ENTREPRENEUR: MEET THE TELECOMS GURU OF AFRICA - STRIVE MASIYIWA - PART 2


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A PHILANTHROPIST:
Alongside his wife, Tsitsi, the soft-spoken Enterprise Titan is Zimbabwe’s biggest philanthropist. They are co-founders of the Capernaum Trust, a Zimbabwe-registered privately funded Christian charity which sponsors the education and up keep of over 40,000 Zimbabwean orphans.

The Trust is solely funded by Masiyiwa from his own personal resources with support from Econet Wireless.

Besides supporting orphans, he also sponsors students at universities in America, The United Kingdom and China.

In spite of his wealth, it is his lifelong commitment to helping others that really set him apart.

A DEVOUT CHRISTIAN: Strive Masiyiwa is confirmed by his employees and close allies to take business decisions after first going to God on his knees.

 His popular prayer quote goes thus, “God will do nothing except you pray; and you have to be clear on what you want.”

The victory he had over the Zimbabwean government was made possible by fervent prayers. He can barely make a speech or a write up without referencing the bible.

“My favourite business book is the Bible. If you study the Bible with a view to extracting principles on how to set up and manage a business effectively, you will be absolutely amazed; it has everything.” he stated in one of his facebook post.
  
DILIGENT: In consonance with the scriptures, “Seeth thou a diligent man in his business, he shall stand before kings; not mean men.” Masiyiwa works long hours every day to keep up with his numerous responsibilities in building the Enterprise and service to humanity.

A CRUSADER:  He has crusades on a number of issues namely: Telecoms, Energy, Health, Entrepreneurship, Poverty, Education, Spirituality, Anti-Corruption, girl-child and women Education, and many more.

His crusades have transformed countless sectors and lives while also seeking to preserve Africa’s vital resources through his own sustainable investments and environmental policy leadership.

His latest crusade is on providing reliable and affordable electricity across Africa. 

A WORLD LEADER:
Strive Masiyiwa has over 20 awards and honours from local and international organizations.
In 1999 he was named one of the “Ten Most Outstanding Young Persons of the World. An award given to him by Junior Chamber International (Jaycees). 

In 2003 a CNN/Time magazine poll chose him as one of the “15 Global Influentials of the year.”  

He is a well-known international business leader who has won international recognition and numerous awards for business excellence.

He turned Econet Wireless into a global telecommunications enterprise with presence in more than 15 countries in Africa, Europe, United States, Latin America and the East Asia-Pacific region in less than a 15years.

In addition to his business excellence, he chairs numerous boards and has been lauded for his support to humanity.

Over the years, Mr. Masiyiwa has served on many international boards, and has also been involved in numerous initiatives to promote entrepreneurship and social development in Africa.

Masiyiwa is a member of the Africa Progress Panel (APP), a group of ten distinguished individuals who advocate at the highest levels for equitable and sustainable development in Africa.
Masiyiwa's international board appointments include: Nelson Mandela Advisory Committee and Endeavor board, The Rockefeller Foundation,  US Council on Foreign Relations International Advisory Board, the Asia Society and the Africa Progress Panel (APP). 

Others are: Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), The Micronutrient Initiative of Canada. Grow Africa, The African Union's (AU) EBOLA Fund, Morehouse College Board, and The Pan African Strategic Institute.
He also sits on two United Nations Advisory Panels and is the only African member of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's Committee on Conscience.
He is also a member of the Bill Gates and Warren Buffett initiative known as the Giving Pledge.
He is an avid environmentalist and together with Sir Richard Branson founded the environmental group, the Carbon War Room.
He recently took over, from former UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan, the chairmanship of AGRA, an organization that supports Africa's smallholder farmers.
In 2013, he was appointed co-chair of Grow Africa, an investment forum for Africa's agriculture, which has helped mobilize over US$15 billion in investments for African agriculture.
He is currently working in collaboration with Richard Branson to solve the electricity challenge in Africa.
CONCLUSION:
We can do a study on this icon; following him closely to know what made him who he is today - a successful billionaire telecoms tycoon. More than anything else, the lessons from this humble Enterprise Titan is a sure direction for our Enterprise revolution pursuit in Africa. 
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