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Video: Meet Iddris Sandu, the 21 year old Ghanaian tech genius behind Uber, Instagram and Snapchat

Iddris Sandu is 21-year-old Ghanaian unconventional tech genius responsible for algorithms that have made Uber, Twitter , Instagram and Snapchat what they are today. Here he opens up about his more recent projects and what technology holds in store for music and fashion in the future.

Born and raised by his Ghanaian mother in Torrance, California, for the majority of his life, Iddris faced a traumatic experience at the age of 8, when his father made a reappearance. “He wanted to take me on a trip to Ghana. I remember thinking, you know what, he’s making an effort, let’s just cherish the moments while we can have them. But on the fourth day of the trip he abandoned me in this village, took my passport and came back to the States.”

Iddris was abandoned for around 9 months, eventually smuggled out by an NGO worker, who got in contact with the US embassy in Ghana and enabled him to travel back home.

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