Hussaini Yakubu is CEO of Qazique Ltd. Nigeria, an Information and Communications Technology company. His interview with Africa Business Communities:
When we think about Africa and the history behind it, we are presented with a massive intricate and complex array of events that have shaped the continent’s past, from the early men and women who left their footsteps in mud and clay to the liberation of Nelson Mandela
"Investing in the power sector in Africa can be very lucrative and we have the success stories to prove it", says Evan Schiff, event director of African Utility Week, taking place in Cape Town from 12-14 May
A new report from PwC and Strategy& warns that the Power Sector is transforming fast and companies that don’t stay ahead of change are in danger.
Between them, they have a library of experience and expertise in recruitment, individual behaviour, operations and management. Deirdre and Carina founded WithIntent Lt.d in 2015. ABC brings this interview with them:
I think it’s fair to say that the landscape for technology and innovation is undergoing huge change. The ‘tech’ industry as we know it is transforming and moving at speeds like no other. And any industry that is moving with it is doing so with the help of disruptive technologies being developed in the IT space.
The expression “employee engagement” has been used so many times that some people are beginning to think that it is gradually losing its meaning. To human resource practitioners, it is a key expression considering the fast-moving nature of the job world.
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At different points in an organization’s life there may be perceived needs for certain changes to be done. In most cases such changes are achieved through the enactment and implementation of relevant policies. Painfully in some cases although beautiful policies may be created, the bane has almost always been lack of effective implemention.
In Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan (b 1957) was recently defeated in reasonably clean presidential elections and graciously conceded on March 31 2015. Jonathan saved Nigeria from ruinous conflict and he legitimized and embedded democracy in Nigeria. He is leaving power as a statesman.
We have evolved into the so-called 'look down' generation. Whether it is in a taxi to work or returning home at end of day, walking to Usafi car park, drivers in a traffic jam or even during meetings, nearly everyone is looking down and typing away on their phones.
International banks now rely relatively more on lending by foreign affiliates than on cross-border lending. This development may have made financial systems in host countries safer, according to new research from the International Monetary Fund.
The rise and rise of a mobile world means endless opportunities to transact in a private and secure way. We are no longer confined to our homes, our laptops or local retail outlets and can now do everything previously limited to a PC environment via our Mobile device - and in fact we can do a LOT more. The world is embracing this in record numbers, and no more so than Africa.
Most people start a fashion line because of a passion for design or because they have some experience working in the industry. For me it went the other way around. Having lived in Europe for over 8 years, I can say that finding perfectly fitting and flattering fashion items when you’re endowed with curves is often a painful and difficult struggle.
Ivan Mugeere founded his company a year and a half-ago, following his several years of study and work in Europe. He speaks to Africa Business Communities about starting a business in his country Uganda, the business environment, governmental (non)support, etc.
In Nigerian culture, failure is often not an option. From education to employment, there is a general fear of failure, especially when it comes to risk-taking, which is one of the fundamental aspects of entrepreneurship. But across the Atlantic Ocean in Silicon Valley, failure is almost encouraged.
I find there’s no better time in life to reflect than during a holiday season - and Easter is no exception. Now I’m not talking about having to reflect on one’s personal beliefs or faiths but more on life and the world around us - perspective.
I spend a lot of time asking developers and agents what goes into the pricing of real estate in Accra. I ask this question so much because the prices seem to constantly be much higher than I expect. Are people just being opportunistic? Is the cost of construction and acquiring land really that high?
The idea of starting a business and owning a startup has sprung up in recent times within the African continent. Where entrepreneurs try to find solutions that would reduce poverty through social enterprise, some Africans are basically searching new ways to make lives easier through technology and other financial means.
One major concern every foreign investor coming to invest in most African countries is burdened with is the (in)stability of government in the investment destination and the security of investments. Many times, investors have been short changed due to national policies that take away their wealth by the governments of the investment state. An example is what happened in Zimbabwe where every white-owned farm was expropriated by the government.