Listening to the typical stories about Africa reminds me of listening to stories of so-called "bad Black neighborhood." Both always leave me asking the same question: "If these places are so awful, how come non-Africans keep opening up shops in them and never leaving?" Just as Black people spend more time undervaluing their own neighborhoods, so do they under value their native lands. While there's a tiny thread of understanding we're somehow connected to Africa, the image of the land set with famine, disease, hunger, starvation and "send a dollar a day to adopt a child you'll never meet" ads that run all the time via the great racism machine is the image we pull up when we think of Africa. It's kinda like trying to make a Black version of a white icon. Close you're eyes and think "Santa" and we all know the fat white guy came up first. Now do the same thing with Africa? We all know what comes to mind, even if we don't want it too. Huts, spears, civil war, third world (because there's apparently three of them), low tech, and funny languages. Even for those of us that's have actually been there. That's how good the racism machine is. (Don't feel bad, I'm sure American media and rappers give Africans a wonderful outlook of what black American life are is like.) If anyone does their research (and I'm sure everyone reading this has) one would know that Africa is developing rapidly and American and Europeans are jumping all over that development meat. Because of the rise of mobile networks like Safaricom and easy and rapid means of money exchange like M-Pesa, the mobile and Wi-Fi markets in Africa are growing, especially in places like Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa and Tanzania. As a result of this e-commerce and entrepreneurship is rising and businesses are starting to grow and make a name for themselves - so much so that the world is beginning to notice. Business that are online and coming up with innovative products and idea that people are paying attention too. Businesses and ideas that, perhaps, we should be paying attention too as well. For Example: Saya - a very successful mobile chat App owned by people located in Ghana. It was created by Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) also, of course, in Ghana. Ushahidi - a non-profit tech company that was created during the 2008 elections in Kenya and now specializes in developing free open-source software for data collection, visualization and interactive mapping. iROKO Partners - the world’s largest distributor of African entertainment. Since launching in December 2010, the company has built a global audience of over 6 million unique users from 178 different countries. Konga - One of Nigeria’s leading online mega-stores, Konga is growing rapidly across its mobile and SMS platforms. Founded in the summer of 2012, the company now has 150 employees. It promises to deliver products that range from flatscreen TVs to cosmetics anywhere in the country, within five days. Afroes - foundeded by Anne Shongwe, Afroes produces applications and content for young people, which contain educational and social messages. It is in development with a series of mobile games and SMS reporting platforms that will form the interactive component of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, "Champion for Children campaign." In 2012, the company won the prestigious MEF Social Responsibility and Development Award for its Moraba game in London. What makes these entities stand out is they are black owned and/or black run. These are businesses started in Africa, and becoming successful with the African dollar rather than the world market. More importantly they connect Africa to the rest of the world in the same way the technology we used in America does meaning we have a direct connection with brothers and sisters in the motherland to get serious about building a real infrastructure. This is what every other group is doing with the mobile and internet economy that exists today. Isn't it time we do this as well?