Strive Masiyiwa, founder and chairman of Econet Wireless Global Ltd., speaks during the annual Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills , California, U.S., on Monday, May 2, 2016. The conference gathers attendees to explore solutions to today's most pressing challenges in financial markets, industry sectors, health, government and education. Photographer: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Pause: Thank you.

Yesterday the global business publication, Fortune Magazine, released its annual list entitled, “The World’s 50 Greatest Leaders.” I’m humbled to have been nominated for a second time.

I know much of it is due to the support readers on this platform give me. I’ve told you before, and I want to say here once again, how much all of your comments mean to me each and every week.

Here is the write up if you are interested:

I was particularly humbled by the comments in this article from Jean Case, who with her husband, Steve Case, founded the company America Online, one of the companies credited with developing the Internet as a global marketplace.

Thank you and God Bless.

Image Credit: Patrick T. Fallon—Bloomberg


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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.

10 thoughts on “Pause: Thank you.

  1. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Ben writes:

    Hello sir, as one of the biggest nba fans on the African continent, I was wondering if you would be kind enough to let us access this year’s Nba playoffs on Kwese free sports seeing that the Kwese tv decoders are not yet available in other countries like Malawi, knowing your network holds exclusive rights, I feel it would be a shame to miss this year’s action

    My reply,
    Yesterday I was at the NBA in New York. I can confirm the following:
    The NBA play offs will be available for free on KFS channel, which you also have in Malawi. It is totally free and you do not need a decoder.
    If you do not have the KFS Channel in your country, you can download the Kwese App, and it will have every single play off game.
    If you are watching on your mobile, I suggest that you use a free wifi hotspot.
    If you are in a French speaking country, and also Angola, we have sub-licensed to local broadcasters. I’m really confident that every country in Africa can see the NBA games on Kwese and its partner networks.

  2. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Afterthought 1.
    If you take a look at the whole list, you’ll be sure to recognize several entrepreneurs and innovators who we’ve talked about here before, and whom I hope you will continue to study and learn from. ‪

  3. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Winners on!

    I’ve announced 25 winners (from 15 countries) who came out on top in three of my recent Kwesé quiz competitions (Kwesé Exclusives, Three Questions and “Find a bug”). Just go to the Kwesé News section of If your name is there, congratulations! Winners… be sure to write us here on this FB Afterthought to let us know, then look out for a message on FB messenger or message requests.

  4. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Timothy Moyo,
    Repeated the story I wrote about Liquid Telecom some time ago:
    When I wrote about Liquid Telecom’s fibre optic network was about 15,000 km. It is now close to 50,000 km, and we are still digging!
    Keep an eye on this story because it gets bigger.

  5. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Do you know what Jody Williams did to get a Nobel Prize for Peace?
    Please Google.
    The land mines she wanted removed where not in her own country, but mostly in Africa.

  6. Nelson

    I tried to find an alternative inspirational leader with comparable philanthropic outreach and originating from our country of birth. I couldn’t and will therefore prepare a short class presentation about your work.
    It will be a challange to do you justice lol.

  7. Darlington Dekeya

    Congratulations Once again sir on this recognition. We are inspired.

    Darlington from Zimbabwe
    Founder and CEO of Zimdart Business Consultants Group


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