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10 African Entrepreneurs to Watch in 2015
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  • Being an entrepreneur, it sounds amazing doesnt
    it? In theory, entrepreneurship sounds awesome.
    Youre in control of you own destiny, working
    hours, and you can work from anywhere in the
    world.

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  • But as any entrepreneur will tell you, starting
    your own business can be a scary, lonely and a
    personally demanding experience. All risk and
    responsibility is firmly placed on your
    shoulders. You can either buckle under the
    pressure or become stronger with the weight of
    expectation.

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  • With limited resources, and often inadequate
    infrastructure, the entrepreneurial journey can
    be even more challenging for African
    entrepreneurs who must harbor the true spirit of
    entrepreneurship by being extremely resourceful
    and innovative in their approach.

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  • During the last decade, Africa has become one of
    the hottest spots for business investments. The
    continent boasts and hosts some of the best
    entrepreneurial minds in the world. These
    visionaries and game changers are creating
    enterprises that will lead the way for Africas
    future.
  • In no particular order, here are my pick of 10
    African entrepreneurs to Watch in 2015.

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1. Tebogo Ditshego, South Africa
  • Founder, Ditshego MediaLast year, Forbes
    Magazine listed him as one of the Top 30
    Entrepreneurs under 30. He is the CEO of Ditshego
    Media, which is one of the few large black owned
    PR firms in Africa. Justine, Vodacom and O.R.
    Tambo International Airport are some of the most
    prestigious clients of his firm. Ditshego is also
    the Chairman of the South African Reading
    Foundation.

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2. Opeyemi Awoyemi, Olalekan Olude Ayodeji
Adewunmi, Nigeria
  • Founders, JobbermanThe trio founded Jobberman,
    Nigerias single largest job placement website.
    Jobberman went live in August 2009. The number of
    companies using the site to find employees has
    grown from about 40 in 2009 to some 35,000 today.

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  • Through simple, yet cutting-edge technology,
    Jobberman helps link qualified personnel to the
    right job opportunities. Although the company is
    firmly established in Nigeria and Ghana, huge
    growth is anticipated in 2015, which will see
    them establish their brand throughout Africa.

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3. Ludwick Marishane, South Africa
  • In 2011, he was named by Google as one of the
    twelve brightest young minds in the
    world.Founder, Headboy Industries Inc.Ludwick
    invented the product named DryBath which is
    designed to change sanitation in poverty-stricken
    regions. He invented it when only 17 years old
    and quickly patented it thus becoming the
    youngest patent filer in South Africa. Today, he
    is the founder of Headboy Industries.

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  • He is a Bachelor of Business Science and has done
    a major in Finance Accounting frm the
    prestigious University of Cape Town. In the year
    2011, at the Global Champion of the Global
    Student Entrepreneurs Awards, he was adjudged the
    best student entrepreneur on the globe.

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4. Ashley Uys, South Africa
  • Founder, Medical DiagnostechShe is the founder
    of Medical Diagnostech, a reputed company, which
    brings out a powerful malaria test kit that is
    able to detect reportedly all malarial strains
    and suggest within ½ hour whether the treatment
    provided for malaria is effectual. The company
    develops and sells reliable and inexpensive
    medical test kits for HIV/AIDS, malaria, syphilis
    and pregnancy for the poor people in the rural
    areas of Africa.5

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5. Senai Wolderufael, Ethiopia
  • Founder, Feed Green Ethiopia ExportsSenai is the
    founder of the Addis Ababa-based outfit Feed
    Green Ethiopia Exports Company, which is into
    the manufacturing and exporting of famous spice
    blends in Ethiopia such as Berbere, Korarima,
    Mitmita and Shiro.

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  • The firm was launched in 2012 to serve mainly to
    the needs of Ethiopians in the Europe and the
    U.S, but with significantly growing demand for
    Ethiopian spices, the company also began to
    export to new markets inside Africa. Only women
    are employed in this company.

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6. Christian Ngan, Cameroon
  • Founder, Madlyn CazalisChristian is the founder
    of the Madlyn Cazalis, an African company that
    sells handcrafted bio-cosmetic items and is into
    the production of soaps, masks, scrubs, creams,
    natural lotions and body oils.

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  • The products of the firm are sold and distributed
    across over thirty chemist stores, retail outlets
    and beauty institutes in Cameroon as well as
    other adjacent nations in Central Africa. Ngan
    has also founded a miniscule financial advisory
    firm, named GoldskyPartners Advisory, in
    Cameroon.

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7. Ronak Shah, Kenya
  • Founder, Kronex ChemicalsRonak is the founder of
    Kronex Chemicals Ltd, which is a fast-growing
    producer of affordable home cleaning products.
    Ronak founded the company in January 2013 and it
    manufactures 2 items a multi-purpose detergent
    and a dishwashing liquid. The products are
    enjoying an increasing demand in the lower
    middle-class of Kenya.

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8. Winifred Selby, Ghana
  • Founder, AfroCentric BambooSelby, a Ghanaian
    national, is the founder of Afrocentric Bamboo
    Limited, a company that manufactures and markets
    bicycles made from bamboo. Afrocentric Bamboo
    bicycles are produced exclusively for the local
    market and are priced at 100. Selby is a
    finalist of the 2014 Cartier Womens Initiative
    Award.

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9. Femi Oye, Nigeria
  • Founder and CEO, Green Energy and BiofuelsHe is
    also the Co-Founder/CEO of SMEFUNDS and recipient
    of World Youth Leaders Award, Renewable Energy
    Senator, Conference speaker, IT visionary,
    Business and Social Entrepreneur.  His biggest
    venture Green Energy Biofuels currently has
    approximately 1.5 million USD available from a
    4 million Series A equity round. Femi is
    currently leading the way in providing
    alternative energy for the active working
    population in Africa

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10. Simeon Ononobi, Nigeria
  • Founder, SimplePaySimeon is the founder of
    SimplePay Payment Gateway, which allows any
    business or consumer with an email address to
    securely, conveniently, and cost-effectively send
    and receive payments online.  SimplePay has
    recently received funding from Seedstars, a Swiss
    based Venture Capital Firm, so expect huge growth
    from this company in 2015, which will further
    highlight and confirm Simeons credentials as a
    technology entrepreneur.

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  • Ive shared 10 African entrepreneurs who will
    stand out in 2015.  Use these people as
    inspiration to achieve your own entrepreneurial
    dreams
  • Do you agree with this list? Are there any
    entrepreneurs that you think we have missed out,
    and should be on the list?

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