#2 – a cultural KALEIDOSCOPE called johannesburg

I live to see the day when Africa sheds its artificial boundaries and unites its people. I spent the day today in downtown Johannesburg looking for clothing material to make a wedding garment. To be clear, I am only going as an invited guest. When I was looking for a spot to park my car it was a gentleman from the Democratic Republic of Congo who came to my rescue with an available slot.

I then walked into a corridor of dresses, suits and skinny mannequins. In the end I had three items. One from a shop owned by a Nigerian entrepreneur, one from a store belonging to a Beninese (person from Benin) individual, Mohammed and lastly an item from a store owned by a French speaking male whose origins I couldn’t place.

This experience allowed me to take out my phone and google Benin. I learned that the country has 10 million inhabitants and that its capital is Porto-Novo.

Happiness in Africa means learning something new and rubbing shoulders with my brothers and sisters from across the continent.

#111 – 4IR – Can futurists predict the future? Professor André Roux

Professor André Roux has been the Director of the Institute for Futures Research (IFR) at the University of Stellenbosch since 1996. He also lectures on economics and futures thinking on numerous programmes at MBA and executive education programmes.

In this episode he talks about what futurists do and his views on alternative future scenarios. As an economist and futurist, how does he think COVID-19 will impact the world? 

You can find Professor Roux at the University of Stellenbosch thinking about future scenarios without making predictions.

#110 – 4IR – Marek Zmysłowski on building Africa’s Amazon and being on Interpol’s most wanted list

Marek Zmysłowski is a Polish-born Entrepreneur, Investor, Advisor, Speaker, Bestselling Author.

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He co-founded Jumia Travel – Africa’s Biggest Hotel Booking Portal listed on NYSE as part of Jumia Group and HotelOnline.co – a Travel Technology Company. In 2014, he was chosen as one of the Ten Most Important People in Tech by IT News Africa Magazine.

https://marekzmyslowski.com/

Twitter – @marekchinedu

#poland #jumia #nigeria

#109 – 4IR – Yolanda Nlang on Data Analytics and Dean McCoubrey on Digital Life Skills for Learners

This episode features two guests from two continents and working in two different fields. Maria Yolanda Nlang is a data scientist from Belgium. Dean McCoubrey helps learners acquire digital life skills.

Dean and Yolanda

Dean is the Founder of MySocialife (https://www.mysocialife.com),
Instagram – @MySociaLifeSA
LinkedIn – linkedin.com/in/deanmccoubrey and Facebook – @MySociaLifeSA

Yolanda is a Senior Consultant at EY (Data Scientist) and the Founder of Nátch (a platform that promotes tech amongst women).

linkedin.com/in/maría-yolanda-bile-nlang-b049574b

#108 – 4IR – Mushambi Mutuma – CEO and Founder of Altivex on the future of work

Mushambi Mutuma, CEO, Author, Speaker and Tech Entrepreneur

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Mushambi has over 12 years of experience building brands and businesses across Africa and the US. His company focuses on African engagement in tech and digital industries. In this episode he talks about COVID-19, Tech, Entrepreneurship and Innovation. You can connect with him on the following channels

http://www.mushambimutuma.co/

Twitter – @mushambimutuma

#107 – 4IR – John Lombela – International Speaker, Founder of Innovecs and Cryptovecs, Entrepreneur

John Lombela, Blockchain and Crypto Advocate

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In this episode John gives a masterclass on blockchain and cryprocurrencies. He is a graduate of Tshwane University of Technology, the University of Liverpool and the Anglia Ruskin University. If you ever wanted to know about blockchain in detail then this is the episode for you.

Twitter – @JohnLombela

https://johnlombela.com/

https://www.linkedin.com/in/johnlombela/

 

 

#106 – 4IR – Joshua Opoku Agyemang Otoo, President of IoT Network Hub, Ghana

Josh is a Computer Programmer, Serial Entrepreneur, Futurist and IoT Evangelist.

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Josh is the President of Internet of Things Network Hub (IoT Network Hub Africa) Africa, the fastest and largest growing Tech community in West Africa, with chapters in Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Rwanda and Gambia.
He is also the Founder of Entrepreneurs Network Hub, a community envisioned to bring all aspiring, budding and serial entrepreneurs with grit who are self-motivated to be the next generation change makers in Ghana and the Africa Continent.

You can connect with Josh on Twitter – @joshoaotoo

#105 – 4IR – David Kamunyu – Game Developer and Owner of Broken Helmet Entertainment

David Kamunyu is an independent, self-taught video game developer and the owner of the Kenya based Broken Helmet Entertainment studio.
If you have ever wonder about the process of building a video game from scratch then this is the episode for you. Press Play and enjoy the conversation.
Twitter
@davidkamunyu

#4IR #FourthIndustrialRevolution

#104 – 4IR – Tunde Badmuss – Founder and Chief Marketing Officer at Spark Something, Nigeria

Tunde Badmus is the Black Panther of Digital Marketing. He is among the top intellects and martial artists of the world, a veteran marketer, and a member of the Google Digital Garage.

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Tunde started from humble beginnings having invested in a small Internet Cafe, then running a blogging site to now being well on his way to building a full technology company with ambitious goals. Press play for a journey into the 4th Industrial Revolution.

Twitter – @tundebadmuss

LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/tunde-badmus-44673153/

https://sparksomething.com.ng/

 

#103 – Enrique Serrano Aparicio on magic and computer hacking & Fadila Ahmad Abdulrazaq on the future of work

Enrique Serrano Aparicio (Spain), is an IT Engineer, Speaker and Entrepreneur. He is on https://enriqueite.com/ and on Twitter – @EnriqueITE

Our second guest couldn’t be more different. Her name is Fadila Ahmad Abdulrazaq (Nigeria and Ghana). She is the founder of http://www.africanslivingfully.com. She focuses on the future of work, lifestyle design and travel. You can reach her on fadila@africanslivingfully.com; Website: http://www.africanslivingfully.com; Social Media handles: Instagram: Fadila_AAhmad; Linkedin Fadila Ahmad Abdulrazaq

 

 

#102 – 4IR – Professor Ian Louwrens – Artificial Intelligence – Founder and Chief Executive Officer – The Pleiades Group, South Africa

Professor Ian Louwrens holds two doctoral degrees: one in applied mathematics and one in theoretical physics. His alma materae are Johns Hopkins University and Lomonosov Moscow State University. His business focuses on business analytics and economic development.

In the episode we explore the meaning of Artificial Intelligence, mathematics and the practical implications of the 4th Industrial Revolution on the African continent. Press play to hear his views on COVID-19, AI, Robotics etc. You can reach Professor on the following sites;

http://thepleiadesgroup.co.uk/home.html

https://www.linkedin.com/company/thepleiadesgroup/?trk=ppro_cprof

#dataanalytics #artificialintelligence #4IR

 

 

 

#101 – 4IR – Anthony Kiplimo – Designer, Coder and Pan African Futurist – Nairobi, Kenya

Anthony is the Co-founder and VP of  Ecosystems at Decoded_Africa. He is the Head of DevRel at Africa’s Talking. He is passionate about developer communities, design and building great software. He describes himself as a life-long learner, working to achieve the mastery of his craft.

Anthony has the privilege of working in one of the more advanced communities when it comes to technology. This gave him ample options when he went to varsity and the opportunity to find his passion in the 4th Industrial Revolution.

Twitter – @AnthonyLimo

LinkedIn – linkedin.com/in/anthony-kiplimo-0234384b

Special Edition – The First 100 African Voices – With guest appearances by 5 of our previous guests

1000 African Voices celebrates the First 100 Voices. 

To listen to the episode please press play below

 

This is a special 2 hour episode featuring new content from Gciniwe Fakudze (eSwatini), Jay Mawaka-Smith (Zimbabwe ad the United Kingdom), Amy Ochiel Ochieng (Kenya), Emmanuel Yegon (Kenya), Shalom Nyandiko (South Africa and Kenya) and Gcobani Schalk (Friend of the show, South Africa). The latter helps us reflect on the first 100 voices as we recap and revisit some of our favourites.

if you want to know what some of our previous guests are up to a year and in some cases 2 years later then you’ll love this episode.

#100 – Jason Panda – Data Analyst, Founder/CEO of b Condoms – New York and Sierra Leone

Jason Panda is a lawyer, data analyst and CEO

Jason is CEO and Founder of b Condoms, a socially responsible condom company that caters to the unique experience of multicultural youth culture around sexual health.

He is an Echoing Green / Open Society Foundation Black Male Achievement Fellow. He was recognized as one of the “Top 40 Leaders under 40” by the New Leaders Council and one of the “Ten Young Entrepreneurs to Watch by Black Enterprise.

He is as much African as he is American. He uses his expertise in Data Analytics to work on projects that benefit the gold mining communities of Sierra Leone. He is passionate about the 4th Industrial Revolution and being able to utilize technology to help people wherever he goes.

http://www.jasonkpanda.com/b-condoms/

#99 – Motlabana Monnakgotla, Photo-Journalist, Johannesburg, South Africa

Photojournalist and author. Captured the famous Richard Maponya Portrait

Motlabana Monnakgotla is a photo journalist from Johannesburg, South Africa. He grew up loving the Arts. He decided to go to Photography College, because that is what he could afford, but the lessons he got there were the ones that solidified his decision to become a photographer. He started working as a newspaper journalist; and learnt that it was not something he wanted to do for the rest of his life. He took the lessons he learnt there to go work for a publication that combines his tertiary studies with what he learnt working in the newsroom. He has produced photo portraits of some of the most prominent figures in South Africa, and intends to document the life of some of the unrecognized talents in the country.

Twitter – https://twitter.com/tlhabi_foto

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/Tlhabi-Monnakgotla-1671471439761340/

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/tlhabi_foto/?hl=en

#98 – Carol Ndosi, Social Entrepreneur, Tanzania

Carol Ndosi, Afro-Feminist, Pan Africanist, Social & Business Entrepreneur, Tanzania

Carol Ndosi is a major media personality with over five years’ media experience, having worked at Tanzania’s biggest media house, IPP Media. She has also worked in public relations and event management, after which she launched her own event management company, Alta Vista Events, which is the sole proprietor of the largest barbecue festival in East and Central Africa.

Carol also launches new products (barbecue sauces, spices, ketchup, and other foodstuffs) from her property, The Nyama Choma Festival (TNCF). She believes in the economic empowerment of women as a vital element in the development of communities.

Twitter – https://twitter.com/CarolNdosi

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/CarolNdosi/

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/carolndosi/?hl=en

#97 – Xolani Mthombeni, DJ,Radio Personality, Voice Over Artist, Johannesburg, South Africa

Xolani, known commonly known to his fans as DJ Xtremme, is from Benoni, South Africa. He is on YFM every weekend.

Xolani was introduced to radio early on in his varsity career. He is now a weekend DJ hosting a breakfast show, Morning Made, at one of the most prestigious youth radio stations in Johannesburg, YFM.

He is a family man who after thinking about the legacy he will leave behind decided to start a company of his own. In his entrepreneurial career he uses the skills he has acquired in the media business to push the business forward.

He is a thought provoker with big dreams. He believes strongly in the art of working for all you get, and he has a lot in store for his growing fan base.

Twitter – @xtremmedj

Instagram – @xtremmedj

 

#96 – Stacey Holland, TV Presenter and Wellness Architect, Zimbabwe & South Africa

Stacey was born in Zimbabwe, lived in Swaziland and Belgium, but is now based in Johannesburg, South Africa. She is thus, a keen traveler. She has had many life changing experiences that have led her in different directions along her path. She has worked in sports marketing; banking; NPO-and ultimately television. She is now the energy that fuels https://livefitwithstace.com/.

Stacey has developed her brand in the fitness industry after having had a complete personal fitness transformation. Stacey now owns a golf experiential marketing company and a creative firm. She is clearly a multi-talented individual who has been and still continues to explore all that she possesses in her mind and abilities.

In this episode Stacey gives a master class on how to lead a well balanced life. We talk about Oprah, Tim Ferriss and some books that have shaped (pun intended) the person she has become.

Twitter – @StaceHolland

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/StaceHolland/

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/staceholland/?hl=en

 

#10 – Reconnecting with old friends

There is something wonderful about reconnecting with old friends. Having recorded 100 episodes for http://www.1000africanvoices.com over the last 2 and a half years we decided to check in with some of the voices that left a long lasting impression on our listeners. The conversations have been graceful and hearty as we learn what the voices are up to a year and in some cases 2 years after being part of http://www.1000africanvoices.com.

With the show having been accessed in over 130 countries during this period I am proud to be a small part of this team and this village we’ve come to know and love. Africans are such wonderful, open minded and giving souls. I am glad I can call all the guests we have had, my brothers and sisters. Thank you for being part of this amazing journey.

Happiness is reconnecting with old friends and realizing how much time has passed. We have but one life. Ours is to live it fully.

#9 – Watching 100 Movies in 10 months

Today I made a commitment to myself to watch 100 movies in the next 10 months. 10 movies a month. Its hard to justify spending 12 thousand minutes on such a seemingly meaningless pursuit one could rationalize. I have in the past wanted to read the Top 100 most influential books of all time. With this commitment I didn’t get far. Most of us go through life wanting to chase some seemingly meaningless but somewhat deeply rewarding experience. In the month of February I have watched The Irishman, Equalizer 1, Equalizer 2, Flight and the Big Short. That’s 5 in one month. Not a bad start.

Most great achievers always say that the key to success is to have the ability to start something and more importantly to keep going. My countdown has started and its looking promising. By the way, from the aforementioned list, I would highly recommend the Irishman if you have 3h30min to spare. Its already a classic in my book.

Happiness is being able to commit to a goal and pursue it with gusto.

#95 – Zola Nene, Celebrity Chef, Author, Food Stylist, Cape Town South Africa

This episode features Zola Nene, who is best known for whipping up hearty meals and sharing warm laughs with some of South Africa’s brightest stars across 13 episodes of her own cooking show titled Celeb Feasts with Zola which recently aired on Mzansi Magic (DSTV Channel 161).

She found her calling while at varsity and has never looked back. Having worked in England, she returned to South Africa, expanded her talents and used her skills to make a career being a media chef. She enrolled at the Institute of Culinary Arts in Stellenbosch. During her studies she worked with well known chefs.

After graduating, she moved to Johannesburg and worked in a large catering company as a Catering Manager. She was then offered a job on Expresso when the producers were looking for a food stylist. In February 2016 she released a cookbook called Simply Delicious.

In 2017, Zola joined the BBC Lifestyle reality competition series, The Great South African Bakeoff for its third season as a judge.

Twitter – https://twitter.com/zola_nene

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/zolanenechef/

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/zola_nene/?hl=en