Pause: “What is in your hands?”

__Kwesé iflix gets VIP thumbs up across Africa!

If you have ever been stuck in traffic in a major African city like Lagos or Nairobi, you will understand… exactly why I thought this service is needed! A few days ago, someone sent me an amazing Tweet of the Vice President of Nigeria, HE Oluyemi Oluleke “Yemi” Osinbajo watching the Nigeria v Iceland game from the back of his car, using Kwesé iflix (you can see it on my cover page)! Former President of Tanzania, HE Jakaya Kikwete also watched a match using Kwesé iflix and tweeted about it!

True entrepreneurship is about spotting opportunities to fill a gap in the market. It’s also about offering choices to people that were never possible before!

Now if you have been run off your feet lately, and missed a FB post or two, let me do a quick “catch up” for you: Kwesé iflix is the exciting new mobile app we launched a few weeks ago, with a world-class line-up of sports and entertainment, live and on-demand… plus all 64 World Cup games! (32 are free including all Africa matches). Coming up this week…

# Egypt v Saudi Arabia on Monday (4 pm CAT)

# Tunisia v Panama on Thursday (8 pm CAT) and, drum roll…

# Nigeria vs Argentina on Tuesday (8 pm CAT)

# Senegal vs Colombia on Thursday (4 pm CAT)

For Nigeria and Senegal, these are simply must-win matches for “our boys” (as one Tanzanian fan put it the other day).

__Remember: You don’t need a subscription to watch any of the Africa games. If you have a smartphone or tablet, all you need to do is download and register! It costs you nothing.

We are also excited to let you know of some major operator partners who have launched Kwesé iflix services and are offering special local cost data bundles, not just for the World Cup matches but all our world-class programming!

# Safaricom (Kenya)

# MTN (Nigeria and Uganda; coming soon… Ghana!)

# Airtel (Nigeria and Uganda)

# Vodacom (Tanzania)

# Tigo (Tanzania)

# Econet Wireless (Zimbabwe)

Most data bundles are available in one-day, three-day, seven-day or 30-day VIP passes. Kwesé iflix “Freemium” content is available in all these markets! (That means “Free” and “Premium”!)

Now that the TV revolution I told you about is underway, it does not matter where you are, even in a car or taxi or walking (carefully) down the road! You can watch and even enjoy a bit of history in the making… African teams beat the South Americans!

“What!?” you might exclaim.

Remember, it all starts with a #WinningMindset… for entrepreneurs, players and fans alike!

To paraphrase someone from long ago: The meeting of two mindsets (#winning or #defeated) is now! Which will you choose?


Kwesé Free Sport (KFS) is broadcasting all Africa games in 38x countries for free, through its 62 broadcast partners. We are expecting to hit over 200m viewers across Africa! The Iceland game clocked 100m for Nigeria alone!

You know I often asked you the question: “What is in your hands?”

This is insane!


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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: “What is in your hands?”

  1. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Afterthought 2.
    Kwesé iflix is only available in the following countries: Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. We are working flat out to add more countries. We are just a bit overwhelmed by the number of downloads.

  2. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Quiz Winner Announcement!

    Be sure to check out to see if you are one of the 100 winners of the Kwesé iflix FREE 30-day VIP vouchers from my contest here (and two of you got 60-day vouchers for great presentations). Well done! I think our grand prize winner this time, Tatenda Anderson Mareverwa, is getting on a plane for Russia this weekend to watch the exciting Nigeria vs Argentina match on Tuesday! Now the rules to collect your prizes are a bit different this time… Be sure to write an email to the email address they give you in the announcement, if you are a winner! Then the #process will start…

    Congratulations to everyone and thanks for participating! If you want to be eligible for other prizes be sure to download the Kwesé iflix app and start studying.

  3. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Kimbi writes,

    why not cameroon too we love football

    My reply,
    It breaks my heart that we cannot yet do Cameroon or other French speaking countries. This is because entertainment content is sold in terms of English Speaking and French Speaking regions. The process of including these regions on Kwese IFlix is very long and complicated. We will not be able to do it before World Cup ends.
    I know Cameroon is bilingual but this is not fully understood by those who own International content like sport.
    However Kwese Free Sports Channel is available in Cameroon already.
    Every French Speaking country gets its free World Cup Broadcasting through Kwese TV.

  4. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Muzhazhi says,

    Nice app am enjoying it at the back of my desk,how I wish you an negotiate with any of our Zambian mobile Internet service providers for cheaper data bundles for the app.

    My reply,
    Our partner in Zambia is MTN Zambia, and they are working on giving you better bundles.
    Over time we are going to build Kwese Free Wi-Fi hotspots throughout Zambia.

  5. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Maribishi writes,

    Eish. Not available in SA

    My reply,
    We hold World Cup Rights for every country in SS Africa except South Africa, where it was awarded to SABC. They outgunned us on the money side!

  6. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Nicholas writes,


    Thank you for this development Dr. Strive. I’m glad, I’m not missing out of the world cup fiesta due to my schedules. Having watched few matches on Kwese Iflix, i want to suggest that Kwese Iflix includes a Live interaction/comment bar while watching a live game, this will boost Users experience.

    Watching a world cup game at home or in a local viewing center makes you feel the thrill because of the live interactions and discussions going around your environment. If Kwese Iflix should include a Live interaction/Comment Bar for all those watching. It will make the viewer reproduce the experience of watching a game with friends or in a viewing center.
    Live interactions/comments brings so much fun that no true fan of the game will want to miss out from.

    Thanks Dr. Strive you continue to inspire us!

    My reply,
    I really appreciate this suggestion. We will definitely look into it but it will not be until after the World Cup.
    As an entrepreneur when you launch a new service you first focus on the basics. Right now our focus is on ensuring that we launch as many countries as possible.
    This is a mammoth task, involving a lot of urgent issues.
    I want Kwese IFlix in every African country.

  7. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    #Proud of Nigerian team!

    I salute the Nigerian team for a brave and honorable effort.
    They were magnificent, despite the loss.
    More than 200m people from across Africa we expected to watch the KFS free broadcast in 39 x countries.
    Millions also watched using mobile phones, through Kwese Iflix.
    Those outside Africa, were able to even follow our minute by minute commentary on KweseESPN website.
    We shall continue!

    I believe we are seeing the emergence of a team that could go on to win #2022!
    The team is young, and highly gifted.

    Let’s now get behind the last African team with the same passion we showed towards Nigeria.
    All Africans are now Senegalese!

  8. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Using KweseESPN website:
    Answer the first person to answer the following question will get a free IPhone!
    [only one available!]

    #1. How many times did the Ref blow the whistle in both halves?

    #2. What was the incident at 90’ +4m?

    #3. How many shots on goal did each team have?

    #4. Give the names of at least 3 substitutes not used by either side, and their positions.

    #5. Give the name of anything available on Kwese Predictor?

    My normal rules apply [Kwese a TV website] and you cannot contest my team’s decision.
    Answer must come only from Kwese ESPN.
    Now run!

  9. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Dishon writes,

    I have a new, third and last born in my house. All my three kids were born in a world cup year. My first born daughter on Christmas day, 2010, my son on 28/06/2014 (right in the middle of the world cup) and finally my daughter born yesterday 25/06/2018.

    I don’t know why I thought this three time coincidence spread across nine years would make you give me a ticket to watch a FIFA game in Russia.

    Kind regards,

    My reply,
    Congratulations to you and your wife, on the new baby!
    I thought to give you a ticket, then decided that it would be better for you to stay at home and be with your wife and the baby. Even when we are having fun we should not lose sight of what matters most in life.
    God bless you and your family.


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