Africa Rising: The Africans You Need To Know
Cyprus, August 31, 2018 (AltAfrica) Africa Rising is a term coined to describe the rapid economic growth in Africa since 2000 and the belief in the inevitability of further, rapid development on the continent. According to The Financial Times, Africa Rising is a “narrative that improved governance means the continent is almost predestined to enjoy a long period of mid-to-high single-digit economic growth, rising incomes and an emerging middle class.”
It has also been particularly associated with the democratization of African states since the end of the Cold War, comparative peace, greater availability of mobile phones and the Internet, and increase in African consumer spending as well as a growth in entrepreneurship. In the decade between 2005 and 2015, the economy of Africa as a whole increased by 50 per cent in contrast with a world average of 23 per cent.
Africa Rising is particularly associated with the growth of local entrepreneurship. This week I am going to introduce you to few Africans, making a difference and contributing to the rise of Africa. It is no news that Africa do not promote our own African innovators and entrepreneurs enough. AlternativeAfrica.com a platform dedicated primarily to influencing narratives about Africa is focusing and showcasing the many developmental strides sweeping across the continent.
Temie Giwa-Tubosun – United States/Nigeria
Meet Temie is the Founder and CEO of LifeBank, a platform which enables timely delivery of blood to hospitals and patients who need it. She was named one of BBC’s 100 Women in 2014 and has been featured as a TEDx speaker. Mark Zuckerberg highlighted her as one of the most inspiring entrepreneurs he met during his visit to Nigeria in 2016.
Gina Din-Kariuki – Kenya
Meet Gina Din-Kariuki. In 19 years, Gina Din-Kariuki has morphed from being a public relations guru, to an award-winning management consultant and social entrepreneur, as well as honorary UNFPA ambassador and Red Cross goodwill ambassador. As the founder and executive chair of the Gina Din Group, she has served as a strategic advisor to Safaricom, steering the expansion of Kenyan telecommunications. Currently she is assisting Kenya’s central bank with its rebranding.
Selorm Adadevoh – Ghana
Meet Selorm a seasoned Telecoms and Financial Services business leader with over 19 years of experience spanning Strategy, General Mgmt. and Technology Mgmt. Over the years, Selorm has developed a reputation for his exceptional leadership, and his ability to transform or turnaround businesses. He’s rich experience working with different cultures across Africa, USA, Europe, Caribbean, Latin America and APAC, has shaped his unique leadership style and consistency in delivering superior results irrespective of the environment.
Oluremi Akinpelu – United Kingdom/Nigeria
Meet Oluremi the founder of Remedix Group Limited. He is an investor and developer of new businesses with 15 years’ experience spanning Europe and Africa, gained through a number of successful tech start-ups and organizations. Recently, delved into beauty and health industry with the design and production of Dart Professional Hypoallergenic Clipper. Other specialties include, industry leadership, business innovation, investing in start-ups, mentoring entrepreneurs, entertainment industry, strategy development and project management.
Eric Osiakwan – Ghana
Meet Eric Osiakwan, a Tech Entrepreneur and Angel investor with 15 years of ICT industry leadership across Africa. He has worked in 32 African countries setting up high-tech startups. Eric is a Stanford, MIT, Harvard, TED and Poptech fellow. He was part of the team that built the TEAMS submarine cable in East Africa and an ICT Consultant for the WorldBank, Soros Foundations, UNDP, USAID, USDoJ, USDoS as well as African governments and private firms. He authored “The KINGS of Africa’s Digital Economy”, co-authored the “Open Access Model”, adopted globally by the telecommunications industry, “Negotiating the Net” – the politics of Internet Diffusion in Africa and “The Internet in Ghana” with the Mosaic Group.
Tania Mukwamu – South Africa/Congo
Meet Tania Mukwamu, founder of MaxiCash — an app that allows users anywhere to send money to recipients in DRC, South Africa and counting . Tania is a Congo native living in Johannesburg who knows all about sending money back home.
Maavi Norman, Liberia.
The founder of IRIS International Consulting, social entrepreneur Dr. Maavi Norman bridges the gap by encouraging foreign investment in Africa, while supporting “deep local impact.” Through his affiliation as a mentor with the White House Young African Leaders Initiative, Norman has helped guide a cohort of like-minded entrepreneurs in Africa.
Do you know Africans doing exceedingly well in their profession and helping the narrative of Africa Rising? Comment below.