For most of my life, Africa has been embroiled in frustrating violence sorting out the mess left by european colonialism. The dust is settling, however, and South Africa is joining the BRIC countries in rapid growth in industrialism and modernization of technology. This has an effect that spreads all over southern Africa.
“The growth rate for sub-Saharan Africa is estimated around 5,5 % for 2012; and The Economist of 6 January 2011 predicts that between 2010 and 2015, seven out of the top 10 fastest-growing economies in the world will be African. According to Standard Bank’s research, ICT is one of the factors driving this growth. In 2010, BRICS accounted for 13% of global demand in the ICT sector, with spending of about €328 billion.”
see allAfrica.com: South Africa: Huawei to Share Africa's Technology Vision At Brics Summit in Durban.
Combine that with Nigeria reaching 48 million Internet-connected people and Kenya also racing to spread wireless Internet everywhere and there is a huge emerging market for small cheap computers, rivalling Asia. We are seeing the Digital Divide finally being bridged with small cheap computers, FLOSS and wifi.