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Most Important thing a Pastor must do!

Every pastor I know is faced with numerous decisions every day. Some of those decisions can impact people greatly. While there are a plethora of decisions a pastor can make daily, what is the most important? The Most Important Decision The most important decision a pastor can make daily is to begin his day with […]

10 New Ideas for Making Money on the Side

There is no better use for spare time than turning it into spare money. Image credit: Hero Images | Getty Images JOHN RAMPTON CONTRIBUTOR Entrepreneur and Connector DECEMBER 23, 2016 Every year we make the same resolutions, like losing weight or to quit smoking. What about making more money? While there proven ways to make extra […]

11 African Entrepreneurs Who Are Changing the Business Landscape

From hi-tech to fashion to branding, startups are transforming the continent and supercharging commerce. OBIANUJU HELEN OKOYE CONTRIBUTOR Entrepreneur, Healthcare and Business Consultant JANUARY 2, 2017 Africa is not a country. It is a continent bursting with jewels and ingenuity. Boasting several countries with the fastest growing global economies, the Sub-Saharan African region is a […]

The 9 Things You Need to Let Go of For Success in 2017

AMNA SHAMIM CONTRIBUTOR Founder, Legal Green Marketing DECEMBER 30, 2016 As an entrepreneur, you are your best friend and your worst enemy. You vacillate between believing in your ability to take on the world, making it better as only you can, and doubting your worth, self-sabotaging through procrastination and unnecessary spending. You can make 2017 your […]

Just add a little innovation to it …

During a visit to a major American university recently, Strive Masiyiwa, the founder of Econet Wireless, was asked by one of the students, what was the best industry to be in if one wants to make money, today. Here is an extract from that reply: “Its all the same… the difference is how much unique […]

Just add a little innovation…Part 2

One of my friends based in London, built a small dental surgery, and now it is a global chain, found even in Japan. Does that necessarily mean, I should set up a dental surgery chain across Africa? One of my neighbors, in South Africa, is a cabinetmaker, that trained as a carpenter, but he developed a […]

My View of the Society

Whilst it is not always possible to respond to all the wonderful comments, I get, I just wanted to share with you, some thoughts arising from some of the comments, I saw recently. I travel around the world a lot, and when I am looking at a society, this is what I look at: SOCIETY […]

Agriculture in Africa

As an entrepreneur, I am really excited about the potential in agriculture. If I were a young person, starting out in business today, I would seriously consider agriculture. The first thing, you would need to do is to change the way you see agriculture. Many people make the mistake of seeing agriculture, as nothing more […]

Strive Masiyiwa talks enterprise in Africa. -Entrepreneurship without skills, limits your growth potential. – We must turn our vast army of entrepreneurs, in Africa, into skills based, “enterprise builders”. – Of the 2.5 quintillion bytes of data, in the world, today, 90%, was created in the last 2 years, the digital age has finally arrived. -Young African entrepreneurs, should focus, on acquiring as much skills, as possible, if they want to grow their businesses. Econet Wireless founder, Strive Masiyiwa, commenting whilst on a trip to Nigeria, said the next generation of African entrepreneurs, should be “enterprise builders”, which can only happen, if they focus on businesses, that are skills based. “My mother was a tradeof you; that is because they did not have opportunities, to be electricians, builders, and mechanics. Otherwise, they would have been electrical contractors, builders, and auto dealers. When you go into business, arm yourself with a skill, so that you are not just trading goods.” Mr Masiyiwa, said Africa, needs more than entrepreneurs, ” we want entrepreneurs, who have a vision to build enterprises, because it gives us greater capacity to harness, more jobs and more wealth for our nations.” Mr Masiyiwa, said that whilst the digital age, was ushering in a new age of “extraordinary opportunities in entrepreneurship.” He also urged young people across Africa, not to neglect some of the basic skills, such as plumbing, carpentry, farming, electricians, “these things may not look all that glamorous, but let me tell you, today you can be a billionaire, in Africa, if you are a good plumber, and know how to build an enterprise. Don’t neglect these classical trades. A school certificate, is not what feeds a family, it is when you use that certificate to get yourself a trade certificate, such as carpentry, or motor mechanics, or computing, that you learn to feed a family, and grow your natifeed a family, and grow your nation.” “When I see a young person at the street corner, chasing cars to sell something, I always wonder to myself, what would happen, if we armed that young entrepreneur, with a basic skill like carpentry, mechanics, plumbing, or farming skills. If we arm, these young entrepreneurs, (because this is what they are), with basic skills in both the traditional trades, as well as digital skills, we can double our growth rates, in Africa. If we can give our university graduates, the entrepreneurial zeal of our street traders, we will have an enterprise revolution, in Africa.”

-Entrepreneurship without skills, limits your growth potential. – We must turn our vast army of entrepreneurs, in Africa, into skills based, “enterprise builders”. – Of the 2.5 quintillion bytes of data, in the world, today, 90%, was created in the last 2 years, the digital age has finally arrived. -Young African entrepreneurs, should focus, on […]