Aspiring Entrepreneurs should  finish  degree before starting up a venture -Isaac Sesi, Co-Founder and CEO at Sesi Technologies

Isaac Sesi is a Ghanian born entrepreneur, engineer and a software developer passionate about leveraging technology to solve some of Africa’s most pressing problems, especially in the field of agriculture while inspiring young Africans to be innovative and solve problems too.  Sesi holds a degree in electrical and electronic engineering from KNUST, a Tony Elumelu Fellow, Next Einstein Forum finalist and  World Summit Awards National Winner. He currently, lead a team of 11 at Sesi Technologies where they are developing affordable technologies to help farmers and agribusinesses along the Agric value chain to  increase productivity and reduce losses. For now, the startup is focusing on FarmSense and GrainMate and putting the relevant structures in place to help scale up production. In the past, he have co-founded two other startups namely; Invent Electronics and GravyCode.

Here, are his advice to African future entrepreneurs;

Upcoming entrepreneurs, should not fall for the college dropout misinterpretation. They should should not drop out of school yet.

The “You don’t need a degree to be successful because Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg dropped out of school and made it“ narrative is a common example of Survivorship Bias which is causing many young people to make unwise decisions.

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The people who push this narrative focus only on the achievement, leaving out the unique details surrounding those achievements.

The disproportionate focus on the stories of the Gates and Zuckerbergs who survived without considering the stories of those who didn’t paints an incomplete picture. For every Zuckerberg who drops out and makes it, there are probably 99 other dropouts who do not make it.

A university degree does not guarantee a successful life but, it does open up opportunities for you and give you a better shot at life.

If you live in Africa, where the systems are such that you need a degree to even get one foot at the door, then getting your degree is even more important.

So, if you do find yourself in the university and you have ambitions to start your own business, unless you have a very compelling reason to drop out, finish your degree and then you can go live out your startup dream.

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Yet another huge diamond find in Africa

Lucapa Unearths 130ct. Diamond in Angola: The 130 carat diamond is the 13th +100 carat diamond recovered to date and the second recovered so far in 2019. This recovery, together with the continued recovery of other large special white and fancy coloured diamonds continues to highlight the very special nature of the Lulo diamond concession.

The 130 carat diamond adds to the current inventory of high-value large Special run-of-mine diamonds, including top colour white diamonds, weighing 128 carats and 62 carats, as well as a number of fancy pink coloured diamonds.

The majority of the diamond inventory is scheduled for sale this quarter by the alluvial mining company, Sociedade Mineira Do Lulo, however, some diamonds may be extracted and held for tender at a later date.

Lucapa is a growing diamond company with high-value mines in Angola and Lesotho, along with exploration projects in Angola, Australia and Botswana.

Lucapa’s vision is to become a leading producer of large and premium-quality diamonds – from both alluvial and kimberlite sources – in Africa and other known diamond provinces around the world.

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Mark-Anthony Johnson

 

 

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Emirates plans to grow operations in Africa as growth outperform other markets

Emirates Airline has said it sees potential for growth in Africa, with plans to increase its frequencies to some destinations including Morocco, Ghana, Senegal, Egypt, and South Africa.

Orhan Abbas, senior vice-president of commercial operations in Africa for Emirates, said Africa has been one of the strong performing markets for the carrier over the past two years, even amid challenges.

In the year ending March 31, 2019, Emirates saw a 9 per cent rise year-on-year in revenues from its operations to and from Africa, with the region registering the strongest growth compared to other markets.

The second largest growing markets in terms of revenues were the Americas, at 8 per cent, followed by Europe at 6 per cent.

Abbas said the growth in travel into and out of Africa stems from various sectors including leisure, business travel, trade, and religious travel especially for Hajj and Umrah from West Africa.

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Mark-Anthony Johnson, CEO at JIC Holdings.

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As Europe grapples with Brexit, the African Union seeks a more United States of Africa 

Since the United Kingdom voted for Brexit three years ago, the European Union has been struggling to work out a structure for its future relations with the country.

While debates about the unpredictability of economic and political relationships between the EU and Britain continue to linger, thousands of miles away, the AfricanUnion (AU) is creating a close-knit relationship among its own 55 member nations.

In 2013, the AU designed Agenda2063, a framework with set objectives to aid the socio-economic transformation of the continent over the next 50 years.

The vision is to maintain integration of Africans on the continent, according to Khabele Matlosa, the organization’s Director of political affairs.

“The goal is to realise the union of an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa driven by its own citizens,”

One of the ways the union is doing this is through the proposed launch of a continental passport known as the AU passport.

The passport will grant visa free access to every member state so Africans can move freely across the continent.

Presently, only Seychelles and Benin have no visa restrictions for Africa travelers. Read more via https://lnkd.in/d6dtQ5G

 

Mark-Anthony Johnson, CEO at JIC Holdings. Continue reading “As Europe grapples with Brexit, the African Union seeks a more United States of Africa “

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Africasokoni is redefining online shopping in Africa

AFRICASOKONI is redefining online shopping in Africa

Africasokoni is a keyan online shopping company and fiercely Pan-African. They believe that Africa must do business with itself as well as with the world, but on its terms.

How is Africasokoni redefining online shopping in Africa ?

Africasokoni seeks to deliberately give agency and control back to the African, be he or she the buyer or the seller.

Here’s the thing:

Africasokoni know Africa because it is an African company. The challenges of condescending vendor support, or unreliable order fulfillment and delivery for buyers are ones they understand intimately, having been online shoppers in Africa.

For buyers, they seek to create a seamless, natural, and super easy online shopping experience that will ensure that what you order is what you get. Delivery will be on time and customer care will support the buyer all the way through the relatively short and easy shopping process.

For the vendors, they undertake to offer a new reality between marketplaces and sellers. We will relate with respect and professionalism.

Visit AFRICASOKONI today via https://www.africasokoni.co.ke/

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