__Join me and HE President Paul Kagame here at 5 pm CAT on Thursday September 6th.
Last week you heard me echo here the words of the former head of the African Union, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma: “The hoe belongs in a museum!” We have thousands of African innovators, including on this platform, who can easily eliminate this relic of servitude to millions of African women. I am counting on you to do your part! And I can see some of you are… So many of you shared success stories and ideas of how to #Re-ImagineRural. We will be talking about this topic for the next several weeks.
Meanwhile I have just landed in Rwanda where I’ll be attending the annual Africa Green Revolution Forum (AGRF). This will be my last meeting as the AGRF Chairman. I have chaired all but one of the meetings since Kofi Annan asked me to do it. In particular, my “Chief” asked me to look after the interests of smallholder farmers in Africa — all 400m of them.
__For me, this is not a position, but an interest of the heart. I will always look out for them as long as I breathe.
Now tomorrow at the AGRF, I will have a town hall discussion that fits right into our #Re-ImagineRural series. This one is called Unlocking #Agripreneurship and I am so honored to join President of Rwanda, HE Paul Kagame, the Chair of the African Union, in this discussion which will be moderated by author Saul Singer who wrote the amazing book “Start-up Nation” that I mentioned here before.
Also in the audience will be all, or nearly all, of our inaugural group of #GoGettaz, plus some of the star “pitchers” from previous town halls, as well as one from from this platform who made a memorable comment! I can’t wait to see them. They just finished a three-week experiential learning program hosted by Cassava Fintech, one of the Econet family companies in Zimbabwe.
I will have some stories to share about this at a later date.
Please note: The Rwanda Town Hall is already sold out but please join us on the Facebook Live at 5 pm CAT on September 6th. http://bit.ly/AfripreneurTalk
So much to talk about … and do… as we #Re-ImagineRural. I hope you will be able to take part!
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.View all posts by Strive Masiyiwa