Interesting Entrepreneurs in Africa and the World

In no particular order, meet the all-time interesting entrepreneurs in Africa and the world. These are the people who made dramatic impact in business leadership and  tech and social entrepreneurship in Africa and the world.

Brigitha Faustin, founder of Fahari Yetu, One of Interesting Entrepreneurs in Africa and the World

Brigitha Faustin, One of Interesting Entrepreneurs in Africa and the World
Brigitha Faustin, One of Interesting Entrepreneurs in Africa and the World

The first three months after she started business , Faustin wasn’t 100% sure that her brand will survive the competition. She had limited perception of what her business is capable of! She chose to understood the core value proposition in her business model and demystified the workings of the business world. Finally, she found myself achieving more than what she have ever dreamed was possible.

Brigitha Faustin is a 29 Years old, Mother, Wife, social and business leader from Tanzania. A firm believer in the private sector as the best possible option for sustainable social and economic change in Africa.

Faustin is the founder of Fahari Yetu. Fahari Yetu is a youth led nonprofit company working in delivering projects that support Socioeconomic development in Tanzania.

She also co-founded “OBRI Trading Co. LLC” an agriculture company that sources, processes, packs and supplies unique range of food products. OBRI Company has empowered farmers who are under farmers associations in Tanzania by providing sustainable market channels for their produce. OBRI’s cooking oils are in retail outlets across the country.

Faustin said “running a business is like riding on a roller coaster.” in an interview with SLA (She Leads Africa).

Lucia Bakulumpagi-Wamala, One of Interesting Entrepreneurs in Africa and the World, Founder and CEO of Bakulu Power

Lucia Bakulumpagi-Wamala, One of 2017 Most Interesting Entrepreneurs in Africa

Bakulumpagi-Wamala was staying with one of her cousins in Gayaza when the Bakulu Power idea first came to her. As they drove to town she would look at the garbage and wonder how to get rid of it. She grew up in Canada so seeing garbage on the streets wasn’t normal to her. What she found interesting was that the waste was primarily agricultural. She thought about making fertilizer then quickly scrapped that idea. She started to read everything she could about waste management, informal workers, deforestation and waste to energy. Lucia joined associations around those themes and talked to a lot of people. She gained a theoretical understanding of how to convert waste to energy and wanted to support women. Everything else has really been a series of miracles.

Lucia Bakulumpagi-Wamala, 34, is the Founder and CEO of Bakulu Power, a Ugandan renewable energy company.

Bakulu Power is currently developing 3 solar mini-grids and a clean cooking fuel (biomass) production plant. Bakulu Power invests in the renewable energy sector. They design, make, own and run energy infrastructure. They are a young team with bold visionary ideas. Bakulu Power’s engineers and researchers are some of the brightest in Uganda. Uganda is a young country; about 77% of its population is under 30. By providing access to and hands-on involvement in the emerging renewable energy industry, Bakulu helps power Uganda’s tomorrow.

Mooketsi Bennedict Tekere, founder of Ngwana Enterprises

Mooketsi Bennedict Tereke, One of Interesting Entrepreneurs in Africa and the World

Tereke is a serial entrepreneur, a development expert and an entrepreneurship development champion based in Botswana.

He founded Ngwana Enterprises, a company based in Botswana that is developing entrepreneurship and education solutions all across Botswana. The aim of Ngwana Enterprises is to improve the future of country young citizens. He holds a strong academic background in entrepreneurship development, management and program development for education.

Tereke is part of global communities such as Global Entrepreneurship Wee, One Young World, Global Healthcare Travel Council. As an entrepreneur he has been able to inspire the country leadership to see a need to invest in entrepreneurship. He has developed a tribe of entrepreneurship development in Botswana. He internationally collaborated to share knowledge in the areas of medical tourism for development of Africa health systems.

Rajiv Mehta, founder of Tangerine Investments

Rajiv Mehta, One of Interesting Entrepreneurs in Africa and the World
Rajiv Mehta, One of Interesting Entrepreneurs in Africa and the World

Mehta attended junior & high school in Kenya and then college and started studying business management and marketing in university but actually never completed his education and one of the major reasons was not being able to afford to complete his university.

Growing up Mehta always had an interest in advertising and always thought he would one day have his brand on a billboard, just that the outcome is that he now puts people’s brands out there on his billboards and street poles.

Rajiv Mehta is the founder of Tangerine Investments, an advertising firm that uses public transit vehicles to market leading consumer goods in Kenya.

Tangerine, founded in 2008, has clients such as Kenya Airways, Pizza Inn, Subway and Coca Cola HP among others. Tangerine currently services 500 plus companies including multinationals and local companies. Tangential reach is in any city in the country that the client needs so they work on client’s needs and make sure they try to get them what they are looking for. They have revenue of over $1 million annually for the outdoor advertising company. Apart from that they have diversified and got into other countries and businesses like Large format printing.

Teta Isibo, Founder of Inzuki Designs, One of Interesting Entrepreneurs in Africa and the World

Teta Isibo, One of Interesting Entrepreneurs in Africa and the World
Teta Isibo, One of Interesting Entrepreneurs in Africa and the World

“Teta’s story is one that could inspire many other young aspirant women entrepreneurs in Africa. She had a dream not only to build a business, but to also take it to the global marketplace. The Inzuki brand is definitely going places and is one to watch for the future.” said Melanie Hawken, LoA founder and editor-in-chief

Teta Isibo, 32, is the founder of Inzuki Designs. Isibo quit her job as an urban planner in Kigali to launch Inzuki, which means ‘bees’ in the local language.

Inzuki Designs is a young Rwandan brand specializing in Jewellery, accessories and Interior decor. Inzuki’s products typically fuse traditional craftsmanship and contemporary style to present a transcontinental finish. Isibo works with many local artisans that use their skills to translate Inzuki’s authentic designs into vibrant quality pieces sold all across Rwanda. Inzuki has grown into a popular Rwandan brand with a boutique in the Heart of Kigali City. It is now targeting international markets including the rest of Africa, and North America through distributors and an online store.

Walt Disney, Entrepreneur, Producer(1901–1966)

Walt Disney, Entrepreneur, Producer(1901–1966), One of Interesting Entrepreneurs in Africa and the World
Walt Disney, Entrepreneur, Producer(1901–1966), One of Interesting Entrepreneurs in Africa and the World

Walter Elias “Walt” Disney was born on December 5, 1901, in Hermosa, Illinois. He and his brother Roy co-founded Walt Disney Productions, which became one of the best-known motion-picture production companies in the world. Disney was an innovative animator and created the cartoon character Mickey Mouse. He won 22 Academy Awards during his lifetime, and was the founder of theme parks Disneyland and Walt Disney World.

In 1925, Disney hired an ink-and-paint artist named Lillian Bounds. After a brief courtship, the couple married.

Walt Disney was one of five children, four boys and a girl. His father was Elias Disney, an Irish-Canadian, and his mother, Flora Call Disney, was German-American.

Disney lived most of his childhood in Marceline, Missouri, where he began drawing, painting and selling pictures to neighbors and family friends. In 1911, his family moved to Kansas City, where Disney developed a love for trains. His uncle, Mike Martin, was a train engineer who worked the route between Fort Madison, Iowa and Marceline. Later, Disney would work a summer job with the railroad, selling snacks and newspapers to travelers.

Disney attended McKinley High School in Chicago, where he took drawing and photography classes and was a contributing cartoonist for the school paper. At night, he took courses at the Chicago Art Institute. When Disney was 16, he dropped out of school to join the Army but got rejected for being underage. Instead, he joined the Red Cross and got sent to France for a year to drive an ambulance. He moved back to the U.S. in 1919.

In 1919, Disney moved to Kansas City to pursue a career as a newspaper artist. His brother Roy got him a job at the Pesmen-Rubin Art Studio, where he met cartoonist Ubbe Eert Iwwerks, better known as Ub Iwerks. From there, Disney worked at the Kansas City Film Ad Company, where he made commercials based on cutout animation. Around this time, Disney began experimenting with a camera, doing hand-drawn cel animation, and decided to open his own animation business. From the ad company, he recruited Fred Harman as his first employee.

Walt and Harman made a deal with a local Kansas City theater to screen their cartoons, which they called Laugh-O-Grams. The cartoons were hugely popular, and Disney was able to acquire his own studio, upon which he bestowed the same name. Laugh-O-Gram hired a number of employees, including Harman’s brother Hugh and Iwerks. They did a series of seven-minute fairy tales that combined both live action and animation, which they called Alice in Cartoonland. By 1923, however, the studio had become burdened with debt, and Disney had to declare bankruptcy.

Disney and his brother Roy soon pooled their money and moved to Hollywood. Iwerks also relocated to California, and there the three began the Disney Brothers’ Studio. Their first deal was with New York distributor Margaret Winkler, to distribute their Alice cartoons. They also invented a character called Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, and contracted the shorts at $1,500 each.

A few years later, Disney discovered that Winkler and her husband, Charles Mintz, had stolen the rights to Oswald, along with all of Disney’s animators, except for Iwerks. Right away the Disney brothers, their wives and Iwerks produced three cartoons featuring a new character Walt had developed called Mickey Mouse. The first animated shorts featuring Mickey were Plane Crazy and The Gallopin’ Gaucho, both silent films for which they failed to find distribution. When sound made its way into film, Disney created a third, sound-and-music-equipped short called Steamboat Willie. With Walt as the voice of Mickey, the cartoon was an instant sensation.

In 1929, Disney created Silly Symphonies, which featured Mickey’s newly created friends, including Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy and Pluto. One of the most popular cartoons, Flowers and Trees, was the first to be produced in color and to win an Oscar. In 1933, The Three Little Pigs and its title song “Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?” became a theme for the country in the midst of the Great Depression.

On December 21, 1937, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the first full-length animated film, premiered in Los Angeles. It produced an unimaginable $1.499 million, in spite of the Depression, and won a total of eight Oscars. During the next five years, Walt Disney Studios completed another string of full-length animated films, Pinocchio (1940), Fantasia (1940), Dumbo (1941) and Bambi (1942).

In December 1939, a new campus for Walt Disney Studios opened in Burbank. A setback for the company occurred in 1941, however, when there was a strike by Disney animators. Many of them resigned, and it would be years before the company fully recovered. During the mid 1940s, Disney created “packaged features,” groups of shorts strung together to run at feature-length, but by 1950, he was once again focusing on animated features. Cinderella released in 1950, followed by a live-action film called Treasure Island (1950), Alice in Wonderland (1951), Peter Pan (1953), Lady and the Tramp (1955), Sleeping Beauty (1959) and 101 Dalmatians (1961). In all, more than 100 features got produced by his studio.

Walt Disney, Entrepreneur, Producer(1901–1966), One of Interesting Entrepreneurs in Africa and the World
Walt Disney, Entrepreneur, Producer(1901–1966), One of Interesting Entrepreneurs in Africa and the World

Disney was also among the first to use television as an entertainment medium. The Zorro and Davy Crockett series were extremely popular with children, as was The Mickey Mouse Club, a variety show featuring a cast of teenagers known as the Mouseketeers. Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color was a popular Sunday night show, which Disney used to begin promoting his new theme park. Disney’s last major success that he produced himself was the motion picture Mary Poppins (1964), which mixed live action and animation.

Disney’s $17 million Disneyland theme park opened on July 17, 1955, in Anaheim, California, with actor (and future U.S. president) Ronald Reagan presiding over the activities on what was once an orange grove. After a tumultuous opening day involving several mishaps (including distribution of thousands of counterfeit invitations), the site became known as a place where children and their families could explore, enjoy rides and meet the Disney characters.In a very short time, the park had increased its investment tenfold, and was entertaining tourists from around the world. With the original site having some attendance ups and downs over the years, Disneyland has expanded its rides over time and branched out globally with parks in Tokyo, Paris and Hong Kong, with a Shanghai site that opened in June 2016. Sister property California Adventure also opened in 2001.Within a few years of the opening, Disney began plans for a new theme park and to develop Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow (EPCOT) in Florida. It was still under construction when, in 1966, Disney got diagnosed with lung cancer. He died on December 15, 1966, at the age of 65. Disney got cremated, and his ashes interred at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Los Angeles, California. After his brother’s death, Roy carried on the plans to finish the Florida theme park, which opened in 1971 under the name Walt Disney World.

About Nathaniel Moikabi

I’m a writer at Thrive Global, CEO of Moikabi Investments and tech officer of Frederick Holdings. Follow me on Facebook @NathanielMoikabiOfficial

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