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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

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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

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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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Past struggles, new hope (part 2)

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I was very taken aback by what I saw in Rwanda, 19 years after the genocide and they had come a long way. I was inspired, because it got me thinking about Sierra Leone prospects. The country is 11 years post-civil war and it got me thinking about, where are we now and where will be in the future?

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The future is bright, the future is…Kenya?

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I arrive in Nairobi, Kenya, and settle into my hotel Kwheza at 2am in the morning. So tired! The next day I force myself to wake up and eat the free breakfast, and from there I go back to bed. On the following days, I catch up on my to do list and review my finances. Things are looking extremely bleak! Partly my fault, but some of the big expenditures have come as a surprise!

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One Young World Summit

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One Young World (OYW) – is the premier global forum for young people of leadership caliber. It is an Annual Summit gathering together 1,300 future leaders under the age of 30 from over 190 countries. Read More

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Running out of time

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London town, see you in 6 months.

21:00 – As the plane took off I had flashes of saying good-bye to all my friends and family, wishing me good luck. 1hr earlier I nearly missed the plane…
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Think Big, Start Small, Move Fast – (Part 3)

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OK… Your probably asking… “I’ve seen the founding members on the about page, now I want to know what you will be doing in Africa and what is GoGetters?”

GoGetters are a collective of young professionals who believe that encouraging entrepreneurs from the diaspora, and the West, can bring local benefits and help drive Africa towards the direction it most desperately needs. However, it must be dealt with and managed effectively to ensure these benefits become a reality, and we know this can only be achieved through experimentation. Read More

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Think Big, Start Small, Move Fast – (Part 2)

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What happened?
On the 17 May 2013 that question, “what’s happening in Africa in terms of business, technology and innovation?”, slapped me in my face, and I decided I was going to embark on a research mission into business and technology within sub-Saharan Africa. Attending events, reading books and online articles wasn’t enough. I felt I needed to be on the ground, experiencing the people and culture, meeting and building relationships with trusted entrepreneurs, business advisors, investors and government officials.
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