idea of "making," changes depending on where you are in the world and what you can afford. What worries me is the approach some organizations take to this idea of bringing the Maker movement to Africa - as though westerners had invented "making," and "Africa" were a homogeneous spot that could, collectively, take up a movement and run with it. The African continent contains many countries that are filled with all different kinds of makers. Initiatives like Maker Faire Africa are amazing precisely because they recognize a parallel that already exists between the Maker movement and practices with deep roots in many parts of Africa.