Herman Chinery-Hesse, a tech entrepreneur who founded SoftTribe , Ghana’s largest software company is popularly called “Bill Gates of Ghana,” this nickname has nothing to do with his financial status but the similarities in inventions.
Chinery-Hesse gave Ghana its largest software company, SoftTribe .
Chinery-Hesse grew up traveling around the world. He was born in Ireland in 1963, he went to school in the United States and worked in Britain. His parents ended up having international jobs so they lived in Zambia, Sierra Leone, Geneva, Uganda, and Tanzania. He went to high school in Texas.
However, when it was time for him to build his software company, he decided to take it to Ghana. His decision to move to Africa was influenced by the lack of opportunities for Black leaders in America to succeed.
Chinrey-Hesse didn’t have an option in America because he was a black African there, he then decided to develop Africa. He felt a sense of responsibility, apart from the fact that he thought he had a brighter future here.”
Chinery-Hesse moved to Ghana with no money but just a computer, and with the assistance of a friend, he started writing programs and selling them. This led to the establishment of SOFTtribe in 1991, which is today Ghana’s leading software developer. He started from his bedroom, then to a garage before an office.
He created programs which he sold and he grew very fast. He had to hire more people
His company soon started providing management systems to scores of companies, including Guinness, Ghana National Petroleum Company and Unilever. It also provided products to thousands of consumers, with its reach including Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, Togo, Burkina Faso, Gambia, Guinea, Liberia and Côte d’Ivoire.
Today, Chinery-Hesse’s company is one of Africa’s Top 20 Tech Influencers, Chinery-Hesse has spoken at many prestigious institutions including the Harvard Business School, University of Oxford, Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Chatham House and Tech4Africa.
Recently, the tech entrepreneur was introduced as the Commonwealth Chair for Business and Technology Initiatives for Africa.