Drive Africa Writer

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How An Ethiopian Woman Built A Global Startup

Bethlehem Alemu and the Building of Sole Rebels- A Global Shoe Brand Ethiopia’s Bethlehem Alemu has built one of the world’s fastest growing shoe brands with revenues in the millions of dollars. Her business, Sole Rebels, which makes eco-friendly shoes from recycled materials has built a global following from San Jose California to Zurich and Taiwan. Sole Rebels has established standalone stores in…

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 OTHER ARTICLES

A Woman’s Dream to Fix A Nation’s Water Crisis

One Woman’s Search for a Solution to Rural Liberia’s-and Africa’s Water Problem Ten years ago, Liberia’s Saran Kaba Jones took on a bold undertaking: to help solve the water access problem in rural Liberia. Today, with over 150,000 lives touched by her work, she is still pursuing her audacious dream of delivering access to clean…

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Beyond Cookie Cutter Economics

Africa Needs its Own Path Africa has long been a victim of ‘cookie cutter economics’ – the wholesale importation and attempted replication of growth formulas from around the world into Africa. When thinking about the development of their countries and economies, African policy and decision makers have always looked west, east, and everywhere in between….

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The Young Aviator

Watch: Zambia’s Besa on Her Career in Aviation

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Legal Visionary

Watch: Natasha Chiumya- Changing the Property Investment Game

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Building Africa’s Fastest Growing Airline

The Rise of Tewolde Gebremariam and Ethiopian Airlines Ethiopian Airlines has been on an unstoppable growth spurt. The airline, which was founded in 1945, is Africa’s fastest growing and most profitable airline. From its first flight in 1946 on the Douglas C-47, the airline has achieved many milestones to become Africa’s leading airline. The airline’s…

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Infrastructure Financier

Carole Wainaina:  Mobilizing Finance to Build Africa’s Infrastructure In 2017 the African Development Bank announced the appointment of Kenyan Carole Wainaina as the Chief Operating Officer for the bank’s Africa 50 initiative. Africa50 is an infrastructure fund owned by African governments, institutional investors, and the African Development bank whose mission is to mobilise long term…

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Taking African Luxury Design Global

Abai Schulze’s Plan to Globalize African Design Africa’s design scene is coming alive. There is a renewed interest in the African design aesthetic as its authentic beauty quickly becoming globalised. Around the continent and the world there is new generation of design entrepreneurs who are pushing the envelope and creating innovate products which are appealing…

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Building A Billion Dollar African Company

Ken Njoroge and Bolaji Akinboro’s quest to reshape Africa’s Fintech industry Cofounders Ken Njoroge and Bolaji Akinboro are on quest to build a billion dollar African company built by Africans, in 2018 the company reached a major milestone when they landed $47.5 million in funding- a land mark transaction on the African fintech space. The…

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The Pan African Banker

Binta Toure Ndoye, A Banking Powerhouse with a Pan African Passion In 2016, Malian banking powerhouse Binta Toure Ndoye, took over the helm of one of Africa’s fastest growing banks-Oragroup. Binta joined  Oragroup in 2015 as the deputy CEO following a stint with the Ecobank group where she had served as the CEO of the…

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