Universalizing knowledge for Africa and beyond
Batazia provides you with language AI that can localize literature, education & product experiences in African languages.
We desire knowledge, information, education, entertainment & digital services to be accessible in every African’s mother-tongue, in order to improve their quality of life and economic options.
Language barriers are the cause of a multitude of problems and have over many years deprived millions of Africans from improving their lives and reaching their full potential. Many life changing opportunities lie hidden behind barriers of language, and we are committed to breaking those barriers!
The Batazia Story
The journey started with two sisters, an idea and an even bolder plan that would become a game changer for Africa and beyond.
How it all started
The Batazia story begun when our CEO Barbara Gwanmesia was confronted with the language limitations that the popular the self-publishing platforms presented to her: they didn’t support books written in native African languages.
The seeds of Batazia, however, had been planted many years before that, when Barbara and her younger sister Ndipabonga, each went to school for the first time. As two young girls who grew up speaking their native language at home, they were both confronted with the major issue prevalent in almost all African countries: their first day in school was conducted in a language totally new to them –English. According to UNESCO:
“Africa is the only continent where the majority of children start school using a foreign language.”
Having both overcome this challenge, they firmly understood that this is a major challenge that many African children are facing. A challenge that they would one day hope to tackle. Fast forward to many years later - Barbara was now a linguistic, anthropological academician and Ndipa an advanced IT professional.
Triggered by this latest self-publishing language barrier, they joined hands to once and for all deal with this language barrier issue. Their plan: a platform and technology that will enable knowledge consumption and dissemination in indigenous African languages. Batazia was born.
What we believe in
Our beliefs and values are what drive us, because we think they’re important. These are some of the main things we are committed to do.
Promoting Indigenous literature
Batazia is committed to promoting indigenous literature, expanding access to quality education, and normalising educational inclusion by making books, stories, studies, and audio or visual content accessible in African languages.
Celebrating African languages
We envision a world where African languages are celebrated, preserved, employed and integrated into the global knowledge landscape, enabling people to unlock their full potential, and many to connect with their cultural heritage.
We support organizations, institutions and corporations dedicated to knowledge & Education in Africa Education is a basic human right. But many Africans do not have that right because education is not given in the language that they understand well.
Tech for good
We see potential in employing AI, mobile and other advanced technologies with strategic partnerships to unlock Africa’s potential. This continent will become the main supplier of the future global labor force. Empowering Africa means empowering the global future.
Meet the Team
CFO and Marketing
Investment & Partnerships
Emmie van Halder
Head of Content
Pearl Pinkie Gbemudu
Mobile Frontend Developer
Findo Peter Kampete
Juliet Tasama Nahlela
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