The entrepreneurship bug has bitten many young people in Nigeria with foundations like the Tony Elumelu Foundation giving startups from all over Africa funds to start these dreams and mentors to guide them through these often tough terrains. However, many entrepreneurs still fall by the wayside, and startups fail. We have been able to compile a few Ted talks from seasoned entrepreneurs to encourage and give a sense of what it’s like to run a startup.
Ola Orekunrin is the founder and managing director of Flying Doctors, Nigeria, the first air ambulance service in West Africa. At 21, Ola graduated from the University of York as the youngest-ever doctor in England. Spurred by a family tragedy and armed with a passion for improving the quality of healthcare in Africa, she established Flying Doctors, Nigeria in 2007. The company presently owns 20 aircraft and employs 44 doctors who can deliver care en-route to hospitals.
In her 2012 Ted Talk Ola discusses the challenges of being female and an entrepreneur in Nigeria and how to overcome these challenges. Watch here.
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1. GuatemalaAn express adventure for those with limited time off. Prepare yourself incredible experiences. You will hike a volcano, visit mayan temples and witness a ceremony and take in beautiful colonial Antigua.
2. BelizeA quick trip not too far away for those seeking a relaxing mini break. You will have plenty of free time to relax but also some awesome activities to experience the rainforest and the caribbean sea.
3. MexicoAn exciting mini trip exploring the lesser known colonial towns of central Mexico. This is hte perfect trip for someone with limited time off and still wants to turn on explorer mode and do something different.
1. EcuadorA remarkable 8 days adventure through the Andes and the Amazon rainforest. The best choice for adventure seekers wishing to visit the 2 most iconic areas of South America, in only 1 week and no flights.
2. PeruAn alternative itinerary to classic Peru, from Cusco to Arequipa. This itinerary is great combination of highlights Cusco and Machu Picchu with the lesser known Arequipa and Colca Canyon.
1. ItalyThe ultimate Italian experience from the vibrant streets of Naples to the breathtaking sceneries of the Amalfi Coast followed by Matera and down to Puglia with its golden beaches, intense flavours and fascinating destinations.
2. ScotlandEmbark on this great adventure starting from London all the way to Scotland with a true Scottish experience made of breathtaking sceneries, whisky tasting and ..lots of fun! Ideal for train lovers and explorers.
3. PortugalA wonderful train journey around Portugal, from the romantic city of Porto to the Douro Valley, to the beautiful Aveiro all the way to Lisbon and Sintra. The perfect trip to train, culinary and culture lovers.
1. South KoreaDiscover incredible temples, mountains and modern cities on this 10 day adventure. This trip is perfect for those seeking immersion in the cuisine, culture and natural wonders of South Korea.
2. ThailandFrom Bankgok to Angkor Wat to Ho Chi Minh City and everything in between - adventure through the heart of South-East Asia. Taste the delights, see history brought to life and unwind on a Mekong River cruise.
3. Sri LankaA fantastic adventure that showcases Sri Lanka's fantastic landscapes, wildlife and flavours. With 3 epic rail journeys, 3 UNESCO heritage sites and time to relax, this trip has loads to offer at a great price
1. MoroccoAn epic journey across Morocco: from Casablanca to Marrakech, through the blue city of Chefchaouen to the wonders of the desert and deep to the High Atlas Mountains - this trip has it all! Ideal for true explorers!
2. EgyptFrom Cairo to Aswan, this trip brings the land of the pharaohs to life. You'll visit the Pyramids, Valley of the Kings and Luxor Temple and cruise down the Nile in style. This is the perfect way to explore Egypt.
“Failing All the Way to Success”—Jason Njoku
Jason Njoku is a founder of Iroko TV and the CEO of iROKO Partners, a web-based television station. With the largest web-based library of African content (movies and music), Iroko’s target audience is Africans based in the diaspora and it is presently Africa’s fastest growing internet company. The idea for Iroko TV was born when Jason couldn’t find Nollywood movies for his mother online. By December 2010 Jason had not only moved back to Nigeria, he had also launched iROKO partners and within four months he’d bought the online rights of over 500 movies. According to Jason, “I was a spectacular failure. A certified failure. From 2005 to 2010 I was a complete failure.” Watch the video here.
“Legacy in the Arts”—Nike Okundaiye
The founder and CEO of Nike Art Gallery, arguably the largest in Africa, Nike Okundaiye’s Ted Talk follows her journey from childhood to establishing not only an art gallery but also art centers around Nigeria, where people learn Yoruba traditional weaving and batik dyeing techniques. Her first art center was established in Oshogbo and from the first 20 homeless girls she took in and trained that year, the centers have graduated over 3,000 students in the past 34 years. Watch the video here.
“Pushing Entrepreneurial Boundaries”—Kola Karim
Kola Karim is the chief executive of Shoreline Energy International, a leading energy holding company operating in Africa with a diversified portfolio in construction, oil and gas, power, telecommunications, engineering, and manufacturing. The company’s valuation currently stands at $120,000,000. In his Tedx Talk Kola Karim looks at the different opportunities within the challenges existing in Africa and Nigeria. Watch here.
“When You Hear About Africa, What Do You Think?”—MO ABUDU
The founder of Ebony Life TV, “Africa’s first global black multi-broadcast network,” and serial entrepreneur, Mo Abudu’s career has spanned two decades. Described as Forbes Magazine as Africa’s most successful woman, Mo Abudu is a TV producer and human resources management consultant. In her Ted talk, Mo Abudu talks about the challenges of entrepreneurship in Africa and the way these can be converted into opportunities. She also shared ten secrets to success. Watch here.
“Welcome to Nollywood”—Franco Sacchi
Sharing a six-minute excerpt from his documentary This is Nollywood, Gambian-born Italian filmmaker Franco Saachi shares an insight into Nigeria’s booming movie industry—the third largest in the world—Nollywood. He shares the challenges of the industry and how various producers, actors, and scriptwriters have been able to overcome the hurdles. Watch the video here.
“On the Air: a Radio Station Just For Farmers”—Nnaemeka Ikegwuonu
Nnaemeka Ikegwuonu is a social entrepreneur who founded the Smallholders Foundation, an NGO that uses educational radio programs and field demonstrations to promote market access to smallholding farmers. In his talk, he discusses the various ways through which he’s been able to help support farmers through his foundation. Watch the video here.
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