Pause: Town Hall meeting in Dar es Salaam 12 July

Let’s meet!

A few months ago I promised that whenever I travel to different countries, I would try to fit in a meeting with those of you on this platform based in that country. I’m sure you will understand that it doesn’t mean I can do this each time I travel somewhere, as sometimes it’s very difficult or inappropriate from a business perspective.

But I have heard and appreciated your different requests over the years and I will try my best. I believe sharing ideas with each other is so important to the future of the African continent, and I really look forward to this direct engagement with each other.

Some of you know that I did a Town Hall meeting in Rwanda recently which was really great. Last year I also did a few events in Kenya. (Unfortunately, many people did not get to hear about those).

Today I can confirm that I will be doing a Town Hall meeting on Entrepreneurship in Dar es Salaam on the sidelines of my visit to speak at the meeting of Mobile Network Operators in Africa, known as GSMA.

My Town Hall meeting will take place at the Aga Khan Diamond Jubilee Hall, Malik Road, Upanga, Dar es Salaam at 6 pm. Please make sure you register to ensure you get a seat. Look for details in my first Afterthought.

For those of you not in Tanzania, we’ll also podcast the entire session on Facebook using this page. Details will be posted here so stay tuned. I plan to do Ivory Coast and Togo in September, and hopefully, one or two more Town Halls before the end of the year.

In this picture here with President Bill Clinton and his daughter Chelsea, I was taking part in a Town Hall discussion called “Embrace Tomorrow – A Conversation Without Borders” hosted by the Clinton Foundation in conjunction with the Nelson Mandela Foundation. We were discussing healthcare issues affecting Africa, such as HIV testing, access to clean drinking water and malaria prevention education.

So now it’s your turn: I especially want to hear from those of you in Tanzania (and from the rest of you, too). We discuss many aspects of business and entrepreneurship here on this platform. At the Town Hall, I am really interested in discussing the entrepreneurial challenges most on your mind.

# What do YOU want to talk about?
# What specific questions would you like to ask me? You must write them here please!

And how about helping me finish this sentence: “If Africa focuses on developing entrepreneurship then”…

Let’s talk!

On a separate subject: The Internship Competition — We have found a way to select two people every year who will visit me and work as an Intern for one week in January each year. We will do it using a competition in which the final selection by readers on this platform. I will post the details before the end of the month.

Here’s one question I’ve asked before, just to get you thinking:

“In all the things you did on the Internet today, did any make you money, develop your career or kick start your business venture?”


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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.

22 thoughts on “Pause: Town Hall meeting in Dar es Salaam 12 July

  1. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Afterthought 1.
    To attend my Town Hall meeting on Wednesday 12 July at 6 pm, please follow the link below.The event is FREE! You just need your email address to register. You have the option to bring a ticket on your phone or to print a paper ticket. Make sure you bring one with you so you don’t lose your seat.

  2. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    More quiz winners!
    If you’re looking for contest results, please keep an eye on news. In the next day we’ll be announcing the winners of my quizzes on 1) three new shows premiering on Kwesé TV the week of 14 June, and 2) several big sport events being hosted by Kwesé in the next three months. If you’re a winner, congratulations! Once you see your name, be sure to come back to this Afterthought and let me know so my team can be in touch with you by Facebook Messenger Request Inbox.

  3. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Oluwaseun writes,

    Sir. Im having a feeling you are avoiding my country Nigeria.

    My reply,
    You will be amazed how often I come to Nigeria every year. It is one of the countries in Africa I visit the most.
    I have a lot of business interests in Nigeria, and I’m always looking to expand those interests. I also visit Nigeria to meet with the government on many different issues.
    My visits are usually very short because of commitments. It is the nature of my job.

  4. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Congratulations to our leadership team at Liquid Telecom for successfully raising $700m today, including your debut $550m bond which will trade on the Dublin Stock Exchange from next week.
    It was a tough few weeks, and you guys showed that you are truly world class.
    Well done!

  5. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Precious writes,

    What abt here in Zambia..I always follow yr posts n my Frnd Christopher Sialwindi..I want to be connected to you sir for help in terms business

    My reply,
    I did a Town Hall meeting in Livingstone Zambia a few months ago. It was well attended and we had so much fun.
    I’m keen to do something in Lusaka and the Copperbelt in future.


      The Copperbelt will be great. As I have learnt from your old posts, you spent part of your childhood days in this part of Zambia (Correct me if I’m wrong). It would be nice to revisit this place.

  6. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Adaobi writes,

    I attended an event last month because I heard you were coming for that program here in Abuja, Nigeria. I was seriously disappointed.

    My reply,
    We have had a lot of situations in which people use my name on a program to help them promote their program.
    To counter that we have decided that this platform is the ONLY place where I will OFFICIALLY announce anything I do. I’m not a Twitter person.
    I’m sorry you were misled about my coming.

  7. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    My favorite part of any post I do is reading your comments. They teach me so much and also help me to formulate future posts.
    Even if I do not actually answer you directly just put your name to any answer I make, because I generally choose those comments that help me address more than one person.

  8. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Stan writes,

    Waal. You were God sent, sir. NO DOUBT. I would want you to come and Hold one of those at Bulawayo City Hall. Consider my request pliz pliz

    My reply,
    “City of kings”!
    I would love that very much but we would need a bigger venue because I have so many friends in that city, some of whom I have not seen for 17 years.
    I fast and pray for Zimbabwe one full day every week. It shall surely come to pass that I will visit you one day because God is faithful to those who diligently seek after Him.
    So let’s continue to pray together for a huge Entrepreneurship Summit which will bring entrepreneurs from all over the world to help restore your great city.
    God bless you!

  9. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Tendai writes,
    I remember your words at the Liquid Neotel launch some 5 months ago. You’re a man of your word. You even started your speech by saying “wow” & let me also say wow for this fine achievement and statement of intent on the raising of the $700m. Wow wow wow……it’s Liquid Telecom time to get ahead. Africa’s largest fibre infrastructure and services company. Congratulations to you Sir & the rest of the LTG team!

    My reply,
    Thanks Tendai, I really appreciate your comments.
    The Liquid CEO who has been with me for 20 years had to do over 60 pitches to some of the world’s largest investors on three continents in less than 10 days!
    He is an avid reader of everything I write on this platform. He particularly liked what I said about “pitching to investors”!

  10. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Bashanganyi writes,

    That is great news. A great company with an undeniably great future. I realize that majority of your companies privately held with very strategic local partners, with the obvious exception being Econet traded in Zimbabwe. Would you consider listing your other great entities as a form of raising capital too? How can a young man in Africa invest in these?

    My reply,
    Very insightful observation. We do have a lot of companies, and we also hold investment interests in many companies. We do not have a listed holding company under which everything falls.
    I listed Zimbabwe at the time because I believed it should have public ownership. It has thousands of small investors. Many of these people have been shareholders for 19 years, and have used their gains and dividends to send children to school.
    When it comes to other companies we look at it on a case by case basis, in terms of its own capital requirements. Last year one of the companies I founded listed on the Toronto Exchange.

  11. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Mpho writes,

    lol woow so you mean Mr Rudnick also follows you on Thats cool .

    My reply,
    It is REQUIRED reading for any senior executive in our companies. It would be considered a wise thing to do for everyone else simply because I can’t force them.

  12. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Dennis writes,

    Zambia can’t wait…I personally, as a young and prospective entrepreneur- this has become my class. And in time when my gadget is not in good shape, I do everything possible to fix so in order not to miss any single up date.

    My reply,
    You have truly made my day!

  13. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    San writes,

    I wish I was in Kenya to attend the meeting. Sir we in a good bilingual country
    Africa miniature. But we are not very strong in business. Pls come to Cameroon. Our government may not be perfect but we have willing, intelligent and hospitable people.

    My reply,
    We now have a business in Cameroon for the first time, and I’m so excited.
    We launched Kwese Free Sports Channel just before the Confed Cup. We are going to be expanding our presence throughout the country over the next 12 months.
    Certainly I hope to also visit.

  14. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Waju writes,

    TODAY, my wife’s new Shopify store made its first sale. She’s got multiple stores, and the ease of making money via dropshipping is epic.

    As a digital marketing expert and copywriter, I function as her marketing director.

    The way this thing is going, I’m going to close down my other businesses as we focus on hitting $1,000,000 in Shopify sales by Christmas.

    Who else is into Shopify here? Let’s share strategies!

    My reply,
    This is amazing!
    I would really like to feature this at some point. I will ask my Assistant to get in touch with you. We all want to learn from your experience.

  15. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Victorious writes,

    How can we make it in Africa by being business minded…and make it our culture…as Mauritius ?As young startup entrepreneurs with intra Africa trade.?

    My reply,
    This platform is testament to the fact that it has began to happen!
    You only need to read the comments and the engagement on this platform to realize that there is a generation of Africans that is rising up to develop the continent through entrepreneurship on a scale that will shake the world and make it take notice within 20 years.
    You guys are on a roll in a way my generation never even dreamed about.
    I’m incredibly hopeful.

  16. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Magwano writes,

    Mr. Masiyiwa, it’s with great sadness that I just learnt about your visit to Tanzania. I wanted to register but the link you provided says SOLD OUT.
    How I wish you could make plans for some of us, Dar residents, get priority, because some from beyond Tanzanian borders have registered but will not make it to the venue come 12/July/2017.

    My reply,
    I was amazed to learn that it was sold out within hours of my announcement!
    We could have gone for a bigger venue but I also wanted an opportunity to meet and say hello to many of the participants in a more intimate way, which is not possible when there are thousands of people.
    I promise to come back and do a few more.

  17. Chriswell Vheremu

    i am glad that i have read this posting with a question that is going to quick start me or rather has quick started me to do something after opening my mails. May GOD continue to bless you Sir as you empower us with knowledge and motivation daily.
    Chriswell Vheremu (zimbabwe)

  18. Godfrey Muranganwa

    I am excited about your Africa. I join your class starting today. THANK YOU YOU for fasting for our country and praying. I will attend your first meeting in Zim. I will pray for you.

  19. Sanmi


    I thank God for your life, especially for using you as an example that one can progress in life on the straight and narrow.

    I am a great believer that the surest way to achieve lasting positive change in Africa is by creating an enabling environment for a principled breed of business minded individuals who are solely focused on solving problems, rather than enriching themselves.

    I have studied greatly the lives of John D Rockefeller and Andrew Carnegie, and today in the U.S, one can see the foundation they laid being enjoyed by not only U.S indigenes, but also millions of immigrants that have made the country their home. Most recently, I discovered the impact that these two gentlemen had in educating African Americans through funding Booka T. Washington’s Tuskegee University.

    Sir, I believe my generation of Africans has a spiritual duty to genuinely serve our continent. I personally have started on this path in my Country Nigeria, where I have created a company with a mission to utilise Africa’s abundant resources for her development; we are currently growing a Solar-as-a-service business, which challenges the small home systems model.

    Sir, although I have made some progress by raising some seed capital, and have no doubt that I will succeed, I must confess that the road is lonely because I am finding it hard to find Nigerians with my mentality (iron sharpeneth iron). Do you know of any serious African business organisation in London that I can join? I have so much to offer in regards to insight and energy, and I am fully committed to the cause, therefore a recommendation of a genuine organisation that I can channel my energy through will be most appreciated.

  20. Christerbel Erica Mujaranji

    Longing and praying for the day you will also be able to come back home and do a Town Hall meeting, i very much look forward to seeing you. I wish i could just quit my job if i had adequate financial backing and follow up on my dream and passion to be an entrepreneur, due to the economic hardships i feel stuck and i do not know what to do. However today i did not do anything on the internet that gave me money today but i will have ROI in the near future, career development yes, because i follow your blog due to educational reasons. Kick starting my business venture yes because i now possess vast business knowledge due to my educational background and enhanced content from the internet.


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