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THE PASSION TO SUCCEED

30 Mins with the founder and CEO of WafServices, one of Nigeria’s fast growing sms marketing and community messaging platforms. Mrs. Funmi is an Entrepreneur, a trainer, Advert consultant, a mom and wife. She shared her journey so far with TwoFeet Africa Magazine (2FA).   2FA: Who are you?   My name is Mrs Funmi Akinyoola, Founder/CEO of Wafservices   2FA: What keeps you up at night?   The passion to succeed   2FA: When did you realize you had to pursue your vision?   When i lost my job…

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“PASSPORT” MAKES ITS DEBUT

Michael Wanguhu, the CEO of Black Medley Entertainment talks to 2FA Magazine on “PASSPORT”, documentary series on the game of Basketball in Africa.   2FA: Can we know who Michael Wanguhu is?*   I’m a Kenyan producer/director based in San Francisco – Bay Area, and I love to use my filmmaking craft and voice to broaden, elevate and diversify how people think about Africa; and even though I’ve evolved and re-positioned myself in the Diaspora, my mindset is skewed African. The challenges to speak and be heard from the Diaspora…

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‘WANGER AFRICA’ THE BEST TIME TO MAKE IT IS NOW! AND THE BEST PLACE TO MAKE IT IS HERE!

WANGER AFRICA is a TwoFeet Africa interview series, where we pose the same questions to business people, innovators and change agents. The aim is to use their experience to inspire aspiring young and upcoming Africans and also to promote and encourage the spirit of entrepreneurship in Africa. (WANGER is a word in Tiv, a West African Tribe, the word means to “ENLIGHTEN”). 2FA caught up with Mrs. Ibironke Olubamise the National Coordinator of the Global Environmental Facility Small Grants Programme, (GEF-SGP) Nigeria. Read what she had to say:   *2FA:…

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WRITER’S CAFE. MASIMBA MUSODZA

In this pioneer edition of WRITER’S CAFE (A TwoFeet Africa (2FA) Magazine interview series in which the same 15 queations are posed to writers and authors) we talked with ‘MASTER OF SCARCE’, as he is popularly called by his numerous Zimbabwean fans. Masimba Musodza is an authur, writer and publisher.       1. Please introduce yourself   I was born in Zimbabwe in 1976 and lived there until 2002 when I relocated to the UK. I have lived here since. I am the author of several screenplays, novels, short-stories,…

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Analog policies are holding back the digital revolution

Today sees the launch of the Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI), a remarkable new coalition of more than 30 organizations, including governments, civil society organizations and ICT companies from around the globe, including Google, Omidyar Network, the UK Department for International Development and USAID. Dedicated to driving down the cost of internet access in the developing world, A4AI will use policy and regulatory levers to help meet the UN Broadband Commission target of entry-level broadband priced at less than 5% of monthly income in all countries.   At this point,…

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Africa Economy 

Time for a more collaborative approach to investing in Africa

    The often quoted ‘facts’ around the ‘Africa Rising’ story, such as the continent being home to 7 of the world’s 10 fastest growing economies in the world and a rising middle class with greater political and macro stability, often masks a darker reality.   A reality that casts a shadow over populations still to see the real-life benefits that their countries growth figures would imply. This poses a fundamental challenge as to whether this growth is real and sustainable. One of our objectives at Invest In Africa is…

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Strategic investors boost M&A in Egypt

    Egypt’s political and economic crisis has led to the lowest number of M&A deals in nearly a decade, according to Mergermarket data.   However, these disruptions are unlikely to deter investors with long-term strategic interest in the region, suggest investment bankers in Egypt.   With nine transactions valued at $5.4bn so far this year, a handful of strategic buyers undeterred by political instability have contributed to the bulwark of M&A values in the country. Deal values in 2012 ($7.7bn), a year after the revolution which toppled President Mubarak,…

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Understanding local payment methods is the key to African e-commerce success

Africa is the flavour of the month for global companies wanting to expand their footprint in emerging markets, but, says Peter Harvey of PayGate, some operators have a lot to learn about what works in each country. Any company which “tries to do e-commerce in Africa offering only global payment methods is setting itself up for failure”, says Harvey. “Africa is characterised by huge diversity in payment methods and preferences, which means every region or country needs to be approached as a distinct market.” For example, says Harvey, “M-Pesa is…

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From Banker To Waste Merchant

The modern job market doesn’t promise miracles, and in this depressed economic environment, job hunting will soon be desperately out of fashion. Things are frankly getting out of hand and ridiculous rumours are being repeated by our government bureaucrats, some of which are mere dreams. Never mind the mumblings, governments don’t have the slightest idea where jobs can come from. Our only salvation for job creation is only if you and I adopt the smart concept that will shape thinking on entrepreneurship, which is detail. The more adventurous entrepreneurs will…

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Top Nigerian entrepreneur shares three ways for companies to retain employees

 is the founder and group managing director of Interswitch Limited, an integrated payment and transaction processing company. The now pan-African company was founded in Nigeria in 2002, and provides technology integration, advisory support, transaction processing and payment infrastructure services to governments, banks and corporate organisations. This month, Elegbe, who is no stranger to recognition for his success with Interswitch, was awarded the Transformational Business award by the African Leadership Network at the 2013 Africa Awards for Entrepreneurship. The award is in recognition of a notable business leader who has created…

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