Iddris Sandu’s programming and design skills are nothing to play with. Sandu—who was born in Ghana and raised in South Bay, California—is, simply put, a visionary. The 22-year-old has already conceptualized and collaborated with Instagram, Snapchat and Uber and been recognized as a scholar for his initiatives in STEM by former President Barack Obama.
He also joined forces with the late Nipsey Hussle to create the rapper’s Marathon Clothing store, noted as one of the world’s first smart retail experiences. Outside of collaborating with big names, Sandu, who considers himself a cultural architect, is passionate about bringing more Blacks into the tech field.
He recently announced via social media that he had purchased land in Accra, Ghana, to build a resource center for youth. “I’ve wanted to do this since I was a kid,” he wrote on his Instagram page. “I’ve been in Ghana for the last couple of weeks working for the people and making sure I was on the ground to ensure we make change.”