If you attended enough technology conferences over the past 20 years across Africa, irrespective of what the main theme of the conference is, you would have heard at least one speaker talk about how mobile phones are leading to Internet adoption in Africa or another speaker talk about “500 million mobile phones in Africa!” My favorite over the years is one speaker I forget referring to, back then, the Samsung E250 as the “modern-day AK-47.”

I kid you not.

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