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JAMIE D. SALEEBY – Founder and MD Of Sankofa Snacks

While working in New York as an executive assistant at a personal care products company, Jamie D. Saleeby realised there were very few African-inspired snacks on sale in local convenience stores. This is despite demand for products that represent African heritage and culture. After saving up some money, Saleeby moved back to his home country …

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BRIGHT JAJA – Founder & CEO of iCreate Africa

The entrepreneurial Nigerian-born CEO of iCreate Africa explains why he’s on a mission to rebrand vital skills such as welding and plumbing and make them more appealing to young people. As a 10-year-old growing up in Abuja, Nigeria, Bright Jaja would go to the local market where his mother worked as a trader. “Before I …

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UZAIR ESSACK – Founder and Managing Director of Cape Crops

Uzair Essack has his roots deep in the fruit and vegetable business. Uzair Essack founded CapeCrops because he wanted to earn in foreign currencies and access wider markets. This is his advice on starting an export business Uzair Essack is a born entrepreneur. He started importing rice from India and Pakistan while he was still …

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OLAJUMOKE ODUWOLE - Founder and CEO And Senior Web Developer, KJK Communication Limited - African Leaders Magazine

OLAJUMOKE ODUWOLE – Founder and CEO And Senior Web Developer, KJK Communication Limited

Olajumoke Oduwole is founder and CEO and Senior Web Developer, KJK Communication Limited, a Tech / software development company in Nigeria. Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, Larry Page, Ginni Rometty, Mark Zuckerberg and Jeff Bezos, are but a few of the names Olajumoke Oduwole looks up to. Very soon, she plans to become a …

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The Journey So Far for Smart Codes Limited CEO, EDWIN BRUNO SHAYO - African Leaders Magazine

The Journey So Far for Smart Codes Limited CEO, EDWIN BRUNO SHAYO

Africa has the resources and capacity to solve its problems. African entrepreneurs are going out of their way to offer solutions to problems in their communities. Many have built companies that are making incredible contributions in the tech world. Today, we highlight the success journey of Edwin Bruno Shayo, a Tanzanian entrepreneur who started doing …

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“There Is No Shame in Working Hard” – EMMANUEL BONOKO - African Leaders Magazine

“There Is No Shame in Working Hard” – EMMANUEL BONOKO, Founder of EBonoko Holdings

Emmanuel Bonoko excels in bringing together South African business heavyweights into the same room to inspire township youth. Bonoko is the founder of EBonoko Holdings, a media consulting, public relations and events company, which employs five people. He also founded EBonoko Foundation, a social enterprise for book drives and business and career exhibitions. Well connected, …

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UJU UZO-OJINNAKA - Nigerian entrepreneur making progress on building the Alibaba of Africa - African Leaders Magazine

UJU UZO-OJINNAKA – CEO of Traders of Africa ‘Nigerian entrepreneur making progress on building the Alibaba of Africa’

Many African countries are well known for producing agricultural commodities but a major issue is getting these goods to market, says Uju Uzo-Ojinnaka, CEO of Traders of Africa. To solve the problem, the Nigerian entrepreneur founded an e-commerce platform in 2017 to connect buyers and sellers of commonly produced agricultural commodities in Africa. In an …

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ANTA BABACAR NGOM - CEO of Sedima (Senegal’s largest poultry company) - African Leaders Magazine

ANTA BABACAR NGOM – CEO of Sedima (Senegal’s largest poultry company)

Anta Babacar Ngom’s most unforgettable moment was not the day when she got her dream job. It was the day she didn’t. Anta Babacar had just returned to Senegal from Paris, where she was studying at prestigious universities and working for a multinational company. At the time, she thought that her experience abroad would help …

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“Joblessness inspired me to be a shoemaker” – RAUFU AYOWUNMI AISHAT - African Leaders Magazine

“Joblessness inspired me to be a shoemaker” – RAUFU AYOWUNMI AISHAT

Raufu Ayowunmi Aishat is a young, focused female shoemaker. After graduating from the university and was jobless, she went to acquire skills in shoe making. Ever since, she hasn’t looked back, and she is proud of her profession and waxing strong. Aishat is the CEO and Creative Director of Aeesha Shoes, her shoe-making company.In this …

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JEAN BOSCO NZEYIMANA: The Rwandan Entrepreneur Who Is Changing Lives One Briquette at A Time - African Leaders Magazine

JEAN BOSCO NZEYIMANA: The Rwandan Entrepreneur Who Is Changing Lives One Briquette at A Time

From Nyamagabe – a small village in rural Rwanda – comes the story of a confident 25-year-old that is solving some of the problems of his immediate community one briquette at a time. Jean Bosco Nzeyimana grew up in a poor, rural community that could boast of very little by way of infrastructure or even …

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