When Grant for the Web launched in September 2019, we knew we needed creative, ambitious individuals willing to experiment, play, and communicate how Web Monetization can work for the long tail of content creators, so we created the Ambassador Program to fund ecosystem evangelism and dynamic case studies. Today we announce that Akintunde Sultan Bolaji will join our ranks.
At Grant for the Web we know how strong an Ambassador he is. During the #gftwhackathon on DEV (a GftW grantee!), Sultan published Web Monetization Like I am 5, one of the best introductory blog posts about Web Monetization we’ve seen. DEV still features the post as an explainer for Web Monetization because it captures both the big ideas and practical steps about this movement.
Akintunde will be doing this work through an organization he started called DevCareer. The non-profit organization’s mission is to support underrepresented developers in Africa who do not have the financial capabilities to continue their software development career. DevCareer provides laptops, courses, mentorship, and a Hub that provides internet and electricity for a duration of 3 months to financially disadvantaged developers.
DevCareer has already onboarded 72 developers in four African countries: Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, and Zambia. 22 have finished and 50 are currently in a second cohort. Through his Grant for the Web Ambassadorship, Akintunde will be adding Web Monetization into the curriculum.
Building on the work he has done with DevCareer communities, Akintunde will listen and talk with both technical and non technical content creators in Africa to build out more ways people can use and advance the new business models that Web Monetization can provide them. He hopes to help make adoption easier for African users, including but not limited to topics like setting up a digital wallet, how to integrate Web Monetization into their content, and talking to consumers about the benefits. Akintunde describes the problem and opportunity he sees with Web Monetization,
"It is clear that established ways people can make money for content they create is broken and is a barrier for many Africans to earn a living off their talent and creativity. People do not understand this new method of Web Monetization and believe the only ways to generate revenues from their content is by using strict paywalls, and/or exploiting users with redirected links and invasive ads. By the end of this project, I expect to have built a large community of Africans who are using Web Monetization and helping others to do so as well.”
During his Ambassadorship, Akintunde will,