Afridigest Curated Content: Will Kenya become the Singapore of Africa?
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Today’s edition features perspectives from Strive Masiyiwa, Dare Okoudjou, Nelly Chatue-Diop, Aisha Pandor, Paula Hunter, Gerald Black, Alexandria Procter, Mudassir Sheikha, Zach Marks, Noor Sweid, and others.
And it includes perspectives on why cross-border payments matter in Africa, why African startups should master the art of sales & biz dev, how DeFi lending can bridge Africa’s SME lending gap, how AI will transform lagging industries, & more.
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Kenya is poised to become the ‘Singapore of Africa’ (article)
American economist Tyler Cowen argues that Kenya is poised to become Africa's dominant corporate hub. But a continuation of the fragmentation he highlights at the end of the article is probably more likely.
Why cross-border payments matter in Africa (video)
Dare Okoudjou, Founder & CEO of pan-African digital payments gateway MFS Africa at the Inclusive Fintech Forum in Kigali.
“Cross-border [payments are] something that we need because our markets are too small... Your market has to be the whole of Africa, if not beyond… The next wave in fintech innovation at the level of the continent has to be creating the rails that remove borders, that make it a little bit fairer so that where you are born does not limit what you can do.”
How SweepSouth is revolutionizing Africa’s cleaning industry (podcast)
Aisha Pandor, Co-founder & CEO of South African on-demand home services platform SweepSouth, speaks with media personality Bruce Whitfield.
“As a first-time founder, you’re experiencing a lot of these challenges for the first time. You get to this point where your rate of growth and the business’s rate of growth can start running apart a little bit… As you scale, the team members you bring onboard, the investors you bring onboard, the advisors and mentors you have, become increasingly important.”
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