Elias Patrick Champions Swahili Language, Culture, and Local Tourism in Tanzania

By : Melchior Koba

Date : mardi, 05 décembre 2023 18:31

After several years working for non-profit organizations, the entrepreneur decided to promote local tourism. He developed several solutions –including LearnSwahili App that promotes Swahili and mobile games –to achieve his goal.

Elias Patrick (photo) is a young Tanzanian entrepreneur with an International Diploma in Business Information Technology (IDBIT) obtained in 2016 from NCC Education in England. He is the founder and a tutor for edtech platform LearnSwahili App Ltd.

Founded in January 2023, LearnSwahili App Ltd's mission is to provide an immersive and enriching platform where individuals can learn Swahili, connect to its cultural heritage, and gain new opportunities for personal and professional development. Apart from teaching Swahili and promoting its culture, the startup also promotes local tourism. 

In July 2022, the entrepreneur unveiled three mobile games he and six other technicians have been working on to promote local tourism. The games available in 177 countries are named Kilimanjaro Block Puzzle, Serengeti Block Puzzle, and Tanzanite Crush, after Tanzania's main tourist attractions. 

Apart from his duties with LearnSwahili App Ltd, Elias Patrick is also the Managing Director of TechForward Tanzania, a non-profit organization that harnesses the transformative power of technology to drive positive change. He is also the knowledge management specialist for Nacopha, an organization created by people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) to serve as the apex body and ultimate voice for their concerns in Tanzania.

Before entrepreneurship, Elias honed his digital marketing skills at UBA Tanzania (2018-2020) and McDaan Ltd. (2020). He then joined Save the Children International (2021-2022) as the communications and knowledge specialist. In 2016, the Tanzanian was voted Entrepreneur of the Year by the Learnit Institute of Business and Technology and the UK's NCC Education.

Melchior Koba


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