Pause: Building Africa’s century

__One town hall, one pitch, one partnership at a time! Tune in Friday at 2:15 pm (EAT).

What a great day. I just finished an evening meeting here in Nairobi with the 12 Kwesé Inc #GoGettaz finalists who are pitching tomorrow afternoon. Before the big day, I just wanted to mention one small thing…

The future of the world depends on each of us!

I don’t say this lightly. I was really honored to take part in the official launch of the Pathways for Prosperity Commission at Nairobi’s iHub today together with my co-chairs Melinda Gates and Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati. I wrote here before about this cutting edge project based at Oxford University that for the next two years will invite the top minds in the world to study how new technologies can be a positive (or negative) force in the global fight against extreme poverty, especially in developing countries. I will write more about our work in the days ahead.

The Tech & Entrepreneurship Town Hall is your first chance to be part of this critical conversation. (If not you, who?)

__Tune in to Facebook Live to take part (if you don’t already have tickets as the event is sold out). Send us comments and questions online. (We have already noted the ones you sent this week). We may not be able to get to all of them but they’ll be added to the conversation. Let your voices be heard!

If you don’t already know. I want to tell you Kenya is really a go-to place for tech and innovation. The Nairobi Garage where our finalists had their coaching and did trial pitches is a world class space. And my team told me we had three brilliant judges, all entrepreneurs themselves, who volunteered their time to take part — Esther Ndeti, Julian Kyula and Kevin Mulei.

What great role models, giving back to the next generation. This is exactly what will make THIS Africa’s century.

We and our 12 Kwesé Inc #GoGettaz have all been welcomed so warmly here. Asante sana Kenya.


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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.

4 thoughts on “Pause: Building Africa’s century

  1. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    To accommodate the launch of Pathways For Prosperity with Melinda Gates, as well as the Town Hall, in Nairobi, I had to forego my annual trip to The Davos World Economic Forum in Switzerland.
    I’m pleased that I was able to witness two historic events.

  2. Sam Hwambo

    Thank you very much. Your lectures are the prescription that I have been missing all along. Some say ‘if Strive Masiiwa kneels down to pray who are you not to’ True indeed. God bless you abundantly!

  3. Sam Hwambo

    I am grateful as I was once privileged to work under your stewardship. I leant and benefited a lot from your systems and the technology that I was exposed. Now I am praying to be my own Strive. Be blessed abundantly


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