Bankole Oluwafemi is Editor-in-Chief of TechCabal.com, Africa’s fastest growing tech blog covering technology, startups, mobile and digital media. He has blogged extensively on these and related spaces since 2011. Bankole’s writing and quotes about technology in Africa are regularly featured in prestigious publications such as Quartz and Fortune. In 2014, Bankole and the TC team hosted the inaugural edition of TechCabal Battlefield, the biggest showcase of technology startups in Nigeria vying for a $20,000 prize.
In his undergraduate days, Bankole’s entrepreneurial flair and obsession with media drove him to pursue several business and creative ventures that developed a gamut of skillsets from web technology, social media strategy, content design and management, creative writing and research. These competences have attracted opportunities to be actively involved in media, art, communications and research projects.
Called to the Nigerian Bar in 2011, he consulted for the Bridge Clinic, Lagos (as part of the National Youth Service Corps, on social media strategy)
At the same time, he worked extensively with Ade Adekola, an internationally acclaimed artist, to create two (2) print collections of contemporary Lagos art photography – ‘Icons of A Metropolis’ and ‘Ethnoscapes’. On both projects, Bankole wrote copy for and designed the official online repositories for the works.
His interest in blogging began in 2010, shortly after which he happened upon the Nigerian technology and startup ecosystem at BarCamp that year. He would go on to write for TechLoy (2012) where he contributed incisive reporting and thought-provoking opinion, as well as do a brief editorial stint with ‘Nigeria Dialogue’, an online magazine focused on Nigerian politics for an audience of ‘Nigerians in diaspora’.
Since then, he’s found and grown his voice in the local tech and startup scene. His writing is regularly featured on popular Nigerian websites, including TechLoy, Otekbits, CP-Africa, YNaija and more.
In April 2013, Bankole founded TechCabal.com, the fastest growing technology blog in Africa. His role as editor-in-chief has led to speaking/facilitation roles at technology events and projects.
Bankole has worked as a research associate with Paradigm Initiative Nigeria on the ‘Cyber Stewards project’. As an associate, he has facilitated ICT advocacy events, been a panelist in event sessions and jointly authored ICT policy & advocacy documents, including a report on ‘The Economic Cost of Cybercrime To Nigeria’ as well as policy griefs on the growing global menace of unbridled state invasion of online privacy with special focus on the Nigerian government’s growing investment in electronic surveillance capacity. Most recently, he helped facilitate the draft of and internet freedom declaration for Nigeria.
Bankole is obsessed with media, all expressions of creativity that convey messages and meaning, and their potential to influence demographies and psychographies over time. In the future, Bankole fancies he can make people walking billboards of Nigerian popular culture with T-Shirts, the one most ubiquitous piece of clothing in the world. When he is not dreaming up new designs or hunting for typographic inspiration, Bankole is probably learning French or trying to get better at playing his guitar.