Cameroon: Yanick Kemayou trains Africans in highly sought-after skills

By : Melchior Koba

Date : vendredi, 01 juillet 2022 15:30

Last updated : vendredi, 01 juillet 2022 15:33

His professional experience, coupled with his background, helped him create a learning network that guarantees employment. The project has already earned international recognition. 

Combine distance and face-to-face learning to allow access to quality and promising training for thousands of Africans. This is the feat achieved by Cameroonian Yanick Kemayou (photo), through Kabakoo Academies, the EdTech he co-founded in 2019 with Michèle Traoré.

Immediately after its creation, Kabakoo registered more than 12,000 learners. It is a network of learning institutions whose goal is to offset the shortcomings of conventional educational institutions that usually fail to equip students with the skills necessary to get decent jobs immediately after their courses. 

“I decided to create that network because I was once the victim of the shortcomings of conventional educational institutions and the lack of opportunities in Cameroon,” explains Yanick Kemayou, a business administration Ph.D. holder. 

Kabakoo’s pedagogical approach is designed to let learners develop digital fabrication and distributed manufacturing skills.  The goal is not to develop state-of-the-art tech products and solutions for challenges faced by the immediate surrounding. It equips learners to either employ themselves or easily get a job after their courses. 

Through its mobile app, Kabakoo allows access to several courses and mentoring from professionals working in prestigious companies like Google, Deloitte, Orange, and Oracle. The innovative learning model earned Kabakoo the "School of the Future" label, awarded by the World Economic Forum in Davos in December 2019.

Kabakoo is the result of its co-founder Yanick Kemayou’s professional and entrepreneurial experience. He started his professional career in 2008 as an assistant brand manager for L'Oréal in Düsseldorf, Germany.  He later co-founded and managed the fashion company Clothing and Lifestyle Start-up, in Shanghai, China.  Later on, he worked as a visiting scientist at HEC Paris, a research assistant, and a project manager at Paderborn University. 

Melchior Koba


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