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Key Individuals:
Pelonomi Moiloa


Project owner/Host organisation:
Pelonomi Moiloa


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Host organisation country/countries: 
South Africa
Africa (not specified)



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Lelapa AI

Post Status: Active
Initiative recipient country/countries: South Africa, Africa (not specified)
Initiative dates: 2022 –
Last updated: 7 May 2024


Initiative Description

Are you looking for the best language models in Africa? Lelapa AI is building them. Lelapa.AI is a socially-grounded Africa-centric AI research & product lab built upon three primary intentions:
1. Wisdom - Lelapa is a concentration of Africa’s niche skills in resource efficiency. This wisdom around resource efficiency is imperative for the advancement of AI technology globally – and especially for solving the complex problems posed by the Global South (the Majority World
2. Family - Grounded in the philosophy of Ubu-ntu (I am because we are) Lelapa’s mission is to develop technology for the global family. We explore how contemporary challenges can be solved through centering technology on humanism based on relationality – advancing global Responsible AI practices on the continent and beyond.
3. Home - African AI talent needs a home – an opportunity to contribute to solving problems that represent their best interests, in a place that facilitates them doing their best research, without compromising the kind of remuneration warranted by the application of such critical skills. Lelapa is that home.

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