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Here you can listen to interviews with changemakers in Africa and tales from a road trip through 20 African countries from Morocco to South Africa on an electric motorbike

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Here you can listen to interviews with changemakers in Africa and tales from a road trip through 20 African countries from Morocco to South Africa on an electric motorbike

    Cofundie: Crowdfunding affordable homes built with alternative materials

    Cofundie: Crowdfunding affordable homes built with alternative materials

    In this episode meet Chukwuemeka Ndukwe, co-founder of Cofundie, a real estate platform operating in Ghana and Nigeria. When we interviewed Emeka back in 2019 they were just about to fund their first project and deliver their proof of concept for crowdfunding real estate projects implemented with alternative materials such as rammed earth.


    In the interview Emeka shares:


    Why traditional real estate investors in West Africa aren't meeting the housing need and why he moved back in with his parents after collegeHow he combined becoming an entrepreneur and formal skill acquisition and how that has helped his companyAnd why before launching Cofundie he interviewed and talked with about a thousand people about what they wanted to do

    We also talked about what his advice for young Nigerians is and why helping others to generate more income was a key takeaway he had learned that helped him to build Cofundie.


    Of course, since our interview Cofundie has come a long way and expanded its services from crowdfunding property deals to managing units across marketplaces such as Airbnb, Booking.com and Expedia as well as property management services.


    There is a lot of gold in this interview from the beginning times of Cofundie and I hope you enjoy this interview as much as we did.


    And now, without further ado, enter Emeka.

    • 35 min
    Eat.Drink.Lagos: From Food Blog, to Festival to Event Tech Company with Nosa and Folayemi

    Eat.Drink.Lagos: From Food Blog, to Festival to Event Tech Company with Nosa and Folayemi

    In this episode, meet  Nosa Oyegun and Folayemi Agusto, the Co- Founders of EatDrinkLagos, a food website that allows residents and visitors in Lagos to find places to eat and drink, and find information about Nigerian food, including restaurant reviews and articles.


    Eat Drink Lagos also organizes food festivals  in Lagos and Abuja that promote culinary talents such as mixologists, bartenders, professional and hobby chefs and they created an event ticketing system called tix.africa that is specifically tailored for small businesses after they noticed how cumbersome it was to sell tickets for their events.


    In the interview Nosa and Folly share:


    How they transitioned from 9 to 5 into running their own businessHow the business has evolved from a simple media website, to an event business and then an event tech companyAnd what challenges they faced on their journey.  

    They also talk about the strategies that they used to  finance their venture and what their advice for young Nigerians is. 


    There is a lot of gold in this interview and we hope you enjoy it as much as we did. 

    • 31 min
    WeMove Technologies: Building Technology for Transportation in Nigeria with Chima Ezeokoye

    WeMove Technologies: Building Technology for Transportation in Nigeria with Chima Ezeokoye

    In this episode, meet Chima Ezeokoye, co-founder at WeMove Technologies, a Tech Startup Building Solutions for Mobility and Transportation in Nigeria, including the possibility to hire agricultural equipment, cars, busses, trucks etc.


    In the interview Chima shares...


    What his personal learning journey was from his first beginnings in business to becoming co-founder of the startup.How the idea for WeMove Technologies was piloted by his co-founder after a friend requested transport from him to move family to another state for a weddingWhat challenges the business faced and overcame

    And what his advice to young Nigerians is.


    He also shares why he describes himself as the guy that goes around, shakes peoples hands and smiles and how pricing happens on the WeMove platform.


    There is a lot of gold in this interview and we hope you enjoy it as much as we did. And now without further ado, enter Chima Ezeokoye.

    • 31 min
    IndiLang: Creating an indiginous content platform for children with Zamaswazi Mfusi

    IndiLang: Creating an indiginous content platform for children with Zamaswazi Mfusi

    In this episode meet Zamaswazi Mfusi the founder of IndiLang, a platform for delivering indigenous content tailored to African children.


    In the interview we did with Zamaswazi Mfusi, she shares:


    what inspired her to create content for children on the African continentwhat challenges she faced in launching her projectand what her advice to young South Africans is

    She also shares how she tapped into her network for support and enlisted the help of the talent within her community to get momentum. We hope you enjoy this interview and now, without further ado, enter Zamaswazi Mfusi. 

    • 45 min
    Bjorn Wiedow - Teaching Youth Coding, Design & Digital Fabrication with ROBOT School Namibia

    Bjorn Wiedow - Teaching Youth Coding, Design & Digital Fabrication with ROBOT School Namibia

    In this episode, meet Bjorn Wiedow, the co-founder of ROBOT School Namibia. So at the ROBOT school Namibia the from about eight year olds are being taught the the curriculum from university in software, coding, design, robotics and digital fabrication.


    In the interview Bjorn shares:


    - How the Robotschool business model works and how they came up with the idea


    - How they launched the business


    - And why he would prioritize practical experience of a university degree


    He also shares how they marketed the idea differently to parents and teachers vs. the kids and what his advice for young Namibians is.


    There is a lot of good stuff in this interview and we hope you enjoy it as much as we did. And now, without further ado, enter Bjorn Wiedow.

    • 31 min
    Sizwe Cele: Building things and solving problems around transportation and internet access in South Africa with Khomba and Socly

    Sizwe Cele: Building things and solving problems around transportation and internet access in South Africa with Khomba and Socly

    In this episode, meet Sizwe Cele, the co-founder of Khomba, a startup tackling the optimization of transportation with mini busses in South Africa. More than anything Sizwe seems to love to build products and solutions for all sorts of problems he comes across.


    In his early twenties, he built a product to lend out heavy machinery that sits idle. He built an app for schools. And a host of other things. Even though he was excited about these products, getting someone to pay for them or use them often proved a challenge. So for some time he dedicated himself to building a digital agency before going back to building tech solutions.


    In the interview Sizwe shares:


    Why in his mid twenties, he downgraded, moved back in with his parents and refused to do anything except things he was passionate aboutHow him and his co-founder started working on Khomba and developed a deep understanding of the complexities of the mini bus transportation market in South AfricaHow to attract amazing talent to your startup or project

    ...and what his advice for young South Africans is. He also shares about how he gets to work and connect with anyone he wants to work with and how he manages his time, working on several projects in parallel.


    We hope you enjoy this interview as much as we did. And now, without further ado, enter Sizwe Cele.

    • 36 min

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