__”In darkness, let there be light. In sorrow, let joy arise!”

Every Christmas, friends share with me remarkable messages which are totally inspiring. A few weeks ago I received this beautiful gospel song http://bit.ly/efe_prime_christmas sung as a “Christmas present to the world” by Efe Prime, a highly talented Nigerian singer, song writer and worship leader now based in South Africa.

Efe is also a senior executive at Kwesé Entertainment, the team that acquires and manages channels and shows for over 80 x channels broadcasting across Africa, every day.

I share this today as a surprise present to him, and as a token of my own appreciation to all my “staff partners,” as all Kwesé employees are shareholders in their company through a staff share ownership scheme. Every single person at Kwesé TV is an entrepreneur. That is why they have built the fastest growing and most exciting television network in Africa.

I also wanted to share “We are Christmas,” a beautiful song I received from our friends at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia. Sarah Stephens Benibo of God’s Chosen co-wrote the song with music chair, Dr. Kevin Johnson and sings it here earlier this month with the Spelman College Glee Club. http://bit.ly/spelman_christmas


Please share your Christmas messages here, but I’m sure you won’t mind if I just enjoy without answering, as I’m with my family.

Merry Christmas, peace and good will to you all from “Mr M” (that’s what they all call me, over there!)


P.S. As the New Year approaches, I want you to start thinking about what you are #HopefulFor in 2018! Let’s talk about this in next week’s post.

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About Strive Masiyiwa

Strive Masiyiwa is the Founder and Executive Chairman of Econet, a diversified global telecommunications group with operations and investments in over 15 countries. His business interests also include renewable energy, financial services, media and hospitality. Masiyiwa serves on a number of international boards, including Unilever, Rockefeller Foundation, the Council on Foreign Relations’ Global Advisory Board, the Africa Progress Panel, the UN Secretary General's Advisory Board for Sustainable Energy, Morehouse College, Hilton Foundation's Humanitarian Prize Jury and the Kenjin-Tatsujin International Advisory Council. He is one of the founders, with Sir Richard Branson, of the global think tank, the Carbon War Room, and a founding member of the Global Business Coalition on Education. Masiyiwa took over the Chairmanship of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) from Kofi Annan. He is also Chair of the Micronutrient Initiative, a global organization focused on ending child hunger and improving nutrition. In 2012, Masiyiwa was invited by President Obama to address leaders at the Camp David G-8 Summit on how to increase food production and end hunger in parts of Africa. In 2014, Masiyiwa was selected to Fortune Magazine’s list of the “World’s 50 Greatest Leaders”. As a philanthropist, he is a member of the Giving Pledge, and his contributions to education, health and development have been widely recognized. Masiyiwa and his wife finance the Higher Life Foundation, which provides scholarships to over 42,000 African orphans. In 2015, he was the recipient of the International Rescue Committee’s Freedom Award and was presented with a UN Foundation Global Leadership Award for the work of the Africa Against Ebola Solidarity Trust, which he chairs and helped establish to fund the deployment of African healthcare workers to combat the outbreak in West Africa.

5 thoughts on “Hallelujah!

  1. Strive Masiyiwa Post author


    Then suddenly there appeared with the angel an army of the troops of heaven (a heavenly knighthood), praising God and saying,
    Glory to God in the highest [heaven], and on earth peace among men with whom He is well pleased [men of goodwill, of His favor].” [Luke 2:13-14]

  2. Strive Masiyiwa Post author


    For those of you looking for a serious book to read this holiday, here is one of the books I’m reading:

    “MADE IN AFRICA”, Industrial Policy in Ethiopia.

    Dr Arkebe Oqubay.





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