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The power of identity

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We are shaped by our thoughts and become what we think because that will dictate what we say and do. So what ever you think after the words I AM… Is what you become, it is your identity. However, once you create something and put it out in the world it will be judged by the market and you will receive feedback. In receiving the feedback will you be negatively, positively affected or impartial? Will it alter the way you see yourself? Should it alter your identity?

Identity for some of you will be validated, not based on what you think but based on what the market says. Why is this?

From my research I’ve seen that if you have a great sense of self-awareness (conscious knowledge and clear perception of your personality, including desires, emotions, strengths, weaknesses and habits), not ego driven (selfish thoughts) but are selfless and are being driven by something bigger than yourself which is connected to your purpose, your WHY. Then when you receive negative feedback the question isn’t are you good enough, the question is, is what you have created good enough? Then the next question becomes are you using the right tools to channel your gift to the world, is it the right medium? Do you know what other tools are required or available? Do the tools you need exist or can you invent them? Are you willing to embrace the necessary tools? Read More


Dancing on the edge of possibilities

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Welcome to the second part of my three-part blog series (see the first blog ‘here’). I am writing these blogs based on words from my 90-year-old self, which I experienced when climbing ‘Mount Kilimanjaro’. I hope these blogs will allow you to reflect on what quality of life means for you and will motivate you to live it!

The words from my 90-year-old self:

“The door to immortality is only open to those who take the personal responsibility to explore the possibilities”

My mentor told me that you could live a life where you’re reactive, let everyone else or events set the agenda and hope that the right thing one day will happen to you by luck. He told me to go out in the world and create my own luck.

In the book ‘The Richest Man in Babylon’ Arkad stated that in making your own luck, you must be ready to act when an opportunity arises. So in essence you increase the chance of being lucky when you take responsibility to explore possibilities. Read More

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The words that will change your life forever

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Climbing Kilimanjaro had a profound effect on me, it gave me a reference point for many lessons on how I want to live my life. Over the course of the next three blogs I will discuss in more details, the words of my 90-year old self. You might ask, why share the point of view of your 90 year old self? The reason why I’m writing this is because we will all die one day, that is guaranteed. I believe that humanity should find time to take a step back from the hustle of daily life, and reassess their goals, achievements and priorities. For me, living until I’m 90 does not mean that I have lived, so the words serve as a reminder that length of life does not equal quality or fullness of life.

I hope that reflecting on the words of my 90 year old self will allow me to live a life of quality and will allow you, my readers, to reflect on what quality of life means for you and LIVE IT! Read More


Conquering Kilimanjaro: The mind-set, which overcame a mountain

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Being a GoGetter is all about going after what you want, and keeping up your momentum, hunger and enthusiasm. Even when the going gets tough and you have failed more than once. At that point when it is no longer easy and you are unsure if you can continue. Somehow you maintain or even strengthen your resolve. Regardless of attaining your final goal, you can be sure that the journey changes you. You learnt so much about yourself and are proud to say that you went after your dreams – you are a GoGetter!

At the end of 2015, I set myself the challenge to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. The highest freestanding mountain in the world, the highest peak in Africa. This, for an initiative in Sierra Leone called Bridging Bintumani, which aims to build a bridge to open access to the Bintumani mountain, the highest peak in West Africa, which would attract visitors, tourists and lovers of nature to Sierra Leone. Was I confident in reaching the top? Naively yes, especially considering the lack of training I done before hand. So on the 27th December 2015 I landed in Tanzania with my travel buddy Sahil. Read More


Pulling Together, Growing Together, To Win

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It is said that agriculture and agribusiness together are projected to be a US$ 1 trillion industry in Sub-Saharan Africa by 2030 (compared to US$ 313 billion in 2010), and they should be at the top of the agenda for economic transformation and development (Source: World Bank). Also, with regards to food security, Africa is home to over 874 million hectares of land suitable for agricultural production. This means lots of untapped potential for the future of African youth and the African economy. Before we can truly embrace the true benefits of agriculture, we must learn to move away from the Deficit Analysis (challenges of farming) to the Prospect Building (opportunities in farming). Read More

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The African Promise Part 3

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An Interview with Paul Cleal, PwC Managing Partner of the UK/Africa Alliance

If you read the African Promise ‘part 1’ and ‘part 2‘ then you have a clear understanding of what the promise is about (the unlocking of the continents’ greatest wealth, its people). Recently, I interviewed Paul Cleal, PwC Managing Partner of the UK Africa Alliance. He currently sits on the board of PwC Africa, previously sat on the board of PwC UK and is a board advisory member for GoGetters. Read More


Conquering the greatest city in Africa (Part 2)

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Interested in starting a business in Africa’s biggest economy?

Here is a quick 15-min guide for everything you need to know to get started. This guide is provides an overview of the Nigerian market size, key players, challenges then touches on rules/regulations, local culture and opportunities.

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The African Promise Part 2

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My mother has always said to me “son be careful what you say, because you don’t know which Angel is passing by that has the authority to carry out what you have just said.” This is the reason why I have always proclaimed prosperity, wealth, good health and success; eagerly waiting in anticipation for the Angel of authority to carry my words unto God’s throne and for God Almighty to stamp it with the seal of approval.

This is why I dare to believe and this is why I’m part of a movement that dare to dream. We dare to dream what others have had nightmares about. The French had nightmares of the late President Thomas Sankara fulfilling his destiny of Burkina Faso breaking away from their colonial chains.
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The African Promise Part 1

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“The growth, the promise and the future”

The Africa rising narrative talks about the growth of the continent as many countries are growing at 7% per annum. Africa has showed promise in the past but this time around the growth must come from Africans, capitalized by Africans and be shared with the rest of the world, with terms written by Africans.

What is the African Promise?

It is what Kwame Nkrumah said on the day he became the first sub-Saharan African president, it is what Mandela fought for and it is why GoGetters exists. The African Promise is the unlocking of the continents’ greatest wealth, its people.

The Promise begins within every single one of us but it does not end there. We must promise to take ownership of our destiny and personal responsibility to be our greatest asset. We must not see absence but see abundance, we must not focus on problems but on the solution and we must not talk and complain but must take action to influence change. Remember good things happen to those who go-get-it.

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Game of Thrones – The African Chronicles

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“Fear cuts deeper than swords.”  “When you play a game of thrones you win or you die.”

The next season of Game of Thrones has started, and as fans watch the make believe world of Westeros, I have been watching the real Game of Thrones; the war for the final frontier market – Africa. According to PwC, Africa has the highest mobile broadband growth rate in the world, the fastest growing middleclass population in the world and 50% of the world’s population growth between now and 2050 is expected to come from Africa. The Africa rising narrative is steadily building momentum and in a complex continent, where roles and identities vary, good governance is even more important to help in realising the Africa promise.

At the LSE Africa Summit 2015 they discussed how good governance has many benefits, from increasing the community’s confidence that their leaders are making better decisions (informed by good information and data) in a transparent and accountable way. To helping to educate people to making them politically engaged and for them to feel that their leaders will act in the community’s overall interest, regardless of differing opinions.

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What Entrepreneurs Don’t Talk About

Posted by | Alieu Fofanah, Uncategorized | 3 Comments

I was once told that “to share your weakness is to make yourself vulnerable; to make yourself vulnerable is to show your strength.”

However, as an entrepreneur, when going through that dark lonely road, we are not wired to show vulnerability. This leads to mental health issues from anxiety to the extremes of depression being hidden and not spoken about. Is that a problem? Are we prone to only show our strengths, drive and resilience?

I recently put myself in a bad position. I started mentally isolating myself, I effectively mismanaged my team and I was simply working too hard! I was skipping breaks, staying up long into the night and said yes to too many things. Slowly my focus, concentration and even my physical health started to wear down. I had robbed myself of the opportunity to relieve stress. The team dynamics was becoming shaky and I was becoming more irritable and less productive.

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The Evolution From CHO To CEO

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When starting off, many of us wont have all the capital or the team we need to kick start our idea. At that stage we are the CHO; Chief Hustling Officers of the companymeaning our key to getting started and building the road towards becoming the CEO is to be relentlessly resourceful. With a small budget and a big idea, heres how you can do more with less!

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You have a great idea, then what? 

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‘I wish’ and ‘someday’ are words which have no definitive timeline, but you have to start somewhere to make it anywhere. When GoGetters was in its fetus stage, I shared a vision of someday Africa rising and us being a part of it not from London but on the ground in Africa. A week later I had created a well thought out proposal of how I believed I could lead a team across 6 African countries. Though it was short, it had all the key information they needed to believe. I started somewhere and you can too. If you are ready to Go Get It, then read on!
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Conquering the greatest city in Africa (Part 1)

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Noisy, polluted, corrupt, lawless and ungovernable are the stereotypical ways of describing the so called Giant of Africa. Beneath these stereo types are one of the most hard-working, passionate and big thinkers on the planet. As they say if you want to do something, do it well. This was clearly evident in Lagos, the most populous city in Africa. From the street hawkers to the successful entrepreneurs, they all seemed to be doing something right.
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Nigeria: twice as hard and twice as easy

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To be honest, when I left I had a feeling I wouldn’t be back for a while. October 16th 2009 I left the UK for a *holiday* and well the rest is history. At first it was extremely hard to adjust to the people, the air, the customs, the light(electricity), the traffic and everything Lagos throws at you. After sobbing about it for a while, one day I just made a decision to make the most of it and I haven’t looked back since. Adjusting became much easier after this. I started looking at the country and life in general from a different angle. I started asking why. Why are we so behind? Like were we sleeping when the British were building cities and economies that the world would thrive on. An I honestly think that’s the only problem we as Nigerians have – the Inability to ask why. If we got to the grassroots of problems instead of just complaining about them we might actually start finding some solutions.
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Dreams Can Come True

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Prospective entrepreneurs are constantly caught in difficult circumstances; the most common is the decision to quit their job in order to devote undisrupted time to starting a business or work on the business part time and stay employed. I personally experienced this situation, and the problem I faced was whilst working in a white collar job, my mind was never at peace, constantly wondering and thinking of the email that needed to be sent and the meeting that was due to be arranged. These result in the lack of focus of one’s present situation and that could mean risking the job that pays the bills. If only there was a programme where entrepreneurs could apply for funding to cover his/hers personal expenses whilst concentrating on their project. A programme that only those with validated ideas can apply and get funding for the exchange of some equity in the business. Noting that as far as I am aware, this does not exist so why don’t we all put our strengths and networks together and create it. The mind of an entrepreneur: we find gaps and fill it.

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The Blessing and Curse of an Entrepreneur

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Anything acquired without effort, and without cost is generally unappreciated (Napoleon Hill – Think and Grow Rich).  Looking back at my experiences in Ghana and Nigeria I can honestly say that I am pleased with my efforts and I recognise that it was such a huge sacrifice to go out to the true motherland Africa and reap the many blessings it had to offer. It took a great deal of courage and an even bigger financial risk to quit my job and convince myself I was doing the right thing. I mean, let’s pause for a second… Read More

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Senators, Ministers and GoGetters!

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Ancient Babylon was the richest city on earth, not because of the government, but because of the people. The people understood a secret, they understood the power of positive thinking and the rules of managing money. They not only understood the principles surrounding building wealth, they practised it. If you speak to our senators, ministers and governors they will admit that as leaders they have failed, like the Bible says in Ecclesiastes 2:12: For what can the man do who comes after the king? Only what has already been done. So who bears the responsibility of leadership? Our President? Our forefathers? Our governors? Our Lecturers? Our pastors? Yes they all have a part to play in ensuring we are fed spiritually, physically and mentally. However leadership my fellow Nigerians & Africans lies within our hearts and our souls!! How long will we pass the blame game? How long will we get used to an accustom that destroys our beautiful nation? So we should ask, what do we lack? Wealth? If you ask someone outside of Africa, someone ignorant that is clearly not educated, they will say Nigeria lacks wealth. A country that has been initiated into the MINT nations, the new, growing economic power of 2050, alongside Mexico, Indonesia and Turkey. A country that has an abundance of Oil reserves and other precious natural resources that are still untapped, surely Wealth isn’t the problem. So I ask again, what is the problem? Our problem is leadership and courage; Leadership to take the leap of faith and challenge ourselves, the lack of courage to unite amongst ourselves and fight the common enemy who doesn’t want the prosperity of our nation and continent.  That enemy is corruption, education, infrastructure, running water, roads and electricity… Read More


The Big Puzzle (Part 2)

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On the last week to the event… At this point, we had everything set but the general public did not know much of it. The banners were not ready because we wanted to have the confirmation of the Minister to include his details. At this point, I knew I was in for a surprise. I had to calm myself down and be hopeful, relying on God and the good brains of my team mates; Alieu and Tola to come up with something. This was a defining moment in my life because at this point, my initial friends who were helping us were all busily locked up in their personal activities and so, we were just three guys trying to pull some hard strings. I had no idea what was going to happen next. The BIG puzzle begins…

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The Big Puzzle (Part 1)

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As a child, I was good with fixing puzzles. My greatest challenge was to fix a 2000-pieces puzzle in a week, and this was done only after returning home from school. This achievement was one of the inspired moments that led my adventurous lifestyle; taking risk, always trying new things, putting things together to lead a change whenever there was an opportunity.

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