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Sunday, 24 November 2013
10 Successful African Entrepreneurs To Follow On Twitter
Only a tiny handful of Africa’s most successful entrepreneurs and business leaders have embraced Twitter, using the micro blogging platform to share business advice, personal experiences, news updates, opinions and lunch pictures; but mostly words of wisdom.
These 10 Tweeters are all highly accomplished African entrepreneurs. Follow them, retweet them, and learn from their wisdom.
Strive Masiyiwa is the founder of Econet Wireless, a leading mobile telecommunications service provider in Africa. Masiyiwa is also a co-founder of the Carbon War Room, which accelerates the adoption of business solutions that reduce carbon emissions at gigaton scale and advance the low-carbon economy. Masiyiwa ranked 32nd on the latest FORBES list of the 50 Richest Africans with a fortune estimated at $600 million. Masiyiwa tweets a lot about how to attain success in business and in life. He also tweets about the importance of ethics in business.
The Africapitalist. Elumelu acquired a floundering Nigerian commercial bank and transformed it into UBA Group, a large Pan-African financial services behemoth spanning 20 African countries. Through his Tony Elumelu Foundation, he grooms Africa’s next generation of business leaders. Among other things, Elumelu muses on Twitter about Africa’s infrastructural challenges and his plans to fix them. He also shares news stories relating to African business, suggests books to read on investment and development and once in a while delivers tips on how to succeed in business and in life.
The 32 year-old entrepreneur is the founder of Mara Group, a Pan-African conglomerate with interests in internet, telecom and communications, property, manufacturing and finance. Thakkar regularly tweets links to Africa-focused news articles.
Vimal Shah of Kenya is CEO of Bidco Oil Refineries, the largest manufacturer of edible oils in the East African region. He shares with his father and brother a fortune that Forbes pegs at $1.6 billion. Shah tweets a lot of inspirational quotes from successful philosophers, thinkers and business leaders.
Kirubi is the founder of Tiger Haco Industries, Kenya’s leading producer of fast moving consumer goods. He also co-owns is the largest controlling shareholder in private equity firm Centum. He takes to Twitter to share important Kenyan news, success and life lessons with Kenya’s young folk and muse about socio-political affairs in the country.
Mengi is the founder of IPP Group, Tanzania’s largest media conglomerate. He tweets mostly in Swahili, commenting on issues of socio-political relevance in Tanzania and condemning corruption, which apparently is on the rise in the East African country.
Aluko is a cofounder of Atlantic Energy, a Nigerian oil exploration company. He is also a cofounder of the Made In Africa Foundation, which raises funds for infrastructure investments in Africa. He shares news articles and opinion pieces relating to African infrastructure.
Dewji is the CEO of Tanzania’s METL, a leading conglomerate with interests in manufacturing and distribution. He takes to Twitter to tweet business success quotes, links to stories about African business and comments about Tanzania’s economy and politics.
Njeri Rionge is one of Kenya’s most successful businesswomen. She is a cofounder of Wananchi Group, an Internet service provider which has gone on to become East Africa’s leading cable, broadband and IP (Internet-based) Phone Company. She tweets a lot about Christian spirituality and management success.
The 25 year-old Kenyan venture capitalist is the founder of DSGVenCap, a firm that makes seed investments in the tech, media, agribusiness, consumer and hospitality industries. Heshan shares business success tips and personal advice, mostly geared towards Kenya’s young folk.