7 AFRICAN CEOs WHO WERE DROPOUTS

“Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it.” – Albert Einstein  The big secret in life is that there is no big secret. Whatever your goal, you can get anywhere if you are willing to work. This is a popular quote from Oprah Winfrey. I agree with with […]

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AFRICA’S BILLIONAIRE, ASHISH THAKKAR IN WAR OF WORDS WITH DONALD TRUMP

Ashish Thakkar was recently in a war of words with U.S.  billionaire, Donald Trump over what he termed to be ignorant comments about Africa. Donald Trump had made a comment about President Obama’s recent announcement of a $7 billion electric power initiative by the United States, “Power Africa” designed to double access to electricity in Sub-Saharan Africa. Trump said […]

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WORDS OF WISDOM: YOUR ATTITUDE IS YOU GREATEST ASSET

‘If you choose to have a negative attitude, life will be negative towards you. A positive attitude is infectious to the people around you. . . listen to these Words Of Wisdom (W.O.W.) delivered by Loise Oburu – HR Resourcing Training Manager, Equity Bank during the 3rd Annual Education and Leadership Congress.  

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WHY THE AFRICAN VOTER CAN NEVER GIVE UP ON AFRICAN POLITICS

It is very tempting to just give up on African politics, the politicians and all they stand for. It is very tempting to just say, I will not vote again, I will not care who is my member of parliament, senator, governor or even president for they always disappoint and we all feel used and […]

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WHAT MAKES NAIROBI TICK

Nairobi is the fourth best city to live in Africa. It trails Cape Town, Marrakech and Cairo. If you are money rich and time poor, you can stay firmly in the first class. The city attracts the great and the good and has played host to an eye-watering number of visitors both famous and not-so-famous. […]

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TANZANIANS AND THE ‘R’ PROBLEM

I went to Kenya to study for a bachelor’s degree six years ago, and, at first, I was surprised at the way everyone changed their intonation on learning that I was Tanzanian. “Naomba nikusarimie.” “Umerara poa ndugu yangu?” “Naomba nikuombe uniretee kazi yangu.” (May I greet you? Did you sleep well, my brother? Can I […]

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WHY ICC CASES WILL AFFECT ALL KENYANS NOT JUST UHURUTO

During the presidential debates in Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta, was asked on his thoughts about the ICC cases and how he planned to govern the country while still dealing with the cases at ICC. His response was very diplomatic and off course well rehearsed. He said that the case against him at the ICC was personal, […]

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GANG RAPISTS OF DANDORA

When a medical student was raped on a bus in India’s capital, New Delhi in December last year, thousands were shaken out of their homes into the country’s major city streets to protest the heinous act that also sparked a wave of condemnation from across the world. The young woman nicknamed “India’s daughter” was brutally […]

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ZIMBABWE DOCTOR BUYS SLAVE PLANTATION TRANSFORMS IT TO ‘AFRICA HOUSE’ IN TENNESSEE

An African doctor buys a former Tennessee slave plantation and turns it into a cultural sanctuary with the goal of revolutionizing health care in African countries. We can all say that we’ve seen some amazing ironies in life, but few have experienced one like Dr. Arikana Chihombori, a Zimbabwe (Africa)-born physician and frequent Florida visitor and […]

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ROMANCE TANZANIA STYLE

I have lived in Dar es Salaam for the past two and a half years, and I still find the people too friendly by half. A total stranger will stop you on the street and ask about everything from how you are to how your beloved is. “Za saa hizi? Hujambo? Ulikotoka? Mchumba hajambo?” The […]

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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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KENYAN POULTRY FARMER TURNS $6 INTO A $100,000 BUSINESS

In 2002, the frustrations associated with finding a good egg incubator to hatch chickens to sell and sustain his fledgling poultry business, drove Geoffrey Kago to invent one. So with around $6 he built one incubator, which marked the starting point of a poultry enterprise worth over $100,000 today. Geoffrey Kago It has been quite […]

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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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HOW SOLAR LAPTOPS ARE ALREADY WORKING IN KENYAN SCHOOL

Tafaria Foundation has so far attracted a good number of partners that include the Kenya Institute of Education, the Ministry of Education, media partners as well as the Innovation Society of Kenya. The computers are placed in a movable solar-powered metallic rack that consists of ten Android-powered tablets along with keyboards. Ten pupils can use […]

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