'Ghana is the future of Africa': Why Google built an AI lab in Accra

This illustration picture taken on April 29, 2018, shows the Google logo displayed on a screen and reflected on a tablet in Paris.

Victor Asemota is a retired Edo farmer who stumbled into tech. He's a mentor for Google Launchpad Accelerator and founder of Keita Capital an investor in emerging market startups. He founded SwiftaCorp over 20 years ago, a pioneering African software and technology services group. Swifta is a Google for Education and Business partner in Africa.
The opinions in this commentary are solely his.

Accra, Ghana (CNN)"Google is just a giant scientific research company that happens to make money," this was my first impression when I visited their offices in Mountain View for the first time.

I was not wrong, a lot of what Google does is to push the boundaries of human knowledge through research and discovery.
It is that curiosity that has led them to create some of the most widely used technology platforms in the world today and also made them the custodian of most of the data about almost anything in the world.
    Victor Asemota, African tech pioneer
    Google has also now declared itself an "Artificial Intelligence first," company and that statement is potentially going to change everything we know fundamentally. It will almost certainly change how we live.
    This change will also resonate for us in Africa; Google just recently announced that Africa is getting a Google Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and that is just the beginning. The lab will be run by Moustapha Cisse, a Senegalese AI champion and expert.

    Why is Africa Dark?

    It was 2010 at the annual GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, and Eric Schmidt the former CEO and Chairman of Google was presenting his keynote where he was proudly talking of the growth of Android, Google's new mobile operating system at that time.
    He had a slide on the screen with lights showing the level of Android activations globally, but on that slide Africa was dark. Someone in the audience asked; "Why is Africa dark?"
    Someone else repeated a similar question at another presentation during Google's annual developer event in San Francisco in 2013. The presenter was talking about Google's Cloud Platform, and once again