Pause: “Hope springs eternal”

__Dust yourself off and keep believing.

It was not a great first game for most of our African teams. Nigeria, Egypt, and Morocco all went down. Some people may feel completely shattered, but those of us who have been around the game know there is still a lot to play for. There are two games left in the first round! Remember what football great Pele said (which also applies to entrepreneurs): “Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, sacrifice and most of all, love for what you are doing or learning to do.”

True fans do not give up on their team! True players do not give up on their dream!

These are the finals and we expect every team to come hoping to win. Look at little Iceland holding the mighty Argentina! So who says Nigeria will not knock out Argentina?

Which brings me to one important point… I have actually only managed to see one game so far: Nigeria vs Croatia.

I normally don’t get to see many games at all, until we get to the semis and the final. My business schedule just does not allow that to happen. Although I have tickets to be in Moscow for any game I want, I am not even sure I will get there.

I still follow every single game through two Kwesé platforms:

@Kwesé iflix:
I “snatch” at games and video highlights through Kwesé iflix. This is really cool for us busy entrepreneurs! You can now follow games Live and see highlights by simply downloading the new Kwesé iflix App:

__This is the future of TV! Download the App and you will stand a chance to go to Moscow!

Tatenda Anderson Mareverwa is our big winner this week and will be heading to Russia. Congratulations!! Check out the other 100 winners tomorrow on

Although it is not yet available in every African country, by the end of this World Cup, Kwesé iflix will have more customers than any TV platform in Africa. We’re already amazed by how many people have successfully downloaded and viewed the football matches (plus thousands of hours of free entertainment content!)

When I heard the figures (which I will not share for business reasons), I fell on my knees guys… this is a miracle!

Thanks for the support!


This partnership we have with the world’s largest sports broadcaster is very cool. In less than a year, we have made it the biggest and best sports website in Africa. For a “data junkie” like me, this is where I get all my facts and figures about everything.

After each game, I look at the “statistics” section. I review their match reports, and also follow the news on each team. There is no comparable website anywhere in Africa. I rely a lot for all my sports information, particularly when I am traveling.

They have an App too, which you can download! Check it out and let me know what you think of it, as an entrepreneur. We make a lot of money from this business. I love it!

Now back to business… I am in Italy this week, which means I will be totally dependent

Let’s all cheer on our boys this week, wherever we are!

# Tunisia v England

# Senegal v Poland

# Egypt v Russia

# Morocco v Portugal

# Nigeria v Iceland

Watch all these (and many more this week) Live and Free on Kwesé iflix and Kwesé Free Sport!

Now let me close with a quote I saw from Neymar, a star on my Africa team from Brazil…

“The secret is to believe in your dreams, in your potential that you can be like your star. Keep searching, keep believing and don’t lose faith in yourself.”

Anyone else have some inspiration to share with our boys this week?

To be continued. . .

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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.

12 thoughts on “Pause: “Hope springs eternal”

  1. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Afterthought 1.

    “When people succeed, it is because of hard work,” said Diego Maradona (who I am very sure I do not need to introduce here).

    “Luck has nothing to do with success.”

    (I don’t believe in “luck,” and everyone who knows me knows that!)

  2. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Afterthought 2.

    About four years ago, Neymar made headlines after Brazil won a friendly against South Africa in Johannesburg. After the final whistle blew, a South African child about five years old ran onto the pitch at Soccer City (now FNB stadium).

    As security started to nab the boy and take him off the field, Neymar came up and asked if he could first introduce the little guy to his Brazil teammates who then proceeded to lift him into the air like he was a trophy! You never know where even your youngest dreams they may lead!

  3. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    #Shout Out!
    I have told you the ways I’m making money from this World Cup.
    How about you?
    I would really like to know about what you as an entrepreneur through your business are making money through this World Cup.
    Maximum 2 paragraphs. We want to support you, by getting the word out about what you have done to boost your business during these games.

  4. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    #Find a Wi-Fi Hotspot!
    The best place to watch Kwese IFlix is using a Wi-Fi Hotspot.
    This is an opportunity for Internet Service Providers in your country, and other entrepreneurs to build Free Wi-Fi Hotspots.
    If you own a shop, hotel, restaurant, or coffee shop, you can boost business by providing Free Wi-Fi for Kwese IFlix.
    As an entrepreneur this is a chance to draw customers to your business by offering them free Wi-Fi.

  5. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    #Shrewd Entrepreneur spotted!

    Someone in Nigeria has apparently deployed young people to go around helping people with Smartphones to download Kwese IFlix for a small fee!
    This is what I love about Nigeria…first class entrepreneurship!
    Go for it my friend!

  6. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Eddy writes,

    Sir Strive masiyiwa, let us partner and blockchainize AFRICA,it will be a major step in globalizing African development.

    My reply,
    You are late my boy!
    Cassava SmarTech Group already had a Blockchain division with some very smart guys working there.
    There is plenty of room for you to enter this field as well. It has limitless opportunities.

  7. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    When you download the Kwese IFlix, and before you start enjoying its beautiful service, I want the entrepreneurs amongst you to stop and ask yourself questions, that you should ask whenever you see any new venture:
    #1. How does this work?
    #2. How do these guys plan to make money from this:
    What is their business model?
    #3. What does it take to put something like this [product] together?
    -People, and process.
    #4. Why did they use a JV instead of doing it on their own?
    #5. What is the distribution model, driving this?
    #6. Are there any unique business insights here that can be applied elsewhere?

    You can even pull out a piece of paper, and try running some numbers.
    #3. What lessons can I learn from this, which could help my current business, or help me take advantage of this development?

    This is what separates those who simply want to consume and enjoy a product or service, and those who also want to make money from it.
    This is one of my secrets. It is not Rocket Science, this is just how you become a “wiredEntrepreneur”!

  8. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    The other day when I was traveling I met a very famous American entrepreneur.
    As we talked he asked me a simple question:
    “Explain to me exactly how Mobile Money works; services like M-Pesa and Ecocash; how do they really work?”
    At each stage of my explanation, he kept encouraging me to go deeper and deeper into its technical and business model.
    At one stage as I explained what happens to money in the “process flow”, we took out a piece of paper because it is so complicated.
    We kept going deeper and deeper into the business processes.
    He asked me about the challenges that we had faced including:
    System design, setting up, financing, regulatory, customer acquisition, collection of money, staff and other costs, recruitment of talent, distribution mechanism, supply chains, innovation pipeline.

    Unless you can understand any business in this way, you will find it difficult to rise to the highest level, in this particular game:

    Now I did not have to answer all his questions, but one day I hope to have the members of this platform at a level where they learn to dig deeper, in the way a successful entrepreneur would.

  9. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    “I have been looking at Kwese IFlix. Can you tell me how many people you employed to get it up in so many African countries so quickly?
    Also I notice you are giving free access to some of the games, how will you make money?”
    The questions came quick and fast. And they were all entrepreneurial. The type of question one asks if they want to be able to set up something similar!

    The person asking was only 15 years old!

    It is the type of person who will either run this company one day, or will build something bigger!

  10. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Thembisile writes,

    Hmm… This business model of Mobile money it really worked for our people, even banks now has a way of sending/receiving without an account. I think it’s the most effective services that I encountered… Simple and easy no stress… #LetsGoDeeper… #FakaImaliUzobona…

    My reply,
    That is true!
    Today I want you to ask yourself the question:
    “How does it actually work?”
    Ask the type of entrepreneurial questions you would need to answer if you wanted to set up a similar business.
    I have met very, very few people who have pressed me on how it works!
    Even if I don’t answer you, #Ask how it works, because knowing that will change your life for ever!

  11. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Ngabonziza writes,

    Sir ,in the last posts there is where you mentioned a bit about your different ventures ,But Surprisingly I haven’t seen any kind of #MLM(Multi Level Marketing) , what do you say about this new form of movement which is dominating the world of Business ?are you left behind ,or you don’t want to be a fast follower ? I would appreciate to hear from you ,thanks.

    My reply,
    To be honest with you I have no idea what Multi Level Marketing is all about. But then again I don’t know everything!
    Anyway I Googled it on Wikipedia, and this is what I found:

    ] “According to a report that studied the business models of 350 MLMs, published on the Federal Trade Commission’s website, at least 99% of people who join MLM companies lose money.[8][9] Nonetheless, MLMs function because downline participants are encouraged to hold onto the belief that they can achieve large returns, while the statistical improbability of this is de-emphasised. MLMs have been made illegal in some jurisdictions as a mere variation of the traditional pyramid scheme, including in mainland China.[10][11]”

    #Sounds like a bit of scam to me!


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