Tuesday, May 29, 2007

from beninmwangi.com: A Top Google Africa Site

Recently, I was scouring the web for more data on marketing African businesses to companies worldwide and I came across a most informative site. No wonder they are also #1 on Google for a number of topics centering on Africa.


We are talking about Africa-ATA otherwise known as the Africa Travel Association. Now in addition to this site housing the association website, they are also home to the organization’s media publication-Africa Travel.

Now I know what you may be thinking, that this site may not cater to those seeking business information about specific regions of the continent, but to the contrary-they have quite a bit of detailed information. For instance, read this magazine forward by one of the magazine’s editors Jerry Bird. It is about Ethiopia and the rise of one of Ethiopia’s many treasures-Ethiopian Airlines.

Of course, you can also find the type of information that you would expect on a tourism and travel site like:

  • hotels
  • airfare
  • cruises
  • safaris ( for eastern and southern Africa)
  • food
  • etc

But again, I can appreciate the other parts of their site like-investment promotion, fashion, African embassies, and other trade links too. Besides them being a storehouse of good information another thing that I like is that they have carefully balanced the information. They somehow manage to give readers a glimpse of all 53 countries in Africa, which is not an easy task. It looks like this month their focus is on Ethiopia.

In closing, I hope that you have a chance to visit their site and let me know what you thought about this top Google ranking Africa website.

photo courtesy of : Africa Travel Association


Thursday, May 24, 2007

Adeolu Akinyemi Blogger on the Move!

While we are on the topic of exceptional bloggers in the Africa Enterprising Blog Network, I wanted to point out another top notch blog. We’re talking about Adeolu Akinyemi , who blogs from Nigeria. Adeolu is one of the first Africa bloggers that I really started noticing during my early blogging days. I don’t think that I’ve seen any one blogger show more growth within a short span of time as he has. When I started reading his blog in November of 2006, I would normally see about 15 to 16 comments per post and now they have mushroomed to an average of perhaps between 55 to 70 comments per post.

In this post he teaches us about Robert Kiyosaki, the author of “Rich Dad, Poor Dad“. For anyone that has not already had a chance to give “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” a good read, I would highly recommend opening it’s covers. It provides some very unconventional, but useful insights into how to become a successful business person. That’s what Mr. Akinyemi’s blog is all about, as well. This post talks about Kiyosaki’s board game called Cashflow 101 which teaches us how to win at the game of entrepreneurship.

Here is a short excerpt of Adeolu’s post, that teaches us how to become financially intelligent business people:

There are two parts to accounting for every penny (kobo), one is done ahead of spending, called budgeting, and the other after spending, called accounting. Budgeting is planning, this is crucial to financial success. The pain of accounting is not absolutely useful on the short term, but on the long run it gives you a clear picture of your priorities.

Something that Adeolu does in this and many of his other posts that shows us how to go above and beyond the call of duty in writing is that he breaks his lessons up into small bite sized pieces that are easy to digest. And then, to top it off he invites his readers to a fun-filled evening of playing the game Cashflow 101.

So when you get a chance, definitely get over there and check this post out!

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Eye Opening Post from White African « beninmwangi.com

Eye Opening Post from White African « beninmwangi.com: "Hi, I just wanted to briefly highlight a post that really caught my attention today. The post comes from fellow member of the Africa Enterprising Blog Network-White African.

In a nutshell it is about how a company in the domain buying business teamed up with the West African nation of Cameroon and made US$ millions as a result of a mistake!"


Wednesday, May 16, 2007

David Fick on beninmwangi.com

See the interview with David Fick for yourself!

David S. Fick

Fick is the author of Entrepreneurship in Africa: A Study of Successes and is currently researching his third book, African Entrepreneurs in the 21st Century, which will feature examples of African entrepreneurs who have demonstrated visionary and strategic entrepreneurial leadership across the continent. Fick generously donates all author’s royalties due to him from the sale of his first – and this, his second – book to Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in support of their medical relief projects in Africa and will do the same when his third book is published.

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Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Africa Blogger On Uniting African & Urban Fashion

beninmwangi.com: "Posted by beninmwangi on May 8th, 2007


This audio interview accompanies the press release that was published on beninmwangi.com on April 11, 2007.

An interview between Benin Mwangi of beninmwangi.com and Frederic Tape of Africaincorp. The discussion centers around African fashion and the upcoming launch of the Enrique Pierre Clothing Line.

This press release came to me by way of fellow Africa blogger Frederic Tape. Of course, we already knew what a wonderful blogger he is, writing with such flair and originality. But as it turns out, he is also quite the business person, as well and is involved with a fashion design company here in the States (Virginia) called Stockpile of Southern Urbanity Enrique Pierre Clothing.

Stockpile of Southern Urbanity Enrique Pierre Clothing ( www.enriquepierre.com) is the new fashion concept that is set to land in the United States market. Enrique Pierre Clothing is the offspring of New entrants to the fashion industry Enrique Pascal & Pierre-Louis who fuse Southern comfy style with very avant-garde decorative designs.

EPC couples its fashion aptitude with affordable prices for its customers. ‘ The focus of our production is to attain quality on each piece of clothing, while maintaining low cost of production which translates into affordable pricing for our customers.’ says Pie"

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Saturday, May 05, 2007

On Craig Chirinda: What Would You do with 4 Billion USD... « beninmwangi.com

On Craig Chirinda: What Would You do with 4 Billion USD... « beninmwangi.com: "What would you do if you had 4 billion USD in your Rolodex (if through your personal and professional contacts you had access to it)? That’s a really tough question, isn’t it? If you have said yes, then that makes two of us. But fortunately there is someone who’d know exactly what to do with it, because he has already done it. Today we are going to introduce you to this gentleman so that you can find out what he has done and what his future plans are. His name is Craig Chirinda and he has actually channeled roughly 4 billion American dollars into the southern Region of Africa through his work as an investment banker and a venture capitalist.

Before we go into the interview let me tell you a little bit about Craig. He promotes trade and investment into the southern Africa region, which is the place of his childhood. Although he is based in the States, he is actually a Zimbabwe national. He has handled nearly US$4 billion in leads, financing deals, and joint ventures flowing into Africa and if that isn’t enough he speaks seven languages. And he has managed to get all of this under while still in his early twenties.


Tuesday, May 01, 2007


beninmwangi.com: "The Economist Magazine-What Do to the Investors Think?

Posted by beninmwangi on May 1st, 2007

Sometimes when I read open ended stories and articles that ask rhetorical questions about Africa, I ask myself ,”what must the international investors think about parking their funds in Africa?”

To be brutally honest with you I have not made up my mind yet on the article that inspired me to write this post, so in the meantime here is an excerpt which seems to sum up the mood of the writer who penned this piece in the latest issue of The Economist, the piece is entitled, “Will Africa Ever Get IT Right?”



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