Your turn…___Kwesé #GoGettaz competition launches today!

Have you been doing your homework? I hope so, because today is finally the launch of our Kwesé Inc competition, open to people from anywhere in the world, an opportunity to compete to win a $100,000 investment into your business or not-for-profit organization, and spend two weeks interacting and working with me and our team at Kwesé offices in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The two people selected to win this competition (one woman and one man) will become inaugural Kwesé Entrepreneur Fellows in January 2018.

The competition has been designed for contestants to apply some of the lessons learned on my Facebook page over the years, including:

1. The importance of research and doing your homework.
Only contestants who take a close look at our Kwesé websites and Apps, and have studied my Facebook posts, will be able to answer all the questions correctly.

2. Attention to detail.
Remember: you must complete all FOUR quizzes in Stage One to be eligible to win one of the two $100,000 grand prizes. If you miss competing in even one quiz, you won’t be eligible to move to Stage Two. There are no exceptions. Carefully read and agree to the Terms and Conditions before you get started on the first quiz.

3. The 3Ps: Product. Process. People.
If you become one of our Kwesé Entrepreneur Fellows this year, you’ll have full exposure to learning about Kwesé Products; the Processes we have built for our customers throughout Africa to enjoy our amazing premium and exclusive content; and, to meet the talented, visionary People on our team.

4. How to pitch to investors.
Only 10 finalists will win the opportunity to pitch their business or organization (either for-profit or not-for-profit) via 2-3 minute video. Everyone else on this platform can analyze and vote like the “sharks” on “Shark Tank” for the finalist that impresses them most when they view their pitches (and to learn from the experience of being on the Shark side of the tank)…


A new quiz will be posted each Friday at noon (12pm), Central African Time for the next four Fridays. The first quiz is live NOW. The last quiz will be posted on Friday, 8 September and close on 15 September. Note: each quiz will close when the next one opens.

# You can (and should!) refer to the relevant Kwesé site or App (as well as my previous Facebook posts) in the process of researching answers and completing the quiz.
# You can take as long as you need to complete each quiz, but the faster you are at each one, the better your chances of making it to the top 10.

We’ve talked a lot this year about swimming with sharks. Now is finally the time… Are YOU ready to jump in? If so, please do your homework, then follow this link to: for the first quiz.

Let the battle begin!


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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.

21 thoughts on “Your turn…___Kwesé #GoGettaz competition launches today!

  1. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Afterthought 1.
    If you have questions about the quiz, please ask at I will not be answering any of your questions about this contest on this page from here on out, so please direct them to those who are running the contest.

  2. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Afterthought 2.
    I want to remind you all again about something important we have discussed here before: There will be 10 finalists invited to advance to Stage Two. These finalists are each responsible for understanding the risks of exposing proprietary ideas publicly in a social media forum like this one. If you make it to the Top 10 finalists, you must please keep this caution in mind when putting together your 2-3 minute pitch on video. Start now to think how to do a great one, while taking good care of your ideas!

  3. Strive Masiyiwa Post author


    I’m profoundly honoured to be a part of this family. Today also happens to be my birthday sir, and my one wish is to become greater than you Mr Strive Masiyiwa!

    My reply,
    Happy birthday Austin.
    I pray the Lord grant your wish. It would mean I have been a successful mentor.
    I hope to meet you when I come to Nigeria in a few weeks.

  4. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    I plan to run this competition every year.
    So even if you are not running your own enterprise now, try and answer the questions as a way to practice for the future.

  5. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    I know that this opportunity will completely change the lives of the two entrepreneurs chosen through this process.
    They will probably go on to be phenomenal entrepreneurs!

    My challenge was how do we choose the two people out of what are now 2.5m members of this platform?

    This process was designed by a team of very smart young people who work at my office. They have worked for more than 6 months.
    It is not designed to be a lottery; you have to work very hard to win. So if you are participating really, really apply yourself.
    This is just the beginning.

  6. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    As I thought about this competition this morning, and thought about how this will probably change the life of two young entrepreneurs forever, I was drawn to something The Apostle Paul once said:

    “So watch your step. Use your head. Make the most of every chance you get….”

  7. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Last week I was in SA, and Rwanda. Now I’m on my way to New York, where I will be doing a “Town Hall” discussion with students at NYU on Wednesday. This is the third year in a row!
    I have also accepted to speak at a similar setting at Stanford University later in the year. This time we will focus on agriculture.

    Don’t forget that I’m coming to Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo in less than three weeks.
    I will also do Lesotho, Swaziland and Botswana in September/October.

    I hope to come back to East Africa to do Kenya, and Uganda before the end of the year.

  8. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Amsani writes,

    I scored ’15’ but their are already 10 persons who has gotten that same score before me #sad

    My reply,
    That is not how it will be decided. All submissions upto Friday are eligible, and then we continue:
    “The race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong”….everyone gets a chance on this one…

    The person who wins is someone who is working every single day on it. $100,000 is a lot of money, don’t expect to get it on a few minutes work.

  9. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    During the NBA Africa game, I was chatting with Masai Ujiri when he pointed out to me, a tall young African guy in the crowd:
    “That guy could have been one of the greatest NBA players, and he is from Africa”
    “What happened?” I asked.
    “He was not serious. He did not seize the opportunity when it was given to him.” He said shaking his head in disbelief, then added:
    “All that talent just wasted.”

    If an opportunity is given to you, throw yourself at it with all your strength, and energy.

    I’m 56 years old, and let me tell you I wake up every morning like a Formula One racing car starting on the grid;
    Full throttle!
    And I give my “all” to each day’s opportunities.
    I can account for every minute in a spent day.

    #Now do likewise.

  10. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Whilst traveling in the US, I had a chat with a certain African leader about how they could attract investment into their country in the Health Care industry. The next day I had a call from his Minister of Health, it was a Sunday:
    “What time is it over there?” I asked surprised.
    “2 am. The President just called me.”

    #No one owes you a living: seize the opportunity when you get it!

    It does not matter whether you are an entrepreneur, an employee or civil servant, if we are going to make a change in this world, we must seize every opportunity with a sense of urgency, and passion.

  11. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Rodgers writes,

    When will you consider Zambia Sir?

    My reply,
    I did a Town Hall in Livingstone a little while I go. I plan to do Lusaka and the Copperbelt next year!

    • bloxorz

      I am looking to learn more about this issue. Thank you for sharing. I will follow this site regularly.interesting. I like your suggestions. thank you for sharing.

  12. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Ndina writes,

    I did the quiz once, did not make it though, does it mean , first time that it

    My reply,
    You have upto Friday to get full score. I want you in the next round of quizzes.
    You keep battling until you get it!

  13. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    #Breaking News!

    Kwese will be making a huge announcement this week on a new service. This one starts in SA, and will be in every African country within 12 months.

    I’m so excited about this one, and you will know why when you see it.
    Remember my motto:
    “Just add a little Innovation”…

    Hint: keep checking the banner photo change!

  14. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Onyinye writes,

    Never allow yourself to become a grasshopper in your own eyes, even if others see you as nothing more than a grasshopper!
    When faith makes contact with a dream, it germinates!
    We’re ,,GoGettaz,,,,

    My reply,
    You know I love this, don’t you?

  15. Tapiwa Zimudzi

    in your quiz you ask how many devices you can view Kwese on. the website says “your decoder and at least 5 other devices” yet 1) there wasn’t an option of 5 or 6 and 2) you made the answer 2.

    thank you

  16. Fungai K Moneo

    Catching up right about now
    “When faith makes contact with a dream, it germinates!”
    that sank deep in …nice


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