Pause: Your turn!

__I want to showcase your business on Kwesé Inc.

Over the last twelve months, I’ve spoken a lot about the need for you to use the Internet and mobile phone technology to develop new businesses, as well as to boost an old business. I have also tried to demonstrate our own efforts using these new tools, as we have developed a new business called Kwese TV.

My interest this week is to showcase the efforts that some of you have made using the Internet and mobile phone technology to grow amazing enterprises (including not-for-profit). Even if you do not have an enterprise yet, I want you to participate by voting for those who showcase themselves this week, because I want to show the best on Kwese Inc.

Just to remind you why it’s so important:

# The largest businesses in the world today such as Google, Facebook, Alibaba, and Tencent, are businesses built using the Internet and mobile phones. Even older businesses that continue to thrive such as Apple, Samsung and Microsoft have re-designed their business models to integrate themselves into the Internet and mobile phones.

Here are four examples of what young entrepreneurs in Africa (including my own daughter) have been doing:

# Twiga Foods: There’s no industry which can’t be developed using the Internet and mobile phone systems. When I was in Tanzania, I showcased an agri-business started by young people in Kenya called Twiga Foods, one of the fastest growing businesses in that country.

This “business to business” company supplies and delivers agricultural products like bananas, tomatoes, and potatoes (and more) direct to retail vendors like market stalls and kiosks who place their orders via mobile phone.

__I was serious when I said I would invest in their business any time and, better still, I know many people who will invest in such businesses.

# Sendr: A group of young entrepreneurs in South Africa have launched a mobile-based venture called Sendr, which uses motor bikes driven by a “personal concierge” to help individuals and all kinds of businesses pick up and deliver letters and small parcels, taking them from here to there, asap. A smartphone App (kind of like Uber) helps make the whole process fast and safe.

# Simba Education: One of my daughters and her co-founder have started a social enterprise called Simba that leverages mobile technologies to help kids get access to quality early childhood education, and helps teachers, too. I’m so proud of her because she left her job at an international organization in New York to start this “not-for-profit” company. They started working on it when they were Master’s students.

# Cellulant: One of my favorite ventures is a company called Cellulant, started by Nigerian and Kenyan entrepreneurs. These guys built the “E-Wallet” platform which, among many E-payment services it offers, helps the Nigerian government pay smallholder farmers! When I first learnt about what they do, I asked them to come and see me in London. I was truly humbled to learn about how they met and what inspired them to start building this type of business.

__YOUR TURN: There are hundreds of such ventures mushrooming across Africa, and we want to know about them! This contest will hopefully give you exposure, and will certainly help spur others to get going with their ideas.

Here’s what you need to do:

1. CONTESTANTS – For the next four days (until 30 July 11:59 pm CAT) I want those of you who have already built something — either as a social or for-profit enterprise — to tell us about it. Please post NO MORE than 100 words, plus a title, your website address and African country. NOTE: Only post your entries in the dedicated Afterthought below or your entry won’t be considered valid.

2. VOTERS – You can all take part by clicking “like” next to the idea that inspires you the most. My team will then review and choose the most “liked” ones, and then we’ll shoot a short video to showcase that business on Kwesé Inc.

I’m also planning a huge competition in a few weeks to choose the Interns who will not only come to work at my office but will also get an investment into their venture! We’ll use a similar approach to the selection, so this is an opportunity for everyone to practice, and for us to get our “processes” ready.

Lights, camera, action… Let’s get started!


Image credit: MTN and Kwesé go live in Ghana! July 2017

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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.

24 thoughts on “Pause: Your turn!

  1. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Afterthought 1. “Your Turn!” Contest to showcase your venture on Kwesé Inc.
    Please submit your entry only under this Afterthought, and please only vote for entries listed here.
    # Title.
    # 100 words MAXIMUM.
    # Your website address.
    # Your country.

    Note: Please note to particpate you have to do it via my Facebook page

  2. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Kabo writes,

    Student Medical Aid

    In 2004 I was diagnosed with TB of the Lungs. Had to lie on the floor of a government hospital all two weeks of admission. The first week on the corridor. I barely made it through exams that semester. I developed a stern resolve to help other students not to go through same. Shortly after graduation I started a Medical Aid for students (though being a Mechanical engineer). It helps with access to private healthcare, all at a low premium. We have helped over 20,000 with spectacles, dental, and other medical conditions combined. Hoping to scale up into Africa.

    Etudiant Med’cal Aid


    My reply,
    You are one of the ones I voted for today. If you win I will make a small investment!

  3. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Olumide writes,

    When would kwese tv come to Nigeria?

    My reply,
    It’s all over Nigeria!
    Our dealers in Nigeria are amazing!
    Very impressive sales figures.
    Olumide please find a dealer in your area, and I promise you that your decoder will be delivered and installed a matter of hours. Nigerians are very entrepreneurial.

  4. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Let’s vote for these guys!
    You can vote for as many as you like.
    I’m reading and voting.

  5. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Nyasha writes,

    How can we access this facility from the United States?

    My reply,
    Come home Nyasha!
    Africa is the place to be.
    Seriously speaking it is great to see that we are now doing some things here in Africa, that are not being done in the most advanced economies in the world.
    This should inspire us all to have the confidence to run with our ideas, and not always seek for validation from other parts of the world before doing them. Africa can and will be first in some things too!
    I’m counting on you to make that a reality.

  6. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Nana asks,

    I have been trying to watch kwese t.v. in the U.S. but seems its not available here.
    Question: Is Kwese t.v only available in Africa??
    Is it possible to get on streaming devices such Roku t.v, Google t.v etc??
    Thank you.

    My reply,
    As I said to Nyasha you cannot watch Kwese TV from the US because of content rights restrictions.
    Kwese will soon be rolling out ROKU TV (we are the exclusive partner of ROKU in Africa). The service will start in South Africa in August it will be extended to the rest of Africa by Christmas.
    Now you know that ROKU contains almost any tv channel you can dream of right?


    ….So you see how much I love the people on this platform!!!

  7. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Uju writes,

    Title Jidekaiji (Keep it up)
    Country Nigeria
    I’m a victim of child Abuse, lack of sex Education from my parents when growing up.
    I learnt my lesson in a hard way, I have being emotional traumatized, Writing and Authored Sex Education book title Virgin super model, which is now on movie aswel titled VIRGIN SUPER MODEL.
    I want to use my program Jidekaiji (Keep it up) to encourage anyone who have experienced child abuse that your not alone, bottling your emotions up will not solve the problem, get up, dress up and show up. You are stronger than you think.
    For our mothers/ fathers the time we get to interview them.on our show to talk about way forward regarding
    OuGiven back positive outlook on life and creating awareness on sex Education is my priority, Through my TV show Jidekaiji ( keep it up) is a platform to showcase great talents and people products and services to impact/motivate the the younger generation that hard work and creativity pays and they should try to be useful creative be active with useful/ creative things, try to stay out of trouble, for instance un-wanted pregnancy, drugs, alcohol and death due to abortion and child-birth. Impacting these great information in such a platform is as good as inventing any great useful gadget because our Teenagers/Young Adult is our Future leaders.

    My reply,
    Well done.
    I have voted for you!

  8. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Igocokama writes,

    when wil we be Kwesefied in Zimbabwe?

    My reply,
    NEXT WEEK!!!

    From next week you will be able to download the Kwese Free Sports App on your smartphone, tablet or computer and watch live sports events like the upcoming NBA game. You can do this from any African country (including Zimbabwe). You are not yet able to use a decoder but by the end of the August you will be accessing almost all the channels On your mobile phone or tablet, just like UTube.

  9. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Solomon writes,

    Thank you sir Strive Masiyiwa for this noble opportunity. But I have a question, what of those of us who have the business platform , but our website is yet to be lunch due to some constrains. Can we still apply. But our business is already working in NIGERIA. Thank you sir. I wait for your favourable reply.

    My reply,
    This time you are a voter rather than a participant.
    Hopefully when we do it again you will be ready. Please hurry because I will be giving $100,000 each to the two people who win the Internship contest, and right now you might not make it!

  10. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Dipsie writes,

    Title: Buyonline Botswana Buyonline Botswana is a web based virtual mall designed to host unlimited number of virtual shops. is an online retail store, or an “online department store” selling a wide range of products from the tiny matchbox to high-end refrigerators. The idea of Buyonline Botswana is to house different retailers specializing on different product groupings. does not keep any product stock, nor do we have a warehouse for storing the goods. Buyonline Botswana is just a door-to-door service which focuses on bringing convenience to Botswana consumers by delivering their goods right at their doorsteps. Our other value added such as outlined below:
    • On our website we have advertisement spaces of which a company may use to take advantage of our daily visitors.
    • You can upload your products online with us.
    • You can upload your monthly specials on our website.

    My reply,
    Great venture. Keep it up.
    It takes time to get people Online but eventually you will succeed and your business will take off.

  11. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Olubunmi writes,

    Inspiring our future
    This is a non profit community based programme which was designed to bring school children together with the aim of inspiring them with the stories of young and old individuals who despite all odds have been able to reach their goals without recourse to social vices like drug peddling, armed robbery, prostitution etc. Our vision is to help them to develop a strong minds that will help them achieve their goals in life in a positive way.

    My reply,
    Well done. Great work.

  12. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Don’t vote for someone simply I also voted for them. I was just giving you examples.
    Please read all the comments and vote for anyone you like.
    You can vote as often as you like.
    The winner is in for a big, big prize!

  13. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Sanmi writes,

    Pls i want to know what makes Kwese TV different from others?

    My reply,
    This question is very important for both entrepreneurs and consumers alike:
    #1. As an entrepreneur you must have a website so that potential customers can fully acquaint themselves with a product before they buy. At Kwese we have a website called Kwese.Com which gives you detailed information on each of our channels. This website is also supported by other support websites such as Kwese ESPN, and Kwesefield. You can even sample some of our content by going to the Kwese App, that allows you to watch some of the content.

    #2. As a consumer there is no reason to buy something without getting full information on the product. In Africa too many people are forced to buy products without sufficient information. Let us use the Internet more to get information on products.

    In answer to the question, I hope Sanmi will now go and visit our websites. We are so proud of our product, so please try it out before buying the decoder.

  14. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Hassan writes,

    I installed my Kwese today. I enjoyed the timely mobile app that tracks installation progress. I bought it specifically for Kwese Inc. Long live Strive Masiyiwa

    My reply,
    Whilst we have many great channels, I personally believe that the most important channel is Kwese Inc because it will help you develop your business and make you more profitable.
    If you watch this channel for a year your business will never be the same, I promise.
    I wish every entrepreneur and professional executive in Africa could watch this channel.
    Kwese Inc is not entertainment, it’s your business partner!

  15. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    If I was a venture capitalist investor I would be studying every single one of these entries.
    If I was an impact investor I would be studying the social entrepreneur entries that are here.

    And if I was a young entrepreneur I would be writing on this platform as though a venture capitalist, or social impact investor is going to read it, and call me.
    There are people on this platform who have just been discovered!

  16. Strive Masiyiwa Post author


    I have just launched a door to door broom,mop and houseware sales whereby I go around the villages in Lesotho meeting customers right on their doorstep and am planning to do more

    My reply,
    Your humility will ensure that you prosper!

  17. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Today I spent more than two hours reading each and every entry. I’m so excited about what you are doing as business and social entrepreneurs.
    I will keep reading them.
    I’m also looking forward to the selection of winners who will then appear on Kwese Inc, the channel I created for entrepreneurs.

  18. Sibonginkosi

    I’m so glad I checked my mail this evening otherwise I would have missed such a great opportunity! Thank you so much for giving us this chance. I’ve just added my endeavour as well as my website.

  19. Sibonginkosi

    This is just in case this gets lost in the thousands of comments on facebook.
    Title: Bid to inspire, motivate and empower people to follow their dreams
    My name is Sibonginkosi Hlabangana. I inspire and motivate people especially Africans to believe in and to pursue their dreams. I do this through my website and through being a motivational speaker. My dream is to go to schools across Africa impressing upon the youth that they can achieve anything they put their minds to. I would also like inspirational books to reach as many people as possible so I wrote this article encouraging readers to give away motivational books because the people who read them will be this generation’s innovators and inventors.
    Website address:
    Country: Zimbabwe

  20. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Olubola writes,

    My dear Nigerians, it will do well to follow instructions and only post your work in Dr Strive’s afterthought so your votes can count.

    My reply,
    You should really have said “my dear Africans” because it includes others as well.
    There are so many amazing submissions which will be disqualified because they did not follow the rules.

  21. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Peter writes,

    Am urgently waiting for my Kwese decoder as there are out of stock here in Kampala.
    I tried smuggling one from Nairobi as my patience was lowering but was advised otherwise so I sent it back as a donation to my kid brother a Doctor with Agkhan Hospital.
    He loves it so much he says.

    My reply,
    I have been surprised by the demand in Uganda. Kwese management have promised me that they will ensure smooth supplies over the next few weeks.
    Airtel Uganda, and MTN are both also preparing to stock supplies.

  22. Alex Orion

    Hello Strive,
    The RSS Feed for your blog is not working correctly, would love my blog to follow your blog through our new feature of world influencers, most importantly for the purposes of inspiring the world.

  23. Ifeoluwa

    Everytime i read Mr masiyiwa’s blog, i feel the renewal of purpose to pursue even more when i feel frustrated about my entrepreneur journey. God bless you sir

  24. Jjuuko Jude Thaddeus

    Mr Strive you inspire me. I have just learnt of everything you do recently. I share the same ideology with you that as Africans, we can solve our own problems. For that matter I am the founder and CEO Yield Africa an organization that enables and calls on Africa to be productive. I admire and aspire to work with you in achieving our dream. Thanks


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