At the age of 26, William Elong achieved a remarkable feat: he launched the first drone made in Cameroon. Elong is the founder and CEO of Will & Brothers, a company that offers drone technology and artificial intelligence solutions for various sectors in Africa.
Elong’s journey as an innovator began when he was 11 years old and learned how to code. By 15, he had developed his first mobile app. He then pursued his studies in France, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in business administration at 18 and a master’s degree in economic intelligence at 20. He also studied strategy and innovation at Stanford University in the US.
Elong returned to Cameroon with a vision to use his skills and knowledge to contribute to the development of his country and continent. He saw the potential of drones to address some of the challenges faced by Africa, such as agriculture, health, security and education. He founded Will & Brothers in 2015 with the mission to become a leader in drone technology and AI in Africa.
Elong and his team have developed several innovative products, such as DroneAfrica, a platform that allows users to access aerial data and services from drones; DelivAir, a service that delivers medical supplies and blood samples using drones; and SmartEdu, an educational program that teaches young people how to build and program drones.
Elong’s work has been recognized nationally and internationally. He has received several awards and honors, such as being named one of the Forbes 30 Under 30 in Africa in 2018, one of the MIT Technology Review Innovators Under 35 in Africa in 2019, and one of the World Economic Forum Young Global Leaders in 2020.
Elong is not only a genius, but also a visionary who is shaping the future of Africa with his drones and AI solutions. He is passionate about solving problems and creating value for his customers and society. He is also committed to promoting STEM education and entrepreneurship among African youth.
In his own words, Elong says: “I want to inspire young Africans to believe that they can create their own solutions, that they can be actors of change, that they can be innovators.”
He also says: “My vision is to make Africa a global reference in terms of innovation and intelligence.”
William Elong is one of the most influential innovators of our time. He has shown that with passion, perseverance and innovation, anything is possible. He has also shown that Africa has the potential to become a global leader in technology and development.
Cameroonians are doing amazing and innovative work. Have you heard of Vidiol Tsague? If you are looking for a story of innovation, creativity and resilience, look no further than Vidiol Tsague. He is a young boy from Bamenda, Cameroon, who has been making his own planes and drones from local materials since he was 10 years old.
Vidiol loves aviation and engineering. He was fascinated by planes flying over his house when he was a kid. He started with paper planes and then progressed to more advanced models. He uses wood, metal, plastic and cardboard to create his prototypes, which he tests in the streets of his city. Read More about Vidiol Here.
Mr. Elong and Vidiol, you are true sons of Africa and we at Rising Africa is super proud of you. Keep Rising and shinning!