Pause: Three Africa entrepreneur town halls

__Take part in an original Kwesé Inc production!

Every type of business has a “raw material.” The better the raw material, the better the output. What is the “raw material” of your own business?

Content is the “raw material” of the broadcasting business. When you set up a broadcast business, you have to buy “rights” from the owners of the content, and (or) you have to create your own content! At Kwesé, we’re doing both!

Entrepreneurs take note…

# Next week, if you are quick to RSVP for seats, some of you will get to take part in an original Kwesé Inc production featuring our Africa Entrepreneur Town Halls in Abuja and Dakar. See details below.

I will also have a Town Hall in Accra as part of a Bloomberg conference but it will not be open to the public (though it may be on Facebook Live). All three town halls will be a little different because for the first time, they’ll include special guests.

In Nigeria, I am really excited to be joined by Masai Ujiri of Nigeria, President of the NBA team, the Toronto Raptors. Masai is also the social entrepreneur founder of “Giants of Africa” which works with young people through basketball. You can find out more at:

I was going to tell you that Masai is the first African-born executive in all of American professional sports… but then I learned he hates hearing that. He said that means “zero to him.” What matters to him, he says, is opening doors of opportunity to youth on the continent of his birth, and… finding the next great superstar basketball player in Africa! (Just like I am looking for the next great superstar entrepreneurs in Africa.)

Could either of those be you?

I’m sure you are starting to see that in the business of sport, there’s a big role for entrepreneurs of all kinds! I hope some of you are finding entry points as NBA basketball sweeps across the continent. Don’t be left behind. Have you been watching Kwesé Inc lately?

More exciting news in Abuja: I will announce the 12 finalists of the $200k #GoGettaz competition! You will really want to tune in for that. I’ll tell you more about it on Sunday but it’s YOU voters on this platform (and others who go who will get to choose the two winners — one man and one woman.

As most of you know by now, each winner will get a $100k investment and spend two weeks working in our Kwesé offices in Johannesburg with me and some of my team in early 2018.

Here are the Town Hall details for those of you nearby. Note that the tickets are FREE but seating is limited.

# Abuja, Nigeria Town Hall
Sunday 12 November, 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm (Nigeria time)
NAF Convention Centre (also on Facebook Live)
Register NOW:
Special Guest, Masai Ujiri, President, Toronto Raptors

# Accra, Ghana Town Hall (part of Bloomberg conference)
Monday 13 November, 10:40 am to 12:40 pm (Ghana time). May be on Facebook Live, still confirming.
Special guest: Justin Smith, CEO of Bloomberg Media Group. I can’t tell you yet but will have some exciting news to share with you there!

# Dakar, Senegal Town Hall
Tuesday, 14 November, 4:00pm to 6:00pm (Senegal time)
King Fahd Hotel (also on Facebook Live)
Register NOW:
Special guests: Dikembe Mutombo, NBA All-Star and founder of the Dikembe Mutombo Foundation and Amadou Gallo Fall, Vice President of NBA Africa

# Three Giants of African sport, entrepreneurship and philanthropy.
# One giant in the media in Africa.
# 12 African entrepreneur #GoGettaz…

This is going to be an exciting week!


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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.

3 thoughts on “Pause: Three Africa entrepreneur town halls

  1. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Afterthought 1.
    In Dakar, I’m really honored to have two guests who are not just great in sport but are “Giants of Africa” in giving back to the African continent:

    #Dikembe Mutombo (DRC) NBA All-Star (retired) and Founder of the Dikembe Mutombo Foundation: (

    #Amadou Gallo Fall (Senegal), NBA Africa Vice President:

  2. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Afterthought 2.
    If you have any specific questions you want to ask at the Town Halls this week, especially about sport and entrepreneurship in Africa, and the role of sport in youth development in Africa, please ask below. I can’t guarantee we’ll get to them in this week’s Town Halls, but if it’s an original question especially, the moderator could choose to ask us!

  3. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Afterthought 3.
    Here’s a quote you might have heard before, but a “timeless” and important one: “Until you value yourself, you won’t value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it.” M Scott Peck. I invite you to spend some of your valuable time with us at our Town Halls this week if you’re an entrepreneur and nearby, or you can tune in to Facebook Live from anywhere in the world.


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