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Did you know?

1. No African country names begin with the letters F, H, I, J, O, P, Q, V, W, X, or Y.

2. Africa is surrounded by water but by definition Africa is not an island because Africa is a continent.

3. African tech startups raise billions of dollars annually, seven African start-ups were included in the World Economic Forum 2021 cohort of 100 Technology Pioneers.

Quotes from Five Inspiring African Business Leaders

Quotes from Five Inspiring African Business Leaders

Quotes from Five Inspiring African Business Leaders

“You stay divided; you stay backwards Africa” – Dr. Mo Ibrahim

"In whatever you do, strive to be the best at it." – Aliko Dangote

"Balance is important in life." - Stephen Saad

"Man cannot live by bread alone, which is correct, but man can also not live without bread." – Patrice Motsepe

"You need to go into the kind of business that suits your lifestyle, interests and passion so that you enjoy what you are doing." -Sudhir Ruparelia


“You stay divided; you stay backwards Africa” – Dr. Mo Ibrahim
Dr. Mohammed "Mo" Ibrahim

Dr. Mohammed "Mo" Ibrahim

“You stay divided; you stay backwards Africa” – Dr. Mo Ibrahim

Mohammed Ibrahim is a Sudanese mobile communications entrepreneur who sold his company Celtel for over 2 billion dollars. According to the foundation's website, “The Mo Ibrahim Foundation was established in 2006 with a focus on the critical importance of leadership and governance in Africa. By providing tools to support progress in leadership and governance, the Foundation aims to promote meaningful change on the continent.

"Intimidation, harassment and violence have no place in a democracy." - Dr. Mo Ibrahim

Aliko Dangote


“In Africa, as you're being successful and doing things right, you're also creating a lot of enemies.” -Aliko Dangote
Aliko Dangote
“In Africa, as you're being successful and doing things right, you're also creating a lot of enemies.” -Aliko Dangote

Nigeria’s Aliko Dangote is an industrialist currently worth $20 billion. He founded the Dangote Group which controls much of Nigeria’s commodities trade. This business magnate and philanthropist referred to as ‘‘the golden child of Nigerian business circle’’ once drove a taxi cab on the streets of London to fund his education.

"In whatever you do, strive to be the best at it." – Aliko Dangote

Stephen Saad


"Balance is important in life." -Stephen Saad
Stephen Saad
"In life, you don’t get anywhere or do anything you hope to without some sort of sacrifice." -Stephen Saad

Stephen Saad is a South African billionaire whose net worth is estimated at $2.7 billion. In 2007, he was the co-founder of Aspen Pharmacare, South Africa’s leading publicly-traded drug manufacturer on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. Saad became a millionaire at age 29 after he sold his share in the drug business Covan Zurich for $3 million.

"Balance is important in life." - Stephen Saad

Patrice Motsepe


"Man cannot live by bread alone, which is correct, but man can also not live without bread." – Patrice Motsepe
Patrice Motsepe
"One has to set high standards… I can never be happy with a mediocre performance." – Patrice Motsepe

Patrice Motsepe is a South African mining magnate who has a net worth of $2.1 billion. Motsepe founded African Rainbow Minerals, a publicly traded mining conglomerate with interests in platinum, nickel, chrome, iron, manganese, coal, copper and gold.

"Man cannot live by bread alone, which is correct, but man can also not live without bread." – Patrice Motsepe 

Sudhir Ruparelia


"You need to go into the kind of business that suits your lifestyle, interests and passion so that you enjoy what you are doing." -Sudhir Ruparelia
Sudhir Ruparelia
"You need to go into the kind of business that suits your lifestyle, interests and passion so that you enjoy what you are doing." -Sudhir Ruparelia

Sudhir Ruparelia is a Ugandan property and banking entrepreneur. In 2012, he was reported to be one of the wealthiest people in East Africa and in November 2013, he was reported to be the 24th wealthiest individual in Africa with an estimated net worth of $1.1 billion.

"Young people always want to rush things. They want to see growth and success immediately which can’t be the case. In many cases, when you rush at the beginning, your success will be short- lived and you are very likely to fail in the long run. You are actually better off starting out slowly and building a strong business foundation which will guarantee you long-term success." - Sudhir Ruparelia



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Africa is surrounded by water but is not an island, here are a few African Island facts.

Madagascar is the 4th large island in the world and is located in the Indian Ocean supporting a unique biology, about 90% of its plants and animals are found nowhere else on earth.

Composed of 155 islands, Seychelles is Africa's smallest country. By far the largest island is Mahe, home to about 90% of the population and the site of its capital city of Victoria.

Cabo Verde has a strategic location 310 miles or 500 km from the west coast of Africa near major north-south sea routes; important communications station; important sea and air refueling site.

Africa is surrounded by water but by definition Africa is not an island because Africa is a continent. Continents can not be considered islands because of their size and also by historic definition since many people who study geography define islands and continents as two different things.

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