Connecting Africa's fastest-growing businesses to the Diaspora. Through each episode, I am telling the stories of African founders worldwide and exploring themes that are important to us as Africans in the diaspora. You can sign up to The Diaspora Talks Newsletter where I am sharing weekly news bites on the latest in tech, startups and business in Africa - https://mailchi.mp/0a565d01c62b/diaspora-talks-newsletter-subscribers. You can also find me on Instagram and Twitter @annetteabena - let's connect!
In this episode, I'm joined by Gerrad Olisa-Ashar the co-founder of the Diaspora Angel Network (DAN) a UK based business angel network of Angel Investors who live in the diaspora but want to engage in the burgeoning African startup ecosystem. Many of us in the diaspora are keen to invest in Africa. The challenge for us is - How? In Africa. We discuss angel investing in Africa and the role individuals in the diaspora could play as angel investors in Africa's promising tech ecosystem.
In this episode, I'm joined by Benjamin Fernandes Founder and CEO of NALA Money a new kind of money transfer for Africans worldwide.
Born in Tanzania, Benji became the first Tanzanian to attend Standford Graduate School of business but in 2017 to the surprise of many, he returned to Tanzania to build NALA. We discuss making the decision to 'return home', rejections and restarts + more.
Insure Tech Africa
In this episode I'm joined by Ann-Elise Francis, Head of Growth at Turaco an insure tech startup founded in 2018, providing simple and affordable medical cover to underserved and unserved communities currently in Kenya and Uganda.
Born in Jamaica and raised in New York, Ann-Elise has taken a somewhat untraditional route into tech in Africa with a non-technical, public sector background. We talk about her life and career transition from New York to East Africa, how Turaco is providing micro-insurance to hundreds of Ugandans and Kenyans + more.
In this episode, I'm joined by Tiffanie Anderson Founder of Away To Africa a destination management company dedicated to providing guided, cultural tours throughout selected countries in Africa.
Tiffanie a practising lawyer of Jamaican heritage started Away To Africa to share an alternative experience to travel in Africa beyond the safaris in collaboration with local SMEs. Here, we discuss how she has navigated the tourism industry as a diaspora founder, how the global pandemic has impacted her business + more.
In this episode, I'm joined by Afua Osei Co-founder of She Leads Africa, a digital lifestyle platform for millennial multicultural women and Partnerships Strategist helping digital entrepreneurs scale.
Born in the DMV to Ghanaian parents Afua has lived, worked and built a business in Nigeria. Here she shares her top tips for digital entrepreneurs who want to scale their businesses with corporate clients, individuals in the diaspora on building businesses in Africa and more.
The AfCFTA Breakdown
In this episode, I'm exploring the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) alongside Maudo Jallow Associate for the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change (TBI) and formally International Development Expert for the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO).
What is the AfCFTA? What does it mean for African economies and people? What are the potential challenges and opportunities for entrepreneurs?
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