Category entrepreneurs

Success Story from Nigeria: Billionaire Tony Elumelu Gives Back through Investment in Young African Entrepreneurs

BONUS POST: In honor of all of the members of the Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme (TEEP) and all those active in the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), for which Mr. Elumelu serves as an adviser. Tony Onyemaechi Elumelu was born to a middle-class family in March 1963 in Jos, Nigeria. He has four siblings. Mr. […]

Success Story from Kenya: Social Entrepreneur Kennedy Odede brings Hope to Nairobi’s Slums

Kennedy Odede was born to a teenage mother in 1984. He was the oldest of eight children. Kennedy was raised in Kibera, the largest slum in Kenya’s capital city of Nairobi, and the largest urban slum in all of Africa. He recalls getting his first grey hair at age six and being alone and on […]

Success Story from Zimbabwe: Kelvin Mutize, Supporting and Promoting Africa and Africans

Kelvin “Terminator” Tinashe Mutize was born on November 24, 1986 in Harare, the capital city of Zimbabwe. The oldest of three children, Kelvin and his brothers Mallvine and Victor, witnessed their parents helping and caring for others from the earliest age. The Mutize home was constantly full, because people were always being invited in if […]

Success Story from Kenya: Collins Nakedi, Empowering Youths through Education

Collins Plimo Nakedi was born in October 1989 and raised in East Pokot, Kenya, a pastoralist community in which more than 95 percent of the people are illiterate. One of 14 children, Collins felt extremely fortunate to be the only one in his family to have the chance to go to school and get an […]

Success Story from Sudan: Dr. Mo Ibrahim Supports Good Governance and Emerging Leaders

BONUS POST Celebrating those supporting excellent leaders Mohamed “Mo” Ibrahim was born in 1946 in Sudan. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Alexandria University in Egypt, a Master’s Degree in Electronics and Electrical Engineering from the University of Bradford in the UK, and a PhD in Mobile Communications from the University […]

Success Story from Nigeria: Chinenye Sarah Ogoko is Empowering Young Rural Women

Chinenye “Nenye” “Cha-Cha” Sarah Ogoko was born the second of five children in March 1992 in Owerri, the capital of Imo State in southern Nigeria. She attended God’s Time Nursery and Primary School in Nnewi Anambra State and graduated from Bishop Lasbrey Girls Secondary School in Owerri in 2008. As a youth her father inspired […]

Success Story from Namibia: Heinrich Hafeni’s Social Entrepreneurship

Heinrich Hafeni Nghidipaya was born 33 years ago in Swakopmund, just north of the city of Walvis Bay, Namibia. The first born of five children, he was raised by his single mother, a domestic worker, and his grandmother. As Heinrich grew up he became increasingly impressed and inspired by his mother. Although she had little […]