112 episodes

Terser Adamu, who is an Africa Business Strategist, International Trade Adviser, and Director at ETK Group, hosts the award-nominated Unlocking Africa Podcast. During each episode he shares his thoughts on how to unlock Africa’s economic potential in the 21st century. This is delivered through engaging and thought-provoking discussions with innovators, entrepreneurs, investors, policymakers, and business leaders who are unlocking Africa’s economic potential. Whether you're a business leader, an aspiring entrepreneur, have a comfortable side hustle, or want to take your business to the next level, each episode is jam-packed with information and insight that will enable you to take immediate action and implement key strategies to successfully launch and grow your business in Africa.

Unlocking Africa Terser Adamu

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Terser Adamu, who is an Africa Business Strategist, International Trade Adviser, and Director at ETK Group, hosts the award-nominated Unlocking Africa Podcast. During each episode he shares his thoughts on how to unlock Africa’s economic potential in the 21st century. This is delivered through engaging and thought-provoking discussions with innovators, entrepreneurs, investors, policymakers, and business leaders who are unlocking Africa’s economic potential. Whether you're a business leader, an aspiring entrepreneur, have a comfortable side hustle, or want to take your business to the next level, each episode is jam-packed with information and insight that will enable you to take immediate action and implement key strategies to successfully launch and grow your business in Africa.

    Preparing for Tomorrow: Training the Next Generation of Africa-Focused International Trade Professionals with Marco Forgione

    Preparing for Tomorrow: Training the Next Generation of Africa-Focused International Trade Professionals with Marco Forgione

    Episode 111 with Marco Forgione who is the Director General of The Institute of Export and International Trade, which is a professional membership body representing and supporting the interests of everyone involved in importing, exporting and international trade.

    The Institute of Export & International Trade (IOE&IT) recently launched its expansion into Africa with the opening of its first office in Nairobi, Kenya, in July 2023.

    IOE&IT has developed and delivered training, education, and consulting services for the entire African continent. These services cover the unique and specific aspects of both Africa’s trade with the rest of the world and intra-continental commerce.

    What We Discuss With Marco Forgione
    Which African markets have you identified as having huge trade opportunities?What strategies do you think can be used to enhance trade relationships between the UK and African nations?What value do you believe the Institute can provide to companies looking to engage with African markets and economies?How do you believe the qualifications and training that you offer prepare businesses for the changing dynamics of international trade, particularly in Africa?How do you believe these resources can better equip and contribute to the development of international trade professionals in Africa?Full show notes and resources can be found here: Unlocking Africa show notes

    Did you miss my previous episode where I discuss How Government and Healthtech Partnerships Are Digitally Transforming Healthcare Supply Chains in Africa? Make sure to check it out!

    Like this show? Please leave us a review here -- even one sentence helps!

    Connect with Terser on LinkedIn at Terser Adamu, and Twitter (X) @TerserAdamu

    Connect with Marco on LinkedIn at Marco Forgione, and Twitter (X) @marco4gione
    Support the showDo you want to do business in Africa? Explore the vast business opportunities in African markets and increase your success with ETK Group.

    Connect with us at www.etkgroup.co.uk or reach out via email at info@etkgroup.co.uk

    • 41 min
    How Government and Healthtech Partnerships Are Digitally Transforming Healthcare Supply Chains in Africa With Yomi Kazeem and Jessica Vernon

    How Government and Healthtech Partnerships Are Digitally Transforming Healthcare Supply Chains in Africa With Yomi Kazeem and Jessica Vernon

    Episode 110 with Yomi Kazeem, from Salient Advisory, which is a healthcare consulting firm that tracks innovations in African health tech, and Jessica Vernon, CEO and Founder of Maisha Meds, which is a company that has created the first and largest network of private pharmacies and clinics in East Africa through a mobile app that delivers subsidised care.

    Salient Advisory produces comprehensive reports, delving into African health technology trends and facilitating partnerships, aiming for a future where healthcare products are more accessible. Their research has been featured by CNBC, Quartz, Bloomberg, the Stanford Social Innovation Review, Devex, the Centre for Global Development, and more.

    What We Discuss With Yomi Kazeem and Jessica Vernon
    What motivated Salient Advisory to focus on innovations in health product distribution in Africa, particularly concerning government partnerships with health tech innovators?Could you provide specific examples from your Market Intelligence Report that highlight the successful impact of government partnerships with health tech platforms in Africa?What were the specific challenges that African health supply chains faced before the introduction of digital solutions and partnerships?The report highlights that government partnerships have facilitated the democratization of digital orders. How has this democratization positively impacted healthcare accessibility in rural areas?The report indicates that many innovators prioritise healthcare supply chain data analytics. How do these analytics improve the efficiency and effectiveness of supply chain processes in Africa?Full show notes and resources can be found here: Unlocking Africa show notes

    Did you miss my previous episode where I discuss Insuring Africa's Future: Expanding Affordable Insurance Coverage Across Africa with Ted Pantone? Make sure to check it out!

    Like this show? Please leave us a review here -- even one sentence helps!

    Connect with Terser on LinkedIn at TerserAdamu, and Twitter @TerserAdamu

    Connect with Yomi  on LinkedIn at Yomi Kazeem, and Twitter

    Connect with Jessica  on LinkedIn at Jessica Vernon, and Twitter @TheYomiKazeem
    Support the showDo you want to do business in Africa? Explore the vast business opportunities in African markets and increase your success with ETK Group.

    Connect with us at www.etkgroup.co.uk or reach out via email at info@etkgroup.co.uk

    • 55 min
    Insuring Africa's Future: Expanding Affordable Insurance Coverage Across Africa with Ted Pantone

    Insuring Africa's Future: Expanding Affordable Insurance Coverage Across Africa with Ted Pantone

    Episode 109 with Ted Pantone, a dynamic startup leader with a relentless drive to achieve results, boasts a proven track record of guiding young businesses and entrepreneurial teams towards success. With the launch of four startups under his belt, he has secured over $20 million in funding and has actively invested in over 50 businesses.

    Additionally, Ted serves as the co-founder and CEO of Turaco, a pioneering venture revolutionising healthcare financing in emerging markets. Recognising the dire need for accessible insurance products and financing options among consumers in these regions, Turaco has devised streamlined insurance solutions, distributed through mobile technology, to effectively address the healthcare financing challenges faced by customers in these markets.

    What We Discuss With Ted Pantone
    How did you identify there was a gap in the market for what you wanted to offer?The insurance penetration rate in Africa is just 3%. What challenges and opportunities do you see for disrupting the insurance industry on the continent?Turaco aims to insure over 1 billion lives in Africa. What steps is the company taking to scale its operations?Turaco sells health insurance for as low as $0.5 per month. How do you ensure the affordability of your products while maintaining financial sustainability for the company?Turaco recently acquired MicroEnsure in Ghana. How does this acquisition contribute to Turaco's overall strategy, and what advantages does it bring to the company's mission?Full show notes and resources can be found here: Unlocking Africa show notes

    Did you miss my previous episode where I discuss Empowering Africa: Saving Lives and Livelihoods by Strengthening Africa’s Public Health Systems with Julie Gichuru? Make sure to check it out!

    Like this show? Please leave us a review here -- even one sentence helps!

    Connect with Terser on LinkedIn at TerserAdamu, and Twitter @TerserAdamu

    Connect with Ted on LinkedIn at Ted Pantone, and Twitter @tedpantone
    Support the showDo you want to do business in Africa? Explore the vast business opportunities in African markets and increase your success with ETK Group.

    Connect with us at www.etkgroup.co.uk or reach out via email at info@etkgroup.co.uk

    • 48 min
    Empowering Africa: Saving Lives and Livelihoods by Strengthening Africa’s Public Health Systems with Julie Gichuru

    Empowering Africa: Saving Lives and Livelihoods by Strengthening Africa’s Public Health Systems with Julie Gichuru

    Episode 108 with Julie Gichuru who is the Chief Public Affairs and Communications Officer at the Mastercard Foundation, overseeing corporate, programmatic, policy, and thought leadership communications with a team spanning Africa and Canada.

    The Mastercard Foundation works with visionary organisations to enable young people in Africa and Indigenous communities in Canada to access dignified and fulfilling work.

    Mastercard Foundation wants a world where young people are included and are thriving, and their leadership and contributions matter. A future where young people are driving transformative change and achieving their full potential.

    What We Discuss With Julie Gichuru
    Elaborate on your role at Mastercard Foundation and the key areas you oversee, such as corporate, programmatic, policy, and thought leadership communications.Since you’ve been involved in the social development space in Africa, how have you seen it develop?What more can be done to further progress the development space in Africa? What are the biggest challenges that the social development space currently faces in Africa, and how have you seen the Mastercard Foundation overcome these challenges?Can you elaborate on the goals and strategies of Saving Lives & Livelihoods, especially in terms of enabling vaccine purchases, delivery, and manufacturing across Africa?Full show notes and resources can be found here: Unlocking Africa show notes

    Did you miss my previous episode where I discuss Exploring New African Cuisines That Focus on Traditional Ingredients and Culture with Selassie Atadika? Make sure to check it out!

    Like this show? Please leave us a review here -- even one sentence helps!

    Connect with Terser on LinkedIn at TerserAdamu, and Twitter @TerserAdamu

    Connect with Julie on LinkedIn at Julie Gichuru, and Twitter @JulieGichuru
    Support the showDo you want to do business in Africa? Explore the vast business opportunities in African markets and increase your success with ETK Group.

    Connect with us at www.etkgroup.co.uk or reach out via email at info@etkgroup.co.uk

    • 55 min
    A Taste of Change: Exploring New African Cuisines That Focus on Traditional Ingredients and Culture with Selassie Atadika

    A Taste of Change: Exploring New African Cuisines That Focus on Traditional Ingredients and Culture with Selassie Atadika

    Episode 107 with chef Selassie Atadika who is an award-winning chef, educator, and food systems advocate. Born in Ghana, her family fled following a military coup, eventually settling in New York.  She credits her mother and travels to over 40 countries as a humanitarian aid worker for the United Nations as influences for her dishes.

    In 2014, she returned home to Ghana to establish Midunu, Midunu Chocolates, and The Midunu Institute as love letters to Africa—a dedication to celebrate and preserve Africa’s rich culinary heritage.

    Selassie loves playing at the crossroads where culture, community, and cuisine intersect with the environment, sustainability, and economy.

    What We Discuss With Selassie Atadika 
    What inspired you to return to Ghana and establish Midunu, Midunu Chocolates, and The Midunu Institute?Could you elaborate on the concept of 'New African Cuisine' and how it guides your culinary creations?How do you balance the intersection of culture, community, and cuisine with environmental sustainability and economic factors in your work?What can be done to create an enabling environment for people like yourself who want to add value to local produce to sell to a global market?How do you believe your culinary creations, which have received acclaim from publications such as Vogue, are influencing the global perception and representation of African cuisine?Full show notes and resources can be found here: Unlocking Africa show notes

    Did you miss my previous episode where I discuss Innovation, Collaboration, and Policy: The Long-Term Impact of the Nigeria Startup Act with Oswald Guobadia? Make sure to check it out!

    Like this show? Please leave us a review here -- even one sentence helps!

    Connect with Terser on LinkedIn at TerserAdamu, and Twitter @TerserAdamu

    Connect with Selassie on LinkedIn at Chef Selassie Atadika, and Twitter @MidunuGhana
    Support the showDo you want to do business in Africa? Explore the vast business opportunities in African markets and increase your success with ETK Group.

    Connect with us at www.etkgroup.co.uk or reach out via email at info@etkgroup.co.uk

    • 51 min
    Innovation, Collaboration, and Policy: The Long-Term Impact of the Nigeria Startup Act with Oswald Guobadia

    Innovation, Collaboration, and Policy: The Long-Term Impact of the Nigeria Startup Act with Oswald Guobadia

    Episode 106 with Oswald Osaretin Guobadia, who is the former Senior Special Assistant on Digital Transformation to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, spearheaded the creation and execution of the Nigeria Startup Act (NSA) program.

    The Nigeria Startup Act project is a joint initiative by Nigeria’s tech startup ecosystem and the Presidency to harness the potential of Nigeria's digital economy through co-created regulations. The Act is aimed at ensuring that Nigeria's laws and regulations are clear, planned, and work for the tech ecosystem by creating an enabling  environment.

    The Act was signed into law by H.E. President Muhammadu Buhari on the 19th of October, 2022. Over 30 leaders in Nigeria’s tech ecosystem contributed to its drafting between June and September 2021, but what impact has it had on Nigeria's tech ecosystem so far?

    What We Discuss With Oswald Guobadia
    Could you elaborate on the Nigeria Startup Act (NSA) program's objectives and its impact on Nigeria's tech ecosystem and digital economy?What were the key challenges you faced during the execution of the  Nigeria Startup Act?What strategies did you use to bring together diverse stakeholders and ensure their active involvement in the NSA program?What positive legacy do you believe the Nigeria Startup Act (NSA) program has left in areas such as technology and human capital?What advice would you give to other countries or regions aspiring to create similar programs to boost their tech ecosystems? Full show notes and resources can be found here: Unlocking Africa show notes

    Did you miss my previous episode where I discuss African Capital Markets Reimagined: Building a Platform to Trade Debt and Equity Securities Across African Markets With Eugene Tawiah? Make sure to check it out!

    Like this show? Please leave us a review here -- even one sentence helps!

    Connect with Terser on LinkedIn at TerserAdamu, and Twitter @TerserAdamu

    Connect with Oswald on LinkedIn at Oswald Osaretin Guobadia, and Twitter @OsOsaGuobadia
    Support the showDo you want to do business in Africa? Explore the vast business opportunities in African markets and increase your success with ETK Group.

    Connect with us at www.etkgroup.co.uk or reach out via email at info@etkgroup.co.uk

    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

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Joey Parks ,

Unlocking Africa for Worldwide Benefit

Just finished podcast #75 with Marie Lora-Mungai. So good! She’s a powerhouse entrepreneur who's focused on Africa, but who's insights apply globally. She has such a wide range of expertise and deep knowledge in business, creative, investment, startups, strategies, global and local.

One of my favorite comments she made was this one near the end:

"Entrepreneurs need to think, when they decide to embark on building a product ... what is it that I can learn from my immediate set of challenges that can be extrapolated into a solution that works for either the world or other emerging markets? ... This is quite hard because it implies that you have a certain level of understanding of your own situation as opposed to what's going on in other parts of the world."

Terser Adamu did a nice job interviewing, as well. Loved his questions and insights.

Strategy Consultant ,

My new obsession!

I love the people, ideas and discussions on this podcast.

Global Communication Coach ,

Outstanding Content!

I recently came across this podcast and have already shared two episodes! Wow, where have you been hiding?!! I’m excited to keep up with what is happening and to be introduced to the many insightful guests that I would not have come across had it not been on this show! Keep up the great work!
Monique
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