Ann Brown

  • Rwandan Genocide Survivor Builds A Media Empire Empowering Youth

    Rwandan genocide survivor By Ann Brown, 8:12 am AFKI Original

    A survivor of the Rwandan genocide, entrepreneur Marcel Mutsindashyaka chose to use the media, not for revenge, but for peace building. His Rwandan media and IT company has helped restore unity in the country by engaging youth. It is now the second most popular news website in Rwanda. Mutsindashyaka was chosen to be in Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative. The experience “opened my mind from local to global perspective,” he told AFKInsider. “From this I realized that there is potential for the U.S. and Africa to collaborate for mutual benefit.”

  • How A Young Black Arts Entrepreneur Is Disrupting Dance In South Africa

    Disrupting Dance In South Africa By Ann Brown, 11:29 am AFKI Original

    Kolisile Theo Ndindwa grew up in Gugulethu township, builing a successful dance business against the odds. “The expectation is that we must always be working for a big and established arts organization, but these institutions have not transformed or reinvented themselves,” he told AFKInsider. Ndindwa is creating space for new talent, new voices, new stories. An Obama Young African Leader, he said the YALI program helped connect and unite the next generation of African entrepreneurs.

  • YALI Alum’s Nest Egg Is In His Growing Poultry Business In Tanzania

    poultry business in Tanzania By Ann Brown, 9:47 am AFKI Original

    The African poultry sector is growing, especially in Tanzania. Eugene Paul Kavishe grew his poultry operation from 300 birds to 15,000 egg layers, thanks in part to U.S.-sponsored entrepreneur programs. Getting financing has been one of his biggest challenges. “Local financial institutions term agriculture as a very risky business,” he told AFKInsider. In 2014 he was chosen for Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative. YALI offers African entrepreneurs a once-in-a-lifetime experience and a wealth of business knowledge, he said. “I hope that it will continue (in the next U.S. administration).”

  • Targeting Luxury Fashion Market In Cape Verde’s Subsistence Economy

    luxury fashion market in Cape Verde By Ann Brown, 11:52 am AFKI Original

    Starting a fashion business in Cape Verde didn’t make much business sense. Cape Verde has a subsistence economy and Cindy Monteiro’s fashion brand targets a luxury segment. But the Cape Verde native has built a celebrity following. “You end up doing it more for your own pleasure than for the return,” she told AFKInsider. What fashion style do women in Cape Verde want? They want to look sexy, Monteiro said. “And for me sexy is about self confidence and power. Powerful women are sexy.”

  • Carey Eaton’s Legacy: How Tech Changed The Way People Buy And Rent Kenya Real Estate

    Kenya real estate By Ann Brown, 5:28 pm AFKI Original

    The entire African tech startup community was shocked in June 2014 when Carey Eaton, co-founder of the largest online classifieds company in Africa, was murdered. A month earlier, Eaton had acquired a stake in BuyRentKenya, which has grown into one of Kenya’s most popular property listing sites. BuyRentKenya co-founder Jamie Pujara talked to AFKInsider about his relationship with Eaton and how BuyRentKenya is doing.

  • The Business Of Youth Development In Africa: YALI Alum Is All Over It

    Youth development in Africa By Ann Brown, 9:37 am AFKI Original

    Namibian Beata Mandy Shemuvalula predicts youth development in Africa will be one of the top five profitable businesses. “We are always looking to evolve new ways to monetize old business models,” Shemuvalula told AFKInsider. Her company, Youthia, aims to empower youth entrepreneurs. It is not a charity. “How could we just talk about entrepreneurship? We had to do it ourselves,” she said. Shemuvalula was part of Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative.

  • This Is A Test And PrepClass Founders Aced It: Building A Successful Business Against The Odds

    test preparation business in Nigeria By Ann Brown, 8:53 am AFKI Original

    Power, transport and payment infrastructure are some of the challenges to building a successful business in Nigeria. Overcoming those challenges ensures that the few who do, survive and grow. Because it’s so hard to conquer the Nigerian market, doing so is almost a built-in security against future competition. Ogunlana Olumide and Chukwuwezam Obanor passed the test. The prize? Claiming market share.

  • Diaspora Demo Day Is A Way For African Tech Startups To Pitch To U.S. Investors

    Diaspora Demo Day By Ann Brown, 5:02 pm AFKI Original

    Startups are daunting. It’s an uphill battle finding funding, convincing others to believe in your dream, and taking it from idea to reality. A partnership between Tiphub, an Africa-focused accelerator, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, hopes to give African entrepreneurial dreamers in the diaspora a helping hand. You may qualify if your company is in Africa, focused on Africa or has a founder from Africa, the African diaspora or of African descent. The application deadline is Aug. 31. Here’s the best part. Participants will be able to pitch their idea to potential angel investors, venture capital and impact investors.

  • In Nigeria’s Developing Processed Food Sector, This Player Positions For First Mover Advantage

    processed food By Ann Brown, 8:52 am AFKI Original

    Many ingredients for cooking Nigerian meals are not produced or packaged in Nigeria. The owners of the OmoAlata brand want to change that. “Seeing Nigerian food ingredients in ethnic stores in the U.K. and U.S. with ‘made in Ghana’ labels ignited a longing to change the narrative (that) nothing good comes out of Naija,” said Kasope Ladipo-Ajai in an AFKInsider interview. OmoAlata takes the labor out of chopping and prepping pepper, tomatoes, and onions for soups or stews from scratch. The company parboils and packages soup and veggie mixes.

  • How An Entrepreneur Turned A Class Project Into One Of Ghana’s Hottest Real Estate Tech Startups

    Tech Startups For Real Estate By Ann Brown, 9:53 am AFKI Original

    Finding suitable accommodation in Ghana can be difficult. The founders of online platform meQasa claim to make it easier, acting as a sort of go-between for prospective tenants and buyers with owners and sellers. They won the confidence of some deep pockets. The Meltwater school invested $90,000 in the startup. Soon after, classifieds-focused Frontier Digital Ventures invested $500,000 in meQasa.