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Nigerian fintech company Paystack Lands Milestone Deal-By Drive Africa Nigerian fintech company Paystack has been on a growth path and become an important player in country’s fast growing fintech and payments market. The company which was founded in 2015 by Ezra Olubi and Shola Akinlade has recently been acquired the San Francisco based payments giant…

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How A Kenyan Innovator is Disrupting Food Distribution-By Drive Africa Writer When Peter Njonjo and Grant Brooke decided to make their foray into business in Africa, they looked to the fruit and vegetables market.  In particular, they sought to build their first venture marketing bananas by selling them to informal markets in Kenya. For Njonjo’s…

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How An Ethiopian Woman Built A Global Startup

Bethlehem Alemu and the Building of Sole Rebels- A Global Shoe Brand Ethiopia’s Bethlehem Alemu has built one of the world’s fastest growing shoe brands with revenues in the millions of dollars. Her business, Sole Rebels, which makes eco-friendly shoes from recycled materials has built a global following from San Jose California to Zurich and Taiwan. Sole Rebels has established standalone stores in…

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Building A Billion Dollar African Company

Ken Njoroge and Bolaji Akinboro’s quest to reshape Africa’s Fintech industry Cofounders Ken Njoroge and Bolaji Akinboro are on quest to build a billion dollar African company built by Africans, in 2018 the company reached a major milestone when they landed $47.5 million in funding- a land mark transaction on the African fintech space. The…

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The Educational Innovator

How Life’s Classroom Prepared an Educational Innovator Dr Rozious Siatwambo is one of Zambia’s leading entrepreneurs and an innovator in the country’s educational sector. He is the founder and Managing Director of The Great North Road Academy, one of the country’s leading private schools. He is also the founder of the Great North Road Academy…

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Driving a Local Food Revolution

One Woman’s Inspiring Entrepreneurial Journey There is truly power in humble beginnings. Upon being convinced that she wanted to start and own her own business, Sylvia Banda, one of Zambia’s most celebrated entrepreneurs took a leap of faith. She took some food from her home, a two plate cooker, and from a small room in…

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Fred Deegbe: Heeling The World

Ghana’s Fred Deegbe is on a mission to make world class shoes in Ghana. This in response partly to a statement that someone had made in passing to him that world class shoes could not be made in Ghana. Fred walked of a shoe store admiring his new acquired pierre cardinshoes and wondered why shoes…

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Hotel Booking Start Up Takes Off

Mark Essien’s Hotel Booking Start Up Takes Off, Attracts Investors By Drive Africa Writer   Tech entrepreneurs in Africa are riding the wave of Africa’s growth, shifting demographics, and growing internet penetration. One of Africa’s fast growing industries is the hospitality sector which is seeing record investments as local and  foreign direct investments in the…

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Revolutionsing Emergency Health Care

How a Young Doctor Set Up West Africa’s First Air Ambulance Service By Drive Africa Writer British Born Ola Olekunrin’s story is an inspiring tale of passion, innovation, tragedy, and excellence. Ola was born in London and grew up with foster parents in Lowestoft-a small town in England. An academically gifted and hardworking student, she…

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