Uyi Stewart left his native Nigeria over 20 years ago to study computer sciences at the University of Cambridge in England. Now he's back on the continent to lead IBM's first African research facility.

Uyi Stewart left his native Nigeria over 20 years ago to study computer sciences at the University of Cambridge in England. Now he’s back on the continent to lead IBM’s first African research facility.

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Nairobi, Kenya (CNN) — What do the Apollo space missions, laser eye surgery and sustainable cocoa have in common? These are just some of the historic breakthroughs that IBM research labs across the world have helped become a reality over the years.

But the prestigious tech firm had a glaring omission on their global map. Africa is now the fastest growing continent in the world, according a recent report from the African Development Bank. And yet IBM didn’t have a single hub there — until recently.

Last year, IBM opened its 12th research facility in Nairobi, Kenya‘s capital, its first in the continent. Spearheading this innovation center is Uyi Stewart, a Nigerian scientist who has spent more than 20 years overseas working on software answers to real-world problems.

Armed with this international experience, the researcher has now returned to the continent to help create innovative solutions for African everyday challenges.

Read more at CNN African Voices

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