A self-taught Ghanaian coder has been named Africa Code Week Youth Ambassador for 2019 after he developed an Artificial Intelligence (AI) model for diagnosing breast cancer to help solve some of the continent’s biggest challenges.
Inspired by the Global Technology success stories, Mustapha Diyaol Haqq, a 19-year-old from Kumasi, Ghana, realized he too could deliver innovation where it was most needed, starting with his hometown. “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,” Mustapha said.
Adding that: “I looked online for any free courses that could help me develop coding skills and completed as many as I could.” Despite being self-taught, Haqq was able to develop a potentially life-saving solution for women across the continent.
He used his knowledge of coding and machine learning to develop a model for diagnosing breast cancer, which he hopes to release freely to communities across Africa. Also, high on his agenda are hunger and food security, which he sees as two of the biggest challenges facing the continent’s rapidly growing population. “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. I’m 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,” Mustapha remarked.
As the Fourth Industrial Revolution sweeps across Africa and more of its youth develop coding and other digital skills, Mustapha is one of many young Africans providing solutions to some of the major problems faced by their communities.
WORLD YOUTH SKILLS DAY 2019!
I spent the day with some youth who participated in @ghanacodeclub‘s Holiday Coding Program.
— Mustapha Diyaol Haqq🇬🇭 (@blackarchitech) July 15, 2019