In such a digital age, having an online presence as a business is imperative for survival. Raindolf Owusu, dubbed the ‘Mark Zuckerberg’ of Africa knows all too well the impact of an online presence. Setting up Oasis Websoft a software development company, Raindolf is technologically putting Africa on the map. Oasis Websoft currently boasts of the first African browser- Anansi Browser, which is powered to provide quick and effective searches for users.
From running non-profits such as the Longevity Project to teaching software development programmes, Raindolf continues to demonstrate his dedication to improving Africa. His charismatic personality and devotion to his craft has currently earned him a nomination for the GUBA (RLG) Development Award 2013.
This young, vibrant entrepreneur continues to demonstrate that a purpose followed by dedication is a sure way to success. We give Raindolf a chance to tell you why he should be the recipient of the GUBA Development Award…
Tell us about the premise behind your business
Oasis Websoft aims to solve Africa’s problems using software technology. Our mission is to build infrastructure that ensures that the West African sub-region is not left behind in the continuous evolution of information technology. We are in the middle of a dramatic and broad technological shift in which software companies are poised to take over large swathes of the economy. Facebook, ThoughtWorks, Amazon, Netflix, Apple, Pixar, Google, Flickr and Skype are all software companies building real, high-growth and high margin businesses. The low start-up costs and the vastly expanded market for online services perceive a global economy that for the first time will be fully digitally wired. This makes an even stronger case for the need of our software development products and services here in Africa.
How does it feel to be nominated for the Development award and what would winning mean to you?
Our nomination came as a shock to me, my team and our online following. It is a reminder of the goals we set out to achieve by starting up a software company in the heart of Accra. It will be a morale booster for us to win the GUBA award and will help other budding young African Ghanaian entrepreneurs who need to be attracted to careers in Technology.
What do you think about the GUBA Awards?
GUBA Awards is the motivation the doctor ordered for achieving our continent’s potential for innovation, social and economic advancement.
Where does your motivation come from?
My motivation comes from God almighty and the loving support of my family. I am also motivated by my zeal to lift the continent out of its current state by moving production from exploitative extraction of raw materials to symbiotic extraction of human expertise and time.
Do you have any plans of expanding your business?
We have currently contributed to a few socially impacting software in the East African region so we hopefully want to collaborate with more software start-ups in other African countries. We aspire to build quality mobile, web and software solutions that will solve everyday problems.
Are you involved in any other projects?
At Oasis we believe in giving back to society so, we teach software and web development online for free. We make the source code for our software freely available for other developers to build on and help the software evolve. In the last year we also worked with the Ghana Association of Women Entrepreneurs, educating them on how to use technology to boost their businesses. We hope to assist more people and organizations on using technology to boost the economic growth of the continent and to decrease poverty.
What message would you give to aspiring and upcoming entrepreneurs?
Ask God to direct your ways, be humble and do not restrict yourself creatively. Avoid dream killers and follow your dream. Stay focused!!!
Do you have anything else you would want to add?
Yes. Kindly go to the link below and vote for me to win the award. God bless.
Raindolf’s work has made such an impact that he has been nominated for GUBA’s RLG Development award. If you are equally impressed by his work, you can vote for him at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/development-award
Alternatively, visit: http://oasiswebsoft.com/ to find out more about Oasis Software.