Mustapha Diyaol Haqq, a young Ghanaian is determined to change the story and future of the African continent in his own way through the use of technology, specifically coding.
According to 19-year old Mustapha, he sourced this inspiration from how big tech companies have been able to change many aspects of our lives through simple innovations.
“Seeing how the big tech companies used innovation to solve some of the world’s biggest problems made me realise how important it is to learn to code,” says Haqq.
He added, “I looked online for any free courses that could help me develop coding skills and completed as many as I could.” Though young Haqq taught himself to code, he’s been able to develop a potentially life-saving solution for women across the continent.
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“I used my knowledge of coding and machine learning to develop a model for diagnosing breast cancer, which I hope to release freely to communities across Africa.”
Mustapha Haqq also has an agenda to combat hunger and food security problem on the continent.
“Africa relies heavily on smallholder farmers to meet its food production needs. However, much of the produce from farms are spoilt before it reaches the markets in the cities.”
Keen on solving two of the biggest problems in Africa, Haqq says he’s “currently working on a machine learning and AI model that can help reduce post-harvest losses and ensure the work our farmers do translate into food security for our communities.”
Through the Africa Code Week event, Mustapha Haqq has been able to share his knowledge with other young people from different countries in Africa.
He is also a member of the Ghana Code Club, which has set up coding clubs in several communities. The Club teaches both kids and adults how to code during the weekends.
Young Mustapha Diyaol Haqq has been appointed as a Youth Ambassador for the African Code Week 2019 due to his hard work and determination.
“Being appointed Youth Ambassador for ACW 2019 is a dream come true, and a unique opportunity to inspire change on a global platform, encouraging young talents across the continent to learn digital skills and code the change they want to see in their community.”