African fintech startups have yet another opportunity to strive towards sustainability with the launch of the Village Capital Fintech Africa 2018 program, in collaboration with PayPal. The U.S.-based venture capital fund’s annual investment-readiness program, which is geared towards supporting African startups focused on financial health, is looking to fill a cohort of 10-12 companies from Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda.
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Johannesburg-based entrepreneur Emmanuel Bonoko is not simply focused on building a successful business. He is also trying to improve and empower his community. The 26-year-old is the founder of EBonoko Holdings, a media consulting, public relations and events company, which employs five people. His company, established in 2014, counts Hewlett Packard and Intel among its clients. He also founded the EBonoko Foundation, a social enterprise that hosts empowerment events such as book drives and career expos.
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Shaleen Manhire Nullens has been working since she was 14, beginning a long road that now sees her reach her potential as a successful serial entrepreneur. From difficulty and necessity, she has managed to rise from the ashes into a highly successful business person with multiple businesses under her belt and more in her future sights. Nullens tells an inspiring story of making a comeback and fighting to be successfu
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Ghanaian entrepreneur Nana Opoku W.O. Agyeman founded Asoriba, a web-based church management application that keeps the church connected to its members throughout the week, and not only on Sundays. So far, Agyeman has signed 395 churches in Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, Nigeria, and the U.S. He has registered 30,000 church members to Asoriba, which was named the Ghanaian startup of the year in 2015.
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Sandra Mwiihangele has a great passion for cosmetics and entrepreneurship, leading her to create Kiyomisandz, a cosmetic manufacturing company in Namibia. The 29-year-old businesswoman has been successful, but she remains ambitious. Mwiihangele wants Kiyomisandz to grow into a respected African business and international brand that can compete with the likes of L’Oréal, Revlon, and The Body Shop.
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Former Miss Universe Tanzania Hellen Dausen has taken the body-care market by storm in her home country, making a name for herself as the founder of Nuya’s Essence. Faced with issues such as dealing with sexists, being looked down upon, and not being trusted to deliver good work, Dausen has overcome the odds to create and build a brand that is unique and well-respected.
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Nigerian entrepreneur Bukky-Karibi Whyte is the head of successful PR Firm, The Bobby Taylor Company, which she started in North America and decided to relocate to Nigeria. Relocating her company home allowed her to better cater for local clientele, and while she admits to having to work twice as hard to prove herself as a women, she is clearly proving her title as a PR expert.
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Lawyer turned restaurant entrepreneur Madey Adeboye advocates healthy eating in a Nigerian society that is fast becoming increasingly obese. Her Green Grill House cafe in Lagos has a loyal and growing following, and is part of her mission to make Nigerians healthy, one salad at a time. Adeboye chatted to AFKInsider about her healthy eating aims for the Nigerian people.
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At age 18, Knight Ganje knew he wanted to be a businessman. When a friend invited him to visit Botswana he persuaded his mother to let him go. Once there he started taking odd jobs such as painting to survive until a local entrepreneur decided to mentor him, and the rest is history. Fast-forward 11 years and high school dropout Ganje is at the head of H&G Advertising Group, Botswana’s biggest ad agency with a turnover of $38 million annually and clients that include Unilever, Emirates, Coca-Cola, and Samsung.
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Tanzanian coder Godfrey Magila has always loved technology. So much so, the 25-year-old actually taught himself to code. His tech innovations earned him a $200 prize at a countrywide hackathon, but the money was not the most valuable part of the prize, as the recognition included a tech mentoring program, which inspired him to become the tech mogul he is today. “I get to solve a lot of problems around my society and make a difference, and it requires a new version of myself every morning I wake up, as it’s an industry that is very time sensitive,” Magila told AFKInsider, revealing the driving force behind his career.
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Siyabonga Beyile gives his mom the credit for inspiring the name of his business, The Threaded Man. The South African business started as a blog and evolved into an online mens fashion destination and consultancy. “She used to call me ‘Umfana Othungiweyo’ in Zulu which translates to ‘The Threaded Man,'” Beyile told AFKINsider. “It is the concept that you are not just ‘threaded’ through the clothes you wear but also how you carry yourself.” Major brands such as H&M reach out to Beyile for advice on how to market to the African millennial.
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