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Godfrey Magila

Founder, Magilatech

Country: Tanzania

Magila has faced a lot of pain in his mere quarter of a century. His father died when he was just three months old, his mother when he was six, his aunt and uncle, who adopted him, died in 2010 and 2011 respectively.

It was tough and lonely.

“At university, I studied through a government scholarship and the little money I earned from doing small software development activities was used for upkeep,” he says.

He taught himself to code and won $200 at a countrywide hackathon. The prize came with a tech mentoring program.

“I learned a lot about tech entrepreneurship that completely changed my perception of life and what I wanted to do with my skills and knowledge,” he says.

In 2012, he registered Magilatech, a software development and security auditing company.

“Before 2011 I did not believe I was born an entrepreneur because all I cared about was the love and passion I had with technology, particularly writing code to solve problems around my society,” he says.

Magilatech launched Tigobackup, a mobile security application performing full content backup on mobile device and antitheft commands. It has recovered more than 3,600 lost and stolen devices.

Magila employs 14 people, has seven contract employees, made over $1 million last year, has app contracts with Airtel, Vsomo, Maxcom, Selcom and DayOne Softcom.

If you lose your phone, perhaps you should give him a call.