Bird Story Agency

Bird story agency is a specialist news agency started by Africa No Filter. Our content is used by newsrooms across Africa and around the world.Apr 24, 2024
A passionate voice in African sports journalism
Two male hosts engage in spirited sports banter in a lively studio session in Nairobi. But it's their young female colleague who steals the show, diving into trending sports news. Meet Mukami Wambora, one of Kenya’s few women sports journalists and co-host of the popular radio show, #SportOn. Her journey from law graduate to sports pundit defies norms, and her impact extends beyond the airwaves - she’s also breaking barriers outside the studio, and advocates for mental health awareness.
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Disrupt-Africa

One-stop-shop for all news, information and commentary pertaining to Africa’s tech startup and investment ecosystem.Apr 24, 2024
Revolutionizing Car Maintenance: The Rise of Tanzanian Auto-Tech App Spana 🇹🇿
Spana, Tanzania’s innovative auto-tech app, is transforming car maintenance with its convenient mobile platform, offering affordable and reliable automobile services 🚗💻. Founded in 2023 by Julius Mbungo, Ebenezery Kimaro, and John Mwapinga, Spana simplifies the process of requesting diagnostic checks, servicing, and repairs for individual car owners and businesses alike.
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TechCrunch

Leading tech media property, dedicated to obsessively profiling startups, reviewing new Internet products, and breaking tech news.Apr 24, 2024
Flourish Ventures' Madica Program Boosts Pre-Seed Investing in Africa 🚀
Flourish Ventures' Madica program intensifies its investment efforts in Africa, targeting up to 30 startups by the end of its three-year program, with a focus on underrepresented founders and diverse sectors.
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Bird Story Agency - Promoted

Bird story agency is a specialist news agency started by Africa No Filter. Our content is used by newsrooms across Africa and around the world.Oct 18, 2023
Rwanda eyes African football to boost tourism, increase air traffic and grow grassroots football 🇷🇼 🤝🏽 ⚽️
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has unveiled Rwanda as a key sponsor for the inaugural edition of the African Football League. This partnership will prominently feature the well-known 'Visit Rwanda' campaign within the continent. The strategic collaboration aims to boost tourism, advance sports development, and enhance air traffic.
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Disrupt-Africa

One-stop-shop for all news, information and commentary pertaining to Africa’s tech startup and investment ecosystem.Apr 24, 2024
Egyptian HR-Tech Startup bluworks Secures $1 Million Pre-Seed Round 🚀🇪🇬
Egyptian startup bluworks raises $1 million in pre-seed funding to revolutionize blue-collar HR-tech solutions, aiming to streamline processes and reduce turnover rates.
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AviaDev Insight is the first podcast dedicated to the African aviation industry. We bring prominent industry voices to the table to establish the "ground truth" in an informal and candid fashion. The podcast was created by Jon Howell, Founder and Managing Director of AviaDev Africa, Africa's premier event dedicated to developing air connectivity to, from and within the African continentApril 24, 2024

In this episode, we discuss the role and importance of ancillary revenue for African airlines.

Today, it is not just a case of upselling, but personalising an offer that the passenger will benefit from. 

Protect is the world leader in refundable booking protection and work with a variety of airlines globally, including Ethiopian Airlines. 

I am joined by Nick Ashton, Global Airline Lead,and Andrew Ridgway, Head of Strategic Partnerships and together we discuss:

Their aviation industry experience

The Protect proposition

The current environment in African aviation when it comes to ancillaries and trip protection

How to overcome scepticism of the product from both an integration perspective at the airline and from a passenger perspective

The involvement of the airline in the refund process

The Protect team will be in Windhoek for AviaDev Africa in June. 

You can contact them here:

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If you enjoyed the conversation, please share the episode with your network and leave us a review so we can be found by more people.

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The Foresight Africa podcast celebrates the dynamism and optimism across Africa and explores strategies for broadening the benefits of growth to all people in the region. Host Aloysius Uche Ordu, director of the Africa Growth Initiative at the Brookings Institution, interviews policy experts and leaders from the public sector, private sector, and civil society on key trends affecting people and nations on the continent.April 24, 2024

Season three of Foresight Africa podcast will debut soon with new episodes that celebrate the dynamism and optimism across Africa. This season, we’ll be talking again to policymakers, industry and civic leaders, and contributors to our flagship report, Foresight Africa, on topics ranging from the continent’s digital transformation to governance trends to young people’s role in Africa’s structural transformation.

Learn more at https://www.brookings.edu/tags/foresight-africa-podcast/

Foresight Africa podcast is part of the Brookings Podcast Network. Subscribe and listen on AppleSpotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts. Send feedback email to podcasts@brookings.edu.

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Benjamindada - Promoted

Independent media publication delivering impressive reporting about tech, startups and entrepreneurship in Nigeria and sub-Saharan Africa.Nov 2, 2023
Nigeria, Kenya, and Rwanda Join Global Pledge for AI Safety in 'The Bletchley Declaration 🇳🇬 🇰🇪 🇷🇼 🧠
Among the 28 nations that have pledged to address AI-related risks through 'The Bletchley Declaration,' only Nigeria, Kenya, and Rwanda represent the African continent.
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The African millennial experience, according to FK and Jollz. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.April 24, 2024

This week, FK & Jolzz are joined by Dr Busola Tejumola, the fabulous head of content & channels, West Africa at Multichoice. After helping solve some dilemmas around friendships, they discuss the upcoming AMVCAs and what to expect from the 10th edition of the biggest night in Nollywood. The AMVCA's will air on Africa Magic Channels on the 11th of May, and voting categories are still open till the 28th of April so get online and vote for your faves!


Don’t forget to use #ISWIS or #ISWISPodcast to share your thoughts while listening to the podcast on Twitter! Rate the show 5 stars on whatever app you listen to and leave a review, share with everyone you know and if you also watch on YouTube, subscribe, like and leave a comment! 


Make sure to follow us on 

Twitter: @ISWISPodcast

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Good Morning Africa is your daily source of Economy and Business news from the continent. It is a product of @TheKFinancial, hosted by Ruth Adong.April 24, 2024

🎙 M-Kopa to inject over $10 million to boost uptake of electric motorcycles.

🎙How can Uganda's fourth National Development Plan be aligned with opportunities under the Africa Continental Free Trade Area during the planning phase?

🎙 The JSE index was up for the fourth consecutive session on Tuesday, trading above the 74,000 level, tracking most of its global peers.

🎙 The world’s electric car fleet continues to grow strongly, with 2024 sales set to reach 17 million.

🎙South Africa seeks investors and financing options for South African Airways (SAA) after a previous equity deal fell through.

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Africa Tech Radio (ATR) is the first online radio in Africa with a 100% focus on Africa’s technology. Listen Live on www.africatechradio.comApril 23, 2024

While TikTok plans to replace influencers with AI, and more Benylin for infants by J&J bans rock Africa, Apple says to watch out as your iPhones may have been hacked.

Listen to this episode for more details.

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Bird Story Agency - Promoted

Bird story agency is a specialist news agency started by Africa No Filter. Our content is used by newsrooms across Africa and around the world.Nov 14, 2023
Afrobeats dominate the 2024 GRAMMY nominations ♫ 🏆
Nigeria’s dominance in the 2024 GRAMMY nominations reaffirms that it is a musical powerhouse. From taking over the nomination list for the newly established 'Best African Music Performance' category to having a record number of nominees from the country, the home of Afrobeats shines. Here is Africa’s 2024 Grammy Award nominee list.
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Bird Story Agency

Bird story agency is a specialist news agency started by Africa No Filter. Our content is used by newsrooms across Africa and around the world.Apr 23, 2024
bird TenX: African cities with the most millionaires
Growing private wealth in Africa is transforming the continent's major cities into hubs for millionaires and billionaires, according to the latest Henley & Partners Africa Wealth Report. Collectively, these urban centres are home to 135,200 millionaires, 342 centi-millionaires with fortunes exceeding US$100 million, and 21 billionaires. With the number of high-net-worth individuals projected to jump by 65% over the next decade, these cities are not only expanding economically but are also setting the stage for a new era of prosperity and influence. bird TenX lists the top ten cities and regions for private wealth in Africa:
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Benjamindada

Independent media publication delivering impressive reporting about tech, startups and entrepreneurship in Nigeria and sub-Saharan Africa.Apr 23, 2024
South Africa's Crypto Licensing Reveals Major Omissions: Binance and Yellow Card Absent
Discover why South Africa's crypto licensing omits major players like Binance and Yellow Card, signaling potential shifts in the African crypto market. Despite regulatory hurdles, industry leaders navigate challenges while aiming to resolve legal ambiguities. Stay updated on the evolving crypto landscape in South Africa and its implications for global exchanges. 🌍💰🔍
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Zone, a Nigerian fintech, revolutionizes Africa's payment landscape with its blockchain technology, attracting $8.5 million in seed funding.
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Exciting news from CV Labs as startups from Kenya and Nigeria secure spots in the sixth edition of their accelerator program, unlocking funding, mentorship, and growth opportunities! 🎉💼 With up to US$135,000 in capital and access to expert mentors, these ventures are poised for success in both traditional industries and web3 infrastructure. 🌐💡
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Blockchain is a decentralized, distributed ledger technology that records transactions across multiple computers in a way that is secure, transparent, and tamper-resistant.
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As a beginner, this article is your comprehensive guide to understanding what the bull market is, so you won't get lost in the world of digital assets.
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Cricket in South Africa is set to evolve, powered by AI and blockchain technology, according to the results of a pilot collaboration between an Indian sports technology company, Cricket South Africa and the Durban Super Giants.

Bird Story Agency

Bird story agency is a specialist news agency started by Africa No Filter. Our content is used by newsrooms across Africa and around the world.Apr 23, 2024
Cheaper calls ring in Ethiopia, South Africa and Kenya 🇪🇹 🇿🇦 🇰🇪
Telco regulators in three countries are reviewing cross-network rates, igniting new price wars and potentially cheaper calls.
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Stories and analyses of African technology companiesJune 16, 2023

Overview: Today, we’re going to talk about Wasoko (Sokowatch) We’ll explore the story across the following areas:

  1. Africa’s and Kenya’s informal retail context 

  2. Wasoko's early history

  3. Wasoko's Product & monetization strategy 

  4. Competitive positioning & potential exit options

  5. Overall outlook.

This episode was recorded on June 11, 2023

Companies discussed: Wasoko (Sokowatch), Twiga Foods, TradeDepot, OmniBiz, Alerzo, mPharma, Nestle, Unilever, Multipro, Marketforce, Udaan & Flipkart

Business concepts discussed: Informal retail penetration, Agency banking adoption, B2B Operating systems, Informal markets, & last-mile distribution

Conversation highlights:

  • (00:40) - Sokowatch background and why we’re talking about it

  • (08:35) - African informal retail context

  • (16:11) - Founder background and Founding story

  • (29:55) - Fundraising and early growth

  • (36:56) - Geographic expansion, growth and partnerships

  • (45;12) - Team strategy

  • (54:00) - Product strategy and monetization

  • (1:10:00) - Competition and options for exit

  • (1:23:13) - Bankole’s overall thoughts and outlook

  • (1:33:05) - Olumide’s overall thoughts and outlook

  • (1:43:30) - Recommendations and small wins


Olumide’s recommendations & small wins:

  • Interested in investing in Africa Tech with Olumide: Read about Adamantium fund & contact me at olumide@afrobility.com. Founders looking for funding: If you're a B2B founder working on Education, Health, Finance or food, please contact me for funding at olumide@afrobility.com

  • Checkout my FIREDOM book = FIRE (Financial Independence, Retire Early) + Freedom = personal finance and financial independence book. Website, Read: Substack Newsletter & Buy: Print, eBook or Audiobook)

  • Recommendation: The Slight Edge. Amazing Personal Development book about a mental framework to apply daily actions to get what you want in life. I have read it about 6 times at this point.

  • Recommendation: Temu.com. Started using it for shopping. It has some cool gamification ideas to nudge ecommerce purchases

  • Small win: Hosted house party with friends. It was great to see everyone together


Bankole’s recommendations & small wins:

Listeners: We’d love to hear from you. Email info@afrobility.com with feedback!

Founders & Operators: We'd love to hear about what you're working on, email us at info@afrobility.com

Investors: It would be great to link up with you. Contact us at info@afrobility.com


Join our insider mailing list where we get feedback on new episodes & find all episodes on Afrobility.com

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TechCabal

Future-focused publication that speaks to African innovation and tech in depth.Apr 23, 2024
South Africa Grants Crypto Licences to Luno, VALR, and 73 Other Companies 🇿🇦
South Africa's financial conduct regulator has approved licenses for 75 crypto businesses, including major exchanges like Luno and VALR. This move signals a significant step in the country's acceptance of the crypto regulatory landscape.
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Disrupt-Africa

One-stop-shop for all news, information and commentary pertaining to Africa’s tech startup and investment ecosystem.Apr 23, 2024
Egypt’s Beltone and Citadel Holdings Collaborate to Manage $30M VC Fund for MENA Startups 🇪🇬
Discover how Egypt’s Beltone Venture Capital and Citadel Holdings' CI Venture Capital join forces to boost the growth of early-stage tech startups across the MENA region with a $30 million investment fund.
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Bird Story Agency

Bird story agency is a specialist news agency started by Africa No Filter. Our content is used by newsrooms across Africa and around the world.Apr 23, 2024
Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire look to reshape the world's cocoa industry; Africa holds more than 75% of global production 🇬🇭 🇨🇮
Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire, the world’s leading cocoa producers and age-old rivals, are collaborating to tackle challenges in the cocoa industry. According to an expert, the alliance could revitalize the sector in Africa.
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Africa Tech Summit is the leading event series focused on African tech and investment with Summits globally. Africa Tech Summit Connects continues the conversation with industry leaders, investors, and corporates providing you with insights from across the African tech scene.September 3, 2023
The Business Of Payments episode was recorded live at Africa Tech Summit London 2023 at London Stock Exchange featuring insights and views from payments leaders across Africa. Moderated by Nkiruka Uwaje Founder at Grovvth Advisory, the coversation features;Solomon Amadi – VP Processing Infrastructure at Moniepoint Inc, Elizabeth Rossiello – CEO at AZA FinanceGbenga Ajayi – Partner at QED InvestorsChris Folayan – Head of Global Expansion at Interswitch Africa Tech Summit Connects podcast shares insights from across the African tech scene. Subscribe for updates and join us in Ghana, Nairobi and London! More details on Africatechsummit.com.
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Jon Lubwama

Startups & Venture CapitalApr 23, 2024
Navigating the Investment Landscape: How Startups Can Identify the Perfect Investors

In the ever-evolving world of startups, securing funding is often a critical milestone on the path to success. However, finding the right investors can be a daunting task. With countless options available, how does a startup founder determine the best fit for their venture? Here's a breakdown of key strategies to identify and secure funding from the perfect investors.


Leverage Funding Data Databases.


One of the initial steps for a startup founder is to delve into funding data databases tailored to their region or industry. Platforms like Africa; The Big Deal, Digest Africa, or Disrupt Africa offer invaluable insights into what investors are funding, the stage of investment, sector preferences, and geographical focus. By analyzing this data, founders can gain a clearer understanding of which investors align with their startup's needs and objectives.


Evaluate Portfolio Startups.


Beyond funding data, examining the portfolio of potential investors is crucial. Startups should investigate the types of companies a particular investor has previously supported. This analysis helps determine if there is synergy between the investor's portfolio and the startup's industry, stage of development, and target market. If an investor has successfully backed similar ventures, it signals a higher likelihood of shared vision and strategic alignment.


Assess Strategic Value.


Securing funding extends beyond financial support; it involves finding partners who can provide strategic guidance, industry expertise, and valuable connections. Startup founders should prioritize investors who offer more than just capital. Consider whether the investor can open doors to potential customers, mentorship opportunities, or partnerships that could accelerate the startup's growth trajectory. Aligning with investors who bring tangible value beyond funding enhances the startup's chances of success.


Understand Investor Preferences. 


Investors have diverse preferences and criteria when evaluating potential investments. Some prioritize early-stage ventures with disruptive technologies, while others focus on established companies with proven revenue streams. By understanding investor preferences, startups can tailor their pitch to resonate with the specific interests and investment thesis of potential investors. This targeted approach increases the likelihood of capturing investor attention and securing funding.


Cultivate Relationships. 


Building relationships with investors is an ongoing process that requires patience and persistence. Startups should engage with potential investors through networking events, pitch competitions, and introductions from mutual connections. Establishing rapport and trust with investors early on lays the foundation for future collaboration. Even if an investor isn't ready to fund immediately, maintaining communication and updating them on the startup's progress can lead to opportunities down the line.


The Importance of Perfect Fit.


Choosing the right investors is paramount for the long-term success of a startup. Beyond providing capital, investors become stakeholders in the company, influencing strategic decisions and shaping its trajectory. A mismatch between the startup's vision and the investor's expectations can lead to conflicts and hinder growth. Conversely, aligning with the perfect investors fosters a supportive partnership where both parties work towards shared goals, maximizing the startup's potential for success.


In conclusion, identifying the perfect investors for a startup requires thorough research, strategic analysis, and relationship-building. By leveraging funding data databases, evaluating investor portfolios, understanding preferences, and cultivating relationships, startups can increase their chances of securing funding from investors who not only provide financial support but also bring strategic value and alignment. Choosing the right investors is a pivotal step towards unlocking growth opportunities and realizing the full potential of the startup venture. 


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Africa is witnessing rapid investment in sports infrastructure, with Morocco building the largest football stadium in the world ahead of the 2030 World Cup. Experts believe the conditions now exist for this infrastructure to drive economic prosperity.
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Nigeria's musical scene thrives with passionate listeners like Deborah, but despite the country's hit-making prowess, South Africa dominates streaming profits. Find out how the industry juggles growth and challenges in the streaming era.
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African athletes, notably from Kenya, Uganda, and Ethiopia put their dominance of distance running on display at this year's World Athletics Cross Country Championships.
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As we celebrate 60+ days of 2024 May the love of the Father be spread throughout our hearts. Welcome to March 2024 HAPPY NEW MONTH
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In the heart of a native village, where traditions and beliefs intertwine, a story unfolds. Welcome to "Ata Ekamba Ndudue" - a stirring portrayal of the life of Jesus Christ in a setting deeply rooted in indigenous culture. Join us as we journey through the trials and triumphs of the greatest story ever told, reimagined in the richness of our heritage. Through captivating performances and authentic storytelling, witness the timeless message of love, sacrifice, and redemption come to life. Presented by 'The Redemption Playhouse Foundation', this native premiere movie promises to captivate your heart and soul. Immerse yourself in an unforgettable experience that will leave you inspired and moved. Let's come together to celebrate our cultural heritage and the eternal message of hope. 'Ata Ekamba Ndudue' - a testament to the power of faith, woven into the fabric of our traditions. ----------------------------- Follow on: Facebook: The Redemption Playhouse Foundation Youtube: The Redemption Playhouse Foundation My name is Utibeabasi Essien. #creaitzxwazoplus #creaitz #contentwritingprogram #entertainment

Jon Lubwama

Startups & Venture CapitalApr 23, 2024
How Can a Startup Founder Determine How Much Funding to Raise?

Raising capital is one of the things any startup founder will have to do. Paul Graham explained that the major difference between startups and other businesses is how fast startups can/must grow. 


For startups to be able to hit this kind of exponential growth, they will need to raise funding. Funding helps startups to grow at whatever speed they want to. If a startup doesn't raise funding, its growth options will be limited to bootstrapping. Bootstrapping is when a founder reinvests their profits into the business over a long period. The problem with bootstrapping is that it limits a startup to growing as fast as its profits allow. This is slow, but steady and consistent growth. 


However, external funding helps the startup to spend money that they don't necessarily make. A startup can have $100,000 a year in revenue, but spend $300,000 because they raised $1M for the next three years. The purpose of this is growth first, and profits later. 


But when raising, how can a founder determine how much to raise exactly? Raising too little funding will cripple the startup while raising too much would dilute the startup. So the funding has to be exact. 


To do this, the startup founder will have to sit down with his team. The founder will discuss what their next milestone or milestones are. They will then determine when they can achieve this milestone e.g. in the next 18-24 months. This is where financial projections come in. 


The founder, alongside the finance team, will break down how much they project to spend every month throughout when they will hit those milestones. The projections should incorporate every expense, even those that will have to be added, so this has to be thorough. 


After getting the monthly expense projections, the founder will multiply it by the number of months it will take to hit the milestone. For example, if I determine that my monthly expenses will be $10,000 and I will need 18 months to hit my milestone, then that means I should raise $180,000. 


And after raising this funding, the founder should maintain the financial discipline needed to hit the milestone. Remember, the money you have raised is for your company, not for personal use. Investors have backed you to make returns, and if you use the money for personal fetishes, then it will be very difficult to make those returns. 


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Money, motivation, and inspiration wrapped up in a brutally honest and direct podcast from a man who has walked the walk and is now talking the talk. The Hustle with Justin Harrison - winner of 'Best Finance Podcast' in the 2023 APVA Awards and a finalist in the 2023 DSTv Content Creator Awards for 'Podcast of the Year' - is the collective experience of a man who went from homeless to building his business empire on pure grit and determination. Justin takes your questions and answers them with total honesty, no frills, no beating around the bush. From money to career to business, no subject is off-limits, because the real hustle has no limits. More about Justin Harrison: Justin Harrison is the author of eight personal finance books; he’s a serial entrepreneur, investor, wealth creator, popular TikToker and one of South Africa's thought leaders in the financial technology space. During his career, Justin’s been involved in launching over 100 businesses. He is a passionate South African who loves living in KZN. Justin is a father of three and an avid sportsman who believes deeply that South Africa is one of the best countries in the world. If you would like to be part of the podcast and have your questions answered and featured in the podcast, send a voice note via WhatsApp to +27 81 750 2349 or send an email to moneytribe21@gmail.com. • Follow the show or listen on the ECR website under Podcasts, Spotify or Apple Podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts! • Leave a 5* rating and review on Spotify or Apple Podcasts • Follow our social media channels for new episode alertsApril 23, 2024
In this episode of the podcast, Justin Harrison speaks to a 20-year veteran of the financial industry who is concerned about what the future holds for his children and who's keen to tap into Justin’s entrepreneurial mindset around managing issues in the country as well as preparing his children for the real world.

Questions asked on the podcast:
● If you had to be in charge of our cabinet within SA what simple changes would you implement to move the country forward from a fiscal point of view as well as the energy crisis?
● Our children are the future of our country the same as when we grew up... my worry is the generation of the youth aged between 03 - 15 are heavily into the gaming world. What are your thoughts on that and do you foresee a problem if this does not get mitigated now?

00:00 Introduction to The Hustle podcast
00:38 Deep dive into government and business
04:14 Balancing gaming and real-world skills
10:35 Rethinking education and embracing trades
20:55 Closing thoughts and call to action Justin's website
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Live The African Dream is a podcast inspired to gather the next generation of curious investors, entrepreneurs and tech leaders to spark conversation around the topics they are passionate about. From building a business to raising money, to the challenges and triumphs of being an African on the continent or in the diaspora in today’s world. Whether you are running the show or working your way up the ladder, let’s build something great. Tune in for exclusive interviews with seasoned investors, entrepreneurs and rising stars who are changing the technology industry in Africa.November 30, 2022

Victor Alade is the founder of Raenest, an African payroll tech startup providing borderless payments for African startups. Raenest is also one of Ajim Capital’s portfolio companies.

In this episode, I spoke to Victor Alade about his journey as an entrepreneur and his experience as a startup founder solving one of the most critical issues on the continent.

“One of the core export of Africa is talent. The population of youth and the rate at which they are adopting technology is growing rapidly. Gone are the days when people only hire software developers from Africa. Today, people hire product managers, designers, and customer support.”

This explosion of talent growth in Africa has led to a high demand for African tech talent worldwide, which has led to the need to solve the problem of cross-border payments. Before becoming a VC, I was a founder. I also experienced this same issue of facilitating payment to my African tech hires, primarily because traditional payroll systems could take up to 10 business days.

Hence, when Raenest pitched its tech solution to Ajim Capital, we immediately saw its potential to transform how African tech talent gets paid globally.

And so far, investing in Raenest has proven to be a great decision.

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Good Morning Africa is your daily source of Economy and Business news from the continent. It is a product of @TheKFinancial, hosted by Ruth Adong.April 23, 2024

🎙 IMF forecasts predict that Nigeria, once dubbed Africa's largest economy, is set to relinquish its crown and slide to fourth place this year.

🎙 UN Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has warned of a possible further growth deceleration in 2024, citing falling investments and subdued global trade dynamics.

 🎙 A just energy transition in Uganda.

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Africa is often called the "dark continent" because it is one of the least energy-rich continents, even though it has a lot of minerals that have helped grow mostly the western economies but at the expense of the continent's poor majority. For the green shift to happen, these minerals are very important. Is Africa, on the other hand, positioning itself to benefit from this green shift? Africa is the worst affected by climate change even though it has done the least to cause it. However, the continent is asked to keep its resources down in order to save the world from getting too hot, even though those who have historically been responsible for helping the continent are still growing using fossil fuels and have not done enough to provide finance or nay other means of support. Why should Africa take a lead defining just transition? Over the years, news about the continent have been shaped by others while political news dominated the local media until recently, leaving climate and environmental issues mostly to foreign outlets. Africa Climate Conversations (ACC) believes that Africa needs to shape these narratives, among others, for the benefit of its current and future generations, and the ACC podcast will do its best to lead in shaping these narratives.April 23, 2024

Humanly speaking, forests, minerals, oceans, water bodies, and other natural resources are seen as infinite by the human eye. Infinite in the sense that there are more resources to be mined or prospected for, more land to be utilized, a vast ocean and waterbodies that can handle enormous levels of pollution, vast underground water resources that can never be drained, and billions of fish to be caught.

This attitude that the earth has an unlimited capacity and the insatiable human nature to get as much as we can out of the earth for ourselves regardless of the harm we are causing the ecosystem is what I term as greed, and as the late professor Wangari Maathai once mentioned that, “this human greed have created so many of the deep ecological wounds visible across the world today.”

Can we restore balance? 

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Joy itoro Michael

Content Writer|| Mental Health Awareness Writer|| Mental Health CounselorApr 22, 2024
MANAGING AND TREATING ANXIETY DISORDERS


Anxiety Disorders can trick us into believing that we are in danger when there are no physical threats present.


But by reminding ourselves that we are safe now, we can help ease that nauseous, anxious feeling in the pit of our stomach.


If you or your loved one is suffering from anxiety disorder, there is no need to panic or get scared, it is not the end of the road cause there is always a solution to every problem.


Recovering is Possible with appropriate treatment such as exposure therapy, attention training, and a range of anxiety management techniques that can help you manage your symptoms.


How Do You Manage And Treat Anxiety Disorders

1. Learning About Anxiety

Temporary fear or worry is normal, but if the feelings associated with anxiety disorder are longer, they can continue to get worse over time.


Through understanding the condition and seeking the right treatment, anxiety can be managed.

Remember, Education is an important way to promote control over its symptoms.


2. Cognitive Therapy

Cognitive Therapy is most at times called Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), because


It aims at helping people in the way they think (the Cognitive) and in the way they behave (the behavior).


CBT is a goal-oriented type of talk which is an effective treatment for a range of mental and emotional health issues, including anxiety and depression.


CBT typically includes these steps:

  • Identifying troubling situations or conditions in your life
  • Becoming aware of your thoughts, emotions, and beliefs toward these problems
  • Identifying negative or inaccurate thinking
  • Reshaping negative or inaccurate thinking.


3. Mindfulness 

Mindfulness practices help to offer more insight into negative mind States associated with depression and anxiety.


It works to change your relationship to suffering by recognizing patterns in thought and emotion.


Emphasizing your choice in how you respond to negative mind States.


4. Building Self-Esteem

Self-esteem is the core of self-awareness and an important indicator of mental health.


Individuals with Low self-esteem usually have a higher risk for mental illness and a high incidence of anxiety symptoms.


Feeling worthless can make the anxiety worse In many ways. It can trigger a passive style of interacting with others and foster a fear of being judged harshly.


THE GOOD NEWS IS,  you can take steps to learn about how to improve your self-esteem HERE


5. Exercise

Regular exercise may help ease anxiety by:

  • releasing feel-good endorphins. Endorphins are  natural brain chemicals that improve your sense of well-being,
  • Taking your mind off worries and,
  • When you exercise, your heart contracts more frequently, increasing blood flow to the brain and triggering changes in these feel-good chemicals. These changes improve mood and confidence


Like I said earlier,

Anxiety Disorders can trick us into believing that we are in danger when there are no physical threats present.


But by reminding ourselves that we are safe now, we can help ease that nauseous, anxious feeling in the pit of our stomach.


So, try one of these Treatments whenever you feel like anxiety is affecting your daily activities, and Learn to always be yourself, do not let circumstances change you rather change them.


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An insight-rich immersion in African tech ecosystem affairs for the discerning Africa-focused founder.October 17, 2023

This months #APSVibecheck Podcast episode features Peter Muhumuza, CTO of Ugandan telecommunications company, Roke Telkom.

In Uganda, home-grown Roke Telkom is one of the first tier three carrier-neutral data center at the forefront of cloud computing revolution, helping businesses to leverage the full potential of telecommunications backed by cloud and data services to drive growth and success. 

Their cloud and data services have been designed to help businesses achieve their goals by providing them with the infrastructure and tools they need to succeed.


Muhumuza has extensive experience within the telecommunications industry, working for the likes of Huawei, Orange Uganda, and MTN Uganda before joining Roke Telkom as its CTO in March 2021. The discussion took place at the Novacom Digital Transformation Strategy Summit Africa, held in Franschhoek, Western Cape, South Africa.

💡 Top 5 insights unpacked in the episode: 

  • The challenge of accessing finance within the Ugandan telecommunications industry [01:45]
  • Roke Telkom's customer acquisition strategy and business model driven by a keen understanding of their market [06:01]
  • Peter's thoughts the Ugandan telecommunications ecosystem at large [10:08]
  • How regulators can better assist the African telecommunications industry [12:33]
  • Peter's breakdown of key competencies to acquire for a job role in the telecommunications industry [15:58]

CONNECT VIA SOCIAL MEDIA:

Tell us...

  • What was your favourite quote or lesson from this episode?
  • What topic would you like for us to feature on a future podcast?

Let us know via the hashtag: #AfricanPreseedPodcast

USEFUL RESOURCES:
ARTICLE: Cloud computing is driving business efficiency, competitiveness in the digital era by Kenneth Kazibwe, NilePost.


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Bird Story Agency

Bird story agency is a specialist news agency started by Africa No Filter. Our content is used by newsrooms across Africa and around the world.Apr 22, 2024
Petro de Luanda fires head coach Jose Neto, African players continue to shine at the annual Nike Hoop Summit, and Rwandese national Bella Murekatete is named to the 2024 Women’s College All-Star game.
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TechCrunch

Leading tech media property, dedicated to obsessively profiling startups, reviewing new Internet products, and breaking tech news.Apr 22, 2024
TLcom Capital Closes Second Fund at $154M to Back Early-Stage Startups Across Africa 🌍💼
TLcom Capital, an African VC firm, concludes fundraising for its second fund, TIDE Africa Fund II, totaling $154 million, positioning itself as Africa’s largest investor across seed and Series A.
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Bird Story Agency

Bird story agency is a specialist news agency started by Africa No Filter. Our content is used by newsrooms across Africa and around the world.Apr 22, 2024
Can low-budget, high-quality films help African film making? 🎬
Limited financial resources is the biggest obstacle in Africa’s film industry. A collaboration involving Netflix in South Africa has highlights the potential of low-budget yet high-quality filmmaking on the continent.
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Terser Adamu, who is an Africa Business Strategist, International Trade Adviser, and Director at ETK Group, shares his thoughts on how to unlock Africa’s economic potential in the 21st century. This is delivered through engaging and thought provoking discussions with innovators, entrepreneurs, investors, policy makers and business leaders who are unlocking Africa’s economic potential. Whether you're a business leader, aspiring entrepreneur, have a comfortable side hustle, or want to take your business to the next level, each episode is jam-packed with information and insight that will enable you to take immediate action and implement key strategies to successfully launch and grow your business in Africa.November 13, 2023

Episode 96 with Anthony William Catt, who is the founder and director of Ventures 54. A company on a mission to build and strengthen the international investment corridors between Africa’s tech, startup, and investor ecosystems and the rest of the world by mobilising capital and facilitating investment

Working with governments, DFIs, and other international funding agencies to provide technical assistance to founders and investors by establishing key networks, unlocking human and commercial resources, and creating access to global markets and investment opportunities.

What We Discuss With Anthony

  • How did your personal interest in building connections between the UK and Africa, specifically in the fields of technology and startups, develop?
  • Could you elaborate on the role of technical assistance funding in the African startup ecosystem and how Ventures 54 facilitates its deployment?
  • Could you highlight the common trends and preferences you've observed among investors seeking to invest in the African tech scene?
  • In your experience, how can the UK act as a springboard for African entrepreneurs seeking global exposure and growth?
  • What advice would you offer to UK companies looking to explore opportunities and tap into talent within African markets?
  • And much more...

Full show notes and resources can be found here: Unlocking Africa show notes

Did you miss my previous episode where I discuss Investing in Financial Inclusion by Unlocking the Potential of Fintech Startups in Egypt and Beyond with Rana Abdel Latif? Make sure to check it out!

Like this show? Please leave us a review here -- even one sentence helps!

Connect with Terser
on LinkedIn at TerserAdamu, and Twitter @TerserAdamu

Connect with Anthony  on LinkedIn at Anthony William Catt, and Twitter @AnthonyWCatt

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Ready to tap into the exciting opportunities of African markets? Uncover a wealth of invaluable tips to elevate your success to new heights! There's no need to delay – venture over to the ETK Group website today. Explore how we can empower and guide you in seamlessly entering and thriving across diverse African markets and sectors.

Connect with us at www.etkgroup.co.uk or reach out via email at info@etkgroup.co.uk

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Jon Lubwama

Startups & Venture CapitalApr 22, 2024
Why Do Startups in Some Countries Attract More VC Funding than Others?

Venture Capital investments in Africa are not uniformly balanced. In fact, the big four of Nigeria, Egypt, Kenya and South Africa have accounted for at least 70% of all VC investments in Africa over the past decade. 


There are so many reasons why VCs invest in startups in some countries over investing in startups in others. Some of these reasons may be purely reliant on the quality of startups that come from one country over the others, but sometimes, the country is important. So what makes some countries, VC-friendly, and others unattractive? Several factors come into play:


1. Market Size and Growth Potential: Countries with large and growing markets are often more attractive to VCs. Nigeria, Egypt, Kenya, and South Africa, known as the big four, have sizable populations and expanding economies, presenting significant market opportunities for startups.


2. Economic Stability and Regulatory Environment: VCs prefer countries with stable economic conditions and favourable regulatory environments for business. Political stability, low corruption levels, and clear legal frameworks contribute to investor confidence.


3. Infrastructure and Connectivity: Access to reliable infrastructure, such as transportation, energy, and telecommunications, is crucial for startup growth. Countries with well-developed infrastructure and high connectivity tend to attract more VC investment.


4. Talent Pool and Innovation Ecosystem: The presence of a skilled workforce, including technical and entrepreneurial talent, is essential for startup success. Countries with robust innovation ecosystems, including universities, research institutions, and startup hubs, are more likely to attract VC investment.


5. Government Support and Incentives: Government policies and incentives aimed at supporting entrepreneurship and innovation can significantly impact VC investment. Measures such as tax incentives, grants, and startup-friendly regulations can attract investors to certain countries.


6. Access to Capital: The availability of capital, including both VC funding and other forms of financing, influences investment decisions. Countries with well-established financial systems and access to capital markets offer more opportunities for startups to raise funds.


7. Cultural and Social Factors: Cultural attitudes towards risk-taking, entrepreneurship, and failure can affect the startup ecosystem's vibrancy. Countries that embrace entrepreneurship and innovation tend to attract more VC investment.


8. Sectoral Focus and Specialization: Some countries may have specific strengths or specialization in certain industries or sectors, making them more attractive to VCs interested in those areas. For example, Kenya is known for its thriving fintech sector, while South Africa has a strong presence in healthcare and biotechnology.


By considering these factors, it becomes evident why certain countries emerge as more VC-friendly than others. However, it's essential to recognize that the landscape is continually evolving, and factors such as geopolitical dynamics, technological advancements, and global economic trends can also influence investment patterns over time.

 

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