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Connecting Africa's fastest-growing businesses to the Diaspora. Through each episode, I am telling the stories of African founders worldwide and exploring themes that are important to us as Africans in the diaspora. You can sign up to The Diaspora Talks Newsletter where I am sharing weekly news bites on the latest in tech, startups and business in Africa - https://mailchi.mp/0a565d01c62b/diaspora-talks-newsletter-subscribers. You can also find me on Instagram and Twitter @annetteabena - let' ...
 
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This podcast aims to connect with Africans living abroad and discuss the state of the African continent, hope for the continent's future, and ideas on some of the problems plaguing Africa, how they can be resolved, and the role of Africans in diaspora inbuilding our desired Africa. As an organization, we believe in the future of Africa, and we understand that in Africa's rising, both Africans home and abroad must play a key role.
 
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In this episode, I'm joined by Gerrad Olisa-Ashar the co-founder of the Diaspora Angel Network (DAN) a UK based business angel network of Angel Investors who live in the diaspora but want to engage in the burgeoning African startup ecosystem. Many of us in the diaspora are keen to invest in Africa. The challenge for us is - How? In Africa. We discu…
 
In this episode, I'm joined by Benjamin Fernandes Founder and CEO of NALA Money a new kind of money transfer for Africans worldwide. Born in Tanzania, Benji became the first Tanzanian to attend Standford Graduate School of business but in 2017 to the surprise of many, he returned to Tanzania to build NALA. We discuss making the decision to 'return …
 
In this episode I'm joined by Ann-Elise Francis, Head of Growth at Turaco an insure tech startup founded in 2018, providing simple and affordable medical cover to underserved and unserved communities currently in Kenya and Uganda. Born in Jamaica and raised in New York, Ann-Elise has taken a somewhat untraditional route into tech in Africa with a n…
 
In this episode, I'm joined by Tiffanie Anderson Founder of Away To Africa a destination management company dedicated to providing guided, cultural tours throughout selected countries in Africa. Tiffanie a practising lawyer of Jamaican heritage started Away To Africa to share an alternative experience to travel in Africa beyond the safaris in colla…
 
In this episode, I'm joined by Afua Osei Co-founder of She Leads Africa, a digital lifestyle platform for millennial multicultural women and Partnerships Strategist helping digital entrepreneurs scale. Born in the DMV to Ghanaian parents Afua has lived, worked and built a business in Nigeria. Here she shares her top tips for digital entrepreneurs w…
 
In this episode, I'm exploring the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) alongside Maudo Jallow Associate for the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change (TBI) and formally International Development Expert for the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO). What is the AfCFTA? What does it mean for African economies and pe…
 
China’s relationship with Africa remains misunderstood, often oversimplified or plainly inaccurately reported which makes it difficult for Africans in the diaspora especially to effectively engage. Is it all debt traps and mask diplomacy? And importantly what will this relationship look like post-COVID-19? In this episode, I'm joined by Benedicte K…
 
China’s relationship with Africa remains misunderstood, often oversimplified or plainly inaccurately reported which makes it difficult for Africans in the diaspora especially to effectively engage. Is it all debt traps and mask diplomacy? And importantly what will this relationship look like post-COVID-19? In this episode, I'm joined by Benedicte K…
 
The Black lives Matter Movement has been at the centre of the fight for racial justice and freedom for black people globally. However, this year the movement has seen a surge of support and reach. Today I’m joined by 3 guests all of whom are members of the African diaspora, to discuss the movement’s impact on Africa: its perception, its cultures an…
 
66% of Africans are unbanked. This means that people lack access to the most fundamental financial services. However whilst most Africans are without traditional banking services as we know it 97% have mobile phones. This creates a great opportunity for digital banking services to fill in the gaps. Eversend is a pan-African neobank based in Uganda.…
 
AfriBlocks aims to create a diverse network of qualified & skilled African Professionals; & to connect them with remote jobs from across the world. In this episode, I'm speaking with Tongayi Choto Founder of AfriBlocks live from Harare, Zimbabwe. Post- Covid-19 the future of work will look very different. The freelancing could be the key to address…
 
The Ugandan youth unemployment rate sits at 13.3%. According to the Uganda Bureau of Statistics over 75% of young people are engaged in vulnerable work or are underemployed meaning low earnings, low productivity, and working within difficult conditions. Youth underemployment is a HUGE problem across the continent. In 2015 Vanessa Atim left London t…
 
On this episode, I’m joined by Chibuzo Ofulue Founder of Africlaim. For over 2 years Africlaim has been dedicated to ensuring air passenger rights are protected in the airline industry all across Africa. We discuss Africa's travel and aviation industry delving into how it could be a catalyst for growth in African economies and of course the impact …
 
Female entrepreneurship rates in Sub-Saharan Africa are the highest in the world. Yet several women find it difficult to access credit because they don’t know how financial services work, or where to go to for a quick confidential loan. Shecluded was created to help close the financial inclusion gap for women in Africa. It is not only providing wom…
 
Philanthropy usually doesn't have a face that looks like the people it is serving. Umutoni is the founder of Kaleidoscope Beauty a contemporary jewellery brand with philanthropy at its heart. The unique pieces are hand-made by Kenyan artisans determined to turn their lives around. Umu is a British Kenyan- Rwandan who decided to combine her cultural…
 
Remittances (sending money back home) make up a significant part of Africa’s income and one of its main sources of foreign currency. Taptap Send is an app that lets immigrants send money back home to Africa instantly and at very low prices. Today I’m speaking to Nana Adomako, Head of Growth. We discuss the emergence of digital remittances and what …
 
In this episode, I speak to Yanmo Omoragbe the Co-founder and Director of Growth at Bamboo. Bamboo is Nigeria's newest investment tech startup giving Nigerians unrestricted access to over 3,000 stocks listed on both the Nigerian and US stock exchanges. We talk about Yanmo's journey to tech entrepreneur, the problem that Bamboo is solving for young …
 
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