Pause: A note from the side of the road…

Pause: A note from the side of the road…

__A quick hello, and a little homework.

As I mentioned to a few of you, when I was driving from the airport in Nairobi earlier this week, I suddenly saw this billboard! You can imagine how surprised I was. Now I have known Bishop TD Jakes for a long time and we have had some profound conversations over the years. I am really looking forward to this one.

If you’d like to attend, please check out to find out more. Possibly it’s already sold-out, but they’ve apparently made available some special tickets for young entrepreneurs like you, at a lower rate. (I am not trying to sell tickets here! I just want you to know they are there, if you are interested, because some of you have asked). Hopefully I will be able to show at least parts of our fireside chat here on this platform, sometime in the future.

While this “Soar Africa” fireside chat is not my own event, I would be very interested in your thoughts, both as entrepreneurs and young people working to build Africa’s century. Here are a couple of questions for you:

# What do you think is important to help “Africa soar”? 

# What questions do you think need to be asked that maybe have not been asked before? 

I know you are all busy in your entrepreneurial lives, but if you have time, please share (in 150 words or less) and my team will put together the best ones for our briefing package. I can’t guarantee we will discuss them all in our chat, but I CAN guarantee people will take note what you write. (As always, please no politics. There are platforms for that. This one is for entrepreneurs).

Meanwhile, I’m on the road right now traveling to several countries across Africa as I hand over my Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) chairmanship to former Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn. It has been an amazing trip together. I will share more about this later on, along with news about the Africa Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) coming up in early September.

One last question for your assignment today: I’ve been talking about “the skills of the future” for the past several weeks. 

Do you think we also need to talk about a new “#Mindset of the future?”

Let’s talk.


Author:Strive Masiyiwa

Strive Masiyiwa is the founder and Executive Chairman of the Econet Group. He serves on several international boards including Unilever, and the Global Advisory boards of the Council on Foreign Relations and Stanford University. A board member of the Rockefeller Foundation for 15 years, he also serves as Chairman of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). He is a co-founder of the Carbon War Room, Pathways for Prosperity, and the Global Business Coalition on Education. He and his wife, Tsitsi, co-founded the Higherlife Foundation and are signators of the Giving Pledge.

5 Replies to “Pause: A note from the side of the road…”

  1. Afterthought 2.

    “Africa is home to a consumer class whose spending outstrips India’s, and it will soon have double the number of smartphone connections than North America. Yet poverty remains widespread, as do infrastructure gaps, fragmented markets, and regulatory complexity. By recasting challenges as a spur for innovation, and unmet market demand as room for growth, business leaders can help their companies, and the continent, to thrive.”

    In case you missed it, here’s a McKinsey report from late last year called “Africa’s overlooked business revolution”. What do we need to do that we’re not yet doing to help make our nations and continent soar?

  2. Afterthought 4.
    Stay tuned! I will soon share the names of the top 12 young Agripreneurs who will pitch on stage at the AGRF to win the Generation Africa GoGettaz Agripreneur Prize in Accra, Ghana next month. These young people are from 10 African countries. Wow! Meanwhile take a look at the exciting program for the week:

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