Winners of Strive Masiyiwa's Kwesé Inc #GoGettaz Entrepreneurship Grand Prize at a recent town hall in Nairobi Kenya

Op-Ed: Strive Masiyiwa on let’s unleash Africa’s entrepreneurial talent

Talking with young entrepreneurs from Abuja to Dar-es-Salaam, I’ve become ever more convinced that Africa can compete with any region in the world in terms of the imagination, ingenuity and energy needed to invent successful and purposeful businesses for the digital age. 


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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.

7 thoughts on “Op-Ed: Strive Masiyiwa on let’s unleash Africa’s entrepreneurial talent

  1. Gerald Tapiwa Moyo

    It is such an uplifting story Dr. Every time you write I am inspired. I have been trying to work on persuading the world to do good through poetry and podcasts. Am working on Qualities of Actuality my first book which is on counsels of real living other than rehearsing to live while doing unwise activities it will be meant to advise everyone who can read, listen and feel.
    I post some of my work here:
    Thank you.

  2. Stephen Kamugasa

    I totally agree with you, Dr Masiyiwa. And, in addition to encouraging an entrepreneurial spirit among the young in Africa, we must work even harder to create an environment that supports ‘entrepreneurial-ship’ rather than hinder it. In “Bah! Humbug! Only a sissy is fit to be a servant leader!” published today, I argue for the promotion of ‘servant leadership’ in Africa as a most likely means of building “a successful representative democracy which sets clear boundaries on the powers of government; creating a market economy, that is, setting up a framework in which people’s talents and virtues are mobilized and not crushed; all of which buttressed by the rule of law, providing among other things, the confidence necessary for entrepreneurship, banking and the development of trade; providing legitimacy and stability to private property ownership – and the sense of personal responsibility…” You may look up the blogpost by visiting:

  3. charlottebovigny

    Susan, thanks so much, I”m gonna try! Robert, I too maintain only slim hope that Kavanaugh will be derailed on his way to the position he seems to think, in all his irateness, is his birthright. But we have at least inched into “AnythingCanHappenLand now, which is further along than we were a few days ago, so we shall see! The more I digest that quite amazing and unsettling hearing the other day, the more convinced I have become that the man is either lying through his teeth (or through that angry furrowed brow!), or simply—and this is a possibility, I think—was drunk enough and/or didn”t care about enough Blasey Ford that night for the event even to register in his long-term memory. I feel like a followup to all this would be along the lines of “Top 10 Reasons Why Kavanaugh Obviously Did It, a prime one being that remarkable, nasty anger he unleashed on people who were tasked with questioning him. Mean streak, much? His revealing that part of himself—which accords with various peers” reports from the time of him being a “mean drunk—was profoundly unsettling to me. It made me fear his future decisions being heavily influenced by his feelings of victimhood and the resultant aggression he unleashed on a huge swath of country the other day who are decidedly not aligned either with his views or his now very public persona. Wow!

  4. Bion solo

    Thanks Dr Strive. Am a young Kenyan entrepreneur.
    Africa has so many challenges; if only we could see them as orpportunies n wake up very fast….
    We need to move away from the analogue style of doing things and move towards DIGITAL way of doing things.
    FROM your book I learnt that using technology to increase my efficiency….


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