2006 was quite a year, wasn't it?
Both for myself and for Africa's business climate as a whole. As for me, the year 2006 did provide it's share of ups and downs. However, all and all...I'd have to say that the ups far outweighed my downs. For starters, 2006 was the year that I decided to stop waiting...and that now is the best time to make a serious effort to promote business in Africa. Up until 2006, my plan was to wait until after all of my other goals were already in place and then start an organization to do something in Africa. Now, that that my goals have been re-prioritized everything just seems so much clearer. Then there is the blogging, prior to November 2006 if anyone had asked me what is a blog, they may as well have been asking my 4 year old daughter. But now blogging is so much a part of my everyday life that it is almost impossible for me to go one day without doing something that relates to blogging.
Anyway, to make a long story short I figured it would be really cool to summarize a few of blogs that helped me in many different ways in 2006.
These blogs inspired me in 2006 (as it relates to Africa or Business in Africa, in no particular order)
- African Entrepreneur
- Timbuktu Chronicles
- In An African Minute
- Grandiose Parlor
- Jewels In the Jungle
- Global Voices
- Investing In Africa
- The Sudanese Thinker
As far as business news from Africa in 2006, the topic that provoked the most thought in me was the China Africa Summit. From the looks of it I would say that this Summit had a lot of bloggers thinking hard in 2006. Prior to the summit the news story called, "Africa Open for Business" was a major turning point for me, as well.
Now, we that we are in 2007 let me just say, I am happy to be here! No deep soliloquy's here in what 2007 will hold in store-just my hope that I can be a catalyst and help business people outside of Africa to realize what they could be missing out on.
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