We envision an African continent that is evolving, learning, and excelling in the digital revolution that sets it as the last frontier.

Knowledge Capital & Education

Exploit and centralise the knowledge capital in African technological advances.

Changing Lives

Transform the digital frontier in Africa that better impact lives of all Africans.

Multinational Cooperation

Requires cooperation of several African countries and the diaspora to combine insights to further growth on the Continent.

Safety & Security

Ensuring a safer and more secure Africa in terms of information commerce and technology development.

Project Investigator

Frederick Robert Coleman '17

Frederick R. Coleman is the principal undergraduate researcher for the Digitizing Africa Project (DAP). He is a fourth-year Business Information Systems, Engineering and Africana Studies undergraduate at Lehigh University from Easton, Pennsylvania. He is enrolled in the Department of Management in the College of Business and Economics at Lehigh. He has had earlier international experience in similar field of study with DAP focusing on Ghana in the summer of 2015. His efforts were focused on conducting a survey to study the growth and significance of mobile networks and their economic and residential impact in Ghana. Prior to his experiences in Africa, he participated in the Smart Spaces Project (NSF-REU sponsored) as part of the Lehigh University Mountaintop Project Initiative in the summer of 2014. He contributed to the research of ambient technology methods for making residential living easier. The project’s aims were in the development of automating existing household devices to create a “smart” environment with hands-free, voice operated devices.

He is the President of the Class of 2017, Chapter Senator for the National Society of Black Engineers, an Undergraduate Representative to the Council for an Equitable Community, and Diversity Recruitment Intern for the Office of Admissions at Lehigh University.

Professor Kwame Essien, Ph.D. is the principal project faculty adviser for DAP. A professor with joint appointments in the Department of History and the Department of Africana Studies, he is the Director of the Lehigh in Ghana Study Abroad Program. He worked with Coleman before with the Digitizing Africa Project in the summer of 2015 in the same capacity. He has provided academic coordination and preparation for the project to ensure academic success and student growth in this field of study.


Through the generous support in resources, time, and talent this Project is successful in breaking down barriers and uncovering new knowledge.


Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Research Academic Institution
Lehigh University is an American private research university. It was established in 1865 by businessman Asa Packer and has grown to include studies in a wide variety of disciplines. As of 2014, the university had 4,904 undergraduate students and 2,165 graduate students. Lehigh is considered one of the twenty-four Hidden Ivies in the Northeastern United States.


Kumasi, Republic of Ghana
National Academic Institution
KNUST is a national university in Kumasi, Ashanti, Ghana. It is the largest public university established in the country as well as the largest university in the Kumasi Metropolis and Ashanti region. The university succeeded the Kumasi College of Technology which was established the Government. The Kumasi College of Technology was transformed into the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology by an Act of Parliament.

University of Ghana, Legon Campus

Accra, Republic of Ghana
National Academic Institution
The University of Ghana is the oldest and largest of the thirteen Ghanaian tertiary institutions, founded in 1948 as the University College of the Gold Coast. It now has nearly 40,000 students. The original emphasis was on the liberal arts, social sciences, basic science, agriculture, and medicine, but the curriculum was expanded to provide more technology-based and vocational courses and postgraduate training.


Accra, Republic of Ghana
Government Ministry
The Ghana Ministry of Communications has the core responsibility of initiating and developing national policies aimed at achieving cost effective information and communications infrastructure and services, for the enhancement and promotion of economic competitiveness.


Accra, Republic of Ghana
Professional Organisation
The National Society of Black Engineers – Ghana was founded in 1998 at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. It is the largest student-run organization in Ghana with core activities centered on improving the recruitment and retention of Ghanaian engineers in both academia and industry. It provides opportunities for personal and professional success and remains unmatched.


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