Understanding the Cameroonian User

I recently gave a UX 15-mn talk during the Silicon Mountain Conference in Buéa, the biggest tech ecosystem in Cameroon. A great opportunity to present a few behaviours startups can leverage to create usable products in the country. 

Making Decisions

Decisions are a quintessential part of our daily life, but making them seem to scare most of us. What if we embraced the process as practice to agility, empathy and boldness?

App Stores are not designed for Africa

Many talented developers across Africa are building consumer apps to leverage the so-called mobile gold rush on the continent, only to realise how challenging distribution is in most of our countries... Maybe app stores as we know them were not designed with us in mind?

Pretty is good, Functional is better

Since I moved back home, I have been truly amazed by the ingenuity people deploy to solve their problems. Often without proper qualifications, they manage to create exceptional products that work and are answers to real life problems, people's daily problem. It has been a true source of inspiration for me to better understand that design is not about making it pretty, it's about making something that works well for people. 

Android Generation, En Avant!

Last week in Yaoundé was a real opportunity to see how we, the Android Generation, can leverage every bit of institutional window we're offered. It was also a pleasant diving into the highs of the power of our beautiful Cameroon. 

Left to Right on the ministerial selfie: Carine Guiliyack, Yannick Tameze, Steve Amara, Candace Nkoth Bisseck, Mrs Minette Libom Li Likeng, Nino Njopkou.

Moving Back Home

I left London 4 months for what I planned to be a field exploration in Cameroon. I did not know what to expect, so booked a one-way flight ticket... It turned out be the right call, as I am now settling down in Douala, my hometown. Welcome back home!

Entrepreneur for some, Unemployed for most

Two years ago, my in-laws visited us in London from Paris for my mother-in-law's Birthday. My 7-year-old niece asked me: “Uncle, where do you work?”. “From home”, I said. She then replied quite energetically: “This is not real work! You have no office and no colleagues”. My in-laws first laughed, but then a discomforting silence crept in: my niece had just said out loud what everyone was already thinking.

Je t’aime Paris, forever my second home

Le Petit Cambodge was one of the theatres of the recent macabre Paris attacks. I got my first flat literally a short walk away when I moved to Paris, and used to go to that restaurant sometimes. I have to admit that I really am surprised by how deeply affected I am by what happened. 

Being resilient after failing and being fired

3 years ago, I left France and a comfortable career in Finance. I moved to the UK to chase my food/ag tech dreams and did not know what I was getting myself into. Since then, I have aged 10 years and learned a lot about myself. It took me to fail at my own startup, be denied a British visa and be fired brutally to understand the true meaning of resilience.

The dilemma of the African millennial

I am part of the Generation Y, the so-called millennials, the generation that grew up with the beginning of globalisation and the fresh wave of a post cold war urban culture. Like many Gen-Y urban dwellers, I aspire to live my dreams, achieve something greater than myself. 

Public buses on both sides of the Channel

I have been traveling regularly to Paris since I moved to London 2.5 years ago. I rely almost exclusively on buses to move around London, much less in Paris where I often use ride sharing. I took the bus yesterday in Paris, and it reminded me how differently Parisians and Londoners behave in public transportation.

One year ago...

Rome, Piazza Navonna, an exquisite Italian dinner, and the waiter comes with a box. I see it, and feel incredibly stressed. Stressed and excited, a rare mix of feelings. I know the time has come, but what if I get a NO? I know it can’t be, but one never knows. Any one who has done it knows relief only comes after the YES..