"The High Growth Africa Summit’s goal of teaching entrepreneurs how to build, scale, and fund high growth businesses in Africa fit perfectly with my desire to learn more about doing business in Nigeria. Although the conference’s sessions were primarily targeted to start-ups, I believe that companies of any size that have an interest in expanding or establishing a venture in Africa can benefit from many of the lessons explored over the two-day event."
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"It was 2013 in Barcelona that I first experienced deep fascination for a physical place in space and time. Here we go again! This time, I think I am falling in love! Kenya’s intricate blend of simplicity, splendor, dysfunction, and potential has captivated and provoked my heart in ways words cannot truly describe. I am humbled by my discoveries living in Nairobi and visiting other towns and municipalities including Mwingi, Makindu, Thika, Embu, Meru, Isiolo, Mwea, Malindi, and Watamu."
"That was the phrase that was designed onto the Printivo-branded mug that I received on my first day of work. The phrase is ironic because— and you would figure this out quickly if you’ve ever attempted to do business in Nigeria— it is nearly impossible to get anything done in this country."
"'Lagos is crazy,' 'the traffic is insane,' 'don't be scared when you arrive at the airport,' 'don't walk the streets alone' ...these were just some of the pre-departure warnings. Once I arrived, everything made sense. There was no shortage of heavily armed guards, who didn't hesitate to demand money, simply for pointing you in the direction of baggage claim. The scene was colorful and hectic. Lawless, even. Welcome to Lagos."
"On the second day in the office I had a two-hour sit-down meeting with Zouera Youssoufou, CEO and Managing Director of the Dangote Foundation, where we discussed everything from the current state of the foundation, her vision for my role, and her vision for the foundation. During this conversation she informed me that the Foundation has traditionally been focused on nutrition but the Board of Directors would like to see more done around early education and increasing education opportunities for girls and women."
"Founded in 2014, the company works to increase food and income security to rural farmers in west Africa. They use technology to track the usage of the tractor via GPS, perform data analytics on location, plant size, seasons of planting and exact location. Additionally, farmers use SMS messaging and mobile money to request, schedule and prepay for the tractors. Not only is it an innovative company solving one of the continent's largest problems, it is also a prime example of U.S.-Africa private sector collaboration."