GHANAIAN MILLIONAIRE WHO QUIT MICROSOFT AND FOUNDED ASHESI UNIVERSITY

After living in the United States for two decades, Patrick Awuah decided to go back to his native Ghana and set up the Ashesi University in the capital, Accra. The name of the liberal arts college means “beginnings” in Twi, the widely spoken language of the West African country. Having just quit a highly lucrative […]

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A UGANDAN’S VIEW OF NAIROBI CITY

Nairobi is like a wild lover: Intriguing but dangerous, rugged at the edges but with an irresistible allure; the bad boy your momma warned you against but who can fill the void in you. That’s the city I’ve lived in for the past two years. There are more people in this city than back home […]

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MEET JOYCE MBAYA: WOMAN WHO ASPIRES TO TRANSFORM LIVES

Joyce Mbaya, Founder/Author, Gibebe Ltd Age: 30 Education:   Bsc Computer Science & Mathematics, University of Central Missouri in the US Career:   Founder, Author, CEO at GIBÉBÉ Ltd; VAS Project Manager at Safaricom; Apprentice Africa; Commerce Bank, Kansas City, US Accolades:   Youngest and Female Speaker / Coach with a book by the age of […]

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KENYAN HIGH SCHOOL DROPOUT TURNED MILLIONAIRE AND AUTHOR

When you step into his office that doubles up as a store in Upper Hill, Nairobi, the book Imitation is Limitation by John Mason, greets you. On the side is a pile of papers, a cheque book, and government local service orders (LSO). In the pile is a document from the Ministry of Roads that gives the […]

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MEET SAHEED ADEPOJU – MAN BEHIND NIGERIA’S ANSWER TO THE IPAD

Saheed Adepoju, 30, is co-founder of the Encipher Group, a Nigerian technology company famed for producing the country’s first tablet computer, called the ‘Inye’. Adepoju tells us more about the company and the state of Nigeria’s technology sector. How are the Encipher Inye tablets doing in the market? The Encipher Inye tablet has gained some local […]

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MEET SIMON GICHARU – FOUNDER MOUNT KENYA UNIVERSITY

Simon Gicharu, founder and chairman, Mount Kenya University (MKU) 1. What was your first job? My first job was teaching. 2. Who has had the biggest impact on your career and why? That would be the person who sacked me. If I had not been fired from teaching I would probably still be in my […]

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HOW TO DEVELOP KENYA BY ACTIVELY ENGAGING THE DIASPORA

While there is no accurate figure on the number of Kenyans living in the diaspora, it is estimated that this could be close to three million. This forgotten constituency can play a big role in Kenya’s development if the incoming administration extends its hand to engage them. However, with no clearly defined diaspora policy in […]

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AFRICA’S BILLIONARES

This year, a record 1,426 billionaires made it to FORBES’ annual ranking of the world’s richest people. African billionaires occupied a little over 1% of the positions on the list. Here are the 20 Africans who made the cut: Aliko Dangote, $16.1 billion Nigerian. Sugar, Cement, Flour Nigerian-born Aliko Dangote retains his position as Africa’s richest man […]

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MEET YETUNDE – DIASPORA BASED ADVOCATE OF AFRICAN WOMAN

There are several talented young leaders in Africa and Diaspora making positive change and making mama Africa proud. One of them is Yetunde Odugbesan, a young African business leader seeking positive leadership change especially for Africa and its female folks. Although she is based in the diaspora, Yetunde has been involved in several developmental projects across the continent. At […]

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TWO KENYANS MAKE LIST OF AFRICA’S TOP YOUNG GLOBAL LEADERS

The YGLs will join and co-create a community of insight and action that is committed to improving the state of the world. 21 young Africans made the prestigious  list of  Young Global Leaders 2013. Solomon Assefa, Research Scientist IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center (Ethiopia) Dr. Solomon Assefa is a member of IEEE, OSA, and APS. He […]

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NINE IDEAS ON HOW TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN BUSINESS

Architect John Kithaka began his journey in business immediately after high school at age 18. A small farming venture in his rural Kenyan hometown with US$70 as capital from pocket money his parents gave him, built his foundation in business. Today, at 40, Kithaka is the CEO and founding member of the Fountain Enterprise Programme […]

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FROM UN JOB TO MEALS ON WHEELS | MEET MAMA MEALS

How did you start Mama Meals on Wheels? I am a public health specialist by profession and my area of focus is maternal health. I used to work with the United Nations and when my children were all grown up, I didn’t feel the need to continue doing the tours of duty. I decided to […]

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NAIROBI SECOND MOST EXPENSIVE CITY IN AFRICA

A steep rise in the cost of living has pushed Nairobi up the list of Africa’s most expensive cities and diluted the quality of life for its residents, a newly published report indicates. The Kenyan capital is now ranked Africa’s second most expensive city after Nigeria’s Lagos, putting to test its ability to attract foreign […]

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MEET TIM RIMBUI FOUNDER ENNOVATOR MUSIC

Award winning music producer and engineer Tim Rimbui is the founder and COO of Ennovator Music, a Nairobi-based recording studio and production company, which has worked with leading African artists like Eric Wainaina and international record companies. How we made it in Africa’s Dinfin Mulupi caught up with Rimbui to discuss the opportunities and challenges in the […]

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MEET IMAN: SOMALI’S BEST KNOWN EXPORT WORTH $25 MILLION

 Iman Mohamed Abdulmajid, known professionally just as Iman, is often referred to as Somalia’s most famous export.  Born in Mogadishu in 1955, she has gone on to become a world-renowned high-fashion supermodel, and has set up her own cosmetics business and clothing line.  She now boasts a net worth of $25 million. Iman was studying […]

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