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One of the reasons I don’t honour lots of speaking engagements in Nigeria is the hassle of road travel

  Spent over 2 hours stuck around Sango road this morning due to a combination of very bad roads, yesterday’s rain and Dangote’s trucks. ( I am sure if Dangote’s trucks were removed from the roads for just a single … Continue reading

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This is Lagos!

You start the day unusually very early only to get stuck for an hour on the third mainland bridge. You barely make it in time for your meeting to pitch the Afropreneurs Fund to an institutional investor. You come out … Continue reading

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As another year rolls by…

As another year rolls by, it is tempting to remember the missed opportunities, the rejected proposals, the unmet goals, and the many things that didn’t go according to plan this year. However, that would be losing sight of the important … Continue reading

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Goodbye Calestous Juma

Sad to hear of the passing of an icon in the African technology and innovation space. Prof Juma was one of the few who was able to bridge the gap between academia and practice when it came to issues of … Continue reading

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The Afropreneur: From Abuja to Kaduna by Rail

For someone who has very low expectations of public service in Nigeria, I must say I was very pleasantly surprised by my experience today traveling from Abuja to Kaduna by rail. When I was informed yesterday of the need to … Continue reading

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Africa’s footprints in the digital age

Please join me this Wednesday at the University of Ibadan for what promises to be a provoking discussion on Africa’s footprints in the digital age and the role of our institutions. Excerpts below.

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Portfolio Company- Flutterwave raises $10.3m in Series A Funding to change payments in Africa- A trip down the lane with Iyin

As the media is  filled with news of Flutterwave’s recent Series A raise, I think back to the journey over the past six years with Flutterwave’s founder, the boldly audacious Iyin Aboyeji.  I first met Iyin Aboyeji sometimes in 2010/2011 … Continue reading

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Lasgidi- Lagos, the Home of Hustle

I have spent the greater part of the last six months in and out of Lagos working on old and new hustles. It’s a city I have grown to love and hate in almost equal measures. Attractive as it is … Continue reading

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Overcoming the Fear of Growth

“There will never be a perfect time to do something that stretches you. That’s true whether you are starting a marriage, having your first child, changing careers, or wrestling with any number of challenging goals. That’s not a license to … Continue reading

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Dying Slowly

By Martha Medeiros You start dying slowly if you do not travel, if you do not read, If you do not listen to the sounds of life, If you do not appreciate yourself. You start dying slowly When you kill … Continue reading

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Balancing Contentment and Ambition

We all struggle with being content with what we have achieved, and yet not falling into the zone of complacency. There is always the danger that desiring to achieve more may leave you unhappy with what you have already achieved. … Continue reading

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How not to respond to Ebola- Idris Bello for CNN

  Editor’s note: Idris Ayodeji Bello is a Houston-based entrepreneur and global health advocate. The views expressed are his own. (CNN) — There is no word more reviled in America than “Ebola,” especially since the death of Thomas Eric Duncan, … Continue reading

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Ebola in the US: Are we letting fear win?

http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/ebola-in-the-us-are-we-letting-fear-win-9814193.html As it is my usual practice after work, I went to the gym on October 1, 2014. This being a gym I frequent, I am known well to the gym’s staff. On this fateful day, I was met at … Continue reading

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Navarro College; Stop Ebola, Stop Stigmatization!

Listen to my Radio France Interview below: Unless you live under a rock, you are probably aware of the ongoing Ebola epidemic  which has affected multiple countries, with some having widespread transmission (Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone), and some with … Continue reading

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Featured in August 2014 Vanity Fair Magazine ‘Spotlight on African Entrepreneurs’

http://www.vanityfair.com/business/2014/08/harambe-entrepreneur-alliance-africa-startups Harambee is Swahili for “Let’s pull together.” And the flourishing Harambe Entrepreneur Alliance lives up to its credo. The brainchild of 31-year-old Okendo Lewis-Gayle (second from left)—born in Costa Rica, raised in Italy, educated at Southern New Hampshire University—the organization targets African-born … Continue reading

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