Rwanda Beats Nigeria, Others To Manufacture Africa’s First Ever Smartphone


Central/Eastern Africa country, Rwanda has emerged Africa’s first ever country to manufacture a Made in Africa smarthone.

The news filtered out on Tuesday as the Mara Group’s CEO, Ashish Tahkker made the announcement.

Rwanda which is located in Eastern Africa hasn’t really been known to lead in technological breakthroughs so it is quite surprising how it shot way ahead of expected favorites like Nigeria and South Africa to emerge the pace setter in the smartphone manufacturing industry.

Mara Group, a multi sector services company in Rwanda recorded the feat as it launched the smart-phone named ‘Mara Phones’ in Kigali, Rwanda on Monday.

This may be a sign of the company and the countrie’s potentials in leading the charge on the African continent in terms of innovation and breakthroughs.

The new Mara Phones, which are in two models – the Mara X and Mara Z, will run on Google’s Android operating system.

According to the company’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Ashish Thakkar, unlike companies which merely import phone components from different parts of the world and assemble them, Mera phones were fully manufactured by Mara group.

“This is the first smartphone manufacturer in Africa. Companies assemble smartphones in Egypt, Ethiopia, Algeria and South Africa, but import the components, we are actually the first who are doing manufacturing. We are making the motherboards, we are making the sub-boards during the entire process. There are over 1,000 pieces per phone,” he said.

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