In my last post, entitled “The Bill Gates of Africa”; I shared with you the extraordinary entrepreneurship of two young Africans from Nigeria, Anesi (16), and his brother Osine (14), who set up a company which is distributing its own browser on Google Play Store. They were both less than 10 years old, when they set up the company.
Your response to this post, was also quite remarkable. Here are some of the statistics on it:
The Post reached 25,133,056 people.
It had 336,796 Likes, comments, and shares.
It had a maximum engagement of 4,289,281 people
Many of you commented on something, I had said in one of my Afterthoughts:
This would not have been possible, without the tireless efforts of their mother, Mrs Ngozi Ikhianosime, who is a Maths teacher, at a school in Nigeria.
Her story is the story of Africa… Behind EVERY single success in Africa, is the African woman!
More often than not she is a silent unappreciated player working behind the scenes:
– she could be a professional mother, as in the case of Anesi and Osine; nurturing the genius of these two computer Whizzkids;
– she could be a market trader working day and night to feed her family, many of whom have ended up as business people, professors or even politicians;
– she could be one of 250m small holder farmers breaking her back to feed the African continent.
In Asia they attribute a lot of the success in countries like Singapore, and South Korea to a phenomenon of highly motivated mothers, who have driven their kids to achieve extraordinary things. They call such women “TIGER MOMS”! Africa has them too, and they are beginning to find their voice, and they will no longer be silent… Certainly not their daughters!
I have decided to dedicate the next series to the “AFRICAN LIONESS”.
In this series I will highlight 10 women, from different parts of Africa, who are doing remarkable things, as entrepreneurs. I will look at both business entrepreneurs, and social entrepreneurs.
I have called the series the “ROAR” of the Lionesses, because these women are not silent, even if you have not heard of them before.
You can also help me by bringing to my attention, anyone in your country that you think deserves recognition. We will not be able to fit everyone into my selected group, but each time you mention someone you are exposing them to millions of other people, and helping them to shine like the stars they are. Don’t use more than 2x paragraphs otherwise the system will delete your entry.
Also remember our rule on this platform:
The fact that I do not mention someone from your country, does not mean it is not important. Far from it, we are just making a sample selection. These are just examples; its not a competition, to find the best.
As the bible teaches, “rejoice with those who are recognised, for in recognising them, you too shall be recognised.”
To be continued…
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