Initiated by the Embassy of France and French Institute in South Africa (IFAS), Digital Lab Africa is managed by the South African technology hub Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct, with support from the Agence Française de Développement (AFD).

From among 500 applications from over 30 sub-Saharan countries, 10 creatives from countries such as South Africa, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Mali and Ghana were selected. These individuals stood out in the selection committee interviews based on their talent, creativity and ability to motivate their ideas.

Each of the 10 winners receive a R42 000 cash prize and a tailor-made incubation programme to accelerate their project development. This includes mentorship by French and sub-Saharan creative industries experts, a residence period in France within a digital cluster and participation at industry events in France and/or in sub-Saharan African region.

Furthermore, following a period of public online voting, the DLA Audience Award has been awarded to Justus Macharia from Kenya for his work titled BABA. With 501 votes out of 3 329 in total, Macharia’s prize includes an invitation to one of the DLA industry events in France or in Sub-Saharan Africa.



Winners by category:

  • Ringa Mzansi by Lwazi Msipha (South Africa)
  • UZI by Naddya Adhiambo Oluoch-Olunya (Kenya)
Web creation
Digital Music
  • Swaggify by Marvin Madyara (Zimbabwe)
  • Sunkambe by Shaka Ramulifho (South Africa)
Virtual Reality
Video Game
  • Mancala Plus by Setriakor Nyomi (Ghana)
  • Precious Cargo by Simone Beneke-Graham, Shannon Bennetts, Rowan Brough and Niall Graham (South Africa)
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