THE 5 FEARS YOU MUST FACE TO BECOME A SUCCESSFUL AFRICAN ENTREPRENEUR

Fear is a phenomenon and a key driver of human decision making. While some others get paralyzed and allow fear cripple them, others ride on it, leveraging the surge of emotions that come with it to make positive things happen. Robert Schuller says, “If you listen to your fears, you will die never knowing what […]

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FORBES’ 10 YOUNG #AFRICAN MILLIONAIRES TO WATCH 2014

Building a million-dollar business is hard enough. Building a million dollar fortune is even harder. But building a million-dollar fortune in Africa while in your twenties or thirties is deserving of applause. Each year since 2012, I have scouted for 10 remarkable, unsung African entrepreneurs who are aged 39 and under, who have built well-structured multi-million […]

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KENYA’S GIDEON MURIUKI NAMED AFRICA’S BANKING CEO OF THE YEAR

London-based magazine International Banker has named Gideon Muriuki, Chief executive of Co-operative Bank of Kenya (Co-op Bank) as Africa’s banking CEO of the year, with the bank named as Africa’s most innovative retail banker due to its financial products for savings and credit co-operative societies (Saccos) and also small and medium scale enterprises. Muriuki was […]

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#KENYA: TOP BANK OWNERS EARN BILLIONS IN DIVIDENDS

Top shareholders of commercial banks are set to earn billions of shillings in dividends following yet another year of double-digit profit growth for the industry. The Treasury, private equity group Helios and parent companies of multinational banks also stand to earn significant amounts of dividends going by payouts announced so far for the year ended […]

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“YOU HAVE TO RISK IT TO MAKE IT” – #KENYAN FASHION DESIGNER

Kenyan entrepreneur Wambui Mukenyi studied accounting to appease her parents, but her real passion has always been fashion. While in school she interned as an assistant for a designer for two years and got to see how the fashion business works. When she graduated, then aged 24, Mukenyi started her own business using her personal […]

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25 FAST GROWING #AFRICAN COMPANIES TO WATCH IN 2014

Check out this great list of high potential ventures across Africa you should follow: these fast growing companies are gaining traction and looking to make big progress in 2014. VENTURES AFRICA – The listed companies are in sectors as diverse as technology, mobile, food, sustainability, gaming, accounting, advertising, fashion, cosmetics, and more. The countries include […]

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MEET JOANNE MWANGI: HOW SHE STEPPED OFF THE CORPORATE LADDER TO VENTURE ON HER OWN

Joanne Mwangi is one of Kenya’s most respected entrepreneurs, and has won numerous awards for her efforts in building and transforming a small marketing agency into a leading regional group. Mwangi’s firm, Professional Marketing Services (PMS), offers a wide range of services including advertising, public relations, event management, trade and consumer promotions, trade merchandising and […]

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THE RWANDESE ENTREPRENEUR WHO QUIT HIS JOB TO SET UP ‘STARBUCKS OF AFRICA’

For years, Jean-Philippe Kayobotsi’s work meant business trips, investment plans and high-level meetings with powerful politicians and top corporate executives. Having worked at Deloitte, the African Development Bank and even as an adviser to the president of Rwanda, Kayobotsi’s illustrious career had taken him to Europe, Latin America and Africa. And then his hibernating entrepreneurial […]

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9 KENYANS IN FORBES LIST OF 30 MOST PROMISING YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS IN AFRICA 2014

There has never been a more inspired generation of young Africans. These builders, innovators and risk takers are fervent in their resolve to transform the continent. They are solving critical socio-economic problems, exporting African culture to the world, creating job opportunities for Africans, re-telling Africa’s stories, and writing the future. I present to you Africa’s brightest […]

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KAREN BLIXEN COOKING SCHOOL: TURNING MAASAI WARRIORS INTO MASTER CHEFS

While the Maasai delicacy of raw beef washed down with a bloody milk cocktail may not be to everyone’s taste, a new class of Maasai master chefs is cooking up something special. Deep in the Kenyan Serengeti, young apprentices from the warrior tribe are tackling haute cuisine from around the world as they strive to become […]

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STRATHMORE UNIVERSITY STUDENTS FORM VALURAHA: A FINANCIAL LITERACY PLATFORM

You can be excused for thinking that Valuraha is a tweaked version of the words Value and Raha — which means happiness in Kiswahili — and that the three youths behind the web-based platform coined the phrase to reach out to their peers. Valuraha, however, has its origins in northern Europe; it is Estonian to […]

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MEET THE KENYAN HOTELIER RUNNING SOMALIA’S BEST HOTEL

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 12 – It’s the kind of stuff of which television shows are made; a four-star hotel in the heart of a battle zone, Heads of State for guests, snipers for security and at the centre of it all is one Justus Kisaulu – the man that runs the show. Except a writer […]

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